An American Family History

Joseph Lupton 1718

Apple Pie Ridge Road is in Frederick County, Virginia. In 1751 Quaker families settled along Ridge Road. The road became known as Apple Pie Ridge Road when Hessian soldiers, captured during the revolution, would go to the ridge to eat the apple pies baked by the Quakers.

Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.

Rent rolls were lists of landowners showing whether they had paid their annual quit-rents to the Crown. A quick-rent was a feudal remnant and was paid by a freeholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required.

Joseph Lupton, Jr. was born January 5, 1718 in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His birth was recorded in the Middletown Monthly meeting minutes. His parents were Joseph Lupton and Mercy Twining.

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

Joseph married Rachel Bull on August 17, 1750, at the Hopewell Monthly Meeting, Frederick County, Virginia. Rachel was born about 1719 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Joseph Lupton, son of Joseph Lupton of Opeckan [Opequon, Hopewell Meeting] in ye County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia, and Rachel Bull, daughter of Richard Bull of ye County of Chester of province of Pensilvania; 17th day of 8th month, 1750; at Isaac Hollingsworth's home, Opeckan. [signed by] Joseph Lupton Junr. [&] Rachel Lupton.

Their friends and relatives signed their marriage certificate.

Their children included:
David Lupton (1757, married Mary Hollinsworth),
Phineas Lupton (1759),
Rachel Lupton Wood (1761, married Joseph Wood),
Ruth Lupton (1764),
Ann Lupton (1767),
Hannah Lupton (1770), and
Lewis Lupton (1775).

They settled in Frederick County on a large tract at the head of Babb's Marsh that Joseph inherited from his father in 1758. He also inherited his father's gold-headed cane.

Joseph Lupton appeared on the rent roll of Frederick County, Virginia in 1759.

In 1760 Joseph was one of the men who were appointed to visit "a scattered number of friends Living on Mill Crick, Middle Crick and Tuscarorah," who could not come to the Hopewell Meeting.

From Frederick County Road Orders

5 April 1765, Frederick County Order Book 12, p. 396
Joseph Lupton is Appointed Overseer of the Road from Winchester to Opeckon [Opequon] at Armstrongs ford & It is Ordered that the Tithables within five miles on Each Side of the Road work Thereon under him

2 September 1766, Frederick County Order Book 13, p. 173
Robert Willson is appointed Overseer of the Road from Winchester to Opeckon [Opequon] at Armstrongs Place in the Room of Joseph Lupton Itis Ordered that the usual Tithables work thereon under him

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

In 1773, Joseph, Rachel and David signed his sister, Ann's, marriage certificate at Hopewell.

Joseph died in 1791. He left a large estate to his family, which consisted of Rachael his wife, son David, Ann Updegraff, Hannah Lupton, and David and Rachel Wood, his grandchildren.

Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn in 1684. It is north of Philadelphia and just west of Trenton, New Jersey.

Opequon Creek is tributary of the Potomac River. It joins the Potomac northeast of Martinsburg and its source is at the foot of Great North Mountain. It is part of the boundary between Frederick and Clarke counties in Virginia and between Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.



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.

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

from Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants by Thomas Kemp Cartmell

The Lupton Family of Applepie Ridge
Generally distinguished as the Quaker branch, this family had its origin in David Lupton, son of Joseph and Rachael Lupton. David was born 1757; died 1822. Children of David, son of David, Sr., and Mary Hollingsworth:

(1) Ruth, wife of Phineas Janney; died 1804.
(2) Joseph Lupton; died 1825.
(3) Isaac Lupton; died 1820.
(4) David Lupton; died 1814.
(5) Nathan Lupton; died 1843.
(6) Jonah Lupton, born July 20, 1795; died 1870.
(7) Lewis, born Oct. 16, 1797; died 1859.
(8) Joel Lupton, born Mch. 28, 1804; died 1883. Joel Lupton married Sarah G., dau. of John and Rebecca Haines. She died 1863. Was the mother of Wm. G., Nathan, Mary Ann, Rebecca H., Joseph, Rachael, Susan A., Joel, Jr., Sarah Jane, and Maria C. Lupton. . . .

David Lupton, mentioned as the progenitor of the Applepie Ridge branch, was a nephew of John the father of Joshua, who have been fully mentioned in connection with the Round Hill, or Presbyterian Lupton branch. The pioneer of both branches was Jos. Lupton who died 1758, leaving 8 children, several of whom were then married. Their names will appear in this connection.

David Lupton and his aged father Joseph, son of Joseph the pioneer, lived on a large tract at the head of Babb's Marsh, devised by the pioneer. They soon acquired other tracts, aggregating about 1,700 acres.

On this tract David built the brick house in 1795, at a cost of $5,000. This house has been mentioned elsewhere as the home of Mr. Ruble. Strange to say, this house at that early day, gained notoriety for two features in its construction: one being the windows were hung with cords and weights—the first used in the Shenandoah Valley beyond a doubt. The wine vault built in the cellar, was one of the most complete attachments the old Friend had to offer his guests. This vault was in its original style when the writer saw it many years ago (minus the wine).

The large tract was subdivided between the three sons, Jonah, Lewis and Joel. They owned and maintained well known homesteads up to and during the Civil War. All were conscientious Union men and unmistakable Quakers. The old homesteads have somewhat lost their identity with the old period.

Joseph Lupton the pioneer, in his will, probated in 1758, mentions the following children: William, Sarah Pickering, Joseph, Elizabeth Paxon, Ann, Mercy Haines, Jonathan and John. The last named must have been the youngest child. He is mentioned fully elsewhere as the father of Joshua. Joseph the third child of the pioneer, died at his home on Applepie Ridge, 1791. His father mentions this son in connection with his personal effects in this wise: "I desire my son Joseph shall have my Gold-headed cane." This is mentioned to verify a tradition concerning the cane, held by some members of the family. This Joseph died in 1791. By his will he left a large estate to his family, which consisted of Rachael his wife, son David, Ann Updegraff, Hannah Lupton, and David and Rachael Wood, his grandchildren.

David only son of Joseph, has been fully mentioned. David the only son of Joseph, died 1805. His uncle John, father of Joshua and brothers, constituted the Presbyterian branch....

Nathan and Joseph with their lines, drifted into other States; and at this writing no definite reports come to close the large connection.

The John Lupton family found in Clarke County, the writer has been informed, descended from the David Lupton branch. This John's sister Mary married Jos. S. Jackson. John's wife was Miss Milton, mother of Rebecca, wife of Rev. Mr. Lingamphleter, and John, now of Louisville, Ky.

There is a tradition in the family that three persons bearing this name (Lupton) were deported from England in 1635; landed at Boston, where there is a record of their arrival. This may be doubted, since we have no evidence that Boston or its harbor had a place on any map at that early day.

Many Scots-Irish and English settlers came to the Shenandoah Valley from Pennsylvania in the 18th century.
Round Hill is an unincorporated community in Frederick County, Virginia just west of Winchester.

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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