Saturday, March 12, 2011

Surname Saturday - Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins and Rachel McFarland

Stephen Hopkins was born about 1805 in Tennessee. He was one of at least eight children born to Stephen Hopkins and Catherine Clouse. Rachel McFarland was born about 1808 in Tennessee. Her parents are not yet known. 

Stephen and Rachel were married about 1822 and had 12 children. They were living in Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1830 and 1840. They were in Hancock County in 1850 and 1860 although they probably had not moved. Hancock County was formed in 1844 from parts of Claiborne and Hawkins Counties. Between 1861 and 1865 they moved to Harlan County, Kentucky.

Rachel died at Jerry Branch in the Harlan County community of Molus between 1870 and 1880. According to family legend, she died from a nose bleed. Stephen married Barbary Saylor on 1 Nov 1880 in Harlan County. He died in 1891. Stephen and Rachel are both buried at Jerry Branch.

Stephen and Rachel's children:
George was born in Dec 1823 in Claiborne County. He married Elizabeth (maiden name possibly Saylor) about 1848 and they had 10 children. George died between 1900 and 1910 in Harlan County.

Rebecca was born between 1825-1829 in Claiborne County. She married John Arthur and may have moved to Indiana.

Nancy was born 30 Aug 1828 in Claiborne County. She married Lewis Anderson and they had several children. Nancy died on 15 Aug 1900 and was buried in Sunset Beasley Cemetery, Montague County, Texas.

Elizabeth was born about 1830 in Claiborne County. Betsey, as she was called, had two children but as far as can be determined never married.

Mary was born about 1832 in Claiborne County. Nothing further is known about her.

Catherine was born about 1833 in Claiborne County. She married Matthew Daugherty and they had seven children.

Sally was born about 1836 in Claiborne County. Nothing further is known about her.

Eliza was born on 22 Feb 1837 in Claiborne County. She had two sons but was not married to their father who was possibly Stephen Wolfenbarger. Eliza married Ephram Simpson on 11 Oct 1866 in Harlan County and they moved to Indiana and later Missouri. Eliza died on 16 Jan 1912 in Epps, Butler County, Missouri. She was buried there in Sparkman Cemetery.

John was born about 1839 in Claiborne County. He married Elizabeth Sprinkle and they had 4 children. John died before 1870.

Martha was born about 1843 in Claiborne County. Nothing further is known about her.

Calvina was born about 1846 in Hancock County. She married Silas W. Saylor in 1865 in Harlan County. They had seven children.

Serena was born about 1853 in Hancock County. She married Elisha Saylor and had two children.

Stephen and Rachel are my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Eliza. 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

Note: Evidence of Rachel's maiden name was just recently found in Eastern Cherokee applications for the children of her daughter, Nancy. Prior to this discovery, the daughter Nancy was unknown. My website has not been updated to show Nancy and her family (which is why there is no link for her) and the source listed on the website for Rachel's name refers to her daughter Eliza's death certificate which lists her name as McFardan and was the name I previously listed for Rachel. 

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