James Henry Bly (1825-1864) & Jane Brittain (1839-1911)

UPDATED JULY 2017

James Henry Bly and Jane Brittain are my 3x great grandparents, parents of my 2X great grandmother Sarah Margaret Bly.

It’s hard to find accurate information this far back because records are sparse. However, Delores Raines Sutton has done a tremendous job researching the Brittain and Bly families (and many others), and her information is available online. I’ve relied heavily on that information here today.

James Henry Bly was born in 1825 in Kentucky. His parents are John Bly and Charity Adams. Read about them here.

Jane Brittain was born January 2, 1839 in Henderson, Knox County, Illinois. Her parents are George Brittain and Memory Larimore. Read about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, James was 25 and lived in Clark, Montgomery County, Indiana with his widowed mother Charity, age 65, at the home of his brother Abraham and his wife Mary.

Also on the 1850 US Census, Jane was 11 and lived with father George, age 37, and mother Memory, age 37, in Keokuk, Iowa. Also in the home were 3 siblings and her grandmother.

James Henry Bly and Jane Brittain were married on May 31, 1854 in Caldwell County, Missouri. James was 28 or 29, and Jane was 15. Records note that they were passing through on their way to Mercer County. I’d love to know how an Indiana boy meets an Iowa girl and decides to get married and settle in Missouri.

There’s a land grant issued to James Bly on October 30, 1857 in Mercer County, Missouri for 43.8 acres; and another on April 2, 1860 for 80.28 acres.

On the 1860 US Census, James, age 35, was head of a household in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri. His wife Jane was 21. They had three children: George, age 4; John, age 2; and Mary, age 6 months. Also in the house was James’ mother Charity, age 77. Jane’s parents were nearby.

In 1861, the family moved to Keokuk County, Iowa with Jane’s parents.

James enlisted to fight for the Union in the Civil War on August 13, 1862 in Butler, Iowa. A week later my 2x Great Grandmother, Sarah Margaret Bly, was born. James served in Company F, 33rd Infantry Regiment of the Iowa Volunteers. He became sick while in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was sent home on sick leave December 1863. He died January 11, 1864 at home in Steady Run, Iowa. He was 38 or 39. Cause of death was chronic diarrhea. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

After James’ death, Jane moved with her children and her parents back to Mercer County, Missouri.

Jane married Calvin Parton in May 1865. He was a widower with 2 children, and he had served in the Civil War. In 1869, Jane’s family and her parents moved to Wilson County, Kansas.

On the 1870 US Census, Jane and Calvin were in Clifton, Wilson County, Kansas. All of the children are listed with the last name of Parton – Jane’s 4 from her previous marriage, Calvin’s 2 from his previous marriage, and the 2 they’d had together. They would have 2 more sons together.

In 1874, Jane’s family and her parents moved to Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. They helped found Mincy Valley Church. Calvin Parton died December 24, 1878 in Mincy. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1880 US Census, Jane was 40, widowed, and living in Oliver, Taney County, Missouri. The household includes 2 of her children with James Henry Bly, her 4 children with Calvin Parton, and grandson Jesse Parton, age 1. I don’t know who Jesse’s parents are.

On the 1900 US Census, Jane was 56 and lived in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. Her son Charles was 22 and married to Maggie, age 19. They had 1 year old Rossie. Jane’s son James lived next door with his wife and 3 children.

On the 1910 US Census, Jane isn’t found.

Jane died October 30, 1911 in Omaha, Arkansas. She was 72.

Children of James Henry Bly & Jane Brittain Bly:

George William Bly – George was born May 15, 1854 in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri. He married Sinthia Laws. They had 5 children. George died on April 12, 1929 in Boone County, Arkansas. He was 74. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Eli Bly – John was born in November of 1858 in Mercer County, Missouri. He married Arminda Hopper on July 2, 1882 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 10 children. He died in January of 1924 in Boone County, Arkansas. He was 65. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Elizabeth Bly – Mary was born September 16, 1860 in Mercer, Mercer County, Missouri. She married William Henry DeJarnette in 1873 in Wilson County, Kansas. She was 13. They had 2 children.  He died in 1879. In 1881, Mary was excluded from her church, Mincy Valley Church, which was said to be 75% her relatives. The cause was “unbecoming conduct” because she lived in the household of her future husband, John Allen Raines. They had at least 1 child together already. Mary married John Allen Raines on May 8, 1883 in Boone County, Arkansas. She was 23. They had 8 children together. She died May 12, 1912 in Lead Hill, Boone County, Arkansas. She was 51. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Margaret Bly – My 2x great grandmother Sarah Margaret was born August 22, 1862 in Keokuk County, Iowa. She married Jasper Joseph Hopper in about 1880 and they had 13 children. Sarah Margaret died on January 8, 1945 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 82. She is buried with her husband in Yocum Pond Cemetery, Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Children of Calvin Parton and Jane Brittain Bly Parton:

Joseph Marion Parton – Joseph was born June 2, 1866 in Mercer County, Missouri. He married Vesta Ann Hopper on July 13, 1890 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 8 children. He died on July 16, 1938 in Omaha, Arkansas. He was 72. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Wesley Parton – James was born May 1870 in Wilson County, Kansas. He married Edna Bates on October 28, 1894 in Taney County, Missouri. On the 1900 US Census they lived in Scott, Taney County, Missouri with their 3 children. They both died young and their children were raised by her parents in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Francis Monroe Parton – Francis was born August 21, 1873 in Taney County, Missouri. He married Retta Bell on July 24, 1898 in Taney County, Missouri, and they had no children. He died December 23, 1944. He was 71. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Charles Henry Parton – Charles was born October 2, 1877 in Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. He married Maggie Parks on October 24, 1897 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 9 children. He died May 4, 1953 in Omaha, Arkansas. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Barrow (1801-1839) & Nancy Davenport (1802-1858)

UPDATED July 2017

John Barrow and Nancy Davenport are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandmother Henrietta Barrow.

