The earliest available reference to any Orpe is 1538. John Orpe was a monk at Croxden Abbey (north-west of Uttoxeter) and is named in a Deed transfereing the Abbey property to King Henry VIII. The last known male Orpe was John Orpe, died 1927, buried at Denstone.
The Orpe family is represented by descendents from the daughters of various generations.
DOCUMENTS (Deed of 1538 dissolving Croxden Abbey ; Letters of John Wesley to William Orpe) (rtf option)
These are lists with notes relating to some of the people in the Family Tree diagram.
Not all dates are available. Except for the first Thomas Orpe on the diagram, all dates are believed to be birth dates.
This is included for wider relevance to the history of Methodism. For example, the Orpe family included a Travelling Preacher from the time of John Wesley. The younger Thomas Higginson provided a farm building which was converted into a Chapel (at Luddington, near Stratford-upon-Avon). Other families shown here provided Ministers, Local Preachers and Church Officers over many generations.
In this, these families are typical of many Methodist families whose names appear in the Chapel histories in this archive.
This will be subject to revision as more information becomes available.
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First draft September 2000