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This page contains the Roper Deeds from various Court Houses in Virginia and West Virginia, Chancery Records dealing with property, and James Roper's personal copies of some of these records.

Louisa County, Virginia Deed 1795, Wingfield to Roper

22nd March 1795 Deed - Thomas Wingfield to Nicholas Roper - This Indenture was for a tract of land containing 400 acres on Contrary river in Louisa County, Virginia. Probably bought as an investment. - Louisa County, Virginia, Deed Book I, page 46-47. (see below Bargain and Sale dated 9th October 1797 Roper to Fairfax)


Frederick County, Virginia Deed page 1

9th October 1797 Indenture - Ferdinando Fairfax to Nicholas Roper - This included a tract of land called the "Mountain Tract" containing 684 acres and part of a tract called the "Glade Tract" acreage not yet determined. This tract of land was part of a larger tract owned by Ralph Wormely indeeded by Deed from the office of the late Proprietor of theNorthern Neck for 11, 716 acres which was conveyed to James Wormley by his brother Ralph Wormley as trustee of said Ralph Wormley deceased by a deed dated 29th of January 1795 and by the said James Wormley sold to the said Ferdinando Fairfax by deed bearing date the 24th day of June 1797. - Frederick County, Virginia, Superior Court Deed Book No. 3 Part 2, 1796 - 1799 Page 343 - 345 (contains 3 pages)


1797 Bargain and Sale Roper to Fairfax page 1
1797 Bargain and Sale Roper to Fairfax page 2 1797 Bargain and Sale Roper to Fairfax page 3

9th October 1797 - Bargain and Sale - Nicholas Roper to Ferdinando Fairfax - Frederick County, Virginia-Bargain and Sale: Nicholas sells to Ferdinando Fairfax, for 4,350 pounds "current money of Virginia", (1) "a Certain Tract or Parcel of Land Situated Partly in Berkeley and Partly in Frederick County . . Consisting of Three Tracts Parts of a Larger Tract of Land granted by the late Proprietor of the Northern Neck to the late Ralph Wormeley Esquire of Rosegill in a deed including surplus. . .which the said Nicholas Roper bought at three different times of the said Ralph Wormeley, his son James Wormeley and Isaac Kent and which are now included in One Tract." And (2) the Louisa County tract, including slaves, farming equipment, live stock--Frederick Co., VA Superior Court Deed Book No. 3, Part 2,- pg. 351. - Source: Nicholas Ropers timeline prepared by Judy Meade


1799 Mortgage Burchel to Roper page 1 1799 Mortgage Burchel to Roper page 2

1 April 1799 - Mortgage of Land - John Burchel to Nicholas Roper - Frederick County, Virginia-Mortgage: John Burchell borrows 150 pounds from Nicholas and puts up 135 acres as security, payment due on demand--Frederick Co., VA Deed Book No. 26, pg. 44. - Source: Nicholas Ropers timeline prepared by Judy Meade


Shirttliff to Roper Bill of Sale page 1 Shirttliff to Roper Bill of Sale page 2

1st April 1799 - Richard Shirtliff to Nicholas Roper - This Bill of Sale was for the purchase of a Negro Boy named Ceasar, a bay Mare with blazed face, three walnut tables, two feather beds and furniture, six chairs, black cow, set of blacksmith tools for the amount of One Hundred and Thirty pounds. Recorded in Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Book 26, page 45 & 46. Transcribed copy


1802 Indenture Fairfax and Wife and Roper to Holmes

11th September 1802 - Indenture Ferdinando & Elizabeth B. Fairfax and Nicholas Roper to David Holmes - This Indenture was for the 400 acres on Contray River in Louisa County, Virginia Nicholas bought 24th March 1797. This is the same tract of land Nicholas Roper sold to Ferd. Fairfax & Wife as bargain & Sale bearing date 9th of October 1797, Quote: "recorded in the district court of Winchester, which record not being received sufficient to comply with the requisites of the law reason it necessary for the said Roper to join in the present conveyance". - Louisa County, Virginia, Deed Book J, page 553-554. (see mentioned indentures above)