John Barrow was born September 26, 1801 in Kentucky. He is the son of Aaron Barrow and Martha Tatum.

Nancy Davenport was born on December 3, 1802 in Kentucky. She is the daughter of John Davenport and Sarah Elder.

John Barrow married Nancy Davenport on October 15, 1822 in Casey County, Kentucky. They would have 8 children, and 3 of them married Hoppers.

  

Barrow Family Bible, shared with permission by Marion Hopper (m13hopper@gmail.com).

On the 1830 US Census, John Barrow was head of a household in Pulaski, Kentucky. Living the house were: 1 male under age 5 (Levi was 1), 1 male ages 5-9 (Eli was 7), 1 male age 20-29 (John was 29); 1 female under age 5 (Mary was 5), 1 female age 20-29 (Nancy was 28). The family enumerated just before them is John’s father Aaron Barrow.

John is said to have died on December 4, 1839 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He was 38. His Find A Grave memorial is here but it shows him dying July 4, 1859.

On the 1840 US Census, Nancy Barrow was listed as head-of-household in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Her household included 2 males under age 5 (John was 4 and Richard was 3), 2 males between ages 5 & 10 (Levi was 11, Galen was 8), 1 male age 15 to 20 (Eli was 17), 1 female under age 5 (Henrietta was 6), 1 female between ages 10 and 15 (Mary was 15), and 1 female between ages 30 & 40 (Nancy was 38).

On the 1850 US Census, Nancy Barrow was 42, so she aged only 4 years in 10 years. She was still in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Eli was 27, Levi was 21, Galen was 19, Henrietta was 17, Thompson was 15 and Johnson was 11.  A presumed grandson, Erasmus, age 7, was also in the home.

In approximately 1851 Nancy moved the family to Illinois.

Nancy is said to have died on July 20, 1858 in Greene County, Illinois. She was 55. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of John Barrow and Nancy Davenport:

Eli G. Barrow – Eli was born July 13, 1823. He married Mary Ann Barnard on August 24, 1858 in Greene County, Illinois. He was found in Mount Airy, Greene County, Illinois on the 1860 US Census, at age 27 with his wife age 16. He registered for the Civil War draft in Greene County, Illinois in June of 1863 when he was 37 years old. By the 1870 US Census he had died, and his wife Mary was found in Greene County, Illinois with two children. Margaret age 4 & Robert age 1.

Mary Barrow – Mary was born May 19, 1825 in Wolf Creek, Pulaski County, Kentucky. She married Theophilus Hopper on September 21, 1848 in Pulaski, Kentucky. They had 3 children. She died on August 29, 1897 in Harrison County, Missouri. She was 72. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sally Barrow – Sally was born May 24, 1827. She died on May 25, 1837 at age 10.

Levi Barrow – Levi was born August 18, 1829 in Wolf Creek, Pulaski County, Kentucky. He married Sophronia Hopper Holbrook on March 3, 1857 in Greene County, Illinois. They had 4 children. He died January 11, 1889 in Athensville, Greene County, Illinois. He was 59. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Gaylon Evan Barrow – Gaylon was born June 30, 1832 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He married Emeline Eastham on August 23, 1855 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. They had 2 children. Gaylon served in the 3rd Regiment of the Kentucky Infantry in the Civil War, on the Union side. He likely died in the war.

Henrietta Barrow – My 3X great grandmother Henrietta was born January 31, 1834 near Wolf Creek, Pulaski County, Kentucky. She married Joshua Hopper on December 5, 1854 in Greene County, Illinois.  They had 2 children. Around 1866 she married widowed John Laws. They had 2 children. Henrietta died in 1902 in Alpena, Boone County, Arkanas. She was 68. She is buried by her second husband John Laws in the Mincy Cemetery, Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about her here.

John Thompson Barrow – John was born January 1, 1836. He married Katura P. Hart on July 25, 1867 in Jackson County, Missouri. They had 2 children. He married Anna Eliza Etheridge in Jackson County, Missouri on September 25, 1879. He is listed as an early member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He died in October 1922 in Jackson County, Missouri. He was 86. His son Richard Edwin Barrow was the informant for the Missouri Death Certificate, which lists his middle name as Thomas instead of Thompson. It also lists John’s grandfather Aaron Barrow as his father, and John’s first wife Katura Hart Barrow as his mother. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Richard M. “Johnson” Barrow – Johnson was born on October 31, 1837 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He never married. He died fighting in the Civil War, in Davidson County, Tennessee on July 20, 1864. He was 26. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joshua Hopper III (1795-1853) & Sarah Sally Sheppard (1800-1840)

UPDATED July 2017

Joshua Hopper III and Sarah Sally Sheppard are my 4th great grandparents. They are the parents of my 3rd great grandfather Joshua Hopper IV.

Joshua Hopper III was born on October 25, 1795 in Adair County, Kentucky. His parents are Joshua Hopper II and Margaret Vairs/Varis/Vardi.

Sarah Sally Sheppard was born on March 6, 1800 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Her parents are Lewis Washington Sheppard and Ally Johnson. Lewis served in the War of 1812. You can see Lewis’ Find A Grave memorial here.

Joshua Hopper III married Sarah Sally Sheppard on November 20, 1820 in Adair County, Kentucky. He was 25 and she was 20.

On the 1830 US Census, Joshua was head of a household in Russell, Kentucky. He would have been 35 but both he and his wife were enumerated in the 20-29 year old columns. They had 3 sons under the age of 5 (Stephen, Theophilus, Joseph); 1 son between 5 & 9 (Joshua IV); and 1 daughter under 5 (Rhoda). They also had 8 slaves: 2 males under 10; 1 male between 10 & 23; 1 male between 55 & 99; 1 female under 10; 1 female between 10 & 23; 2 females between 24 & 35.

