Abraham Parks (1842-1900) & Mary A. Kilman (1858-1916)

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Abraham Parks and Mary Kilman are my 2X great grandparents, parents of my great grandmother Maybelle Parks.

Abraham Parks was born in March of 1842 in Tennessee. He is the son of Robert Huntington Park and R. Andes.

Mary Kilman was born is September of 1858 in Kentucky. She is the daughter of Henry Kilman and Susan Hopper.

On the 1850 US Census,  Abraham was in Swan, Taney County, Missouri. He was 8, his father Robert was 40 and his mother R was 26. His 4 half-siblings from Robert’s first marriage live in the home.

On the 1860 US Census, Abraham was 18 and lived in Sugar Loaf, Carroll County, Arkansas. He lived with father Robert, age 50, and stepmother Prudence, age 34, and 6 siblings.

Abraham served in Company G, 3rd Regiment of Missouri Cavalry in the Civil War. His father joined the Tennessee infantry. But both fought on the Confederate side.

Abraham married Eady Anne Alley (maiden name Cane) on September 6, 1866 in Shelby, Illinois. He was 24. She was 32, had been married, and had 5 children. (Her first husband, Isaac Alley, died of typhoid fever during the Civil War, serving the Union with Company I, Illinois 5th Cavalry Regiment.) Abraham and Eady Anne had a son, William Henry Parks, in 1869.

On the 1870 US Census, Abraham, age 28, and Eady, age 38, were farming in Cullen, Pulaski County, Missouri.

On the 1880 US Census the family lived in Boone County, Arkansas. Abraham, Eady and their son William were enumerated on June 9, 1880.

We don’t know what happened to Eady, or how this timing works out, but Abraham and his next wife, Mary Ann Killman, and they had a daughter 4 months after that census.  Maggie, was born October 16, 1880, in Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri.

Backing up a bit, on the 1880 US Census, Mary, age 23, was in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. She lived with her father, age 56; her mother, age 54; and her brother, age 10). It is indicated that Mary and both of her parents were “maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled.

On the 1900 US Census. Abraham was 58 and Mary was 42. They lived in Bear Creek, Boone County, Arkansas. Mary had given birth to 7 children, 4 of them living. And they reported having been married for 17 years – which is why I believe they married in 1883. Stephen, age 16, and Maybelle (Maryan M), age 11, lived at home. Now, this is interesting. Living in the next house on the Census, with the Reed family, was Abraham and Mary’s daughter Susie Parks, age 15, and under relationship it says “ad dau.” Also listed with the family is Charles Parton, age 15, relationship “ad son.” Abraham and Mary’s oldest daughter Maggie was already married by this time, and is found on the census with her husband, oddly enough named Charles Parton. If someone knows why Susie Parks was living next door to her parents, please let me know.

Abraham died December 4, 1900 in Boone County, Arkansas, according to Arkansas Confederate Pension Records. He was 58. He is buried in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedarcreek, Taney County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1910 US Census, Mary was 54 and lived in Carrolton, Boone County, Arkansas with son Stephen age 26, his wife Ollie age 19, and their baby.  I lose track of Mary after that, and don’t know when she died.

The children of Abraham B. Parks & Eady Anne Cane are:

William Henry Parks – William was born on September 24, 1869 in Pulaski County, Missouri. He was 11 when his mother died. He married Jane Carpenter on January 15, 1893 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 8 children, and farmed in Boone County, Arkansas and Taney County, Missouri. William died on November 16, 1944 in Taney County, Missouri. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Abraham B. Parks & Mary A. Kilman are:

Maggie Parks – Maggie was born on October 16, 1880 in Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri. Her mother died soon after. Maggie married Charles Henry Parton on October 24, 1897 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 9 children and farmed in Taney County, Missouri and Boone County, Arkansas. In 1940 Charles was a constable in Boone County and Maggie worked in a canning factory. She died on September 27, 1951 in Omaha, Boone County, Arkansas. She was 70. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Stephen Abraham Parks – Stephen was born January 28, 1884 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. He married Ollie Mary Thomason on October 9, 1908 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had one son. Stephen farmed in Boone County, Arkansas in 1910 and worked on the railroad in Taney County, Missouri in 1930. He died in 1941 in Boone County, Arkansas. He was 56 or 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susie Parks – Susie was born on May 1, 1885 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She married William Arthur Hopper on August 15, 1900 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 6 children but only 3 lived. They divorced in 1910. She married James Bruce Patterson on March 30, 1910 in Carroll County, Arkansas. They had no children. On the 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 US Census they are farming in Arkansas. She died January 13, 1958 in Contra Costa, California. She was 72. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maybelle Parks – My great grandmother Maybelle was born on July 6, 1887 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She married John Henry Hopper on July 14, 1902 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 13 children. Maybelle died February 28, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her life 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.