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34. Dr. Robert CLOPTON III49 was born on 16 February 1755 in New Kent County, Virginia.38 He died on 22 January 1841 at the age of 85 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38


This Robert Clopton married another Frances - Frances Anderson.
5 Jan 1781 in Hanover County, Virginia

Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004
Resent-from: VAPITTSY-L@rootsweb.com
From: mike314@dancom.com
Message Board Post:
This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Pittsylvania Co. that has readable gravestone inscriptions. It is located on the Slatesville Rd., north of US Rte 360.
* Robert Clopton 1755-1841
* Frances Clopton 1765-1837
* Abner Clopton (Rev'd) 1794-1833
The cemetery is located near the road on farm land and is not being maintained

Pittsylvania Land Tax list of 1782: Robert Clopton, 100 acres.

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 6
p.474 21 Jan 1783 John Hall to Robert Clopton. 2000#'s. 100 acres. Begin pointers on Thomas Hardy's old line. Signed: John Hall Ack 21 Jan 1783

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 12
p.7 24 May 1799 James Haggard to Robert Clopton. 111#'s. tract on S side Sandy Creek. 111a. pointers Peter Terrys old line, Lewises line. Signed: James Haggard Wit: Fortun Dodson, Silvang Gardner, Larkin Ingram 16 Sep 1799 Proved by oaths of wit.
p.39 16 Oct 1799 Harry Terry to Robert Clopton. 100#'s. 200a branches of Sandy Crk. Pine in the Order line, Peter Terry's line. Signed: Harry Terry Wit: David Terry, Barton Terry, Thomas T. Williams, William Russell, Jas. M. Williams, J. Williams, Robert Walters, John Herring, Daniel Everett 21 Oct 1799 proved by three wit
p.40 Robert Walters, James M. Williams & Richard Johnson, Gentlemen Justices of Pittsylvania Co. Harry Terry sold Robert Clopton 200 acres. Mary Terry, wife of said Harry Terry cannot travel. Personally go & examine. 17 Oct 1799. 17 Oct 1799 In obedience, Mary Terry privately examined & relinquished. Signed: Robert Walters, J. W. Williams
p.156 20 Dec 1802 Samuel Dodson & Polley his wife to Robert Clopton. 7#'s 16sh. 13 acres. Ack 20 Dec 1802 by Samuel; Polley relinq dower
p.281 16 Feb 1801 James Haggard to Robert Clopton Junr. 105#'s. tract on waters & s side Sandy Creek, 100 acres. Begin Kings line, Cloptons line, John Lewis's line, Terry's line. King's line. Signed: James Haggard. 16 Feb 1801. Ack by Haggard
[If this is Dr. Robert's son he is underage. The deed was quite readable.] It's possible that Dr. Robert's brother and his family were also present in Pittsylvania Co. See next. Dr. Robert had no son named John old enough to be involved in this land sale in 1803.]

Pittsylvania Co DB 13
p.255 17 Apr 1803 John Spencer, Fortin Dodson, Jno Clopton to Stokly Slayton. 50#'s. Begin Watsons Mill branch, along Watsons line, ridge path, new line to Raglands line, sheltons line 136 acres. Dodson to make 58 acres, Clopton 16 & the sd Spencer [page cut off]
Signed: John Clopton, John Spencer, Fortunatus Dodson. Wit: Thos. Shelton, George Hardy, Larkin Madding. 18 Apr 1803 Acknowledge in court.

p.385 19 Sep 1803. Silvang Gardner & Elizabeth his wife to Robert Clopton Junr. $300. 152 acres. Cloptons line, Rawley Dodsons line, William Lewis's line, Charles Lewis's Dec'd ole line, Signed: Silvang Gardner, Elisabeth Gardner. Wit: Tarpley Yeates, Fortun Dodson, Sarah Dodson. 19 Sep 2003 Proved by Gardner
Robert Clopton, son of Dr. Robert would not yet be of age - is Robert Junr a son of Dr. Robert's brother John?


Here is Robert Clopton's Will:
In the name of God, Amen. I, Robert Clopton of the County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit: First it is my desire that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my executors hereinafter named out of such part my perishable property as they may think better for that purpose without touching on legacies hereinafter bequeathed.

Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved son Robert A. Clopton the entire track of land with and singular the appurtances where I now live which is bounded by the lands of David Terry, Joel Slayton, Charles Mclaughlan, the estate of Benjamin Terry, the estate of James M. Williams and the lands of Charles Irby and the following negro slaves to wit: Garland, Abraham, Chaney and her three children, namely Henry, George, and Mary, together with all the future increase of the female slaves, one feather bed and furniture, one walnut folding table with six legs, one fan mill with the apparatus, one cart and steers, two choice cows and calves, two choice dagon plows, three choice hilling hoes, two grubbing hoes, my newest set of silver table and tea spoons, one desk and bookcase, also the crop on hand of every description or that may be growing at the time of my death after paying all the just debts contracted by him in my name or for my benefit or that yet to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: Having heretofore given to my son John M. Clopton that portion of my estate that I intended for him, now in consequence of medical services which give and bequeath to him my oldest set of silver table and tea spoons, also five hundred dollars each to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Patsy Nowlin one silver tumbler to her heirs forever.

