Frances Napier

Brief Life History of Frances

When Frances Napier was born in 1732, in Albemarle, Virginia, British Colonial America, her father, Robert Napier Jr., was 35 and her mother, Mary Hughes, was 35. She married Pvt Rueben Francis about 1766, in Goochland, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She died after 29 March 1784, in Virginia, United States.

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Pvt Rueben Francis
Frances Napier
Marriage: about 1766
Frances Francis
Robert Napier Francis
Charles Francis

Sources (5)

  • 9 December 1755 Albemarle Co VA Will Book 2 page 145 Will of Robert Napier names wife Mary Stephen Napier daughter Francis daughter Judith Gibson son Ashford Napier son Robert Napier son Pat Napier probate 12 May 1763
  • Frances Napier in entry for Rob. Napier Francis, "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917"
  • Frances Napier in entry for Charles Francis, "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917"

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Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name from Old French napier, nappier, nap(p)er(er) ‘one who looks after the napery or table-linen’, a derivative of Old French nappe ‘table-cloth, napkin’. In Middle English, Napier and Nap(p)er might also have denoted a maker of table cloths, though this sense has not been recorded.

English: alternatively an occupational name from Nap(p)er from an unrecorded Middle English word for one who makes naps, i.e. drinking cups or chalices (Middle English nap, Old English hnæp). Napper could also be a nickname from Middle English nappere ‘one who sleeps or naps’, though this is the least likely of the alternatives.

American shortened form of Polish Napierala or a similar name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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