Lt. Col. Henry H. Pope

Lt. Col. Henry H. Pope

Lt. Col. Henry H. Pope served in the 33rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.


COL H H Pope

H H Pope
Born in vicinity of Ogdensburg, NY
Moved with family to Pana, Illinois.
Attended Normal School in Urbana, IL.
COL of Company D of the 33rd Ill Inf.
Murdered in Louisiana by KKK after the Civil War. (Franklin ?, 1868 ?)
Mother Catherine Pope was a Rosengrants.
CAPT Hiram Henry Rosengrants was his cousin and served in the same unit.

Henry Pope

Thanks for posting this! He must have been a real man!

I wonder if we are related? My family comes from Harry Pope, the gunsmith in Ct, and from the Dorchester Popes who came over in 1603? from England.
Drop me a line if you read this??
Lawrence Pope
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Hi Larry, I'm not sure

Hi Larry,
I'm not sure about the wiring diagram for our relationship, but the following is most of the info that I have that connects Henry Pope to his mother Catherine Pope. Catherines husband was a Pope from New York and seemed to have connections to the Canadian side fo the borders up there.
You may find the following interesting. It was extracted from a web page that you will find if you Google Catherine pope.:
Henry Rosencrantz, the father of Mrs. Pope, was a farmPr by occupation, and in his native county married Patience Easterbrook. She was born in Rhode Island, and was a daughter of Abel Easterbrook, also a native of Rhode Island. His people were sea-faring men, but he followed farming and blacksmithing. Mr. and Mrs. Rosencrantz began their domestic life in Herkimer County, N. Y., and there remained until 1826, when they removed to St. Lawrence County, locating on a farm, where the father died at the age of fifty-eight. The mother died in this county in 1857, while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Pope. She was then in her seventy-ninth year. Their family numbered seven Sons and four daughters, of whom seven grew to mature years: Anna Maria, who married Luther Davis, both of whom died in Sangamon County; Mrs. Elizabeth Talman; Mrs. Henrietta Sturtevant, deceased; Mrs. Catherine H. Pope; George, deceased; Margaret and Patience, also deceased; and Abram Rosencrantz, who died at the age of fifteen. The other children died in infancy.
Mrs. Pope spent her early girlhood days in her native county, and then went with her parents to St. Lawrence County. The common schools afforded her educational privileges. On the 14th of January, 1833, was celebrated her marriage with Abel Smith. Pope, who was born in St. Lawrence County January 7, 1810, and was the fourth son of Timothy and Hannah (Stickney) Pope. His father was a prominent citizen and large landowner, and was a a [sic] cloth-dresser, miller and tanner.
Mr. and Mrs. Pope began housekeeping in St. Lawrence County, N. Y., and he engaged in cloth-making, tanning, etc., in company with his father. After the death of his father he removed to Spencerville, Canada, six miles west of Prescott, where he engaged in hotel-keeping for two years. He then went to Prescott, where he ran a 'bus line for two years, after which he returned to St. Lawrence County, N. Y., and followed the same business in Ogdensburg, coming thence to Christian County, Ill., in 1853. They were numbered among the early settlers, and went through all the experiences of life on the frontier. In 1868 they removed to the farm on which Mrs. Pope now resides, and he carried on its cultivation until his death, which occurred in 1882. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pana, and was a Republican in politics. He possessed many excellencies of character, was upright and honorable in all things, and had the confidence of the entire community. Many friends mourned his loss.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Pope were born the following children: Henry H., who was born in New York, enlisted in Company D, Thirty-third Illinois Infantry, served throughout the war, and for meritorious conduct was promoted to the rank of Colonel; Henrietta M., the next younger; Melissa M. and George, who are both deceased; James, a traveling salesman for a Kalamazoo firm; Albert, who carries on the home farm; and Sarah E., who died in infancy. The family have a very pleasant home, situated in the midst of a fine farm, comprising three hundred and twenty acres of valuable land, which yields to them a good income. The household is the abode of hospitality, and its members are widely and favorably known in the neighborhood. Mrs. Pope is a member of the Baptist Church, and is a most estimable lady.


was Col. H H Pope African American

Was Pope African American

Concerning your July 2011 question about COL Pope, he was not AA, although was killed by the KKK in 1868 while representing the blacks in Franklin, LA concerning labor issues.

Co. Henry H. Pope

I was pleased to see the photo of Col. Henry H. Pope. He was my gggrandmother Louisa Pope Polley's first cousin. She was the daughter of Horatio Gates Pope and was born in Ogdensburg NY.

I have done a little research on the Rosengranz family, as well as the Pope family and last summer visited the home of General Nicholas Herkimer whose sister married the ancestor of Catherine.

If you are interested in exchanging information, I would like to hear from you.


B. McDonald

COL Pope - your Feb 2011 request for contact info


Email me at [email protected] and I can provide you with more information.
Carl R.

Col Pope

I am researching Col. Pope and would like to talk with someone who can answer a few questons about his time in Franklin, family and where he was laid to rest.


Reply to JMS note dated 13 May 2012

Sorry to be so late in replying, but I don't get time to look at this page very often. Let me know hat you want to know and I'll try to answer your questions.
For me, I'm looking for the descendants of COL Henry Pope who was buried in Pana, IL after his murder in Franklin, LA. BTW, the 150th anniversary of his murder in Franklin is only three years away. I have been thinking about putting an article in the local newspaper in Franklin in 2018 on the day that he was murdered.


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