Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
New Jersey is the 3rd state.
Atlantic slave trade abolished.
(1997: 159;2007: 372; 2010: 511)English: from Ropley (Hampshire), from an Old English personal name Hroppa + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.Variant of Rappleye , a surname of Walloon and northern French origin (see Rapalje ).