Name: Henry RUPE
_AKA: Henrich Rub
Birth: ABT 1765 in Baltimore County, Maryland
Death: Bet. 19 Nov 1845-1 Dec 1845 in Old Henry Roop Place, Riner, Montgomery County, Virginia
Burial: BEF DEC 1845 Family Cemetery, Old Henry Roop Place, Riner, Montgomery County, Virginia
Reference Number: FAG #13689506
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Land Purchase 2 APR 1788 Pipe Creek Hundred, Baltimore County, Maryland (Rheinharts Folly) from his father Jacob Rupe
Land Sale 23 APR 1793 (Rhineharts Folly) Pipe Creek Hundred, Baltimore County, Maryland, to Jacob Boblitz
Land Sale 1798 (Rhineharts Folly) Pipe Creek Hundred, Baltimore County, Maryland, to Jacob Boblitz
Residence: 1798 Rockbridge County, Virginia
Event: Polly Null being over 21 years old at time of marriage
Witness 13 JAN 1801 Rockbridge County, Virginia
Land Purchase 1804 Montgomery Co., VA, 326 acres on Pelham Branch of Meadow Creek a branch of Little River from Abner Lester
Land Purchase 19 DEC 1805 Montgomery County, part of a survey of 455 acres, from James And Sarah Simpkins
Land Grant 1 SEP 1809 Montgomery County, Virginia
Census: 6 AUG 1810 Montgomery County, Virginia 1
Land Purchase 1 AUG 1820 Montgomery County, Virginia
Census: 7 AUG 1820 Montgomery County, Virginia 2
Land Grant 22 AUG 1821 Montgomery County, Virginia
Land Purchase 16 JAN 1826 Montgomery County, Virginia
Land Grant 24 JUN 1826 Montgomery County, Virginia
Census: 1 JUN 1830 Montgomery County, Virginia 3
Census: 1 JUN 1840 Montgomery County, Virginia 4
Will: 19 NOV 1845 Montgomery County, Virginia
Probate: 1 DEC 1845 Montgomery County, Virginia
Note: Nearly all online family trees list Henry with the middle name Thomas. His son Henry Jr. also has this middle name. I have found no documentation with a middle initial or name for Henry Sr. I need to check all of Henry Jr.'s documentation to see if he may have had the middle name and it was "assumed" this was his father's as they were distinguised on census with Jr. and Sr. This does not mean they shared the exact same name.
Change Date: 13 NOV 2017 at 19:02:24
Rupe/Roop/Ruppe/Rupp Migration in the Years 1752-1820
Henry RUPE and Catherine Barbara NOLL ~ The Early Years in Maryland (1765-1793)
Henry RUPE and Catherine Barbara NOLL ~ The Years in Rockbridge (1793-1801)
Henry RUPE and Catherine Barbara NOLL ~ At Home on the Old Henry Roop Place
Henry RUPE and Catherine Barbara NOLL ~ Family Life in Montgomery County, Virginia
The Last Will and Testament of Henry RUPE 1765-1845
A Date of Death for Catherine Barbara NOLL (1768-1859)
1788 Land Deed (in file)
Jacob Rub to Henry Rub
This Indenture made this Twenty second Day of April Anno Domini Seventeen Hundred and Eighty eight Between Jacob Rub of Baltimore County and State of Maryland of the one part and Henry Rub of the same County and State aforesaid of the Other part witnesseth that the said Jacob Rub for and in Consideration of the sum of Fifty pounds Current money to him in hand paid at or before the Enscaling and delivery of these presents the Receipt whereof he doth hereby Acknowledge and therewith to be fully Contented and paid hath and by then presents doth give grant sell alien enfcoft and Confirm to him the said Henry Rub his Heirs and assigns forever all that part of a Tract of Land Called Rineharts folly resurveyed lying and being in Baltimore County and beginning for these part at the original Beginning and Running thence North twenty two degrees East Forty perches north Seventy eight degrees East sixty perches North East forty two perches South forty nine degrees and thirty minutes East sixty seven perches to the end of Forty one perches and a half perch on the seventh line of the said land then with it south twelve degreees East fifty eight perches and a half perch South Eighty degrees west one Hundred and Seventy three perches to the third line of the Original then with it to the Begining of said line South Eighty two degrees west fifty two perches North thirty five degrees East Seventy five perches and then by a Straight line to the Begining Containing One Hundred Acres of Land more or Less together with all the Buildings Improvements medows waters priviledges and appurtenances thereto belonging and all the Right Title Interest use property claim and demand of in or to the said Land and premises Reversion and Reversions Remainders Rents Issues and profits thereof and of every part or parcel thereof to have and To Hold the said parcel of Land and premises with the Appurtenances unto him the said Henry Rub his Heirs and assigns forever and to his and their only proper use and behoof and the said Jacob Rub for himself and his Heirs doth hereby Convenant and agree to and with the said Henry Rub his Heirs and assigns that he the said Jacob Rub and his Heirs the aforesaid parcel of Land and premises with the Appurtenances to him the said Henry Rub his Heirs and Assigns forever shall and will warrant defend by these presents against all person and persons Claiming or which may hereafter claim by from or under him the said Jacob Rub or his Heirs or by their means or procurement In Witness whereof the said Jacob Rub hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written.....
