52 Ancestors: #6 Walter Farmer ROOP 1883-1971

My great-grandfather Walter F. ROOP was a blacksmith, coal miner, artist, poet, photographer, and cartoonist. He left us precious memories including this photo of the Gauley River.

“Homemade” panorama titled “Gauley River” by Walter F. ROOP
Closeup of title “Gauley River”

Walter took three photos at Jodie in Fayette County, West Virginia, in 1921, tinted them by hand, and put them together to make this panorama view.

As far as I know, no one has come forward with the camera(s) he used for his photography. I was surprised to find this photo on a cousin’s Facebook page of Walter with his photographic enlarger.

Walter F. Roop with his photographic enlarger. Photo courtesy of Roop family member.

I have images of his drawings and photos but none of his cartoons. My wish is that others will read this and remember that they have keepsakes hidden away in the attic or basement (please don’t let it be in a shed unless it’s a car). Photos in an old family album, poems and letters written by him, or old UMW journals in which he had his poems or possibly cartoons published.

Walter Farmer ROOP 1883-1971

Let me tell you about this wonderful man who loved his wife so much that he wrote at least five poems for her in 1950 following her death:

“The Letters You Loved and Kept”
“That Darling Pal of Mine”
“Admiration”
“My Garden: Gethsemane”
and an unnamed poem which begins with “Dear heart, since you have gone to rest I only think of you”.

Walter Farmer Roop ca. 1920-1930. Photo courtesy of Roop family member.

Walter Farmer ROOP was born on 16 April 1883 in Montgomery County, Virginia, to Gordon Washington ROOP (1862-1930) and Milla Susan PETERS (1856-1891).1 His parents were married on the first of January 1880 in Floyd County, Virginia, at the residence of Jordan PETERS, father of the bride.2 They lived on Alum Ridge at the time of the 1880 census and the 19 September 1880 birth of their oldest son George Washington ROOP (1880-1950).3,4

From my earliest research into the ROOP family (also seen as RUPE, ROUP, ROOPE, ROUPE) I have always believed my great-grandfather Walter was the oldest child. However, the birth, draft cards, and death records of George W. ROOP show that George was the oldest child.5,6,7

Following Walter’s birth, the next child was Charles Turner ROOP (1885-1966) born on 15 June 1885.8 He was born in Montgomery County, Virginia, per the Register of Birth of Raleigh County, West Virginia. The family of five likely moved to Raleigh County soon after his birth and did not have time to report it in Montgomery. The 1885 register of births for Montgomery County, Virginia, doesn’t have an entry for Charles.

Their fourth son, James H. “Old Man Jim” ROOP (1887-1962), was born on 30 May 1887 in Raleigh County.9 The family then moved to Cabin Creek in Kanawha County where a daughter was born in June 1890.10 Mother Milla and her baby daughter died in a house fire in 1891 and, according to family tradition, the four sons were placed in the homes of Henry and Lee Snuffer until their father was able to care for them. Gordon remarried in 1894. By 1900 Walter was living with his father, stepmother, and four stepsiblings.11 His brothers Charles and James were boarding with Snuffer families in Raleigh County while his brother George has not been located.12,13 Walter’s father Gordon was working as a photographer in 1900. Like father, like son.

U.S. Federal Census, 1900 > West Virginia > Kanawha > Cabin Creek > ED No. 41, Sheet No. 2B

Walter F. Roop is the first of the 4 Roop boys to marry in the 1910s

Walter (20), a miner, married Rebecca Jane CLONCH (16) on 12 July 1903 in Fayette County. On the marriage record, Walter’s place of birth was incorrectly listed as Kanawha County. The marriage was performed by James M. Epling. J. A. Tucker is mentioned under Remarks and may have been a witness.14 Their first child, Lacy Shelton ROOP (1904-1937), was born seven months later on  8 February 1904 in Pond Gap, Kanawha County.15 A second son Piercie Clay was born the next year on 15 March 1905 and died 5 May 1905. No record of birth or death has been found however the child is buried in the Clonch Family Cemetery at Mount Olive. Walter’s great-granddaughter Janice Louise Cox Bostic visited the cemetery and read the dates off of Piercie’s stone for me. Later, another cousin shared a photograph of the marker.16

Lacy Shelton Roop age 17. Courtesy of Roop family member

Three more children were born in Fayette County before the 1910 census: Myrtle Hazel ROOP (1906-1997) on 26 March 1906 in Belva; James Henry ROOP (1908-1957) on 11 February 1908 in Marting; and Walter Gordon ROOP (1910-1984) on 9 March 1910 in Mount Olive.17, 18, 19 The 1910 census listing, which should show that there were 4 of 5 children living, has not been found. On this map, we see the area that they were living in at this time. The distance from Marting to  Belva is 8 miles.

