Hopson Family of Claiborne County, Tennessee
Based largely on the research of Nancy Cassada Nelson, email@example.com
- Chesterfield, New Jersey. Nancy documented her facts and clearly labeled speculation when speculation was necessary. As with all genealogy, even from trusted
sources you should attempt to verify all information as it pertains to your family.
Generation No. 1
1. DANIEL HOPSON was born before 1750 in Virginia, and died in North Carolina.
We have not established as fact that Daniel is the ancestor
of the Claiborne County, Tennessee Hopson
families. The circumstantial evidence
points to him. It seems likely that Richard Hopson, who wrote
his will in 1786 in Orange County, North Carolina
is the father of Daniel. In his will, probated on December 12, 1790, Richard named
his wife Elizabeth and sons Richard, Daniel,
Younger and Martin. These names, except Martin,
are names given to Hopson children in the
Clairborne County family. Richard left his
sons Daniel and Martin 240 acres of land on
Panther Creek in Wake County. On the first census of the U.S. in 1790 listen in Wake County, North
Carolina were six Hopson families, namely Benj, Daniel, Reuben, Zachariah,
Francis and Thomas. Only Daniel had sons under the age of sixteen.
Grainger County, Tennessee marriage records show that
on May 27, 1809 Elizabeth Hopson married William
Kirby. The records also lists a Mary Hopson, wife of Drury Harrell.
Claiborne County Court Minutes: Feb. 13, 1819, Daniel Hopson is guardian to Winslow William Bunch
and Tomsey Bunch, minor heirs of Martin Bunch, deceased.
Claiborne County Court Minutes: Wed June
23, 1824, page 361. Daniel Hopson
appeared before the court to swear
to the signature of James Hopson
on his will. Daniel stated that
he had signed as a witness. Penelope
Hopson was executrix.
Co deed book G p. 125-6: June
3, 1820. Anna and Daniel Hopson,
for love and an additional 10
shillings, deeded their property
to 6 of the heirs of Martin Bunch,
effective upon the death of Anna
and Daniel. These heirs, listed
in the deed, are Jenny, James,
Winston W, Thomsey, David and
the 1850's, James Bunch bought
out some of the other heirs. David
W Bunch and Jane Hopson, formerly
Jane Bunch, each sold their 1/6th.
David Hopson, Williard Hopson
and Unicy & Henry Ritter each
signed for 1/3 of the share of
their mother, Thomsey Bunch Hopson.
Possible Children of DANIEL HOPSON:
2. i. HARROD HOPSON, b. 1778, North Carolina; d. Bet. 1860 - 1870, Claiborne
__ ii. JESSE HOPSON, d. Aft. 1824.
3. iii. JAMES HOPSON b. Bet. 1778 - 1790, North Carolina; d. 1824, Claiborne Co TN.
__ iv. DANIEL HOPSON, d. April 24, 1827, Claiborne Co., TN; married ANN (maiden name unknown), before 1819; She was b. Abt. 1770, Virginia; d. Aft.
March 18, 1830, Claiborne Co TN.
__ v. ELIZABETH HOPSON
__ vi. MARY HOPSON
Generation No. 2
2. HARROD HOPSON (DANIEL1)
was born 1778 in North Carolina, and died Bet. 1860 - 1870 in Claiborne
Co TN. He married (1) SARAH BUNCH Abt. 1800 in Wake Co NC, daughter of MARTIN
and ANN BUNCH. Ann was born about 1788
in North Carolina, and died Bet. 1835 - 1840 in East Tennessee. Harrod married
(2) PRUDENCE MAPLES Bet. 1835 - 1840.
She was born about 1786 in South Carolina or East Tennessee, and died
March 1, 1888 in Claiborne Co TN.
is listed on the census of 1800 in Wake County,
2, 1810, at the Big Springs Primitive Baptist
Church at Springdale in Claiborne County,
Sarah Hopson "offered her experience";
she was received into fellowship on July 2,
1810. In Nov 1824 she was "dismissed
1817 in Claiborne County, Harrod purchased
land from Wm Blackwood for $80 (Deed Book
I page 265). In the 1830 census Sarah is head
of household and Harrod is not in evidence.
In the 1830's Sarah got a divorce, the family
farm was sold at sheriff's sale and deeded
over to Sarah by the purchaser.
1817 William Hopson sued Harrod in Claiborne
County, Tennessee for debts. Harrod bought
land in the county in 1817 from William Blackwood.
1830 Sarah is head of household in the Claiborne
Census, apparently Harrod was out of the house
by then. The home includes one male age 10-15,
1 male age 15-20.
1832 Sarah Bunch Hopson sought a divorce from
Harrod, because he was living with another
woman and was running up debts that she feared
would endanger the welfare of her twelve children.
