John Henry Alsop Family History
The Alsops, like their name, were old english. The spelling was variant, the first syllable was sometimes Al, El, Il and Ol. Sometimes a double â€œlâ€ and sometimes and â€œeâ€ after the â€œlâ€. The second syllable was sometimes sap, sip, sop, and sup, and sometimes a double â€œpâ€, and sometimes a finaleâ€. Also, sometimes, Millsap, and of course, the second generation was sometimes named Alson. Each syllable of the name, Alle, and Soppe referred to the malt drink, Ale and the two syllables meant Ale Brewer and became the family name when the occupation gradually became the family name.
The Alsops emigrated to America before the Revolutionary War and various members of the family took part of the Colonists in that war and in the War of 1812.
The first Alsop of which I have any record was Thomas Alsop, who was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia (other records indicate Spotsylvania County, Pennsylvania), and who married Judah or Judea Minor. They moved to near Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, where Elliott E. Alsop was born May 12, 1804. The family later moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where Judea died in 1814. Thomas later married there to a lady of his own name â€“ Rebecca Alsop of whom he had no issue. In 1818, they came in a Keel boat to (old) Franklin, Missouri, (just across the Missouri River from Boonville). Old Franklin was the first trading post west of ST Louis, and even then had lots or river shipping and boating. This was in Howard Country, Missouri, the so-called â€œMother of Countiesâ€; out of whose original area more Counties were formed than any other. Here, Thomas Alsop ran the first Hotel in Old Franklin, and became its first Jailer. Rebecca died in 1823, and Thomas died in 1824. They brought with them a family of seven sons, by the first marriage, one of whom was last heard of riding a horse and silver saddle into old Mexico. Another son was reported to have been sheriff of Texas county, Missouri, and that during his term of office a warrant came to his office for his own arrest on a charge of murder; the report further says that he filed this warrant under the â€œunfinished businessâ€ file until his term of office expired.
Elliot E. Alsop, when a boy of about 18, on a Sunday afternoon with a companion of like age rowed across the Missouri River to the present location of Booneville. A severe storm came up and they took refuge under a tree, and to pass the time, Elliott E. Alsop would toss a coin up in the air and catch it. Lightening hit the tree, killed his companion, and melted the coin in the airâ€”which melted coin is still in the family. Elliott E. Alsop died at New Franklin, Missouri, on January 6, 1972, of pneumonia.
Shepburn Gumm and wife Nancy lived in Fluvana, Va., later in Kentucky, and on May 30, 1815, there was born to them a daughter, Julia Ann Gumm. They moved to Howard Country, Missouri, in an early day, and later Shepherd Gumm died February 2, 1845, at the age of 82, and Nancy Gumm died February 22, 1852, age 81 years and 6 months.
Julia Ann Gumm married Elliott E. Alsop, and she died December 3, 1887, of pneumonia in New Franklin, Missouri. When Julia Ann was a small girl, in Kentucky, she rode on a horse, behind her Mother, to the Linkhorn (so then pronounced) home, at which time they talked to Nancy Hanks, (who at that time took in washings for the Gumms and other families), but no report on them seeing Abraham Lincoln, the latter reputedly being the son of Nancy Hanks, by Ben Hardin, a prominent Kentucky Lawyer. Nancy Hankâ€™s husband was Thomas Linkhorn.
The Missouri River, which is the west boundary of Howard County, Missouri, and then turns East and is the South boundary of Howard Country, often became tired of running in the same old rut, and one night partially straightened out the right angle turn, and the Captain Kinney Home is all than remains of the original (old) Franklin, Missouri, and on the hill, about one and a half miles to the north â€œnewâ€ Franklin was founded and there Elliott E. Alsop in 1833, at the corner of Howard and Missouri Avenues, founded a â€œgeneralâ€ store, of â€œE. Alsop and Sonsâ€ (Elliott E. Alsop and three of his sons, Thomas S., John H., and Charles C., --the other son, Elliott, called Alex or Elec, I do not believe was in the store) which general store burned about 1900 and was re-built, and some Alsop has been connected with this store at this location in some capacity, owner partner, delivery boy, etc, ever since it was first built in 1833 until about 1960.
In the 1830â€™s, there was bank trouble in Central Missouri, that is, distance to a bank, and so a hatchet and anvil was kept at the store to make change the hard way (John III has a literal â€œhalfâ€ dollar and two â€œquarterâ€ dollars, also some four or five â€œbitsâ€. Then Mexico, a great silver producing country, for the China trade, as China was a great silver loving country, minted the â€œDollar Mexâ€, and China would recognize the Mexican seal on these Dollars as a guarantee of a certain degree of weight and purity. These, and Bolivian, Peru, Spanish and other silver coins of like weight and size were then current in Missouri, considered more or less as a Dollar, taken as current money, and often changed as above. Any excess over the amount of money needed to do the dayâ€™s business was buried in the storeâ€™s cellar, and the location marked â€œxâ€ under the store floor, to hide the money from the robbers.
