Saturday, October 30, 2010

Surname Saturday - Hopkins

James Arton Hopkins and Lucinda Howard

James  Arton "Jim" Hopkins was born on 1 Dec 1861 in Mulberry Gap, Hancock County, Tennessee. He was the son of Stephen Wolfenbarger and Eliza Hopkins, maybe. Eliza was definitely Jim's mother but the identity of his father isn't quite so certain. "The Story" goes that Eliza and Stephen were married, had two children and then Stephen was killed in the Civil War when the boys were very young. I have my doubts about that and you can read the details in a previous post here. No matter who Jim's father was, he and his brother, William Columbus, were raised by their maternal grandparents, Stephen and Rachel Hopkins and always used the Hopkins surname. Stephen Hopkins moved the family to Harlan County, Kentucky between 1862 and 1870. 

Lucinda "Cindy" Howard was born on 15 Feb 1867 in Harlan County, Kentucky in the town of Wallins Creek. She was the daughter of John Covey Howard and Mary F. Morris. Cindy had 14 half-siblings and 6 full siblings. She was the 19th of her father's 20 children and the 7th of her mother's 8 children. 

Jim and Cindy were married on 25 Dec 1885 in Wallins Creek and settled there on property given to them by her parents. Their first 7 sons were born there between 1886 and 1900. Shortly after the 1900 census was taken they moved to Rockcastle County, Kentucky near Brodhead. Two more sons and a daughter were born there. About 1919 they moved to the Rockcastle County community of Gum Sulphur then in 1923 they moved to Harlan Township in Warren County, Ohio - a rural area between Morrow and Blanchester.

Jim's main occupation was farming but he also served as a magistrate in Wallin Creek in the late 1890's. Cindy was a very good seamstress and even made suits for her sons. 

Jim died on 5 Jan 1933 in Harlan Township and was buried in Morrow Cemetery. Just a couple of month's later, Cindy's brother-in-law, Lige Brock, also died so her sister, Sarah, moved from Wallins Creek to Ohio to live with Cindy. Cindy and Sarah moved back to Wallins Creek sometime in the 1940's. Cindy sold the Warren County, Ohio property in 1946 but they were probably already back in Wallins Creek by that time. Cindy died at her home in Wallins Creek on 16 May 1957 and was buried beside Jim in Morrow Cemetery in Morrow, Ohio.

Jim and Cindy's children:
John Covey was born on 9 Nov 1886 in Wallins Creek. He married Idress Jane "Ida" Howard on 3 Nov 1917 in Bexar County, Texas. They had one son and later divorced but neither ever re-married. John joined the US Army in 1905 and retired thirty years later in 1935. He died on 4 Mar 1969 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and was buried there in Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Henry Madison was born on 9 Jan 1899 in Wallins Creek. Henry served in the US Army. He married Bessie Hamlin about 1920. By 1930 they had moved from Rockcastle County to Wayne County, Michigan. Henry worked as motorman on a street car in Detroit and they had no children. Henry died on 7 Feb 1984 in Flint, Genesse County, Michigan.

Elijah "Lige" was born on 8 Aug 1891 in Wallins Creek. He married Leila Mae Hunt about 1912 and they had 6 children. Lige was a farmer in Rockcastle County. He died on 14 May 1975 in Rockcastle County and was buried there in Maretburg Cemetery.

Elmer Dennis was born on 2 Apr 1894 in Wallins Creek. Elmer serve two separate tours of duty in the US Army, the 2nd one during World War I. He married Emma Ewers Taylor on 11 Oct 1920 in Jellico, Campbell County, Tennessee and they had four daughters. Elmer worked for L & N Railroad and they lived in Loyall, Harlan County, Kentucky for most of their marriage although they also lived in Corbin, Knox County at two different times. Elmer died on 26 May 1980 in Harlan and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Rockcastle County.

Orie Columbus "Lum" was born on 24 May 1896 in Wallins Creek. He married Nancy Helton 27 Mar 1920 in Rockcastle County. They had one son and were divorced. Lum married two other times but did not have more children. He worked as a milk truck driver and farmer in Warren County, Ohio. Lum died in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio on 25 Mar 1981 and was buried in Morrow Cemetery where his parents were buried.

Leo Berry was born on 28 Feb 1898 in Wallins Creek. He married Marie Beedy in 1921 in Cincinnati and they had five children. Berry was an auto worker and also bought, remodeled and sold houses. He died on 15 Sep 1988 in Flint, Genesse County, Michigan and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Genesse County.

Howard Doctor "Doc" was born on 26 Jan 1900 in Wallins Creek. He married Mary Locke in 1933 and they had one son. Doc served in both the US Army and Navy. He worked as a barber and machinist later in life but he was also a well known musician and recording artist in the 1930's and 40's performing as a solo act and also as part of the Cumberland Ridge Runners. Doc died on 3 Jan 1988 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois. He was buried there in Calvary Cemetery. 

General Grant was born on 2 Aug 1902 in Rockcastle County. He served in the Marines from 1921-1924 and married Daisy Hollon in 1926 in Cincinnati. Grant and Daisy had two sons and he worked as a carpenter. Grant died on 8 Mar 1963 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. [Note: General was his first name not a military rank.]

Lula Mae was born on 26 Nov 1904 in Rockcastle County. She married Tom Kelly but the marriage did not last very long. She had no children. Lula died on 18 Oct 1989 in Tampa and was buried there in Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Walter was born and died in 1906 in Rockcastle County. It's unknown how long he lived but it was apparently less than a year. Walter was buried in Maretburg Cemetery in Rockcastle County where almost 70 years later his older brother, Lige, was also buried. 

Jim and Cindy were my great-grandparents through their son, Elmer. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me


  1. It always surprises me how much people moved around back in the 1800s and early 1900s. You had a fair bit of tracking to do!

    Interesting to see that two of the siblings were buried here in Tampa. I was just at Garden of Memories this Summer when my best friend's mother died. My maternal Grandparents and my mother's sister are buried in Rose Hill which is right across the street.

  2. I so love reading your posts. Names and places just jump out at me. Hancock County, Howard, Harlan County - all these appear in my families. Silly, because thousands of people lived there, but it fires my imagination.