At that time, in the state of Tennessee, a
divorce could be granted only by the state
assembly. A woman could not approach that
august body herself, but had to find a man
to do it for her. Sarah's request for divorce
was signed by nine male citizens of Claiborne
County, including Anderson Jennings.
March 19, 1832, John Hunt, sheriff of Claiborne
County sold Harrod's farm at auction. Anderson
Jennings purchased the property and then directed
the sheriff to deed the land over to Sarah
Hopson, with the stipulation that it be protected
from any claim by Harrod. This deed is recorded
in Claiborne County deed book I (letter i)
page 435. Monday, 17 March 1838; Harrod Hopson's name
appears in the Claiborne County, Tennessee
court minutes in a list of poll tax delinquents
for 1837 - he owes 50 cents.
Hopson is not listed on the 1840 census of
Claiborne County, Tennessee. Only heads of households, usually males, are listed on the 1840 census.
Harrod is head of a household that appears
to include Prudence, her mother and two females
age 10-15. One of these may have been Prudence's
daughter Ollie Cunningham. In 1850 Harrod
is head of a household that includes Prudence
and her granddaughter Sarah Hodges. In 1860
the household includes two grandchildren,
Wm and Sarah Hodges, Also Susan King age 43
and Alexander King age 13. In 1852 William
King married Susan Maples. In 1870 Prudence
is living with her granddaughter, Sarah Hodges
January 3, 1842: "Whereas
Wm Sanders, Richard Hopson, James Hopson, Joel Ritter, Wm Bartlet, David
Rosenbalm, James Bartlet, James Bunch, Michael Woolery, John Mathis,
Dudley Mathis, John Ritter, Drewery Mathis, Drewery Herral, Ralph Shelton,
Josiah Carter, Russell Carter, Jesse Hurst, Herod Hopson, Herod Hopson,
Wm Hopson, Henry Nevis, Jesse Sanders, Richard Wells and John Bunch
petition the county for a jury of view for the purpose of laying of
a road near James Ritter's in Caney Valley leading up said valley to
intersect the Kentucky Road near the bend where the same crosses the
branch in said valley and make report to the next proper term of this
court and if said road is favored by the jury it is to be made entirely
by the above named petitioners. Jury to wit: Jesse Evans, Wm Evans,
Thompson Hurst, Wm D Dunsmore & Christian B Plank." On Monday
4 July 1842 the road was ordered laid off with James Bartlett as overseer.
[note the repeat of the name Herod Hopson is not a typo but rather father
1843, Prudence testified for her mother to
receive a widow's pension under the federal
act of 1838, Prudence Hopson declared that
she was 59 years old.
1850, when making application to receive the
balance due her mother from a widow's pension,
Prudence states that Elizabeth had borne an
illegitimate son, Edmond Maples, then she
married and bore Prudence and William Henderson.
However, in 1846, when the date of the Elizabeth
Maples-Isaac Henderson marriage had to be
attested to, she stated that she was about
seven years old and distinctly recalled the
wedding (in 1789). The obituary that appeared
in the local newspaper at her death in 1888
states that 'Old Aunt Prudy Hopson' had seen
the frosts of 102 winters. It is possible
that she increased her age at the time of
the wedding in order to be able to swear to
the date, which was important since in order
to qualify for that particular pension, a
widow had to have been married before 1794.
It is also possible that she made herself
out to be a daughter of Isaac Henderson when
filing for the balance due on the mother's
pension thinking that she had to be his daughter
in order to get the money.
Harrod's death, Prudence lived with Sarah
Hodges Hurst and then with William Hodges,
both of whom were raised by Harrod and Prudence
after the death of their mother Ollie Cunningham
Children of HARROD HOPSON and SARAH BUNCH:
__ i. JOHN HOPSON, b. Bet. 1790 - 1800; d. Aft. 1830.
4. ii. JESSE HOPSON, b. Bet. 1800 - 1810, Wake Co NC; d. Bef. 1850, Probably Grainger Co., TN.
5. iii. RICHARD HOPSON, b. 1803, North Carolina; d. Aft. April 23, 1873, Grainger Co., TN.
__ iv. JAMES HOPSON, b. Abt. 1805; d. Abt. 1817.
__ v. UNKNOWN HOPSON, b. Abt. 1808.
6. vi. HARROD HOPSON b. 1818, East Tenn; d. Aft. 1850.
7. vii. WILLIAM HOPSON, b. Abt. 1813, Claiborne County, Tenn.; d. Aft. 1882, Lauderdale Co, Ala.
8. viii. THOMAS HOPSON, b. May 16, 1816, Claiborne Co., TN; d. Mar 1891, Webster Co., Mo.
