An American Family History

John Lupton 1725

The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.

John Lupton was born 1725 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Joseph Lupton and Mercy Twining. Some of John's descendants were known as the Round Hill or Presbyterian branch of the family.

John moved to Frederick County, Virginia with his family about 1740.

He married Sarah Frost at the Hopewell Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia, June 6, 1755. Sarah was the daughter of John and Mary Frost.

John Lupton, son of Joseph Lupton of Opeckan in the County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia, and Sarah Frost, daughter of John Frost of the County afforesaid; 26th day of 6th month, 1755; at Opeckan [Hopewell Meeting].

Sarah and John's children included:
Grace Lupton Steer (1757, married Joseph Steer),
Joshua Lupton (1759, married Lydia Reece - his stepsister),
Nathan Lupton (1761, married Margaret Reece -his stepsister),
Mary Lupton Raley (1764, married Eli Raley),
John Lupton (1769, married Elizabeth Cartmell),
Joseph Lupton (1771) and
Sarah Lupton Russell (1773).

In November, 1770 John Branson named John Lupton as one of the executors of his will. John "refused to take upon himself the burthen of the Execution."

In 1771 the Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia appointed John Lupton as one of those to meet the committee from the quarterly meeting.

Sarah died on May 22, 1775 when she was 40 years old.

After the death of his first wife, John married Ann Neill Reece on June 13, 1776 at the Hopewell Meeting. Ann was the daughter of Lewis Neill and Lydia Hollingsworth and the widow of Henry Reece She had at least five children already.

John and Ann's children included:
Elizabeth Lupton (1780), and
Jonah Lupton (1781).

The family remained in Frederick County during the American Revolution.

John Lupton appeared in the 1782 census of Frederick County in the list of Robert White. Samuel Pickering was the next householder. There were 13 members of the household.

John died on December 25, 1804 in Frederick County. He left his large estate to his wife Ann, and his children, Joshua, Nathan, Grace Steer, John, Jr., Joseph, Mary Baley, Sarah Russell, and Elizabeth Lupton.

Ann died on October 27, 1826 in Goshen Auglaize County, Ohio.

Round Hill is an unincorporated community in Frederick County, Virginia just west of Winchester.

Bucks County, Pennsylvania is one of three original Pennsylvania Counties and was formed in 1682. Originally it was a large territory that included all of what would later be Berks, Northampton, and Lehigh.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.




Settlers often built log cabins as their first homes.

from A History of Frederick County, Virginia

Walnut Grove (so called in 1804) is now the property of Jno. S. Lupton, who purchased it from his father-in-law Mr. Patrick Smith, who was son-in-law of the founder Joshua Lupton, who died about 1845 at the age of eighty-six.

Tradition, however, gives this place an interesting antiquity: That the founder was Joshua's father, John Lupton, who settled the place in 1750, and that he was on friendly terms with the Indians who frequently visited his fine spring, and never molested him during all the Indian massacres.

Be this as it may, Joshua spent his entire life at this place, and had the credit of being the builder of the stone house which was an addition to the Colonial log house...

John the father of Joshua, lived on this tract which he acquired in 1754. His mansion-house that is mentioned in his will, was situated near a spring "on the edge of a meadow" just Northeast from the present barn. The old house has long since disappeared. . .

The will disposed of a large tract of land; Joshua falling heir to the homestead in 1805, which embraced nearly 600 acres, upon which he then resided with his family. In 1845, Joshua by his will, divided his estate between his three children, Amos taking the stone house and 259 acres, John (familiarly known as Quaker John) taking the tract of 143 acres where he resided during his long life, N. W. from the homestead; the daughter Sarah, wife of Patrick Smith, taking 176 acres to the Southeast....

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.


from Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants by Thomas Kemp Cartmell

. . .John the father of Joshua and brothers, constituted the Presbyterian branch. John in his will, leaves his large estate to his wife Ann, and his minor children viz: Joshua, Nathan, Grace Steer, John, Jr. Joseph, Mary Baley, Sarah Russell, and Elizabeth Lupton.


from Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County Virginia by John Walter Wayland

Joseph Steer, son of Joseph and Grace Steer of Frederick County in the Colony of Virginia, and Grace Lupton, Daughter of John Lupton in the County and Colony afforesaid; 11th day of 4th month, 1776 at Hopewell.

Witnesses who signed this Marriage Certificate:

Rees Caldwallader, Nathan Lupton, Joshua Lupton, Sarah Pickering, John Hodgson, Deborah Hodgson, Josiah Jackson, Ruth Jackson, Mary Lupton, Isaac Parkins, Isaac Brown, Samuel Jackson, Jesse Lupton, Sarah Lupton, Sarah Pickering, Mary Walker, Isaac Lupton, Richard Ridgway, Abel Walker, Jonathan Parkins, Samuel Pickering, Samuel Pickering, Asa Lupton, Mary Parkins, Hannah Saxton, Lydia Pickering, Ruth Wright, Sary Lupton, Jacob Pickering, David Pickering David Lupton, Rachel Lupton, Isaac Steer, Jane Pickering, Massy Lupton, Joseph Steer, Sen. Grace Ster, John Lupton, William Lupton, Joseph Lupton, James Ster, Edmond Jolliff, Isaac Nevitt, Elisabeth Nervitt, Aaron Grigg, Elisabeth Grigg, Jonathan Lupton, Mesach Saxton, Samuel Lupton

Joseph Steer was a miller on Short Creek. His mill and residence was five miles above the mouth of that stream at the Ohio River. This distance places his mill at Mt. Pleasant, where he resided in 1820. He had previously lived at Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where his land adjoined that of James Gibbons. He sold that land in 1768 and moved to Virginia from which state he had come to Ohio. In 1820 another Joseph Steer, possibly a son, was a near neighbor of John Gibbons in Belmont County.



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