When Joseph Looper Sr. was born in October 1807, in Pickens, South Carolina, United States, his father, Jeremiah Looper, was 32 and his mother, Mary Jane Forest, was 30. He married Sarah Hester about 1829, in Pickens, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Township 5 Pickens, Pickens, South Carolina, United States in 1840 and Dacusville, Pickens, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died on 6 May 1898, at the age of 90, and was buried in Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, Easley, Pickens, South Carolina, United States.
Dutch: literally ‘runner’, an occupational name for a messenger or for someone who made excursions into the woods. Compare Loper .
History: In New Netherland (now NY) the term Boschlooper was used to denote traders who went out (sometimes literally by running) into the woods to intercept Indians bringing furs to Fort Orange (now Albany, NY). The practice was forbidden because of the use of coercion to secure a deal, as happened especially when the trader was on horseback.