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  • ID: I8602
  • Name: James ROOP
  • _AKA: "Jimmie" ROOP
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1808 in Montgomery County, Virginia
  • Death: 2 NOV 1890 in Floyd County, Virginia
  • _TAG: Proven Ancestors
  • _UID: 4C80B6D0605B7D4C8E3B7EE0396802D77713
  • Census: 1840 Montgomery County, Virginia
  • Census: 1850 Floyd County, Virginia
  • Census: 1860 Floyd County, Virginia
  • Census: 1870 Floyd County, Virginia
  • Census: 1880 Floyd County, Virginia
  • Note:
    52 Ancestors: #42 James ROOP 1808-1890 ~ Found on 8 Consecutive Censuses!

    1810 U.S. Federal Census
    [see father's listing]

    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    [see father's listing]

    1830 U.S. Federal Census
    [see father's listing]

    1840 U.S. Federal Census
    Montgomery County, Virginia
    Page 26
    James Rupe
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 (Gordon 2)
    Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 (Floyd 7)
    Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 (James 32)
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 3 (Avaline 5, Peradine 4, and Barbary Ellen 1)
    Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1 (Amanda 9)
    Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 ((Elizabeth 32)
    Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
    Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
    Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
    Total Free White Persons: 8
    Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8
    (49&50 in file)

    James Roop bought land containing 600 acres in 1849. He cleared up the land and hewed the logs to build the original log house soon after he purchased the property. This was about the same time as his tenth child was born.
    Genevieve H. Peters wrote up the report, found in the Library of Virginia, on the homeplace in 1938. (see notes following *****; images of report in file)

    1850 U.S. Federal Census
    Floyd County, Virginia
    The Western District No. 15, Page No. 445
    Enumerated by me, on the 7th day of September 1850. Joseph L. Howard Ass't Marshal.
    HH #938-938
    James Roop 42 M Farmer $600 Montgomery cannot read & write
    Elizabeth Roop 42 F Floyd cannot read & write
    Amanda Roop 18 F Montgomery
    Floyd Roop 17 M Laborer Montgomery
    Evaline Roop 15 F Montgomery
    Peradine Roop 14 F Montgomery attended school within year
    Gordon Roop 12 M Montgomery attended school within year
    Barbary C. Roop 10 F Montgomery attended school within year
    Giles Henderson Roop 8 M Montgomery
    William H. T. Roop 6 M Montgomery
    Rachel Manerva Roop 5 F Montgomery
    James Roop 8/12 M Floyd
    Note: The enumerator misread the column "Place of Birth Naming the State, Territory, or Country" and filled in the name of the county that the individual was born in.

    1860 U.S. Federal Census
    Floyd County, Virginia
    Page No. 99+100, Sheet No. 533+534
    Enumerated by me, on the 16th day of July, 1960. Geo M. Well, Ass't Marshal.
    Post Office Floyd C.H. Va.
    HH #712-669
    James Roop 50 M Farmer $2000 $292 Virginia
    Elizabeth Roop 50 F Virginia cannot read & write
    Amanda Lester 28 F Virginia
    Giles H. Roop 19 M Virginia attended school
    William H. T. Roop 17 M Virginia attended school
    Barbary C. Roop 20 F Virginia attended school
    Rachel M. Roop 14 F Virginia attended school
    Jas Roop 10 M Virginia attended school
    Hamilton N. Roop 7 M Virginia attended school
    Charles M. Roop 5 M Virginia attended school
    Jas R. Lester 4 M Virginia
    Lafayette Lester 2 M Virginia
    (99+100 in file)

    Civil War
    Four of James Roop's sons (Floyd, Gordon, Giles Henderson and William H. T.) and two of his daughters' husbands (Amanda's husband George Washington Lester and Peradine's husband Sylvester Mills) served in Company A, 54th Infantry Regiment Virginia. Daughter Evaline's husband Mathias Ratliff served in Company E of the same regiment. Gordon, Giles and William died in Georgia while serving.
    Company A
    Captain Andrew Dickerson's Company from Floyd County enlisted on September 10, 1861 for one year. This company was originally comprised of 100 men, who enlisted at Jacksonville or Floyd Court House, Virginia. Only two extant muster rolls for this company exist, for the period from enlistment to January 1, 1862, when camped near Paintsville, Ky and for the period from July to December 31, 1863, when the regiment was camped at Dalton, Georgia. This is supplemented by one clothing issue roster dated April 1864, in the field near Dalton, Georgia. An extensive postwar roster at the Virginia State Library helped fill in some gaps in the compiled service roster. Captain Dickerson was not retained at the regimental reorganization on May 13, 1862. Lieutenant Thomas P. Dobyns succeeded to the command of the company, and served until he was killed in action at Kelly's Store on January 30, 1863. Dobyns was succeeded by Darius Sowers, who resigned. Robert Hammit of this company also held the rank of Captain, and according to the postwar roster of the company he was in command when he was killed at Resaca in May 1864.

