I have read with great interest your post on Jesse Poplin. If you will forgive my long winded post I may have some info on someone that fits the bill.
A Jesse Poplin (Sr.) (my ggggrandfather) was married to a Caty ? and resided in Montgomery County North Carolina (later part which was to become Stanly County). Jesse (Sr.) first appeared in the Muster Roles for the War of 1812 in 1814. He and Caty (Catherine) had their first child in 1813, David Poplin (my gggrandfather). In addition to other children, Jesse and Caty apparently had a child named Jesse (Jr) since Jesse appears in the 1840 Montgomery census as Jesse Sr.. Jesse Jr. never appears in census records in NC however since only the heads of household were listed by name before the 1850 census, that is not unusual. Jesse Sr. died in later 1840 or early 1841 (apparently estate probated in 1841). NOW for the part that might interest you. A Jesse Poplin is found in the 1850 Pontotoc Ms. census. He is listed as having been born in NC and as 25 years of age. This would fit nicely into the range of Jesse Sr.and Catherine's child producing years. Jesse Jr. is listed with a wife (assumed) Jane, age 19, who is listed as having been born in Tn. and a child Lucinda, 1 who is listed as having been born in Ms.
Jesse shows up next in the 1860 Brown County Texas Census. He is 35 with wife Frances J., 28, born in Ms., and a child Thomas L., age 10, born in Ms.. I suspect that Frances J. is in fact Jane but I do not know what might have happened to Lucinda. The abscence of Thomas on the 1850 Pontotoc Ms. census roles could easily have been due to the date the census was taken.
A Jesse L. Poplin enlisted in the Texas McCulloch'sBattalion (1st Texas Mounted Rifles), Co. G. in 1861 and when that Battalion was disbanded joined the 8th Texas Calvary, Co. A (Taylor's Battalion). Portions of the 8th Texas eventually ended up in Durham Station NC where they were mustered out in 1865.
There is no further trace of a Jesse Poplin that would fit the age range of the postulated Jesse Jr..He does not show up again in Texas Census records (so far as I can tell) It is pure speculation that the Jesse of Pontotoc County,Ms. and Brown County Tx. is the Jesse L. Poplin of Taylor's Battalion. If one is allowed to speculate further , however, could Jesse have been among those Texans mustered out in, ironically, Jesse Jr.'s home state of NC? If so could he have begun the long journey home on horseback (He was a calvaryman) through the mountain passes of NC/VA/KY and found himself in Lawrence County Ky.. He would have been approximately 41 years old in 1871.
Now if this scenario and disjointed set of facts possibly fits then unfortunately the search back beyond Jesse Sr. is a very diffucult one. While the Poplin's of Piedmont NC are very well documented and are carried back across the 'Big Pond' the Poplin's descended from Jesse Sr. are very possibly not TRUE Poplins. I cite as evidence of that speculation three factors.
1) - David Kirk Shaver, contributing author of a book on Stanly County NC cemetery records says the following underneath an entry for my ggrandfather David C. Poplin (grandson of Jesse Sr.) "It has been discovered by this line, just above - of Poplins, that their identity has been lost. When the Poplins of Stanly County started searching for their ancestory it was discovered that this one line's pioneer grandfather had changed his name from a Slavic name, very similar to Poplin - to Poplin. All that is known is that it was something like or similar to Poppavitch or some such name."
Mr. Shaver also wrote "Their son,Jack's (Poplin) son, Jack Kenneth Poplin, is married to my niece Annie Laura Bell". This is a direct reference to my cousin Kenneth (deceased) and his wife Annie(deceased), thus confirming that he was referring to my particular line of Poplin's.
2) - Growing up in Stanly County I was surrounded by Poplins. While many were certainly related by marriage in one way or another, most were never thought of as direct kin. I remember (as does my father) being told that the Poplin's were of Dutch ancestory. Of course there is no history of any sizeable number of immigrants from Holland settling in Stanly County. Perhaps Dutch equated to "Deutsch", i.e. German, of which there is massive settlement in Stanly County and particularly in the Bear Creek area.
3) - I find no link, either directly or through family naming patterns (such as Jesse), to the descendants of George Poplin of Virginia, who is an ancestor of most, if not all, of the other Poplins of that region.
If I could help you in your search (my resources and knowledge are very limited) or if you have any insight for me then I would love to hear back from you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.