On the 1840 US Census, the family has moved to Rawlings, Greene County, Illinois, and they no longer had slaves. They lived close to Joshua’s parents who are enumerated as a household of 2, a man and a woman both between the ages of 50 & 59, which matches their ages. However, both Joshua and Sarah are again enumerated in the 20-29 year old column. They are said to have 1 son under 5; 1 daughter under 5; and 1 daughter between the ages of 10 & 14. However, they had 12 children, all living, ranging in age from 19 to 2.

Sarah Sally Sheppard died on July 31, 1840 in Athensville, Greene County, Illinois. She was 40.  Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joshua married Susannah Barnard on April 22, 1841 in Greene County, Illinois. He was 45 and she was 38 or 39.

On the 1850 US Census, Joshua was 55 and Susannah was 48. They farmed “North of Apple Creek” in Greene County, Illinois. They had two children together: William was 8 and Cavil was 6. Also in the home were Joshua’s children with Sarah: John, age 20; Sampson, age 13; Francis, age 12.

Joshua died August 18, 1853 in Athensville, Greene County, Illinois. He was 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joshua Hopper III & Sarah Sally Sheppard had 11 children:

Stephen F. Hopper – Stephen was born in 1821 in Russell County, Kentucky. He married Mary Elizabeth Weathers on September 12, 1844 in Greene County, Illinois. They had 3 children. He married Isabel, last name unknown, and they had one child. He died after the 1870 US Census when he lived in Browning, Schuyler, Illinois.

Theophilus Hopper – Theophilus was born April 30, 1822 in Russell County, Kentucky. He married Mary Barrow on September 21, 1848 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. They had 4 children.  He died February 4, 1882 in Eagleville, Harrison County, Missouri. He was 59. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph Hopper – Joseph was born in 1824 in Adair County, Kentucky. The only thing I know about him is his death – on on June 15, 1890. He is buried in the Hopper Family Cemetery, Athensville, Greene County, Illinois. He was 65 or 66. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rhoda Hopper – I have no record of Rhoda by name. It is said that she was born in 1825 and died in 1850. She is assumed to be the tally mark in the “female under 5” column on the 1830 US Census.

Joshua Hopper IV – My 3x great grandfather Joshua was born in 1826 in Illinois. He married Mary Johns and had a child. Then he married Henrietta Barrow and had two children. He is though to have died in 1863 in Mercer County, Missouri when he was 36 or 37. You can read more about him here.

Milton W. Hopper – Milton was born in February of 1828 in Adair County, Kentucky. Milton married Charlotte E. Reynolds on June 5, 1848 in Greene County, Illinois.  They had at least 7 children. Milton served in the 27th Mounted Infantry in the Civil War. His wife died in 1898 in Oklahoma and her Find A Grave memorial is here. Milton is found on the 1900 US Census as a 72 year old widower living in Seneca, Newton County, Missouri. It was reported on the census, oddly enough, that both of his parents were born in Germany. He died June 27, 1906 in Newton County, Missouri. He was 78. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Oaks Hopper – John is said to have been born in 1830 in Jamestown, Russell County, Kentucky. He is found on the 1850 US Census when he was 20 and lived with his parents North of Apple Creek in Greene County, Illinois. Then he enlisted in the Civil War on July 28, 1865 at at 36. He was living in Sacramento, California and served under Major Undergraft. He reported that he was born in Jamestown, Kentucky, and that he was a carpenter. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He served in the 9th Infantry Company F and served two enlistments. He deserted on November 14, 1865.

Nancy Hopper – Nancy was born May 22, 1832. She married John James Reynolds on June 7, 1848 in Greene County, Illinois, and they had a daughter. She died on August 24, 1854. She was 22. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. (Her daughter died 3 months later.)

Sophrona Hopper – Sophrona was born in 1836 in Green County, Illinois. She married Jacob Holbrook on October 30, 1850 in Greene County, Illinois. On December 17, 1850, Sophrona Holbrook was 17 and lived with her brother Stephen. She married Levi Barrow on March 3, 1857 in Greene County, Illinois. They had 4 children. She died in 1885 in Athensville, Green County, Illinois. She was 48 or 49. She is buried at the Hopper Family Cemetery in Athensville, Greene County, Illinois with her husband Levi and their daughter Mary Ellen. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sampson Hopper – Sampson was born in 1837 in Illinois. He married Nancy Jane Middleton on December 22, 1857 in Greene County, Illinois. He died serving in the Civil War, on July 15, 1862, at Regiment Hospital, Camp Big Springs, Mississippi. He was 25, and listed as single.

Francis Marion Hopper – Francis was born February 6, 1838 in Athensville, Greene County, Illinois. He married Jane Louisa Reynolds on September 30, 1856 in Morgan County, Illinois. They had 7 children. He died April 26, 1926 in Virden, Macoupin County, Illinois. He was 88.

Joshua Hopper III & Susannah Barnard had 2 children:

William Maurice Hopper – William was born September 30, 1842 in Athensville, Greene County, Illinois. He married Mary Barnard on December 20, 1861 in Greene County, Illinois. They had 9 children. He died on December 13, 1911. He was 69. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Cavil Polk Hopper – Cavil was born November 22, 1843 in Athensville, Greene County, Illinois. He married Martha E. Crouch on April 24, 1863 in Greene County, Illinois. They had 1 child, and Martha died in 1870. He married Margaret Susan Norris on November 18, 1877 in Greene County, Illinois. They had 7 children. He died March 5, 1911 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas. He was 67. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joshua Hopper IV (1826-1863) & Henrietta Barrow (1834-1902)

UPDATED July 2017

Joshua Hopper IV & Henrietta Barrow are my 3x great grandparents, parents of my 2X great grandfather Jasper Joseph Hopper.

