Historical Connections


The Clopton family surname is associated with an extensive history in England and America and has historical connection to the Medieval crown heads of Europe. An early ancestor claimed lands in East Anglia, arriving in England with William the Conqueror in 1066. His descendants lived in Suffolk and later in other places in the south of England. Eventually a single surviving Clopton male traveled to North America in the late 1600's.

Charlemagne, the Father of Europe

William Clopton of York (later New Kent) County, Virginia, is a gateway ancestor to the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, which honors the legendary Emperor Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of France.

The Magna Carta

William Clopton of York County, Virginia (b. c. 1655; d. bef 1732) is descended from several Baronial Sureties of the Magna Carta signed by King John of England at Runnymede (near Windsor) on 15 Jun 1215.

Knights of the Garter

King Edward III founded the Order of Knights of the Garter in 1348 to commemorate chivalry and valor. Descendants of William Clopton of York (later New Kent Co.), VA are eligible to belong to The Society of the Friends of St. George's and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter.

Jamestowne, Colonial Virginia

Dr. Robert Booth, the father of William Clopton's only wife, Ann (Booth) Dennett, is a Gateway ancestor to Jamestowne in Colonial Virginia - the first successful British settlement in The New World.