Title: The Lester Family of Floyd and Montgomery County Virginia
Page: pg. 82
Publication: Copyright 1996 Marguerite Tise, P.O. Box 343, Floyd, VA 24091-0343
Author: Marguerite Tise, comp.
Note: His year of birth may not be correct. See sister Elizabeth's notes. 1830 U.S. Federal Census [see mother's listing]
1840 U.S. Federal Census [see mother's listing]
Mexican War Card "United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27425-36182-38?cc=1987567&wc=M6NH-1P8:324200001,324667701 : accessed 05 Nov 2014), Index > R-Ry > image 4268 of 5363; citing NARA microfilm publications M616, M863, M1028, M638, M278 and M35, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (in file)
Richmond dispatch. (Richmond, Va.), 30 March 1902. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038614/1902-03-30/ed-1/seq-4/>
1846-1848 Pulaski and Her Sister Counties In The Mexican War The sons of Virginia have ever been ready with their lives and fortunes when the country called for defenders, and the war with Mexico was but another demonstration of that fact. In 1846, when "Our Next Door Neighbor" declared that if the United States recognized the independence of the "Lone Star Republic," and made it one of themselves, then she would fight to the last; and when General Santa Anna, at the head of the whole Mexican army, marched away from the ancient capital of the Montezumas and declared that ere he returned he would water his horse in the Potomac river; then it was that the old veterans of 1812, together with many others, resolved that he should not water it further east than the Rio Grande, and if he became too boastful he should be confined to the small streams of the Mexican plateau. Accordingly enlistments began, and Virginia rapidly furnished her quota. Her sons from the Atlantic to the Ohio hastened to the recruiting offices, and soon the ranks were full and no more could be taken. An office was opened at Christiansburg, in Montgomery, and here, late in the autumn of 1846 the First Grenadier Company of Virginia, Volunteers for the Mexican War was enlisted. It was composed of men form Montgomery, Pulaski, Carroll, Wythe, Roanoke, and Floyd counties. The rank and file was as follows: James F. PRESTON, captain; Fleming GARDNER, first lieutenant; Henry T. STANGER, second lieutenant; James M. WADE, third lieutenant; Robert G. NEWLEE, first sergeant; James F. MEYERS, second sergeant; Benjamin LINKOUS, third sergeant; Charles JACKSON, fourth sergeant; Patterson BOWERS, first corporal; Geirge A. KEISTER, second corporal; Joseph MILLER , third corporal; James P. DAVIS, fourth corporal, died of small-pox at Fortress Monroe before leaving for Mexico; William TUCKER, drummer, and William BRITTLE, fifer , died at Fortress Monroe before leaving for Mexico; John ARGABRIGHT, Wyatt AKERS, Robert AUSTIN, Harvey BLACK, William T. BOLES, Joel BLACKARD, Thomas H. BARNETT, William G. BENNETT; William A. BLACK, died of brain fever at Fortress Monroe; Morgan BRIDGES, John BARRINGER, Greenbury CHANDLER; Andrew J. CLITON, died of consumption at Buena Vista, Mexico; George CAMPBELL, Alexander CARTER, John COLLINS, John W. COX, Henry COLLINS; John M. CASSADY, discharged for disability at Fortress Monroe; Pleasant H. CLINGENPEEL, George B. DUDLEY, John DAVIS, Curtis ELLIOTT, George FAULKNER, John F. FAULKNER, Jeremiah FERRIS, John N. FUNKHOUTZER, Robert D. GARDNER, John GIBSON, Thomas GILMORE, Thomas W. GAINS, William T. HENDERSON, Thomas HENDERSON, Daniel HARMAN, Lorenzo D. HOWELL, Tazewell HOWARD, William K. JOHNSON, Benson W. JONES, Charles T. JOHNSON, Michael KIPPS, Crockett LINKOUS; William B. LINKOUS, died of disease at Buena Vista, Mexico; James LEE, Charles LEE; Stephen LINDSEY, died of disease at Fortress Monroe; Robert LORTON, discharged for disability at Fortress Monroe; John E. LAWRENCE, Philip A. MOORE, John H. MINNICH, Reuben McDONALD, Lewis MURRAY; James W. MOREHEAD, died of consumption at Buena Vista, Mexico; John L. MANSON, died of disease at Buena