__ ix. LEANDER HOPSON, b. Abt. 1823, Tennessee; m. LYDIA TAYLOR b. Abt. 1830, Tennessee.
3. JAMES HOPSON (DANIEL1)
was born Bet. 1778 - 1790 in North Carolina, and
died 1824 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He married PENELOPE.
She was born 1787 in North Carolina, and died
after 1860 in Lauderdale County, Alabama.
May 11, 1820. James Hopson was appointed a
juror in Claiborne County, Tennessee, Court
of Pleas and Quarter Session. In
Claiborne County in 1821 James Hopson paid
a 25 cents fine for James and John Bunch,
who were charged with assault and battery.
Sept 23, 1810, Penelope Hopson
was accepted into the Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church "by
experience". On April 2, 1813, Jacob Hill and John Neal were appointed
to cite Penny Hopson to attend next meeting. May 2, 1813: reference
relative to Sister Penny Hopson deferred to next meeting. June 2, 1813:
in consequence of a contradiction arising between Sister Sarah Jennings
and Sister Penny Hopson, Brethren appointed to labor with them. Thomas
Hurst and John Evans appointed. July 2, 1813: the difficulty between
Sister Sarah Jennings and Sister Penny Hopson got through. Jan 2, 1816:
Brother and Sister Clark appointed to cite Sister Penny Hopson to attend
the next meeting. Feb. 2, 1816, Penelope Hopson excommunicated for the
sin of dancing and refusing to face the church.
Dec 12, 1828, Hiram Hurst sold to Penelope
Hopson land "in the Hopson Valley"
for $10.00. (Claiborne deed book P page 208).
In 1842 Richard Hopson sold land that was
bounded in part by Penelope Hopson's land.
the census of 1830 the Penelope Hopson household
included 3 boys under 5. Since James died
in 1824, we do not know who these boys are
- perhaps grandchildren. Only Russell, born
1827, was living with her in 1850.
On Au 29, 1839, Penelope
Hopson and William Hopson were called to Grainger County to testify
in the trial of James Kirby, for passing counterfeit money. The court
record for that date lists their two names, the notation that they came
from 'out of county, 26 miles', four days, and their payment of $5.04
each. Grainger Co TN marriage records, May 27, 1809: Elizabeth Hopson
to William Kirby. We don't know the relationship if any of this William
to James the counterfeiter, nor of William's wife Elizabeth to our Hopson
1860 in Lauderdale County, Alabama, Penelope
is the head of household next door to Eldridge
Hopson. Page 58, Western Division. Somehow
the name Hopson became 'Thompson' in that
Child of JAMES HOPSON and PENELOPE:
10. i. ELDRIDGE HOPSON, b. 1822, East Tenn; d. October 6, 1871, Lyon Co., KY.
Child of PENELOPE:
__ ii. RUSSELL HOPSON, born in 1827.
Since James Hopson
died in 1824, Russell cannot be his son. There were several others
in Penelope's household in 1830 who were too young to belong to
James - possibly grandchildren. Russell Hopson enlisted 16 Sept
1847 for the Mexican War at Tazewell. He was a Private in Co I,
Capt. Burch and Evans. 4th Regiment, Col. Richard Waterhouse,
Tennessee Foot Volunteers. Russel Hopson was recorded as sick
in the hospital at Vera Cruz, 2 Dec 1847. He was discharged at
Vera Cruz on 2 March 1848. He last appears on the 1850 Poll Tax
list in Dist 8, Claiborne County.
Generation No. 3
4. JESSE HOPSON (HARROD2,
DANIEL1) was born Bet. 1800
- 1810 in Wake County, North Carolina, and died before 1850 probably in
Grainger County, Tennessee. He married CAROLYN LIVELY. She was born 1805 in Virginia, and died 1869 probably
in Grainger County, Tennessee.
Caroline Hopson paid tax on $25.00 value in
land, in district 8 of Claiborne County. In
latter years the tax was paid by Richard Hopson,
with no poll. Since her son Richard married
in Grainger County in 1854 and appears in
Grainger on the 1860 census and thereafter,
he could have been paying the property tax
but no poll since he didn't live there.
Children of JESSE HOPSON and CAROLYN LIVELY:
__ i. SARAH ANN HOPSON, b. 1826.
11. ii. DAVID ROSS HOPSON, b. Dec. 25, 1828, Dutch Valley, Tenn., d. May 16, 1900, Grainger Co.
__ iii. WILLIAM HOPSON, b. 1829, Tenn., d. Aft. 1890, Grainger Co.; m. CHLOE ARNWINE, Dec. 26, 1847, Claiborne Co. She was b. April 14, 1811, Tennessee; d. October 13, 1890, Grainger Co.
