Col. Nathaniel Pope

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Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, I

Birthplace: Gloucestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: April 27, 1660
Cliffs, Westmoreland County, Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Lucy Pope
Father of Thomas Pope, Sr.; Anne Washington; Margaret Hardwick and Nathaniel Pope, II

Occupation: Maryland General Assembly member 1648
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About Col. Nathaniel Pope

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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[4] 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.[5]

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 per pound.[6] In 1655 he was made Lieutenant-Colonel in the militia.

His wife was named Luce and they had:

  1. Anne, who married John Washington;
  2. Margaret, who married William Hardwich;
  3. Thomas;
  4. Nathaniel.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

From the Archives of Maryland link

  • POPE, NATHANIEL (?-1660).
  • IMMIGRATED: by 1637/38, as a free adult.
  • RESIDED: on Pope's Freehold," St. Mary's County; moved to Virginia by 1654. MARRIED Luce (Lucy).
  • SONS: Thomas (?-1685), who married Joanna; Nathaniel, who married Mary Sisson.
  • DAUGHTERS: Anne, who married by 1658 John Washington; Margaret, who married William Hardwick.
  • EDUCATION: illiterate.
  • RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. .......


disputed ancestry

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.

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Col. Nathaniel Pope's Timeline

Gloucestershire, England
Age 23
Bristol, Somerset, , England
December 1, 1635
Age 32
St. Mary's County, Maryland
Age 33
King George, King George County, VA USA
Age 37
Saint Inigoes, St. Mary's County, Maryland, Colonial America
April 27, 1660
Age 57
Westmoreland County, Virginia, Colonial America
April 27, 1660
Age 57
Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States