Thursday, December 31, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - Picture of Eliza Hopkins

Since this is my first Treasure Chest post, there were so many possibilities for a subject that I almost couldn't decide on one. Finally, I quit trying to figure out which was the biggest treasure and just picked one. Hopefully, that means there will be no shortage of Treasure Chest Thursday articles in the future.

Today's treasure is this picture of my great great grandmother, Eliza Hopkins. Although I can't say I remember it, my grandparents, Emma & Elmer Hopkins, had the original framed portrait of Eliza which was taken long before she died in 1912 at around 74 years old.

In April, 1973, Larry & Ermine Hopkins visited Emma & Elmer in Loyall, Kentucky. Larry was descended from Eliza's sister, Betsey, and they had made the trip from their home in Oregon to research his Hopkins ancestors in Kentucky and Tennessee. During that visit, Larry photographed Eliza's portrait.

On 4 Apr 1977, a flash flood forced Emma & Elmer to leave home with virtually the clothes on their backs. They had lived in that house for over 50 years and flood water had only been in the yard once before. This time the water was several feet deep in the house and many of their pictures and papers were destroyed - Eliza's portrait, among them.

Jump forward 30 years. I set up a genealogy website in hopes of making connections with others researching the same families. In April, 2008, Larry & Ermine's granddaughter found my website and sent me an e-mail. She put me in touch with her uncle who had written a book on the Hopkins family and, most importantly, had the original photo of Eliza's portrait that his father had taken in 1973. Now my family has Eliza's picture again.

[Special thanks to Heather & John Hopkins for this treasure.]

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This Month in the Family History - January, 2010

This is a list of January births, marriages and deaths for my direct line ancestors. Click on the link for more information about the person.

1 Jan 1811 (199 years ago) - Barnabas Hankins married Sarah Fox in Hopkins County, Kentucky. (Hankins Line)

5 Jan 1933 (77 years ago) - James Arton "Jim" Hopkins died in Harlan Township, Warren County, Ohio at the age of 71. (Hopkins Line)

7 Jan 1944 (66 years ago) - Samantha Angeline Petty Hankins died in Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky at the age of 82. (Hankins Line)

8 Jan 1654/55 (356/355 years ago) - Hugh Cole married Mary Foxwell probably in Colonial Massachusetts. (Hopkins Line)

13 Jan 1668/69 (342/341 years ago) - John Waller married Mary Pomfrett in Walton, Buckinghamshire, England. (Hankins Line)

16 Jan 1900 (110 years ago) - John Cook Taylor married Emma Jane Owens in Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. (Taylor Lines)

16 Jan 1912 (98 years ago) - Eliza Hopkins Simpson died in Epps, Butler County, Missouri at the age of 74. (Hopkins Line)

17 Jan 1693/94 (317/316 years ago) - Elizabeth Barney was born in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Colonial Massachusetts. (Hopkins Line)

19 Jan 1978 (32 years ago) - Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins died in Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky at the age of 77. (Taylor Line)

20 Jan 1839 (171 years ago) - Thomas Ramsey Jr. married Rhoda Ann Lavender (Lair) in Lincoln County, Kentucky (Taylor Line)

22 Jan 1687/88 (323/332 years ago) - Mary Dabney was born. (Hankins Line)

22 Jan 1698/99 (312/311 years ago) - Hugh Cole died in Swansea, Bristol County, Colonial Massachusetts at the age of 70. (Hopkins Line)

23 Jan 1700/01 (310/309 years ago) - George Goodloe was born in Christchurch, Middlesex County, Colonial Virginia. (Hankins Line)

23 Jan 1754 (256 years ago) - Thomas Allen Goodloe was born in either Spotsylvania or Caroline County, Colonial Virginia. (Hankins Line)

27 Jan 1838 (172 years ago) - Isabella Jane "Janie" Goodloe was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky. (Hankins Line)

Specific Day Not Known:
Jan 1677/78 (333/332 years ago) - Maindort Doodes died in Middlesex County, Colonial Virginia. (Hankins Line)

Jan 1767 (243 years ago) - Edward King married Felicia Lewis in Colonial North Carolina. (Taylor Line)

Jan 1795 (225 years ago) - Nathaniel Lanier died in Georgia. (Lanier Line)

Wordless Wednesday - Mamaw & Me

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Henry Lewis & Elizabeth Berry Goodloe

Grapevine Cemetery, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Henry Goodloe 
Born March 10, 1779 - Died July 29, 1856
[on the other side]
Elizabeth, Wife of Henry Goodloe
Born May 1, 1777 - Died Aug 20, 1862
Photographed 13 Jul 2005 by Linda McCauley

Henry Lewis "Harry" Goodloe was born in Virginia, possibly Spotsylvania County, but moved to what is now Fayette County, Kentucky with his parents (Thomas Allen Goodloe & Dorothy Waller) prior to 1790. He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Berry, daughter of John Berry and his wife, Elizabeth [maiden name unknown], in Clark County, Kentucky on 9 Apr 1801. They moved to Hopkins County before 1810 along with several of Harry's and Betsey's siblings and Betsey's parents.

