Roper Union VI
Saturday 18 October 2008

"Ropers are more interesting with faces."

L. David Roper
540-951-7047 (9 AM-9 PM)

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Summary of the meeting

The Roper Union V meeting was held in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England (population ~100,000) on the afternoon of 21 October 2006.

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We call these meetings Roper Unions, rather than reunions, because most attendees have never met each other before. In fact, there have been at least two unrelated Roper families represented at the past meetings. We welcome more different Roper families to attend. At minimum we share the Roper surname, if not much genetics. There were Ropers in over ten unrelated Roper families at Roper Union V. That makes it an unusual genealogical gathering. Keeping track of unrelated Roper families helps genealogists find data for members of a specific family. Leon David Roper keeps genealogical data for all Roper families on his computer.


This Roper Union VI meeting is being organized by Gillian Roper Bennett of Northampton England and Derek John Roper of Devon England.


Location of Meeting:

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Lynsted, Kent, England

North Kent has reasonable road and rail links, M2, A2 and M20. There are links to M25 orbital, and M2 to Medway via Medway tunnel. Teynham is on the railway line and has a station. National Rail Enquiries Tel 08457 484950; National Travel Helpline 0870 6082608 Charing Cross and Victoria, London.  There are rail services to Dover for the continent. Eurostar stops at Ashford International.  Coaches run from London Victoria. London's Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports are within 1-2 hours. Channel ports one hour away, Channel Tunnel gives access by car between Calais and Folkestone.

Stagecoach East Kent buses from Canterbury Bus Station. Timetable: Tel 08702 433 711.  Park and ride in Canterbury at New Dover Road, Sturry Road and Wincheap.


RAMADA Hotel, DOVER. tel 01304 821230; Singledge Lane, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3EL 68 rooms, B&B £41-£70.50 per person per night.

RAMADA Encore Hotel, CHATHAM. Western Avenue, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham ME4 4NT Tel 08448 010313  90 ensuite rooms.  room rate w/es from £49.95, mid week, from £59.95.

Hilton Maidstone Hotel, Bearsted Road, Weavering, Maidstone ME145AA, Tel: 44 (0) 1622 734322. I am staying at this hotel, which I booked through Orbitz for $97.47 USD + $5 taxes and fees per night.

Search on for hotels near Sittingbourne. You can also search for a rental car. single room B & B from £80.  4 acres of landscaped gardens, 3 km from Teynham. +44 (0) 1795 428020; Fax: +44 (0) 1795 436362. 

Dover Castle for meals, The Dover Castle Inn, 01795 521214

Tentative Meeting Agenda:

Come for any of these periods that fit your schedule.

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Free 12-markers Y-chromosome testing for 10 male attendees who have the Roper surname:

There will be 5 testing kits available for those Roper males who wish to join the Roper male-lines Y-chromosome project. (See 12 markers will be free for up to 5 male Roper testees.

"...there is something moving in feeding into a database one's own detailed Y chromosome haplotype and finding in that database a dozen or so relatives of the paternal line, members of far-flung populations, men whom one has never met, who know nothing of one's own existence but who, nevertheless, share a common ancestor not so long ago."

Items to display at Roper Union VI:

The Ropers who attended Union VI:

  1. Leon David Roper*, Blacksburg VA USA (ancestry New Kent & Charles City, Virginia, USA/Norfolk & Suffolk, England)
  2. Derek John Roper (& Rosemary)|, Yelverton, Devon, England (ancestry Otley, Suffolk, England)
  3. Gillian Roper Bennett (& Tony)>, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England (ancestry Chideock, Dorset, England)
  4. John Francis Hodgess Roper (Lord Roper)<, London, England (ancestry Kent, England); HG: R1b1
  5. Doreen Anne Roper Ward|, Royston, Herts, England; Suffolk ancestry
  6. Stephen George Roper (& Margaret)>, Ixworth, Suffolk, England (ancestry Broadwindsor, Dorset, England)
  7. Keith John Roper, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  8. Geoffrey Edward Hodgess Roper<, London, England (ancestry Kent, England); HG: R1b1 (brother of Lord Roper)
  9. Ronald Gordon Roper, Cromer, Norfolk, England
  10. Christopher Mabor William Hodgess Roper<, London, England (ancestry Kent, England); HG: R1b1 (brother of Lord Roper)
  11. Ilah Harmon Francis Bagnam Parker and husband Nick|, MD USA
  12. Bruce Roland Roper%, Nether Stowey, Somerset, England (ancestry London, England)
  13. Graham Roper, Burnley, Lancaster, England (ancestry Lakenheath, Suffolk, England)
  14. Ian Thomas Roper (& Elizabeth)|, Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; antique coin shop in London (ancestry Tannington, Suffolk, England)
  15. Alan Holbrow, Roper ancestry in Norfolk.
  16. Wendy Roper, Salford, Lancaster, England; Dorset ancestry
  17. Martin Roper, Dorset ancestry
  18. Dianne Roper Rowland
  19. Jonathan Roper, Leeds, York, England (son of Geoffrey Edward Hodgess Roper)
  20. Joan Roper O'Rawe, London, England
  21. Richard William Roper, Oxford, England
  22. Keith Turner, ancestry Thurgarton, Norfolk, England
  23. Roy Malcolm Roper & John Roper, brothers, Kent, England; ancestry Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  24. Paul Bridges Roper Dixon & Robert Packman Roper Dixon & Helen Roper Dixon, Kent, England

* = shown by Y tests to be in the RY1 (Hoxne, Suffolk) family; HG: R1b1c; & = shown by Y tests to be in the RY2 or RY3 family, HG: R1b1
# = shown by Y tests to be in the RY4 family; HG: I; | = shown by Y tests to be in the RY5 family; HG: G,
^ = shown by Y tests to be in the RY7 family; HG: R1a, > = shown by Y tests to be in the RY9 family; HG: I; @=shown by Y tests to be in RY11 family; HG: R1b1, % = shown by Y tests to be in the RY12 family, HG: R1b1;
< = Y tested but no matches.
HG = haplogroup
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Information about Ropers in the United Kingdom

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Lynsted, Kent, England

Places of Interest in the Lynsted area

Summary of the meeting

Previous Roper Union meetings:

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L. David Roper
540-951-7047 (9 AM-9 PM)