Signed Sealed & delivered
In the presence of Jacob Rub (Seal)
Geo. Goulds Presbury; Lyde Goodwin Received the day and year first within written of Henry Rub the sum of Fifty pounds Current Money it being the Consideration within mentioned as witness my hand - Witness frst? Geo Goulds Presbury Jacob Rub
On the 22d day of April 1788 Came Jacob Rub before us two of the Justices of the peace for Baltimore County and acknowledged the within Deed to be his Act and the parcel of Land hereby bargained and sold to be the Right title and Estate of the within mentioned Henry Rub his Heirs and assigns forever according to the true Intent and meaning of the said Deed.
Geo Goulds Presbury, Lyde Goodwin
Received to be Recorded the 7th day of June 1788 same day Recorded & Examined Wm. Gibson clk
1793 Land Sale
Henry Rub to Jacob Boblits
This Indenture made this [blank] day of April Anno Domini Seventeen hundred and ninety-three Between Henry Rub of Baltimore County and State of Maryland of the one part and Jacob Boblitz of the same County and State aforesaid of te other part Witnesseth that the said Henry Rub for and in Consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifteen pounds Current money to him in hand paide at or before the Ensealing and delivering of these presents the Receipt whereof doth hereof acknowledge and therewith to be fully contented and paide Hath and by these presents doth give grant sell alien enfest and confirm to him the saide Jacob Boblits heirs and assigns forever all that part of a Tract of Land Called Rineharts folly Resurveyed Lying and being in Baltimore County and begining for these part at the Original Begining and runing thence North twenty two Degrees East forty perches North Seventy Eight Degrees East Sixty perches North East forty two perches South fory nine degrees and thirty minutes East Sixty seven perches to the end of Forty one perches and a half perch on the Seventh line of the saide Land then with it South twelve degrees East fifty Eight perches and a half perch South Eighty degrees west one hundred and seventy three perches to the third line of the Origianl then with it to the begining of Saide Line South Eighty two degrees west fifty two perches North thirty five degrees East Seventy four perches and then by a Straight line to the Begining Containing one hundred acres of Land more or less together with all the Buildings Improvements meadows waters priveliges and appurtanances thereto Belonging and all the right title Intrust use properly claims and Demand of in on to the said Land and Premises Revision and Reversions Remainders rents Houses and profits thereof and of every part of parcel thereof to Have and To Hold the saide parcel of Land and Premises with the appurtenances unto him the said Jacob Boblits his heirs and assigns forever and to his or theirs only use and behoof and the said Henry Rub for himself and his heirs doth hereby Convenant and Agree to and with the saide Jacob Boblits his heirs and assigns that he the saide Henry Rub and his heirs the aforesaid parcel of Land and Promises with the appertanances to him the saide Jacob Boblits his heirs and assigns forever sall and will warant and defend by these against al person or persons claiming or which may hereafter claim by from or under him the saide Henry Rub or his heirs or by these means or procurement In Witness whereof the said Henry Rub Hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written. Henry his x mark Rub
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presents of us R. Winchester
Baltimore County (to witt)
On the day of the date hereof came Henry Rub Party to the within Deed Before us the subscribers two of the Justices of the peace for said County and acknowledged the within Instrument of writing to be his act and Deed and the Land and Premises therein mentioned to be the Eight and Estate of the within named Jacob Boblits his heirs and assigns forever according to the true Intent and meaning thereof at the same time Catherine the wife of the said Henry Rub and being by Privately Examined from apart and out of the hearing of her said husband did relinquish her right of Dower in and to the within described Land & premises and acknowledged it to be the rigfht of the within named Jacob Boblits his heirs and assigns forever and that she did of her own free will and voluntary will without threats or fear of ill usage from her said husband April 23rd 1793 acknowledged before
R. Wincherster Joshua Lemmon
Received to be recorded the 14th day of May 1793 same day recorded a& examinded.
