John Lupo of Lexington County, South Carolina

Note: Some descendants of John Lupo identify him as "John G. Lupo" others identify him as "John R. Lupo". On the census and in the material attributed to his son Edmund S. Lupo, he's identified only as "John". Foster Lupo uses both in his work on the family.

This material has been crafted from several sources, including a letter from Rev. Edmund Sommers Lupo, the son of John Lupo of Lexington County, SC, and a second letter from his grandson Frank Coke Lupo which talks about the family, plus census listings on John as well as material from a well-circulated pamphlet by Rev. James Foster Lupo and other sources. These sources have been edited for inclusion in this compiled document, but will be made available separately in their original format elsewhere on this site as time permits. Other information on known descendants is taken from material provided by Lupo researchers Edward D. Lupo, Marjorie Lupo Stillwell and William Hughes Savell.

Excert of a Letter from Edmund Sommers Lupo to his Nephew

Historical Sketch of the Lupo Family

John Lupo was born May 6, 1798, in Robeson County, North Carolina; was married to Mary Price on October 16, 1817, who was born July 25, 1796 in Marion County, South Carolina. To them were born 12 children, six boys and six girls. All lived to be grown and not one used tobacco or drank whiskey. Their daughter, Isabella, was born July 12, 1818 and died at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 5 days. Delilah was born November 22, 1819, married Henry Wilson, and died in middle life and left no children. James Lupo was born March 2, 1921, and married Barbara Turnipseed. To them were born 2 children. She died when the second child was a few days old. It lived about two years and died. The boy's name was George. His second wife was Martha Leitner, and to them were born one child, Wesley. James L. Lupo then emigrated to Georgia, went to preaching and was admitted into the North Georgia Conference, where he remained until his death at the age of 70 years.

John T. Lupo was born January 11, 1823. He went to the Mexican War in 1847 and died in the City of Mexico from a wound received in taking that city. Mary Ann Lupo was born September 18, 1824, married John Carter of Lexington County and left no children. Edmund S. Lupo was born April 16, 1826, married Nancy L. Yarbrough on July 26, 1849. To them were born 8 children -- 4 boys and 4 girls -- all lived to be grown, not one used tobacco or drank whiskey, and all belonged to the M. E. Church South.

Philip Wesley Lupo was born August 11, 1828, married Susan Hall. To them were born two children -- a boy and a girl. They moved to Aiken, South Carolina and settled. Margaret Katherin Lupo was born December 11, 1829, married John Hall and to them were born 6 or 7 children. They never settled and their children were scattered.

Allan Fletcher Lupo was born January 19, 1832, married Tobitha Hall and to them were born 7 children--three boys and four girls. They emigrated to Georgia. Daniel W. Lupo was born February 23, 1854, married Mary Copeland and to them were born six children -- 2 boys and 4 girls. They emigrated to Georgia, where he died as a preacher of the M. E. Church South. Sarah E. Lupo was born November 16, 1835, married N. S. Younginer, who became a local preacher of the M. E. Church South. To them were born 7 children -- 4 boys and 5 girls. They live in Lexington, South Carolina. Martha R. Lupo was born January 4, 1838 and married Littleton Price. To them were born 2 children. Both were girls and they lived a factory life.

This is only an outline of our family. I am not able to write particulars. There are only two of us living out of the 12 children -- I and Philip Wesley. His post office address is Aiken, South Carolina. N. S. Younginer is living, and his post office address is Irmo, Lexington County, South Carolina. I could never learn much about our nationality, only we are of English decent. Father told me that he thought they came from Wales, but was not sure. His father died before he could remember him. He never knew an uncle or an aunt. There was a large family of them. They moved to Marion County, South Carolina. Some of the decendants are in that county yet. Uncle Laban Lupo went to Mississippi when I was quite small, but I remember him. He had a large family. Uncle James Lupo went to North Carolina a single man, and I never known what became of him.

