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  • ID: I903
  • Name: Jacob Roop
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 15 JUN 1786 in Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland 1
  • Baptism: 30 JUL 1786 German Reformed Lutheran Church, Manchester, Baltimore County (present-day Carroll County), Maryland 1
  • Death: 29 DEC 1871 in Lee County, Virginia
  • _UID: B23AF2265862594FB8623433E7FA14704C0E
  • Census: 1820 Montgomery County, Virginia
  • Census: 1830 Montgomery County, Virginia
  • Census: 1840 Montgomery County, Virginia
  • Census: 1850 Montgomery County, Virginia
  • Census: 1860 Lee County, Virginia
  • Census: 1870 Lee County, Virginia
  • Note:
    A Date of Death for Catherine Barbara NOLL (1768-1859)

    Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
    MD - All counties > Manchester > Lutheran and Reformed > Lutheran and Reformed Congregation > image 21 > pg. 16
    Source Information
    Historical Society of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
    Original data: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
    Methodist Church Records. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History.

    Maryland Births and Christenings
    Name: Jacob Rup
    Gender: Male
    Christening Date: 30 Jul 1786
    Christening Place: Reformed and Lutheran, Manchester, Carroll, Maryland
    Birth Date: 15 Jun 1786
    Father's Name: Henrich Rup
    Mother's Name: Catharina Nollen
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C50757-1
    System Origin: Maryland-ODM
    GS Film number: 13200
    Citing this Record
    "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 December 2015), Jacob Rup, 15 Jun 1786; citing ; FHL microfilm 13,200.

    When Jacob was christened on 30 Jul 1786 his christening sponsors were his parents.
    [Source: Zion Lutheran Church, Manchester, Carroll County, Maryland (copy of translation from German)]

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

    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    Montgomery County, Virginia
    Blacksburg Township, Page
    Jacob Roope
    1 male under 10 yo (Joseph W. 4)
    1 male 26 & under 45 yo (Jacob 34)
    1 female under 10 yo (Catherine 1)
    1 female 26 & under 45 yo (Susannah 30)
    (26 in file)

    1830 U.S. Federal Census
    Montgomery County, Virginia
    Page 89
    Jacob Roope
    1 male under 5 yo (Samuel 0)
    1 male 10 & under 15 yo (Joseph W. 14)
    1 male 15 & under 20 yo (nephew??)
    1 male 40 & under 50 yo (Jacob 44)
    1 female under 5 yo (Susan 4)
    2 females 5 & under 10 yo (Harriet 5, and Juliet 9)
    1 female 10 & under 15 yo (Catherine 11)
    1 females 40 & under 50 yo (Susannah 40)
    9 persons in household
    (81+82 in file)

    Note: Possible that Joseph W. is listed in the 15 & under 20 yo range and the male in the 10 & under 15 yo range is the baby born abt. 1820 who died young.

    Subject: Jacob Roop's Mill
    Location: 3 miles northwest of Childress, Virginia, on Route # 102, on the north side of the road and East side of Meadow Creek
    Date: 1834
    Owners: James Sallust, Hezekiah Whitt, and Jonas Whitt;
    Deeded to Jacob Roop, 98 1/2 acres for $365.00 D.B. L. page 222;
    Jacob Roop deeded to Jacob Ammen, 88 acres @ $1,421.26 D.B. ?, page 534;
    Jacob Ammen to Benjamin F. Amen, 88 acres @ Love and affection, D.B. R, page 505;
    B. F. Ammen to H. and M. Whitt, 88 acres @ $4,000 D.B. ?44, page 94;
    Hezekiah Whitt to J. P. Whitt, 182 acres @ $8,000 D.B. 81, page 135;
    J. P. Whitt to A. Wall. 172 acres @ $8,600.00
    Description: This mill has served a country community. It has been church, school and post office, and has been a gathering place for the community.
    Historical Significance: None
    Sources of Info: Court Records, Montgomery County, VA.
    [Source: Historial Inventory of Virginia, Montgomery County, Historic site surveys - Virginia Polytechnical Institute & State University Library]

    1840 U.S. Federal Census
    Montgomery County, Virginia
    Page 26
    Jacob Rupe
    1 male 5 & under 10 yo (Charles W. 8)
    1 male 10 & under 15 yo (Samuel 10)
    1 male 20 & under 30 yo (son-in-law George Bradberry 20)
    1 male 50 & under 60 yo (Jacob 54)
    1 female 10 & under 15 yo (Susan 12)
    2 females 15 & under 20 yo (Harriet 15 and Juliet 19)
    1 female 20 & under 30 yo (Catherine 21 married in 1834 to George Bradberry)
    1 female 40 & under 50 yo (Susannah 50)
    9 persons in household
    2 persons engaged in agriculture
    1 person engaged in manufacture & trade
    (49+50 in file)

    Note: George Bradberry and his wife Catherine, d/o Jacob, did not have their own household in 1840.

    In Louise Akers' book there is an interesting account of Grayson Mills (later Graysontown) on the Little River in southwestern Montgomery County established in 1847 by William Grayson and his sons John and Crockett. This account includes the names Jacob Roop, R. J. Roop, Joseph W. Roop and Charles Roop. I believe that R. J. Roop is Jacob's nephew Reuben J. Roop (son of John) and that Joseph W. and Charles were Jacob's sons.

