52Weeks 52Ancestors-Lucky-James Roper

Was James Roper lucky to be born a mulatto and the only child of his father?

Let me introduce you to James Roper who was born 12 May 1783 in Jefferson County, Virginia. James died 8 Dec 1867 in Jefferson County, Virginia.  His father is Nickolas Roper who was born 22 Jan 1739 in Suffolk, England. Nicholas died 13 Jan 1817 in Jefferson County, Virginia. James’ mother was a slave owned by Nicholas Roper. We do not know her name.

An interesting fact about James Roper, he is the only known and illegitimate son of Nicholas Roper. He freed his mulatto son at the age of 11, who becomes the largest landowner in Jefferson County, Virginia, which is now West Virginia. (Jefferson County becomes Jefferson County in 1801, and the state becomes West Virginia in June 1863. Nicholas also gave James a 99-year lease on all his holdings. So what that also means is James becomes a slave owner as well, just like his father. Was James, born as a slave-lucky? He is freed and inherits land and becomes well respected. Hmmm…

My connection to the Roper’s is three of my 2x great grandmother Mary Catherine Goens/Goings/Goins siblings married three of James Roper’s grandchildren.

Visit the website to see a photo of James, his emancipation paper, deeds for the buying and selling land, etc.: http://nicholasroper.com/index.html The website was developed by distance cousins Jacqueline Milburn and Judy Meade.

 

 

 

 

About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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3 Responses to 52Weeks 52Ancestors-Lucky-James Roper

  1. Eilene Lyon says:

    Sounds like he was pretty fortunate.

  2. kristin says:

    I would have been happier if he had set his enslaved people free. Hope he freed his mother.

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