A descendant of William Clopton, of St. Paul’s Parish, and his wife, Joyce Wilkinson, of Black Creek, by Thomas B. Clopton, M.D., of New Kent County, and Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, and his second wife, Harriet B. Claiborne, of Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia. Also a descendant of the ancient Cloptons by Thomas Claiborne, Jr., of “Sweet Hall,” King William County, Virginia, and his wife, Ann Fox, of “Huntington,” King William, by Harriet B. Claiborne and Dr. Thomas B. Clopton. Mrs. Blanton was a reporter, photographer, and Bureau Director of the second largest daily newspaper in Georgia, the Macon Telegraph and News. She is the founder and serves as the first Executive Director of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society and Clopton Family Archives. She is currently compiling The Clopton Chronicles, The Ancestors and Descendants of Sir Thomas Clopton, Knight & Dame Katherine Mylde, a project of the Society. She is a Charter Member Clopton Family Association and served as the first Editor of Histories and Biographies for the Clopton Family Homepage. A frequent contributor to that organization's newsletter, she also served as Publicity Chairperson for the 1996 and 1998 International Clopton Family Reunions. Member Chester County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society; Confederate Memorial Literary Society; Council of Genealogy Columnists; Daughters of the American Revolution, Liberty Bell Chapter; Descendant Member of the Friends of St. George's (Knights of the Garter); Eatonton-Putnam County (Georgia) Historical Society, Fauquier County (Virginia) Heritage Society; Fort Delaware Society, Georgia Genealogical Society, Georgia Historical Society, Joel Chandler Harris Association, Loudoun (Virginia) Genealogy Club; Macon Heritage Foundation (Georgia), National Genealogical Society, Suffolk (England) Family History Society; National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons; United Daughters of the Confederacy, Philadelphia Chapter; Virginia Genealogical Society; and, the Virginia Historical Society.
Cristopher Nash, Ph.D.
A descendant of Ann Clopton, of “Callowell,” York (now New Kent) County, Virginia, and her husband, Nicholas Mills, II, of St. Martin’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, Dr. Nash is a Founding Member of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society and Clopton Family Archives. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1958; M.A. in Romance Languages and Literature, New York University, 1965; Ph.D. with Double Distinction in Comparative Literature, New York University, 1970. Honors include Phi Beta Kappa and Fulbright-Hays Fellowships in France, 1965-6 and 1966-7, University of Paris (Sorbonne) and University of Aix-Marseille. He is the Senior Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, co-founder of Graduate School of Comparative Literature, and Co-Director of Italian and English, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He is author of many books, including Narrative in Culture, The Dinosaurs Ball, World-Games: The Tradition of Anti-Realist Revolt, and, World Postmodern Fiction.
Carole Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D.
Dr. Scott is a descendant of William Clopton, of St. Paul’s Parish, and his wife, Joyce Wilkinson, of Black Creek, by Alford Clopton, M.D., of New Kent County, Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, and Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, and his wife, Sarah Kendrick, of Putnam County. She is a Founding Member, Clopton Family Genealogical Society, and a member of the Clopton Family Association. She authored Your Financial Plan in 1979, with Harper & Row; currently Editor of the Richards College of Business, State University of West Georgia's Web Journal, B>Quest; retired professor of Economics at West Georgia; member of the Georgia Historical Society and the Carroll County Historical Society; an honorary member of the McDaniel-Curtis Camp (Carrollton, Georgia) of the SCV and Forrest's Escort Camp (Villa Rica) of the SCV; contributing editor for the Web publication, North Georgia Com.; published many articles for various business, economic, and historical publications. In addition to her Clopton lines, she is researching the ancestors and descendants of John McGough, of White Plains, Georgia, and his wife, Elizabeth Carson. Dr. Scott is the webmaster of The McGough Family Page at http://www.westga.edu/~scott/gene/mcgough.html; as well as The Laissez Fair Page, http://www.westga.edu/~csott; Southron Ring, http://members.tripod.com/~car0lesc0tt; and, a counterfactual history, entitled Clopton’s Short History of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1925, at http://www.members.tripod.com/~car0lesc0tt/clopton.html
Jack Hugh Thacker, M.B.A., Lt. Col., Rt.