W Gibson clk
The Great Valley Road
Map of the main routes through Virginia
Map of Montgomery
1750 to 1865 Historical Map of Montgomery County, Virginia
13 January 1801
Polly Null, daughter of "Anthony Null" of Baltimore County, Maryland, married James Hart on 13 January 1801. Henry Roop of Rockbridge County gave oath that Polly Null was over 21 years old. These two documents show that a Henry Roop was in Rockbridge in January 1801. Further research may be needed to prove that this is Henry Rupe who married Catherine Barbara Null, a daughter of Anton Null, and that Polly and Catherine were children of the same man.
(images in scrapbook)
17 August 1804
Deed Book D, pg. 204
Abner Lester to Henry Rupe of Mtg co Va for 200 pounds for 326 ac on Pelham branch of Meadow Creek a branch of Little River and New River
On August l7, 1804, Abner Lester of Russell County, Virginia, conveyed 326 acres in Montgomery County, Virginia, lying on Pilhams Creek a branch of Meadow Creek...corner to Ezekiel Howard... to Henry Rupe of Montgomery County for 200 pounds (DBK D-204).
More about Abner Lester and the original land grant:
Abner Lester was one to the early pioneers of Fincastle County, Virginia. He obtained 326 acres of land by grant in Montgomery County, Virginia, in 1796 on Pelham branch of Meadow Creek, a branch of Little River waters of New River of Montgomery County (same land that he later sold to Henry Rupe) where he resided for several years. Abner Lester removed to Russell County, Virginia about 1801 where he purchased land and settled for a few years. By 1810 Abner had moved to Floyd County, Kentucky.
Land Office Grants
Name: Luster, Abner.
Date: 27 June 1796.
Location: Montgomery County.
Description: 326 acres on Palm Branch Waters of Moadow Creak a branch of Little river waters of New River adjoining Ezekiel Howard &c.
[Source: Land Office Grants No. 34, 1796, p. 357 (Reel 100).]
MRIN00553 1796 Abner Luster land grant to Henry Rupe in 1804.jpg
MRIN00553 1796 Abner Luster land grant to Henry Rupe in 1804 source.jpg
19 December 1805
Deed Book D, pg. 291
James Simpkins and Sarah to Henry Rupe of Mtg co for $200 being on Mill creek waters a branch of Meadow Creek water Little River part of a survey of 455 acres and bounded as follows: (include text)
1 September 1809.
Roop, Henry. grantee.
Location: Montgomery County.
Description: 45 acres on the head waters of Meadow Creek a branch of Little River adjoining Northup Fuller.
Transcript of deed:
September 1st, 1809
John Tyler Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Know Ye, That by virtue of a Land Office Treasuary Warrant, number seventy thousand, eight hundred and thirteen, issued the nineteenth day of November, one thousand seven hundred and eighty three, there is granted by the said Commonwealth, unto Henry Roop a certain tract or parcel of Land, containing forty five acres, by survey bearing date, the nineteenth day of march, one thousand eight hundred and seven; lying and being in the County of Montgomery, on the head waters of Meadow creek, a branch of Little river and bounded as followeth, to wit: Beginning at two Spanish oaks corner to Austin Akers land thence with the lines thereof, north thirty nine degrees, west one hundred and thirty two poles to a black oak on a ridge, north seventy degrees, west two hundred and forty two poles crossing a branch to two white oak saplings on a ridge corner to Northup Fullers land thence with a line thereof south thirty nine and a half degrees east one hundred and twenty seven poles to two pine saplings, on a line of his own land, thence with the lines thereof north twenty three degrees, east forty two poles to two white oak saplings on a ridge, south seventy one degrees east one hundred and fifty six poles crossing a branch to a pine and two white oaks and thence, south forty two degrees east one hundred poles to the beginning with its appurtenances; To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances to the said Henry Roop and his heirs for ever. In witness whereof, the said John Tyler Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand, and caused the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the first day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and nine, and of the Commonwealth the thirty fourth.
[Source: Land Office Grants No. 59, 1809-1810, p. 195 (Reel 125).]
1810 U.S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 4 (James 2, Samuel 9, William 10, & ?)
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 3 (George 16, John 21, Henry 21, Jacob 24)
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 2 (Henry 45 & ?)
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2 (Nancy 4, Rachel 6)
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1 (Mary 8)
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 3 (Elizabeth 23,Barbara 18,Catherine 15)
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 2 (Catherine 42 & ?)
