L. David Roper
My Roper family lived in Hoxne,
We know that the Hoxne Roper family is mine because the copious data clearly
show that three Ropers in
This family is labeled as the RY1 family, since it is the first Roper family shown to be related by Y-chromosome tests. I sometimes call our family the “Hoxne Roper” family. (The web page for the Roper male-lines Y-chromosome project is http://www.roperld.com/RoperGenetics.htm.)
An interesting twist is that the branch of the family in
APR is English, NJR is northern
Time flows from left to right.
Possibly one branch of the Virginia Ropers came down from
Known branches of the Hoxne Roper family are:
The above statements are known to be true by means of extensive genealogy
work done by Peter James Roper of Great Yarmouth and myself, with help by
William Alexander Roper, Jr. of
The following picture of barely-readable tombstones at St. Peter and
The front graves are near to the main door of the church and date to the early 1700s. Since the data show that this Roper family was in Hoxne from the 1500s or earlier, I suspect that those graves are on top of the graves of earlier Roper ancestors. A Samuel Roper (b c1742 d 1802) is buried under the floor near the altar of the church with his wife’s family (Leman).
On 21 October I held a “Roper Union V” meeting at Bury St.
Edmunds, Suffolk at which were 41 Ropers from at least ten unrelated Roper
families that originated in Suffolk or Norfolk. Most of them were meeting for
the first time, including those that are related. It was a very congenial
meeting. As a result of the meeting several more Ropers were Y tested whereby
some more unrelated Roper families were determined. (The web page for the
meeting is http://www.roperld.com/RoperSuffolkEnglandMeet2006.htm.
A link exists there describing an earlier Roper Union held in Thetford,
After the meeting in Bury St. Edmunds my grandson, Caio Ara˙jo-Roper, and I
drove for four days visiting over twenty
I have been surprised and very pleased that so many data are available for
our Roper family in the Suffolk Record Office, mostly in the form of parish
records. Unfortunately, similar records are not available in colonial
We may hold a Hoxne Roper family reunion in Hoxne within the next year or two.
I welcome contact with any persons who are in the Hoxne Roper family or have
data for our family. If any genealogy books have been written that contain