I am in possession of a Roop family geneology that was put together in the 1930s. I was successfully able to find a link from the genenology to Isaac Roop who founded Susanville, California in the mid-1800s (and whose daughter, Susan Roop, gave the town its name) and served as the first territorial governor of Nevada.Both the town of Susanville, California and Carson City, Nevada have Roop Streets named in honor of Isaac Roop.I provided a copy of the geneology to the Susanville Historical Society.
Our family connection to the geneology isn't clear to us.My grandfather, William Spencer Roop, was the son of a farmer in Highspire, Pennsylvania (outside of Harrisburg) who moved to Pittsburgh as a young man.My father was born and raised in Pittsburgh as the only son of William Roop and Bertha Wilkins.When I and my siblings were young, we visited Highspire to see the ancestral graveyard for the Roop family (which no longer exists), the house where my grandfather grew up (not sure if it exists) and a street in Highspire named after the Roop family.
The following is quoted from the preface of the geneology in our family's posessin that provides information aboutthe origins of the family and the name Roop:
"In September 1927 the first general reunion of the Roop family and their friends was held at Meadow Branch church near Westminster, Maryland.At this gathering an outline of the family history was given and a desire was expressed for a more complete history.
At the reunioin of 1930 the historian was authorized to gather and publish a pamphlet containing such informatin as he could procure.
This informatin was gathered from different sources, such as the Royer History by Francis, and a pamphlet written by the late Lydia Roop Woodward and her uncle, the late Samuel Roop, and also from many older membbers of the family now living.
The name of Roop is of German origin and was spelled many ways.Professor Rupp in his '30,000 Names', says Roop was spelled Rubb, Rupe, Rupp, Roupe, Rube, Raupp, Rub.Before the Roops moved to Marland, the anme was spelled Rupp. It was afterwoard changed to Roop by an English schoolmaster.
The family of Roop from which we descended originally came from Singheim in Baden, Germany.They belonged to the Reformed Church when they came from Germany, although some of them seemed to be affiliated with the Mennonites.When they came to Maryland, they apparently had joined the German Baptist of Brethren Church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, because they were some of the founders of the Brethren church at Pipe Creek, Beaver Dam and Meadow Branch.
Their ancestor was a Burgess of Grossbergog in the Grand Duchy of Baden.One of the family was beheaded during the Thirty Years War.
We learn from the second series of Penn Archives Volune 17, that Jahannes and Christian Rupp landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about 1750.The latter is the immediate ancestor of the branch of the Roop family herein referred to.The two brothers settled in Earl township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvaia.They procured a farm of 298 acres, which they later divided in equal parts, each taking half.
This history will consist only of the descendants of Christian Roop who came to Maryland, namely, Joseph, Christian, David, John and Anna."