As in all good stories,
must be a beginning! ...
Popplewell name is from
'Old English', and has a few different meanings. One
is, " dwelling by a bubbling spring". Another is,"dwelling in pebbly
soil or, on a pebbly bank". The last I've heard is, "lives beneath
the Poplar Trees". I have chosen the last version, and planted quit a
few around here... just to keep truth in history!
'This section is for 'The Family Tree'
Click on one of the following names to get your
Line. We are limited to using from Isaac's son's so far and hope to
have more as time passes! This section is still under
Children of Isaac
and Elizabeth Flint are:
b. 1785; d. 1816-1879.
ii. SOVERIGN POPPLEWELL,
b. April 5, 1787; d. Abt. 1866.
SIMCO S. POPPLEWELL,
b. 1791-1792, Virginia; d. 1873, Russell Kentucky.
iv. SARAH POPPLEWELL, b.
v. NANCY POPPLEWELL, b.
POPPLEWELL, b. February 4,
vii. JO POPPLEWELL, b. 1802.
POPPLEWELL ,JR., b. January 2, 1804, Adair Kentucky; d. April 10,
1889, Adair Kentucky.
POPPLEWELL, b. 1806.
(If you have information on these names,
send them to us.)
Here are a few stories about the Family, as they were
given to me...
Soverign and Simco (brother's)
were both 'JUSTICE OF THE PEACE' who officiated
at many weddings in the 1850s in
Russell County, KY. I also found
something kind of entertaining
about Simco. Once he was appointed an
appraiser along with three other
men on the estate of Thomas Wilson.
He turned in one bill to the court
for $7 to cover the coffin he made
for Wilson, 4 days of appraising,
and 2 days of supervising the
estate sale. He was also paid
$4.75 for whiskey consumed during the
appraisal and the susequent sale.
About the Popplewell Alligator
Dock and Marina, it is on Wolf Creek
near the Wolf Creek Dam. The dam
is what created Lake
It was built by the Corps on
Engineers in the 1940s to alleviate
flooding along that creek and the
Cumberland River. Hundreds of acres
of farmland were purchased for the
project, including the original
parcels owned by my Simcoe
Popplewell. (In his will he says his
mother and father (Isaac and
Elizabeth) are buried on his land.) All
known graves were relocated. The
graves of Squire Popplewell, his
wife, and several children were
relocated from the Caney Fork
Cemetery to the Square Oak Church
Cemetery during the 1940s. About
30 other graves were also moved,
but had no markers at the time.
Those graves are marked today only
with small rocks. Issac, Elizabeth,
and Simcoe could be among those.
Who knows. There are several small
Popplewell family cemeteries on
the backroads near the marina. The
gravestones in those date back to
On may 1, 1858, Daniel Cummings
purchased of Gohlson Popplewell, a Negro
woman named Ann for $1000. At the
time of the sale Popplewell warrented
that the slave was of sound mind
and body. However, according to Daniel,
Ann was unsound in body at the
very moment of sale, for expended immediatly
$100 to sure her. A sum he
believed Popplewell ought to pay!"
During the civil War, the Military
headquarters of Central Missouri
appointed a board of loyal
citizens, sworn into office at Lion Creek. The
board was authorized to levy upon
active southern sympathizers when
requested to do so by the militia.
The account lists about a dozen names of
which Soverign Popplewell was
included for $250.
The name Richard Poplar (one
spelling of Popplewell) is signed to an 1838
petition to the Miller County
Court praying for organization of Glaize
Township...a petition granted
May7, 1838. There is a Richard Popplewell
buried in the Warren Cemetery in
the southern part of Galize Township. He is
believed to be the brother of
Soverign and Isaac...
My husband's line
begins with Isaac Popplewell who
was married to Elizabeth Flint. We do not
have his birthdate but know that
he died in 1841. Elizabeth was born in
1770 in Virginia and her son Simco
Popplewell was born in 1792 in Virginia.