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Marting, Mount Olive, Belva (Fayette Co., WV)

Walter and Rebecca’s fifth living child Edith Estelle “Edie” ROOP (1913-2003) was born on 9 June 1913 in Marting, a coal town along Smithers Creek.20 About mid-July 1913 the family moved to Jodie. Edith was six weeks old at the time. The family of seven traveled overland from Marting to Belva and then took a flat ferry up Gauley River to Jodie. We know this because Edith wrote on the back of the Gauley River panorama photo:  “We moved to this place (Jodie, W. Va.) in year of 1913 on a flat ferry up Gauley River (Fayette Co. W. Va.)” and “I was 6 wks old, Edith Roop Ramsey.”

Edith (left, age 6) and Myrtle (middle, age 13) with a friend (right) in 1919

World War I 1914-1918

Soon after Walter and his family moved to Jodie the first World War began. In 1918 Walter Farmer ROOP gave information on his World War I Draft Registration Card pertaining to his residence, birth, occupation, and physical description. He was working as a mine blacksmith for the Gauley Mountain Coal Company in Jodie. He was of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair.21

The Roop Family ca. 1919. Front seat from left to right: father Walter Farmer, oldest son Lacy Shelton, youngest daughter Edith Estelle. Back seat from left to right: James Henry, mother Rebecca Jane, Myrtle Hazel, and Walter Gordon.

Following the end of World War I the family was photographed in this car. We’ve been able to date the photo using the picture of the daughters Edith and Myrtle dated 1919 which shows them with the same hairstyles and wearing the same clothes. During that year Walter’s youngest son Alfred Lee ROOP (1919-1981) was born on 22 August 1919 in Jodie.22

The ROOP family was living in the mining town Jodie in the Falls district of Fayette County in 1920 at the time of the census. Walter and Rebecca were enumerated with their six living children.23

Walter’s youngest Alfred (early 1920’s). Photo courtesy of Roop family member.

Artist and Photographer

The year 1921 was a very productive year for Walter as an artist and photographer. Not only did he make the panorama photo of Gauley Bridge, he also made ink drawings that were passed on to his children and are now in the possession of grandchildren. His granddaughter Peggy Jean Ramsey Baker recounted that Panther and Deer and The Grizzly drawings were copied from pictures in a big book (maybe some sort of history book). She saw the pictures which were approximately 2×2.5 inches in size in the book as a child. She believes that there was a third drawing of “some sort of cat in tall grass.”

“Panther and Deer” by W. F. Roop dated December 26, 1921
“The Grizzly” by W. F. Roop

UPDATE 16 February 2016: The third drawing was found. See my post, Tuesday’s Child’s Family Heirlooms: Great-grandfather Roop’s Art.

About 1928 after his first three granddaughters were born, Walter photographed the girls and tinted the photo.

The Dempsey Girls by W. F. Roop ca. 1929. From left to right: Leona Mae b. 1927, Thelma Louise b. 1923, and Lois Emma b. 1925.

Three Marriages and a Death in the 1920s

Three of Walter’s children married in the 1920s: Myrtle Hazel married Fred Rothwell DEMPSEY in 1923, James Henry married Goldie M. WALKER in 1927, and Edith Estelle “Edie” married James David RAMSEY in 1929.24, 25,26

Shortly before the 1930 census Walter’s father Gordon Washington ROOP died on 30 January 1930 in Kanawha City and was buried in Jodie.27

With three children married, Walter and Rebecca had two children living at home in 1930. The Roop family was renting a house for $9 a month. Walter and his son Gordon were working as coal miners while young Alfred (10) was still going to school.28 Their oldest son Lacy was working in Raleigh County and living with his first cousin once removed Myrtle ROOP and her husband Golden Stewart BROWN.29