    1870 U. S. Federal Census
    Floyd County, Virginia
    Page No. 9+10, Sheet 5A+5B
    Alum Ridge Township
    Enumeratd by me on the 5th day of August, 1870. B. P. Elliott, Ass't Marshal.
    Post Office Floyd C. H. Va.
    HH #68-66
    Roop, James 62 M W Farmer $1,500 $430 Virginia male US citizen over 21 yo
    Roop, Elizabeth 62 F W Keeping house Virginia cannot read & write
    Roop, Hamilton N. 17 M W farm laborer Virginia cannot read & write
    Roop, Charles M. 15 M W farm laborer Virginia cannot read & write
    Roop, Barbara E. 30 F W without occupation Virginia cannot read & write
    (9+10 in file)

    1880 U.S. Federal Census
    Montgomery County, Virginia
    Page No. 18
    Christiansburg Magisterial District
    Enumeration District No. 50, Sheet No. 356B
    Enumerated the 11th day of June, 1880. John C. Wade, enumerator.
    HH #151-153
    Roop, James Sr. W M 71 married Farmer VA VA VA
    Roop, Elizabeth W M 71 wife married Keeping House VA VA VA
    (50-20 in file)

    31 January 1890
    James Roop's Will
    Recorded in Floyd County, Virginia
    Will Book F
    Page 486

    Will and Testament of James Roop - In the name of God, Amen. I James Roop of the County of Floyd and State of Virginia, being weake of body, but of mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body make and ordain this my Will and Testament - and as vouching my worldly estate. When with it has pleased God to bless me with this life - I deaded to Floyd Roop, my son, he being heir of my body one hundred akers of land being part, this land lying in the County of Floyd and the State of Virginia, joining land of James Simmons and John Altizer and others. - I also bond James Roop, my son, being heir of my body, one hundred akers of land, this land being sold to George W. Lester of said James Roop and this deed were made to George W. Lester instead of James Roop, this land joining Cornelius ALtizer. - I also bond Hamilton N. Roop, my son, being heir of my body, one hundred and twenty akers of land, said Hamilton N. Roop sold to A. L. Roop and this dead being made to A. L. Roop instead of Hamilton N. Roop, this land joining George Nixon. - I also deaded Charley Roop, my son, one hundred akers of land, he being heir of my body, this deed were made to his wife and heirs instead of said Charley Roop, this land joining Perdine Peterman.
    I allso desire Gordon Roop, my son, he be heir of my body, his heirs to have fifteen dollars, a peace, there names being Thomas Roop, and Gordon Roop and Dolley Roop.
    Perdine Roop, my daughter, she being heir of my body, has received her part in land this dead was made to Silvester Mills her husban instead of said Perdine his wife, This land is none (sic, known) as the Canaan Simons land lying on the Waters of Little River joining lands of C. D. Lester, this land lying in the County of Floyd and State of Virginia. - The amount of Perdine money that I paid for this land is mention in Silvester's deed.
    I allso desire at my death for the rest of my estate to be eaqely divided amongst my four daughters. They being heirs of my body, Amanda Roop, and Avealine Roop, and Barbery Roop, and Rachel M. Roop. My requests is that A. L. Roop to be my Administrator. - This 31st day of January 1890.
    James X Roop
    Witness: James A. Simmons
    H. D. Simmons

    Virginia - In Floyd County Court held on this 14th day of September 1897, a paper in writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of James Roop, deceased, was produced in court proven by the Oaths of James A. Simmons and H. D. Simmons, the Subscribing Witnesses thereto. Admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded. Thereupon, A. L. Roop, the Executor named in same Will. Together with Ira S. Hylton and J. M. Roop, his surieties, entered unto said acknowledged a Bond in the Penalty of $1000.00 conditioned according to law. A certificate is granted said A. L. Roop for obtaining probate of said will in due form.
    [Source: photocopy of page from Will Book in Louise Akers' book; transcribed by Cathy Meder-Dempsey 18 Oct 2014])

    Linda P. (Dickey) Roop (deceased), a Roop researcher, wrote in her research that James was born 1808, Montgomery County, Virginia, and married Elizabeth Carroll, born ca. 1808, Floyd County, Virginia, on July 23, 1830, Montgomery County, Virginia. His will was dated January 31, 1890. James died November 2, 1890, final settlement of will September 18, 1897, Floyd County, Virginia. Mentioned in his will were sons: Floyd Roop, James Roop, Hamilton N. Roop, Charley Roop's wife (Sarah Martha Epperly), Gordon Roop's children (Thomas, Gordon, and Dolly); daughters: Peradine Mills (her husband Silvester), Amanda Roop, Eveline Roop, Barbara Roop and Rachel M. Roop with A. L. Roop (Amos L. Roop) as administrator.

