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.

James Wesley Hedrick (1887-1953) & Versa Grace Richardson (1897-1928)

updated January 2019

James Wesley Hedrick and Versa Grace Richardson are my great grandparents, the parents of my grandmother Euvella Grace Hedrick.

James “Jim” Wesley Hedrick was born October 7, 1887 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. His parents were Sigel Francis Hedrick and Mary Baker, and he was the 3rd of their 9 children. You can read about them here.

Versa Grace Richardson was born August 12, 1897 in Missouri. Her parents were Marcus McDonald Richardson & Elizabeth Anna Greene, and she was the youngest of their 4 children. You can read about them here.

On the 1900 US Census, Versa lived in Finley, Christian County, Missouri with her parents and siblings. Jim lived with his parents and siblings in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri, as he did in 1910 too. On the 1910 US Census, Versa lived in Little Caney, Chautauqua County, Kansas. In 1912, Versa’s sister Dolly died.

On October 26, 1913, Jim & Versa married in Stone County, Missouri. She was 16 and he was 26. Her parents gave consent because of her age. In 1915, they had son Deward. In 1917, they had daughter Rena. In 1919, they had daughter Euvella.

In 1917 Jim filled out a draft registration card for World War I. It describes him to be of medium height and build,  with brown eyes and black hair. He was living in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri and had a wife and two children.

On the 1920 US Census, the family lived in Flat Creek, Stone County, Missouri. Jim was 32 and Versa was 22. Deward was 4, Rena was 2, and Euvella was 11 months old.

In 1921, they had daughter Mary. In 1925, they had daughter Dorothy.

Versa died December 22, 1928 in Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma. When I talked to Granny in 2012 she told me about her mother’s death at age 31. “The whole family had the flu, and the doctor had told her to stay in bed, but she had to wait on everybody. She did wash on a board in the cold, ice and snow,” she said. “Pneumonia set in and she died quick.”

The United States was on the brink of the Great Depression. and Jim at age 41 was determined to care for his 5 young children. They traveled from Missouri to California harvesting grapes for 4-5 months at a time.

On the 1930 US Census, Jim was 41, widowed, and lived with his 5 children in Stone County, Missouri.

In 1931, Jim’s sister Vernie died. In 1933, his sister Minnie died. In 1948, his mother Mary died. In 1950 his father Sigel died.

On the 1940 US Census, Jim was 52 and living in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. A wife is listed, Mollie M Hedrick. There are two daughters living in the home: Dorothy, age 14 is Jim’s daughter from his first marriage; and Luella Hedrick, age 9. It indicates that they all lived in the same house in 1935.

This marriage was a surprise to me. I talked to a cousin who did know about this marriage, and she says that Jim’s wife’s name was Maudie Carver, not Mollie, and that Luella wasn’t Jim’s daughter. I can’t find a marriage record. I was able to find more information on Maudie Carver and Luella, and you can read about that here.

In 1942 Jim filled out a draft registration card for World War II. He was 53, 5’5″ tall, weighing 155 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and a ruddy complexion. He lived in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. The person he listed as someone who would always know where he lived was V. H. Gracey of Reeds Spring.

HEDRICK James HEDRICK Deward HAMMERS Alva HEDRICK Rena HOPPER Geo HEDRICK Euvella HEDRICK Dot ECKER Glenn HEDRICK  Elizabeth MILLS Jim

Here is Jim with his adult children in 1950. All are pictured with their spouse, except for my Granny Euvella – her husband had recently died. Front: Deward & Alva Hedrick, Jim Hedrick
Back: Rena & George Hopper, Dorothy & Glen Ecker, Euvella, Betty & James Mills.

Jim died of a stroke on July 24, 1953 at Baptist Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was 65. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here. Jim and Versa are buried together in Yocum Pond Cemetery, Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri.

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2012 – Granny Euvella, her daughter, and a portrait of her mother Versa

The children of James Wesley Hedrick & Versa Grace Richardson:

Deward Douglas Hedrick  – Deward was born February 28, 1915 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He married Alva Hammers on May 20, 1933, in Reeds Spring, and they had 5 children. Deward died on October 21, 2011 in Montrose, Montrose County, Colorado. He was 96. His Find a Grave memorial is here.

Rena Ladonna Hedrick – Rena was born February 5, 1917 in Missouri. She married George Stephens Hopper on November 4, 1933 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. They had 9 children. Rena died on June 25, 1997 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. She was 80. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Euvella Grace Hedrick – My Grandmother Euvella was born January 30, 1919 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She married William Henry Hopper on March 23, 1938 in Carroll County, Arkansas. They had 3 children. She was widowed, and married three more times, having 1 more child. She died February 2, 2013 in Wentzville, St. Charles County, Missouri. She was 94. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. My blog post about her is here.

Mary Elizabeth Hedrick – Mary was born in 1921. She married James Madison Mills and they had 6 children. She died in January of 1968 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. she was 46 or 47. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Dorothy Levon Hedrick – Dorothy was born July 29, 1925 in Missouri. She married Glen Ecker on July 31, 1952 in Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. Dorothy died on December 24, 2000 in Olathe, Montrose County, Colorado. She was 75. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Henry Hopper (1910-1950) & Euvella Grace Hedrick (1919-2013)

updated January 2019

My beautiful picture

William “Bill” Henry Hopper & Euvella Grace Hedrick are my grandparents, the parents of my father Harley Hopper.

