James F. ROPER (b abt 1813 - SC, d Apr 1859 - Polk, TX) migrated from Choctaw, AL, to Texas in 1859, settling in Peach Tree Village, Tyler County, TX. He was killed at Smith’s Field, Polk County, Texas, in April 1859, leaving a widow Elizabeth (Bethea) ROPER, and a number of children.
Elizabeth ROPER seems to be enumerated in the 1860 Census residing in Tyler County, TX, in a somewhat mangled record showing her family as "E. LOPER".
See: "United States Census, 1860," Database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXF2-4HJ
: accessed 21 June 2015), E Loper, [Blank], Tyler, Texas, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com
: n.d.); citing p. 69, household ID 458, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 805,306.
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Mrs. E. J. ROPER is shown to have married W. S. VAUGHAN in Tyler County on 03 Sep 1861. William S. VAUGHAN/VAUGHN are enumerated residing in Tyler County in the 1870 and 1880 Census enumerations. Two of James F. ROPER and Elizabeth BETHEA's daughters Esther, age 19, and Emma, age 11, are erroneously shown to be VAUGHANs in the 1870 Census.
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Is anyone aware of an extant Tyler County probate record for the estate of James F. ROPER proximate to 1859? Is anyone aware of any deed records which show land ownership by James F. ROPER in Tyler County prior to his death or ownership of land by his wife and children after April 1859?
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See also my thread at the ROPER Message Board for additional information regarding this ROPER family:
"James F. ROPER (b abt 1813 - SC), of Choctaw, AL" (19 Jun 2015 10:16PM GMT)http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.roper/2090/mb.ashx