18 December, 2004
First Century of Ropers in
Historical Southern Families, p. 88: Crispe of Oxfordshire and Kent, England ancestors of Thomas Warren of Smith's Fort Plantation, Surry, VA: John Crispe of Quex, died 1583, married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Roper; whose son was Sir Henry Crispe of Quex; subscribed the 1619 pedigree.
Founders and Patriots of American
William Roper (1606-1670) m 1643 Catherine VA.
Lineage Charts of SC Gen. Soc., V.2: William Cook b 25 Mar 1613 Bristol, Eng. d c1677 Surry Co., VA: Child: William Cook d 1698 m Jane Roper: Child: John Cook b Surry Co., VA m Hannah Jones.
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index:
The following were emigrants by ship into
1618 Phillipp Roper Hogg Island and James Island, on ship William & Thomas
Ransom B. True's Biographical Dictionary of Early
Clement Roper born about 1599 place not known present in VA about 1625 Prince George Co. servant 1625 Prince George Co.
Mr. Rooper granted a patent from 1623
Thomas Roper arrived in
William Roper confessed judgement 1633 Accomack Co.; payment ordered to 1634
Accomack Co.; received headright 1635 Accomack Co.; nominated for Sheriff 1636
Accomack Co.; mem. House Burgesses 1636-1637 Accomack Co.; Lieutenant received headright 1637 Accomack Co.; Lieutenant married man 1637 Accomack Co.; 1637-Lieutenant commissioner (J.P.) 1637-1642 Accomack Co.; inventoried an estate 1638 Accomack Co.; Junior commissioner (J.P.) 1640 Accomack Co.; named in a will 1640 Northampton Co.; ordered to inventory 1640 Accomack Co.; made a deposition 1640 Accomack Co.; witness to a bond 1640 Accomack Co.; arbitrator 1640 Accomack Co.; debtor 1641 Accomack Co.; had a house 1641 Accomack Co.; named in deposition 1641 Accomack Co.; ordered to perf. act 1641-1642 Accomack Co.; testified 1642 Accomack Co.; witness to a mortgage 1642 Accomack Co.; commissioner (J.P.) 1642 Northhampton Co.; mem. House Burgesses 1644
Northhampton Co.; married man 1653 Northampton Co.; deceased 1653 Northampton Co.; married man 1654 Northampton Co.;
Captain Roper collector of taxes 1646 Northampton Co.
†Katherine Roper widow William Roper 1650 Northampton Co.; named in a will 1650 Northampton Co.; widow Thomas Spriggs 1651 Northampton Co.; widow William Roper 1651 Northampton Co.; mother Verlinda Roper 1651 Northampton Co.; Virlinda Roper daughter William Roper 1651 Northampton Co. ;dau. Kathryne Roper 1651 Northampton Co.
The Minutes of Council and General Court for 1624 states: The oathes of Supremacy & aleg' To these whose names are underwritten of the A[nn] Thomas Fairlay of Worcester in Worcestershire gent which arrived at James Owen Dawson of St. Martin in the fields Cittye the 5 of Sept' jovner and fren Thomas Roper of Milden in the Co. of bedfordshire, gen' (arived in the Southampton 1623)
Virginia Historical Magazine 19 131 states:
These emigrants came before Feb 1623-24,
for many of the names appear in the census taken in that month. ... p. 132:
Between July, 1622 and May, 1623, the Virginia Company issued
a patent for land to Mr. Roper, Mr.
Fitz Jeffreys and others." Thomas
Roper died at
A list of the names of the dead in Virgna since Aprill last, feb 16: 1623. At James Cittie: Thomas Roper
Virginia Historical Magazine 6 372 states: Mr. Rooper was granted a land patent in 1623 by the Va. Company.
Records of the Virginia Company, p. 340 states:
At a Court held for
is listed in the muster of the inhabitants of VA 20 Jan-
The Minutes of Council and General Court for 10th day of Jan 1626 at
Virginia Gleanings in England, p 487 states: Mr. Thomas Roper [no place] [Parts
beyond the Seas] No date. Proved 5 Feb
1626-7 I desire that John West my servant maie bee sett free and likewise
Alexander Gill Servant to Captain Pierce or else if he refuse to release him
then the said Alexander Gill to 200lb of tobacco from Captain Pierce. All tobaccoes due to me in
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 856
...during the late 1620s and early 1630s ... Captain William Roper, who was engaged in mainly mercantile interests, plied a profitable trade in
VA Settlers and English Adventurers by N.
p.363: Ellen Harris
†††† Mistress Francis Rooper, widow;...††††††††††††††††††
p.191: Thomas Gosnold
†Wit: ...James Roper...
Virginia's Eastern Shore by R. T. Whitelaw:
p.126: N22. 1636. Patent to William Roper for 150 acres. When Capt. Roper came to the Shore is unknown, but he appeared in the records as early as Sep 1633. Soon after that he was one of the commissioners and later served as commander of the plantation of Accomack. At one time he also was a burgess from the Shore. He married Katherine, a daughter of Thomas Graves (N30). He died intestate at some unknown date, but in 1653 an entry disclosed that his widow was then the wife of Thomas Sprigge; nothing further was found in the records about either of them.
Co. Court Records of Accomack-Northampton, VA
p.5: 20 Sep 1633 William Roper doth acknowledge to owe unto our soveraigne lord king Charles tow hundred and fifty pounds of Corrent monies of England to be levied upon his goods and Chattles.
p.13: Apr 1634 On the petition of William Roper against Henry Bagwell for [55 lbs.] of tobacco which he receaved of mr. Roper to the use of Capt. Richard Stephens for a paire of shoes for which shoes Peter Hull demanded payment of the said mr. Roper for Capt. Stephens the 8th day of January last which debt he was forced to satisfie againe, and received his acquittance for the same In regard wher of, It is ordered that Henry Bagwell shall pay unto Mr. Roper the said 55 lbs. of tobacco, and his Charges in the suite.
p. 63: These presents shall witness that I Elizabeht Caursley ... set my hand and seale this 26th day [of] November 1635 ... in the prsents of George Travelor william Roper
These witnesseth that I william Berriman ... set my hand and seale this 26th [day of Novem]ber Anno Domini 1635 ... in the presence of us George Travellor william Roper
According to an order of Court from the Governor and counsell for the Elexion of Burgasses out of this Co., the commander with the consent of the commissioners appoynted the inhabytants of this Co. to meete togeather at the Sheriffs house wher 15th day of February were come togeather and made choyse of mr. John How and mr. william Roper for Burgasses and for their charges it was then agreed on that they should have 1500 lbs. of tobacco.
Ext. Henry Bagwell Clerricus (1636)
upon the complaint of mr. william Roper against John ford for abusing the cunstable in bending his fist and offering to stry[k]e him neere the church on the sabouth day which upon dew examination It is ordered that the said John Ford for the said offence byld a pare stocks by the first of July next compleat and to bringe them to mr. neales house syde and pay all charges.
p.81: 1 Aug 1637 Whereas Lieftenante William Roper hath made it appeare unto this Courte that there is one hundred acres of Land due unto him Itt is thereupon thought fitt and soe ordered that the said land bee granted and confirmed unto the said Roper beinge due for the transportation of his wife and servante viz. William Sterlinge.
