The headstone for James Stepp who lived on the Hungry Creek tributary of the Green River in what is now Henderson County, NC has been found in the Stepp Cemetery at Red Hill. The three-line hand-carved inscription is D on the top, J S 1821 in the middle, and B 1744 on the bottom -- shorthand for Died James Stepp 1821 Born 1744. It's known that James died in 1821 from his estate records and the birth year of 1744 is logical because his oldest known daughter, Elizabeth Stepp, wife of Thomas Case, was born as early as 1765 and no later than 1770.
This brings into question whether James was the son of James Stapp who died in Madison County, KY in 1794 and the grandson of John Stapp who died in Culpeper County, VA in 1751, as is commonally thought, or whether he was from another family. If he was the son of James Stapp then his generally accepted birth year of 1733 is wrong and must be re-evaluated.