The First Two Centuries of Ropers in Arkansas (1800-1999)
Arkansas Tax Lists 1830-1839:
page Austin P. RoperPhillips
022 Austin P. RoperPhillips
016 John A. RoperCrittenden 010 John A. RoperCrittenden 008 Martha RoperPhillips 016 Martha RoperPhillips 022 William George RoperPhillips 022 William George RoperPhillips 017
William George RoperPhillips 016 William Green RoperPhillips 016 William Green RoperPhillips 022 William Green RoperPhillips 017
Index of Arkansas
Wills & Admininistrations to 1900
Date Record Page Martha Roper
214 William G. Roper 1843
B 71 George L. Roper
1854 B 366 Sarah G. Roper
1860 G 234
Page Township A. P. RoperPhillips
060 planter Charles RoperScott
187 William George RoperPhillips
090 St. Francis William Green RoperPhillips
087 St. Francis
Another index shows: Charles Roper
Johnson Co. AR Chancery Court Record Book A: 23 Sep 1841:
James K. Jones & James Roper vs. Thomas G. Robinson, Jacob
Robinson and Greenberry Robinson...Bill bring to
enjoin collection of certain notes-sale of certain lands. Contract be set aside...
Barbara Wills, Pine GroveCA,
1978: Biddy Roper b c1793 TN m John W. Linn (Lynn)
5 Jul 1843Johnson Co. AR. In 1855 she was living in Yell
Co. AR. My g.g.grandfather (George Roper) d Oct
Mary Elizabeth Roper (d/o William Roper) b 14
Oct 1849 m John Henry Willis (according to family in 1866 in
Russellville or Dardanelle m Yell Co. AR. Told family that her mother
was a Shoptaw. It seems more likely, however, that
she remembered the person who raised her as being a Shoptaw.
Marriages Early to 1850:
Roper & David Thomas12 Jan 1843Phillips Selitha Roper & George W.
McKinney27 Jan 1850Franklin Silina Roper & Arannal
Hill30 Aug 1846Phillips
1850 AR census
Page Township Austin P. RoperMonroe
365 Hampton Biddy T. RoperJackson
04 Taylors Charles RoperConway
255 Cadron T. Edwin RoperFranklin
12 Mulberry Pope Co.: John W. Linn 53 miller TN Biddy 55 TN Marion 16 M TN Robert
14 KY George Roper 22 TN 284 Crawford Co.: John Roper 28 VA 287 Big Cree Elvira 27 KY Sarah 17 KY John L. RoperPhillips
147 Big Cree Melvina RoperPhillips
Born Carroll Co. Yewell Roper 36 p.145
Prairie $100 TN Mary 27 GA Caroline 12 MO John H. 10
MO Margaret E. 8 MO Jane 5 MO Thomas L. 2 AR Louisa F.
Another index shows a Roper in Montgomery Co.
Johnson Co. AR Record Book O 1848-1858 William Roper $1 County Tax Delinquent for the year; 1851
Pope Co. AR marriages: B-31 George Roper 24 & Martha J. Thomas 17 15 Jun 1851 by B.B.Sublett J.P Jerry E. DuVAll 22 & Miss Mary Roper
23 both of Moreland Twp 23 Dec 1877 by J.W. Sugg
Arkansas Family Historian, V.13, 1975:
Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Lafayette Co. 3 mi. SE of Stamps on Oak
Grove Rd. Charles S. Roper b 23 Apr 1852 d 25 Jul 1910 husband of M.
E. Roper Caudie M. Roper b 1893 d 1949
wife of Lonnie O. Roper
Infant Dau. Roper b 1914
d 1914dau. of L. O. & C. M.
Roper Lonnie O. Roper b 1884 d 1929 husband of Claudie M. Roper M. E. Roper b 2 Feb 1860 d 29 Oct 1911 wife of Charles
S. Roper William Roper b 1911 d 1919 son of L. O. & C. M.
Tax Records of Yell Co. AR:1854George Roper, 1855William Roper & George Roper, 1856George Roper, 1857 no Ropers,
1858George Roper, 1859 George & William Roper
Phillips Co. AR marriages: Green Roper 21
& Eliza Evans 18 18Apr1855 Martha E. Roper 18 & William Porter 38 17 Nov 1861 Pleasant G. Roper 25 Milly A.