The deposition of Mr. John Neale had and taken before Captayne John Howe and Capt. William Roper onely ...
p.95: Whereas Edmond Scarborough stands indebted unto Mr. Holmes ... The same to bee appraysed and valued by Mr. Littleton Mr. Burdett and Capt. Roper and upon theire appraysement and valuation, the said Holmes to bee satisfied his said debte out of the same.
It is ordered that Capt. William Roper and Mr. Stephen Charleton shall take an Inventory of all the goodes and estate of Henry Charleton deceased and retourne the same to the next monethly Courte
p.104: Wheras Mary Bibby Widdow lately deceased lefte behind her a small estate in goodes and chattells and whereas her husband a yeare since deceased upon his death bedd made Capt. William Roper and George Traveller his overseers, Nowe Forasmuch as hee Beinge dead and leaveing her said estate dispersed and undisposed of the said overseers formerly appoynted out of charity to her children tooke upon them to be Guardyans of the said estate and procured the same to bee sould by the advise of some of the most judiciall neighbours adjacent and neere inhabitinge for the best behoofe of the said children And the said Overseers performeinge the same this Courte doth approve thereof and allsoe conceave them to bee the ittestadministrators of the said estate and the same to be a just and legall proceedinge All which is hereby humbly certified etc.
p.108: It is ordered that Capt. Roper shall have one hundred and fifty poundes tobacco out of Capt. Howes estate due for the wages of James Small deceased as hath appeared to this Court. It is ordered that Capt. William Roper shall pay and satisfie twoe hundred pounds of tobaccoe out of the estate of Henry Charleton unto Edmond Scarborough provided that hee shall enjoy the said goodes and at the same rate and rates as they are appraysed at.
p.123: A true Inventory of such goodes as belonge to the widow Roach taken and prized by William Roper and John Major the 13th day of May 1638.
p.126: Whereas it appeareth unto this Court by the testimony of Florentine Payne beinge in open Court positively produced and deposed that Capt. William Roper hath formerly fully satisfied and payed whatsoever hath beene formerly due and oweinge from him the said Capt. Roper unto the estate of James Cooke deceased and more than hath beene oweinge by him as afforesaid as allsoe hath further playnely appeared by the said James Cooke his Booke under his owne hand produced allsoe in open Court.
p.133: Memorandum that Capt. William Roper doth promise in Cort to pay to Mr. Roger Wingate nintye eight pounds of tobacco out of the estate of Marry Bibby before it goes out of his handes.
p.154: The deposition of John major. This deponent sayeth that about a yere sithince Capt william Roper and this deponent beinge together at [the house] of Thomas Hunt, and the said Thomas Hunt called [to him his] mayde Elizabeth and tould her that now shee w[as a] Fine women and did demand of her ho[we longe she] was contented to serve him soe that she mi[ght have his] man Edward in marriage or to that effect she answered three yeeres provided that [the said man] Edward and Elizabeth might bee marr[ied] promecment[?] of the sayd Huntt whereupon [the said Capt.] Roper replied wee hered that she [loved a man on] the other side of the Baye. The said Huntt an[swered n]owe
for he had inquired and ther was noe such man. And the said Capt. tould the said Huntt that in three yeeres time they might have Children and then how should the parish be discharged, So the said Huntt made answer that if he would be bound to the parish. And further hee this deponent saith not.
The deposition of John Harloe had and taken in open Corte.
This deponent sayeth that he heard Capt. Roper say he would Clere the servant hee would Cleere the servant which Thomas Huntt Claymeth of her three yeer service if she did come to him. ...
p.159: [ ] Feb 1639. Captin Roper in court. p.160:
The Virginia Eastern Shore in the 17th Century
...1634... Frances Pott, Argoll Yeardley, William Roper, John Stringer, and Edmund Scarburgh were among the
Colonial Life as Revealed by the Court Records in
One of the
Original Shires of
p.4:At a court held in June, 1635, it was certified to the Govr. And Council that Walter Scott for adventuring six persons into this country have land. Wm. Drew brought 3, Wm. Roper 2, ...
p.9: At a court held the 28th day of October, 1638, ...(p.10) The deposition of Alice Wilson widow sayeth, That she urging Alice Eaton in the time of her travail to declare unto her who was the true father of her child, she was then delivered of, and she said Wm. Fisher. It was ordered that Alice Eaton should nurse the child till it be weanable, and that Wm. Fisher shall give such satisfaction to John Roper as the Court shall think fit.†††††††††
p.10: At a Court held in Acchamack 6th July 1640, Nathl Littleton Esq Commander, The Court consists of Wm. Burdett, Wm. Andrews, Capt. Wm. Roper, Mr. John Neale, Mr. Stephen Charlton.
p.12: It is thought fit and ordered by this Court that Mr. Philip Taylor, nor any other person or persons belonging to him, the said Taylor, shall disturb or molese the Indians, formerly seated at Mattawaman Creek, neigher for any cause or reason, to cledar or work upon the ground, whereon they are now seated, by reason that Nathl Littleton, Argol Yardley, Capt. Wm. Stone and Capt. Wm. Roper have especial charge of the peace. ...
p.15: ...orders establishing the Co. Courts of Northhampton Co.; it took this name in 1642. It consisted of Argoll Yardley commander, Obedience Robins and Capt. Wm. Stone of the Quorum, Wm. Andrews, Wm. Burdett, John Neal, Wm. Roper, Philip Taylor, John Wilkins and Stephen Charlton.
p.18: William Roper died in 1650, also John Wilkins. His will is proved 28th January.
Co. Court Records of Accomack-Northampton, VA
26 Nov[?] 1638: p. 129: Whereas John Pope was presented for committing Fornycation with Ollive Eaton. It is ordered that John Pope shall remayne in the Sherriffes handes untill he put in sufficient security for to builde a Ferry boate within a Monthe for the passing of people over the old Plantation Creeke. Otherwise to have 40 lashes upon the backe, and to acknowledge his Fault before the congregation upon the next Sabboth day followinge.††
p.129: The deposition of
... It is likewise ordered that Ollive Eaton shall nurse the child till it be waynable and that William Fisher shall give such satisfaction to John Pope for the same as the Courte shall thinke Fitt.
Since no other record for John Roper appears in the early Accomack- Northampton records and several exist for John Pope, I conclude that the first interpreter of the handwriting is mistaken and the record is for John Pope.
