You will notice that Popoman Branch, or Swamp as it is now called, runs right into Occupacia Creek. This is right where the land description said that Abraham lived!! We don't know exactly where the old homeplace was located, but other deeds give a good idea on its location.
In his will dated October 2, 1710, Abraham Sr. gave to Abraham Jr. all the land he owned 'on the north side of the road at my now dwelling place.' In 1718 Abraham Jr. sold 250 acres of land he had inherited from his father to John Jones for 60 pounds. It was noted that the land was located where "Abraham Stopp, Sr. formerly lived." Scalf states "this road was west of the old Tidewater Trail. The road referred to was the old Mataponi Road of early Essex County, its location in the area not definitely defined but it was probably west of Occupacia Creek and trailed north toward the present town of Hustle."
The map above outlines this old road, and thus we can deduce the general location of the land from the different land deed descriptions above.
This report written and prepared by David-Alan Stapp, Wednesday, December 29, 2004.
***(In colonial times, men would become indentured servants in order to pay for their passage to the colonies. Usually they served their sponsor a period of 3-7 years. By bringing a person into the colony, the master would receive a "headright" land grant; and thus the more people they brought over, the more land they received. Once the period of servitude was up, the master or sponsor would sometimes even grant land to the servant.)