Russell 24 1 Jun 1868 Sam Roper 54 & Catherine Lounden (Landen?) 25 8
History of FreestoneCountyTexas,
V.1: Thomas Albert Roper, Sr. was born in Madison
Co. MS, and moved to Poplar BluffAR
in 1856 and then to Grand PrairieTX.
He was a Confederate soldier and a farmer. His three children were Betty,
Thomas A. and Lillian Martha. T. A. Roper is buried at WardPrairieCemetery.
Betty Roper married Kit Butler and had three children: Hardy,
Grace and Jessie. Lillian M. Roper married C. B. Willard and had nine children. T. A. Roper, Jr. married Hardella Jones,
dau. Of A. F. Jones on 22 Nov 1882 in Freestone Co. They had one son Eddie born 3 Jul 1884 and died 19 Sep 1884. Hardella and Eddie are buried at WardPrairieCemetery.
T. A. Roper, Jr. then married Adons
Estella Taylor on 13 Jul 1898
They had two children Thomas Edell Roper born 19 Sep 1899 and Evelyn
Lillian born 26 Jul 1907.
T. A. and Estella moved back to MS. 22
Oct 1903. Estelle d 8 Mar 1948 and T. A. Roper, Jr. d 31 Dec 1932. Thomas Edell Roper d 23 Sep 1959 and all are buried at PopularSpringsCemetery
in Crystal Springs MS. Estella Taylor Roper was the daughter of Thomas
S. Taylor and Lou NicyMcMillian
Taylor. She attended church at Dew Methodist. Thomas A. Roper Jr. was a
farmer and raised horses.
Phyllis Arnold, 38
Kingwood Lane, CabotAR72023 in 1992: Mathew Shoptaw left the CSA & joined the
Union Army and received a pension. Pension record: 31 Aug 1899 Mathew T. Shoptaw,
Nation, Indian Territory. Mathew states he m in Johnson Co. AR in 1859 by Pate Denvin J.P., his wife d 1891. Affidavit of 3 Apr 1915RussellvilleAR: m Sarah Serrilda
Roper some time in 1859. She d 3 Feb 1891.
Shirley Coyle, 7818 E. King Pl.,
TulsaOK74115: Sarah Serrilda Roper d 3 Feb 1891 Ft.
Smith, Sebastian Co. AR
History of CrawfordCounty: p.525: John Roper
was convicted of the murder of John Rogers, and sentenced to be hung on the
last Friday of April 1860. The sentence was commuted by Pres. Buchanan.
1860 AR census 25 Jul 1860: P.O. Berryville, Prairie Twp Carroll Co.: Ewel Roper 48 farmer tanner $580
TN p. 765 547/536 Mary 37 GA Nancy C. 20 MO John H. 19 MO Margaret E.
18 MO Mary J. 15 MO Thomas L. 11 AR Louisa E. 9 AR Pleasant
E. 7 M AR Bedeanis 5 F AR William A.
John C. Stephens 24 farmer IN Catherine 36 GA Huddah
A. 3 MO Caroline Roper 20 Pope Co. Clark Twp Russellville 3 Jul 1860:
Mathew T. Shoptaw 28 M lumberman KY Sarah 15 F
AR (m within year) Bridget Roper 5 AR Yell Co., Delaware Twnshp: William Roper
35 AL boatman Margarete 17 TN Mary 10
AR Jenks B. 7 AR male twins Artemissa
and Narcissa 5 AR James Telford 3 AR and Jacob
Cowger, Jr. 1 AR
Phyllis Arnold told the compiler that it should read “female
Neighbors are another Roper family all born in TN George Roper 35 boatman Martha Ann 25, Nancey
E. 11, William D. 8, Alfred 7
Mortality Schedule AR 1860: Alabama Roper 1 Yell Co. F Aug b AR whooping cough George Roper 15 Yell Co. M Aug b AR typhoid fever Ira G. Roper 25 Phillips Co. M Mar b TN pneumonia Lucinda Roper 30 Yell Co. F Aug b AL typhoid fever
AR Damn Yankees: Enlisted 30 Oct 1863Yell Co. AR George Wroper 37 Overton Co. TN 3rd AR Union Cav. Co.D
History of Freestone Co. TX: p.634: Cantrell Bethel Willard was the oldest of ten children born to James
Aaron and Nancy E. Willard. He was born on 8 Sep 1864 in Auburntown,
Cannon Co. TN. When he was two years old the family left TN
and the desolation and destruction wrought by the Civil War. They came to TX in
search of a new and better means of living and settles in the Ward Prairie
Community where he spent most of his life. On 28 Jun 1882, at the age of 18, he married Lillian
Martha Roper, b 22 Sep 1865,
Popular Bluff AR, daughter of T. A. Roper, Sr. and Lillian Martha Mathenia. They had nine children, only four of whom
lived to adulthood. James Daniel b 8 Jun 1883, d 29 Sep 1907 m Donnie
Murphy. Their children: Cantrell Bethel, Jesse, Velma and James Daniel; Tolbert Young b 1 apr 1894 d 25 Aug 1937 m Alma Hammack Jul 1912. They had no children. Charles B. Willard b 11 Jul 1896 d 11 Nov 1957 m Anna Kate Snealey1917.
