Rev. Dr. John Caswell Roper Sr., 18731958 (aged 84 years)

Rev. Dr. John Caswell /Roper/ Sr.
Name prefix
Rev. Dr.
Given names
John Caswell
Name suffix
Birth November 4, 1873
Master of Arts
1903 (aged 29 years)
Address: 429 N Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29303
School or college: Wofford College
Bachelor of Science
1903 (aged 29 years)
Address: 66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424
School or college: College of Charleston

Death October 19, 1958 (aged 84 years)

Family with Edith Bull Moseley
Rev John Caswell Roper, Sr.
Birth: November 4, 1873Marlboro County, South Carolina, USA
Death: October 19, 1958Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Birth: February 6, 1875Orangeburg County, South Carolina, USA
Death: July 14, 1963Union County, South Carolina, USA

It is not surprising that the subject of this sketch, Rev. John C. Roper, is a thoroughgoing Methodist. His paternal grandfather was acknowledged by three Presiding Elders to be the best Steward they had ever seen. He was also a Sunday School Superintendent and no man was ever more loyal to his Church. The subject's father, Mr. John Thomas Roper, was also a thorough Methodist, but not so active in church work. He was a successful merchant, but died at the age of thirty-eight years. His great-grandmother was a Miss McLaurin, and came to this country from Scotland. His mother was Miss Martha Angeline (Heustess) Roper. The father was of English and Scotch descent, and the mother was of English and Welsh descent.

Brother Roper was born near Clio, S.C., November 4, 1873. When he was only five years old, his mother died, leaving only two children, the other child being now the wife of Rev. R. A. Child, of South Carolina Conference. Young Roper attended school in his native community, dividing his time between the school, the store, and the farm, until he was sixteen years old. After the death of his father, he farmed on his own account, until the fall of 1892. He entered Wofford College, where he remained till June, 1896, when he graduated. Soon after commencement, he was appointed supply the work at Swansea, filling out an unexpired pastorate of another.

Brother Roper was converted in August, 1892. The change was after the manner of the old-time conversions, changing the whole current of his life. Two months later, he was at Wofford College, as stated above, feeling that there was a larger life for him. Two years later, the Divine call, clear and unmistakable, came to him, and he was licensed to preach. In December, 1896, he was received on trial, into the Conference, with Sidi B. Harper, D. W. Kellar, W. C. Kirkland, F. H. Shuler, Foster Speer and W. H. Thrower. Mr. Roper was ordained Deacon by Bishop W. W. Duncan, in Greenwood, in 1898, and was ordained Elder by Bishop Jos. S. Key, at Orangeburg, in 1899.

He has served as follows: Union Mills, Spartanburg District, 1897-8; Greers Circuit, 1899-1901; Spring Street, Charleston, 1902-4; Darlington Station, 1905-6; Abbeville Station, 1907; Cokesbury District, 1908-11; Chester Station, 1912-14. He is a zealous pastor and popular preacher.

On June 14, 1898, Brother Roper was married to Miss Edith Moseley, of Orangeburg, S. C. They have six children—John Caswell, Jr., Sheldon Moseley, Rufus Child, Julian Westfield, Charles Pinckney and Margaret Frances.

Mr. Roper took his A. M. degree at Wofford in 1903, and the B. S. degree from College of Charleston, in 1903.

He was President of the South Carolina Epworth League Con¬ference for three years; was a member of the Board of Missions for four years; and was a member of the Committee of Examination for the first year, from 1907 to 1908.

Twentieth Century Sketches of the South Carolina Conference, M.E. South by Rev. Watson B. Duncan, A.M. Columbia, SC The State Company, 1914 Pages 355-56