Number of Household Members Under 16: 7
Number of Household Members Over 25: 4
Number of Household Members: 17
Note: Is it possible that Henry's parents are still living and with him in 1810? Or is this another couple with a daughter and a son?
1820 U.S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Virginia
Henry Roop Sr.
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 (Joseph 9 and George 5, s/o Barbara)
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1 (James 12)
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1 (Samuel 18)
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1 (Samuel 18)
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 (Henry 31)
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 (Henry 55)
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1 (Barbary 2, d/o Mary)
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1 (Nancy 14)
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 3 (Rachel 16, Mary 18, Barbara 28)
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1 (Catherine 52)
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 3
Free White Persons - Under 16: 5
Free White Persons - Over 25: 3
Total Free White Persons: 12
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 12
1 August 1820
Deed Book G, pg. 483
Rupe, Henry from Jacob Weaver 1 Aug 1820 for $100 46 ac situated on waters of Mill Creek a branch of Meadow Creek and bounded: (text not included in book)
22 August 1821
Name: Roop, Henry. grantee.
Location: Montgomery County
Description: 65 acres on Little River a branch of New River
Transcript of deed:
August 22, 1821
23rd Feb 1822 deld (delivered)
to Wm. B. Charlton
Thomas M. Randolph Esq., Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia: To all to whom These presents shall come Greeting: Know Ye that in conformity with a survey made on the tenth day of August 1820, by virtue of a Land Office Exchange treasury warrant Number 2158; issued the 14th February 1812; there is granted by the said Commonwealth, unto Henry Roop A certain tract or parcel of Land Containing Sixty five acres Situate in the County of Montgomery on Little River a branch of New river and bounded as followeth to wit: Beginning at a white Oak on a ridge South forty seven degrees East twenty six poles to a mulberry walnut and Sycamore on the River bank and down the Several Courses thereof and binding thereon two hundred and Sixty Five poles to three hickories under a Clift of rocks and thence South thirty nine degrees West One hundred and ninety eight poles to the Beginning. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances, to the said Henry Roop and his heirs forever. In witness whereof, the said Thomas M. Randolph Esq. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia hath hereunto set his hand, and Caused the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the twenty second day of August in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty One and of the Commonwealth the forty Sixth.
Thos. M. Randolph
[Source: Land Office Grants No. 70, 1820-1821, p. 284 (Reel 136)]
5 April 1822
Deed Book H, pg. 295
Rupe, Henry from Elias Vancil 5 Apr 1822, Consideration $200, 110 ac known as Wolf Spring
16 January 1826
Deed Book LJ, pg. 203
Rupe, Henry from Elswick Thompson 16 Jan 1826 consideration of debtedness gives a deed of trust
24 June 1826
Name: Roop, Henry. grantee
Location: Montgomery County
Description: 100 acres on the head of the Flag Branch
Transcript of deed:
June 24th, 1826
John Tyler, Esq., Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia: To all ye whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know Ye, That in conformity with a Survey, made on the twelfth day of March 1824, by virtue of a Land Office Treasury warrant No. 7097 issued June 22nd, 1821, there is granted, by the said Commonwealth, unto Henry Roop a certain Tract or Parcel of Land, containing One hundred Acres, situate in the County of Montgomery on the head of New river, and bounded as followeth, to wit: Beginning at a chesnut oak and pine on the head of a hollow on the north side of the Pilot Mountain and near the top South two degrees, East one hundred and forty four poles crossing said branch to a white oak and chesnut on the South side of the mountain and along it South forty three degrees, West Seventy four poles crossing a branch to a pine and white oak, North Seventy one degrees, west one hundred and forty poles to two black oak and a white oak sapling on top of the Mountain, and thence North fifty degrees, East two hundred and thirty four poles to the beginning.
To have and to hold the said Tract or Parcel of Land, with its appurtenances, to the said Henry Roop and his heirs forever.
In witness whereof, the said John Tyler, Esq., Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his Hand, and caused the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed, at Richmond, on the twenty fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty Six and of the Commonwealth the fiftieth.
[Source: Land Office Grants No. 75, 1826-1827, p. 110 (Reel 141)]
1830 U.S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Virginia
Enumerated by John R. Charlton
Henry Roope Sr.
