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My grandmother, Etta who in the beginning told the stories
And, my wife, Barbara, who has put up with me, these last 40 years.
database of family names is posted on the Internet.
The Website name is "The Zopp Family in CyberSpace"
It can be located at http://www.freepages.rootsweb.genealogy.com/~azopp
it can remain there for a thousand years.
And, if it were not for my children & grandchildren, I wouldn't have done this.
this work of love to-
in 1983. I was on a business trip to Washington DC. The week long
meeting concluded early on a Friday. So, not having seen my grandmother
Etta Moses Zopp in almost 9 years, I decided to take the weekend,
rent a car and drive to Rupert, a small town in Greenbrier County,
West Virginia. It only takes a couple of hours to drive. I rescheduled
my return flight to San Francisco for the following Monday and
pick up the car at the airport.
had died in 1970 and with all of her children either living out
of state or being just to busy, she only received visits on holidays
like 4th of July and Christmas. She lived in that big white house,
on the hill, over looking US Highway 60 which ran from Virginia
through the capital, Charleston and on westward.
stopping in was a surprise to grandma and she was going to make
the most of it. She loved to get out the family photo album and
had a story to tell about each and every picture in it. We spent
that Friday evening doing just that. About half way through the
album, she stopped in the middle of her story, she said she knew
just how we would spend our weekend together. Her plan was to
take me to visit not only my relatives, who lived in the area,
but make a few side trips to the county cemeteries where her family
and our ancestors were buried. In her 83 years, Grandma had seen
a lot of our family pass over and had spent a lot of time at the
cemetery. In her time and before, on national holidays the family
made special trips to the cemeteries, usually on a Sunday just
after church services. She would take these opportunities to tidy
up and change out the floral arrangements on the graves. There
are a lot of graves. Our family has lived in the Rupert area for
183 years. Her attic had one room filled with styrofoam funeral
wreath arrangements of plastic flowers.
going through the album and the stories. I had heard the stories
many times in my childhood. In my pre-teen years I spent a couple
of weeks of my summer school vacations at my grandparents home.
Somehow, this time, the stories and the picture album took me
in. That weekend I got the 'genealogy bug'. I had such an interest,
and wanted to hear more stories and asked if there was, maybe
another album. Grandma said there was, but at my aunts home with
we visited with all the area families at their homes. I had wanted
more albums and stories, and I got them. Some stories were historical,
most were humorous but sad-to-say, some were tragic.
I had my
35mm camera with me on this trip, Washington DC photo ops! I loaded
it with high contrast black and white film. From that weekend
I brought home rolls of photos from all the family album pages.
I also got pictures of everyone and the cemetery headstones. I've
got to dig them out again. They are in a big box, somewhere. Seems
they always end up in the attic storage along with all the other
the most wonderful time I ever spent with my grandmother. She
passed away two years later at the age of 85. But not before she
got to enjoy her first ever indoor plumbing.. Now that's a story
that needs to be told.
home from that trip and with all of the family information I had
collected, the bug only got worse. At every opportunity I would
visit the National Archives in San Bruno or the LDS Family Library
in Oakland. I went digging, writing letters, searching through
phone books whenever I was on a out-of-town trip. Always looking
for the name Zopp. I found quite a few. Very few could I connect,
even 25 years later. There just weren't a lot of people with the
name. There is a group in New York that have lived there since
1850. I've located the immigrant ancestor but have not been able
to locate him in Europe whence he came. There is a small family
up in Wisconsin. I've talked to them on the phone and traced them
back to the immigrant. I've pretty much located the immigrant
of all the groups, but since they all arrived many years later
than my great ancestor, I fear I will never be able to truly call
been putting off writing this down for many years. Always telling
myself I would get to it after I traced the family name, across
the Atlantic. It doesn't look like I'm going to get there, even
with all the new internet records.
myself every time I think about our being in Germany for 3 of
the 10 years in the military. Boy, if only I could do it all over
again, with the bug! I might have re upped and stayed for 20 if
the tour was in Europe. Back then I searched out all of the old
castles and ruins within a days drive of New Ulm in Bavaria where
we were stationed. I got lots of pictures and slides and did have
a wonderful time and have wonderful memories. Did I tell you our
daughter Cristy, was born there? The children were too young to
have any memories of our visit.