__ iv. NANCY ELIZABETH HOPSON b. 1833; m. WILLIAM HOBBS, May 22, 1858, Grainger County, Tennessee.
12. iv. RICHARD HENRY HOPSON, b. Dec. 17, 1837, East Tenn; d. April 17, 1921, Grainger Co.
18 Jan 1871, Grainger County TN Deed
Book 17 pg 386: 'to Wm Hopson and
Cloah Hopson and after her death to
his heirs: $700 for 75 acres on waters
of Dutch Creek and along the Wagon
Road, on Hines Ridge. Bounded by John
Malicoat and Richard Hopson.....'
Book 18 pg 190. William and Clary Hopson
sell land to Richard Hopson and wife.
6 Jan 1872. Book 21 pg 222, Wm and
Chloe Hopson bought land from G W
Sulfridge, July 1872.
Hopson is buried in the Arnwine Cemetery,
Grainger Co TN. His tombstone in the
Arnwine cemetery says Co H, 1st TN
Cav. Chloe Hopson is also buried in
11, 1829, in Grainger County, Chloe
Arnwine married John Bowers. Chloe
or Clary is more than 10 years older
than her husband in the various census.
In 1850 in Grainger there is a family
near them headed by Nancy Bowers age
5. RICHARD HOPSON (HARROD2,
DANIEL1) was born 1803 in North Carolina, and died after
April 23, 1873 in Grainger County, Tennessee.
He married (1) RHODA YARBROUGH before 1826. She was born
1805 in North Carolina, and died Bet. 1840 - 1845
in Claiborne Co., TN. He married (2) HANNAH DAMEWOOD on July 15, 1845 in Claiborne
Co., TN. She was born March 1, 1799 in Virginia,
and died April 23, 1873 in Grainger Co., TN. He
married (3) (unknown) GRAY,
David Acuff's wife's sister.
earned his living as a fisherman on the Clinch
River, in partnership with his uncle James
Bunch. P. G. Fulkerson, author of "Early
Settlers of Claiborne County", remembers
"Uncle Dick" as quite a character
who always wore a red flannel hunting shirt
and who, even when a guest, ate dinner with
his own knife.
the death of his first wife Rhoda he married
Hannah Damewood Ritter. He was remembered
by P.G. Fulkerson as saying that he had nine
children, and Hannah had nine, so they decided
to "combine their rations". The
1830 and 1840 censuses show a total of 7 children
for Hannah and Moses Ritter. There only seven
know children Richard and Rhoda. Richard may
have been counting grandchildren, including
Amanda Ritter who was living with Richard
and Hannah in 1850. Or, perhaps somewhere
along the way in the telling of the story
the number was increased.
from Claiborne County Court
Minutes, Monday, Sept 20, 1830: "....to lay off a road from a still
house on Ralph Shelton's Rd. down Clinch River to connect a road to
Grainger Co. at a ford above the mouth of Puncheon Camp Creek - Richard
Hopson, Drury Herrell, Isham Jennings, William Jennings."
the 1830 Claiborne County, Tennessee census,
two doors away from Richard and Rhoda Hopson
is Abner Yarbrough and wife age 50-60. This
is perhaps a clue to a possible parent for
Rhoda. Abner Yarber was counted in 1833 in
the Claiborne Tax enumeration. In 1833 Nancy
Yarbro was received by experience into the
Big Springs Church. There was a female age
15-20 in the Yarbrough household in 1830.
There are no Yarbrough's in the 1840 Claiborne
November of 1833, "Ritchard Hopson"
joined the Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church.
His mother had been a member; his wife Rhoda
would join in 1834, and Moses and Hannah Ritter
were also members in the 1830's. Later Richard
and his uncle James Bunch were very active
in the business of the church, but in September
of 1865 Richard, his son Young and Julia,
Young's wife, and several other family members
were excluded from the church for joining
with other churches without requesting letters
of transfer, and for their "unfellowship"
with Southern sympathizers of the church.
About this time the family moved to Grainger
County. On Nov 25, 1865, Richard sold to his
son Thomas B. Hopson 50 acres in Claiborne
County for $150.
May 4, 1834, Rhoda Hopson was received by
experience into the Big Springs Primitive
Baptist Church, at Springdale in Claiborne
In April of 1834, Hannah
Ritter was received into Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church by experience.
In December of 1853, Hannah Hopson was excluded from the church for
"usurping authority over her husband" and for refusing to
come and face the church when summoned.
10, 1848, Hannah and her second husband Richard
Hopson and the other heirs of Moses Ritter
sold the land that had belonged to Moses.
fishing business run by Richard and his uncle
James Bunch would have vanished during the
Civil War, partly because Richard's sons fought
for the Union and James' for the Confederacy.
Also, during the war all boats on the Clinch
river were ordered destroyed by the Union
general in command of the troops in the area.
