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  • ID: I947
  • Name: George Rupe
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1794 in Virginia
  • Death: summer of 1859 in Indiana of cancer
  • Burial: Noblesville, Indiana
  • _UID: 8F91C7295FCB3F4CB180567A16AEAFCC05AF
  • Census: 1830 Wayne County, Indiana
  • Census: 1840 Wayne County, Indiana
  • Census: 1850 Searching....
  • Note:
    Note: Concerning the way this person's name is seen in other gedcom files
    Due to an error caused by Ira Redmond Roop in his speech at the 1927 Roop family reunion in Carroll County, Maryland, George Rupe, son of Henry, has been confused with George Peterman aka George P. Roop who married Sarah Kitterman in 1834. George P. Roop was a grandson of Henry. No records have been found showing George Rupe with a middle initial.

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

    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    Blount County, Tennessee
    George Roop married in Jefferson County and was living in Blount County before going on to Indiana. Census listing unavailable.

    Note: The 1820 Census was lost for all counties of the marshal's district of East Tennessee. Therefore, there are no 1820 census records for Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamilton, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, McMinn, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Sullivan, and Washington.
    [Cathy Meder-Dempsey]

    George Rupe was granted a tavern license in 1828.
    [Source: J.H. Beers & Co., 1884 Atlas of Union County Indiana online]

    1830 U.S. Federal Census
    Wayne County, Indiana
    Perry Township
    Page 116
    George Roop
    1 male under 5 yo (Hamilton 2)
    2 males 5 & under 10 yo (Henry 9 and John 5)
    1 male 40 & under 50 yo (George 39)
    1 female 10 & under 15 yo (Catherine 10)
    1 female 20 & under 30 yo (Margaret 31)
    6 persons in household
    (1+2 in file)
    Note: The age range for George would put his birth at bet. 1781-1790

    1840 U.S. Federal Census
    Wayne County, Indiana
    Perry Township
    George Rupe
    1 male 10 & under 15 yo (Hamilton 12)
    1 male 40 & under 50 yo (George 49)
    1 female 50 & under 60 yo (older woman, Margaret died 1839)
    7 persons in household (this is from the second page which does not compute)
    1 person engaged in agriculture
    (13+14 in file)
    Note: The age range for George would put his birth at bet. 1781-1790

    Note: The older woman living with George was not his wife as she died in 1839. This lady may be caring for his family. Catherine may be married as her oldest known child was born in March 1841. Henry may be on his own. John L. apparently died in young manhood (bef. 1840?) or was a student away from home. The number of persons in household does not compute.
    [Cathy Meder-Dempsey]

    1850 U.S. Federal Census

    Wayne County, Center Township, Indiana-History of Wayne County 1872 by
    Andrew Young
    History of Wayne County, Indiana--pgs. 192 & 193.
    "George Rupe from Tennessee, came in 1821 to Richmond, Ind. and carried on the hatting business for a year. He then removed to Perry, about 3 miles west from where Economy is now, and thence, three years afterward, to the present site of that town, where he built a log shop and dwelling together. This was one of the first buildings, if not the first one, within the present limits of the town. He carried on the hatting business for about 30 years, attending a celebrity nearly equal to that of Beard of North Carolina, to whom allusion has been made. He died in 1859, in Hamilton County, Indiana of cancer."

    If the biography below is correct about his age being 65 at the time of death then he died about 1856 while Louise Akers has the year as 1859 (as seen above). In any case he should be found in the 1850 census but is not with any of his children. This was the time period when his father's estate was being settled. Is it possible that he went back to Virginia to take care of his part in the estate. See also his mother's notes.
    [Cathy Meder-Dempsey]

    From biography of John L. Rupe, son of Henry B. and Jane M. (Hervey) Rupe, and grandson of George Rupe:
    George Rupe, the grandfather of our subject, was born and reared in the Old Dominion, and in 1821 came to Wayne County, Indiana, where for a short time he engaged in the manufacture of hats. He then removed to Economy, where he continued in the same line of business for many years; he died in the early 1860s, when he had reached the age of sixty-five years. He married Margaret Baldwin and they had four children, namely: Catharine, who became the wife of Dr. Henry Carver and both are now deceased; Henry B.; John L., an medical student, who died in early manhood; and Hamilton N., a pump manufacturer of Indianapolis.
    [Source: Biography of John L. Rupe, "Biographical Histories of Fayette, Franklin, Union and Wayne Counties, Indiana"; Originally Published in 1899 by Lewis Publishing Co.; online:]

    ****Source for time of death: Baldwin genealogy, Vol. 14 (see wife's notes for info)

    Descendants of this line are found in the Quaker records.
    U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 at
    Note: Need to check will of Henry Rupe to see if he named son George P. Rupe. Need proof that this George P. Rupe was the son of Henry Rupe.
    Source information:
    U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
    Original data:
    Swarthmore, Quaker Meeting Records. Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
    North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hege Friends Historical Library, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina.
    Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Earlham College Friends Collection & College Archives, Richmond, Indiana.
    Haverford, Quaker Meeting Records. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.


    Linda P. (Dickey) Roop in her research wrote:
    George was born 1791, and according to Redmond Ira Roop in a speech at a family reunion in 1927, Carroll Co, Md., "George learned the hatter's trade in Christiansburg in the early years of the 19th century, and among those who worked by his side was the famous Col. David Crockett of Tennessee, who became stranded in Christiansburg in 1802 on his way home from Baltimore, where he had gone with a cattle drive, George Rupe followed David Crockett to Blountville, Blount Co., Tenn., about the year 1815, where George married Margaret Baldwin in 1817."

    Cited in the above was a report given by Henry's great-grandson Redmond Ira ROOP at a family reunion in 1927 in Carroll County, Maryland. Note: Marriage record was found for George and Margaret in Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1818.
  • Change Date: 17 FEB 2017 at 15:39:04

    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 Margaret Baldwin b: 16 AUG 1800
    • Married: 5 DEC 1818 in Jefferson County, Tennessee 1
    • Note:
      Marriage Notes:
      In a biography written in 1899 on a grandson only four children are listed for George and Margaret.

      Louise [Louise Roop Anderson Akers, comp., The Family Rub, Rup, Rupe, Roop, Roope (2001 Printed by Jamont Communications, 339 Luck Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016)] has a fifth child listed for this couple:
      **George Rupe Jr. b. 1826, Wayne Co., Indiana; m. Keziah Underhill, April 04, 1844, Wayne Co., Indiana**
      Unable to do further research on this child. Unable to locate in census. No online gedcom files with this couple. The marriage was found:

      Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861
      Name: George Rupe
      Marriage Date: 4 Apr 1844
      Marriage Place: Wayne, Indiana, USA
      Spouse: Keziah Underhill
      Source Information Web: Indiana, Marriage Index, 1806-1861 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
      Original data: Indiana Marriges Database through 1850. Indiana State Library. accessed 3 July 2014.
      Original index:
    1. Has Children Catharine Rupe b: 28 NOV 1819 in Tennessee
    2. Has Children Henry Baldwin Rupe b: 3 JUN 1821 in Blount County, Tennessee
    3. Has No Children John Luny Rupe b: OCT 1825 in Indiana
    4. Has Children Hamilton N. Rupe b: 30 APR 1828 in Indiana

    1. Title: "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," (index and images)
      Publication: Ancestry, citing "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," (microfilm) Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee
      Abbrev: "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002,"
      Note: George Roupe, male, married 5 Dec 1818 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, spouse Margaret Baldwin. ( : accessed 11 March 2016)
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