Co. Court Records of Accomack-Northampton, VA
p.xiii: William Roper first appears as a commissioner at the May court 1637. But earlier, in 1636, he had been elected to the House of Burgesses. He had been listed as a candidate for the office of sheriff, and had been successively designated lieutenant and captain His patent, only 150 acres and the smallest holding of any of the commissioners, was on a small neck of land with a water-front location. There he seemingly carried profitable trade in
p.7: It is ordered by this Cort that Capt William Roper Executor of the estate of Phillip Chapman deceased shall forthwith satisfy pay and deliver unto Willeam Johnson or his Assignee two
p.11: Whereas Capt. William Roper hath made it appeare unto this Court that there is justlie due and of right belonging unto him the said Capt. Roper 100 acres of land for the transportation of John Nicolls and John Whitehead It is theirfore thought fitt and accordinglie ordered that the same be Certiff unto the worshipfull Governor and Counsell att James Cittye which Certiff is hereby accordinglie graunted att the request of the said Capt. Roper.
Whereas Mr. Steephen Charleton hath made complaint unto this Court against John Holloway for certen Arreres of debts due and unpayed by and from the said Holloway unto the said Mr. Charleton and upon longe debate of the matter in open Courte It is thought fitt and accordingely ordered that all the matters in differ betweene them and alwayes appearinge shall be referred unto the arbitration and finall ending and determination of Capt. William Roper Mr. William Jones Mr. John Severne and Mr. John Stringer and in case that they shall not accomplish the finall end and determination thereof to give a true report of all proceddings therein unto the next monethlie Court.
p.56: It is thought fitt and soe Ordered by this Court that Mr. Phillipp Tayler nor anie other person or persons unto him the said Taylor in anye wise belonging should presume to disturbe or molest the Indians formerlie seated att Mattawomes Creeke neither for anie Cause or reson by them stippullated to cleare or worke upon the ground whereon they are now seated by reson that Nathaniell Littleton Esquire Argall Yearley Esquire Capt. William Stone Mr. William Andrewes and Capt. William Roper have taken an espetiall Veiwe of the place and situation theirof and doe finde that if the Indians be displaced of the two hundred acres of land which the said Mr. Taylor doth laye clayme to they in noe wise can subsist, and furthermore that the plantation of Phillipp Taylor cannot be impaired thereby he being seated on the one side of A Creeke, and they on the other, and not hitherto have either built of cleared on that side the Indians
are appointed to dwell on.
p.138: The deposition of John Johnson had and taken before Nathaniel Littleton Esquire Commander of Ackowmack the first day of December Anno Domini 1641. This deponent saith that hee being at the house of Capt. William Roper the sayd Capt. Roper tould your deponent that hee was indebted unto Thomas Dimmar a certaine quantitye of nayles, but the certaine Number thereof your deponent knoweth not. And that Capt. Roper did tell your deponent that hee would give a Cowe Calfe for soe many nayles as would give the sayy Dimworth satisfaction, Whereupon your deponent Replid that hee did beleive that the said Dimworth would be Willing to accept of a Cowe Calfe, upon which wordes the sayd Capt. Roper did immediately send for the said Dimworth, and after such tyme as hee was come, the sayd Capt. Roper did tell him that if hee would take the First Cowe Calfe that fell
hee having some Cattell or Cowes at present very big with Calfe (by the said Capt. Roper owne Relation) upon which wordes the said Dimworth was Contented to accept of the firs Cowe Calfe which should afterwards happen to fall for satisfaction of his nayles, but in Case the sayd Capt. Ropers Cattle did bring forth none but bull Calfes upon theire next Calfeing, then his promise was to procure one for the sayd Dimworth, and more your deponent saith not. Juratur Coram me. John Johnson. Nathaniell Littleton.
[p.70] It appeares to this Court by the Testimony of Nathaniell
Littleton Esquire, Capt. William Roper,...Witness my hand the 20th day of January 1641. Anthony Hodgkins. Signed and delivered in the presence of William Roper. William Roper.
p.157: [The Award between Mr. Taylor and Mr. Charlton.]...Witnes our hands this 23th of March 1641. Recordatur die Aprillis 1642. William Burdett. Teste me Edwyne Conaway Clericus. William Roper.
p.173: The deposition of Richard Lemon sworne and examined deposeth as followeth (Viz.) This deponent saith that in the beginning of May last past or thereabouts being att Mr. John Stringars hee the said Mr. Stringar did desire this deponent his opinion in a busnes betweene John Stringar and Mr. Stubbins soe being relateing the case to this deponent in the interim there came into the house of Mr. Stringar Capt. William Roper and Mr. Stubbins and Mr. Stubbins sayde unto them you are the men that wee were just now discourseing about you and John Stringar and the said Mr. Stubbins answared Mr. Stringar with these words what your Cosen Cheate soe Capt. Roper desire after this deponent had hard it on being urged by persuasions sayde the busines was very foule in his opinion whereupon Mr. Stubins was in a greate Wrath, and sayde that hee was an idle Cheateing Fellow and came on purpose to Cheate mee of my goods And further sayde where there is but one Rascall in a Co. hee will have manny other take his parte. Richard Lemon. Juratur in Curia. Teste me Edwyne Conaway Clericus Curiae. The deposition of John Stringar sworne and examined deposeth as followeth (Viz.) This deponent saith that about the beginning of May Mr. Lemon and this deponent were in discourse about John Stringar Carpenter and Mr. Stubbins what difference were betweene them and in
the interim the said Stubbins and capt. Roper came into the house of this deponent and this deponent sayde unto the said Stubbins and Capt. Roper you are the men wee were talkeing of, but what reply the said Stubbins made this deponent doth not remember nor any vilifying speeches to his knowledge. And further sayeth not. George Vaux.
p.181: An inventory of the goods and Estate of Anthony Lynny
Millwright deceased taken before Mr. Obedience Robins and Capt.
William Roper and Mr. John Wilkins the 28th day of Aprill Annoeque domini 1642.
p.248: ...And in Testimony That this is my true Will and Testament I have hereunto Sealed and Subscribed. The marke of George Travellor The Seale. Signed and Sealed in the presence of us. John Rosier. William Roper. Vera Copia cum original Concor. Exam. per me Edwynn Conaway Clericus Curiae Tres decimo die mensis February Anno 1642
p.250: Mary Biby deceased Laft in my Custody two
yeare one of the
p.255: To All etc. I Capt. John West Esquire Governor etc. doe with the consent of the Counsell of State accordingly give and graunt unto Henry Williams one hundred and Fiftie Acres of Land Scituate in Co. of Accomack Lying on the old Plantation Creeke North on the Land of Henry Charlton South West on the Fishing Point...Sealed and delivered in the presence of William Roper Recordature v[?] Septemo die September 1644.
p.258: It is Ordered by this Court that Capt. William Roper and Mr. Edmund Scarbrough shall put a period to a difference now depending betweene Henry Williams Plaintiff and John Dennis Defendant concerning Land.
p.274: From Capt. Ropers this 10th of May 1643. ...differences
betweene the said William Holmes Plaintiff and John Holloway ...
