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Re: HOPPER/HARPER from Ireland to New York 1811-1812
Posted by: Annie Crenshaw (ID *****0350) Date: June 19, 2012 at 12:22:24
In Reply to: Ship Hibernia from Belfast, Ireland to New York 1812 by Joan E. Rambo of 1710


Hope you're having good luck with most of your research. I don't have any particular Co. Tyrone families emigrating to the U.S. on the ship Hibernia in 1811-1812, but you know HAPPER/HOPPER/HARPER was generally interchangeable for the same families in Ireland.

I've looked for James or Richard HARPER (HAPPER/HOPPER) in my Co. Tyrone files but don't see anything on them, except one mention of the name "James HAPPER."

Tithe Applotments (1820s-1830s) - Armalughey, Co. Tyrone: (all the landholders in this townland)

Baptist HAPPER
Jno. & Robert HAPPER
Robert BOYD

Baptist Happer/Hopper is one of my favorite people to see in early Co. Tyrone records -- he pops up everywhere. He married Mary Hadden in 1767, according to Armagh Diocese Marriage License Bonds, and he was involved in a 1767 Co. Tyrone lease with Archibald HADDEN, who was probably Mary's father. The Haddens are one of my main ancestor lines.

Baptist Hopper/Happer was counted at Armaloughey in 1795 in the the Freeholders lists, Dungannon Barony -- either the 1767 man or his son of the same name. He's the ONLY man of any surname similar to Harper/Happer/Hopper in these records. All baronies' lists didn't survive, and your James and Richard Harper/Hopper might have come from another part of Co. Tyrone. See original freeholders records on the PRONI web site,, under Ref. number TYR/5/3/1. The men's names are in alphabetical order, and the "H" entries start on page 65 of the images.

Baptist HOPPER appears to have been a farmer but he wasn't growing flax, although other Happers/Hoppers in the area were doing it.

1796 Flax Growers list:

Robert Happar - Aghaloo parish, Co. Tyrone
Robert Happer - Aghaloo, Tyrone
Daniel Happer - Errigal Keerogue, Tyrone
Thomas Happer Jr. - Errigal Keerogue, Tyrone
Thomas Happer Sr. - Errigal Keerogue, Tyrone
Robert Happer - Kildress, Tyrone
George Happer - Kildress, Tyrone
John Happer - Tamlaght, Tyrone

Still no mention of a Richard or James, but since Baptist Hopper/Happer was the ONLY freeholder listed in southern Tyrone area in the 1790s, if your James Harper/Hopper and Richard Harper came from that part of the county, they might have been from the Baptist Hopper family.

I haven't specifically copied HOPPER/HAPPER entries in Co. Tyrone church records, just noted them from time to time, but you might find something on James or Richard Harper/Hopper in Carnteel or Aghaloo parish Church of Ireland records (which date back further than other denominations) or in Presbyterian Church records.

Let me know if any of this helps!

Annie Crenshaw

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