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Johnsontown Cemetery

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roper-cemeteries/Johnsontown Historical SignJohnsontown was founded by free African Americans, George W. and Betty Johnson in 1848 on 12 acres. It was the first free black community in the state. The Johnsons and other families built a number of homes and a log one-room graded school which also served as a meeting place and housed religious activities until Zion Baptist Church was erected in Charles Town in 1898. The burials in the cemetery represent the former families of Johnsontown.
Johnsontown Church

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Known Ropers and extended family Buried Here (listed oldest to youngest)

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Roper, Daniel - Born March 21, 1844, Jefferson County, Virginia(WV); Died: January 27, 1927, Bardane, Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was the 2nd Son and 3rd Child of Nicholas Osbourn Roper, his mother was Louisa Newman. Occupation as Lumberman. Daniel was a farm laborer for George Risler of Rippon per the 1860 Jefferson county US census. (note: a more accurate birth date of 1843 needs to be pointed out, due to his brother William being born April 21, 1844 per tombstone inscription, also Daniel was always one year older than William per census records)

William and Sarah Roper headstone

Roper, William Henry - Born: April 21, 1844(1845), Jefferson County, Virginia (WV); Died: May 21, 1909, Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was the 3rd Son and 4th child of Nicholas Osbourn Roper mother unknown. Nicholas Osbourn Roper was the son of James Roper (1786-1867). William married Sarah Goens July 14, 1873 in Jefferson County. There were 10 children to this union. His occupation was farmer. Aged 57 years

Roper, Sarah Ann Goens - Born: August 9, 1849, Jefferson County, Virginia(WV); Died: July 2, 1932, Jefferson County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Lawson and Sarah Ann Hart Roper. Also known as "Sallie"

Charles Edward and Willie E. Roper

Roper, Charles Edward - Born: October 2, 1876, Jefferson County, Virginia(WV); Died: December 2, 1958, Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was the 2nd son and 2nd child of William Henry and Sarah Ann Goens Roper. He married Willie Etta Martin on January 24, 1912 in Jefferson County, West Virginia. No children to this union. They did take in Willie's Sisters son as a foster child, Russell B. Roper. Occupation as Farmer

Roper, Willie Etta Brown - Born: April 27, 1883, Rappahannock County, Virginia, Died February 17, 1942, Jefferson County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of William and Amanda Jogan Brown. She was a widow when she married Charles, first husband was an unknown Martin.

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Johnson, Willie Catherine Roper - Born: July 29, 1881, Jefferson County, West Virginia; Died: November 5, 1934, Jefferson County, West Virginia. Daughter of William Henry and Sarah Ann Goens Roper. Willie married James Daniel Roper on January 15, 1896 in Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia. Her father gave written consent.

Johnson, James Daniel - Born: January 9, 1867, Jefferson County, West Virginia; Died: July 13, 1932, Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was the son of George and Bettie Briscoe Johnson.

Nannie Roper Stewart

Stewart, Nannie Roper - Born: September 26, 1886, Jefferson County, West Virginia; Died: June 2, 1971. She was the 8th child of William Henry and Sarah Ann Goens Roper. Nannie married an unknown Stewart.

Ernest Hastings Roper

Roper, Ernest Hastings - Born: November 26, 1888, Jefferson County, West Virginia; Died: December 7, 1923, Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was the son of William Henry and Sarah Ann Goens Roper. He married Nellie Virginia Brown on July 31, 1918 in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

Leatha and Lewis Owens

Owens, Leathia Roper- Born: November 10, 1894, Jefferson County, West Virginia; Died: August 11, 1962, Jefferson County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of William Henry and Sarah Ann Goens Roper. Leathia married Lewis Owens on November 14, 1914 in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

Owens, Lewis F. - Born: December 1891; Died March 31, 1957. Son of George and Bettie Briscoe Johnson

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Berry, Odetta Johnson - Born: April 4, 1900, Jefferson County, West Virginia; Died: February 14, 1978, Jefferson County, West Virginia. Daughter of James Daniel and Willie Catherine Roper Johnson. She married John H. Berry on December 23, 1925 in Charles Town, West Virginia

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Owens, Houston F. Born: August 7, 1918; Died: May 17, 2009, Pennsylvania. Son of Lewis F. and Leathia Virginia Roper Owens. US Army veteran of World War II. Aged 90 years, 9 months and 10 days. His wife Dorothy G. Owens born: January 29, 1923; Died July 6, 2000, Pennsylvania. (as of 3-18-12 not sure if buried in this cemetery)

Leonard E. Johnson

Johnson, Leonard E. - Born: January 6, 1921, Jefferson County, West Virginia; Died November 2, 1998. Son of Leathia Virginia Roper and Lewis F. Owens. He served in World war II as TEC 5 United States Army

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Newman, Hilda Louise Owens - Born: May 6, 1923; Died: January 20, 1991. Daughter of Lewis F. and Leathia Virginia Roper Owens.

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Berry, Zada - Born July 9, 1928; Died May 30, 1981. Daughter of Odetta Johnson and John H. Berry.









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