W. LOOP, a successful business man of Navarro county, is a son of
John Loop, who was born in Virginia in 1811.
He afterward moved to Indiana, thence to Missouri, in 1844 to
Fannin county, Texas, and then to Henderson county, where he died in
1855. He was a farmer
and mechanic by occupation, and was a Democrat in his political
views. His father,
Christian Loop, was born in Germany, but came to America when young,
locating in Virginia. His
father, the great-grandfather of our subject, was the first of the
Loop family in this country. The
mother of our subject, neeMargaret R. Spohr, was a native of Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Loop were married in 1829, and were the parents
of eight children, viz.: Christann,
wife of John Naudain, of Chatfield; the second and third died in
infancy; Josiah Marion died in the Confederate army in Arkansas, and
was buried at Van Buren; David was killed at Corinth, Mississippi;
George R. died at Chatfield; and Malinda, deceased when young.
W. Loop was born in Indiana, in 1836, but removed with his parents
to Missouri, and in 1844 came to Texas.
He remained at home until after the death of his mother,
which occurred in 1853, then bought and improved a farm of 319
acres; in 1865 rented land near Chatfield one year, and then bought
100 acres of his present farm. In 1879 he bought a gin, and the following year engaged in
the mercantile business, which he still follows in connection with
his farming and stock raising.
Mr. Loop began life for himself at the age of seventeen
years, with comparatively nothing, and after arriving in Navarro
county he was worth about $500. He now owns 1,300 acres of land in this county, with 200
acres under cultivation, has 640 acres in Jones county, with 50
acres cultivated, owning in all about 1,940 acres, and has 125 head
of cattle and about 50 horses.
He is also a stockholder in the Corsicana National Bank, owns
three-fourths interest in a stock of goods worth $3,000, and
inherited about $1,100 from his grandfather.
Mr. Loop is independent in his political views, and has
served as County Commissioner from 1878 to 1882.
Socially, he is a Master Mason, and is Junior Warden of
Quitman Lodge, No. 122.
was married in 1853, to Miss Sarah C. Naudain, a native of Delaware,
and a daughter of James N. and Ellen Naudain, natives also of that
State. She removed with
her parents first to Ohio, then to Indiana, and later to Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Loop have had eight children, namely:
John N., a farmer of Jones county; Ellen R., wife of W. C.
Garner; Malissa Ann, wife of W. L. Olephant [Oliphant], of Hale
county, Texas; David N. [M.], engaged in business with his father;
W. R. [William Riley], deceased at the age of twenty-eight years;
Sarah Elizabeth, attending Hill's Business College at Dallas; Mattie
and Addie, at home. Both
our subject and wife are members of the Christian Church, in which
the former is an Elder.
Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson,
Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893), page 630.
W. W. Loop's signature from July 1863 receipt
for $50 bounty for enlisting in the Confederate Army
Photo by Norman & Dana Stubbs
William W. Loop
Born Mar 20, 1836 - Died June 4, 1913