Col. Thacker is Jack Hugh Thacker, M.B.A., Lt. Col., Rt. Is a descendant of Robert Clopton, I, of “Callowell,” York (now New Kent) County, Virginia, and his wife, Mary Crump, by Nancy Clopton and her husband, Gideon Ragland, Sr. He earned a BS in Business Administration, University of Akron, 1941; MBA, with Distinction, and a graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology, 1957. He worked at General Dynamics Corporation; Cost Accountant, Goodyear Aircraft Corporation; Chief of Cost Accounting, Star Drilling Machine Company; and retired from Delco Moraine Division GMC, in 1980. He served in the Army Air Force, 1942-46; recalled to active duty, 1951, commissioned Regular Air Force, and served as Contracting Officer and Procurement Staff Officer, retired as Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, 1969; In World War II, flew 30 bombardment missions in B-24 aircraft against Japanese targets while assigned as Gunnery Officer, 400th Squadron, 90th Bomb Group, "The Jolly Rogers;" decorations included the Air Medal with 2 OLC, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and 9 battle stars on Asia-Pacific medal. He is a Founding Member of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society and Clopton Family Archives, and a member of the Clopton Family Association, United Methodist Church; Scholastic Honoraries, Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Delta Psi; social fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha (Chapter President, 1940, Alumni Association President, 1950-51); Air Force Association; 5th Air Force Association; 90th Bomb Group Association; Disabled American Veterans; Delco Moraine Retirees Club (President, 1985-86); Free & Accepted Masons; National Sojourners; Scottish Rite; Eastern Star (Worthy Patron, 1964); Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels; Sons of the American Revolution (President, Richard Montgomery, Dayton, 1988-90); Somerset Chapter Magna Charta Barons; Colonial Order of the Crown; Sovereign Colonial Society; Americans of Royal Descent; Plantagenet Society; Descendants of Knights of the Garter; Huguenot Society; Family of Bruce Society; Jamestowne Society; Order of Three Crusades, 1096-1192; and, Society of Kentucky Pioneers.
Mr. Turpin is a descendant of William Clopton, of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover County, and his wife, Joyce Wilkinson, of Black Creek, by George Clopton, Sr. of King William County, Virginia, and his wife, Jane “Jenny” Jones. He is also connected to the Clopton family as descendant of Miles Turpin, the Elder, of “Dove Hill,” Henrico County, Virginia, and his wife, Fanny Frayser. He is an executive with Isaach & Saatchi, an advertising firm located at Los Angeles, California. He is a Founding Member of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society and Clopton Family Archives. He is a member Clopton Family Association and the California Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution.
Leonard Alton Wood, Maj. USAFR, Ret.
Mr. Wood is Founding Member of the Clopton Family Genealogical Society and Clopton Family Archives, and is a member of the Clopton Family Association. He is the husband of Annie (Ott) Wood, a descendant of Waldegrave Clopton, Sr., of “Merry Oak,” and his wife, Unity Alford, of New Kent County, Virginia, by Dr. Nathaniel Vanderwall Clopton, of “Grassdale,” Fauquier County, Virginia, and his wife, Sarah Susan Grant Skinker, of “Spring Farm,” Fauquier County. He has done the original research on the Clopton Family of Fauquier County. He is a member of the Fauquier Heritage Society, Fairfax Genealogy Society, and the National Genealogical Society. Mr. Wood served as a fighter pilot (1943-1945) in the US Army Air Corps and flew 75 missions in P51s with the 8th Air Force in Europe. He also served in the USAF Air Defense Command (1951-1952) during the Korean Police Action. He was in the Michigan Air National Guard at Kellogg Field (1948-1951) and in the Texas Air National Guard (F80s) at Ellington Field (1953-1955). He graduated from Michigan State University in December 1946 (BS Geology). He was a Hydrogeologist with the US Geological Survey between 1947 and 1980 in Michigan, Texas, Colorado and Washington, DC. He was a Hydrogeologist with S.S. Papadopulos & Assoc. (1980-1996) in Bethesda, Maryland until his retirement. He received the Meritorious Service Award from the Department of Interior in 1975 and the Award for Distinguished Service in Hydrogeology from the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America in 1997.
