Ralph Jopling begins our journey to Virginia. Ralph Jopling was born February 10, 1674 in Wolsingham, Durham County, England. Our first record of Ralph Jopling is in a land patent of John Steavens.
"George- To all .. Know ye that for diverse good causes and consideration but especially in consideration of the importation of three persons to dwell within.this our Colony of Virginia whose names areThos. Hales, Ralph Joblin, and Jno. Stoubins We have given, granted and confirmed by these present for us our heirs and successors do give, grant and confirm unto John Steavens one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and twenty five acres lying and being on the south side of James River in the County of Henrico and bounded as followeth, to wit beginning at a corner of ...To be held...Yeilding and paying... Provided..W.itness our trusty and welbeloved Alexander Spotswood our Lieut. Governor at Williamsburg under his seal of our Colony this twenty third day of December one thousand seven hundred and fourteen in the first year of our reign."
(signature) A. Spotswood
Ralph Jopling died in 1720 intestate. His estate was not settled until 1726. The records of the estate show that not only was Ralph Jopling a landowner but he was also a Planter leaving a tobacco crop.
Ralph Jopling's Will
Ralph Jopling Sr. also left behind two sons, Thomas and Ralph Jopling Jr. Both sons were born in Virginia and their histories document the growth of the Joplin family in the state of Virginia.
Thomas Jopling Sr.
James Jopling Sr.