Gateway Ancestor for Don Haden's royal ancestry.
William Clopton is a "gateway" immigrant ancestor. He is of royal and aristocratic ancestry, having descent from at least 10 of the Magna Carta Sureties. And, through them, many different lines back to Charlemagne which can trace back to the Merovingian Kings. He also has many English, French, Spanish and other Kings and royal ancestors intertwined in his ancestry. His lineage traced back to the Merovingian Kings is the earliest possible lineage that can be proven with existing documentation. William Clopton's ancestry has been proven through (or is eligible for) the lineage societies below:
The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, by Gary Boyd Roberts, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, 1993, has William Clopton's descend from Edward I, King of England, who died in 1307.
Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, by Douglas Richardson, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, 2004, lists his descent from Henry II, King of England
The Brookfield Ancestor Project - Immigrant Ancestor Pages,
William Clopton of Paglesham, Essex, born 1655, was apprenticed in London to Joshua White. Perhaps he immigrated to escape his apprenticeship.
Deed of gift dated 23 Jan 1683 to daughters Anne and Elizabeth, York Co. Mr. William Clopton was a constable of Hampton Parish, York Co in 1685. In a deposition of 24 April 1685, William states his age as about 30 years. Found on Quit Rent roll in 1704; New Kent Co, 454 acres.
At a meeting of the York Co Court in Feb of 1688 there was a suit pending between John Williams, plaintiff, and William Clopton, defendant, which was passed over to the next meeting of the court. William Clopton was an important personage, who owned considerable property, both in York and New Kent County and the presence of litigation in the courts initiated against him by John Williams indicates they were probably of about equal standing in the Colony at that period. p. 234 of COLONIAL GRANVILLE AND ITS PEOPLE, Worth S. Ray, 1945.
William Clopton's first appearance in the St. Peters Parish Vestry records is on 1 May 1695 when he was elected vestryman in place of Cornelius Dabney, deceased. His first presence in that capacity was on 10 Oct 1695. On 10 Apr 1696, William Clopton and Gideon Macon were elected Churchwardens to serve for two years. One of their first orders of business was to obtain a new Minister. Charles Turner, the Clerk of the Vestry died and on 18 Dec 1697, William was chosen to take his place and be paid the same as Turner had been; Capt Thomas Bray was elected to take William's place on the Vestry. He continued as Clerk, faithfully recording the business of the Parish for some years. In 1700, he was paid 2,289 lbs of tobacco for his services - all payments of the Parish at this time were made in tobacco. On 1 Jun 1704, William Clopton was again elected a Vestryman but was to continue as Clerk until the 1st of January next. In May of 1705, William Clopton is named as one of the Surveyors of the county. In Dec of 1705, William Norris was elected Clerk, relieving Clopton of his duties as scribe, but he continued as Vestryman. In May of 1707, he was again elected Church Warden - his term was up in 1709, but he was still a Vestryman faithfully attending almost every meeting. In June of 1718, he was again elected Church Warden, serving for two years. In May of 1721, his name was recorded William Clopton, Senr, indicating his son William was now an upstanding member of the community. At the December 1722 meeting of the Vestry, son Walter took his place as a vestryman and father and son serve together. On 23 April 1728, Mr. Wm Clopton being very aged and not of ability to attend on Vestry's, declined the office of Vestryman - he was in his seventies and had served continuously for over 30 years.
William and Ann are interred in old St. Peter's church yard, New Kent County, Virginia
Here Lyeth The Body Of
WILLIAM CLOPTON and ANN BOOTH were married about 1675 in York County, Virginia.4 ANN BOOTH, daughter of ROBERT BOOTH and FRANCES [BOOTH], was born in 1647.4 She died on 4 March 1716 at the age of 69 in New Kent County, Virginia.4,8,9
Thomas Dennett's Will proved 25 Aug 1673. They had four children - Anne, John, Sarah, and Ellinor. His brother-in-law Robert Booth was one of the "overseers" of the Will. The other was John Baskervyle who was married to Thomas Dennett's half-sister Mary.
"Old Tombstones in New Kent County"; WILLIAM & MARY HISTORICAL MAGAZINE, Vol. V, Oct 1896. St Peter's Church:
Robert and Frances Booth were the parents of Ann:
Robert Booth was a clerk of the York County Court, 1640-1657 and represented York Co in the House of Burgesses in 1653-54. He is often referred to as "physician" but at least one researcher believes this to be an error - he possibly attended the bedside of someone in his duties as clerk of the Court and was assumed to be a physician. No primary document has been found that refers to him as "Dr.".
York Co Records: 25 Oct 1658 ...An order concerning debt due Mrs. Frances Booth, widow of Robert Booth, deceased.
WILLIAM CLOPTON and ANN BOOTH had the following children:
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