- Born: Abt 1675, Somerset Co., MD
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth (?) about 1698 in MD
- Died: 19 Mar 1709-12 Nov 1709, Somerset Co., MD
On Aug 9 1693, John Cropper appealed in court to get rights to his inherited land. "To the Worll Justices of their Maties Peace for ye County of Somerset in Court now Sitting - - The Petion of Jno Cropper humbly Sheweth - - - That whereas yr Petioner had a plantation left unto him by his ffathers last Will your Petionr last Court was in Open Court proven to be Jno Cropper his Heir. Your worpps Petioner Craves yr worpps would be pleased to Order me the posession of my Plantation and yr Petioner as in duty bound Shall ever pray &ca. - - - - - - - - - - The abovesd Petion being read, twas ye Courts opionion not to lye before them . - - - - - - - - - - - - - -" (SoJ-1693/94:12)
On Sep 11 1703 John Edgar et ux. Mary Edgar sold 300a (all) of tract "Red Land" to John Cropper, making good a sale by James Rownd in life to Cropper (SoLR-GI:75). John Cropper left this land to minor sons Nathaniel Cropper and Nehemiah Cropper in his will.
John Cropper wrote his will on Mar 19 1708/9 and it was proven in Somerset Co., MD on Nov 12 1709:
- To eldest son John, my plantation on which I live, 550a and to my youngest son Wrixham, 150a of the neck adjoining, the entire 700a being called "Wrixham"
- To daughter Sarah Cropper, 3 pewter dishes
- To sons Nathaniel and Nehemiah, one tract called "Red Land" containing 300a to be equally divided, if either dies w/o issue, their part to go to daughter Sarah Cropper.
- To eldest son John, negro woman named Watsco? and her increase, also a 2 year old horse branded with a hook, the horse that came from the old white mare. He also to get my "blewish coloured coat and plush breeches" and my new hat and saddle bridle and books and my gun which I used to use. Also the new bed and new red rug, blanket and sheetthat stand in the outer room
- To son Nathaniel, one bed, it being after all striped ticking
- To son Nehemiah, one iron pot and pot hooks
- To son Wrixham, one iron pot and pot hooks being the least of the pots
- my five children John, Nathaniel, Sarah, Nehemiah and Wrixham to each have a fifth part of my horses and mares, cattle and sheep
- my four sons shall be free at seveteen and enjoy all their legacy from me by age 18
- Wife Eliz. to be sole executrix
- Brother Edmond Crapper and bro(-in-law) Richard Chambers (as Cambers) be overseers in trust of my children until they come of age.
Witnesses: Ebenezer Cropper, Dennis Sullivan, Thomas Fooks (MdW-12:248)
John married Elizabeth (?) about 1698 in MD. (Elizabeth (?) was born about 1680 and died after 1709.)