1870 Richard is head of household in Grainger
County. Also in the household are his second
wife Hannah, and son William Younger and his
wife Julia and their children. Julia was the
daughter of Hannah and her first husband.
In 1872, Richard and Hannah sold the Grainger
County farm to his son William Younger Hopson
is buried in the Frye Cemetery, Dutch Valley,
Grainger County, Tennessee.
third wife is mentioned in the pension application
of Julia Ritter Hopson, widow of Richard's
son William Younger Hopson. She is identified
only as "David Acuff's wife's sister"
and her marriage to Richard, who was Julia's
step-father as well as her father in law,
is listed as the reason for the "bad
blood" between the Acuff and Hopson families,
and the reason why David Acuff and Ephraim
Gray tried to prevent Julia from receiving
a widow's pension for herself and her dependent
children. David Acuff's wife was a Gray and
Ephraim Gray's wife was an Acuff. Apparently,
there is no marriage recorded for this couple
in East Tennessee. They were married probably
between April 23, 1873 and January 12, 1878.
Children of RICHARD HOPSON and RHODA YARBROUGH:
13. i. JAMES C. HOPSON, b. Abt. 1826, Claiborne Co., d. 1884, Claiborne Co.
14. ii. EMILY HOPSON, b. 1828, Claiborne Co. d. Aft. 1900, Probably Grainger Co.
15. iii. DANIEL HOPSON, b. 1830, East Tennessee; d. May 1, 1874, Claiborne Co.
16. iv. WILLIAM YOUNGER HOPSON, b. 1832, Claiborne Co., d. Jan 12, 1878, Grainger Co., TN.
__ v. NANCY JANE HOPSON, b. 1834, Tenn.; m. GEORGE P. ROSENBALM on Apr 9, 1857, Claiborne Co.
17. vi. THOMAS BRINKTON HOPSON, b. 1836,
Claiborne Co Tn; d. March 25, 1891, Union
Co TN. Fought for the Union during the Civil War.
18. vii. MARY JANE HOPSON, b. 1838, TN; d. Aft. 1880; m. MARTIN
VAN BUREN BUNCH who fought for the Confederacy
George Rosenbalm died Abt. 1863, served in the Union Army, 1st Cav, H Co. Two of his brothers fought for
6. HARROD HOPSON (HARROD2,
DANIEL1) was born 1818 in East Tenn., and died after 1850.
He married ELIZABETH MAHULDA RITTER on December 29, 1847 in
Claiborne Co., TN. She was the daughter of MOSES
RITTER and HANNAH DAMEWOOD. Elizabeth was born January
4, 1830 in East Tenn., and died February 23, 1913
in Claiborne Co., TN.
was still in Claiborne County in January of
1842. Along with his father, his brother Richard,
Joel Ritter, David Rosenbalm and others, he
petitioned the court of Claiborne County to
construct a road from Jennings Ferry Road
near James Ritter's in Caney Valley, leading
up the valley to intersect with the Kentucky
Road. In March an overseer was assigned to
lay out the road.
1850 Harrod and Mahulda were in Lauderdale
County, Alabama. By 1860 Mahulda was back
in Claiborne, a '"spinster" with
an ever-increasing family of children. They
are called Hopson, but the father of the younger
ones is not known. On the 1850 census Harrod
and Mahulda were living next door to William
Hopson. Harrod's occupation is listed as hunter.
is called Mahuldy on the 1850 census, Mahulda
in the 1860 and 1870 census and also on her
tombstone. The 1880 census lists her as Hulda.
She is buried in Evans Cemetery in Claiborne
County near Norris Lake. Next to her is Dewie
Samuel Hopson "son - at rest" born
August 30, 1931, died July 10, 1932.
couple, along with Harrod's brothers Thomas
and William, migrated to Alabama. There is
no explanation as to why Mahulda was back
in Claiborne county without Harrod.
1856 on the second Saturday at a regular meeting,
Hulda Hopson was received into the Big Springs
Church in Claiborne County by experience.
The next day she was baptized, along with
William Younger Hopson and Eliza Rice. At
their December meeting in 1856 the Church
voted to share some of their "temporal
things" for the support of Sister Hulda
Hopson and her family. In September 1859 Mahulda
Hopson was cited for having a bastard child
and was excluded from the Church for "the
sin of whoredom".
the 1860 census of Claiborne County Mahulda
is listed with three of her children. She
is described as a "Spinster." Next
door was Elmira Hopson, also a spinster, who
had three children.
the 1880 census, Hulda Hopson is listed as
the head of a household that includes Mary
Hopson age 19, Cynthia Hopson age 15 and James
Lawsen, 'son in law' age 26.
the time of her death in 1913, the Big Springs
Church had readmitted Mahulda and now referred
to her as a beloved sister and member in full
Children of HARROD HOPSON and ELIZABETH RITTER:
__ i. RICHARD HOPSON, b. 1848, East Tenn.
19. ii. WILLIAM HOPSON b. 1850, Claiborne Co., d. Sep 20, 1911, Claiborne Co., TN.
