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.

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.