Joshua Hopper IV was born in 1826 in Illinois according to the 1860 US Census. His parents are Joshua Hopper III and Sarah Sally Sheppard. You can see his parent’s Find A Grave memorials here and here. You can read my blog post about them here.

Henrietta Barrow was born January 31, 1834 near Wolf Creek, Pulaski County, Kentucky. Her parents are John Barrow and Nancy Davenport and you can read about them here.

Barrow Family Bible, shared with permission by Marion Hopper (m13hopper@gmail.com):

 

On the 1830 US Census, Joshua lived in Russell, Kentucky with father Joshua and mother Sarah. He had three brothers and a sister. There were 8 slaves in the household: 2 males under 10; 1 male between 10 & 23; 1 male between 55 & 99; 1 female under 10; 1 female between 10 & 23; 2 females between 24 & 35.

I can’t find Joshua on the 1840 or 1850 US Census, so let’s talk about Henrietta.

On the 1850 US Census, Henrietta was 17 and lived in Pulaski, Kentucky with mother Nancy, age 42; brothers Elijah, age 27; Levi, age 21; Galen, age 19; Thompson, age 15; Johnson, age 11; Erasmus, age 7; and of unknown relation, Fountain F. Ford, age 12. The family moved to Illinois in approximately 1853.

Joshua married Mary Johns on February 23, 1851 in Macoupin, Illinois. He was 25 & she was 15 or 16 years old. They had daughter Melvina in 1852. Mary died shortly after.

According to Illinois Public Land Purchase Records, Joshua Hopper purchased 41 acres of land for $51.40 on July 26, 1852. It could have been Joshua or his father. Joshua Hopper purchased 40 more acres of land for $5.20 on September 27, 1854. This same land had been purchsed by Joshua Hopper on January 6, 1851 for $50. I suspect it was purchased the first time by Joshua III and purchased the second time by his son Joshua IV.

Joshua married Henrietta Barrow on December 5, 1854 in Greene County, Illinois. Her mother wrote a note saying “This is to certify that I am willing for my Daughter Henrietta Barrow to Marry and do for herself.” He was 28 and she was 20. Joshua and Henrietta had a son, Jasper Joseph, in 1858, and then the family moved to Missouri.

Note written by Nancy Davenport Barrow, shared with permission by Marion Hopper (m13hopper@gmail.com).

On the 1860 US Census, Joshua was 35 and Henrietta was 25. They were farming in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri. They had two children, Melvina (from Joshua’s first marriage) who was 8 and Jasper Joseph who was 2.

On September 10, 1861, Joshua enrolled in the Mercer County Missouri Battalion as a Private under Commander Isaac Guyman. (Joshua and Henrietta had a son named Isaac Guymon in 1863.)

Around 1863, Joshua is said to have died in a Civil War skirmish, burial unknown. He was 36 or 37 years old.

Around 1866 widowed Henrietta Barrow Hopper married widowed John Laws. He had a son, Samuel, from his first marriage, and he had served in the Civil War. Together they had Alzada in 1868 and William in 1870.

On the 1870 US Census, Henrietta was 35 and her husband John Laws was 31. There were 5 children in the household: Alzada was 2 and William was 1 month old; Jasper Joseph was 12 and Isaac Guymon was 8; and Melvina was 18. They lived in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. That census indicates that Henrietta couldn’t write. John’s son Samuel Creel Laws, age 6, was living in the area with Creel & Sarah Hopper.

On the 1880 US Census, Henrietta was 47 and her husband John Laws was 43. John’s son Samuel was 16, Ada was 12 and William was 10. I don’t know where Melvina or Isaac were. The family still lived in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. Jasper was age 23 and was in the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was serving a 2 year sentence for Grand Larceny. I wrote about finding those records here.

John Laws died in October 1889. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Henrietta received a Civil War pension due to his service.

On the 1900 US Census, widowed Henrietta, age 66, lived with her widowed daughter Alzada Woodard in Jackson, Boone County, Arkansas. Also in the home were Alzada’s children: William, age 12; John, age 9; and Harriett, age 5.

Henrietta died in 1902 in Alpena, Boone County, Arkanas. She was 68. She is buried by her second husband John Laws in the Mincy Cemetery, Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Joshua Hopper IV & Mary Johns:

Melvina Hopper – Melvina was born in 1852 in Illinois. She married William Watts in 1872, and they had a son James J. Watts born September 21, 1873.  I can’t find marriage records for Melvina and William. They aren’t on a census together. I don’t know when Melvina died, but her husband remarried and they had a child together in 1877. James J. Watts died in Washington state on September 20, 1950. According to death records his mother is listed as Matilda Hooper, but considering the circumstances, I suspect her name was misremembered. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Joshua Hopper IV and Henrietta Barrow are:

Jasper Joseph Hopper –  My 2X great grandfather Jasper was born in 1858 in Illinois. He married and had a child, then married Sarah Margaret Bly in about 1800 and they had 11 children. December 16, 1929 in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. He was 71. His Find A Grave memorial is here. You can read about him here.

Isaac Guymon Hopper – Ike was born October 16, 1862 in Mercer County, Missouri. In November of 1884 he was sentenced to serve 15 years in the Missouri State Penitentiary for 1st Degree Robbery. He served 3/4 of that time. Records indicate he had served 2 previous terms. He married Darthulla Mary Catherine Sturman and they had 12 children, with the first born in 1902. On the 1910 US Census, the family was in Natura, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma and he worked as a wood chopper at a mill. On the 1920 US Census, he was teaming at an oil field in Beggs, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. His wife died in 1926 and he died March 28, 1928 at age 65. They had buried 3 of their 12 children, and their youngest would die soon after they did. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here.