20. iii. JESSE HOPSON, b. 1855, Claiborne Co., d. after 1900, Claiborne Co., TN.
21. iv. JOHN HOPSON, b. 1857.
__ v. SARAH A. HOPSON, b. 1859. She may be the Sarah A. Hopson who married W. A. Hurst in Claiborne County in 1877.
22. vi. MARY E. HOPSON, b. Feb. 1862, Claiborne Co TN; d. Aft. 1900.
__ vii. CYNTHIA HOPSON, b. 1864. Cynthia was born after her mother's return to Claiborne County from Alabama.
was born about 1813 in Claiborne County, Tennessee,
and died after 1882 probably in Lauderdale County,
Alabama. He married (1)
JANE SHELTON. She was born 1817
in Tennessee, and died before 1880 probably in
Lauderdale County, Alabama. He married (2) MARY.
She was born about 1830 in Tennessee.
may not be Jane's maiden name.
August 29, 1839, Penelope Hopson and William
Hopson were called to Grainger County, Tennessee
to testify in the trial of James Kirby, for
passing counterfeit money. The court record
for that date lists their two names with the
notation that they came from "out of
county, 26 miles," four days, and their
payment of $5.04 each.
1840 census of Lauderdale County, Alabama
lists W. Hopson age 20-30, wife 20-30. One
male under 5, one female under 5, one male
1850 census for Lauderdale AL shows daughter
Mary age 13 born Tennessee, son Carter age
10 born Alabama. Barbara Brummett says that
William was still alive in 1882; his exact
death date unknown. His son Thomas was a Confederate
soldier, killed during the War. William's
occupation is listed on the 1850 census as
land records show William Hopson purchased
by a cash entry sale, 40 acres of land on
January 4, 1852, document number 15277, serial
number AL3680__.122, Meridian or Watershed
Huntsville parcel Township 1S, Range 15W,
Section 33. On January 12, 1859 a cash entry
sale to William Hopson is recorded for 40
acres, document number 29040, serial number
AL3890_064, Township 1S, Range 15W, Section
the 1860 census was taken on June 4, four
Hopson brothers, Harrod, James, Thomas, William,
and a cousin Eldridge were in the Western
Division of Lauderdale County, Alabama, with
Westmorelandville listed as the post office.
1870 census shows two young women in William
& Jane's household. Martha age 20 and
Isabel age 33.
the 1880 census William gives his parents'
place of birth as North Carolina.
Children of WILLIAM HOPSON and JANE SHELTON
__ I. JASPER
HOPSON, b. about. 1833, Tennessee.
II. CARTER HOPSON, b.
about 1840, Alabama; m. ISABELLA
CULVER, January 18, 1880,
Lauderdale County, Alabama.
THOMAS HOPSON, b. Abt. 1842,
Alabama; d. during the Civil War between
1861 - 1865.
FRANKLIN HOPSON, b. May 7,
1845, Lauderdale County, Alabama.
__ v. SARAH
ISABELLE HOPSON, b. October
10, 1850, Alabama.
MARTHA JANE HOPSON, b. January
28, 1852, Alabama.
ANN HOPSON, b. 1835, East
Tenn; d. before 1873.
viii. JOHN HOPSON, b. May 7, 1845, Lauderdale County,
Alabama; d. January 31, 1927; m. PERMELIA
JANE FREER, September 16, 1867.
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was born May 15, 1816 in Claiborne County, Tennessee,
and died March 1891 in Webster County, Missouri.
m. (1) ELIZABETH TILLER,
September 7, 1838, Lauderdale County, Alabama;
m. (2) CATHERINE JANE
OWEN, May 11, 1843, Lauderdale Co.,
AL; b. April 11, 1824, East Tenn; d. Bet. 1880
- 1891, Webster County, Missouri.
and his family were in Lauderdale County,
Alabama by 1840 and 1850. When the 1880 census
was taken they were in Hazelwood, Webster
Children of THOMAS HOPSON and CATHERINE
__ i. RICHARD
HOPSON, b. about 1843, Alabama.
ELIZABETH HOPSON, b. Abt. 1845,
THOMAS HOPSON, b. about 1847,
FRANCES HOPSON, b. Abt. 1849,
v. PHOEBE CATHERINE HOPSON, b. 1852, Lauderdale County,
Alabama; m. THOMAS JEFFERSON WELLS
MELISSA HOPSON, b. 1853
WILLARD ARNOLD HOPSON, b. 22
March 1856, Lauderdale County, Alabama;
d. 8 November 1946, Wellington, Sumner
MARY HOPSON, b. 1859.
