Thank you for responding to my query. I had reached a dead end with this family. As I said, the Stepp/Stap name appeared to be very important to my family and there has been at least one boy named that every generation. My great grandfather, for example, was named Stepp Roberts as was a first cousin of his; his cousin was called "Red Stepp"(red hair, of course) to distinguish him from my great-grandfather. Have you been able to trace this family back to Europe?