Three Marriages and a Death in the 1930s

Three more marriages took place in the 1930s: Walter Gordon married 18 July 1931 Ica Laurel CARR (1913-1993), Lacy Shelton ROOP married 28 March 1932 Lulu Irene HAYS (1915-1992), and Alfred Lee ROOP married 15 May 1937 Lorena Lea ELSWICK (1918-1992).30, 31, 32

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The Raleigh Register, 9 July 1937

Walter’s oldest son Lacy Shelton ROOP was killed on 8 July 1937 in Sprague, Raleigh County.33 “He was crushed by a giant lump of slate 18 feet long which broke loose from the mine roof. He had finished his day’s work and was starting the gathering motor to take his load of coal to the tipple.”

By 1940 Walter and his wife Rebecca were living alone in a house they rented for $10 a month. Walter worked 35 hours a week as a utility man in the coal mines and earned $1,692 in 1939. Per the 1940 census, Walter had 8 years of schooling.34 In 1942 he was still working for the Gauley Mountain Coal Company. He was 5 ft. 6 in., weighed 155 lbs, had brown hair and grey eyes.35

Walter, the Poet, and his Poetry

Walter’s beloved wife, Rebecca Jane CLONCH, died 3 February 1950 in Belva, Nicholas County.36 Walter wrote poetry to mourn the death of his wife:

“The Letters You Loved and Kept”
“That Darling Pal of Mine”
“Admiration”
“My Garden: Gethsemane”
and an unnamed poem that begins with
“Dear heart, since you have gone to rest I only think of you”.

poemWe know that at least one of Walter’s poems “When We Retire” was published in the United Mine Workers Journal, 15 January 1952 issue. David C. Duke author of Writers and Miners: Activism and Imagery in America (published by University Press of Kentucky, 2002) referred to it in the notes on a chapter in the book. Part of the book is available on Google Books, unfortunately, the page that may include a quote from the poem is not included. The UMW Journal is only available online for the years 2006-2013.  It is my belief that Walter may have submitted other poems and maybe even the cartoons that family members say he drew but of which we have no copies. [Research to-do: request lookup in old UMW Journal]

Walter married second Mary Elizabeth GUNTER between 1951-1961. Mary was from North Carolina and was widowed. No marriage record has been located.

Walter Farmer ROOP died 1 June 1971 in Jodie and was buried in the Clonch Family Cemetery.37 He was a member of Jodie Baptist Church. Surviving were his second wife Mary, sons Gordon and Alfred, daughters Edith Ramsey and Myrtle Dempsey, and half-sisters Hazel, Mandy, and Julia.

This Post Was Updated on 6 February 2022: Missing source citations were added, images were watermarked, and some corrections were made to the text and format.

Many thanks to Amy Johnson Crow author of the blog No Story Too Small for not being that big on New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because her challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is turning into a wonderful research tool. As I work on one ancestor at a time I’m checking on his/her parents, siblings, children, and even grandchildren in relation to him/her. What seemed unimportant the first time around is turning into clues that lead to more interesting information. The best part is that the family is getting involved! They are sharing photos and anecdotes that are helping me to make the stories so much more interesting to write.