JOB HOPSON, b. 1862.
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was born 1822 in East Tenn. and died October 6,
1871 in Lyon County, Kentucky. He married LEVINA
KERBY April 6, 1843 in Grainger Co.,
TN. She was born 1820 in East Tenn., and died
after 1874 in Lyon County, Kentucky.
is on the Claiborne County Poll Tax lists
for 1850, 1851 and 1852. He does not appear
on Tennessee tax lists after 1852.
1858 Eldridge Hopson bought 40 acres of land
in Lauderdale County for 12 cents per acre.
On January 12, 1859 Alabama land records show
a cash entry sale to Eldridge Hopson for 40
acres in Township 2S, Range 15W, Section 4.
1860 Eldridge was on the Lauderdale County,
Alabama census page 158, Western Division.
He is listed on the census as Eldridge "Thompson."
The first 2 children were born Tennessee,
the last four beginning with 1852 were born
1864, 1865 and 1866 he is on the tax list
for Lyon County, Kentucky. In 1872 the tax
list for Lyon County lists Mrs Levina Hopson.
of ELDRIDGE HOPSON and LEVINA KERBY are:
__ i. MAHULDA
HOPSON, b. 1844.
PERRY HOPSON, b. 1847.
CORNELIA HOPSON, b. 1848.
WILLIAM HOPSON, b. 1850.
__ v. TILMAN
was a younger son of Eldridge and Luvina
Kirby Hopson. He lived up until the 1930s.
He moved to Gallatin County, Illinois
and died there. His descendant, Andy Hopson,
had Eldridge's family Bible which has
birth and death information.
was born December 25, 1828 in Dutch Valley, East
Tennessee, and died May 16, 1900 in Dutch, Grainger
County, Tennessee. He married ELIZA
JANE ROSENBALM June 1, 1851 in Claiborne
Co., TN. She was born December 17, 1833 in Lone
Mountain, Tennessee, and died November 30, 1899
in Dutch, Grainger County, Tennessee.
and Eliza are buried in the Hopson Cemetery
at Washburn in Grainger County. David R. Hopson
is listed in the Grainger County US Veteran's
Census, 1890, ED81, page 3. No company or
regiment is listed.
1880 his household includes grandchildren
Caroline Hopson age 5 and Forrest Hopson age
3. In 1870, the last child in the household
is Mary, age 9. She is out of the age order
of the other children. There is no Mary, or
any female of the right age in the home in
February 1885, Eliza Hopson testified that
she was present at the birth of Matilda Hopson,
daughter of Julia and Wm. Younger Hopson,
and that she was at the house on the day after
each of the others was born.
of DAVID HOPSON and ELIZA ROSENBALM are:
i. MATILDA MARY HOPSON, b. April 22, 1850, Dutch
Valley, Grainger Co., TN.; d. Aft. 1880.
NANCY J. HOPSON, b. September
20, 1853, Grainger County; d. Aft. 1880;
BARTON SEYMOUR, JR., Aft.
1880; b. September 11, 1838; d. October
1, 1910, East Tenn. Nancy
was the 3rd wife of George. First two
were Katie Frye and Louisa Taylor. George
was a Confederate soldier.
iii. JESSE HAMILTON HOPSON,
b. September 18, 1855, Washburn, Grainger
Co., TN; d. 1914, Grainger Co., TN; m.
RITTER, April 30, 1874,
Claiborne Co., TN; b. May 3, 1855, Claiborne
Co., TN; d. 1877, Grainger Co., TN; m.
LUHANA RUCKER, Aft. 1880,
Washburn, Grainger Co., TN. In 1880,
Jesse's two motherless children are living
with his parents. He is a farm laborer
in the home of Willis and Polly Aiken,
five houses away from his parents.
J. H. Hopson is listed as a voter in Grainger
Co in 1891.
iv. SARAH ELIZABETH HOPSON,
b. March 14, 1858, Dutch Valley, Grainger
Co., TN; d. September 22, 1933, Dutch
Valley, Grainger Co., TN; m. HENRY
CLINTON RITTER; b. July
3, 1860, Claiborne Co., TN; d. July 21,
1933, Washburn, Grainger Co., TN.
and her husband are buried in the Hopson
Cemetery on Dutch Valley Rd, Grainger
v. AMERICA MELVINA HOPSON,
b. February 18, 1860, Washburn, Grainger
WILLIAM HARRELL HOPSON, b.
February 22, 1862, Washburn, Grainger
Co., TN; d. June 10, 1921, Grainger Co.,
TN; m. MARY
ISABELL RUCKER, 1883,
Washburn, Grainger Co TN.