p.279: Articles of Agreement betweene William Roper of thone part and John Boothe both of Accomack of theother part had made
Covenanted and Agreed upon the First of November Anno Domini 1640. [Imprimis] It is agreed that the sayde John Booth shall serve and dwell with the said William Roper from the date and date hereof for and during the tearme of one whole yeare. [Item.] That during the tearme and tyme aforesaid the said John Booth shall delingently and carefully labour and performe all such Lawfull matters and things as shalbe required of him by his said Master. [Item.] That the said John Booth shall presently after the date hereof deliver or cause to bee delivered att the now dwelling house of the said William Roper three barrells of good and well conditioned Indian Corne. And the said William Roper doth promise and hereby binde himselfe in manner as followeth. [Imprimis] That if the above named John Booth shal
well and truly performe all the abovesaid Articles That then the
sayde William Roper shall allow him the said Booth meate drinke Lodging and washing. [Item.] That the said William shall Free his said servaunt of and from the Publique taxes during his said service [Item.] That the said William shall att the expiration of the tearme aforesaid pay unto the said booth soe much tobacco as shall bee allowed for the planteing of one head according to the Acts of Assembly and alsoe Fower barrell of good and well conditioned Indian Coren. [p.151][Item.] That the said William shall pay and deliver unto the sayde booth one blacke heifer called Coaine which said heifer was of the stock and breede of Mr. William Burdett, And the sayde William doth hereby bynde himselfe His heyres Executors and Assignes that the said Boothe shall Freely have possesse and enjoye the said heifer with all her encrease and that for ever without lett hindrance of him the said William his heyres executore Administrator or Assignes, And for true performance of all and everye the promises the said William Roper and Booth have hereunto sett their hands the day and yeare above written and in the presence of William Roper
The marke of John Booth. I acknowledg myself fully satisfyed from William Roper according to this Covenant witnes my hand this 11th of April 1642.
p.290: It is ordered by this Court that Capt. William Roper Mr. John Severne and William Berryman shall with the next conveniency Arbitrate and put a period to a difference betweene Thomas Hunt Plaintiff and Thomas Stratton Defendant Concerning a boate. ...
It is ordered by this Court that Humphrey Edwards shall on Saturday next repayre unto the house of Capt. William Roper there to give Mr. Alexander Mountney a just Accompt of what hee hath received and paid for the said Moutney and to rectify his booke.
It is ordered by this Court that Humphrey Edwards shall on Saturday next repayre unto the house of Capt. William Roper there to put in security with Nichola Parque for his appearance before the Majesties Commissioners att the
p.295: (Will of William Burdett) ... Item I give and bequeath unto my three God Children William Roper William Smyth and Jane Williams each of them one Cowe Calfe of a yeare old to bee delivered as soone and Convenient as may bee and Marked [fol. 160] for them and their Marks with them to bee Recorded in the Court Booke. William Burdett.
Septimo die Augustii Anno Domni 1643.
p.330: Know all men by these presents that wee Nathaniell Oldis of Kicoughtan gentleman and William Parry of Kicoughton aforesaid doe by these presents as our Acts and deeds for us and either of us our heyres and Assignes promise Assume Covenante and agree to and with Mr. William Cotton Clerk Captayne William Stone and Capt. Roper and late Administrators of thestate of John Graves and Thomas Graves deceased upon their Relinquishing the said Commission of Administration and leaveing the same unto the sayde William parry and the full power therof to secure save harmles and at all tymes keepe indemnyfyed the said Mr. Cotton Capt. Stone and Capt. Roper of and from any molestation trouble dammage and incumbrance that may hereafter grow or Arise or any way happen unto them or either of them for or by reason of the said Estate or in or concerning the same or concerning the bond entered into by the said Mr. Cotton Capt. Stone Capt. Roper
with security for the saveing harmles and indempnifying the Court upon the graunt of the same For the performance of which our Act and deede wee and Either of us have hereby firmly bound us our heyres and Assignes in the full Summe of two hundred pounds sterling upon forfeiture of these presents to bee paid unto all demaunds unto the said Mr. Cotton Capt. Stone Capt. Roper their heyres or Assignes In witnes of all which wee have hereunto put our hands this 30th day of Aprill 1640. Nathaniell Oldis. The marke of William Parry.
p.330: [p.180] Bee it Knowne unto all men by these presents that I Richard Ingle master of the Recovery formerly called the Reformation and intrusted for the Sale of severall Goods by Thomas Allen and Company Marchaunts of London I doe in my owne and theire behoofes Constitute and Ordayne Captayne William Roper gentleman my true and lawwfull Attourney for to call to Accompt Richard Lemmon and all other debtors in Accomack or Maryland That are indebted to the said Ingle and Company and doe give to my said Attourney power to demand Aske levey Recover and Receave by way or course of law or other wayes And at the Receipt of any such debts to acquitt and freely discharge all such as shall truely pay their debt to my said Attourney or to his Assignes,... p.351: 23 Feb 1643. Capt. William Roper in court.
p.351: ...Whereas it appereth unto this Court That Thomas Parks hath in a most scandalous manner Affronted Argoll Yardley Esquire Commaunder and the rest of the Commissioners As by the Testimony of John Rosier Clerke Capt. William Roper and Mr. Edward Douglas more at large appeareth for which Contempt the Court hath ordered That the said Thomas Parks shall forthwith have Thirty lashes upon his bare shoulders as a punishment inflicted upon him for his said offence.
p.358: [fol.194] The deposition of Richard Mason taken before Capt. Roper being sworne and examined deposeth as followeth (viz.)... Juratur coram me William Roper.
p.359: Whereas wee the Comaunder and Commissioners have Received
expresse order from the Governor and the Counsell for Reduceing the stargling and Remote Plantations into Convenient and defensive bodyes, And by their said Warrant have ordered and Comaunded All and everye person and persons to bee obedient and submitt unto the same upon payne of death. These are there to Certifye all and everye one of the Inhabitants of this Co.e. That it is this daye ordered by this Court That ... those from the south side of Kings Creeke unto the house of Mr. Edward Douglas bee ordered and directed by Capt. William Roper and Mr. Edward Douglas. ...
p.367: Articles of agreement made betweene Capt. William Roper and Reginald Hawis Boath of
1. Imprimis the said Reginald shall live and remayne with the said William and that for and during the tyme of the Sherifalty of the said William. 2. Item That during the tyme aforesaid the said Reginald shall Faythfully execute the office of under sheriffe. 3. Item that the said Reginald shall so often as hee is thereunto Required by the said William give unto the said William a true and just accompt of all such Fees as appertaine unto the office of High sheriffe. 4. Item that the said Reginald shall pay or cause to be paid unto the said William or his assignes the somme of Fower barrells of good Indian Corne. 5. Item that the said William shall give unto the said Reginald his dyett during the terme aforesaid. 6. Item that for and in Consideration that the said Reginald shall Faythfully performe and doe all and every the promisses, apperteyn- ing unto the office of under sheriffe the said [p.199] William shall give and allow the said Reginald the Full Moyety of all such Fees as appertayne and belong unto the office of High Sherriffe except Imprissonment and Runawayes and for to testify this to be our Act and Deede wee the above said William and Reginald have heereunto interchangeably sett our hands the day and yeerabove written. Recordatur 12th die Mensis July 1644. William Roper Per me Reginald Hawis deputy Clerke. Reginald Hawis p.383: Whereas it appeareth unto this Court That Mr. Peter Walker detayneth a heifer and a bull Calfe belonging unto Edmund Bybby which Calfe the said Mr. Walker hath mark'd on his owne marke. It is therefore ordered by this Court That the sayde Mr. Peter Walker shall forthwith deliver or cause to bee delivered the said Cowe and Bull Cafe unto Capt. William Roper Guardian of the said Edmund Bibby for the use of the said Bibby and the Charges of the Court ewually to be borne betweene the said Roper and the said Walker. (Jul 1644)
p.388 Capt. Stone and loveing Freind I most hartyly desire you to take of my business From Tyme to tyme, And if Capt. Roper whome I have made my Attourney should deceased or be Remiss or careless in my busines, I doe by these Authorize you to call to Accompt him or any other as my lawfull Attourney. ...
