Abt 1640 - 1695 (~ 55 years)
||Henry Soper |
||from Southhampton England
||Likely an indentured servant
- Holding central position in those early days was Henry Soper , an immigrant to Huntington, Long Island. While evidence available is not conclusive, it is probable that he came from England. Some references so state. In fact, a paper received through correspondence, drafted by Guy E. Soper of Orland, Maine, states, " Henry Soper emigrated from Southampton, England, about 1660 and settled in Long Island, New York. The Long Islander _ Tercentenary Edition (1653-1953), states" Henry Soper was Huntington's first brickmaker, being granted land for that purpose in 1667. His home was on Mil Street and he brick kilns, according to information available, were near "Wood" dock, on the west side of the harbor. D.A.R. Bible Records, volume 60, of Ocean County, New Jersey, state, "Henry Soper of Hampshire, England, sailed from Southampton to Huntington, Long Island, where he settled in 1666." In 1689, Henry sold his land to Jonathan Rogers, his neighbor, and went to live at Dix Hills, where he purchased land from the Indians. Earlier, in 1668, Henry had conveyed three acres of swamp to the same Jonathan Rogers and each time signed with his mark, indicating Henry was an artisan and not a scholar.
In "Profiles of the Early Settlers of Huntington", by Purcell B. Robertson (1666, V., III), it states that the family name is very infrequently found in the later records of the Town of Huntington. Children of Henry and Sarah may have moved to other locations to " be free of the taint established by their mother and father". As late as 1713, in a petition to Governor Hunter, Henry, Samuel, John, and Benjamin Soper, sons of Henry and Sarah Soper, complained of grave assaults committed on them by the Sheriff of Suffolk County. The hearing on the complaint was held in 1715.
In 1682, in spite of his family problems, Henry Soper was granted an additional eight acres of his allotment by the town. He may have given up the brick business by then. In 1686, he sold to Jonathan Rogers, land formerly belonging to his mother-in-law, Mary Wattles (later Simpson), who, in 1864, bequeathed the property to her daughter Sarah.
Henry and Sarah Soper may have had unnamed daughters, although none are mentioned in the family estate papers.
Perhaps three main branches of the Soper Family existed in Colonial America. Well know was the immigrant, Joseph Soper of Boston, Massachusetts area. Second, the southern Supers of Virginia-Maryland have many descendants. Holding the central position in those early days was Henry Soper, immigrant to Huntington, Long Island. While evidence available is not conclusive, it is probably he came from England. Some references so State. In fact, a paper received through correspondence, drafted by Guy E. Soper at Orland, Maine, states; "Henry Soper emigrated from Southampton, England about 1660 and settled in Long Island, New York.
The Long Islander - Tercentenary Edition (1653-1953), States; "Henry Soper was Huntington's first brick maker, being granted land for that purpose in 1667. His home was on Hill Street and the Brick Kilns, according to information available, were near 'Wood' dock, on the west side of the harbor. D.A.M. Bible Records, Volume 60, of Ocean County, New Jersey, state, "Henry Soper of Hampshire, England, sailed from Southampton to Huntington, Long Island, where he settled in 1666". In 1689, Henry sold his land to Jonathan Rogers, his neighbour, and went to live at Dix Hills, where he purchased land from the Indians. Earlier, in 1668, Henry had conveyed three acres of swamp to the same Jonathan Rogers and each time signed with his mark, indication Henry was an artisan and not a scholar. Henry Soper was married to Sarah Wattles, who was a mixture of frontier wife, turbulent spirit, and provocateur with a temper that caused the family many problems, legal charges and fines. References indicate she kept the neighbourhood in an uproar, was often prosecuted for slander and assault and was sentence to 'sit in the stocks'. In "Profiles of the Early Settlers of the Huntington" by Purcell B. Robertson (1665, V., 111) it states that the family name was very infrequently found in the later records of the Town of Huntington. Children of Henry and Sarah may have moved to other locations to be free of the taint established by their mother and father. As late as 1713, in a petition to Governor Hunter, Henry, Samuel, John and Benjamin Soper, sons of Henry and Sarah Soper, complained of grave assaults committed on them by the sheriff of Suffolk County. The hearing on the complaint was held in 1715. It would seem that justice had to wait even in the 1700s.
In 1682, in spite of his family problems, Henry Soper was granted an additional eight acres of his allotment by the town. He may have given up the brick business by then. In 1686, he sold to Jonathan Rogers, land formerly belonging to his mother-in-law, Mary Wattles (Later Simpson), who, in 1685 bequeathed the property to her daughter Sarah. Henry and Sarah Soper may have had unnamed daughters, although none are mentioned in family estate papers. Sons of record were: Richard; Henry; John, Samuel; William; Benjamin and Jeremiah. Richard, with his mother and brother Jeremiah reportedly moved to Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey, in 1718 after Henry's death. Others remained in Long Island for a time. In an indenture dated December 18, 1695, Henry and Sarah were to convey house, lot and some eight acres of land tin Huntington to George Bascarrick of New York City (Huntington Records -Deeds- v 1, pp323-4). John Wicks, justice, on January 18, 1696, notes that Henry Soper was deceased before sealing and delivering the deed and that the heirs accordingly executed the agreement. This places Henry's death between December 18, 1695 and January 18, 1696. It is projected that Henry Soper was born about 1640.
