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.
Meet my 3x great grandmother Sarah Ann “Hart” Goings/Goins/Goens. We have no photos of her or her husband. She was married to Lawson Goens/Goings/Goins, who was born in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1807 and passed in 12 July 1874, in Clarke County, Virginia. I know that they had 11 children. Now Sarah was born in 1 April 1810, in Virginia-I have not been able to locate where in Virginia. She passed in 8 Feb 1886, and we do not know where in Virginia she died. So far there is no death record in Jefferson County, Virginia/West Virginia. Here is a photo of her headstone that is located in St. Paul’s Church, Kearneysville, West Virginia:
Now here is something interesting -a friend took this photo back in the 90’s and sent the photo to my oldest brother. We know that the friends were in the town of Kearneysville, Jefferson County, West Virginia but we do not find the headstone anymore. We were told that a car flew off the road and knocked down several tombstones. We assume her headstone was one of them.
Now this is what I know about Sarah Ann “Hart”, what we don’t know is who her parents are or siblings. She has a limited timeline and a detailed research plan built of unknowns, and many questions. She lived with her daughter apparently after her husband died because she shows up in the 1880 Jefferson County census with her daughter Nancy (Goens) Johnson.
That’s it! Thank you!
It was my pleasure to present at the Fredericksburg, Virginia Barbara Geslock Women’s forum. As promised I am attaching the power point and the timeline for you to use. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or post a note. I will leave it up for a couple more days. Thank you for attending!
Woman’s forum getting started Fredericksburg 3-10-18
Thank you for attending. Here is the information I promised linking to the timelines…enjoy and have fun with it. Let me know if you have any questions. RootsTech Timelines are for You.
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I am trying to keep track of the challenge and I am slipping. This week I will acknowledge a family heirloom. My 2x grandfather-Ahira Harvey Worden was born on March 20, 1838, in Eaton, Michigan, his father, Parley Worden, was 42 and his mother, Lydoriana (Boyer), was 19. He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Boyer in 1859 in his hometown or on route to Michigan from New York. (yes they were cousins) They had eight children in 17 years and three survived. He died on December 12, 1916, in Shelby, Michigan, having lived a long life of 78 years, and was buried there.
Ahira Harvey Worden, a private from Michigan, fought for the Union during the Civil War. He served as a private in the 15th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company I. In his profile he listed on 16 March 1865. He mustered out on 13 August 1865 at Little Rock, AR. (Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65) He applied for his pension and it took about 40 years to get it, but it finally came in and then he died ($20) and his wife applied and got it.
After the war he joined the GAR Post #68 in Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan. Here is his GAR medal, one of my favorite heirlooms.
View the photo of Ahira and his wife and note he is proudly wearing his medal. When my brother Calvin (aka Todd) was sworn in the SAR & Sons of the Union Army he proudly wore this medal.
Ahira was also a whittler and here is a photo of a chair he whittled.
Know your roots, they are long and strong!
Oh yes there are some interesting names in our ancestry. Typically, the odd ones in my tree are all on my mother’s paternal side. It’s the European’s all the way. My father’s side all seen to be “normal” and familiar. So for this week I will just list some of the first names. But, if I think of it, they are just as weird as some of the 21st century ones of today. Here are some of the strange or let’s say odd male and female names in my family tree. I did not include any of the Dutch names because I do not know if they are odd or not. Enjoy!
Ahira (great grandfather)
Hopestill (7th great grandmother and her last name was Holley and married a Worden)
Joram, Jorum (great great grandfather)
Parley (my great great grandfather)
Weed (oh this is really interesting and he is not from the 1960s, but the 1700s)
Ahasuerus (I believe this man is a Tory-ugrrr a traitor!)
Massena (on Mom’s mother’s side)