The children of Henrietta Barrow Hopper & John Laws:

Alzada “Ada” Sadie Laws – Ada was born in June of 1868 in Missouri. She married Wesley Woodard in 1885 in Taney County, Missouri. At the age of 31, she was found on the 1900 US Census as a widow in Jackson, Boone County, Arkansas. She had given birth to 6 children, with 3 of them living. Her mother also lived in the home. Ada died in 1904 at age 35 or 36. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Madison Laws – William was born on April 28, 1870 in Mincy,  Taney County, Missouri. He married Mary Etta Childress on October 23, 1892, in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 8 children. He died September 23, 1940 in Miller, Lawrence County, Missouri. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Abraham Parks (1842-1900) & Mary A. Kilman (1858-1916)

UPDATED JULY 2017

Abraham Parks and Mary Kilman are my 2X great grandparents, parents of my great grandmother Maybelle Parks.

Abraham Parks was born in March of 1842 in Tennessee. He is the son of Robert Huntington Park and R. Andes.

Mary Kilman was born is September of 1858 in Kentucky. She is the daughter of Henry Kilman and Susan Hopper.

On the 1850 US Census,  Abraham was in Swan, Taney County, Missouri. He was 8, his father Robert was 40 and his mother R was 26. His 4 half-siblings from Robert’s first marriage live in the home.

On the 1860 US Census, Abraham was 18 and lived in Sugar Loaf, Carroll County, Arkansas. He lived with father Robert, age 50, and stepmother Prudence, age 34, and 6 siblings.

Abraham served in Company G, 3rd Regiment of Missouri Cavalry in the Civil War. His father joined the Tennessee infantry. But both fought on the Confederate side.

Abraham married Eady Anne Alley (maiden name Cane) on September 6, 1866 in Shelby, Illinois. He was 24. She was 32, had been married, and had 5 children. (Her first husband, Isaac Alley, died of typhoid fever during the Civil War, serving the Union with Company I, Illinois 5th Cavalry Regiment.) Abraham and Eady Anne had a son, William Henry Parks, in 1869.

On the 1870 US Census, Abraham, age 28, and Eady, age 38, were farming in Cullen, Pulaski County, Missouri.

On the 1880 US Census the family lived in Boone County, Arkansas. Abraham, Eady and their son William were enumerated on June 9, 1880.

We don’t know what happened to Eady, or how this timing works out, but Abraham and his next wife, Mary Ann Killman, and they had a daughter 4 months after that census.  Maggie, was born October 16, 1880, in Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri.

Backing up a bit, on the 1880 US Census, Mary, age 23, was in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. She lived with her father, age 56; her mother, age 54; and her brother, age 10). It is indicated that Mary and both of her parents were “maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled.

On the 1900 US Census. Abraham was 58 and Mary was 42. They lived in Bear Creek, Boone County, Arkansas. Mary had given birth to 7 children, 4 of them living. And they reported having been married for 17 years – which is why I believe they married in 1883. Stephen, age 16, and Maybelle (Maryan M), age 11, lived at home. Now, this is interesting. Living in the next house on the Census, with the Reed family, was Abraham and Mary’s daughter Susie Parks, age 15, and under relationship it says “ad dau.” Also listed with the family is Charles Parton, age 15, relationship “ad son.” Abraham and Mary’s oldest daughter Maggie was already married by this time, and is found on the census with her husband, oddly enough named Charles Parton. If someone knows why Susie Parks was living next door to her parents, please let me know.

Abraham died December 4, 1900 in Boone County, Arkansas, according to Arkansas Confederate Pension Records. He was 58. He is buried in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedarcreek, Taney County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1910 US Census, Mary was 54 and lived in Carrolton, Boone County, Arkansas with son Stephen age 26, his wife Ollie age 19, and their baby.  I lose track of Mary after that, and don’t know when she died.

The children of Abraham B. Parks & Eady Anne Cane are:

William Henry Parks – William was born on September 24, 1869 in Pulaski County, Missouri. He was 11 when his mother died. He married Jane Carpenter on January 15, 1893 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 8 children, and farmed in Boone County, Arkansas and Taney County, Missouri. William died on November 16, 1944 in Taney County, Missouri. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Abraham B. Parks & Mary A. Kilman are:

Maggie Parks – Maggie was born on October 16, 1880 in Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri. Her mother died soon after. Maggie married Charles Henry Parton on October 24, 1897 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 9 children and farmed in Taney County, Missouri and Boone County, Arkansas. In 1940 Charles was a constable in Boone County and Maggie worked in a canning factory. She died on September 27, 1951 in Omaha, Boone County, Arkansas. She was 70. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Stephen Abraham Parks – Stephen was born January 28, 1884 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. He married Ollie Mary Thomason on October 9, 1908 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had one son. Stephen farmed in Boone County, Arkansas in 1910 and worked on the railroad in Taney County, Missouri in 1930. He died in 1941 in Boone County, Arkansas. He was 56 or 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susie Parks – Susie was born on May 1, 1885 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She married William Arthur Hopper on August 15, 1900 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 6 children but only 3 lived. They divorced in 1910. She married James Bruce Patterson on March 30, 1910 in Carroll County, Arkansas. They had no children. On the 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 US Census they are farming in Arkansas. She died January 13, 1958 in Contra Costa, California. She was 72. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maybelle Parks – My great grandmother Maybelle was born on July 6, 1887 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She married John Henry Hopper on July 14, 1902 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 13 children. Maybelle died February 28, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her life here.

Jasper Joseph Hopper (1858-1929) & Sarah Margaret Bly (1862-1945)

UPDATED JULY 2017

Jasper Joseph Hopper and Sarah Margaret Bly are my great great grandparents, the parents of my great grandfather John Henry Hopper.