John Soper ( -1720), the son of Henry Soper and Sarah Wattins (sic) immigrants, was we believe born in Long Island, New York but removed to the Windsor Connecticut area. He signed in 1699, the agreement to the division of the lands of his father, Henry Soper, as did his brothers. In 1713, John Soper was one of the signers, with his brothers, in a petition to Governor Hunter complained of the 'grave assault committed on them by the sheriff of Suffolk County". It is probably that some of the Soper men decided to leave Long Island after this incident, Richard going to New Jersey and John leaving for Connecticut. With the competent help of three worthy correspondents, Mrs. Helen S. Dilman, Acton, Connecticut, Dr. James E. Feiton, Greenbelt, Maryland and Mr. Jack Soper, South Lyons, Michigan, we have established to our satisfaction that John Soper married Mary Mills, daughter of Peter Mills, Windsor, Connecticut.. Ages of children from various sources vary as much as two years. The children were: Pelatiah (1703-1787); Sarah (c1704-?); John (c1708-1749); Abigail (c1708-?); Dorcas (c1713-?); and Return Soper (c1716-?). Early Connecticut Probate Records-Manwaring (Vol.2, p 146-7) state, "This court appoint9s0 Mary Soper to be the guardian to Pelatiah, age19, Sarah 16, John 13, Abigail 12, Dorcas 7 and Return 4 years of age, children of said. Mary Soper ." This court record establishes the death date of John Soper and records of his family. Pelatiah Soper (1703-1787) married his cousin, Martha Soper (1706-?) daughter of Henry and Martha Soper, on January 18, 1727/8, according to Presbyterian Church Records, Huntington, New York. Their children included: Timothy (c1735-1791); Mary B. (1728-?); Jemima (Wood) (1730-?); Anna (Allen) (1735-?); Pelatiah (1737-?); Martha (1739-?); John (1741-?); Solomon (1745-?) and Cornelius Soper (1745-1825). Sometime before 1740, Pelatiah moved his family from Windsor, Connecticut, to charlotte, Dutchess County, New York. He paid taxes there from 1740-1769. He served as pander in 1747-1748 and he was overseer of the highways in 1753-1757. In 1761, groups of persons from Amenia, New York, became interested in land in Vermont. By 1764 the town of Manchester Vermont, had been formed. Pelatiah is listed as one of the early settlers of Manchester although later he lived in Dorset, Vermont. He died in Dorset, Vermont on December 3, 1787. His estate went to probate count on July 2, 1788 in Manchester Vermont. The estate papers set forth the names of his family. On has but to follow Pelatiah Soper through the records of the day to recognize that here was an enterprising man. He was involved in numerous land deals, gained peer leadership and even operated a tavern in the Manchester Vermont area where public and
religious meetings were held in 1769.
John Soper (1741-?) son of Pelatiah Soper (1703-1787) is found on the land records of Manchester Vermont from 1773 through 1785 and in Dorset Vermont from 1783-18-04. In 1804 John sold property to his son John Soper Jr. At that time he was listed in the indenture as living in Saratoga County, New York. However, by 1804 he may have moved to Clinton County, New York. John was one of those named in his father, Pelatiah Soper's will of 1789 and he appeared on the 1790 census for Dorset Vermont, at which time there were two males under sixteen, two males over sixteen and two females in the household. One man was John Soper Jr. and John himself, accounting for the two males over sixteen. However, the indication that there were two sons under sixteen intrigues us ad does the daughter as indicated with the two females in the household.
John was we believe, married to a Mary. He left few records in Saratoga County New York but may have gone on to Clinton County New York where a john Soper over 45 appears on the census for the town of Peru. Land records and road work records for John Soper date from 1790 to 1807. We do not find him on the census for 1810.
Solomon Soper, Son of John (1741-?) was born in Dorset, Vermont in 1786. In 1806 Solomon was in Peru Clinton County New York where he is brought before the court on October 19, 1806. "Case, Sally Alderman vs Solomon Soper, cepi corpus". Solomon had married Sarah and produced two children, Mary, born 1803 and Solomon Jr. born 1805. Sarah was awarded $500.00 which could be divorce settlement or ex-spousal payment. Sarah married Gideon Buck in 1807 and moved with the two children to Delaware County, Ohio.
Solomon Soper served in the Clinton County Militia 36th Regiment Ezra Turner's Company in 1813-14.
Solomon next appears on the 1820 Census for Lansdowne, Johnstown District, Upper Canada. He is listed in Furnace Falls (Lyndhurst). Both he and his sister Sarah who later married Ira Barnes (1830) must have arrived that year as the are both in the Clinton County Census for 1820. Solomon's marriage to Electa Lawrence, February 211, 1831 by Rev. Wm. Smart of Brockville. Both of Lansdowne.
William Henry born December 12, 1831
Census for Rear of Leeds and Lansdowne 1839 records head of House Hold
Solomon Soperů3 boys, 1 man, 1 girl, 1 woman
Census for Bastard Township 1851 Records
Soper Solomon - 65
Soper Electa - 43
Soper William H-20
||16 Sep 1999 |
||Sarah Wattles, b. Abt 1644, d. Abt 1715 (Age ~ 71 years) |
||Of Huntington, Nassau Co., NY
| ||1. Benjamin Soper, b. Abt 1685, Long Island, NY , d. 1739, Long Island, NY (Age ~ 54 years)|