The following information is credited to Elmyra Royse (Mrs. Dayton Royse) nee Elmyra McGuire. The papers of Mrs. Royse were donated to the Oklahoma Genealogical Society by her son after her death. We of the Lewis and Hopkins families greatly appreciate all her efforts and many years of research, which included these families. I have spent many months reading and sorting and have come to realize the amount of work over many years that went into them.
I would also like to thank Laura Flebbe of Tulsa, OK for many hours spent copying and then forwarding these papers.
The Bishops came to Southwest Virginia before 12 Mar. 1774 when Joseph Bishop had 351 acres surveyed on a branch of South Fork of Holston, adjoining Matt Evins and Daniel Remy, and when Matthew Bishop had 77 acres surveyed on South Fork of Holston. Both tracts were part of Loyal Company Grant in Fincastle Co., later Washington Co., where Joseph, Levi, and Jonathan Bishop were taxed in 1782. Jonathan had surveys of 150 a. 1781 & 1782; he patented 12 July 1785, 150 a. S. Fork Holston adjoining Isaac Anderson, Joseph Bishop, and Robert Campbell.
On 20 June 1792 Joseph Cole sold about one acre on north side of S.Fork Holston for 20 shillings to James Wheeler, John Thomas, and Jonathan Bishop, Acting Trustees of Congregation and Meeting House formerly known by Sinclair's Bottom. On 16 July 1793 Joseph Cole and wife Margaret sold Jonathan Bishop 64 acres on north side of S. Fork Holston, adjoining Sinclair's old patent survey. Jonathan Bishop and wife, both 45 or over, were in the 1810 census of Washington Co., in the area of present Smyth Co., VA.