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Descendants of Thomas Soper

Generation No. 2


2. HENRY2 SOPER (THOMAS1)1,1,2 was born 1640 in , , Eng., Gb2, and died Dec 1695 in Huntington,Long Island,NY2. He married SARAH WATTLES3,3,4 1669 in Of Huntington, Nassau, Ny4, daughter of RICHARD WATTLES and MARY SETTEN. She was born Abt. 1644 in Of Huntington, Nassau, Ny4, and died 1715.

Notes for H
ENRY SOPER:
[amos soper.ged]

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.



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Resources

1. Age Based or Confirmed by 1850 Federal Census, 1880 Smithtown, Suffolk, NY pg.426D.
2. Meigs, Alice Henshaw, 'Suffolk County Cemeteries', Vol. 3, LDS #0017925.
3. Seversmith, Herbert Furman, Colonial Families of Long Island, NY, and Connecticut Being the Ancestry & Kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith, (Los Angeles, 1944), p.1033.
4. Stevens, Marian F, An Index to the Long Islander 1839-1864, Marriages - Deaths, (Huntington Historical Society 1974), 25Mr53:31.
5. Age Based or Confirmed by 1850 Federal Census, Smithtown Township Family #329. 1880 Smithtown, Suffolk, NY pg.426D.
6. Meigs, Alice Henshaw, 'Suffolk County Cemeteries', Vol. 3, LDS #0017925.
7. The New Soper Compendium.
8. Profiles of the Early Settlers of Huntington, by Purcell B. Robertson, 1666, V., III.

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Henry Soper
(Huntington, New York)

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
Soper Edward-18
Soper Caroline-14
Soper Alexander-12
Soper Adeline-8
Soper Diantha-6
Soper Diana-6
Soper Polly-2



More About H
ENRY SOPER:
Ancestral File Number: MTQG-G04

Notes for S
ARAH WATTLES:
[amos soper.ged]


Sarah was noted as 'a mixture of frontier wife, turbulent spirit, and provocateur with a temper that caused the family many problems, legal charges, and fines. References indicate that she kept the neighborhood in an uproar, was often prosecuted for slander, and assault, and was sentenced to 'sit in the stocks'. From The New Soper Compendium


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Resources

1. Age Based or Confirmed by 1850 Federal Census, 1880 Smithtown, Suffolk, NY pg.426D.
2. Meigs, Alice Henshaw, 'Suffolk County Cemeteries', Vol. 3, LDS #0017925.
3. Seversmith, Herbert Furman, Colonial Families of Long Island, NY, and Connecticut Being the Ancestry & Kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith, (Los Angeles, 1944), p.1033.
4. Stevens, Marian F, An Index to the Long Islander 1839-1864, Marriages - Deaths, (Huntington Historical Society 1974), 25Mr53:31.
5. Age Based or Confirmed by 1850 Federal Census, Smithtown Township Family #329. 1880 Smithtown, Suffolk, NY pg.426D.
6. Meigs, Alice Henshaw, 'Suffolk County Cemeteries', Vol. 3, LDS #0017925.
7. The New Soper Compendium.
8. Profiles of the Early Settlers of Huntington, by Purcell B. Robertson, 1666, V., III.

More About S
ARAH WATTLES:
Ancestral File Number: MTQG-H54
     
Children of H
ENRY SOPER and SARAH WATTLES are:
  i.   RICHARD3 SOPER5,5,6, b. Abt. 1660, <Devon?hampshire?, , England>6.
  More About RICHARD SOPER:
Ancestral File Number: 1Z7P-CZJ6

3. ii.   HENRY SOPER, b. 1670, Huntington, Nassau, Ny; d. Abt. 1733.
  iii.   RICHARD SOPER7,7,8, b. Abt. 1672, Of Huntington, Nassau, Ny8.
  More About RICHARD SOPER:
Ancestral File Number: MTQG-KH8

  iv.   SAMUEL SOPER9,9,10, b. Abt. 1674, <Long Island, Ny>10.
  More About SAMUEL SOPER:
Ancestral File Number: 1ZS0-ZW310

  v.   BENJAMIN SOPER11,11,12, b. Abt. 1674, Of Huntington, Nassau, Ny12.
  More About BENJAMIN SOPER:
Ancestral File Number: MTQG-LN12

  vi.   WILLIAM SOPER13,13,14, b. Abt. 1676, <Long Island, Ny>14.
  More About WILLIAM SOPER:
Ancestral File Number: 1ZS0-ZX914

4. vii.   JOHN SOPER, b. Abt. 1680, Long Island, Ny; d. 1720.
  viii.   JEREMIAH SOPER15,15,16, b. Abt. 1680, <Long Island, Ny>16.
  More About JEREMIAH SOPER:
Ancestral File Number: 1ZS0-ZZH16

  ix.   HENRY SOPER17, b. Abt. 167517.
  x.   RICHARD SOPER17, b. Abt. 167517.
5. xi.   BENJAMIN SOPER, b. Abt. 1684, Long Island, New York; d. Abt. 1739, Long Island, New York.


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