HOPPER Jasper BLY Margret phot black and whiteo (Photo: Jasper Joseph Hopper & Sarah Margaret Bly.)

Jasper Joseph Hopper was born in 1858 in Illinois. He is a son of Joshua Hopper IV and Henrietta Barrow. Read about them here.

Sarah Margaret Bly was born August 22, 1862 in Keokuk County, Iowa. She is a daughter of James Henry Bly and Jane Brittain. Read about them here.

On the 1860 US Census, Jasper was in Medicine, Mercer County Missouri. He was 2, and lived with his parents (farmers) and sister.

On the 1870 US Census, Jasper was 12 and lived in Scott, Taney County, Missouri with his mother, stepfather John Laws, siblings and half siblings. Margaret was 8 and lived in Clifton, Wilson County, Kansas with her mother, stepfather Calvin Parton, and siblings, half-siblings and step siblings.

On the 1880 US Census, Jasper was 23 and serving a 2 year sentence for Grand Larceny in the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. I wrote about finding those records here. Margaret (listed as Sarah) was 18, single, and lived with her mother, stepfather ,and half siblings, farming in Oliver, Taney County, Missouri.

On the 1900 US Census, Jasper was 42 and Margaret (listed as Sarah) was 39. They lived in Young, Boone County, Arkansas. Sarah reported that she had given birth to 10 children, 9 of them living. Neither could read or write. They said they had been married for 21 years, but 20 years prior Jasper was in prison and Margaret was single. I haven’t found a marriage record. At home are Joseph, 13; Lillie, 11; George, 9; James, 7; David, 5; Mary, 3; Ida, 2.

On the 1910 US Census, Jasper was 51 and Margaret was 48. They reported that they had been married 30 years, and indicated that it was a first marriage for Margaret and a second marriage for Jasper. They also reported that Margaret had given birth to 13 children, with 10 living. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. The house was rented, and Jasper reported being out of work 20 weeks during 1909. Married son William, age 28, lives at home along with his daughter Anna, who is 6. Other children in the home are George, 19; Monroe, 18; David, 16; Mary, 14; Ida, 12; Harvey, 8; Everett, 6.

On the 1920 US Census, Jasper was 61 and Margaret was 56. They were renting a farm in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. Sons Harvey, 19 and Everett, 16, lived at home.

Jasper died on December 16, 1929 in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. Cause of death was a heart blockage. He was 71. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1930 US Census, Margaret was 68 and widowed. She lived with her son Everett and his wife and children. They were farming in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri.

On the 1940 US Census, Margaret was 78 and lodging with the Scobee family in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. After giving birth to 13 children, only 3 of her children were still in the area in 1940 – daughter Mary Jane Hopper Hedrick, son Harve, and son Everett who died that year.

Margaret died on January 8, 1945 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. Cause of death was bronchial pneumonia. She was 82. She is buried with her husband in Yocum Pond Cemetery, Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Jasper Joseph Hopper and unknown mother are:

Jesse Hopper – I have no records for Jesse. A cousin told me that Jasper and Margaret’s daughter Mary Jane told her that Jesse was from a previous marriage. She said that Jasper got word that Jesse had died in “Indian country” which was Oklahoma, and that he went to retrieve his body.

The children of Jasper Joseph Hopper and Sarah Margaret Bly are:

William Arthur Hopper – William was born on February 3, 1882 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. He married Susie Relefa Parks on August 15, 1900 in Taney County, Missouri. (Susie is the sister of my great grandmother Maybelle Parks who married William’s brother John Henry Hopper). William and Susie had 3 children and divorced. William married Bertha Roe Moore on May 30, 1911 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 3 children and she died in 1919. William married Vinnie Roe (Bertha’s sister) on June 1, 1919 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 12 children. They farmed in Boone County, Arkansas (1920 Census), then in Shelby, North Carolina (1937 city directory), and then in Twin Falls, Idaho (1940 Census). His World War I Draft Registartion Card indicates he was of medium height and stout build. He had blue eyes and light brown hair. His World War II Draft Registration Card indicates he was 61, had blue eyes, gray hair, light complexion, was 5’11”, weighed 255 pounds, and was blind in his right eye. William died on January 12, 1952 in Salinas, California. He was 69. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Henry Hopper – My great grandfather John was born January 2, 1884 in Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. He married Maybelle Parks on July 14, 1902 in Shaver, Boone County, Arkanas. They had 13 children. John died on November 10, 1940 in Sanger, Fresno County, California. He was 39. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Joseph C. Hopper – Joseph was born in July 1886 in Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. The only record I have of Joseph is on the 1900 US Census when he was 13 and lived with the family in Boone County, Arkansas. Some online trees indicate that he died in 1902 in Denver, Carroll County, Arkansas. He was 15 or 16.

Lillian May Hopper – Lillie was born November 17, 1888 in Young, Boone County, Arkansas. She married John Kelley on December 23, 1906 in Boone County, Arkansas and they had 5 children. In 1910 they farmed in Washington, Arkansas and in 1920 they were in Richland, Ohio where John worked as a construction foreman. John died September 25, 1926 in Indiana. On the 1930 US Census Lillie was 41 and a widow in Muncie, Indiana and lived with 4 of her children, and one’s spouse. Lillie married Irvin Norman Vauter, a machine operator at an automobile factory, by 1935.  (In 1900 Irvin was 13 and an inmate at the Indiana Reform School for Boys Irvin. In 1910 he was 22, a baker living with parents and siblings. In 1920 he was 32 and in the Indiana State Prison. In 1930 he was divorced, 43, worked as a baker and lived with his mother.) In 1940 Lillian and Irvin lived in Muncie, Indiana with two of her children and a granddaughter. Lillie and Irvin both died in 1954 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. She was 65 or 66. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

