Stephen Hopper (1790-1858) & Bethenia Robertson (1793-1845)

Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson are my 4X great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Susan Releabie Hopper.

Stephen Hopper was born in 1790 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. He was the son of Harmon Hopper and Sarah Cole.

Bethenia Robertson was born 1793 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of William Robertson and Violetty Lettice.

Stephen and Bethenia were married on July 27, 1811 in Adair County, Kentucky. He was about 21 and she was about 18.

On the 1830 US Census, Stephen was head of a household of 10 in Adair County, Kentucky. The household included: 1 male aged 5-9 (Thomas); 1 male aged 40-49 (Stephen was 40); 2 females under age 5 (Susan was 1); 3 females aged 5-9; 2 females aged 10-14 (Iceyphena was 12); 1 female aged 30-39 (Susan was 37). There are 6 unknown children on this Census.

On the 1840 US Census, Stephen was head of a household of 13 in Adair County, Kentucky. The household included 1 male aged 15-19 (Thomas); 1 male aged 40-49 (Stephen was 50); 2 females aged 5-9 (Nancy was 7); 2 females aged 10-14 (Susan was 11); 2 females aged 15-19; 2 male slaves under age 10; 1 female slave under age 10; 1 female slave aged 24-35; 1 female slave aged 36-54. There are 4 unknown children on this Census, and wife Bethenia wasn’t counted.

A family record available on Ancestry.com indicates that Bethenia died in 1845 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. She was about 52.

Stephen married Mary Polly Roach on November 23, 1845 in Kentucky. He was about 55 and she was 23 or 29 depending on which census you believe.

On the 1850 US Census, Stephen was 60 and wife Mary was 27. Neither could read or write. Children in the home were: Nancy, age 17; William. age 10; Stephen, age 8; Harrison, age 6; Meredith, age 4.

Stephen died in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky in 1858. He was about 68.

The children of Stephen Hopper & Bethenia Robertson:

Iceyphena Hopper – Iceyphena was born August 18, 1818 in Kentucky. She married Clemon Hopper on October 14, 1835 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 10 children. Her son Creel reported, in a letter available on Ancestry.com, that four of her sons (along with 5 of her brothers) served for the Union in the Civil War. She died February 12, 1879 in Taney County, Missouri. She was 60. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas J. Hopper – Thomas was born sometime between 1821 & 1824 in Kentucky. He married Easther Rowe on January 7, 1841 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 8 children. He served Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War, and died in 1867 according to the Civil War Pension card reflecting Easther filing. He was between the ages of 43 & 46.

Susan Releabie Hopper – My 3x great grandmother Susan was born in about 1829 in Tennessee. She married Henry Killman in about 1851. They had 4 children. Susan died November 6, 1895. She was about 66. Read about her here.

Nancy Hopper – Nancy was born in 1833 in Kentucky according to the only record I have of her, the 1850 US Census.

William H. Harper – William was born in 1840. He married Samantha Jane Denton on August 5, 1866 in Adair County, Kentucky.  They had 6 children. The last record I have of him is the 1900 US Census when he lived in Dublin City, Erath County, Texas with his wife. He was a minister. His wife died in 1901 and she is buried in Erath County, Texas.

Stephen Alford Harper – Stephen was likely born in 1842 but his Find A Grave memorial says he was born on January 15 ,1844. He married Nancy Elizabeth Sexton on September 12, 1870 in Metcalfe, Kentucky.  They had 4 children. He married Maude Elizabeth Nelson on May 8, 1890 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had 6 children. Stephen died September 29, 1914 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Harrison P. Harper – Harrison was born January 8, 1844. He enlisted in Company E, Kentucky 3rd Infantry Regiment on Oct 8, 1861. He mustered out on September 26, 1864. He transferred to Company Battery A, Kentucky Light Artillery Battery on September 26, 1864. He mustered out on June 26, 1865 at Nashville, TN. Harrison married Mary Wilson on April 2, 1864 in Adair County, Kentucky. They had at least 5 children. The last record I have of him is on the 1880 US Census, when he was 34 and lived in Leatherwood, Adair County, Kentucky with his wife and 5 children.

The children of Stephen Hopper & Mary Polly Roach:

Meredith Johnson Harper – Meredith was born December 27, 1847 in Kentucky. He married Fannie E. Gowen in 1868. They had 7 children. He died September 28, 1912 in Gradyville, Adair County, Kentucky. He was 64

Manurvia Catherine Harper – Manurvia was born in 1853. She married William E. Edwards on January 18, 1869 in Adair County, Kentucky. She died Mar. 17, 1891 in Edinburg, Christian, Illinois. She was 38. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

 

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