Item: In consequence of services rendered to me and my family by my grand Daughter Frances A. Terry I give and bequeath to her one negro girl named Ann and her increase to her, her heirs and assigns forever, provided the said Frances A. Terry shall remain with me during my natural life. Having gone through the specific legacies it is my will and desire that the residue of my estate be sold except such part as hereafter excepted, by my executors hereafter named, and the money arising from the sale thereof to be divided in the following manner to wit-To my daughter Polly Terry one fifth part-To my daughter Patsy one fifth Part. To the lawful heirs of my daughter Fanny Terry one fifth part-To my daughter Elizabeth Pulliam one fifth part to be deposited in the hands of Epaphroditus Wimbish who I hereby appointed special trustee for her and to furnish her as her necessity may require and after death should there be any surplus remaining in the hands of the Trustee it is my will that it be equally divided between John Pulliam and Fanny, child of my daughter Elizabeth Pulliam.

Item: I give and bequest one fifth part to my grandchildren (to wit) Martha Waldrond, John Waldrond, Fanny Waldrond, William H. Waldrond and Abner W. Waldrond children of my deceased Daughter Nancy Waldrond, but from the fifth part of this devise is to be deducted the sum of one hundred and ninety nine dollars and fifty cents it being the sum I paid for one negro girl named Milly which I have given to my grand children the Waidronds ahove named, to them, their heirs and assigns forever.

Item: Whereas I have two infirm negroes namely Nathan and Hannah, it is my desire that my son Robert A. Clopton take good care of them so long as they live and whereas I have a poor afflicted Sister, Frances Buck now living with me and being desirous that she remain in the family should she survive me, in that case my will and desire is that she be furnished with food and raiment by my son Robert A. Clopton. For the expense and trouble that may occur I bequeath to him the use of a negro man named Stephen to labor untill those disabilities are removed and when removed the said negro man Stephen is to be sold and the proceeds of the sale to be applyed as the other part of the estate divided to be sold. Having fully disposed of my estate I hereby constitute and appoint executors to this my last will and testament revoking all others hereto witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this tenth day of July in the year of our Lord Christ eighteen hundred and thirty eight.

Signed sealed and published
and declared in the presents of
Sto Turner
Yancey W. Ingram
Charles Irby

At a court held for the County of Pittsylvania the 15th day of March, 1841. This last will and testament of Robert Clopton dec'd was presented in court and proved by three subscribing witnesses to be the act and deed of said decedent and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Epa. Y. Wimbish one of the Executors in the said will named who made oath according to law and with John Jones, William Womack and Bryan W. Nowlin as securities entered into bond in the penalty of Twenty thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs, certificate was granted him for obtaining probat of said will in due form. Robert W. Clopton another executor in the said will named having refused to join the prohat and the other having died
Teste
Wm. H. Tunstall, Cl.

Dr. Robert CLOPTON III and Frances ANDERSON were married on 5 January 1781 in Hanover County, Virginia.38 Frances ANDERSON was born on 26 July 1765 in Hanover County, Virginia.38 She died in 1837 at the age of 72 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Other Researchers suggest that Frances's parents were Thomas Anderson and Frances Harrod Jones.
•Birth: 26 JUL 1765 in Pleasant Level, Hanover County, Virginia
•Death: 4 APR 1837 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Frances may have had as many as nine siblings. This family does not seem to use the given name Robert that is so prevalent in the Andersons that married into the Poindexter family.

Dr. Robert CLOPTON III and Frances ANDERSON had the following children:

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Elizabeth CLOPTON was born about 1782 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38

Robert Clopton's will of 1838 indicates that Elizabeth was married to John Pulliam.

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Rev. Abner Wentworth CLOPTON was born on 24 March 1784 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38 He died in 1833 at the age of 49 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Abner was deceased prior to his father and there is no mention of heirs of Abner in Robert Clopton's will.

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iii.

Robert A. CLOPTON was born about 1786 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38

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Frances A. "Fanny" CLOPTON was born about 1790 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38 She died before July 1838 at the age of 48.

Fanny was deceased when her father made out his will. She had married a Terry as had her sister Mary.

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v.

Martha "Patsy" CLOPTON was born about 1792 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38

The will of Robert Clopton refers to this daughter as Patsy Nowlin.

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Mary "Polly" CLOPTON was born about 1792 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38

Polly was married to a Terry and had a daughter Frances, according to the will of her father Robert Clopton.

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Anne CLOPTON was born about 1796 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38

I believe Anne and Nancy are likely the same child. The will of Robert Clopton does not indicate daughters named Anne and Nancy, it refers only to Nancy which was the common nickname for Anne. It is possible an Anne died as a very young child, and they gave the next child the same name.

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Ann "Nancy" CLOPTON was born about 1800 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38 She died before July 1838 at the age of 38.

Although I have seen two daughters - an Anne and a Nancy - I feel sure this was a misunderstanding on the part of a researcher and Nancy was Anne's nickname. The will of Robert Clopton provides only for the heirs of his deceased daughter Nancy Walrond in 1838 - there is nothing to indicate there was ever a daughter Anne unless she died in childhood.

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Dr. John Marshall CLOPTON was born on 18 January 1808 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.38