George W. Hopper – George was born October 22, 1890 in Young, Boone County, Arkansas. He married Hannah Mary Mills on April 12, 1914 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. They had 5 children and farmed in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates he had light blue eyes, red hair, medium height and medium build. His World War II Draft Registration Cards indicates he was 5’3″ and weighed 15o pounds. George died on May 30, 1973 in Marionville, Lawrence County, Missouri. He was 82. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Monroe Hopper – James was born on March 24, 1892 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas. He married Maude Breckenridge on February 1, 1914 in Stone County, Missouri. They farmed in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri and had 9 children there, then moved to Fresno, California sometime after 1933 and had 1 more child there. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates that he was tall and stout, with light blue eyes and dark brown hair. His World War II Draft Registration Card indicates he was 5’11” and weighed 190 pounds. James died on June 27, 1962 in San Benito, California. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

David Isiah Hopper – David was born on October 15, 1894 in Boone County, Arkansas. He married Phebie Estes on October 3, 1917 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. They farmed in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri, then moved to Indiana by 1931, where David worked as a machine operator in 1940. On the 1940 US Census they lived in Center, Delaware County, Indiana and had an adopted son William Crawford, age 18. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates that he was tall and of medium build, with light blue eyes and red hair. His World War II Draft Registration Card indicates he was 5’10.5″ and weighed 210 pounds. David died on November 20, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. He was 80. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Jane Hopper – Mary was born on August 9, 1895 in Alpena, Boone County, Arkansas. She married Frederick Samuel Hedrick on April 27, 1913 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. They farmed in Flat Creek, Missouri and had 12 kids. (On the 1930 US Census, my grandfather William Henry Hopper, age 19, lived with them. Mary is his aunt, and he would eventually marry Euvella Hedrick, Frederick’s niece.) Mary died on August 12, 1995, 3 days past her 100th birthday, in Crane, Stone County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ida Medline Hopper – Ida was born on November 28, 1897 in Alpena, Boone County, Arkansas. She married Elmer Isaac Estes on August 9, 1914 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 6 children. They farmed in Long Creek, Arkansas in 1920, and were in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana by 1930. Elmer worked as a packer in a glass factory. On the 1940 US Census, both Ida and Elmer are working as packers at a glass factory. Ida died on April 25, 1977 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. She was 79. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Harve Lee Hopper – Harve was born on August 2, 1901 in Denver, Carroll County, Arkansas. He married Gertrude Edwards Wilton on June 8, 1927 in Boone County, Arkansas. They farmed in Long Creek, Arkansas and had at least 6 children. They divorced. Harve married Atha Linda Lloyd on March 18, 1972 in Aurora, Lawrence County, Missouri, when he was 70 years old. His World War II Draft Registration Card indicates he 6’2″ tall and weighed 180 pounds. He had blue eyes, red hair, and a ruddy complexion. Harve died on January 7, 1988 in Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas. He was 86. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Everett Crockett Hopper – Everett was born on December 5, 1903 in Denver, Carroll County, Arkansas. He married Sarah Ellen Baker on June 16, 1926 in Galena, Missouri. They had 4 children and farmed in Ruth, Missouri. Everett was struck by lightening and died on July 16, 1940 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He was 36. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Henry Hopper (1884-1940) & Maybelle Parks (1887-1956)

updated February 2019

John Henry Hopper & Maybelle Parks are my great grandparents, parents of the grandfather who died before I was born, William Henry Hopper.

John Henry Hopper was born January 2, 1884 in Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. He was a son of Jasper Joseph Hopper and Sarah Margaret Bly, the second oldest of their 11 children. He also had a half-brother born to his father before his marriage to Margaret. Read about them here.

Maybelle Parks was born July 6, 1887 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She was a daughter of Abraham Parks and Mary Kilman, the youngest of their 3 children. She had 2 older half-siblings from her father’s first marriage. Read about them here.

On the 1900 US Census, John (age 16), was boarding with the Washburn family in Mill Bayou, Arkansas County, Arkanas. He was a farm laborer. John’s family lived 230 miles away. Maybelle (age 13) lived with her parents and siblings in Bear Creek, Boone County, Arkansas. That year Maybelle’s father Abraham died.

John and Maybelle married on July 14, 1902 in Boone County, Arkansas. The groom was 18 and lived in Denver, Carroll County, Arkansas. The bride was said to be 16, but had just turned 15, and lived in Shaver, Boone County, Arkansas.

Also in 1902, John’s brother Joseph died. In 1905 the had son Ralph. In 1907 they had son Dennis. In 1909 they had son George.

On the 1910 US Census, they lived at 406 E. Hall Street in  Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri. They had 3 kids, and had been married 8 years. John was 26, Maybelle was 24, and they had 3 sons. Ralph was 5, Dennis was 3, and George was 10 months old. John was a mule driver in a lead & lime mill. Later that year they had son Bill.

In 1912 they had son Delmar. In 1914 they had son Bert. In 1915 they had daughter Beulah. In 1918 they had son Roy.

In September of 1918, John filled out a World War I draft registration card. He was 34, and it indicates that he was tall, slender, with gray eyes and red hair. He lived in Batavia, Boone County, Arkansas.

I can’t find the family on the 1920 US Census.

In 1921 they had daughter Jessie. In 1923 they had daughter Agnes. In 1925 they had daughter Mary, and she died in 1927. In 1928 they had son Claude. In 1929 their last child was born, daughter Juanita.

In 1929 John’s father Jasper died.

On the 1930 US Census, the family farmed in Long Creek, Carroll County, Arkansas. John was 46 and Maybelle was 42. They had 8 children living at home, all born in Arkansas. Delmar was 18, Bert was 16, Beulah was 14, Roy was 12, Jessie was 8, Agnes was 6, Claude was 2, and Juanita was 10 months.