1803 Indenture Wand to Roper page 1 1803 Indenture Wand to Roper page 2
1803 Indenture Wand to Roper page 3

28 March 1803 Indenture - Thomas & Mary Wand to Nicholas Roper - This Indenture is for 2 tracts of land, one tract situated in the county of Frederick conveyed to the said Thomas Wand by Ralph Wormleys Indenture dated the twenty ninth day of September seventeen hundred and ninety. This tract contains fifty acres bordering James Wormley. Also one other tract situated in the county and state aforesaid conveyed to Thomas Wand by the Indenture of John Wormley and Mary his wife dated the 31st of May seventeen hundred and ninety seven. This tract contains 38 acres and all houses buildings, orchards, ways, waters, water courses, profits, commodities, heriditaments and appurtenances whatsoever. The total acreage of 88 acres was purchased for 528 pounds "current money of Virginia". - Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book 28, pages 28 - 30 dated March 28, 1803

1810 power of attorney Roper to Irwin pg 1 1810 power of attorney Roper to Irwin pg 2

8 February 1810 Power of Attorney Roper & Wife to James Irwin - Nicholas Roper and his Wife Mary (late Mary Horn) appointed James Irwin of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania as "our true and lawful attorney for us and in our names, and for our use, to ask demand, recover, have, and receive of and from the General Government of the United States of America or the Government of the State of Virginia or of any other of the individual states of the said Union,.....tracts or tract of land, as we are or may be entitled unto under a certain patent Granted under the hand and seal of the Governor of Virginia bearing date the 1st day of September Anno Domini 1773, unto sundry officers and soldiers of the British Army serving in Virginia and their Representatives of whom the said Mary was one named in said patent and entitled to four hundred acres, or her proportional part out of the whole quantity of land thereby conveyed being nominally 28 thousand four hundred acres . . ." Jefferson County, West Virginia Deed Book #5 1808-1810, page 273 & 274. This goes back to the 1 Dec 1773 Land Grant, whereby Mary and others were granted 28,400 acres in Botetourt County. Land grant below

Land Grant Mary Horn page 1
Land grant 1 December 1773 pg-1.
Land Grant Mary Horn page 2
Land grant 1 December 1773 pg-2.
Land Grant Mary Horn page 3
Land grant 1 December 1773 pg-3.
Land Grant Mary Horn page 4
Land grant 1 December 1773 pg-4.
Library of Virginia, Land Office Patents No. 42, 1773-1774, p. 496 (Reel 41).

1810 Roper to Cowan page 1 1810 Roper to Cowan page 2

12 June 1810 Indenture Roper to Cowan Jefferson County, Virginia--Execution of a court decree, dated 14 February 1810, to settle a dispute between David Cowan, plantiff, and John Campbell, Ferdinando Fairfax, Nicholas Roper, and John Cowan, defendants, whereby Nicholas was directed to convey to David "by good and sufficient deed the five acres of land in controversy between the parties". This record documents that David Cowan paid Nicholas Roper "the sum of one cent in hand" in exchange for which David received a deed for the five acres. Jefferson County, WV Deed Book #6, 1810-1811, page 57 & 58. (The five acres were part of Nicholas's 126 acre parcel on Cat Tail Run that he purchased from Fairfax in 1805.)

1814 deed of release Roper to Burchel

6 June 1814 Release Nicholas Roper to John Burchel Frederick County, Virginia-Deed of Release by Nicholas to John Burchel for a mortgage on "a certain tract or parcel of land in Frederick County whereon Burchel now lives"--Frederick Coounty, Virginia Deed Book No. 36, page. 357. See 1 Apr 1799 entry.

1821 survey Rock House Farm back 1821 survey for Rock House Farm

1821 Survey - Humphrey, Roger W. - This is a plat for the Rock House Farm, 215.2.34 acres located on North Fork Roper Road in Jefferson County, WV. Washington Albert Roper received this farm through his father's Will dated November 11, 1865; Recorders Will Book; page 70 - 78; Jefferson County, WV. note: Roper's personal copy.