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  2. Photocopy of Marriage License obtained by Louise Roop Anderson Akers on 24 Feb 2001 from the records of the Circuit Court, County of Floyd, Virginia. Louise sent the original certified copy to me in April 2001. Floyd County, Virginia, 1879 Marriages, entry 137, Register: 3, Page: 61, Gordon Washington Roop m. Milla Susan Peters 01-01-1880 at Jordan Peters’, Floyd Co., VA by William L. Simmons. He 21 yo single w/m farmer, b. & living in Floyd Co., VA, s/o Gordon & Emaline Roop. She 20 yo single w/f, b. Raleigh Co., VA & living in Floyd Co., VA, d/o Jordan N. & Rachel Peters. 
  3. 1880 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/), citing Tenth Census of the United States, 1880 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls, Roll: 1365, Virginia, Floyd County, Alum Ridge, enumeration district 25, sheet 264B, line 44-45, household 59-59, Gordon Roop (accessed 1 February 2022). 
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  6. “U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” (index and images), Ancestry, The National Archives At St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) Record Group Number 147, National Archives and Records Administration, NAI: 563733, Roll: WW2_2240229, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Local Board 4, George Washington Roop, Serial No. 938. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 August 2007). 
  7. West Virginia Vital Research Records Project (database and images), West Virginia Division of Culture and History citing county records in county courthouses, West Virginia (A collaborative venture between the West Virginia State Archives and the Genealogical Society of Utah to place vital records online via the West Virginia Archives and History Web site accessible at https://archive.wvculture.org/vrr), West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 1984145, image 186, Certificate of Death, State File No. 6177, George Washington Roop, 24 April 1950, citing Blakely, Kanawha County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/1984145/0000186.gif : accessed 16 January 2007). 
  8. Ibid., West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 598415, image 232, West Virginia, Raleigh County, Register of Births 1885, line 239, 15 June 1885, Charles T. Roop, citing Montgomery County, Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/598415/00232.jpg : accessed 1 February 2022). 
  9. Ibid., West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 598415, image 249, West Virginia, Raleigh County, Register of Births 1887, line 230, 30 May 1887, James Roop, citing Raleigh County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/598415/00249.jpg : accessed 1 February 2022). 
  10. Ibid., West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 521730, image 408, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Register of Births 1890, line 46, June 1890, unnamed female Roop, citing Cabin Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/521730/00408.jpg : accessed 1 February 2022). 
  11. 1900 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/), citing Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication T623, 1854 rolls, FHL microfilm: 1241761, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Cabin Creek, enumeration district 41, sheet 2B, lines 87-93, household 33-33, Gordon W. Roop (accessed 25 January 2022). 
  12. Ibid., FHL microfilm: 1241771, West Virginia, Raleigh County, Trap Hill, enumeration district 122, sheet 6A, lines 29-32, household 90-90, Lee Snuffer (accessed 22 November 2005). 
  13. Ibid., FHL microfilm: 1241771, West Virginia, Raleigh County, Trap Hill, enumeration district 122, sheet 5A, lines 46-49, household 84-84, Hardy Snuffer (accessed 13 May 2005). 
  14. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 58476, image 366, Fayette County, West Virginia, Register of Marriages, 1903, line 5, 12 July 1903, Walter F. Roop, Rebecca J. Clonch, citing Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/584765/00366.jpg : accessed 2 February 2022). 
  15. Ibid., West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 521731, Kanawha, West Virginia, Register of Births 1904, page 40, line 37, Lacy S. Roop, 22 Feb 1904; citing Pond Gap, Kanawha County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/521731/00046.jpg : accessed 15 January 2022). 
  16. Clonch Family Cemetery, Mount Olive, Fayette County, West Virginia, gravemarker photographed by Heather Manley-Duncan 31 May 2014 for Piercie Clay Roop 14 March 1905-6 May 1905. Note: The middle name and dates of birth and death were not known prior to viewing the photograph of this gravemarker. 
  17. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 1992812, Delayed Certificate of Birth 7454, Myrtle Hazel Roop, 26 Mar 1906; citing Belva, Fayette, West Virginia. (http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=3448835&Type=Birth : accessed 7 March 2013). 
  18. Ibid., West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 2074135, Raleigh, West Virginia 1957 Certificate of Death 8106, James Henry Roop, 03 Jun 1957 citing Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia. (http://archive.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=1613279&Type=Death : accessed 15 January 2022). Includes date of birth: 11 February 1908. 
  19. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, NAI: 2658141, West Virginia, Fayette County, Local Board 3, Walter Gordon Roop, Serial No. 2596. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Feb 2022). 