The Santa Fe Trail was originally from Westport (Kansas City, Missouri) to Santa Fe, New Mexico, was extended West to California, and east to New Franklin â€“ and often a covered Studebaker wagon was seen going west bearing the sign â€œCalifornia or Bustâ€, and fairly often a month or so later the same wagon going eastward came through New Franklin bearing the same legend, but altered: â€œCalifornia or Bust Bustedâ€.
In the Civil War central Missouri was strongly sympathetic to the South, and federal soldiers, called â€œfedsâ€ and their camp followers often came to the Elliott E. Alsop store and home, demanding whisky, money, etc, and whenever whisky was demanded and produced, the local resident was told to take the first drink (to assure the whiskey was not poisoned). Howard County was right on the border line, where the camp followers of both armies plundered, some claiming to the bush-whackers (alleged southern sympathizers) or jay hawkers (alleged northern sympathizers), â€œJohn Andersonâ€™s Menâ€, or â€œQuantrellâ€™s Menâ€ â€“ al merely highwaymen. John H. Alsop (Sr) heard John Anderson say he didnâ€™t care who won the war, just so long as he got his! There was a rather amusing story about some of them â€˜kidnappingâ€™ Bill Jacobs, the New Franklin â€œLawâ€, and taking him to their camp to shoe their horses, and how much better he felt after they turned him loose.
Elliott E. Alsop married Julia Ann Gumm December 6, 1838,a and their children were:
1. Jonathan Henry Alsop, born June 4, 1847, about 8:40A.M., who, when an adult, adopted a variation on the name of John Henry Alsop (named for a Dr. Henry), and married Martha Ellen Hunt, later known as Ella H. Alsop on October 5, 1881, by Rev. H.W. Dodge. When his Father died, three of the sons, John H. Charles Carroll, and Thomas S., each founded stores separately. John H. Alsop had a clothing store, and on December 3rd, 1892, the date of the birth of his youngest son, he organized the citizens Bank of New Franklin, Missouri; in 1920, he and his elder son, who were then President and Cashier of said Bank, respectively, sold their stock in this Bank (1/3rd of the Stock) and upon the sale were required to guarantee 1/3/rd of the Bank loans. Of $250,000 in loans by the Bank at the time of sale, their guarantee cost them about $250.00. Upon retiring upon the sale of the Bank, John H. Alsop and Ella h. Alsop spent some of the time in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and some in San Antonio, Texas, where he died March 16, 1921, at Hotel Hutchins, of angina pectoris, and was buried at Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Upon his marriage, he bout the old brick (built about 1840) Jackson home in New Franklin, and to this brick home, added more rooms until finally, it had nine outside doors. One night, in this home, he heard the explosion the night the Bank of New Franklin was robbed. Right around the corner from this home was the home of Painter __________ Bingham, about the most famous painter Missouri ever produced. It seems that during the Civil Was, the Federal Troops had captured part of central Missouri, including Callaway County, in which was located Jefferson City, the State Capitol, which was a â€œhotbedâ€ of southern sympathizers, so much so, that, fearing revolt, the federal commanding officer, Major Ewingâ€™s, made his famed or ill-famed â€œOrder no. 11â€, requiring that all southern sympathizers leave Calloway County by a certain date, there was a scattering like in Longfellowâ€™s Evangeline; John H. Alsopâ€™s cousin, Dr. __________White came from there to New Franklin as a result. This military order no. 11 caused such indignation that after the war Artist Bingham painted his famous â€œOrder no. 11â€. After the war ended, Major Ewing retired to his home back in Ohio, and later, because of his war record, ran for Governor of Ohio. The opposition hired Painter Bingham to bring this painting and make lectures all over Ohio, and succeeding in defeating Ewingâ€™s bid for Governor.
2. Another son of Elliott E. Alsop and Julia Ann Gumm Alsop was Charles Carroll Alsop, born at New Franklin February 25, 1855, their youngest child, think he went to Kemper Military school at Boonville Missouri, married Mayme Armstrong, died April 12, 1912, at New Franklin. Upon dissolution of â€œE. Alsop & Sonsâ€ he founded a general store; their children were : James, Charles Carroll Jr. or â€œC.C.â€, Agnes, Spencer, Lucille and Dixie. Agnes is now _______ of _________ California, and Dixie is now Dixie Alsop Wichman, of Websterâ€™s Grove, Missouri.