Mother was of Irish decent. There was a large family of them. The Prices are numerous throughout this state. I know some of them went to Georgia and some went farther west. I know but very little about our connections. They seemed to have very little education. Father could read; Mother did not know a letter, but they sent their children to school all they could, so we all learned how to read. Your grandfather got the best education in the family. I have had a hard time of it, but the Lord has been very good to me and I am not disposed to complain. I have tried to do the best I could under the circumstances and leave the rest with God.

Supplemental information from Frank Coke Lupo
The following hand-written note accompanies the material attributed to Frank Coke Lupo a portion of which is presented here:

"[This material] was dictated by my brother Frank Coke Lupo. We are sons of Francis Calhoun Lupo and Nannie Broome Lupo (second wife); they had 6 children.

"My father, Francis Calhoun Lupo was the son of Reverend Edmund S. Lupo and Nancy Lemon (Yarborough) Lupo. Edmond S. Lupo was the son of John R. Lupo of Lexington, S.C. He is the John Lupo who was born in Robeson County, NC and came down by boat to settle in Lexington."

Robert Maxcy Lupo
Columbia, S. C.
August 29, 1946

E. S. Lupo said that his father, John R. Lupo came by boat from Norfolk Va. to Charleston S. C. [and] worked his passage all the way. He was not sure of the year but said he thought it to be right after the war of 1812. He then came up the Congaree River on a river barge loaded with supplies for the Guignards, who at that time was building and starting the Guignard Brick Co. (at this date that brick company is still making brick at the same place). He worked several years for the Guignards at their brick mill.

At the time of his marriage to Mary Price of Marion County bought and moved to a little farm about seven miles from the capital (Columbia) on the road to the county seat of Lexington county. The road since my first recollection of it is known as the river road on the old Leaphart road. There he operated his farm and ran a blacksmith shop. He made and fixed wagons and buggies and was considered a fine machanic in his line. At that place he raised his family and lived his entire life. He died and is buried in a family plot on his old place.

The names, date of birth, and date of death of his children which are in this history are all given in the old mans (John R. Lupo) own hand writing on the back of an old account book with pencil. He wrote it at the request of his son Rev. E. S. Lupo at the time of a visit of his son to him just before his death. It was in the fall of the year 1895 and the writer his great-grandson Frank Coke Lupo remembers the visit. I remember his (Edmond S. Lupo) return from that trip. It being made all by horse and buggy. My father Frances Calhoun Lupo took him to Alston S. C. and he crossed the Broad river to Peake S. C. in an old ferry flat. There he was met by some from Lexington county, I think Noah Younginer of near Irmo. Some one the same Noah Younginer his brother-in-law brought him back to Peake at the end of his visit. There he crossed again to Alston where my father and I were to meet him. He had brought back two split bottom hand made, straight back chairs his father had made out of white hickory in his shop. I remember well helping to put them with his valice in the back of our buggy.

At the time this was told me my grandfather Edmond S. Lupo said "Son you are sitting in a chair your great grandfather made, cut and split the hickory, the white oak splits, and made himself.

The above is all to the best of my recollection and memory. At the time I was about sixteen years old. At the time of the visit mentioned about I was five or six years old. All dates given is as I recall them at this date, August 29, 1946. I will be 56 years old on December 13, 1946 If I live God willing until then.

It was told me at the time of a visit of mine from Green Briar community of Fairfield county to the Monticello community same county. My grandfather Edmond S. Lupo told me to bring him in an arm full of wood and come into his room to the fire he had something to tell me. My grandmother blind at the time but knitting on bed spreads was present in the room at the time.

When he was taken ill just before his death he sent for me again said to me and I quote "Frank, son I am not long for this old world but am soon going home to be with your Ma. Trust in your Fathers and my God and live honestly and uprightly before your fellow man. There he prayed to his God for himself, for me and all the family and for the whole of mankind. At the time this took place I was the only one in the room with him. I was notified when he was dying about six weeks or a short time later and got to him before he died. He was conscious and said to me, Frank, son I am going, take care of your mother and brothers and sisters and meet me over yonder. I will be waiting for and expect to see all you children there. I can see him now in my mind. In real hot weather, August I think, on his bed, his hair and beard as white as snow, and was with him at the end.