p.393: This bill byndeth mee Capt. William Hawley Esquire of Northampton Co.e to pay or cause to bee paid unto Capt. Stone... Sealed and delivered in the presence of William Roper.
p.411: The deposition of Reginald Hawis and Hannah Mountney taken in open Court. These deponents saith That being at the house of Phillip Capman about one day or two before hee dyed the said Chapman desired the deponents beare Witnes that notwithstanding any thinge in his will by writeing to the contrary hee the said Chappman did give full power and Authority unto Capt. William Roper to sell or dispose of his Land and Plantation for the good of his Children....(Mar 1644/5)
p.427: Whereas it appereth unto this Court That Thomas Dewin his wife nursed Phillip Chapman his Child three moneths and Keept the eldest Girle of the said Chapman two Moneths As alsoe that the said Estate doth owe and stand indebted unto the said Dewin seven quarts of Venigar, It is therefore thought Fitt and accordingly ordered by this Court That in consideration of all the aforesaid premisses Capt. William Roper Executor of the said Phillip Chappman shall satisfy and pay unto the said Thomas Dewin or his Assignes the quantity of Two hundred pounds of Tobacco and halfe a barrell of Corne out of the said Estate according to precedency...
p.437: The 10th of Aprill 1645. Received by me Capt. Richard Ingle of Capt. William Stone for goods hee sold ofmyne Fiftie Nyne hogs- headss of tobacco and two more on the Account of Capt. Roper and Five on David Wheateleys Accompt and Fower on Mr. Berryman's Accompt, I say Received. Per me Richard Ingle.
p.443: [fol. 234-A] It is ordered by this Court That Capt. William Roper shall finde and allow to a Childe belonging unto James Ravis sufficient dyett it being his owne voluntary profer in open Court and that satisfaction shalbe made unto the said Capt. Roper at the Cropp out of the Levey.
p.454: This bill byndeth mee William Stevens of the Co. of Northampton my heyres executors or Assignes to pay or cause to bee payed unto William Roper or his Assignes the full and just Some of seaventeen hundred pounds of good Merchantable tobacco with good and sufficient Caske to conteyne the said tobacco at one intire payment at or upon the 20th day of October next after the date hereof, And for the better securing of the aforesaid debt to bee payd as afore- said. I doe by these presents make and bynde over my whole estate moveables and imoveables of what nature or condition soever unto him the said William Roper his heyres or Assignes witnes my hand this 18th day of Aprill 1645. Signed and delivered in the presence of John Rosier, Reginald Hawis. The marke of William Stevens.
The Enyclopedia of Virginia Biography states: William Roper was a prominent citizen of the eastern shore, who was burgess in 1636 and a justice in 1637. In the former year he had a grant for 150 acres in Accomac for his own personal advernture and the importation of two servants.
Virginia Land Records states:
William Roper, 100 acres in Accomacke, being a small neck, lying between the lands of John Dennis and Henry Charlton; due: 50 for his personal adventure; and 100 for the transportation of two servants, Wm. Jacob and George Cottington. By West,
Cavaliers and Pioneers states:
William Roper, 150 acres Accomack Co., 6 Sept. 1636, p. 375 Being a small neck of land betweene lands of John Dennis & Henry Charlton, S. by E. upon the maine woods, & N. by W. into the maine Cr. 50 acs. for his own per. adv. & 100 acs. for trans. of 2 servts. Wm. Jacob, George Cottington.
Northampton Co. records show: 1636. First order for an election. People met at the Sheriff's house Feb 15th & chose John How & Wm. Roper burgesses. They were to have 1500 lbs. Tobacco. Cotton complains constantly about his tithes not being paid.
The following marriage record exists for Accawmack
1636 Captain William Roper, Burgess, m. Katherine Graves, dau. Of Capt. Thomas and Katherine _____. She m. (2) Thomas Sprigg.
Adventurers of Purse and Person, p. 329 states:
Katherine Graves ([dau of ] Thomas) married (1) William Roper, lieutenant and captain of militia, justice of Accawmack, 1637, and Burgess from Accawmack, 1637, and from Northampton, 1644. He died between
Adventurers of Purse and Person, p. 327, states:
Ann Graves, born 1620, married successively three ministers of Hungars Parish, Accawmack. She married (1) before
The Acts of General Assembly, Jan. 1639 state:
Viewers of Tobacco Crop, 1639. Ackowmack Co.. From the King's Creek to the old plantation creek on that side: Capt. Wm. Roper, Elias Hastue, Jonathan Gibbs.
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 86
His [Cotton's] last recorded transaction was an agreement made
The Virginia Eastern Shore in the 17th Century
In 1640, for instance, at a meeting of the
Footnote: Northampton Co. Records, Vol. II, p. 43. The commissioners present were Nathaniel Littleton, Argoll Yeardly, Obedience Robins, William Andrews, William Burdett, William Roper, Stephen Charlton, and William Stone.
The one who "trailed far behind with ... 150 acres" was William Roper.
Northampton Co. records show:
1640. ... It is thought fit & ordered by this Court That Mr. Philip Taylor nor any other person or persons belonging to him, the said Taylor, shall disturb or molest the Indians, formerly seated at Mattawaman Creek, neither for any cause or reason, to clear or work upon the ground, whereon they are now seated, by reason Nath Littleton, Argal Yeardly, Capt. Wm. Stone, Mr. Wm. Stone, & Capt. Wm. Roper have taken especial charge of the place. ...
William and Mary College Quarterly 5 123
One William Cotton was minister in Accomac Co., and his will was dated
A land patent exists for Accomack Co. for John
Harlow. 200 acres.
A land patent exists for Northampton Co. for
John Harlowe. 200 acres.
Virginia Historical Magazine 23 228 states:
Att the Grand Assemblie holden at James Citty 2d of March 1643 The Names of the Burgesses for the Severall Plantacons in this Collony. Vizt. ... North'ton Co.. Capt. Wm. Roper. Mr. Edw. Douglas. ... The oath of Allegiance and supremacy in the first place was admnstred unto them, &c.
A land patent exists for Randall Holt, 710 acs.
