?Po6-1 George Pope
(Po6) Worden Pope (1776-1838)
(Po6-2) William Pope had at least two sons, Senator John Pope (Po6-2-1) and Nathaniel Pope (Po6-2-2)
and others - to be recorded later.
(?Po6 =Po7) Thomas Pope
Johnson' s History of Louisville.
Abridged Compendium of Genealogy.
Westmoreland County Records.
Unpublished fmnily records of R.C. Thruston.
Original manuscript payroll of Captain George Patten's Company of Militia of the County of Jefferson at Virginia State Library.
Also, Illinois Papers D.940.
William and Mary Quarterly, Volume 12, page 192.
(Po7) Ensign Benjamin Pope’s military service was at Fort Nelson, Falls
of the Ohio, from 10 April 1782 to 3 May 1782.
In 1780 he was deputy-sheriff of Jefferson county under Richard Chenoweth.
In 1784 he represented Jefferson County in the Virginia Assembly.
He, having emigrated to the Falls of Ohio, in Jefferson County, territory of Kentucky, took part in the original drawing of lots in Louisville.
Re drew a one-half acre lot #80, on the South West Corner of 9th and Main Streets, upon which he erected a log cabin 16 by 20 feet. He lived here until August 1780, when he removed to what in 1796 became Bullitt County, Kentucky.
Ancestors of Benjamin Pope (Po7)
The immigrant ancestor of the Pope family in America, was
Nathaniel Pope I (Po11) of London and Bristol, England, and Mary¬land and Virginia.
He settled first in Maryland, where in 1637 he was recorded as one of twenty-four freeman, “at the Grand Inquest.”
He was exempt from military service in Maryland and Virginia.
In 1648 he was a member of the General Assembly of Maryland.
The Colonial Dames Register says he settled at St. Mary's Hundred, Maryland, in 1635, and that 110 was a member of the Maryland Assembly from 1637-1638, and from 1641-1642.
He was Agent to Kent Island in 1647.
He was Lieutenant Colonel of Westmoreland County Provincial troops
April 4th, 1655. Register (page 149).
About 1648 he removed from 1.fu.ry1and to Westmoreland County, Virginia, and lived between Appomattox and Pope’s Creek on a patent of 1050 acres, called “The Clefts”.
In 1655 he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
In 1658 he made a deed to land for Anne Washington (his daughter),
(Mrs. Lt .Col. John Washington).
His will, 1659, May 16, was probated in Westmoreland County. He left estates in Bristol, England.
His wife' s name was Lucy ¬ and he was said to have married about 1633 or 1637.
In 1652, June 10, he “gave his mark of hogges and cattle under keel in both eares."
In 1659, he gave cattle to his son Nathaniel Pope lI (Po10) and to his daughter Mary (or Marg.) Hardwick (Po10-)(or Hardidge).
In 1658 he deeded land to Anne Washington (Po10-).
In 1659 his two sons, Thomas (Po10) and Nathaniel (Po10-) were both under age and single, according to his will. Anne Washington was grandmother to George Washington, President.
Data from http://www.kygenweb.net/history/ff_louisville/c6.htm
FROM Westmoreland county, Virginia, and down the Ohio to the settlement at the mouth of Beargrass, three members of the Pope family journeyed in late 1779, or in the first month of 1780. William Pope and Benjamin Pope and their sister, Jane Pope, the wife of Thomas Helm, the founder of the Kentucky family of that name. They were three of the four children of Worden Pope and Hester Netherton, John Pope, the fourth, remaining in Virginia. Worden Pope represented the fourth generation of Popes in America, before him being three Nathaniel Popes. Nathaniel Pope, I., of England, settled in Maryland prior to 1637, and was a member of the Maryland General Assembly in 1648. He moved to Virginia in 1650, and part of his estate was "The Cliffs," which passed from the Popes to one Thomas Ley, ancestor of Robert E. Lee, the name of the estate changing to "Stratford." The bricks of which "Stratford" was built are said to have been a gift from Queen Anne. Ann Pope, daughter of the first Nathaniel Pope, married John Washington, who emigrated from England and was the great-grandmother of George Washington.