The above quotations may not be his exact words but are as I remember them.

Frank C. Lupo
August 29, 1946

Supplemental material on known descendants

The following is material contributed by Marjorie Lupo Stillwell which pertains to the family and descendants of Allen Fletcher Lupo, son of John Lupo of Lexington County, SC.

Francis Calhoun Lupo Family, submitted by Edward D. "Dick" Lupo

Dick Lupo writes: "I came across a copy of family births, deaths and marriages from, what I believe is, Nannie A. Broome's personal Bible written in her own hand. In this newly received copy of family records of Nannie Broome, she lists her family and also that of Nina Rabb, Francis Calhoun Lupo's first wife.

"The source of this information is a copy of hand written records in a book entitled: Hitchcock's New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible, published in 1869. It is not really a Bible translation, but is a large work as an analysis of scripture, a commentary and a concordance. In the back, there is a place for family records. Nannie A. Broome is the first entry, followed by her children; then, Nina Rabb and her children. This is followed by records of both of Francis Calhoun Lupo's marriages and only the deaths mentioned above. All of these appear to be written in the same hand. These are the only reasons that I believe these to be written by Nannie A. Lupo."

Francis Calhoun Lupo married Nina Rabb Lupo (b. July 8, 1855 - d. Jan. 3, 1887):

She was married to Francis Calhoun Lupo on Jan. 21, 1875 at the residence of Thomas W. Rabb, Sr. by Rev. J. M. Boyd. They had seven children, although three died as infants.

  1. Thomas Rabb Lupo b. April 24, 1876 - d. Sept. 19, 1877
  2. Francis E. Lupo b. April 25, 1878 - d. May 23, 1878
  3. Willie E. Lupo b. April 9, 1879 - d. June 4, 1879
  4. Carrie S. Lupo b. March 26, 1880
  5. Nannie L. Lupo b. May 8, 1882
  6. Mammie I. Lupo b. Nov. 20, 1883
  7. Frances Gertrude Lupo b. June 2, 1886; "changed her name to Nina Lupo after her mother" is written in the margin.

Francis Calhoun Lupo married Nannie A. Broom (b. April 21, 1869):

She married Francis Calhoun Lupo (b. Dec. 25, 1850 - d. May 31, 1904) on ?? at the residence of S. W. Broome by Rev. S. E. Lupo (I assume, the father of the groom). They had six children:

  1. Frank Coke Lupo b. Dec. 14, 1890 (maybe Dec. 13th, there are two entries)
  2. Lizzie Alma Lupo b. Feb. 6, 1893
  3. Walter Dickson Lupo b. May 12, 1895
  4. Robert Maxcy Lupo b. Oct. 18, 1897
  5. Olin Rufus Lupo b. July 18, 1900
  6. Frances Calhoun Lupo b. July 16, 1904, six weeks after her father died.

Dick Lupo concludes: "In Rev. James Foster Lupo's work he lists the son of Frank Coke Lupo as Frank Charles Lupo. I listed his name as Frank Calhoun Lupo in my May 2nd E-mail. I have verified his name by calling him in Greenville, SC. His name is Franklin Charles (b. March 12, 1922)."

Census records pertaining to the family of John Lupo, Lexington, SC
1850 Census
South Carolina

Lexington County

Lupo, John, age 57, sex M, occupation Farmer, born NC
"      , Mary, age 53, sex F, born ??
"      , Isabel, age 36, sex F, born SC
"      , Delila, age 32, sex F, born SC
"      , Mary A., age 23, sex F, born SC
"      , Catherine M., age 21, sex F, born SC
"      , Sarah E., age 16, sex F, born SC
"      , Martha A., age 12, sex F, born SC
"      , Philip W., age 22, sex M, born SC
"      , Fletcher, age 18, sex M, born SC
"      , Daniel, age 16, sex M, born SC

1860 Census
South Carolina

Lexington County
(pages 452 & 454)

140/140: Lupo, Isabella, age 41, sex F, born SC
"      , Sarah, age 22, sex F, born SC
"      , Martha, age 20, sex F, born SC

(Place of birth listed as "Marion, SC" for Isabella, and "Richland, SC" for Sarah and Martha.)