If I knew
then, what I know now. I could have had a much greater purpose.
I would have visited the Village of Zopp. I could have searched
all those church records for my ancestors. I would have seen the
castles of Stuart / Stewart. Maybe by writing these stories and
documenting these histories, maybe, some future great grandchild
will take up my cause and go do those things I didn't.
many, many centuries before said that our purpose was to know
our ancestors. From the information contained in the following
chapters, I may have served that purpose. Sometimes I think grandma
being the family historian was trying to pass that purpose on
to me. Well grandma, how did I do?
tracing my family lines directly back until I located the immigrant
ancestor(s). Once identified, I then would trace their descendants.
I would climb up and down the tree, taking the spouses of each
of the descendants and tracing their ancestry. The tree has become
there are 35 chapters in my book dealing with a prominent surname
from the family tree. These are the branches in our tree. Of course
there are many, many more surnames but I have concentrated my
research on these the most.
know, if you visit our family tree website, the database there
contains more than 30,000 individuals and over 9,000 families.
Our ancestors had a little more than the national average for
the number of people in a household.
of this was brought about because of stories being passed down
generation to generation, maybe I will write a Chapter 37 and
have in it all the stories written and told to me.
a few famous names in the forest. Somewhere, later probably, an
index of names and the chapters they are found in.
the title of the book. Another story, something about a Roman,
but you will have to read on to find out.
don't get discouraged in reading through these chapters. They
are, at many times, very long. More like volumes than chapters.
Too many pages to print out and no book shelf would support the
weight, so I have placed these writings on CD. I plan to produce
as many copies of the CD as possible and scatter them to the winds.
If you are reading this, then one landed just right.
will be the next family historian
As I mentioned earlier, I was thinking of a famous names list. It became too long and difficult to reference. Yes, as with many family ancestries, there are Knights, Nobleman, Kings and Saints within these pages. But my true purpose is to show the many families that were responsible for bringing about the existence of our lives today. Our ancestry, and I'm damn proud of it.
Chapter 1 - Ancestors
Chapter 2 - Zopp
Chapter 3 - Shaber/Shawver
Chapter 4 - Gillespie
Chapter 5 - Wethereld & Callison
Chapter 6 - Cavendish
Chapter 7 - McClung
Chapter 8 - Stuart/Stewarts
Chapter 9 - Crawford, Winter, Bourland & Boone
Chapter 10 - Ellis
Chapter 11 - Remley
Chapter 12 - Burns
Chapter 13 - Walkup
Chapter 14 - Graham
Chapter 15 - Meek
Chapter 16 - Moses
Chapter 17 - Taylor
Chapter 18 - Webb
Chapter 19 - Black
Chapter 20 - Means & Thompson
Chapter 21 - Carpenter
Chapter 22 - Arnold & Peak
Chapter 23 - Dickinson
Chapter 24 - Coles, Hawxhurst, Townsend & Wright
Chapter 25 - Crane, Kip, Treat, & Van Dyck
Chapter 26 - Bolar
Chapter 27 - Thornton
Chapter 28 - Hitt, Otterbach, Downey, James & Evans
Chapter 29 - Fishbach & Heimbach
Chapter 30 - Grimsley, Shelton & Estes
Chapter 31 - Greene, O'Sullivan, Mulvany, Siegel & Heise
Chapter 32 - Winings, Ricards/Ricketts
Chapter 33 - Symes, Marshall & White
Chapter 34 - Wyllie & Tewalt
Chapter 35 - Fenton, Labadie & Bertheaume
Chapter 36 - Petersen, Lake, Gillock, Hightower & Veasey
Chapter 37 - Stories and Lore
Chapter 38 - Kinship Report
All sources in Chapters 2-36 are anotated and are then listed
at the end of each chapter.