    1850 U.S. Federal Census
    Montgomery County, Virginia
    Forty First District, Page No. 50, Sheet 25B
    Enumerated the 9 day of August 1850. John Gardner Jr., Ass't Marshal.
    HH #334-334
    Jacob Roop 64 M Millwright 5000 Virginia
    Susannah Roop 60 F Virginia cannot read & write
    Susan Roop 22 F Virginia
    Charles Roop 18 M Millwright Virginia
    William Roop 19 M Virginia

    Note: William Thomas Roop s/o Jacob's sister Nancy married Susan Roop d/o Jacob on 14 November 1850. William appears to be living with his uncle and future father-in-law at the time of the 1850 census.

    1860 U.S. Federal Census
    Lee County, Virginia
    Western District
    Wm Roop 29 M carpenter Montgomery Co. Virginia
    Susan Roop 34 F Montgomery Co. Virginia
    Lowanny V. Roop 8 F Montgomery Co. Virginia
    Wm R. Roop 5 M Montgomery Co. Virginia
    Liander M. Roop 1 M Lee Co. Virginia
    Roop, Jacob 74 M millwright Maryland
    (111 in file)

    1 August 1860
    Roop, Jacob. grantee.
    Location: Montgomery County.
    Description: 617 acres on Little River including his own land.
    Source: Land Office Grants No. 117, 1858-1861, p. 268 (Reel 183).

    1870 U.S. Federal Census
    Lee County, Virginia
    HH #149-151
    Roop, William 39 Montgomery Co VA
    Roop, Susan 45 Montgomery Co VA
    Roop, Louvenia 18 Montgomery Co VA
    Roop, William R. 15 Montgomery Co VA
    Roop, Julian 8 Lee Co VA
    Roop, Mary E. 5 Lee Co VA
    Roop, Jacob 84 Millwright Baltimore Co MD
    (22 in file)

    Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917
    Name: Jacob Roof (sic, Roop)
    Birth Date: abt 1786
    Birth Place: Lee Co, Virginia
    Death Date: 28 Dec 1871
    Death Place: Lee Co, Virginia
    Death Age: 85
    Occupation: Millwright
    Gender: Male
    Father Name: Roof (sic, Roop)
    Mother Name: C Roof (sic, Roop)
    FHL Film Number: 32441
    Source Information Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
    Original data:
    "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853?1912." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
    Index-only record!!
    ( : accessed 10 March 2016)

    The last Will and Testament of Jacob Roop of the County of Lee and State of Virginia. I Jacob Roop considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and in sound mind and memory do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form followintg that is to say that my body is to be buried plainly and decently and all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as conveniently may be. I have formerly given to my oldest daughter, Catherine and her heirs a tract of land lying in Montgomery County, State of Virginia, in which Deed of Gift is on Record in the Clerk's Office of said county which tract of said deed shall be the full part in my Estate. To my said daughter, and her heirs I desire that the tract of land that A. L. Dickerson be sold and the proceeds applied toward my debts first. That A. L. Dickerson owes seven hundred fifty one dollars and fifty cents due on the land. _____ _____ _____. To my oldest son, Joseph W. Roop, be given four parts and to my second daughter Juliet Lorton, two parts, to my next daughter, Harriett Litton, six parts. To William T. Roop, husband of my next daughter, Susan, four parts. Four parts to my son Samuel C. Roop. Three parts, and lastly, to my youngest son Charles W. Roop the last remaining part in witness whereof hereunto set my hand and seal this the nineteenth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and sixty five and hereby appoint Andrew Bannen, guardian, to execute this my last will and Testament.
    Jacob X Roop
    [Source: Transcript found in Louise Akers' book "The Family Rub, Rup, Rupe, Roop, Roope"; copy of original must be obtained as the text at times does not seem to make sense. Possible that one or several lines were skipped]
  • Change Date: 6 MAR 2017 at 13:54:28

    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 Susannah Alley b: ABT 1790 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    • Married: 15 APR 1815 in Montgomery County, Virginia 2
    • Note:
      Marriage Record
      Groom's Name: Jacob Rupe
      Bride's Name: Susannah Alley
      Marriage Date: 15 Apr 1815
      Marriage Place: Montgomery County, Virginia
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86878-8
      System Origin: Virginia-EASy
      Source Film Number: 32633
      Reference Number: P 145
      "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 April 2016), Jacob Rupe and Susannah Alley, 15 Apr 1815; citing Montgomery County, Virginia, reference P 145; FHL microfilm 32,633.

      Copy of Marriage Bond in Louise Akers' book.

      Montgomery County Marriage Records Book A pgs 145 & 362: Jacob Rube & Susannah Alley married 20 April 1815, Minister: Johnathan Hall (Apr 15 is the license date. Thomas Alley gave surity bond)
      [Source: Larry Alley, post-em to Jacob Roop in Our Meder-Dempsey Family gedcom
      dated 16 Jan 2007]
    1. Has Children Joseph W. Roop b: ABT 1816 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    2. Has Children Catherine "Kitty" Roop b: ABT 1819 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    3. Has No Children [--?--] Roop b: ABT 1820 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    4. Has Children Juliet Roop b: 20 APR 1821 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    5. Has Children Harriet Roop b: OCT 1824 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    6. Has Children Susan Roop b: JAN 1827 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    7. Has Children Samuel C. Roop b: 1 JAN 1830 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    8. Has Children Charles W. Roop b: MAR 1832 in Montgomery County, Virginia

    1. Title: Maryland German Church Records Volume 10
      Author: C. T. Zahn and Frederick S. Weiser, translators and editors
      Abbrev: C.-T. Zahn and Frederick S. Weiser, translators and editors
      Publication: published by the Historical Society of Carroll County, Westminster, Maryland
      Abbrev: Maryland German Church Records Volume 10
    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: Jacob Rupe, male, spouse Susannah Alley, female, married 15 Apr 1813 (sic) in Montgomery County, Virginia. ( : accessed 6 April 2016)
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