3. Another son of Elliot E. Alsop and Julia Ann Gumm Alsop was Thomas S. Alsop, I believe the oldest child, born ____________, died January 13, 1889,at New Franklin, o asthma and pneumonia. He married Lou Strange, and their children were Elliott, Edith (Mcelroy), Thomas Norton, and Webster S. Upon dissolution of â€œE. Alsop & Sons,â€ Thomas S. Alsop continued a grocery store in the same location.
4. Another son of said Elliot E. and Julia Ann Gumm Alsop was Elliott Alsop, usually referred to as Alec Alsop. He had three sons, George, and Albert, the later known as Bunt, both farmers, and Tom V., a druggist at New Franklin and later at Fayette, Missouri. Elliott Alsop served in the Civil War, CSA under Generals Sterling Price, Picket, Pemberton and Joseph Johnson. HE was in the battle of Boonville Missouri, during which time his father Elliott E. Alsop, and his brother Jonathon H. Alsop, at their home in New Franklin, across the river from Boonville, thought they heard thunder, but later put their ears to the ground and then realized it was artillery fire, form the battle near Boonville, and knew that their son and brother was in this battle. He was later captured at the Fall of Vicksburg, after hardships, starvation and eating mule meat. Prisoners were exchanged, and he was again captured with General Pickett at Mobile, Alabama. He was imprisoned at Fortress Monroe, I believe in Indiana, where the prisoners were on Sundays given pies by the ladies of the city, some of the pies were poisoned, many prisoners died therefore, and Elliott never fully recovered, later came back to Howard Country, more or less farmed the rest of his life, but always incapacitated from the poison.
At say about 1910, the Alsops owned or were interested in each of the first seven buildings beginning with the original corner store building of the old â€œE. Alsop and Sonsâ€ location. One notable event was when a clerk in one of these stores lit a cigarette near the fireworks window display. The old timers ins New Franklin still remember it.
To Jonathon Henry and Martha Ellen Hunt Alsop, two children were born: Birch Elliott Alsop on June 15, 1883. When an adult, he adopted a variation of name, Birch Hunt Alsop. He died in Los Angeles, California, on August 23, 1933. He attended Welch Military Academy at Columbia, Missouri, and Missouri U about 1901, then started working in the bank at New Franklin. Then, about 1903, he went to Eastman Business College at Poukeepsie, New York, and thereafter cam back to New Franklin and was in that bank most of the time until the bank was sold in n1920. He then retired and went to Los Angeles about 1923, where he and his mother lived about ten years. IN 1933, (because of so many earthquakes in Southern California) as did so many others, she moved back to Okmulgee, Oklahoma and lived there until her death January 11, 1940. John H., Sr., Ella H., and Birch H. Alsop are buried at Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
The youngest child, John Henry Alsop Jr., was born at New Franklin on December 3, 1892, about 6:00 P.M in a walnut bed he still ahs in Okmulgee. Dr. J.B. Fleet was the attending physician. Graduated from Kemper Military school at Boonville Missouri, in 1911, an Cornell Univ. LLB in 1915. Upon graduation, he went to Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was Assistant County Attorney under Judge Fred P. Branson, then Country Attorney, formerly District Judge and State Democratic Chairman, and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and also Assistant under the succeeding County Attorney of Muskogee, W.W. Cotton, who was later County Judge of that County. John H. Alsop, Jr., was 2nd Lt. In Field Artillery in WWI. After WWI, and April 6, 1919, he came to Okmulgee and practiced law. ON June 6, 1923, he married Addie Frances Hearn. Minister was Rev. New Harris, went to Montreal and Niagara Falls, and to Ithaca, New York to see the College Hill on their honeymoon. Upon return, visited maternal Grandmother hunt at Huntsdale Missouri, during which John took Addie to see some of her new kinfolds, including â€œUncle Mose and Aunt Susan Huntâ€, former slaves of the Hunt family. And, in 1953, 30 years after their marriage, a second honeymoon in Mexico City and Acapulco.