He married Sinchi ?.
Their son Soverin Popplewell was
born Jan 5, 1817 in Russeltown Ky. He
married Polly Jane Meredith who
was born April 30, 1818 in Weekly Co. Tenn.
The were married Oct 15, 1840 in
Camden Co., Mo. Soverign and Polly are
buried on their plantation in
Miller Co., Mo. We were there last March
(1996). According to the records
of Miller Co. the following children were
born in Miller Co.--Cynthia C.
Popplewell, Margaret Popplewell, Jame E.
Popplewell, Soverign Green
Popplewell, Mary, Martha Jane Popplewell, and
Miranda Isabell Popplewell (my
husbands gr grandmother). I am still trying
to research the elder Isaac
Popplewell and his son Simco. Beginning at
least with the elder Isaac
Popplewell, the Popplewells all seemed to name
their son's Isaac, Soverign, and
Simco. We have found all three of these
names in Kentucky and
Missouri--obviously different individuals some almost
the exact same age.
Mary Evelyn (Corky) Swanson
1463 Beechwood Lane
Abilene TX 79603
have pictures of the graves of
Polly and Soverign Popplewell and Margaret
Popplewell Reed (one of their
daughters) and their granddaughter Lena. The
"Plantation" is partly in the
middle of the Lake of the Ozarks now. the
cemetery and the remains of the
house are in the Lake of the Ozarks State
Park Wilderness area now. We hiked
in about a mile through much overgrown
greenbriar in March of 1996. I
think when I get all of the tree
together--hope to have it by the
end of the summer at the latest, I will
find that your Soverign is our
Soverigns Uncle but I am not sure. One of
our problems in tracing this
family was that we too had copies of the Mormon
records--our Popplewells were not
Mormons but some of their decendants
were--and since the names involved
were the same we had to do quite some
digging to uncover the right
family. We know for sure that the Soverign
Popplewell born in 1817 and the
Polly Meridith Popplewell born in 1818 were
my husbands ancestors. They were
only 22 and 23 years old when they were
married in Bridal Cave in Camden
Co., Mo. He was named after his uncle
Soverign (Simco's brother) Simco
was born in 1792 and was younger than his
brother Soverign. I will keep you
informed as I can uncover more--will also
send you copies of the headstones
from Miller Co., Mo.
They are not super plain, but they
have the 1817 and 1818 birthdates
on them. I found a number of Soverign
Popplewells and Simco Popplewells
on the 1840 and 1850 census. Most from Ky
or Mo, but a few from other places
as well. I have not been able to find
out when or where they came into
this country for sure. Family history on
our end says that Isaac came from
France--however, the only records I have
found for entry into the U.S. by
Popplewells dates in the late 1600's when
three of them were sent over from
England as indentured servants. I have
not found any other record to date
of Popplewells entering the U.S. --none
of the three were names Isaac,
Soverign, or Simco or even James which seems
to be another favorite name for
the Popplewells. Oh yeah! Back to the
Plantation--It is about six miles
east of Brumley. To even get to a place
to hike in through the woods, you
have to go over a suspension bridge that
is over a 100 years old. You hike
through the woods over the hill and
through a hollow and back up on
the hill to reach the remains of the house.
It was at least 2 stories high
with a basement. There are probably 15 or 20
graves in the cemetery which is
about 100 feet nw of the house. It looks
down on a river valley that leads
down to the edge of the lake. Their were
two wagon roads down to the
property--one low to the "farm land" and one
high up to the house. It took us
two trips and a roll of twine--you could
get lost in those woods real
easy--to find the cemetery and house. We plan
to take my husband's mother back
the first of August. All four of her
gr-grandparents are buried in
Miller Co. and we located all of their graves
when we were there.