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Roger Alan Bartlett, Esq.
Mr. Bartlett is a descendant of Walter Clopton, The Elder, of “Callowell,” and his wife, Mary Jarratt by Benjamin Michaux Clopton, C.S.A., of Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, and Navarro County, Texas and his wife, Mary Elizabeth McLin. He is the webmaster of The Jesse Bartlett and Frances Callaway Bartlett web site at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~bartlett/bartlett-jesse-homepage.htm.
Mr. Knevitt is connected to the Clopton Family by ancient ties. Like the Cloptons, he is a descendant of John Knyvet, Lord Chancellor of England and his wife, Alinore or Eleanor Basset. While the Clopton descend from their son, John Knyvet, Esq., and his wife, Joan Botetourt, Mr. Knevitt counts as his ancestors, their son, Robert Knyvet, of Winwick, and his wife, Johana Chasteleyne. Mr. Knevitt is also a descendant of Dame Katherine Mylde by her second husband, William deTendring, Knt. Of Tendering Hall by Muriel Howard, Countess Lisle, and her husband, Thomas Knyvet, Knt., Master of the Horse. Mr. Knevitt, whose distant grandfather is Charles William Knyvet, Chaplain to Queen Victoria, continues his research from his home in Australia.
John Henry Knowlton, Jr.
Mr. Knowlton is a descendant of the ancient Cloptons by Alice Clopton of Kentwell Hall, and her husband, John Harleston, armiger, of Shimpling, County Suffolk by Ensign Thomas Mapes of Olney, County Buckinghamshire, England and Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, and his wife, Sarah Purrier of Olney and Southold. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with dual degrees in History and Geography. He served in the Army as a Mechanized Infantry Officer in the 2nd Infantry Division's 17th Infantry Battalion in Korea and in the 5th Mechanized Division's 61st Mechanized Infantry Battalion at Ft. Polk, LA. His final assignment in the Regular Army was Operations Officer (S3) for the 6th Battalion of the 1st Infantry Training Brigade at Ft. Polk, LA. After returning home he joined the Michigan National Guard and served as a Rifle Company Commander in the 126th Infantry and as an Intelligence Staff officer on the 46th Brigade staff of the 38th Infantry Division. He is a Graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. He retired as a Major and in civilian life is a software engineer and Federal Agent with the Department of Treasury. He is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and a member of the White Lake Historical Society and the Scabbard & Blade honor fraternity.
Francie Lucile (Graham) Smith
Mrs. Smith is a descendant of William Clopton, of St. Paul’s Parish, and his wife, Joyce Wilkinson, of Black Creek, by John Clopton, of “Roslyn” and his wife, Sara Bacon, of Charles City County, Virginia. She received duel degrees in Radio-TV-Film, and Secondary Speech Education, with minors in Advertising, Journalism and Semantics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. In the year 2000, she is Managing Partner of Fox Valley Communications, St. Charles, Illinois, a marketing communications firm specializing in marketing analysis; public relations; special events production and promotion; publications, and training materials. Previously she was Editor, Fox Valley Living Magazine, St. Charles; and, Editor and Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and Feature Editor of Foxway Magazine, Batavia, Illinois. Through the years she has served as editor and writer for numerous tourism related publications and articles. She was writer, producer and announcer for “This Week in Illinois,” sponsored by the Illinois Office of Tourism, and other Illinois tourism television and radio spots. As a broadcast copywriter and promotion specialist, she wrote and created spot promotions for Chicago radio and television stations ranging from “South Train,” for Don Cornelius Productions, to “Christmas Is…” and other seasonal promotions for WEFLD-TV.
Ottis Edwin Guinn, Sr.
November 7, 1930 – July 28, 2000
Mr. Guinn is a descendant of William Clopton, of St. Paul’s Parish, and his wife, Joyce Wilkinson, of Black Creek, by Alford Clopton, M.D., of New Kent County, Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, and Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, and his wife, Sarah Kendrick, of Putnam County. Mr. Guinn was a Founding Member, Clopton Family Genealogical Society and served on the Editorial Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Clopton Family Association