Of the three Popes who came to Louisville only one, William
Pope, remained. Benjamin Pope removed to Bullitt county; Jane Pope Helm
and her husband stayed only a year and then settled in Elizabethtown, establishing
"Helm Place," which remained in the possession of the family until a few
It is recounted that in the year which the Helms spent in Louisville, then a most unhealthy place, they lost three small children by disease. William Pope had married in Virginia, Penelope Edwards, a daughter of Hayden Edwards, of Farquier county, who removed to Bourbon county, Ky., to found a large and wealthy family. William and Penelope Pope had eight children, four sons and four daughters, and there are a number of descendants in Louisville. One daughter, Penelope, was the heroine of an interesting pioneer romance, and she was also one of three generations of Penelopes who were married very young, two at the age of 14, who were mothers at 15, and one married at 13, the mother of two children at 15. Coming down the Ohio river on their way to the falls of the Ohio, Col. William Pope and his family encountered a young soldier of the Revolution, Lieut. Col. William Oldham, and a warm friendship sprang up between Col. Pope and Oldham, who made part of the trip with the Pope family.
Lieut. Col. Oldham was much attracted to Penelope, the young daughter
of his friend, and announced his intention of coming back to claim her
for his bride, which he did three years later. Oldham was killed by Indians
at St. Clair's defeat in 1791. The marriage of Penelope Pope Oldham, a
widow, to Henry Churchill, and of her daughter, Abigail Oldham, to Samuel
Churchill, brother of Henry, was recounted in the sketch of the Churchill
family. The incident of mother and daughter marrying brothers had occurred
before in the Pope family, for Hesterton Netherton Pope, after the death
of Worden Pope, married Lynaugh Helm, a brother of Thomas Helm, who married
her daughter, Jane Pope.
William Pope was one of the original trustees appointed by the Virginia Legislature to establish the town of Louisville in May, 1780; he made the survey of the town to carry out the plan of dividing the forfeited Connolly land into lots to be sold at $30 an acre; he was a justice of the peace in 1785. William Pope was a veteran of the Revolution, as was his brother, Benjamin, and in 1780 was made Lieutenant Colonel of the Louisville militia, to become Colonel of the same organization in April, 1784. William Pope and his family settled an the Bardstown road not far from the city limits, the house standing on what is now the country place of Mrs. Harry Bishop.
The old Pope cemetery was on this farm, and a handsome monument stands
there to mark the graves of William Pope, Jr., and his wife, Cynthia Sturgess.
In the East End there are three parallel streets, William, H and Pope streets, which make a lasting tribute to the memory of Col. Pope as an early surveyor of the town.
William Pope, Jr., and his wife, Cynthia Sturgess, had a large family, their sons and daughters marrying into families of prominence and social position, but there are few of their descendants left in Louisville. Henrietta Pope married Thomas Prather Jacob, and their home was for many years on the northeast corner of Fourth and Breckinridge. They have two sons living, Donald Jacob, who married Hallie Louise Burge, and John I. Jacob, of Louisville and Paris. Another son, the late Rev. Thomas Prather Jacob, has two children, Etta Pope Jacob and James Baird Jacob, who live with their mother, who was Martha Baird. Henry Pope, who married Alice Miller, has a daughter, Anna, Mrs. E. C. Newbold, who makes Louisville her home. Alexander Pope married Martha Fontaine and had five children, two sons, Henry and Fontaine, who were never married, and both were killed in duels; three daughters, Penelope Pope, who married her cousin, William
Martha Pope, who married her cousin, Charles Pope, son of William and
Cynthia Pope, and after his death married the Rev. Edward P. Humphrey (her
only child was Judge Alexander Pope Humphrey), and Maria Pope, who married
Allen P. Elston. The Elstons had a daughter, Fanny, who married Edward
Payson Quigley, the mother of Eliza Quigley, Mrs. Bethel B. Veech, and
of three other children who do not live in Louisville.
The numerous descendants of Penelope Pope, and William Prather were mentioned in the sketch of the Prather family.
The home of Alexander Pope, member of the Kentucky Legislature, prominent lawyer and man of affairs, stood on the south side of Jefferson street, between Sixth and Seventh, with a frontage of about 200 feet and extending back to Green street. Alexander Pope bought the property in 1806, and Judge Alexander Pope Humphrey inherited it from his mother, who was Martha Pope. Judge Humphrey was born in the old Pope home and still owns a piece of property on the block, a part of which was the lawn on the Sixth-street side of the house, retaining it for its association, and oddly enough the windows of his law office in the Inter-Southern overlook the site of the Pope house, on which is now built a row of shops.
