Monday, January 6, 2014

52 Ancestors: #1 Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins

My maternal grandmother has been the topic of numerous posts here. She's really responsible for my interest in genealogy even though that interest didn't develop until more than twenty years after she died. For that reason, it feels right that she's the topic of the first post in this series.

Emma became the postmaster at Loyall, Kentucky in 1937. That is a fact I've mentioned in other posts but never really explored. According to information she recorded in a fill-in-the-blanks family tree book, she held that position from March 1937–September 1941.

Emma behind the counter at the Loyall Post Office.

This record of Appointments of U.S. Postmasters for Loyall in Harlan County, Kentucky gives more detail than she provided.

Mrs. Emma E. Hopkins: Nominated Mar 1, 1937; Confirmed Mar 4, 1937; Recess or Acting apptd Pres Mar 10, 1937; Commission Signed and Mailed Mar 31, 1937; Assumed Charge Apr 4, 1937; Cause and Date of Vacancy Com. Ex. [Commission Expired] The next line shows her successor assumed charge Oct 1, 1941.

If her copy of that commission still exists, someone in the family is holding out on me. My guess is that it was destroyed along with so many of my grandparents' papers and photos when the Cumberland River flooded Loyall in the spring of 1977.

Did the Post Office keep copies of those commissions? You can bet finding out is now on my to-do list.

Source:  Records of the Post Office Department, "U.S. Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832–1971," database, Ancestry ( : accessed 3 January 2014), Loyall, Harlan County, Kentucky; citing National Archives and Records Adminstration microfilm M841.

Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge at No Story Too Small

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