1823 Indenture Seever to Roper page 1 1823 Indenture Seever to Roper page 2

3 March 1823 - Indenture - John Seever to James Roper This indenture between John Seever Deputy Marshall of the Winchester Chancery court of the county of Frederick of the one part and James Roper in the county of Jefferson of the other part, for two certain tracts of land situated in the county of Frederick conveyed to Thomas Wand by Ralph Wormeley and by said Thomas Wand and Mary his wife...by deed of indenture dated March 28th 1803 and recorded in Frederick County court conveyed to Nicholas Roper dec., afterward sold to Alexander Milton dec. and the purchase money was not obtained. A suit was prosecuted in the superior court of Chancery at Winchester and a decree rendered in behalf of James Roper. The tracts contained 88 acres. Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Book 47, page 26 & 27 (See related deed above)

Humphrey to Roper 1830 Back of 1826 Bond

1826 Bond - G.W. Humphrey from James Roper - This is a bond for payment to George W. Humphrey from James Roper due in 1830 for the Rock House farm on the North fork of the Bull Skin creek. For some unknown reason James Roper's signature was torn from this document. note: Roper's personal copy.



Cover of Plat Humphrey's Farm Plat for Humphreys Farm no date

Plat for Humphrey's Farm - Undated plat for the Humphrey Farm known as the Rock House Farm as seen below. note: Roper's personal copy.


1826 deed of conveyance page 1 1826 deed of conveyance page 2
cover of 1826 deed of conveyance

December 22, 1826 - Humphrey, George W. - This is a deed of Conveyance with general warranty stating James Roper bought this tract of land at public auction on December 15, 1826. note: Roper's personal copy.


Cover of Bond Roper to Humphrey Bond Roper to Humphrey 1826

December 26, 1826 - James Roper to Hannah Humphrey (Bond) - This is a bond for the Rock House Farm saying James Roper promises to pay Hannah Humphrey, guardian of Roger Humphrey deceased, children and heirs the sum of $1,137.16 with interest on or before December 15, 1829. note: Roper's personal copy. James Roper's signature has been torn from the document.


page one Indenture 1828 page two Indenture 1828
page three Indenture 1828 page four Indenture 1828

May 31, 1828 - Hannah Humphrey to James Roper (Release) - This is an Indenture. James Roper has gained full possession of said farm on the Bull Skin known to James as the Rock House Farm, located on North Fork Roper Road, Jefferson County, WV. note: Roper's personal copy.
Cover of Indenture 1828


Plat of 1829 page 1 Plat of 1829

April 13, 1829 - Plat Humphrey to Roper - This is the final plat drawn and surveyed by James M. Brown for the property on the Bull Skin. Hannah Humphrey to James Roper called Rock House Farm by the Roper family. note: Roper's personal copy.


1832 Indenture Roper to Williams page 1 1832 Indenture Roper to Williams page 2
1832 Indenture Roper to Williams page 3

6 February 1832 - Indenture - Roper and Wife to Williams This indenture between James Roper and Nancy his wife of Jefferson County, state of Virginia of the one part and Leroy P. Williams of th county of Frederick and state aforesaid of the other. This parcel contains 88 acres two roods and eighteen perches for $2,655.00 current money of the United States. The said piece or parcel of land being the same that was conveyed by the Marshall of the late chancery district court holden[sic] at Winchester by deed bearing date on the 3rd day of March 1823 (see above). Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Book 59, pages 167 - 169, February 6, 1832 signed by the justices of the peace David Humphrey and John Yates on the 10th and examined on the 13th.

Indenture Bargain & Sale James Roper to Elizabeth Laley 1838 page 1 Indenture Bargain & Sale James Roper to Elizabeth Laley 1838 page 2
Indenture Bargain & Sale James Roper to Elizabeth Laley 1838 page 3

1 May 1838 - Roper to Laley - Indenture/Bargain & Sale - Between James Roper, of Jefferson County, Virginia of the first part, and Elizabeth Laley, of the same county and state of the other part, witnesseth that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the said James Roper and the said Elizabeth Laley, and whereas the said parties have agreed by and between themselves, that the property by this deed conveyed and the provision hereinafter made for the said Elizabeth Laley shall in the event of the said marriage taking place be taken and considered as in full satisfaction of any claim or right which the said Elizabeth Laley after said marriage might have in and to the estate or any part thereof, of the James Roper. This is a prenuptial where James Roper agrees when married to give Elizabeth Laley his farm called Cat-Tail Run. Recorded in Jefferson County, Virginia now West Virginia clerks office, Deed Book 22, pages 436-438 28th day of May 1838, the foregoing deed was acknowledged before Thomas A. Moore by James Roper and Elizabeth Laley.

