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Nathaniel Pope (abt. 1603 - 1660)

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Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Cliffs, Westmoreland, Virginiamap
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Ancestor of US President George Washington

Parents were removed as no one had sources to prove this relationship.


She was the mother of 4 children with Nathaniel. Thomas Nathan, Anne and Margaret. [1]

Research Notes

Information in the Website "GenForum" show that it is very likely that Nathaniel, William, Richard and Thomas Pope were sons of Richard Pope Sr. He was a Merchant and Soapmaker in Bristol, England. His oldest son John is reported to have stayed in England. Nathaniel is reported as having land on the Potomac River, close to George Washington's. Lived in Northcumberland Co., VA., and patented land in Westmoreland Co., VA in 1654 and 1656. Set out in a posting in "GenForum" dated 2-27-99 by Dot (Pope) Bedsole. Nathaniel Pope's Will of 1659 names his wife as Luce and son's Thomas and Nathaniel, Jr., both minors, and daughter, Ann. says GenForum posting by Lou A. Murphy dated 2-16-1999. In Nathaniel's Will he appointed Wm. Hardridge (Hardwick) husband of his dau. Margaret Pope Hardwick as Executor of his estate and asked that Hardich (Hardridge, etal) look after his two sons and his land, "Pope Plantation", which became in the course of time Mt. Vernon, says GenForum posting by John Sherman dated 2-7-99. Another posting on the GenForum by Rebecca Freeman dated 2-8-99 states "Nathaniel Pope was the first of his line coming to America from England. He came to MD. about 1630 as a representive. He later moved to Westmoreland Co., VA. Sanford G)

Immigrated to America in 1635 and settled in what is know as St. Mary' Hundred; was a member of the MD Assembly, 1641-42; and was dent as agent to Kent Island in 1647; removed to Virginia ___acres of land and named it "The Cliffs" in 1651. Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of Westmoreland Troops Virginia, April 4, 1655. He married Lucy-----named in will Luce. Will:(from Crozier's Virginia Co. Record Publications) Pope,Nathaniel, 16 May 1659; 26 April 1660 To son Thomas Pope land and plantation situated upon the cliffs, to aforesaid Thomas five cows or heifers to be given him when he shall come to the age of 21 years or day of marriage, which shall first happen. To son Nathaniel Pope the land and plantation where on I now live; my wife Lucy Pope to have the land where I now live as long as she live or remains unmarried. To John Washington that sum of money which he oweth unto me. To my son in law John Washington; to my son-in-law William Hardidge; son Thomas to be exor, and in case of his death son Nathaniel. Witnesses: John Rosier, Laurence Washington; John Washington, William Hardich.

Nathaniel's daughter, Ann married Colonel John Washington, at which time Nathaniel deeded her 700 acres of "The Cliffs". This land became part of the "Wakefield" estate, the ancestral home of the Washingtons. The land on which the Clifts Plantation was situated was first patented in 1651 by Nathaniel Pope, shortly after the Northern Neck was first opened to white settlement. Pope was one of a relatively small group of men who through connections with provincial government managed to obtain huge tracts of land in what was then a wilderness. These men and their descendants would rule Westmoreland Co., VA throughout the colonial period. Although he arrived in the New World as an illiterate yeoman, Pope was one of the richest men in Westmoreland Co., a justice of the peace and a Colonel in the Co. militia when he died in 1660. Nathaniel willed the Clifts Plantation to his son Thomas, during whose ownership it was first occupied circa 1670 Three Pope Immigrants came to America and settled in adjoining counties in the Northern Neck Nathaniel He setted on the Potomac in Westmoreland co., VA between Appomattox (central Virginia, where General Lee surrendered to General Grant Apr 9 1865, ending the Civil War), now Mattox, and Pope's Creek. Excerpt from Wills: volume 1 Pope,Nathaniel, of Appomatox, 16 May 1659, 20 Apr 1660 son Thomas when 21; son Nathaniel; my wife Lucy; my son in law John Washington; son in law William Hardidge. Wit. by John Washington, Lawrence Washington, John Rosier.

Americans of Gentle Birth by Hannah Pittman Vol II: Lieut-Col. of Militia, 1655, Westmoreland Co., VA


The Pope family

Nathaniel Pope is first mentioned as one of the twenty-four freeman of the "Grand Inquest" in Maryland in 1637 and in the Assembly afterward. He affixed a mark to his writings. In 1643 he and his nine menial servants were exempted from military service. He was sent as an agent by Governor Leonard Calvert to Kent Island in 1647, and attempted, as charged, to persuade the rebels against the Proprietary there to come and live at Mattox Neck until they should become strong enough to seize the land again.[2][3]

After removing from Maryland, Nathaniel Pope, in 1651, patented 1,050 acres (4.2 km2) in Old Northumberland between two large creeks; one would bear his name. At Mattox Creek he built dwellings, warehouses, and docks for the merchant trade with England including the port of Bristol. He shipped beaver, tobacco with caske, and raw materials; and he imported English manufactured goods. He settled the argument between John Washington and shipping partner Edward Prescott by paying off the senior officer in Beaver skins at eight shillings[4] per pound. In 1655 he was made Lieutenant-Colonel in the militia. His wife was named Luce and they had:

Anne, who married John Washington; Margaret, who married William Hardwich; Thomas; Nathaniel[5]. The elder Nathaniel was among the county's wealthiest residents at his death in 1660 when he left The Clifts tract to his son Thomas[6]. The Pope and Washington families were bound by more than blood, county documents are filled with their business and legal ties. The will of John Washington bequeaths 1000 pounds sterling to his brother-in-law Thomas Pope.[7]


  1. Col. Nathaniel Pope and His Descendants, by G. W. Beale The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), pp. 192-196
  2. Steiner, Bernard (1907). Maryland During the English Civil Wars, Part II. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Studies, XXV, Nos. 4-5. p. 68.
  3. Tyler, Lyon (1895). Washington and His Neighbors. Williamsburg, VA: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 1. pp. 37.
  4. Hatch, Charles (1979). Popes Creek Plantation, Birthplace of George Washington. Washington's Birthplace, VA 22575: National Park Service. p. 2. ISBN 0-934146-00-4.
  5. Humphries, John (1934). Georgia Descendants of Nathaniel Pope of Virginia, John Humphries of South Carolina and Allen Gay of North Carolina. Atlanta GA. pp. 5.
  7. Harland, Marion (1893). The Story of Mary Washington. Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press. p. 31.

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On 7 Jul 2016 at 00:06 GMT Emily Wrocklage wrote:

Pope-3193 and Pope-118 appear to represent the same person because: The information between the two matches. I have yet to enter the parents of Nathaniel; however, this will further fill in the Pope tree.

On 8 Jun 2016 at 20:21 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Can someone provide sources for the parents on this profile? All of the known sources I have found do not even try to guess on his heritage.

On 27 Apr 2016 at 16:05 GMT Jim Vondrak wrote:

I have removed Pope-1539 as a child of him since she was born about 1751

On 10 Apr 2016 at 03:23 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:

I identified where the biography is from.  : It should be attributed to the source, and rewritten . It appears here almost as wikipedia has written it. If used for data, it should not be copied, but put into the writer's words.

On 18 Dec 2014 at 02:44 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

Pope-118 and Pope-2110 appear to represent the same person because: same person. First need to merge the mother.

Nathaniel is 19 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 14 degrees from Cindy Lesure, 17 degrees from Bonnie Thornton and 13 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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