Northampton Co. records show:
April, 1644. It was ordered that for the better protection of the Inhabitants they should be under commands in each precint. ... From King's Creek to the house of Edward Douglas under Wm. Roper & Edward Douglas, ...
Virginia Record Book V.3 1645-51: Orders, Deed, Wills &c, edited by Dr.
Howard Mackey and
p.1: Present./ Att. At Court
p.5: It is ordered by this Court That the differences between Reginald Harris plt & Capt. William Roper deft shalbe referred until Mr John Rosier shall come downe from St Marys and then by he consent of both ptyes the sd difference is referred unto the sayde Mr John Rosier and Mr Edward Douglas as aritrato indifferently both by the plt @ deft for the finall ending & determining thereof./ (Sept-Oct 1645)
p.30: It is ordered by this Court that Capt William Roper late Sherriff of Northampton Countye shall satisfy and pay unto Reginald Hawis Two hundred pounds of Mrchtable tobacco being in consideration of the full moitye for the Sallary of all Colleccons of tobacco for taxes & Leveyes wthin the sd Countye when the sd Roper was Sherrif or els exec. &c. 
The deposicon of Rebecca the wife of Thomas Peake taken in open Cort/ Saith that Capt William Roper came into Robert Wyard his house and demanded two barrels of Corne for the use of Reginald Hawis and the sd Robert being not at home the wife delivred ye sd Corne unto Capt Ropers men for the use of Reginald Hawis wth Corne being cast away, Capt Roper came unto the deponts husband and sayde I am sorrier fo thy losse more than myne owne. And further not./
The marke of Rebecca [her mark] Peake./ Juratr in apta Curia./ 
p.34: It is ordered by this Cort that Capt Roper shall have an Attachment against Somuch of thestate of Sr Edmond Plowden Knight ass hee shall make appe dew unto him at the next Countye Cort. 
p.40: Att A County Court Houlden att
p.56: (A lease by Obedience Robins) Signed and Sealed & dd in the presence of William Roper
Recordatr 22 die Apr Ano; dm 1646./ p me Edwyn Conaway Cler Cur./
p.58: These three bills agreeth wth the originals executed by mee William Roper
Recordatr 22 die Aprillis 1646 Pr me Edwyn Conaway Cler Cur
p.60: Att a County Court houlden at
p.62: It is ordered by this Court that John Dennis Henry Bagwell & John Harloe shalbe sworne before Capt Willm Roper to appraise thestate of William Hookings deceased./ 
p.72-73: (estate sale of Anthony Lynny June 1646) lit tob: Capt Roper...0095 Capt Roper for ffive yards of ffuze[?] not in ye Invoyce...0250
p.75: Att a County Court houlden at
Capt William Roper
p.84: Present Att A Countye Cort boulden at
Capt William Roper
p.94: It is ordered by this Court that according to an Act of Assembly Mr Edm: Scarburgh & Mr Edward Douglas shall take an exact list of all ye tythable psons Land Cattle hourses Mares goates & sheep wthin their pr [hole in page] nc [presence?] or appointt some others that may bee careful to doe it. Capt Roper amd Mr William Andrewes for the Middle precinct Capt Stone for his neck of land to Hungars Bridge./ Mr Charlton & Mr Johnson for Nuswattocks./ [Sept-Oct 1646]
p.96: Att A Cort houlden at
p.100: Att a Cort holden at
p.104: The deposicon of Capt Wm Roper taken in open Cort 12th No: 1646 Saith That by a noate under Mr Eatons hand Capt Wm Stone was authorized to receive of Luke Stubbins 250: pds of tobb: And further saith not:/ William Roper
p.105: Att a County Court holden at
Capt Wm Rop [Roper]
p.109: Att a County Court houlden att
Capt William Rop [Roper]
p.111: (will of William Cotton) And desyre my beloved ffreinde & Brethren in Lawe Capt William Stone & Capt Wiliam Rop [Roper] to bee overseers hereunto Witness my hand this prsent xxth daye of August 1640
p.134: The Deposicon of John Browne taken before Capt Wm Stone & Capt Wm Roper 28th of Aprill 1647
p.139: Upon ye peticon of John Coghan Mrchant It is ordered ye Capt William Roper, Mr Edward Drew & John Harloe bee requested & appoyneted to view certayne hogdes of tobacco wch ye said Mr Coghan recd of John Wilkins gent. 
p.146: ye [sic] 12th of 8ber next ensueinge ye date hereof witne my hand ye 21th of Aprill 1647. Tho: Hunt Test me Wm Roper
p.150: Att a court holden for ye
p.151: (inventory of estate of Phillipp Taylor) upon
oath beinge sworne by Capt William Roper
one of his Maties Comissionres for ye Coun [sic] of
p.186: Att a Court holden for ye
Capt Wm Roper
p.197: 29th of Decem: Ano 1646 prsent Capt Wm Roper
p.198: Att a Court holden for ye
p.228: Att a Court holden for
p.235: It is ordered ye Mr Edwyn Connawaye & Edmund Mathewes (wth their Consent in Court) shall upon monday next att ye howse of Capt Wm Roper or Mr George Clarke come to Accott & devide ye remayndr of the Bills and Accottes in ye said Mathewes hands./ 
p.238: 29th of Decembr Ano 1647 Prsent Capt Wm Rop [Roper]
p.239: Att a Court holden for ye
Capt. Wm Roper
p.240: Att a Court holden for ye
Capt. Wm Roper
p.242: It is ordered by this Court ye Edmund Bibbeye shall continue & inhabite wth Capt. Wm Roper until the xxth of November next: And then (if the Boye have a desyre to bee an Apprntize.) That Capt Roper shall pcure him a maystr & put him to a trade. And it is furthr thought fitt & ordered. that ye estate apptayneinge unto ye said Edm: Bibbye shall remayne in ye hands of ye sd Capt Wm Roper (until ye Boye attayne the age of one and twenty yeares. &c./ 
p.249: Paid to Capt Roper foure Bar. of Corne due to ye estate of Phill: Chapman pd out of ye Cropp 
p.251: Octavo die mense May Ano 1648 Prsent Capt Wm Roper (order concerning estate of William Mane)
p.266: An Inventory of the Estate of Mris Jane Lemman deceased, Appraysed upon oath by Mr Anthony Hoskins; Mr Geor. Clarke, Jonathan Gile. & George Smyth. upon ye xxth daye of March: Ano 1649. Sworne before Capt. Wm Roper.
