John Robert Stinson secured title to land in Section35in Independence in 1857. He was born in Maine in 1842 and passed away in Maple Plain in 1905. In 1863 he was married to Frances Worthington of Illinois. She died in Maple Plain in 1918. He enlisted in the Civil War. He was the father of the late Wallace Stinson who married Dora Batdorf. He farmed west of Maple Plain. Louis Stinson who married Esther Cox Stinson, was the son of J. Wallace and Dora Stinson. Louis Stinson had two sons, Lawrence and Robert.
Paul Stinson, son of J. Wallace and Dora Stinson was the first serviceman from this area to die during 'World War I. He passed away at Fort Snelling Hospital October 11, 1918, during the influenza epidemic. The American Legion Post at Maple Plain is named for him, the Paul Stinson Post, No. 514.