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Jacob CUPP
Sibby BREEDING
NOTICE:  Our subject is one of several Jacob CUPP / COPP / KOPP in the southern U.S. being mixed up by secondary sources.  Please see this disambiguation page for my ongoing attempt at sorting them out.  And please note, especially, that our subject is not the Jacob CUPP who married Edwina GOIN.  Note, too, that our subject seems to move around a lot in the early decades.  These movements, especially movements "back and forth" between the same places, are very often an alarm that two persons with the same name are being mixed up the most common mistake in genealogy is to confuse people with the same name. 
Husband:  Jacob CUPP
Birth:  1764/5, PA
Death:  1850-60, presumably in Laurel Co., KY
Occupation:  farmer
Parents:  unknown not Conrad & Maria Magdalene (__?__) KOPF and not Andrew & Mary Elizabeth (WYNKOLD) KAPP.
Marriage:  10 Jun 1788, Shenandoah Co., VA
Wife:  Sibria / Sibitha "Sibby" BREEDING
Birth:  1770, NC
Death:  1850-60, presumably in Laurel Co., KY
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Spencer BREEDING  (1730-1808)
Mother:  Priscilla Elizabeth HURST (1730-    )
Children:
In the 1850 census, Margaret and Elizabeth each give birthplace, TN, but is that really where they were born?  Children often believe the place where they grew up as where they were born.  Note that TN did not become a state until 1796, so at the time, it would have been NC. 
  1.  Margaret "Peggy" CUPP, b. 1790/1
  2.  Elizabeth CUPP, b. 25 Nov 1792

Children born in Grayson Co., VA:
  3.  (Serilda) Catharine "Caty/Katie" CUPP, b. 1796/7
  4.  Sarah Abigail "Abby" CUPP, b. 1799/1800
  5.  Isaac William CUPP, b. 1799/180
  6.  Keziah / Kesiah / Kesia CUPP, b. 1802; d. 1842 
  7.  Aham CUPP, b. 1804/5

Children born in Claiborne Co., TN:
  8.  George W. CUPP, b. 1809/10
  9.  Valentine CUPP, b. 1811/12
10.  Adeline CUPP, b. 1814/5 or Jan 1816, TN or VA
11.  Charles L. CUPP, b. 1815/6
12.  Ransom CUPP, b. 19 Oct 1817
13.  (Daughter A) CUPP, b. 1810-20 almost certainly Mary "Polly" CUPP, b. 30 Jan 1820

Some sources erroneously give them this child:
William [B?] CUPP, b. 1813, KY; d. 1894; m. 1838, Mason Co., KY, Letitia R. JENKINS; 1840/50/60 censuses in Mason Co., KY; 1870/80 censuses in Grundy Co., MO

Jacob & Sibby were not in KY in 1813.  Jacob did not go to Laurel Co., KY (which is nowhere near Mason Co.), until after 1840, so none of Jacob & Sibby's children were born in KY.  There is no room for this child in Jacob & Sibby's household in the 1820 (VA) or 1830 (TN) censuses.  In the 1880 census, William says his father was born in PA and his mother in MD; Jacob was born in PA, but Sibby was born in NC.  So, William CUPP of Mason Co., KY, cannot possibly be the son of Jacob & Sibby (BREEDING) CUPP.  He is, in fact, the son of Philip & Hannah (MURPHY) KOPP/CUPP of Mason Co., KY.

Compounding the error, some sources also erroneously attach the William [B?] CUPP of Mason Co., KY, to "Savanna Jane" CUPP, a widow in the 1850 census of Hawkins Co., TN but how can his wife be a widow when he lived until 1894?!  She is, in fact, the widow of John W. CUPP, of Hawkins Co., TN, who died in 1846.