  20. “U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014” (index only), Ancestry (citing Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA. Original data Social Security Death Index, Master File), SS #236-24-2765 issued in West Virginia, Edith R. Ramsey, born 09 Jun 1913, died 25 Oct 2003 (V), last residence Brooksville, Hernando County, Florida 34601. Note: No record of birth was found on WVCulture.org
  21. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, FHL microfilm M1509, 4,582 rolls, Walter Farmer Roop, serial no. 2370, Local Board of Division Nr. 2, Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Nov 2016). 
  22. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, FHL microfilm 584755, Fayette, West Virginia, Register of Births 1919, page 298 (stamped), line 21, Alfred Lee Roop, 22 Aug 1919; citing Jodie, Fayette, County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/584755/00485.jpg : accessed 15 January 2022). 
  23. 1920 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/), citing Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls, Roll: T625_1947; Falls, Fayette, West Virginia; Enumeration District: 11; Page: 14A; line 15-22; HH #239-247; Walter F. Roop household (accessed 9 Feb 2014). 
  24. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 494264, Fayette, West Virginia, Register of Marriage, 1923, page 39, line 4, Fred R. Dempsey and Myrtle Roop, 20 Jan 1923, citing Fayetteville, Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view2.aspx?FilmNumber=494264&ImageNumber=168 : accessed 14 November 2010). 
  25. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 494264, Fayette, West Virginia, Register of Marriages 1926-1927, page 149 (stamped), line 29, 20 Aug 1927, James Roop and Goldie Walker, citing Fayetteville, Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://archive.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=12056948&Type=Marriage : accessed 15 January 2022). 
  26. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 494264, Fayette, West Virginia, Register of Marriages 1929-1930, page 151 (stamped), line 16, 23 Dec 1929, James Ramsey and Edith Roop, citing Fayetteville, Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/494264/00417.jpg : accessed 15 January 2022). 
  27. Ibid., West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 1953605, image 484, Certificate of Death, State File No. 465, Gordon W. Roop, 30 January 1930, citing Kanawha City, Kanawha County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/1953605/0000484.gif: accessed 2 February 2022). 
  28. 1930 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/), citing Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication T626, 2,667 rolls, FHL microfilm: 2342265, West Virginia, Fayette County, Falls, enumeration district 5, sheet 6B, lines 61-64, household 42-107-110, Walter F. Roop (accessed 16 July 2002). 
  29. Ibid., FHL microfilm: 2342287, West Virginia, Raleigh County, Shady Spring, enumeration district 8, sheet 29A, lines 16-19, household 363-375, Golden S. Brown. The official enumeration day of the 1930 census was 1 April 1930. (accessed 29 January 2022). 
  30. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 494264, Fayette, West Virginia, Register of Marriages 1929-1930, page 152 (stamped), line 32, 18 Jul 1931, GOrdon Roop and Ica Carr, citing Fayetteville, Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/494264/00418.jpg : accessed 15 January 2022). 
  31. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 580561, Wood, West Virginia, Marriage License 574 (stamped), 28 March 1932, Lacy Shelton Roop and Irene Lula Hays, citing Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/580561/00604.jpg : accessed 15 January 2022). 
  32. Ibid., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, FHL microfilm 494265, Fayette, West Virginia, Register of Marriage 1937, page 147 (stamped), line 17, 15 May 1937, Alfred Roop and Lorena Elswick, citing Fayetteville, Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://images.wvculture.org/494265/00288.jpg : accessed 15 January 2022). 
  33. Newspapers.com by Ancestry, website with images, The Raleigh Register (Beckley, West Virginia), Friday 9 July 1937, page 12, “Sprague Miner Is Killed By Fall Of Slate,”(https://www.newspapers.com/image/47915423 : accessed 16 February 2020). 
  34. 1940 U.S. Federal Census (index and images), Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442/), citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D. C., NARA microfilm publication T647, 4,643 rolls, Roll: m-t0627-04401, West Virginia, Fayette County, Falls, enumeration district 10-5, sheet 19B, lines 60-61, household #368, Walter F. Roop (accessed 31 March 2012). 
  35. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, NAI: 563733, Roll: WW2_2240229, West Virginia, Fayette County, Local Board 3, Walter Farmer Roop, Serial No. 181. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Nov 2016). 
  36. Newspapers.com, Beckley Post-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia), Monday Morning, 6 February 1950, page 2, column 5, “Roop Rites are Held on Sunday”. (https://www.newspapers.com/image/15739278 : accessed 20 February 2020). 
  37. WVCulture.org, West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999, FHL microfilm 2114467 image 410, Fayette, West Virginia 1971 Certificate of Death 9903, Walter F. Roop, 1 Jun 1971 citing Jodie, Fayette County, West Virginia. (http://archive.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view2.aspx?FilmNumber=2114467&ImageNumber=410 : accessed 15 January 2022).