Vista; Alexander PHILIPS, Sylvester G. PENDERGRASS, Crockett ROOP, Byrd ROOP, Charles A. RONALD, Uriah ROSE, Henry B. SHELL, George W. SHEAF, William SIMPKINS, Crawford STEPHENS, Calvin R. SHORT, John H. STEWART, Harvey B. STEPHENS, William SYLVERS, Lemuel C. STOVER, John W. STARR, died of brain fever at Fortress Monroe; James R. SIMPSON, discharged for disability at Fortress Monroe, James M. TRUMP, died of disease at Fortress Monroe; James C. TAYLOR, discharged for disability at Fortress Monroe, George W. M. TAYLOR, George W. TUCKER, George W. TANKERLY, Charles T. WILLIS, Harvey WALL discharged for disability at Comargo, Mexico; James WEEKS, John YOUNG, and William YOPP --died on shipboard off the island of Cuba. Memoranda - The company left Christiansburg on the 6th day of January, 1847, and marched on foot a distance of eighty miles to Lynchburg; thence by way of the James River and Kanawha canal, on board an old freight boat called the "Exit" to Richmond, where, on the 15th of January, they were mustered into service, and attached to the First Virginia Regiment of which Col. John M. HAMTRAMPEK was commander, John RANDOLPH, lieutenant colonel, and Jubal A. EARLY, major. After a two weeks stay in Richmond the company was conveyed by steamer to Fortress Monroe, where it arrived the 1st of February, and here it went into barracks and was regularly drilled until the 1st of March, when it embarked on board the sail ship "Sophia Walker", and was conveyed by way of the West Indies to Brazos Santiago, Texas, at which place it disembarked on the 16th of March. From here it marched nine miles to the mouth of the Rio Grande, whence it was conveyed up the river past Matamoras, and on the 1st of April landed at Comargo on the Mexican shore. Thence it proceeded on foot up the San Juan river by way of Cadareta and Chena to Monterey. Here it encamped for a few days, and once more resumed the march by way of Saltillo to Buena Vista, where it joined a portion of the army of General TAYLOR, commanded by General John E. WOOL. Here they served until the 15th of June, 1848, when peace was declared, and they began the homeward march by way of Saltillo to Monterey; thence by Seralvo and Mier to Comargo, near the confluence of the San Juan river with the Rio Grande. Here they embarked on board a steamboat and descended the latter river to its mouth, where they arrived on the 3rd of July, and the next day celebrated the Nation's birthday in an appropriate manner. From here they marched to Brazos in Texas, where they were taken on board the good ship Ohio and conveyed by way of Cuba to Fortress Monroe, where they landed on the 25th of July, 1848. On the 6th day of August they were regularly mustered out of service, and at once began the journey to their mountain homes, which only the "call to arms" of their country could have induced them to leave. For these memoranda the publishers of this history are indebted to Colonel Robert D. GARDNER, who was a member of the company, colonel of the 4th Regiment Virginia Volunteer Infantry during the civil war, and is at present clerk of the circuit court of Pulaski. [Source: http://www.rootsweb.com/~vapulask/history/pulmexicanwar.html]
1850 U.S. Federal Census searching....only his married sister Elizabeth and his brother Henry have been located in this census
1860 U.S. Federal Census Montgomery County, Virginia HH # Crockett Roop 37 Virginia Pantha Roop 24 Virginia Washington Roop 6 Virginia Isabella Roop 4 Virginia Laura Roop 2 Virginia Reed C. P. Roop 1 Virginia (58 in file)
Civil War Service Records Name: Crockett Roop Company: A Unit: 4 Virginia Reserves. Rank - Induction: 3 Lieutenant Rank - Discharge: 2 Lieutenant Allegiance: Confederate
1870 U.S. Federal Census Montgomery County, Virginia (33 in file)
Bankruptcy The Daily state journal. (Alexandria, Va.), 13 May 1871. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024670/1871-05-13/ed-1/seq-4/>
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