On the 1940 US Census, the family lived on Academy Road in Fresno County, California. John was 56 and Maybelle was 52. They had 3 children at home. Agnes was 16, Claude was 12, and Juanita was 10. John was a laborer at a farm. Most of the family moved to Fresno before or shortly after 1940 – married sons Ralph, Dennis, William, Delmar & Bert, and married daughters Beulah and Billie all ended up in California. George settled in Stone County, Missouri.

In 1940 John’s brother Everett died.

John died on November 10, 1940 in Fresno County, California. He was 56. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

In 1941 Maybelle’s brother Stephen died. In 1944 her half-brother William died. In 1949 her son Dennis died. In 1950 her son William died. In 1951 her half-sister Maggie died. In 1953 her son Bert died.

Maybelle died February 28, 1956 in Los Angeles. She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Both are buried in Sanger Cemetery, Sanger, Fresno County, California.

The children of John Henry Hopper & Maybelle Parks Hopper are:

Ralph Gordon Hopper – Ralph was born February 18, 1905 in Arkansas. He married Pearlie M. Dean on February 1, 1923 in Carroll County, Arkansas. They had 5 children. She died on April 18, 1931. Ralph married Elma Burns Wyrick in 1932 in Washington County, Arkansas. She had a son from a previous marriage, and they had 4 children together. Their last two children were born in California. The 1940 US Census shows they lived in Fresno and Ralph was a laborer in shirt construction. He died August 17, 1966 in Fresno, California. He was 61. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Dennis Carl Hopper – Dennis was born on April 29, 1907 in Denver, Boone County, Arkansas. He married Delcie Robinette on January 21, 1929 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 6 children, and moved to California sometime after the 1940 US Census, when Dennis worked as a section hand on the steam railroad in Carroll County, Arkansas. Dennis died on September 1, 1949 in Fresno, California. He was 42. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

George Stephens Hopper – George was born on June 24, 1909 in Denver, Boone County, Arkansas. He married Rena Ladonna Hedrick on November 4, 1933 in Stone County, Missouri. (Rena is the sister of my grandmother Euvella Hedrick, who married George’s brother William Henry Hopper.) They had 8 daughters and a son. George died August 10, 1980 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. He was 71. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Henry Hopper – My grandfather Bill was born December 22, 1910 in Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri. He married Euvella Hedrick on March 23, 1938, and they had 3 children. Bill died on January 23, 1950 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. He was 39. I wrote more about him here.

Evert Delmar Hopper – Delmar was born on March 8, 1912 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas. He married Lula Lorene Cross on June 2, 1934 in Carroll County, Arkansas. On the 1940 US Census they lived in Fresno, California and Delmar was a truck driver. They had two children. Delmar died on August 29, 1977 in Fresno. He was 65. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bert Clifford Hopper – Bert was born January 7, 1914 in Harrison, Boone County, Arkansas. On the 1940 US Census he lived in Fresno, California and worked as a laborer. He was married to Myrtle Sons and they had 2 children, a daughter born in Oklahoma and a son born in California. He died August 16, 1953 in San Joaquin, California. He was 39. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Beulah Mae Hopper – Beulah was born November 26, 1915 in Boone County, Arkansas. She married George Barton McClellan on September 24, 1940 in Carroll County, Arkansas. He had a son from a previous marriage, and they had a son together. Bart died on February 1, 1947. She married Jack Franklin Davis in 1947, after his service in World War II. She died on June 11, 1986 in Sanger, Fresno County, California. She was 70. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Roy Lee Hopper – Roy was born on November 30, 1918 in Denver, Boone County, Arkansas. On the 1940 US Census he was a hired man, living and working for the Southall family in Jordan, New Mexico. By 1942 he was in Fresno, California and enlisted in the Army to serve in World War II. He married Bernice Henry and they had a son. Roy died on June 28, 2001 in Fresno, California. He was 82. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jessie Lillie Hopper – Billie, as she was known, was born July 4, 1921 in Carroll County, Arkansas. She married Oliver Franklin Jones and they had 3 children. They divorced in Mendocino, California in January of 1966. Billie married Neil Johnson Hibbert on October 15, 1967 in Humboldt, California. Billie died on March 2, 1987 in Garberville, Humboldt County, California. She was 65. Her gravestone says “A Real Woman.” Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Agnes Louise Hopper – Agnes was born September 10, 1923 in Arkansas. On the 1940 US Census she was 16 and lived with parents and siblings in Fresno, California. At some point she married a Mr. Couch. She died on January 21, 1975 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California. She was 51, murdered in an armed robbery in a nightclub parking lot. It had been her first night working there as a cocktail waitress. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary M. Hopper – Mary was born on October 14, 1925 in Omaha, Boone County, Arkansas, and she died on April 18, 1927 in Arkansas. She was 1 year and 6 months old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Claude Eddie Hopper – Ed was born in 1928 in Arkansas. (His birthday is recorded as September 9, 1925 on the California Death Index and the Social Security Index. His gravestone says he was born in 1925. However, his sister Mary was born 5 weeks after that birthdate so it can’t be correct. The 1930 and 1940 US Census indicate he was born in 1928.) Ed married Jeanetta Braun on September 30, 1944 in Baker County, Florida, and they had a son, born in Maryland, who served in Vietnam. Ed died on September 28, 1987 in Los Angeles. He was 58 or 59. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Juanita Josephine Hopper – Juanita was born May 14, 1929 in Arkansas. She married Robert A. Fechter on October 5, 1954 in Los Angeles and they divorced in April of 1974 in Orange County, California. Juanita died on July 16, 1977 in Orange County. She was 48.