Pope Pedigree: Henry Morris Pope

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Even though I descend from many generations that, for the most part, lived and died in the same general area where I grew up, there are a number of people in my extended tree that had more adventurous spirits and planted family roots elsewhere. I enjoy exploring those lines and stories, contemplating the way some of us take different paths and ultimately lead very different lives than even our closest family members.

One such ancestor is my 2nd great grand uncle, Henry Morris Pope. Henry, born 28 Dec 1835, is one of several siblings of my 2nd great grandfather Micajah Felton Pope. He lived in East Armuchee, counted there at age 15 on the 1850 census. On 27 Dec 1855 he married Mollie E. Rea through which there is an interesting connection. Mollie was a daughter of William Tinsley Rea and Rhoda Marie Brown (Biographical 225). Rhoda was a sister of Delila Brown, my 4th great grandmother in the Ward line on my father’s side of the family (while the Pope’s are on my mother’s side). You can learn more about Delila in the Jordan’s Journey book (UPDATE 20 Jun 2012: and in a new series of posts here on the blog, too).

According to a sketch of Henry in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas, “Mr. Pope found employment in teaching” after his marriage. In 1860 he is counted in south Georgia in Mitchell County. Henry’s brother Jefferson Austin Pope settled in this general area of the state as well (being counted on censues there in Thomas and Grady counties). It is reported that when the Civil War reared its head Henry was mustered into the Confederate army but, unable to stand muster, was soon discharged. In 1867, Henry Morris “removed to Jefferson County [Arkansas] and taught school, and two years later came to White County” and “in March, 1878, he came to Cane Township” where he was a successful farmer (Biographical 225).

A couple of photos of Henry have survived, being passed down through my Pope family. One of them, included above (click to enlarge), has handwriting that identifies Henry as the Honorable H.M. Pope, House Representative, Little Rock, Arkansas. I have not been able to dig up any documentation about this so, unfortunately, have no further information. This is a point for further research. [UPDATE: This particular image appears to be a <a href=”http://notesonphotographs.org/index.php?title=Cabinet_Card”>cabinet card</a>, a format of photographic print that was widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century.]

Henry and Mollie had tweleve children through which, most likely, there are many descendants today. I do not know any of these descendants so if you are out there, please drop me a line! Henry and the family were “members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South” and he took “an active interest in the temperance movement” (Biographical 225). While it appears Henry lived in Cane Township in White County for the rest of his life, his death is a bit of a mystery. He died in Texas on 21 Dec 1902 and is buried in Hico Cemetery, Hamilton County, Texas (Find A Grave). The rest of his family seems to have remained in Arkansas so I speculate he was traveling at the time and not actually living there though I do not know for sure. This is yet another point for further research. If you have any information about this, please get in touch.

In future posts I will explore other members of the Pope family who left the Armuchee Valley. What is it that drove some siblings and descendants to remain in that valley–even over 150 years later to the present generations–while others have spread far and wide? Family lines are like a web, fragile and delicate, converging at points unexpected while also covering vast distances. It is through this web we are all connected and we are all as one.

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Find A Grave. Memorial# 37081437. Web. Accessed 15 Feb 2012.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas: Comprising a Condensed History of the State, a Number of Biographies of Distinguished Citizens of the Same, a Brief Descriptive History of Each of the Counties. Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co, 1890. Print. WorldCat. Internet Archive.

7 Responses to “Pope Pedigree: Henry Morris Pope”

  1. Andrew says:

    It is indeed interesting what makes people move from the comfort of their home and surroundings to places new. There are many such stories in my own family tree and I myself am a prime example, having moved from the family farm in Georgia to the wilds of New York City right after college.

  2. Brenda Martineau says:

    Jordan I was reading your article in the Summerville Ga newspaper.
    You were talking about your great grand parent who was a Young.
    Bro Young who lived close to us on Elm St, he lived on Oak St.
    His name was Roosevelt Young, he was corner and janitor of the
    court house in Summerville for as long as I can remember… Maybe
    you could start there on the Young side of your family..
    Hope this helps you… Brenda

    • Jordan says:


      Thanks for the note. Do you know anything else about Roosevelt Young’s ancestry? Who his parents were? See the most recent blog post on the site here for more about the Young families I have been searching out so far.


  3. Caroline says:

    Have you found any links to my Pope family in NC? A lot of the branches are very sparse. Supposedly some of my family moved to Georgia. Just looking for any clues I can get. Thanks.

  4. Molly Guthrey says:

    Hello, I think I am also related to H.M. Pope. I believe he is my great, great grandfather on my dad’s side. I live in Minnesota. 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Molly! What is your line that connects to H.M. Pope? I will add you into my tree to see how you connect.

  5. J.R.Cumbess says:

    Susan Pope, either first or second Daughter of HM & Mary (Sellers) Pope, born in the Mitchell/Baker county area was my great grandmother. She married Josiah ( Joseph, Joe T, Joseph O.) Cumbess (Cumboss, Cumbest, Combes) It appears on Census record she may have lived with a relative (John) around the age of 13 in Georgia when HM was living in Arkansas, but there is also record of her living in Arkansas at the age of 13.

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