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Timeline WARNING: I'm not convinced all entries refer to our subject.
Year Location Event
1764/5 PA birth of Jacob CUPP
1770 NC birth of Sibby BREEDING
1778 VA: Dunmore Co. renamed Shenandoah Co.
1788 VA: Shenandoah Co. marriage of Jacob CUPP & Sibby BREEDING
1789/90 VA: Wythe Co. formed from Montgomery Co.
1790 Census   VA census destroyed; TN not yet a state
1790/1 NC? birth of daughter, Margaret
1792 NC? birth of daughter, Elizabeth
1792/3 VA: Grayson Co. formed from Wythe Co.
1796 Tennessee achieves statehood; Grainger Co. formed from Hawkins and Knox Cos.
1796/7 VA birth of daughter, Catherine
1797-1800 VA: Grayson Co. Jacob CUPP, taxpaper
1799/1800 VA birth of daughter, Abigail
1799/1800 VA birth of son, Isaac
1800 Census   VA and TN censuses destroyed
1801 TN: Claiborne Co. formed from Grainger and Hawkins Cos.
c1802   birth of daughter, Keziah
1804 VA: Grayson Co. Jacob CUPP, taxpayer
1804/5 VA birth of son, Aham
1807 VA: Grayson Co. Jacob CUPP, taxpayer
1808 VA: Wythe Co. Jacob & Sibria CUPP sell land inherited from her father
1809/10 TN birth of son, George
1810 Census   Grayson County census was lost
1811/2 TN birth of son, Valentine
1813-15 VA: Grayson Co. Jacob CUPP, taxpayer
1814/5 VA or TN birth of daughter, Adeline
1815 VA: Grayson Co. marriage of daughter, Catherine, to Henry MYERS
Jacob and Sibby both give permission for this underage marriage
1815/6 TN birth of son, Charles
1817 TN birth of son, Ransom
1820 Census VA: Wythe Co. Jacob CAPP, head-of-household
1820-23 TN birth of Daughter A Mary?
1824 TN: Claiborne Co.: Straight Ck. Jacob CUPP sells 40 a. to Stephen OWSLEY
1828 TN: Claiborn Co. Jacob CUPP buys 60 a. from son, Isaac CUPP
1830 Census TN: Claiborne Co. Jacob CUPP, head-of-household
1831 TN: Claiborne Co. Jacob CUPP sells 60 a. to son-in-law, George W. FORD
1831 TN: Claiborne Co. Jacob CUPP sells 50 a. to Charles SHERMAN
1834 TN: Claiborne Co.: Big Barren Ck. Jacob CUPP buys 45 a. from John M. BURCH
1834 TN: Claiborne Co.: Turkey Ck. Jacob CUPP buys 50 a. from John M. BURCH
1839 TN: Claiborne Co. marriage of daughter, Peggy, to Samuel CLOUD
1839 TN: Claiborne Co. marriage of son, Ransom, to Sarah LYNCH
1840 TN: Claiborne Co. marriage of daughter, Adeline, to Martin EDWARDS
1840 Census TN: Claiborne Co. Jacob CUP, head-of-household
1841 TN: Claiborne Co. marriage of son, George, to Catherine WILSON
1842 TN: Claiborne Co. marriage of daughter, Mary Ann, to Stephen DRUMMOND
1842 TN: Claiborne Co.: Big Barren Ck. Jacob CUPP sells 45 a. and 50 a. to Edward KELLY
1842 MO: Chariton Co. death of daughter, Keziah (CUPP) ALFORD
1848 MO: Chariton Co. marriage of son, Aham, to Adaline MERRIMAN
1850 Census KY: Laurel Co. Jacob & S. CUP living w/daughter, Adeline (CUPP) EDWARDS
1850-60   death of Jacob CUPP
1850-60   death of Sibby (BREEDING) CUP

Sources (n.b., Grayson and Wythe Cos. are adjacent):

1.  Shenandoah County, Virginia, Marriage Register, 1781 to 1850 (as cited by Leon Meyers in a file at WorldConnect):
p. 24 Jacob Cupp & Sibby Breeding married June 10, 1788, by John Koonts

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):  not found.