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 3 (grandsons: Byrd 3, s/o Barbara; Henry 4, s/o Mary; and James R. 4, s/o Mary)
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1 (grandson Crockett 7, s/o Mary)
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1 (grandson George 15, s/o Barbara)
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1 (Joseph 19)
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 2 (James 23, Samuel 29)
Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1 (Henry 65)
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2 (granddaughters: Susan 7, d/o Barbara, and Elizabeth 7, d/o Mary)
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1 (granddaughter Barbary 12, d/o Mary)
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2 (Mary 28, Nancy 24)
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 2 (Barbara 38, unknown)
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1 (Catherine 62)
Free White Persons - Under 20: 9
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 8
Total Free White Persons: 17
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 17
1840 U.S. Federal Census
Montgomery County, Virginia
2 males under 5 yo (Martin 2, s/o Joseph, and Lindsay Crockett 1, s/o Nancy)
2 males 5 & under 10 yo (Bluford 6, s/o Joseph, and Asa G. 7, s/o Nancy)
1 male 20 & under 30 yo (Joseph 29)
1 male 70 & under 80 yo (Henry 75)
1 female under 5 yo (Malinda 4, d/o Joseph)
1 female 5 & under 10 yo (Mary Jane 8, d/o Joseph)
2 females 20 & under 30 yo (Nancy 34 and Joseph's wife Mary 31)
1 female 70 & under 80 yo (Catherine 72)
11 persons in household
2 persons engaged in agriculture
(49+50 in file)
Date of Will: 19 November 1845
Probated: 1 December 1845
Will Book 7 pg. 285
Montgomery County, Virginia
Will of Henry Rupe
(add transcript of will)
Chancery Records Index
Close Case Details
Locality: Montgomery County, Virginia
Index Number: 1870-012
Original Case Number: 286
Plaintiff(s): John Roop etc.
Defendant(s): Jacob Roop, Exr etc.
Surname(s): Akers, Chandier, Chandlin, Compton, Faris, Pharis, Roop, Roope, Roupe, Silvers, Smith
Wills: 1845 Henry Roope of Montgomery Co., VA
Format: Original (scanned images are online as of late January 2017)
(http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=121-1870-012 : accessed 16 March 2016)
In 1850 Henry's children Jacob, Henry Jr., Caty Akers, William, Samuel, Rachel Pharis, and Joseph were living in Montgomery County. Son George was living in Indiana but has not been located in the 1850 census. Son James was with his family in Floyd County. Daughters Elizabeth Compton, Barbara Roop, Mary Roop and Nancy Roop were not located in 1850 even though they were still living. Barbara and Mary had their own households in 1840 while their sister Nancy was living with her sons in her father's household. Nancy and William were mentioned by name in Henry's will. According to one researcher: "Named in his will and settlement of the estate (Floyd Co, Va.3-Feb-1850) were his wife Catherine, sons: Jacob, John, Henry Jr., William, Samuel, James, Joseph, and George. Daughters: Barbary, Catherine Jr., Mary, Rachael, Nancy, and Elizabeth." The copy of the will in Louise Akers book only mentions wife Catherine, daughter Nancy and son William. Per deed in Louise Akers' book "Barbara Roop and Henry R. Roop" sold their share of the inherited land to their brother Jacob (executor of his father's will) in 1851. Also per deed in Louise Akers' book Elizabeth Compton, John Roop, Henry Roop, Nancy Roop and Polly Roop sold their interest in the Old Henry Roop place to their brother Jacob in 1851. I cannot explain the reason for Henry being mentioned in both deeds. In 1860 Jacob sold 138 acres of what was the Old Henry Roop place to his brother Joseph. Henry's will does not mention how much land he had but from the known deeds (listed above) we see that Henry owned at least 1147 acres at one time.
Several other Roop individuals were not found on the 1850 census listing for reasons unknown. This must be remembered....Catherine may have died between 1846-1860.
The following is being included in the notes of Henry Rupe with the permission of the author Everett L. McGrew:
The Henry and Catherine Null Rupe/Roop/Roupe/Roope Family
My mother was a Rupe, and a few years before her sudden death from an auto accident in 1976, she gave me the large, crumbling Rupe Family Bible (1875 Edition) which contained data on her grandfather, Crockett Rupe, and his children. I never asked her where she got it, but I have ascertained since her death that the handwriting in it was apparently that of her Aunt Laura, and there was additional data recorded about her children and her grandchildren. It never dawned on me to ask questions because I assumed that mother would always be around to answer any that I might have. We had visited various relatives of hers, but here again I never even questioned whether they were from her maternal or pateral ancestors.
About 10 years after her death (and I had retired) I finally became inquisitive about the roots, and I then wished that I had asked questions. The Bible did give the birthdate and birthplace (state) for Crockett and his wife, Poratha. So I began my quest for additional data in Dallas at the Dallas Public Library, by viewing micro-film and micro-fiche of census records, tax records, and books.