    The Jimmie Roop Homeplace
    Author: Peters, Genevieve H. (research made by)
    Date: 12 January 1938
    Material: 4 leaves (in file)
    Gen. note: Map location number: FLO30 (image in file)
    1. SUBJECT
    Jimmie Roop Homeplace
    "About 9 1/2 miles northwest of Floyd, Virginia, on the White Oak Grove Road, Route #617. House is about 1 mile northwest of White Oak Grove Church
    3. DATE
    "James Roop bought this land, containing 600 acres in 1849. He cleared up the land and hewed the logs to build the original log house with. Sometime soon after he purchased the property. The original house would be about 89 years old."
    4. OWNERS
    "Charles Simmons was the original owner before 1833. Charles Simmmons deeded the land to Edward and Charles Simmons, May 3, 1833, and recorded in 'Deed Book A', page 190. Edward Simmons of Indiana, Charles Simmons of Ohio and William Jones of Franklin County, Virginia to Alvin Graham on September 5, 1836, in 'Deed Book B', page 25. Alvin Graham to James Roop 600 acres in 'Deed Book E Floyd County', page 377 on November 17, 1849. James and Elizabeth Roop to Amos L. Roop 'Deed Book R Floyd County', page 292, on November 3, 1879. On January 31, 1890 in the will of James Roop, he gave the 120 acre tract to his son Hamilton N. Roop and recorded in 'Will Book F', page 486. Hamilton N. Roop, through Jas. L. Roop and wife, to Amos L. Roop on November 3, 1879, in 'Deed Book L Floyd County', page 292."
    "The original house was a one-room, log structure, about 24'x12', the logs being daubed with mortar. There was one unusually large fireplace where the children gathered to sit in each corner, after the logs were put on. A brick arch was build over the fireplace. The bricks were homemade, and Mr. Roop explained the process by which they were made. In those days the log kitchens were always built away from the house; this one being about 8 or 10 feet distant. Further description givenon Architectural Sheet 3686."
    "James Roop, more familiarly known as Jimmie Roop, was the first of the Roop family to settle at this site. He came here from Montgomery County and bought about 600 acres of land, which he cleared up. Mr. Roop hewed the logs and built himself a log house, soon after purchasing the land in 1849. The present owner is Amos L. Roop, an elderly man about 80 years of age, and about the oldest resident in the White Oak Grove Community."
    7. ART
    Informants: Mr. Edgar E. Slusher; Mr. Amos Roop; Mrs. Amos Roop
    ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION OF BUILDINGS called for in 5-A. of Bulletin 3400.
    Name of Building: Jimmie Roop Home Place
    Building plan: Rectangular
    Number of stories: 1
    Building material: Log
    Kind of roof: Hip
    Roof Material: Shingle
    Chimneys: 1; material: rock; location: southwest
    Cornices: Very plain, wood
    Windows: number: 2; size and number of panes: 16 panes 7"x10"
    Shutters: none
    Dormers: none
    Porch: none
    Type of entrance: plain
    No. of rooms: 1 large 8' ceiling height
    Stairway: none
    Cellar: none
    Doors: plain yellow pine doors. No panels - just large planks nailed together
    Walls: logs daubed with mortar
    Interior cornices: wood
    Hardware: Common iron hinges and old-fashioned doors locks on outside of door
    Floor: broad, even planks (hand-hewed logs)
    Mantels: one plain wood or log mantel
    Present condition: Poor condition building has been torn apart, moved and is now used for a cow house
    Source: Computer file. Richmond, Va. : Library of Virginia, 1999. 4 image files.
    Issuing Body: This write-up is a part of the Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission under the direction of its Division of History.
  • Change Date: 6 OCT 2017 at 20:12:48

    Father: Henry RUPE b: ABT 1765 in Baltimore County, Maryland
    Mother: Catherine Barbara NOLL b: 24 FEB 1768 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth CARROLL b: ABT 1808 in Montgomery (present-day Floyd) County, Virginia
    • Married: 23 JUL 1830 in Montgomery County, Virginia 1 2
    • Note: Louise Akers wrote that she did not locate a marriage bond for James Roop and Elizabeth Carroll.
    1. Has Children Amanda "Manda" Roop b: SEP 1831 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    2. Has Children Floyd Roop b: 12 MAY 1833 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    3. Has Children Evaline Roop b: 3 MAR 1835 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    4. Has Children Peradine Roop b: 15 MAY 1836 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    5. Has Children Gordon H. ROOP b: ABT 1838 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    6. Has No Children Barbary Ellen Roop b: 28 JUN 1839 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    7. Has No Children Giles Henderson Roop b: 2 FEB 1841 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    8. Has No Children William H. T. Roop b: 6 NOV 1843 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    9. Has Children Rachel Monacha Roop b: ABT 1845 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    10. Has Children James Anderson Roop b: 16 SEP 1849 in Floyd County, Virginia
    11. Has Children Hamilton N. Roop b: ABT 1853 in Floyd County, Virginia
    12. Has Children Charles Monroe Roop b: 10 AUG 1854 in Floyd County, Virginia

    1. Title: Louise Roop Anderson Akers
      Abbrev: Louise Roop Anderson Akers
      Text: "Your James got married July 23, 1830 in Montgomery County, VA. No bonds have been found."
    2. Title: "Virginia, Marriages 1740-1850," (index-only)
      Publication: Ancestry, citing Dodd, Jordan R., et al., Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, Utah
      Abbrev: "Virginia, Marriages 1740-1850"
      Note: James Rupe, male, spouse Elizabeth Earl (sic), female, marriage date 23 Jul 1830 in Montgomery County, Virginia. ( : accessed 6 April 2016).
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