An American Family History

William Lupton

Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693 – 1781) inherited a vast area granted by Charles II in colonial Virginia. This Northern Neck Proprietary was bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.

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.

William Lupton was born on March 14, 1713/14 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. The Hopewell Friends History

1742, 7 mo. 6, certificate requested for William Lupton to Hopewell. Joshua Ely and John Schofield to inquire.

1742, 8 mo. 4, favorable report on William Lupton's conversation and clearness as to marriage and his affairs; a certificate drawn for him.

1742, 10 mo. 6, reportd, William Lupton produced a certificate from Hopewell. It was accepted.

He married his step sister, Grace Pickering, on July 8, 1745.

William and Grace's children included:
Samuel Lupton (1746, married Sarah Smith),
Isaac Lupton (1748, married Elizabeth Kirk),
Joseph Lupton (1752, married Susan Boyer),
William Lupton, Jr. (1754, married Bathsheba Allen),
Asa Lupton (1757, married Hannah Hanke),
Jesse Lupton (1760), and
Marcy Lupton Horseman (1762, married William Horseman).

They settled on upper Apple Pie Ridge.

In 1750, William signed his brother, Joseph's, marriage certificate at Hopewell in Frederick County, Virginia.

In 1752, Lord Fairfax granted William 316 acres north of Winchester. In 1754, William received an additional 225 acres adjoining his own land and that of Colonel James Wood, Sr. and James Lemmon.

In 1759 he appeared on the Rental Rolls of Frederick County, Virginia.

From Frederick County Road Orders

8 February 1770, FOB 14 Part 2, p. 582
Ordered that Richard Pearis Henry Heth John Boyd & William Lupton or any Three of them being first swore do Veiw the ground from the End of the Common to Henry Heaths & report the Conveniences & Inconveniences that may attend opening a road on the Same.

In 1773 William, Grace and their sons, Samuel and Isaac, and signed his sister, Ann's, marriage certificate at Hopewell.

He helped establish the Upper Ridge Meeting House near his home. This was sometimes referred to as Lupton's Meeting.

First printed in Boston 1745
Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn in 1684. It is north of Philadelphia and just west of Trenton, New Jersey.

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.


Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

from The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln by James Henry Lea, John Robert Hutchinson

John Hanke of Whitemarsh, Philadelphia County, yeoman... married at Gwynedd, 11 December, 1711, Sarah Evans, daughter of Cadwallader and Ellen (Morris) Evans, by whom he had eight children, and who, surviving him, remarried at Gwynedd, 6 March, 1732—33, Thomas Williams of Montgomery township (her marriage being witnessed by her five eldest children). John Hanke's will, [was] dated 12 December, 1730, proved 31 May, 1731...

Children of John and Sarah (Evans) Hanke.
I. John Hanke, born 20 November, 1712, at Gwynedd. Had wife Margaret , by whom he had issue:
1. Joshua...
2. Hannah [Hanke], who married Asa Lupton (born 1757), son of William and Grace (Pickering) Lupton of Frederick County, Maryland, resided in Rockingham County, Virginia; and very probably others. He lived six miles east of Reading, within a half-mile of the house of Mordecai Lincoln. Removed to Virginia.
3. Jane Hanke, born 12 October, 1714. Married, at Gwynedd, 13 May, 1736, John Roberts (born 1714) of Whitpain, son of John and Elizabeth (Edwards) Roberts,2 and died 9 August, 1745.

Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was founded in 1698 by Welsh Quakers. The township split into Lower and Upper Gwynedd in 1891.

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