Pope Lineage


Mary Lesey Pope (1885-1960) (Grandmother of John E. Durst, Jr.)


My Grandmother, Mary Lesey Pope Cartall.

My Grandmother moved to Marfa, Texas with her two children, after the death of her husband.


Julia Pope (1881-1940) (Grandaunt of John E. Durst, Jr.)

Sister of my Grandmother. There is a Julia Pope Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

William Rivers Pope (1880-1974) (Granduncle of John E. Durst, Jr.)

Brother of my Grandmother. He is the author of the extensive family history, "History of the Pope, Carter and McFerrin Families of Middle Tennessee".

He was a Colonel in the Army, and had a distinquished career. For example, he was instrumental, in 1935, in the success of the National Geographic-Army Air Corps Stratosphere Flight, in which the balloon ascended to a point 13.9 miles above the surface of the earth. He was rewarded with a Honorary Life Membership in the National Geographic Society.

He was given the Distinquished Service Medal for his service in France, and twice given the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm by the French Government.

He is a member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution.


Myra Belle Carter (1853-1926) (Great Grandmother of John E. Durst, Jr.)

My Great Grandmother, Myra Belle Carter, was born May 12, 1853.  She married my Great Grandfather, Gustavus Adolphus Pope, and joined together the Pope and the Carter families.



Gustavus Adolphus Pope (1834-1923) (Great Grandfather of John E. Durst, Jr.)

Dr. Gustavus Adolphus ("Gus") Pope, owned a Pharmacy in Pulaski, Tennessee.

More is set forth about him above, in the Carter Family and Civil War section.



William Rouse Pope (1803-1846) (2d Great Grandfather of John E. Durst, Jr.)

Father of Gustavus Adolphus Pope, Mary Lesey Pope, Julia Pope, and William Rivers Pope.

Son of:

John Pope (1762-1828) (3rd Great Grandfather of John E. Durst, Jr.)

My 3rd Great Grandfather, John Pope, was born July 11, 1762 in Granville, NC.

He was a Methodist minister. He disposed of about 1500 acres in Granville County, NC, in 1800 and with his second wife and 7 children of his deceased first wife, Ann Whitaker, moved to TN. He then had 8 more children with the second wife, Ann Lucas.

They settled in Williamson County, where he obtained a large tract of land, about 2000 acres, near the Maury County line. The land was joined on the south by that of Daniel Carter, and by the land owned by Benjamin Carter, a brother of Daniel.


He gave a tract of land in Williamson County, TN, Sept 4, 1818, for a meetinghouse which was named Pope's Chapel.

The Chapel was "for the use of congregations which may assemble for the worship of God", and "it is to be further understood that the pulpit in said house is to be free and accessible to all ministers of the Gospel of a Godly and moral character of any sect or denomination that may think proper to occupy the same, so as not to interfere or raise confusions with each others' appointment."


Other relatives have written articles about Rev. John Pope and the pioneering days in Tennessee:

Early Settlers Rev John Pope  

The Pope Chapel Cemetary is still at the house.

Rev. John Pope was the son of:

John Pope (1728-1799) (4th Great Grandfather of John E. Durst, Jr.)

He was a planter who moved from Edgecombe County NC to Granville County in 1756. He was involved in many land transactions, with records dated from 1754 to 1800, including 6 grants from the Earl of Granville, the then Lord Protector of the Province of North Carolina. They total about 6000 acres located in Granville, Franklin, Wake and Durham Counties.

He was a Justice of the Peace, Edgecombe County, 1749, and Sheriff of Edgecombe County, 1753-55, and was paid a salary of 24 pounds.

He was a vestryman in St. John's Parish, 1758.

He was a Captain of a company of 120 men in Granville County, 1768.

He was Justice of the Peace, Granville County, in 1776-78.

The Popes and Jeffreys (Jeffries) are listed as among the earliest families in Granville County, NC, on page 304 of the "Lost Tribes of North Carolina". On page 210 it states that these men were leading residents and prominent men.

He was the son of:

John Pope (1692-1745) (5th Great Grandfather of John E. Durst, Jr.)

"In lower Virginia Quakers flourished with the first generation, but with the second they began to decline - partly because of the great migration to North Carolina." Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol 6. John Pope was part of this great migration to North Carolina.

John Pope, son of the Quaker Henry Pope and grandson of William Pope, moved from Isle of Wight County, Virginia, to Bertie County, NC, then Edgecombe County, then later Halifax County. He was known as "Colonel John of Edgecombe and Halifax" and was a man of much prominence in his community.

He received grants of land between 1720 and 1730.

In 1732, the History of Edgecombe County, NC states that he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Edgecombe Precinct, Chowan County, May 16, 1732, by Governor Burrington.

In 1743, the county elected John Pope, "an influential citizen," to appear before the Assembly and place before the session an actual acount of the state of affairs. He accepted a seat in the Assembly, from Edgecombe County.

In 1745, he was put on committees to regulate grievances. He was admitted to "prove rights" for 6 whites and 20 blacks for himself.

On April 9 1745, it was reported to the General Assembly (House of Burgesses) that John Pope, a member from Edgecombe, was dead.


John Pope was the son of:

Henry Pope (1663-1728) (6th Great Grandfather of John E. Durst, Jr.)

Henry Pope owned 480 acres of land in Isle of Wight County.

Seventeenth Century and Isle of Wight County Land Grants: Book 8: Granted 187 acres, Book 9: 72 acres -

Isle of Wight Will Book, 3, page 127: The Will of Henry Pope, recorded 1728. He gave 5 shillings to each son, one cow and one calf to 2 daughters, land, cows, calves and horses to 4 kids, and the rest to his wife Sarah. Sarah, his wife, and son John were Executrix and Executor. The Will was recorded 1728 and in Isle of Wight Record Book, 1661-1719, page 386.

Henry Pope was the son of:

William Pope (1634-1700) (7th Great Grandfather of John E. Durst, Jr.)

My 7th Great Grandfather, William Pope, received a grant of 200 acres in Pope's Creek area of Westmoreland County on 1655, near his older brother, Nathaniel Pope.  Nathaniel Pope's 2d Great-grandson was George Washington, first President of the United States.

William Pope patented 190 acres in Nansemond County in 1656, 200 acres in 1662, and 950 acres in Isle of Wight County in 1665. 

William Pope and his family, and his sons Henry Pope and William Pope, were among the early Quakers. George Fox's renowned "letter from Elizabeth", written in 1672, is addressed to William Pope and other "Friends at Nansumun".

Below are selections from the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy mentioning Henry Pope, my 6th Great-grandfather, and Sarah Watts Pope, my 6th Great-grandmother; William Pope, my 7th Great-grandfather, and John Watts, Sr, Sarah's Father and my 7th Great-grandfather, and John Watts Jr, Sarah's brother.

Ency and Wm Pope and Wm Pope Jr Quaker Records Combined From Jpeg  

George Washington (1731-1799) (4th cousin 5x removed of John E. Durst, Jr.)

George Washington was born on Pope's Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia. George Washington's father was Augustine Washington (1694-1743). The Washington family lived on Pope's Creek, where the Pope family lived.

Augustine Washington's father was Lawrence Washington (1659-1697), who was born on Pope's Creek. Lawrence Washington's father was John Washington (1633-1677). Lawrence Washington's mother was Anne Pope (1629-1667). Anne Pope's father was Nathaniel Pope (1603-1660). Nathaniel Pope was the brother of William Pope, my 7th Great-grandfather. That makes George my 4th cousin 5x removed.