Harry donated the land for the Grapevine Church. Many of his descendants are also buried in Grapevine Cemetery and one of his grandchildren is said to have been the first person buried there. His granddaughter, Hansie Goodloe Fauntleroy, wrote in a letter dated 17 Sep 1893 to Granville Goodloe (referenced in "Goodloe Genealogy" by Paul Miller Goodloe), "my grandfather, Henry Goodloe, was a very aristocratic man and was well educated but when he settled in Hopkins County, it was almost a howling wilderness and schools were few and far between; consequently his children did not receive anything but a limited education, though all were naturally bright."

Harry and Betsey were my 4th great grandparents. (Hankins Line)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins

I called her Mamaw and if not for her writings, I might never have developed an interest in genealogy. That earns her the spot as the subject of my first real blog post.

Emma Ewers Taylor was born on 24 Oct 1900 at her parents' home on West Main Street in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. William McKinley was in his first term as President of the United States and the Spanish-American War had ended less than two years earlier. She was the first child born to John Cook Taylor and his third wife, Emma Jane Owens, although John had two daughters and a son (Gracie, Susie and Bill) from previous marriages. After the birth of her younger brother and sister (Hartford and Anna Rose), the family was complete.

Emma started school at the age of seven, attending Mt. Vernon Graded and High School and finished the 3rd grade that first year. She was a good student; always made A's and was the youngest person in her class when she graduated from high school at the age of 16. She wanted to be a teacher but wasn't old enough to take the teachers exam. College wasn't a requirement for teachers at that time but some people went to Normal School after high school to prepare for the exam. Emma was sure she could pass it as soon as she was old enough so, in the meantime, she went to work at the Post Office in Mt. Vernon.

The US entered World War I in April, 1917; a few months later, Emma took and passed the teacher's exam. She started teaching school in July, 1918, at Maywood in neighboring Lincoln County. She stayed with a local family and paid them $12 a month for room and board. The school was one room with two outside toilets. In addition to her teaching duties, Emma was responsible for cleaning and building a fire and she earned $48 a month.

As the World War fighting ended in the fall of 1918, the influenza pandemic was just getting started and would last through the next spring. In February, 1919, the schools closed because of the flu. Emma returned home to Rockcastle County and went back to work at the Post Office. Many people were suffering from the flu including the Post Master. The Assistant Post Master left for the Navy during this time so Emma ended up running the Post Office alone at 18 years old. People would come in to get their mail and die within a day or two but somehow, she managed to avoid taking the flu that killed more than the 16 million people who died as a result of the war.

When Emma was eleven year old, her older sister, Susie, married August Krueger and everyone cried causing her to decide she would elope when she got married. Nine years later, she did just that. On 11 Oct 1920, Emma and Elmer Dennis Hopkins left Mt. Vernon on the train heading to Jellico, Tennessee where they were married by a Justice of the Peace in a furniture store.

Emma and Elmer had four daughters and had been married for 57 years when she died on 19 Jan 1978 in Harlan, Kentucky during one of the worst snow storms on record. She was buried back in her native Rockcastle County in Elmwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.

In the 1970's, Mamaw received a fill-in-the-blanks family history book as a gift from my youngest sister. She not only filled in those pages with information about her family and my grandfather's, she also started writing about her life in a spiral notebook around the same time. I read that notebook and looked through the family history book right after she died then never really thought about them again for many years. In the summer of 2001, something prompted me to take a second look at those books and that's when I decided I wanted to know more. I bought a family tree software program to organize her information and before I knew it, Genealogy became a hobby that some might say has turned into an obsession.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Why Blog?

I enjoy reading genealogy blogs so blogging my own genealogy is something I have been thinking about for a while. Questions like “Do I have anything interesting to say?”, “Do I have the time or commitment to keep it up?” and “Will anyone read it?” usually squelched any serious thoughts - until now. While considering the possibility again last night this blog somehow got set up so I guess the decision to proceed has been made.

Entering a blog name was one of the first things to do in the set-up process. It seemed like a good idea to figure out a main focus for the blog first and hope it would name itself. Like most everyone who ever got into genealogy, I started out trying to go back as far as possible as fast as possible. Whoever accumulates the most names, dates and places wins, right? Well, maybe not. Over the past couple of years, I've concentrated on “DOCUMENTING THE DETAILS” to get a more complete picture of the lives of my ancestors so that seems to be the logical focus (and name) for this blog.

Now that I have a focus, I guess it’s time to start writing. I have a few ideas already for stories and along the way I will mix in some research struggles and (hopefully) successes as well as participate in some of the GeneaBloggers’ Daily Themes.