[APG Public List] Stave?

Traci Thompson TThompson at Braswell-Library.org
Mon May 3 10:59:15 MDT 2010

My first thought was stave too, as in a barrel stave, one of the pieces
of wood bound together to form a barrel.  The word "stave" seems to have
been used historically to refer to various items, all having to do with
sticks of wood.  As a proper weapon, it seems related to a staff.  See:

However (as with any object!) a barrel stave can be used as a weapon.
We had a local murder case in the mid 1800s in which one guy hit the
other over the head with a barrel stave and killed him - he adopted a
different surname rather quickly and high-tailed it to Texas before the
sheriff could get him.

Traci Thompson 
Local History/Genealogy Librarian 
Braswell Memorial Library 
727 N Grace St 
Rocky Mount, NC 27804 
252-442-1951 ext 247(voice) 
Opinions expressed are my own. 

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From: "Janice Nickerson" <janice at uppercanadagenealogy.com>
Subject: [APG Public List] Illegible word assistance requested
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I'm trying to transcribe a judge's notes pertaining to witness testimony
in an assault case and keep coming across a word I can't make sense of.
It clearly refers to a weapon with which the victim was struck. It looks
like "steve" or "stem" or "stew". Do any of these words refer to
something that could be a weapon? In case it's relevant, the event took
place in 1835 in Toronto, Canada.

Thanks in advance for your comments,


Janice Nickerson
Upper Canada Genealogy
Suite 2807, 33 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario   M4Y 2P7

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