Jonathan Hedrick (1798-?) & Elizabeth Travilian (1800-?)

I suspect that Jonathan Hedrick & Elizabeth Travilian are my 4x great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandfather Isaac Hedrick. I explain my thoughts here. My cousin Larry Hedrick took my research and expanded it greatly. Read his account here.

Jonathan Hedrick was born in about 1798 in Garrard County, Kentucky. He was the son of Johann Jost “Joseph” Hedrick & Sarah (last name perhaps Tipton.) His siblings include:  Jacob Headrick (1783-?), Rebecca Hedrick Pulliam (1791-1871), Mary Hedrick Swope (1792-1870), Joseph Headrick (1796-1858), Isaac Headrick (1800-1882), William Hedrick (1802-?), Orpha Hedrick Head (1804-?), Sarah Headrick Brockman (1805-1873), Elizabeth Hedrick Smith (1806-?), Samuel Hedrick (1812-1857).

Elizabeth Travilian was born about 1800. I do not know who her parents were. Only one family of Travilians (or anything close to that) were on the 1800 US Census, and they were in South Carolina. On the 1810 US Census there was 1 family in North Carolina and 7 in Virginia. On the 1820 US Census was 1 family in New York, 9 in Virginia, 1 in Tennessee and 1 in Mississippi. By 1830, there were still no Travilians in the midwest. Elizabeth’s marriage record is the first record of a Travilian I can find in Missouri, and there isn’t another one for 18 years.

Jonathan and Elizabeth married on December 23, 1824 in Cooper County, Missouri. The marriage record indicates that bride and groom were both residents of Cooper County.

On the 1830 US Census. Jonathan Hedrick was head of a household of 5 in Howard County, Missouri: 3 males under age 5; 1 male aged 30-39; 1 female aged 30-39.

Jonathan died sometime after 1836 based on the ages of his children.

On the 1840 US Census, Elizabeth was widowed. She was head of a household of 10 in Moniteau, Cole, Missouri: 3 males under age 5; 1 male aged 5-9; 2 males aged 10-14; 1 female under age 5; 2 females aged 5-9; 1 female aged 30-39.

Elizabeth died prior to 1850. Jonathan’s Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Jonathan Hedrick & Elizabeth Travilian:

Mary Elizabeth Hedrick – I have no information on Mary, but it is said that she was born about 1828 in Howard County, Missouri.

Sarah Ann Hedrick – Sarah was born November 2, 1830 in Howard County, Missouri. She married Henry Jobe on June 17, 1849 in Moniteau County, Missouri. They had 6 children. She died February 18, 1867 in Moniteau County, Missouri. She was 36. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Lamanda Jane Hedrick – Lamanda was born February 12, 1832 in Howard County, Missouri. She married William Yates on September 20, 1856 in Moniteau County, Missouri. They had a daughter, and William died during the Civil War. Lamanda married John Steven Jobe on June 11, 1865 in Moniteau County, Missouri. They had at least 5 children. Lamanda died on April 9, 1886 in Miller County, Missouri. She was 54. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Isaac Hedrick – My 3x great grandfather Isaac was born in about 1835 in Tennessee. He was raised by his Aunt Mary Hedrick Swope after his parents died, and was living with her on the 1850 US Census. He married Minerva Mathes on August 12, 1858 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 2 children, and both died in late 1868/early 1869. Isaac was about 34. Read about them here.

Jonathan J. Hedrick – Jonathan was born about 1836 in Missouri. A note on his father’s Find A Grave memorial says he was under the guardianship of his Uncle Samuel when Samuel died in 1857. Jonathan married Mary Renfrow on March 21, 1858 in Moniteau, Missouri. They had a son. According to cousin Larry Hedrick of Hot Springs, Arkansas (hedrickld@aol.com), Jonathan “served in the Missouri State Guard (Confederate) and was captured along with several others behind Union lines during Confederate General Sterling Price’s invasion of Missouri in March of 1862.  Since he and his companions were not in uniform, they were accused of being spies.  They were tried in a military court, found guilty, and sentenced to be shot dead.  The death sentences were overturned by President Lincoln and Jonathan J. Hedrick was then held as a prisoner-of-war in Alton, Illinois where he unfortunately died, probably from disease, before the end of the war.  Perhaps he was a spy, or maybe just trying to make contact with General Price’s force.  The truth is lost in history and will never be known.”

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

UPDATED JULY 2017

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

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James “Jim” Wesley Hedrick was born October 7, 1887 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. His parents are Sigel Francis Hedrick and Mary Baker, and you can read about them here.

Versa Grace Richardson was born August 12, 1897 in Missouri. Her parents are Marcus McDonald Richardson & Elizabeth Anna Greene, and you can read about them here.

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 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. They would have two more children, both born in Missouri.

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.

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.

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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.

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)

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(I redacted some information above – an incorrect address and the name of a living person. The scrapbook pages were created using Studio J by Close To My Heart.)

UPDATED JULY 2017

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.

Bill was born December 22, 1910 in Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri. His parents were John Henry Hopper & Maybelle Parks. Read about them here.

On the 1920 & 1930 US Census, Euvella lived in Stone County, Missouri with her parents and siblings. 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. 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 and the children and adults would work harvesting crops. 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. They quickly had 3 children, with their oldest, my father Harley Darrell Hopper (1939-1996), arriving 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.

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 married three more times: Roy Warren, Raymond Wells, and Jake Newman (1974).

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.

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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.