It is said that we should believe what we see in the Bible, but what is put there by human hands can be erroneous. Poratha was shown there with the maiden name of Alexandria, and I tried for years to find who her parents were because the Bible stated that she was born in Virginia. My logic was that since the 1850 census was the first census to list children, and since she and Crockett didn't marry until mid-1850's, she should be shown with her parents in that census. I checked the entire 1850 census for the state of Virginia and only found 2 families of Alexandrias and neither of them had a daughter near the age of Poratha. I then checked the 1850 census for the neighboring states and also came up with no Poratha. It was then my thinking that they had mispelled her name and it should have been Alexander. There were 246 Alexander families in the 1850 census of VA and only one of these families had a daughter near Poratha's age with even an initial "P". That was Betty P. Alexander and I had decided that this had to be my great-grandmother and that she was called Betty in her younger days and Poratha when she got older.
It wasn't even two months later that I read a book written about the county in which I had found Betty P. and found that a doctor had died and that he had been married to the former Betty P. Alexander. That knocked my theory in the head that she was my great-grandmother, because I knew that Poratha had married Crockett and moved to Texas. So I was again at a loss to know who Poratha's parents were.
A few years later I went to Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., VA and copied, among other things, all marriages of Rupe, Roop, Roupe, and Roope descendants up to the year 1900 and brought them back to Dallas to massage and get additional data on each from the library. Among all of these was an Ellen Rupe who married Lester McAlexander (born in Patrick Co., VA). It didn't strike me that his name meant anything to me until I checked the 1850 census of Patrick Co. to see who his parents were. Would you believe that I found them and just under Lester's name was Poratha McAlexander? I let out a yell right there in the library because I had found my great-grandmother!
So much of the history and genealogy have been lost forever, and I have not found another book written about our family, are the reasons that I am trying to write this book in order to preserve the small amount that I have found. Yes, there will be errors and omissions and I welcome each and everyone who sees something wrong to please let me hear from you in order that I can place it in an addendum to the book and make it a more complete product. I would love to spend the remainder of my days trying to make it perfect, but since we never know how many days we have left in this life, I think it is time to publish and get something about our family before the public now. I am not copyrighting this because I want to share and make available to all; therefore, if you feel the urge to take any or all of it in order to publish a more complete book, lots of luck.
I must admit that this effort has not been easy, because I haven't found too many of our cousins who are really interested in taking time to cooperate in this effort. I must give some recognition to Linda Dickey Roop, wife of Troy Jimmie Roop, who lived in Ft. Wayne, IN when I first found them. She had done some research and we made the decision that she would, with my help, write the book. So I sent her copies of all that I had pertaining to the family. They moved to Poway, CA and in January, 1993 she sent me a rough draft for me to read, update, correct and comment. I did that immediately and returned same to her. Linda died in September 1994 from a fast growing cancer at the age of 51, without publishing the book, so I am attempting to take it from there.
Shirley Martin Roop, wife of Claude Garland (Bud) Roop, who lived in Floyd Co., VA at the time, has shared her research and encouragement with me, so I which to publicly thank her. Also, Louise Roop Akers, who lives in Christiansburg, VA and Jeanette Roop Nelson of Radford, VA have recently worked hard to gather data to help me update the original book. Thanks!
Each Rupe/Roop/Roupe/Roope descendant has been given a rather unique designation of alpha figures. Alpha figures are used because numeric ones are confusing for families with 10 or more children; and they work in the following manner: "R" will stand for the family name and represent the father of our Henry, who was first found in MD and came to Montgomery Co., VA about 1804. We do not know how many siblings Henry had, but we are going to assume that he was the fifth child and assign the letter "f" to him; therefore, making his designation as "Rf". An "a" will be added to represent the first child of his and his designation will be "Rfa". The second child will be "Rfb", etc. The first child of the first child will be "Rfaa" and his first child will be "Rfaaa", etc. This method will also reveal the generation of the descendant by counting the number of digit
Also my wife should be given some credit for the book because she allowed me to make trips (mostly to Virginia) to gather data from other Rupe descendants, libraries, courthouses, and cemeteries. She also let me spend many hours in my "computer room" when I really should have been going for groceries, digging in flower beds, running the sweeper, etc., because she had polio in 1950 and has been in a wheelchair ever since that time.
