HISTORICAL SNAPSHOT
 
(photo: c. 1890-1900)
Wm. C. Roper,
1826-1914
Melissa (Henderson)
Roper, 1830-1906
•  The Roper family of Saline County, IL descended from the Ropers of New Kent County, VA in the early 1700s. (According to DNA from some Roper descendents of George W. and Rachel Roper, this statement appears incorrect. From which Roper line this family descends is now uncertain. [see email posted below].
   These
Roper families were no different than thousands of other families in the early United States. Many lived off the land. Likewise, many grew large families necessary to work the land.
   The fact that many Ropers remained on the East coast and developed the rich lands of Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia is evident in the history of the surname in those areas. Yet as the nation's population grew, some Roper families also followed the general expansion Westward in search of new lands and a better life.
   Sometime in the late 1700s early 1800s George Washington Roper and wife Rachel (Stockton) bravely moved their new family from Rutherford County, North Carolina to the frontier lands of southern Illinois.
   There, my (Jim Roper's) g-g-grandfather Wm. C. Roper was born...and there, for over 150 years, this Roper family would play their part in the history of Illinois and of our nation.

--Jim Roper   

 
NEWS...NEWSLETTERS...AND FAMILY UPDATES...
 

ROPER • LOWE • CHANDES • DUNGAN • FARRIS • RAMIREZ • DOTY • EVANS • NITZ • LILES • et al

Finally!

Martha and I have been dreaming about putting together a website like this for years. A family gathering place. A watering hole (without the water!..bad for keyboards). The pot-bellied stove at the general store downtown.

This family website is for sharing the history and heritage of our families with one another. We hope you enjoy it. And we hope others enjoy it and grow personally because of what you add.

Share with us your ideas about family history and heritage. And by all means, share your photos, documents and stories.

-Jim Roper
September 2002





ROPER DNA & Genealogy

From L. David Roper (September 2002)

A Roper male-line Y-chromosome project is well underway. So far a Major USA Roper family, including the Massachusetts and Virginia families, and several other completely different Roper families have been identified by Y-chromosome markers. The web page for the project is...

http://www.roperld.com/ropergenetics.htm.

All male-line Ropers are invited to participate in the project. It costs $99 for a 12-marker test, which is sufficient to determine the major family, and $169 for a 25 marker test, which helps determine branches of the major families.

To see how this works out, see http://www.roperld.com/roperconnect.htm.

For a list of Y-chromosome projects for many families see http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~allpoms/genetics1a.html.

The tests are managed by an excellent company (http://www.familytreedna.com) through a well-known genetics laboratory at Univ. of Arizona.

Those male Ropers who are interested in participating should contact me (L. David Roper) at roperld@vt.edu.




MORE ROPER DNA & Genealogy

Email from L. David Roper (June 29 2004)

Jim,

On your web site http://www.kinconnect.com/KC_Pages/RoperFam.html you indicate that your Roper family descends from Kent Co. VA. That does not appear to be correct, since the two members of your family that have had their Y chromosomes tested do not match the many Ropers who have been tested and who have reasonably good genealogical connections back to New Kent. The two who have been tested are John Randy Roper and Richard Cole Roper.

See http://www.roperld.com/ropergenetics.htm .

Yours, Dave Roper

L. David Roper, 1001 Auburn Dr. SW, Blacksburg VA 24060-8123


FAMILY CONTACTS AND OTHER INFO...
 

ROPER • LOWE • CHANDES • DUNGAN • FARRIS • RAMIREZ • DOTY • EVANS • NITZ • LILES • et al

Let us know if we can post your address or other contact information here.

With your contact info we'll also put up an eight by ten glossy of your family if you like!

(Well...it may not actually be eight by ten...and it will only be glossy if you have a cheap monitor like mine with no glare proof coating...I guess its the thought that counts...)

 

© 2002 James E Roper