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.