p.276: 20 Octobr 1648 Edmund Bibby his Cattle ye numbr Nynteene head./ One Plantacon This Accott was presented to ye Comissionresin open Court by Capt. Wm Roper the xxth of Octobr. Ano 1648:
...A Stocke of hogges; Sixe Barrlls of Corne & a crtayne quantitye of tobac. In ye hands of Mr Roper. Wth some household goods Recordatr 23 Octobr Ano 1648 p me Edm: Mathewes Clir Cur./
...Witnes my hand this ffourth of Novembr 1648 William Roper./
p.293: Att a Court holden for Orphanttes Causes upon ye xxth of Octobr Ano 1648 Prsent
Capt Wm Roper
p.297: Att a Court holden att
Capt Wm Roper
p.298: Att a Court holden att
p.302: Att a Court holden for ye
Capt Wm Roper
p.316: Att a Court holden for ye
Capt Wm Roper
p.317: It is ordrd that ye differ betweene Jno
Stringer Philemedq & Jno Little bee referred to ye
p.319: (depositon of Jno ffoster Januar 1648) Wm Roper
p.322: Att a Court holden att
p.333: Att a Court holden for ye
p.336: Att a Court holden att
p.337: It is thought fit & ordered by this Dourt that Capt Wm Roper bee made choyse of @ Authorized to viewe the Armes and make inquires & diligent pusuall [perusal] of evrye howseholder or any other pson quallifyed to beare Armes wthin the prcinctes and Juxion [jurisdiction] of this County of Northton. And where hee shall fynd any gune or gunnes unfixed or any pson wanteinge Ammunicon hee is hereby inioyned to require the delinquent therein (wth all possible expedicon) to fixe their gunnes & pvide a quant. Of Amunicon (according to Act of Assemblye) And to returne the names of the psons who shall neglect or refuse to pforme his ordr & request herein: And for his performance of the ordr 
The said Capt
Wm Roper shall att the Cropp next ensueinge bee satisfied & paid out of
p.339: Att a Court holden att
p.340: Att a Court holden att
p.346: Att a Court holden att Mr Littletons ye 4th of August 1649 Prsent Capt. Wm Roper
Att a Court holden att the Pointe Howse August 13 Ano. 1649 Prsent Capt Wm Roper
p.357: Att a County Court holden att
p.366: Att a Court holden att
Att a Court holden att
p.370: Att a Court holden att
p.373: Sn appaysmt of pte of the Estate of Richard Turner decd beinge praised by us whose names are here undr written And in ye presence of Capt. Wm Roper this 15th daye of Decemr 1649
p.374: Att a Court holden att
Capt Wm Roper
p.382: Att a Court holde for ye
Capt. Wm Roper
p.384: Vicesimo Octavo die mense January Ano 1649 Prsent ut antea It is orderd by the Court that ye last will and testmt of Mris Anne Pettit decd bee pved before Capt. Wm Roper And that Wm Munnes: Steph. Stringr Wm Dynham and Tho: Bankes bee Ellected & Authorized to appayse the Estat of the sd Mris Ann Pettit. who are accordingly to bee Sowrne by a Comissionr/ [1649-50]
p.408: Att a Court holden for ye
Capt Wm Roper
p.409: Whereas it appeth to ye Court that Mr George Clarke decd bought Cattle of Capt Wm Roper for wth hee is indebted ye Sume & quant. Of Sixe hundd Eighty ffive poundes of tobac. It is therefore ordrd that the Admx of the sd Mr George Clarke shall make paymt unto Capt Wm Roper (for ye use of ye orphant) accordinge to prcedency. The sd Sume Sixe hundd Eighty ffive poundes of tobac. Als Exec./ 
p.417: Att a Court holden att ye howse of Mr Littleton the Eight day of ffebur. Ano 1649:/ Prsent
Capt. Wm Roper
p.418: Att a Councell of Warre held before His Mates
Comissionres [Majestyís Commisioners] for ye
p.428: Att a County Court holden att
p.451: [In left margin:] Exec exit con Estate[?]
It is ordrd by ye Court that Danll Baker shall forthwith make paymt unto Mris Kathryne Roper (ye Relict of Capt Wm Roper decd) The Sume & quant. of one thousand sixe hundd pownds of tobac. & Caske (due unto her sd deceased husband Capt Roper by spec.) wth Court charges als Exec./ [Dec 1650]
p.459: Die et Ano prd:/ present ut antea./
Upon the conclusive determination of all & evrye pte of ye Estate,goods; Chattelles & Lands formerly belongeinge to Phillipp Chapman decd & Consequently descendinge to his Heyre Jno Chapman alsoe decd The Court determine their pticulr Judgmt upon ths Question; whether it was Lawfull for Capt. Roper to sell the Land devised by will to Jno Chapman somne & heyre to Philipp Chapman (or not) It beinge pleaded by the ffeoffee in trust for ye next heyre...
Recordatr vicesimo Sexto die Mense ffebur. 1650
p.461: 8th January Ano 1650./ This daye before ye Comissionrs Mris Kathryne Roper widd the relict of Capt. Wm Roper decd made prsentacon of ye Estate of Jno Chapman (orphant) decd wth (upon Exaiacon) was delivred unto Elias Hartree Guardyan to Elizabeth Chapman. The Inventory of wth Estate is herewith Recorded wth goodes & chattels (beinge delivred to the feoffee in trust.) The sd Kathryne Roper her heyres Exres & Assignes are fully and absolutely discharged maye or shall have relacon thereunto. [inventory follows]
p.463: Upon serious & mature Consideration of Edmund Bibby orphant of Wm Bibby decd alsoe ye Estate apptayneinge unto him. It is thought fitt & ordrd by the Court that ye sd Edm: Bibby shall forthwith bee att Libertye, And ye Mris Kathryne Roper widd & Relict of Capt. Wm Roper decd shall (sthall Conveniency) make delivry unto the sd Edm: Bibby
Bibby [sic] all ye female Cattle belonginge unto him It is furthr thought fit & ordrd that Mr Thomas Hunt shall receive ye sd Cattle unto his charge (for the orphantes use) And that ye Estate bee delivred by him untothe sd Edm: Bibby (wthin ffourteene monethes after ye date of this ordr) Provided that Mr Thomas Hunt give suffict securitye to ye Court to bee responsible (in case any thinge should intervene wth maye prove prjudical to the sd orphant.) This to bee an absolute period of the business and Mris Roper to bee discharged of the same./
p.465: Upon ye Complt of Mr Tho: Hunt) It is ordrd by
the Court that the sevrall & pticulr ptyes indebted Corne for the
Recordat 18 die Marty Ano 1651. [p me Edm:] Mathewes Clir Cur/
First Families of America, p. 619, lists:
Col. Thomas Sprigg (1630-1704), from Kethering, Northamptonshire, Eng., appeared in Northampton Co., VA, 1650, and earlier ... m. 1650, Kathryne-, widow of Capt. William Roper, whose sister Verlinda Roper, m. Gov. William Stone, of Md.
Virginia Genealogist 28, p.147: National
Society Daughters of Colonial Wars Lineage Book V, 1966-1982 ...
p.376 Sarah (Sprigg) Peirce is correctly identified as a
child of Col. Thomas Sprigg's first
marriage to Katherine (
Northampton County Virginia Orders, Deed & Wills 1651-1654 Book IV, transcribed by Frank V. Walczyk, Coram, NY: Peterís Row, c1998.
p.11: The estate of Virlinda Roper, daughter of Capt. Wm. Roper decíd, set apart for her use this first day of March Anno Domini 1650 list, four cows by name of old Hanry and young Hanry, blackbeard, and Mawdlyn and two yearling heifers with all their increase male and female, one gray mare with the increase male and female (only the first colt that the mare shall bring excepted) a dozen spoons silver, and a silver tankard, a feather bed with furniture to it and three pairs Holland shoes, one dozen napkins and two table clothes, thirty pounds of powder. These to be delivered unto the above said Virlinda Roper at the age of seventeen years (or at the day of marriage which shall first come.)
