The Immigrants Samuel and Nancy Alexander Wauchope of Ulster

It is thought that most of today’s Walkups in the United States are descended from immigrants Samuel and Nancy Alexander1 Wauchope.  Facts are sketchy, but Samuel was most likely born in about 1698 and was probably from Strabane, County Tyrone, Ulster (south of Londonderry).  As tradition holds, three Wauchope brothers from Scotland who served in General Munro’s army settled in the area after the Revolutionary wars (see Pedigree of the Wauchopes in Donegal2).  They seem to have no connection to the other known Wauchopes of Ulster or Scotland (including the Walkups of Massachusetts or the Wauchopes of Niddrie).  The Muster Roll of the Scots Army in Ulster of 1642 afford four real possibilities (i.e., Captain Robert Wauchope, Private Patricke Wauchope, Private Robert Wauchope, and Captain James Waghop).  One James Wauchope was later found listed in the Hearth Money Rolls in 1665 and as a tenant in Castlefinn in 1663.  Samuel would most likely have been one of their grandsons then.  Another tradition holds he was born in Scotland.  He is said to be buried near Lexington, Virginia, having died at about age 90.  He had supposedly moved near his youngest son Arthur.  Another account says he remained in Pennsylvania.  His wife, Nancy Agnes Alexander, was said to be of French Huguenot stock and born in about 1702.  She either was from Carrick-Fergus and/or they left from there in 1724.  Reports indicate they first settled in Pennsylvania.  On to their purported (i.e., not proven)3 children:

1.  Of interest to many Walkups of this line, Nancy is shown to be a direct ancestor of famed Scottish King Robert the Bruce.
2.  In possible substantiation, the estate of Joseph’s eldest son, Matthew, mentions a bond on Charles Vachub of Ireland.  About this time there was living one Charles Wachob, son of Samuel Waughob of County Tyrone.
3.  DNA test results received thus far demonstrate that Joseph, James and Arthur do share a common male Wauchope ancestor, that is most likely from the E1b1b1a1b (E-V13) haplogroup.
4.  Supposed ancestor of Bruce E. Walkup.


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