3.  1790 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but the VA census was destroyed.

3.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but the VA census was destroyed.

4.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but the Grayson Co., VA, census was lost.

6.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #3 of 21; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1820 VA Wythe Co. p. 209/595 Ln. 8 Jacob Cupp 311101-20010-0-300
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = Ransom (b. 1817)
= Charles (b. 1815/6)
= Valentine (b. 1811/2)
1 male 10-15 1804-1810 = George (b. 1809/10)
1 male 16-18 1801-1804 = Aham (b. 1804/5)
1 male 16-25* 1794-1804 = Isaac (b. 1799/1800)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = Jacob (b. 1764/5)
2 females 9 or under 1810-1820 = Daughter A - Mary? (b. 1820)
= Adeline (b. 1814/5) 
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Sibby (b. 1770)
3 persons engaged in agriculture
*In the 1820 Census, the third column is age class 16-18 and the fourth column is age class 16-25;
therefore, any individual in column three is duplicated in column four.
Sibby must be fibbing about her age.  Also in the county:  their unwed daughter, Sarah Abigail CUPP.

7.  1830 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #58 of 101; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 TN Claiborne Co. p. 131 Jacob Cupp 000 000 001 - 000 100 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 60-69 1760-1770 = Jacob (b. 1764/5)
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = Adeline (b. 1814/5)
1 female 50-59 1770-1780 = Sibby (b. 1770)
Listed next to son, Valentine CUPP

8.  1840 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #7-8 of 100; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 TN Claiborne Co. pp. 203B-204A Jacob Cup 000 000 000 100 - 000 010 001 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 70-79 1760-1770 = Jacob (b. 1764/5)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Adeline (b. 1814/5)
1 female 60-69 1770-1780 = Sibby (b. 1770)
Listed next to son, Charles CUPP

9.  1850 Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):  Laurel Co., KY, p. 19B, 269/269, enumerated 27 Aug 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Martin S Edwards 32 M Farmer 300 Tennessee
Adeline Edwards 35 F     "
Jacob Cup 85 M Farmer   Pennsylvania
S Cup 80 F     N Carolina
L J Edwards  2 F     Ky

10.  Virginia Commissioner of the Revenue.  Grayson County, Virginia, Tax Lists, 1794-1850.  LDS Film #2024555, Salt Lake City, UT (data from Leon Meyers in a file online at WorldConnect; also in the Archives of the CUPP-L mailing list online at RootsWeb.com):
Date Name Poll Horses/Mules Cattle
19 Jul 1797 Jacob Cupp 1 2 -
23 Apr 1798 Jacob Cupp 1 2 -
29 May 1799 Jacob Cupp 1 1 -
1800 Jacob Cupp 1 1 -
1804 Jacob Cupp 1 4 -
 6 Apr 1807 Jacob Cupp 1 4 -
1813 Jacob Cupp 1 4 -
1814 Jacob Cupp 1 3 -
1815 Jacob Cupp 1 3 6

11.  Indenture (as abstracted by Leon Meyers and given in his file online at WorldConnect):
1808 - Indenture signed by Jacob Cup and Sibria his wife (and others) to sell land in Wythe County, Va.
(This was land of Spencer Breeding, Jacob Cupp's wife's deceased father).

12.  Abstract of Indenture (abstract by DGM; full transcription and digital image online, linked to Leon Meyers's file at WorldConnect.)
Indenture dated 5 Dec 1842, proved 17 Nov 1844, Tazewell, TN; recorded 23 Dec 1852, Claiborne Co., TN.
Jacob CUPP of Claiborne Co., TN, sells 45 acres on the waters of Big Barren Creek for $100 to Edward KELLY.
s/Jacob CUPP.  Wit:  David M. HODGES, George LYNCH, Major WALLIS.

13.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

14.  Messages in the Cupp Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

15.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

16.  Archives of the CUPP-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com).

17.  Emails from Leon Myers.

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