Witnessed Obedience Robins, Wm. Andrews, Kathryne Roper, Thos. Sprigg.
This was done by my consent witness my hand this first of March 1650, Thos. Truman witness.
Memorial: That I the above Kathryne (with the approval of my now husband Mr. Thomas Sprigg do further declare and desire that it is not my intention or meaning that any part of the portion herein expressed shall be diminished (or attached) for my daughter her education, diet or apparel, but that my said child (until she attains unto life or marriage,) be maintained out of the estate which my said [FOLIO 14] said husband Mr. Thomas Sprigg is possessed of by me Witness our hands this third day of March 1650.
Kathryn Roper, Thos. Sprigg
Test. John Springer, Thos. Truman, Ann Springer
Recorded tertio day mensis March Anno 1650 by me Edm. Matthews ctr. Cur.
p.47: Lt. Wm. Waters his account of the estate of Mr. George Clarke
Paid to Capt. Roper 0685
Virginia Historical Magazine 32, 110 states: Descendants of Mordecai Cooke, of Mordecai's Mount, Gloucester Co., Va., 1650, and Thomas Booth, of Ware Neck, Gloucester Co., Va, 1685 by Dr. and Mrs. William Carter Stubbs, New Orleans, 1923, pp. 282, ... In addition to the families named there is much about those of ... Roper ... .
William and Mary Quarterly 20, 294 states:
Roper Family. The following notes will serve for a biginning in the study of this family: Captain William Roper was one of Justices of Northampton Co., and died about 1650 when his wife Catherine admin. on his estate. The Ropers are found next in New Kent and the following entries are taken from the Parish register:
John Roper, Jr. & Susan, his wife, had issue: Mary, bapt.
John Roper, Sr. had issue: Mary, bapt.
John Roper had issue: Anne, bapt.
Thomas & Elizabeth Roper had issue: John, born
David & Elizabeth Roper had issue: Benjamin, born 25 Apr, bapt.
William & Mary Roper had issue: William, born
William & Anne Roper had issue:
John & Elizabeth Roper had issue: Martha, born
Thomas & Mary Roper had issue: Elizabeth, born 9 Dec, bapt.
George Walton & Sarah Roper were married Feb 1710.
A land patent exists for Northampton Co. for William Mellin. 500 acres. July 1653, Page 252. Incomplete. Mentions Stubbins branch Capt. Rooper. Trans. of 10 pers: William Melling, Anne Melling, Agnis Barnes, Mary ___, John ___, Hugh ___.
Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia, Part I, 1654-1737", Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. WEISIGER, III (1976). Although I have copied a number of pages which pertain to the COX and CARTER families, there are NO ROPER, RAPER or ROSSER mentions.
A land patent exists for Northampton Co. for
Thomas Stratton. 257 acres.
A land patent exists for Northumberland Co. for
Col. Richard Lee 600 acres.
A land patent exists for New Kent Co. for Lt.
Col. Robert Abrall 950 acres.
Westmoreland Co., VA Records 1661-1664 by J. F.
Dorman: p. 16
A land patent exists for Northampton Co. for
Robt. Marriot. 950 acres.
The Co. Court Note Book, V.VII, #1: p.1:
Ship William and Mary; Capt. Sam Groome; Dep'n of John Gustinge of
The following marriage record exists for Boddie-Isle:
Marriages in Isle of Wight Co. 1628-1800: William Cook and Joane Roper, daughter of
Hugh Roper of Somersett
In Southside Virginia Families is the following
starting on p. 161: William Cooke, Jr.,
and Joan his wife, on November 10, 1665, sold to Thomas
Woodward 360 acres formerly patented by him in 1664?. On
A land patent exists for Thomas Hankes for 300 acres.
KY Family Records: V.4, p.11: Pearce-Culver
Family Record, Revised- Submitted by Mrs. Dorathy B. Stewart. The Pearce family
came from MD resided in St. Mary's and Pr. Georges Cos.
Calendar of Wills, V.I by Baldwin- Will of Francis Graille, St. Mary's Co.,
The Vestry Book of Blisland (Blissland) Parish, New
The Complete Book of Emmigrants by P. W. Coldham 1661-1699: 1677 20 Jul-17 Aug. Shippers by the Crown Mallago, Mr. Thomas Applewaite, bound from London for Virginia...Samuell Roper...
Fifty Years of Public Life by Daniel Calhoun Roper: There seems to be
little doubt that my family descended from John
Roper, a vestryman of Blisland
Parish (VA) in 1678. My great-
grandfather was Richard Roper, who
settled in that part of Brunswick Co. which later became Greensville
Richard Roper moved to Northampton Co. in NC in 1700 with his second wife, Ann
Lewis. This Richard Roper served in the American Revolution. My grandfather
was Thomas Roper, who in 1802 married Hannah Hunter of VA. She
was the granddaughter of Captain William Hunter, a Revolutionary cavalry
officer who was a cousin of the famous cavalryman Andrew Hunter, the hero of
the well-known exploit of David Fanning, who rode the famous horse known as
Blue Doe. Thomas and Hannah moved to
Mountain Creek in that part of Richmond Co. now incorporated in
This is probably the same John Roper who was a vestryman of St. Peter's Parish (see below), which was formed from Blisland Parish in 1679. However, I think that Daniel Roper is wrong about his ancestor; I think it is John Roper, Jr. from Charles City Co.
A land patent exists for Rappa. Co for Mr. Thomas Wood (Woods).
A land patent exists for New Kent Co. for John
Easterly & Robert Clifford. 320 acres.
The Vestry Book and Register of St. Peter's Parish,
The Vestry Book and Register of St. Peter's Parish,
Mary d/o Jno Roper Jun & Susan bapt
Mary d/o John Roper Junior & Susan bapt
Mary d/o Jno Roper Senr bapt
John Roper, vestryman, died Dec 1697/8 62
Anne d/o Jno Roper bapt
St. Peter's Parish was formed from Blisland Parish in 1679.
The Vestry Book of Blisland (Blissland) Parish, New Kent and James City Counties, Virginia 1721-1786, p. xxxiii: quotes p. 7 of the vestry book of St. Peter's Parish showing John Roper, churchwarden of St. Peter's Parish as ordered on 31 Mar 1688 to help "Runn a dividing line between this P'ish of St. Peter's and ye Parish of Blissland ..."
A land patent exists for New Kent Co. for Henry
Waring. 500 acres. Stratton Major Par., upon
A land patent exists for Charles City Co. for
John Evans. 818 acs. In Bristoll Par;
Pocahontas' Descendants by S. E. Brown, Jr., L. F. Myers & E. M. Chappel: p.248: 4128 Lavinia Bentley m William Roper