Mary Evelyn (Corky) Swanson
1463 Beechwood Lane
Abilene TX 79603
'The Civil War'
Four sons of Isaac
Popplewell Jr. and Susannah Chamberlain,
Isaac B., Richard,
Mason, and Flint, fought for the union army during
the Civil War. So
did Leo Popplewell, the son of Albert Popplewell
Chamberlain. These five Popplewells served as members
of the Third
Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, joining the U.S. Army of
the Cumberland in
the fall of 1861.
Leo H. Popplewell,
23, enlisted on Nov. 5, 1861 at Camp Wolford,
according to army
records. A private in Co. G., he was described as
5' 8" with blue
eyes, light hair and complexion. During his
enlistment, he was
briefly a prisoner of war. On Nov. 15, 1862, he
was captured by
the enemy near Gallatin, TN. The next day he was
Isaac B., age 21,
was made a corporal upon mustering into Co. F
in January 1862.
During the course of the war, he would fight in
Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia, earning a promotion to
January 1864. Isaac was wounded in the left arm and
captured at the
Battle of Stone's River in December 1862. During a
later that year at City Point, VA, he was released.
In May 1863 he
returned to his regiment.
Mason, was 23 when
he entered the service. He also was captured
at the Battle of
Stone's River on Dec. 31, 1862. Like Isaac, he was
released in a
prisoner exchange and returned to the regiment on June
8, 1863. A few
months later, Mason was wounded at the Battle of
Suffering with wounds to his left leg, he was
Richard, 30 years
old when he enlisted in 1861, spent part of
1863 detached to a
union supply train by order of Gen. Thomas. He
also fought in
several major Civil War battles.
Leo, Isaac, Mason,
and Richard all mustered out of the army on
Oct. 13, 1864 in
Flint never saw
any combat. Like hundreds of other soldiers that
Popplewell, 25, died Jan. 22,1862, in Columbia, KY, of
typhoid fever. He
was unable to go with his regiment when it left on
Jan. 16 to help
strengthen Union positions on the Cumberland River
during the Battle
of Mill Springs.
According to the
Kentucky Adjutant General's Report, this is the
history of Third
On March 18, 1862,
the Third Infantry, by then about 900 strong,
steamers for Nashville. From there the regiment marched
by way of
Franklin, Columbia, Waynesboro, and Savannah, TN, to the
field of Shiloh
where they helped reinforce Gen. Grant's troops and
bring about a
union victory. Shiloh was one of the bloodiest battles
of the war, with
an estimated 23,746 casualties, 13.047 for the U.S.
and 10,699 for the
victory at Shiloh, the Third Infantry moved by
to the vital rail center of Cornith, Miss., where
Union forces took
control of the town and consolidated its position
During June of
1862, the Third was involved in skirmishes at
Iuka, Miss. and
Tuscumbia, Al. Later that year, the regiment fought
in the Kentucky
battles of Munfordville, Bardstown, and Perryville,
forces from the Bluegrass State.
Infantry, as part of the larger Army of the Cumberland,
pursued Bragg into
Tennessee fighting at Stewart's Creek on Dec. 29,
1862, and then at
Stone's River on Dec. 31, 1862 and Jan. 1, 1863.
This was the
battle where Isaac and Mason were captured. Stone's
Murfreesboro, TN, was claimed as a Union victory after
retreated. There were an estimated 23,215 casualties,
13,249 for the
Union and 10,266 for the Rebels.
Chicamauga, GA was
the next major battle for the Third Infantry.
Mason was among
34,624 soldiers who were wounded, killed, or taken
Confederate victory, Gen. Braxton Bragg forced the Union
Army back to
But Union forces
regrouped and pushed their way back into Georgia.
The Third Infantry
was part of the Atlanta campaign. Our Popplewells
were part of the
forces who fought in Georgia at Rocky Face Ridge,
Vine Creek, Kenesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and
the battle of
Atlanta. The Third Infantry was responsible for
miles of the Atlanta and Montgomery railroad tracks
on Sept. 9, 1863.
The regiment spent the rest of September in the
Atlanta area and
then traveled north to Tennessee, and finally back
to its home state.
'Researched at The