[Source: Everette L. McGrew, "My Mother Was A Rupe" (revised August 2000)]
The Henry and Catherine Null Rupe/Roop/Roupe/Roope Family
Primarily, what we know about our beginning family history comes from "The Mennonite Encyclopedia" and it states that the Rupp family was of Swiss origin. Many family names have come from the Rupp name, especially after the family arrived in America. Some of these that we deal with in this book are Rupe, Roop, Roupe, and Roope because these were used by our ancestors, Henry Rupe and wife, Catherine Barbara Null Rupe and their children, who were found in Montgomery Co., VA in the early 1800's. [Note by CAM: The Mennonite Encyclopedia is only and the article was found here: http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rupp_family]
The Rupps came up into Germany from Switzerland and they primarily stayed along the Rhein River and some towns were named after them. The first mentions of Rupp family were Uli and Klawi Rupp at the disputation of Bern in 1538, and in 1540 Hans Rupp was listed among the Antabaptists. A Philipp Raup was tried in the Palatinate on May 1, 1729 and it was presumed that he was from the Swiss Rupp family. Many moved on into the Holland area and eventually came to America from both Rotterdam and German cities.
The first mention of one in America was a David Rupp, who arrived in New York in 1693 "from the Highlands", and his son, William, was born in New York in 1709. Many came later with the big push being in mid 1700's until about the time of the Revolutionary War. Most of them came into New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore and the early English settlers coined a handle for them (especially those located in Pennsylvania) as Pennsylvania Dutch (they really meant to say "Deutsch" meaning German).
In addition to the Mennonite faith, many of them belonged to the German Reformed Church (Lutheran) and became Reformed Lutheran once they got to America. Many were found in Maryland and this where we first found mention of our ancestor, Henry Rupe, who then moved to Montgomery Co., VA.
One researcher who did extensive work on the Rupp/Rupe line in Germany and Switzerland came up with the thought that our Henry Rupe was descended from Ulrich Rupp of Heimat Wimmenau, Lower Alsace who had at least 3 sons; and Henry came from the oldest son, George. But another writer says that he is not a descendant of George as there was no son named Henry. In an article by Phyllis Gale Roop in the mid 1980's, she states that Martin and Margaret Frey Roop were the parents of Henry, but that has been proven to be wrong.
[Source: Everette L. McGrew, "My Mother Was A Rupe" (revised August 2000)]
Henry Rupe was born ca. 1765 probably in Germany and the main story following Henry is that he was the youngest son (and possibly the youngest child) of a large family that came to America just prior to the Revolutionary War and settled in or near Baltimore, Carroll Co., Maryland. He married Catherine Barbara Null (born Mar. 4, 1768 in Manchester, Carroll Co., MD) about 1782 possibly in Manchester.
The first documented record of Henry and Catherine was the baptism record of their second child, Jacob, born Jul. 10, 1786 in Manchester. Catherine's father, Anthon Null, arrived in Philadelphia with his brother Mattias Null, on Oct. 8, 1744 on the ship Aurora from Rotterdam. Catherine's mother, Marie Magdalina Brunnele, arrived with her father, Jermiah Brunnele, on Sep. 28, 1753 on the ship Two Brothers from Rotterdam. Catherine had at least 2 known brothers, Franciscus (born Oct. 16, 1761) and Johannes (born Sep. 14, 1765 per baptism records of German Reformed Church of Manchester.
The main facts that we know about Henry and his family came from a report that Redmond Ira Roop, a great-grandson of Henry's, gave at a family reunion in Maryland in 1927 as follows:
Traveling on what was once the Baltimore and Memphis Turnpike, the Rupe caravan crossed the Potomac at Harper's Ferry in 1796. The caravan included Henry, his wife Catherine, and their family of several sons and daughters, the three older brothers of Henry, and their families. In crossing the Potomac the cattle and other larger animals were forced to swim, and the sons of Henry held the ropes attached to the horns of the cows. One wild cow pulled one of the unsuspecting Rupe boys overboard while crossing and he might have been lost had they not missed the cow, which finally reached shore with the boy swinging to her tail some distance down stream. The three brothers of Henry split with one of them going to Ohio, one to Western North Carolina, and the other to Georgia. Henry and family journeyed through the Shenandoah Valley and into Rockbridge County, bound for the southwestern section of the state, then rather sparsely settled. When they reached Buffalo Creek, four miles north of Natural Bridge, a great flood overtook them and they were forced to remain for several days. A report reached them that Natural Bridge had washed away, and it being the only passage, it would require four years to restore the bridge. They settled on Buffalo Creek and built a mill there, which they operated for years before they learned that the report of the bridge destruction was like Mark Twain's comment on the first report of his death, considerable exaggereated. Early in the year 1800 they left Rockbridge Co. and wound up in Lunenburg Co., VA where they had at least one child before settling on Pelham's Branch, near Little River, about eight miles southwest of Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., VA. The first recorded document for Henry in this area was the purchase of 326 acres on Aug. 17, 1804 from Abner Lester, to whom it had been granted by the Commonwealth in 1795.