Their children: Kathryn, Charles Gibson, Ruth Evelyn, Billy,Wayne, Jennifer and Kenneth. Dollie b 10 Apr 1910 in CrystalSprings MS m BuelRozell Burns 13 Aug 1925. He was born 26 Feb 1907 in CorsicanaTX, the son of John Buel
Burns and Martha Alice Hook. They had one child, Martha Jean b 14 Aug 1926 in TeagueTX m Donald Elwood Brunner b 21 Sep 1921 in AltoonaPA. They m 1 Dec 1943. Their children: Donna Jean
b 1 Mar 1946 m Irvin
Byron Willard b 10 Dec 1943.
Irvin is the grandson of Nelson Alexander Willard, a half brother to James
Aaron Willard. Their children: Donna Denise b 19 Feb 1967, Lori
Deanne b 2 Nov 1968, Douglas Byron b 5 May 1973
Second child of Martha Jean, Karen Denise b 2 Jan 1951 m Dorman
L. Leach. One child: Shawni Kay b 29 May 1971. Cantrell Bethel had a cotton gin, gristmill and a country store at Ward
Prairie. He was considered by his associates and friends in the community to be
a "high-toned," honest, upright gentleman in every respect, good for his
contracts and worthy of the confidence and respect of all good citizens.
This couple lost six children in six years: Lena Rivers b 19 Aug 1885
d 12 Aug 1889; Jennie Mae b 28 Oct 1887 d 4 Aug 1889;
Cantrell Thomas b 31 Dec 1891 d 8 Feb 1894; Lona b 29 Jul 1898 d 11 Apr 1906; Lillian
M. b 23 Sep 1903 d 20 Sep 1905; James Daniel was
killed at the age of 24. They are all buried in the DayCemetery.
After suffering such a great loss, Cantrell decided a change would be
good for them both. Hearing of the prosperity of the truck farmers in MS from Lillian's
brother, T. A. Roper, Jr., he sold his home and business and moved to
Crystal Springs MS in 1907. Here their last child was born Dollie B. In 1918Cantrell
became constable for Copiah Co. MS. He was well liked by all and
respected in the community. He died of a heart attack on 7 May 1921 in the line of duty. He is
buried in PopularSpringsCemetery in CrystalSprings. Longing for family and
friends Lillian returned to Freestone Co. TX in 1922 with
her twelve-year-old daughter Dollie B.,
where she lived the remainder of her life. She died 23 Oct 1941 in Corpus
Christi, while visiting her daughter and was buried in
the Day tery at Ward Prairie in Freestone Co.
