Greetings, I shared these posts on the origin of the name "Stoops" with my dad. He always thought the Stoops came from Scotland, but I know he was interested to read what all of you said. He asked me to post some of his thoughts.
From Herb Lake: My grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Williams Lake, was the daughter of Mary E. Stoops. I went to Brookville, Indiana because I knew Mary E. Stoops and her husband Judge Morris J. Williams had roots in that area.
The road into Brookville, Indiana has a large historical marker next to David Stoop's farm.David had cleared his land of trees before the other settlers. I'm sure both families were Scotish.The Brookville Public Library has a wonderful land ownership map showing David's farm. (Southern Indiana was covered with woods.)
We lived in Indy and the Stoops Express trucks were always going from Indy to Chicago. I wrote a guy in the Stoops office but he never replied.
William de Stoupishill held a tenement in Irvine in 1435 near Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland. (The surnames of Scotland-their origin, Meaning and History) by George F. Black PH.D. - New York Public Library-1946)
The Scots came to America for their own land. The English landords had raised their rents after a number of years and they picked up and left, many through the port of Philadelphia.The Quakers sold them wagons and supplies and sent them to Western Pennsylvania to fight with the Indians.
Mary E. Stoops was killed in 1877 when her horse was spooked near Ottumwa, Iowa. Judge Williams remarried a few years later.