Ancestors of Poplin, Straw, Colby & Others


Henry Washington's Family
(1916 L to R: Henry Washington Poplin, Josephine Elizabeth Hodge Poplin, Abie Bartow,
Friend, Joe Felder, Willie Bell, Hunter China, Connie Lee, and Aunt Hager holding Edna)

Henry Washington Poplin was born September 1862 in Anson County, North Carolina. He died on December 22, 1930 in Sumter County. Henry walked to Sumter, South Carolina in 1882 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of the banjo and the fiddle. He met his wife Josephine Elizabeth Hodge in Sumter.

Henry is a descendant of George Poplin born about 1720. George purchased 550 acres of land in Orange County, NC in 1761 and died between 1775 and 1777. He married Averelah "Averilla" and their children were named William, John, Jane, Nancy, Gorg, Richard, Abe, Mimy, Henry, and Every. He came to North Carolina from Virginia. We think he lived in either Albemarle County or Goochland County in Virginia before moving to North Carolina around 1735.

Although there is substantial evidence to link Richard Poplin as George Poplin's son, the evidence is not contrete. However, I have now identified 64 DNA links from a direct male descendant of Richard Poplin to Nancy Poplin Hinson's descendants.  Nancy Poplin Hinson is recognised by the DAR as the daughter of George Poplin.

If you have any data on a George Poplin from Virginia or Pennsylvania, please email me.


Abie Bartow Poplin
Cts. Marian Zwayer

Hunter China Poplin
Cts. Carol Bochette

Joe Felder Poplin
Cts. Carol Bochette

Edna Poplin
 Cts. Laura LeGrand

Willie Bell Poplin
 Cts. Laura  LeGrand

Connie Lee Poplin
 Cts. Laura LeGrand


The Poplin Family of Sumter, South Carolina
Edna (Guitar) China (Banjo) Bill (Mandolin) David (Guitar)

Albums Recorded
1964 Folkways label - "The Poplin Family of Sumter, South Carolina"
(FA02306) Order Information and Samples of All Songs)
**Album Insert - Band Details, Photos, and Lyrics  (PDF  File)**
1966 Melodeon label - "Gwine Back To Sumter" (MLP 7331 - Order information not available)

Sample Songs
Mississippi Sawyer
Sit At Home
Crawdad Song