AR Family Historian, V.13, p.208: Mrs. Phyllis Arnold, #2
Hayes Court, N.Little RockAR72118-Perry Co. AR-Need
full names of the husbands of Martha Ann Wise. She had one dau. namedLulu Powell b 1869,
another dau. Gola
Roper b 1874, and a son David Roper
b 1877. In 1879 Mrs. Martha Ann Roper m George
Henry. She lived in Roland Pulaski Co. AR and is also buried
1870 census of Johnson Co. AR Pittsburg
Amanda Kilburn 37 TN Artemissa Roper 14
AR Perry Co. Bentley Twp, Union City: Mathews Shoptaw 32 farmer KY Sarah 26
AR Mary A. 8 AR Cordelia 1 AR Miles M. Harris 48
farmer KY Jenks B. Roper 18 AR
1870 Mortality Schedule for Ar: Mary Roper 16 F DrewCo.Jun b GA
Johnson Co. AR Marriage Records, Book N, p.99: David Jones 27 Yell Co. m Artemissa
Roper 20 of said county & state. MethodistProtestantChurch27 ar
1873 p.248: Wm. Rwooper m Miss Martha
Gaines parties of lawful age at residence of Mr. Stills 22 Dec 1870
History of BentonCounty:
p.101: The Benton Chapter, R.A.M., was chartered 23 Oct 1874, on petition of ...W.B. Roper
Phyllis Arnold, 38 Kingwood Lane,
letter of 28 Nov 1992:
I have in my possession a page torn from a Bible. ... this
page was from her grandmother's Bible: Glola Roper b Perry Co. AR 27 Oct 1874 d 17 Jun 1905 David Roper b Perry Co. AR 19 Mar 1877 d 19 Jan 1 899
1877 Roland Twp, Pulaski Co. AR personal
property tax list: Jenks Roper, William Roper 1878: J. B. Roper, William Roper
The AR Gazette, 28
Nov 1877, p.1: Died at his residence in PhillipsCo., on the 7 inst. Mr. William Green Roper 36
1880 census of AR: Pulaski Co. Roland Twp. William Roper W M 63 farmer AL ALALSarah Roper W F 53 AR AL KY Joseph L Wise
(stepson) 16 AR GA AR
(Bible record: Milledge Wise d Perry Co. AR 4 Dec 1865. His
widow Sarah Coker m William Roper. Another child is Martha Ann Wise b Perry Co. AR 7 Nov 1851.)
George Henry W M 45 farmer NCNCNC … Goly Roper W F 6 AR - ARDavid Roper W M 4 AR - AR
AR Family Historian Mar 1887: Newspaper clipping from Baxter
Co. Baxter Co. has lost three sheriffs in the line of duty: Sheriff A.J.
Byler, the first man to hold such office, was killed on 25 Jun 1892.by the
young outlaw Jesse Roper at the Twiggs Ranch south of Mountain Home. It
was a direct result of the Denton-Twiggs feud at Gassville,
where Roper's uncle, John Twiggs, was killed on Main
St. in front of the present post office during a
shootout with the Dentons."
CA newspaper clipping: Crystal Smith. Former county resident
Crystal Smith 88 Ontario
died Friday in an Ontario
hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Smith was born 25 Dec 1900 in Elm
SpringsAR. She had been a
county resident for many years. She worked as a grader for the Santa
Paula Citrus Assoc. for 20 years before her retirement. She was a past member
of the Santa Paula Rebecca Lodge and the OjaiValleyRange.
She is survived by daughter Mildred Atkinson of San Quinton, Baja,
Mexico; son James C.
Smith of Fair Oaks; sister Dolly Wike
of Santa Paula; brothersThoma
Roper of Sacramento and Russell
Roper of NewburyPark;
eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends may call from to
Wed. at the Skillin-Carroll Mort., Santa
Paula. Services will be held at Wed. in the mortuary chapel, with the Rev. James
Butler of the First United Meth. Ch.Of Santa Paula officiating. Burial will follow
in Santa PaulaCemetery.
1900 AR census for Sevier Co. AR, Bear Creek, 9 Jul 1900, p.158:
Following census is of Louise Evelina Roper. M
(1) Honeycutt and (2) AtkinsonakaMartholomew453/463
Robert W. Atkinson 45 b Jun 1854 TN fb
NC mb NC lab. Sawmill Louise 50 b May 1850
MO fb TN mb GA md 12 yrs. George Hunnicut
18 b Apr 1882 MS fbALmb MO laborer sawmill
Pope Co. AR marriages: Bill Vinson 26 & Miss J. C. Roper 16 both of London, Pope
Co.1 Jan 1902Bk H-231 John J. Gotcher 24 & Annie Roper 18
both of Delaware, Logan Co. 2 Mar 1902 by H.J. Chastain J.P. Bk H-253 F. L. Roper 25 & Minnie Reynolds 25 both of Appleton 15
May 1904 by J.W. Stround J.P. Bk