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Elizabeth Waldegrave Clopton

Elizabeth Waldegrave Clopton

Posted: 26 Aug 2005 2:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Clopton, Strother, Gaines
Who were Elizabeth's parents? She married John Strother on13 May 1818 in Frederick co VA and had the following children: Florida B. Strother b. a/1820, Bolton F. Strother b. a/1826, George C. Strother b, a/1829, Waldegrave S. Strother b. a/1830 anbd Fleet F. Strother b. a/1832. They may have had a daughter Harriet as Florida's husband, John C. Gaines first wife was a Harriet Strother. The family lived in Washington D.C. during the births of most of the children, though in later censuses the place is sometimes given as VA. John Strother d. in Lexington KY in 1833. IUt is unknown if the family was living there also. In the 1850 census, Elizabeth is living in Galena, Jo Daviess co IL with her four sons. In the 1860 census, she is in St Paul MN living with John Gaines and "Flora." Elizabeth d. between 7 Oct 1862 and 19 May 1863 when she wrote her will and it was probated. She disinherited her sons and left everything to Florida B. Gaines. Florida's known children are Walter, Belle, Pendleton S., and Effie. Thanks for any help with Elizabeth's missing parents, grandparents, etc.

Re: Elizabeth Waldegrave Clopton

Posted: 18 Feb 2006 9:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: CLOPTON, LUCKETT, STROTHER
Don't have an answer to your question but can provide a solid clue.

WILL BOOK, 1829 - 1847
The following abstracts were taken from the a book in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Jo Daviess County Court House, Galena, Illinois. It is identified only as "Will Book" on its spine.

CLOPTON, Fleet S. [page 14], of Jo Daviess County, but now in the Territory of Michigan, dated March 17, 1829, proved October 7, 1834 by statement of Alexis PHELPS from Warren County, Illinois. Estate to brother Frederic CLOPTON and sisters Louisa A. LUCKET and Elizabeth STROTHER. Executor: Matthias COMSTOCK who is to transmit the proceeds of estate to Horace LUCKET of Loudon County, Virginia, to be by him divided between my brother and sisters. Witnesses: Alexis PHELPS, John LAY, S. P. WINTER.

Louisa A LUCKET[T] wife of Horace is identified by The Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden, in his "Glassell Family," as "dau. of George Clopton." But the Clopton Family Genealogical Society notes "[t]he identity of her father must be further studied"

[see their "Descendants of William Clopton, of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover & His Wife Joyce Wilkinson, of Black Creek" which is on-line]

Re: Elizabeth Waldegrave Clopton

Jan Knox (View posts)
Posted: 19 Feb 2006 5:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Clopton, Strother, Edwards
Thanks so much for your posting, it's a start in the right direction. Jan

Re: Elizabeth Waldegrave Clopton

Posted: 20 Feb 2006 4:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Clopton, Connolly, Strother, Vanmatre
A few additional items Re: Fleet CLOPTON from Galena Newspapers:

Died 27 March 1829 in Territory of Michigan

Died at Mineral Point on March 27th, late of Galena firm of Clopton & Vanmatre, shot accidentally. 4 April 1829

Estate Notice by John Connolly 26 October 1829 in JoDaviess Co IL

Estate Notice by Reuben M. Strother 21 May 1836 in JoDaviess Co IL

Wish I knew why it took so long to settle the estate.

Re: Elizabeth Waldegrave Clopton

Posted: 20 Feb 2006 4:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Just ran across the following thought you might find it interesting.

1881 "History of Iowa County, Wisconsin : containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources, biographical sketches" pub. by Western Historical Co. (FHL film 1,036,214 item 4; the "Lead Region" includes adjoining states)

Pg.775-6: The Murder of F.S. Clopton. In the early mining days, when the lead mines were overrun with a desperate and devil-may-care class of adventurers, life was a source of much anxiety to the more peaceable and well-behaved miners. Crime was rampant, as, owing to the cumbersome nature of the laws, criminals could easily flee the country before the intricate machinery of justice could be brought into action.
The proximity of claims and diggings were, in many instances, fraught with peril, as the turbulent classes never hesitated for a moment to forsake a barren lead, and, by force of intimidation, dispossess the claimants of more profitable land. In 1829, a case of this nature occurred, resulting in the murder of a miner and the subsequent conviction of his assassin. Two brothers, named James and Robert Duncan, were working a lead on the road running from Galena to Mineral Point, near the State line. Their labors did not prove prosperous, in strong contradistinction with the efforts of a neighbor, F.S. Clopton, whose contiguous claim afforded a reasonable return for the toil expended. He daily waxed more indignant at his own impoverishment and he began to covet the adjacent lead. This covetous spirit led to the exchange of angry words and the creation of a bitter enmity between the rival miners. James Duncan called in the aid of two fellow spirits, called Wells and Richardson, who agreed to provoke a quarrel. Their plan of action was not divulged, nor was any one apprised of the brewing storm until the morning of April 6, 1829. Then Wells and Richardson, accompanied by James Duncan and J. Scott, appeared in the vicinity where Clopton and J. Van Matre were industriously plying the pick and spade. Wells and Richardson were armed with rifles, and approaching the laborers, entered into conversation.
Van Matre inquired what was the unusual circumstance that caused them to be armed.
"To defend our property and our lives," was the lightning response, and suiting their actions they both drew a bead and fired. At the first discharge, Van Matre exclaimed "I am shot!" and on the second fire Clopton fell to the ground. Robert Larance and James Duncan carried the wounded man into his humble cabin, and placed him on his rough bed of boughs and straw. He expired in a few minutes, his last words, addressed to a cluster of sympathizing miners, being, "I forgive Wells for killing me, he was instigated to it; I blame James Duncan and McKnight for my death." With these words of fortitude, his soul took its flight. In the meantime, the murderers hastened home, and mounting two trusty horses, fled toward the river. Prior to their departure, they hastily concluded a sale of their claim to James Duncan, for $200. Getting wind of their precipitous flight, J.B. Estes followed in pursuit, but did not succeed in capturing the desperadoes.
James Duncan was arraigned before John Marsh, Justice of Peace of Crawford County, charged with being an accessory to the murder. He was indicted for the crime, and, on furnishing bonds of $2,000 to appear at the ensuing term of the District Court, at Prairie du Chien, he was admitted to bail. His subsequent career is unknown

Re: Elizabeth Waldegrave Clopton

Jan Knox (View posts)
Posted: 21 Feb 2006 1:27AM GMT
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