The Pope men were antagonists of Henry Clay and strong
supporters of Andrew Jackson, and a tradition of the Popes tells of the
caucus held in Alexander Pope's law office, which stood in the side yard
of his home on Jefferson street, at which Andrew Jackson was brought forward
as a candidate for the Presidency in 1824. When President Jackson visited
Louisville he was delightfully entertained by the Pope families.
Penelope Pope, one of the four daughters of William and Penelope Pope, is the only one who has descendants here. By her first marriage to Col. William Oldham she had three children, Judge John Pope Oldham, of the Louisville Circuit Court, long prominent here; Major Richard Oldham, of the United States Army, and Abigail Oldham, who married Samuel Churchill. Judge John Pope Oldham married Malinda Talbot; their daughter, Susan Oldham, married Horace Hill, and was the mother of several children. Lily Hill married William Paca Lee and was the mother of Linda Lee, now Mrs. Thomas, and of Jouett Lee, Mrs. William Wallace, of Boston, who so frequently visits here.
Major Richard Oldham married Eliza Martin, daughter of Major Thomas Martin,
U. S. A., having a son, George Oldham, who married Harriet Josephine Miller, daughter of John Adam Miller. Alfred Violett Oldham, for many years
Clerk of the City Court, is the only descendant of Major Oldham in the
From the marriage of Penelope Pope Oldham to Henry Churchill and from the marriage of her daughter, Abigail Oldham, to Samuel Churchill, several of Louisville's most influential families trace their lineage, the Ballards, the Humphreys, the Churchills, the Jungbluths, the Peters and others, all mentioned in the Churchill sketch.
Two sons of William and Penelope Pope, prominent men of their day, were John Pope and Nathaniel Pope. but they have no descendants in Louisville.
While Benjamin Pope and his wife, Beheathland Foote, settled in Bullitt county, near Shepherdsville, Benjamin Pope, a captain in the Revolution, was active in the shaping of the city's history. He was an ensign in Capt. James Patton's militia, and assisted in the building of Fort Nelson. He was one of Louisville trustees in 1783. Among the trustees of Louisville elected in 1809 were Benjamin Pope's son, Worden, and William Pope's son, Alexander Pope.
Worden Pope was one of three sons of Benjamin and Beheathland Pope. George and Benjamin Pope continued their residence in Bullitt county, while Worden Pope became a prominent citizen in Louisville. He was County Clerk for many years and was succeeded by his
son, Edmund Pendleton Pope, and later by his son, Curran Pope, the clerkship
remaining in the Pope family for over sixty years.
Elizabeth Taylor Thruston, daughter of Col. John Thruston, was the wife of Worden Pope, and there were thirteen children of this marriage. However, only three sons of the family are forefathers of Louisville people: Patrick Henry Pope, who married Sarah Lawrence Brown; Edmund Pendleton Pope, who married Nancy Johnson, daughter of Col. James Johnson; Col. Curran Pope, of the Union army, a West Point graduate, killed at the Battle of Perryville, who married Matilda Prather Jacob, daughter of John I. Jacob and Ann Overton Fontaine.
Patrick Henry Pope was the father of Edmonia Pope, who married Dr. William H. Galt, the mother of Misses Urith and Ellen Galt; and of Ellen E. Pope, who married Dr. John Thruston, the mother of Mrs. Sarah Thruston Hughes, and of Mary Anna Pope, who married George Nicholas, whose offspring is set down in the sketch of the Prather family. There were two other children who have no descendants here.
Edmund Pendleton Pope was the father of Judge Alfred Thruston Pope, legislator and jurist, who married his cousin, Mary Tyler Pope, daughter of Col. Curran Pope. Dr. Curran Pope
and Alfred Thruston Pope are the only children of Judge Alfred Thruston
and Mary Tyler Pope, and live in their parents' old residence on Walnut
street. Another son of Edmund Pendleton Pope is Brig. Gen. J. Worden Pope,
U, S. A., retired, whose home is in Denver. Gen. Pope was at one time quartermaster
general of the army, and was for a time commandant of the disciplinary
barracks at Ft. Leavenworth. His son, Warden Pope, spent the autumn in
Louisville at Camp Taylor in the F. A. R. D., and was a candidate officer
in the artillery school when the armistice was signed.
Mary Tyler Pope, the mother of Dr. Curran Pope and Alfred Thruston Pope, was the only child of Cal. Curran Pope, with descendants here.