1851 cover of Chancery case copy Roper vs Lackland 1851 Chancery case Roper vs Lackland Mill property

15 September 1851 - In Chancery Roper VS Lackland - This is a copy of an extract of the Chancery case James Roper Vs. Samuel Lackland, concerning the Mill and House property containing 21 acres. Said land conveyed to Washington Albert Roper per James Roper's Will Dated November 11, 1865; Recorders Will Book; Pages 70 - 78; Jefferson County, WV. note: Roper's personal copy.


1853 Comm. Report Roper vs Lackland front cover 1853 Comm. Report Rper VS Lackland

18 October 1853 - Roper vs Lackland, Commissioners Report - The court record concerns the Saw Mill property with House located on Old Cave Road. The Mill and property were bequeathed to Washington Albert Roper per James Roper's Will Dated November 11, 1865; Recorders Will Book; Pages 70 - 78; Jefferson County, WV. note: Roper's personal copy.


Page one Chancery Roper VS Lackland Oct 26, 1853 Page one Chancery Roper VS Lackland Oct 26, 1853

26 October 1853 - Roper vs Lackland (In Chancery) - Case involving the Mill property James Roper, plaintiff vs Samuel Lackland. Order to be recorded. Page 482 Order Book 1852, Jefferson County, (West)Virginia. note: Roper's personal copy.


Cover of plat Frame to Roper 35 square perches Plat for 35 square perches Frame to Roper

16 August 1852 Plat Frame to Roper - This plat is for 35 square perches that joins the Rock House property. The parcel borders the old Berryville Turnpike. Date on plat is not legible. note: Roper's personal copy.




Cover Mountain land Division Plat Mountain Land Division 1878

31 October 1878 James Roper Mountain land division - This is a plat for the division of the Mountain plat by Samuel Howell Brown. This tract of land was on the east side of the Shenandoah directly across the river from the River Farm. The land was given to the heirs of James Roper per Will dated November 11, 1865; Recorders Will Book; Pages 70 - 78 Jefferson County, WV. note: Roper's personal copy.


1904 Deed of Trust for Cattail Farm

24 March 1904 Deed of Trust W. H. H. Roper to Jas. M. Mason, Jr. - This deed by and between W.H.H. Roper widower of the first part and Jas. M. Mason, Jr. Trustee of the second part. The party of the first part hereby conveyed to the said trustee all his right, title and interest in and to what is known as the " Cat Tail Farm" lying in Jefferson County, West Virginia containing 277 acres, more or less adjoining lands of Robert Chew and Miss Aglionby and C.M. Wetzel; being the same farm that was devised to the said W.H.H. Roper by will of his father, James Roper.




1908 deed of trust Louisa A. Mix to James M.Mason

13 April 1908 - Deed of Trust Louisa A. Mix to James M. Mason - The first part Louisa A. Mix is conveying with general warranty property other than land to the second part James M. Mason. This property consist of property bought by Louisa A. Mix used or stored at Mt. Hammond Farm. Jefferson County, West Virginia Deed Book 100, pg 434 #264

1910 bargain and sale of Mt. Hammond Farm from Schultz to Roper

4 March 1910 Deed of Bargain and Sale - Between Ann Catherine & Harry A. Schultz Trustee to W.A. Roper and heirs. This is a complicated transaction with a deed of trust also involved/executed by the said Ann Catherine Schultz (of the first part), bearing date the 28th day of July, 1898, and recorded in the office of the clerk of the county court of said Jefferson County, W.Va., in Deed Book 85, pg 223, and W.A. Roper, J. Albert Roper, Lawrence W. Roper, Chester A. Roper, Walter l. Roper, Ambrose D. Roper of the second part. This deed involves the above said parties, intitling Ann Catherine Schultz to receive payment of $15.00 and $15.00 to be payed on the first of each month until the first day of March succeeding 1911. Then she is to be payed $16. 66 and two third cents after March 1, 1911, during her life time. Jefferson County, West Virginia, Deed Book 104, pg 162











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