Euvella was born on January 20, 1919 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. Her parents were James Wesley Hedrick and Versa Grace Richardson. Read about them here. When Euvella was born, she joined an older brother and sister, and two sisters followed. On the 1920 & 1930 US Census, Euvella lived in Stone County, Missouri with her parents and siblings. In 1928, when Euvella was 9 years old, her mother died.

Bill was born December 22, 1910 in Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri. His parents were John Henry Hopper & Maybelle Parks. Read about them here. When Bill was born, he joined three older brothers, and four more brothers and five sisters followed. In 1927, when he was 16, his 2-year-old sister Mary died. On the 1930 US Census, Bill (age 19) lived in Stone County, Missouri with his aunt and uncle.

I visited with Granny (Euvella) shortly before her death, and she told me about the grandfather I never knew, the love of her life William “Bill” Henry Hopper.

She met Bill in Stone County, Missouri and he was from Arkansas. He asked “you girls” to go to the movies, meaning Euvella (age 18) and her sister Mary Elizabeth Hedrick (age 16). Bill had a touring car and Elizabeth sat between Bill and Euvella in the car and at the movies, so Granny thought Bill was courting Elizabeth. But after taking both girls out a couple of times, he came over and asked just Euvella to go someplace, so that made it clear who he was really courting.

It was the Great Depression, and both families moved around finding work. The Hoppers in north Arkansas and the Hedricks in south Missouri would go to California to harvest crops – adults and children worked. The families knew each other – Granny’s sister Rena Ledonna Hedrick had married Bill’s brother George Stephens Hopper a few years prior. Granny said her family followed the grapes, harvesting them for 5-6 months at a time.  She was able to spend some time with Bill in California, but not the whole time because the families moved around as needed.

They “ran off” to get married, because her father James Wesley Hedrick didn’t like Bill and was against the relationship. There had been rumors that Bill had gotten a girl pregnant. Granny said the girl wasn’t really pregnant.

Granny remembered them getting married in Stone County, Missouri, but the Arkansas Marriage Index shows they obtained a marriage license on March 23, 1938 in Carroll County, Arkansas. Euvella was 19 and Bill was 27.

After they were married, Bill took Euvella home, picked her up the next day, and took her to Fresno, California. She didn’t see her dad for 3 years. “I couldn’t blame Dad, he was trying to raise us girls right,” said Granny.

In Fresno, Bill and Euvella worked in vineyards. My father, Harley Darrell Hopper (1939-1996), arrived before their first anniversary.

On the 1940 US Census, they lived in Sanger, Fresno County, California at an orchard on McCall Avenue. Bill had worked 40 weeks the previous year, and had worked 54 hours the previous week. In 1940, Bill’s father died. They had a son in 1940 and a daughter in 1942.

Granny said that before long people started “dying like flies,” and people said it was due to the chemicals sprayed on the crops, maybe DDT. Bill got sick so they moved back to Arkansas, bought a farm, and started building a house. They had no idea how sick he was – he had lung cancer. He died January 23, 1950, before the house was completed. He was 39. His Missouri Death Certificate (thanks to my cousin Ellen Carr for finding it listed with a last name of Hooper) says that they were living in Green Forest, Carroll County, Arkansas and that he died at Springfield Baptist Hospital. Cause of death is Hepatitis with hepatomegaly (enlarged liver), etiology unknown, cancer suspected but not proved, and jaundice.) His Find A Grave memorial is here.

“He was a real good person. I kinda leaned on him for everything,” Granny said. “I sure never found another one like him.” But she tried. A widow with 3 children at age 31, she would marry three more times.

I don’t have a guess at the dates, but Euvella married and divorced Roy Warren. Euvella’s father died in 1953 when she was 34 years old. Euvella married Raymond Wells in about 1953, had a daughter, and divorced. Her sister Mary died in 1968. In 1974 Euvella married Jake Newman, and they later divorced. Her son Harley died in 1996, her sister Rena died in 1997, her son Eugene died in 1998, and her sister Dorothy died in 2000. Her daughter Diane died in 2010 and her last living sibling, brother Deward, died in 2011.

Euvella died on February 2, 2013 in Wentzville, MO. She was 94. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Euvella and Bill are buried in Yocum Pond Cemetery in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri.

The children of William Henry Hopper & Euvella Grace Hedrick:

Harley Darrell Hopper – Harley was born January 12, 1939 in Sanger, Fresno County, California. He married three times and had four children. He died September 26, 1996 in Marceline, Linn County, Missouri. He was 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Earl Eugene Hopper – Eugene was born November 28, 1940 in Sanger, Fresno County, California. He married and had a child. He died January 26, 1998 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. He was 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Daughter, living

The child of Euvella Grace Hedrick & Raymond Wells:

Glenda Diane Wells – Diane was born September 16, 1954. She married twice and had five children. She died February 14, 2010. She was 55. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.