To John H. Alsop, Jr. and Addie H. Alsop was born at Okmulgee City hospital on October 4, 1924,at 1:45 P.M. a boy, John Henry Alsop III. Dr. Fred S. Watson was the attending physician. John III was grade school and three years of high school at Okmulgee; Kemper Military School at Booneville Missouri, 1942-1943,where he graduated from high school in 1942, and but for WW2 would have attended and graduated form the Junior College department of Kemper on its 100th year, in 1944. Brooklyn College for a little time while in the army, Oklahoma University for a few years after his discharge from the army, from Oklahoma A. & M. B.S. in Chemistry in 1951; from Texas University Ph.D. in 1957. In December 1942, while at Kemper, John III volunteered for the Army, and upon completion of that yearâ€™s schooling entered into active Army ss service. His WW2 Honorable discharge shows: volunteered Dec. 1942; called to active duty June 11, 1943, discharged January 20, 1946; awarded Combat Infantryman Badge, 3 battles and campaigns (Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes/the Bulge); 3 bronze stars; Purple Heart; Belgian Fourragers, wounded in Actionâ€”Belgium (in Battle of the Bulge) January 3, 1945; European-African-Middle Eastern theater Campaign Ribbon; American Theatre Campaign ribbon; Victory Ribbon; 2 overseas Bars, Hig division, 82nd Airborne, captured an entire German Army corps; he and his outfit were pulled back form the Elbe to France, so that the Russians could take Eastern Europe and be the first to enter Berlin. His entire Division came back on the â€œQueen Maryâ€, landed in New York January 3, 1946, a year almost to the hour form the time he was wounded in the Battle of the bulge, and his Division was designated to represent the Army in the Victory Parade through New York City early in January 1946.
ON January 27, 1951, at Ponca City, Oklahoma, he married Catherine Lee. Rev. Edwin Parker was the Minister. ON June 30, 1954, at 10:30 P.M. in Seton Hospital at Austin Texas, with a Dr. McCauley as physician, John Henry Alsop IV was born, and he later partially cut his teeth upon a coin marked: Used to cut teeth by: Jonathan Henry Alsop, 1848, Birch Hunt Also p1884, John Henry Alsop Jr. 1893, John AH Alsop III 1925â€ to which was added John Henry Alsop IV 1954, and Janice Lee Alsop 1958.
An on August 7, 1957, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Johnâ€™s Hospital at Tulsa Oklahoma, dr. _______as physician, Janice Lee Alsop was born, the first family in any of the John Henry Alsop families in over 140 years. John H. Alsop III completed his class-room work for his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Oklahoma A. & M. College at Stillwater, Oklahoma, in August 1950, and shortly thereafter, was employed as Chemist for the Eagle-Pitcher Smelter south of Okmulgee. About May 1951, he became Chemist for American Window-Glass Company at Okmulgee. About August 15, 1952, he resigned and entered Texas University Graduate School, seeking a Masterâ€™s Degree in Chemistry. However, shortly thereafter deciding to seek a full Ph.D. degree (analytical chemistry), the fifth college he had attended, his college years being chewed up by the WWII. He finished his classroom work for his Ph. D. Degree at Texas University at Austin, Texas, in August 1956, and became research chemist for Standolind Oil Company at Tulsa, Oklahoma in their research laboratory. That companyâ€™s corporate name being alter changed to Pan-American Petroleum Corporation. About November 1959, he resigned from that position and became researcher for Chemstrand in their Research Laboratory, then at Decatur, Alabama, and about August 16, 1960, the entire research laboratory was moved to the â€œTriangleâ€ in North Carolina, he moving to Cary, North Carolina. His college social fraternity was Sigma Nu. He thereafter joined ______________professional chemical fraternity. In 1960, he was awarded a Sigma Tsi key.
In the spring of 1962, he built a house and about April 15, 1962, moved into his new house in Shadylawn Court, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. September 30, 1962, Jack Alsop III joined the staff of Texaco experiment, Inc., of Richmond, Virginia, and moved to Richmond, Virginia at 9408 Camrose Road.
In March 1963, John H. Alsop Jr retired from the practice of law, having been Assistant County Attorney of Okmulgee Country, Oklahoma, since January 7, 1957, as appointee of and Assistant to Harry D. Pitchford, the County Attorney, and on April 15, 1963, John and Addie Alsop left Okmulgee for Richmond, Virginia, and vacated there until November 1963, with their big job in Richmond as Baby-sitters for their grandchildren, returning to Okmulgee, Oklahoma, via St. Petersburg, Florida, for the winter, and in April 1964, they left Okmulgee again for Richmond, and established themselves at Malvern Manor Apartment.
Although John H. Alsop Jr. had never been in Richmond, or hardly any place else in Virginia, before April 1963 (but once in Virginia, traveling through the estate in 1919 from camp Jackson, South Carolina, to Louisville, Kentucky, upon his application to stay in the regular Army, but resigned the Army when the Siberian crisis ended), there was not a thing in Richmond or in the surrounding country that was not familiar to him, the people, architecture, roads, fauna and flora and allâ€”rather remarkable until he realized that Howard Count7, Missouri, was settled about 99% by Virginians. Things in Virginia were merely older and larger.
Jack (John III) and family moved into their newly built house at 16 Charnwood Road, in the Roslyn Hills neighborhood, about ten miles west of downtown Richmond and in the suburbs, about August 31, 1965. It was a two story and full basement Dutch Colonial House, which is almost lost in the trees and shrubs, where they certainly could â€œget away from it allâ€.