- Born: 1723, Somerset Co., MD
- Marriage (1): Leah (?) about 1750
- Marriage (2): Rebecca (?) about 1777 in Worcester Co., MD
- Died: 21 Jun 1799-30 Aug 1799, Worcester Co., MD
The first time that this Edmund Cropper shows up on the Somerset Co. Tax Lists is in 1738 suggesting he had turned age 15, putting his birth year at c1723.
Edmond Crapper/Cropper married first Leah (?), surname perhaps was Holland as he has a son named Holland but Holland could also be the surname of his second wife, Rebecca. Leah died before 1788 when Edmond shows in the land records as married to Rebecca, the widow of Thomas Smock/Smack. Smock had died in 1775 so the marriage of Edmond to Rebecca might have occurred at any point between 1775 and 1788. There are ten children mentioned in Edmond Cropper's will Edmond, John, Ebenezer, Josiah, Sarah, Elizabeth, Holland, Leah, Emila and Sabrina. It seems likely that Ebenezer (deceased by 1799), Sarah, Sabrina and Elizabeth were born of the Edmond/Leah marriage since he had made consideration for them before he made legacies to the other children in his will. That stated, we do not know for sure which children were a result of the Edmond/Leah union and which were of the Edmond/Rebecca union except, given the ages of Josiah Cropper in the later census records, he seems to have be a product of the latter.
On Nov 30 1751 Ebenezer Cropper Sr. et uxor Elizabeth sold 100a of tract "Hog Quarter" (as "Edmonds Purchase") to Edmond Cropper Jr., son of Nathaniel Cropper. (WoLR-B:390). On Mar 6 1754, Edmond Cropper Sr., son of Nathaniel, et uxor Sarah, sold this same land to Edmond Cropper, son of Ebenezer. (WoLR-C:120). On the same date, Edmond Cropper, son of Ebenezer, purchased 100a of the tract "Delight" from Major John Purnell and his wife Elizabeth (WoLR-C:118). On Mar 6 1754, Edmond Cropper (son of Ebenezer Cropper) et ux. Leah Cropper sold 250a of land in "Assateague Fields" ("Wrixham") to Major John Purnell, Esq. (WoLR-C:113)
On Apr 17 1785, Edmond Cropper has 107a of land surveyed for him called "Addition" and he was granted a patent for same on Dec 19 1788, it, a resurvey of 94a of the 714a tract "Delight" which added 13a of vacant land. The first bounder of this tract was described as bordering a Thomas Burbage tract and was about 1/4 miles west of Edmond Cropper Jr.'s dwelling house. (WoCert:0029).
1790 Census is HOH in Worcester Co., MD with 202-05.
Edmond Cropper Sr. wrote his will on Jun 21 1799 on it was proven on Aug 30 1799 in Worcester Co.
- To son Edmond, all my lands on south and western most side of Governors Branch called "Hog Quarter" and all of tract "Mills Neglect" which lies on the side next to Thomas Burbage's land on the road that leads from the corner of the plantation where my son Josiah Cropper lives to Thomas Burbage's plantation
- To son John, all that part of land I purchased of Edward Hammond also all that part I got from John Purnell called "Delight" (adjoins Riley and Whittington Bowen's lands)
- To son Josiah, rest of land I purchased from John Purnell and all the rest of "Mills Neglect" and all that part of "Addition" part of which I deeded to Thomas Burbage
- Rest of estate to children Edmond, John, Josiah, Leah, Holland and Emila
- As to my daughter Elizabeth, I have given her her portion and I have given son, Ebenezer, his portion before his decease and I have given daughter Sabrina that which I had designed to give to her, the same for daughter Sarah Rennolds.
Witnesses: James Wilson, William Cropper, McKimmey Hook (WoW-1799/8103:17)
NOTE: in 1800, Edmund Cropper's three sons who received land in his 1799 will, Edmund Jr., John and Josiah are living next to one another in Worcester Co.
Edmond married Leah (?) about 1750. (Leah (?) was born about 1725 in Somerset Co., MD and died about 1776 in Worcester Co., MD.)
Edmond next married Rebecca (?) about 1777 in Worcester Co., MD. (Rebecca (?) was born about 1735 in Worcester Co., MD and died before 1799 in Worcester Co., MD.)