An American Family History

Benjamin Lupton 1795


The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,
and, under a just God cannot retain it."
― Abraham Lincoln

West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.

Appalachia was the 18th century backcountry and many settlers were Scots-Irish. It includes southern New York, western Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

Benjamin Lupton was born about 1795 in Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was the son of Benjamin Lupton and Mary Conklin.

His wife was named Mary Piles. Mary's name is from her daughter Ann's marriage record in Monroe County.

Benjamin and Mary Ann's children included:

Ann Ellen Lupton (1827, married Joseph Buckman),
Mary Elizabeth Lupton Underwood (1827, married Edmund J. Underwood),
Sarah Amelia Lupton McGee (1832, married Joseph McGee),
Francis N. Lupton (1837, married Charles Anderson), and
Caroline M. Lupton (1840).

At the time of the 1830 census, Benjamin Lupton was living in Jefferson County, Virginia. The household consisted of a man between 30 and 39 (born about 1795), a woman between 20 and 29, 3 girls under 9, and a young woman they had enslaved.

Benjamin appeared in the 1840 census of Jefferson, Monroe County, Missouri. The household consisted of:

a man and a woman between 40 and 49- Benjamin and Mary
a girl and a boy between 15 and 19,
a girl between 10 and 14 - Ann Ellen age 13
4 girls between 5 and 9 - Sarah, Francis,
one girl under 5 - Caroline.

Benjamin died in Monroe County before the 1850 census was taken. Mary Elizabeth also died before 1850 when Edmund remarried.

In 1850 they were still in Monroe County. Mary, age 48, was living with her children,
Sarah A. Lupton 18, Francis N. Lupton 13 and Caroline M. Lupton 10.

In 1860 Mary Lupton age 62 and her daughter, Sarah age 32 were in Palmyra, Liberty, Marion, Missouri. Mary was a seamstress. They had a 5 year old boy named John W. McGee in the household.
Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.

Berkeley County, Virginia was created from the northern third of Frederick County, Virginia in 1772. Jefferson County was formed from the county's eastern section. In 1863 Berkeley County became part of the new state of West Virginia.


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