Henry purchased a number of tracts and patented others and became a large landowner. He erected another mill on this farm, as he and a son, Jacob, were both expert millwrights. He and his hardy sons felled the forest and cleared most of this land where they erected a large log dwelling on an emminence overlooking the spring, stillhouse, and mill, and to protect them from a surprise attack by the Indians, who were then quite numerous.
Henry and Catherine saw fourteen children grow to maturity. They were Whigs, but never owned slaves, the family being so large and able bodied that they had little use for them, and for the further reason that there were few slaveowners in that immediate locality. Henry prepared a will on Nov. 18, 1845 in Montgomrey Co., Va and died suddenly of heart failure at the age of 80, while out walking on the farm sometime between the date of the will and the date of probate, which was Dec. 1, 1845. He left a large estate and his son, Jacob, was named as Executor in his will. On account of there being so many heirs widely scattered over the country it required several years to wind up the estate. It was said that Jacob almost despaired a number of times before the estate was finally settled and once in his desperation exclaimed "Well, it has been so troublesome and vexatious that I am almost sorry that old gentleman ever died". Henry was buried there on the homeplace. There is some doubt as to the date of death of Catherine. Redmond Ira Roop said that she died in 1861 at the age of 95, but the date of birth is known and she would have only been 93 if she died in 1861. She was not to be found on either the 1850 or 1860 census records and it seems more likely that she died between 1846 and 1850 and was buried there on the homeplace.
[Source: Everette L. McGrew, "My Mother Was A Rupe" (revised August 2000)]
Father: Johann Jacob RUPP b: 8 MAR 1723 in Oberhoffen-lès-Wissembourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Mother: Maria Barbara NONNENMACHER b: 17 NOV 1722 in Merkwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Catherine Barbara NOLL b: 24 FEB 1768 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland
in Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland
- Jacob Roop b: 15 JUN 1786 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland
- Elizabeth Rupe b: 4 SEP 1787 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland
- John Rupe b: 27 FEB 1789 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland
- Henry Roop b: 27 FEB 1789 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland
- Barbara Rupe b: 29 OCT 1792 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland
- George Rupe b: ABT 1794 in Virginia
- Catherine "Caty" Rupe b: ABT 1795 in Virginia
- William Rupe b: 12 SEP 1800 in Rockbridge County, Virginia
- Samuel Roop b: 4 SEP 1801 in Montgomery County, Virginia
- Mary "Polly" Roop b: ABT 1802 in Montgomery County, Virginia
- Rachel Rupe b: ABT 1804 in Montgomery County, Virginia
- Nancy Roop b: 1806 in Montgomery County, Virginia
- James ROOP b: ABT 1808 in Montgomery County, Virginia
- Joseph Roop b: ABT 1811 in Montgomery County, Virginia
- Title: 1810 U.S. Federal Census, (index and images)
Publication: Ancestry, citing Third Census of the United States, 1810 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls
Abbrev: 1810 U.S. Federal Census
Page: Virginia, Montgomery, Christiansburg, roll 70, page 641, line 10
Note: entry for Henry Rupe household. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 October 2014)
- Title: 1820 U.S. Federal Census, (index and images)
Publication: Ancestry, citing Fourth Census of the United States, 1820 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls
Abbrev: 1820 U.S. Federal Census
Page: Virginia, Montgomery, Newburn, sheet 181A, line 16
Note: Entry for Henry Roop Sr. household. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 December 2004)
- Title: 1830 U.S. Federal Census, (index and images)
Publication: Ancestry, citing Fifth Census of the United States, 1830 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls
Abbrev: 1830 U.S. Federal Census
Page: Virginia, Montgomery, Blacksburg, page 89, line 14
Note: Entry for Henry Roope Sr. household. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 October 2014)
- Title: 1840 U.S. Federal Census, (index and images)
Publication: Ancestry, citing Sixth Census of the United States, 1840 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls
Abbrev: 1840 U.S. Federal Census
Page: Virginia, Montgomery County, page 26, line 20
Note: Entry for Henry Rupe household. ?(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 December 2004)