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.

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 JULY 2017

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 is a son of Jasper Joseph Hopper and Sarah Margaret Bly. Read about them here.

Maybelle Parks was born July 6, 1887 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She is a daughter of Abraham Parks and Mary Kilman. 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 (almost 13) lived with her parents and siblings in Bear Creek, Boone County, Arkansas.

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.

(Photo: John Henry Hopper & Maybelle Parks Hopper)

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.

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.

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, all born in Arkansas. Delmar was 18, Bert was 16, Beulah was 14, Roy was 12, Lillie 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.

John died on November 10, 1940 in Fresno County, California. He was 56. His Find A Grave memorial is here. 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. On the 1940 US Census shows they lived in Fresno and Ralph was a laborer in shirt contruction. 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 grandather 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.

That time I found out my Great Great Grandfather served time in the Missouri State Penitentiary

I’m in a lot of genealogy-related groups on Facebook. One night there was a message that Missouri had recently put records from the Missouri State Penitentiary online. The website notes:

The Missouri State Penitentiary was the first state penal institution west of the Mississippi River. It opened its doors in 1836 and operated continuously until 2004. The Missouri State Penitentiary, also called MSP or the Walls, was a notoriously brutal prison. In 1967, Time Magazine named it “the bloodiest 47 acres in America.”

I decided to hop over there and search for some last names, just to see what I would find. I started with “Hopper” and got 13 hits. As I scrolled down, I saw the name Jasper Hopper – the name of my Great Great Grandfather. Then I noted the birth year and the location of the court. Yep, that is him.

Margaret and Jasper Hopper-1

He was sentenced to two years for Grand Larceny starting May 23, 1879, but he was discharged December 23, 1880 and it is noted that he was discharged under the 3/4 law.

He is listed in the 1880 census at the Penitentiary. Later census records indicate he married Sarah Margaret Bly in 1879, but in 1880 she is living with her mother and stepfather and is said to be single. There is a 1 year old named Jesse in the house too.

Someone else researching this line interviewed Jasper and Sarah Margaret’s daughter Mary Jane Hopper in the 1980s, and learned that Jasper was married before he married Sarah Margaret, and had a son named Jesse in 1879 or 1880. The story is that Jesse went to Indian Territory in Oklahoma and died there, and Jasper went to retrieve the body.

I can’t find record of Jesse anywhere – unless he is the Jesse living with Sarah Margaret in 1880, which seems unlikely. In the 1910 census Jasper is indicated as having been married twice. I sent for the prison records, which have a bit more information than is available online, and it is noted that his “wife and mother live in Taney Co near Forsyth.” His wife is not living *with* his mother, at least according to the census. Unfortunately Taney County records were lost in an 1885 fire, so records of both marriages are lost. Regardless, he was married to Sarah Margaret soon after his release from the Pen because their first child was born 13 months later.

Other tidbits from the prison record – he was 5’9.5″ and had a 10″ foot. He had light brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.

I have a lot to figure out about Jasper and Sarah Margaret and their many children.

Also, it appears that Jasper’s brother Isaiah G. Hopper served time in the Pen too – a lot of time. He was sentenced in November of 1884 to 15 years for 1st degree robbery. He was discharged under the 3/4 law too. Under “Former Imprisonment” it says “Two Terms Mo. Pen” but those aren’t in the database.

If you want to search for your own relatives, go to:
http://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesdb/msp/Default.aspx