Lupo, John, age 63, sex M, occupation Farmer, born NC
"      , Mary, age 64, sex F, born SC
"      , Dan'l, age 25, sex M, born SC
"      , Frank, age 10, sex M, born SC

(PoB listed as "Robeson, NC" for John, "Marion, SC" for Mary, and "Richland, SC" for others.)

Fairfield County
(page 462)

Lupo, Edmond, age 34, sex M, occupation Planter, born SC
"      , Nancy, age 32, sex F, born SC
"      , Francis, age 9, sex M, born SC
"      , Robert, age 7, sex M, born SC
"      , Mary, age 5, sex F, born SC
"      , Nancy, age 3, sex F, born SC
"      , Davis, age 3/12, sex M, born SC
Yarborough, Mary, age 55, sex F, born SC

Lupo, Wesley, age 30, sex M, occupation Overseer, born SC
"      , Susan, age 22, sex F, born SC
"      , John W., age 6, sex M, born SC
"      , Isabella, age 3, sex F, born SC

Lupo, A. F., age 28, sex M, occupation Farm Operative, born SC
"      , Tabitha, age 30, sex F, born SC
"      , David A., age 8, sex M, born SC
"      , Solomon, age 7, sex M, born SC
"      , Wm. M., age 1, sex M, born SC
Hall, Dorcas, age 88, sex F, born VA
"    , Sarah A., age 31, sex F, born SC

Additional Info on Named Descendants

John Wesley Lupo Dies at Aiken, S.C.

The Chronical Bureau James Edwin Kerr, Mgr.

Aiken, S.C., Jan. 25 -- John Wesley Lupo, prominent retired business man of Aiken, and widely-known throughout the section, died at 7:30 this morning at the residence on Laurens street following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Lupo was in his 74th year and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Christine Burbose Lupo, one step-daughter, Mrs. Carvel Carson, 3rd of Macon, Ga., one neice, Mrs. J.J. Gilmore of St. Petersburg, Fla., and two nephews, William L. Thorpe, and J. P. Thorpe, of Tampa, Fla. The deceased was a director in the Bank of Western Carolina and prominent in Masonic circles. Funeral services will be held from the First Presbyterian church, Aiken, Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 and internment will take place in the Bethany cemetary, the Rev. John Eadle Henderson, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating, assisted by the Masonic brotherhood.

James L. Lupo death info

Rev. James Lupo was born in South Carolina, March 2nd, 1821, and died June 30th, 1891 in Conyers, Georgia. Brother Lupo was converted in childhood, and joined the church when ten years old. He was married four times; first to Miss Turnipseed, then to Miss Leitner, then to Miss Massengile, and again to Miss Clemie C. Gober, who survives him.

His Conference history is as follows: Entering the old Georgia in 1859, he served Fulton Circuit in 1859; Cave Springs Circuit, 1860, Carrollton Circuit, 1861-2, Rock Spring Circuit, 1873; Lincolnton, 1874; Morgan Circuit 1875-6; was superintendent of the Orphans Home from 1877 to 1882. Oconee Factory Mission 1883-4; Snapping Shoals Circuit, 1885; and then Superannated to the time of his death.

Brother Lupo was an industrious, energetic, earnest man and in the varied experiences of his long and honored life, vindicated the judgement of his brethern in the position to which he as assigned. His admirable business and administrative qualities contributed much to the success of the Orphan's Home during his seven years service there. He was a man of decided convitions, tenacious in his views, but well poised, gentle, and conservative. He had the courage of his convictions, and was true to his views of duty. He was a wise counselor, and will be sorely missed by those who knew him best.

God led him gently through the three score and ten years of allotted life, and gathered him then into the heavenly garner, like a shock of corn fully ripe.

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