DAVID HOPSON, b. 1863; May
have died young.
viii. ALICE HOPSON, b.
about 1864, Washburn, Grainger Co., TN.
EUNICE HOPSON, b. 1867.
x. EMILY HOPSON, b. 1870.
In the 1880 census, Emily is 11. She is
not listed on the 1870 census.
xi. GEORGE CALEB HOPSON,
b. July 11, 1871, Washburn, Grainger Co.,
xii. JOHN PERRY HOPSON, b. March 13, 1874, Dutch
Valley, Grainger Co.
December 17, 1837 in East Tenn., and died April
17, 1921 in Grainger Co., TN. He married SARAH
CAROLINE HOBBS July 31, 1854 in Grainger
Co., TN. She was born July 17, 1827 in East Tenn.,
and died November 4, 1903 in Grainger Co., TN.
1870 in Grainger County, he and his family
were living in district 12, household 66,
near David Acuff.
Hopson is listed as a voter in Grainger County
and Sarah are buried in the Hopson Cemetery
on Dutch Valley Road, Grainger County, TN.
Children of RICHARD HOPSON and SARAH HOBBS
__ i. CALEDONIA
V. HOPSON, b. May 5, 1855,
Grainger Co., TN; d. September 19, 1925,
Grainger Co., TN; m. FRANK
P. GORMAN; b. 1856; d.
February 7, 1923, Grainger Co., TN.
and Frank are buried in the Hopson Cemetery
on Dutch Valley Rd, Grainger Co., TN.
ii. WILLIAM TENNESSEE HOPSON,
b. May 8, 1857, Grainger Co., TN; d. July
8, 1919, Grainger Co TN. William
is buried in the Hopson Cemetery on Dutch
Valley Rd, Grainger Co., TN.
iii. ISAAC W. HOPSON,
b. 1859, Grainger Co., TN; d. Bef. 1870,
Grainger Co TN.
SARAH HOPSON, b. 1860, Grainger
Co., TN. Sarah
is not with her parents in the 1880 census.
v. ABRAHAM L. HOPSON,
b. 1861, Grainger Co., TN; d. 1924, Grainger
Co., TN; m. SUSAN
ADELINE; b. 1844; d. 1924,
Grainger Co., TN.
CAROLINE E. HOPSON, b. June
22, 1864, Grainger Co., TN; d. August
13, 1926, Grainger Co., TN; m. WILLIAM
is buried in the Hopson Cemetery on Dutch
Valley Rd, Grainger Co., TN
JAMES C. HOPSON
was born Abt. 1826 in Claiborne Co., TN,
and died 1884 in Claiborne Co., TN. He married
WELLS October 24, 1844 in Claiborne
Co., TN. She was born Abt. 1824 in East Tennessee,
and died 1894 in Claiborne Co., TN.
1850 James and Martha and four children lived
next door to James' grandfather Harrod Hopson
and his second wife, Prudence. In 1860 they
were still next door. On the other side of
James is Dock C. Willis age 23 and wife Mary.
Joel Taylor is next, then George Rosenbalm,
John Bunch age 76, Drury P. Herrell, Wesley
Bullen and finally Sally Shelton age 45.
1848 James C. Hopson purchased land in Claiborne
County from William Truce (book T page 524).
This apparently is the only evidence of his
a letter to his daughter Dorothy dated October
7, 1951, W. F. Hopson, grandson of James,
states that "dad was the baby of family,
of 14 in all. I can't name all of them, some
died before I can remember, some went west,
never came back."
G. Fulkerson in his Early Settlers of Claiborne
County, states that James Hopson married
Patsy Wells. W. F. Hopson recorded his grandmother's
name as "Pat Wells" and her dates
as 1814-1894. On Thomas B. Hopson's death
certificate, W. F. Hopson listed the mother
as Martha Wells. The death certificate of
Sally Hopson Caldwell, signed by her daughter
Audrey, says father James Hopson, mother's
maiden name unknown. The death certificate
of John Hopson also says father James Hopson,
mother's maiden name unknown.
Patsy was born in 1814 as W. F. Hopson stated,
she would have been 53 when her last child
was born. Rare, but not impossible.
sources believe that the parents of the 19th
century Claiborne Wells families were John
Wells and Frances of Caswell Co., NC. John
was listed on the 1800 and 1810 Caswell census;
by 1820 Fanny was head of household. In 1830
she was head of household in Claiborne Co.
This household included a male age 20-30 and
a female 15-20. Her sons were John, Richard,
Woodson and possibly Tilman. John moved to
Claiborne Co. and married Nancy Smith. Their
children are named in his estate settlement
in 1865 - Martha Hopson is not one of them.
married Mary Elizabeth Moses, who was born
in 1820. They had a daughter Martha born 1851.
Wells of Straight Creek is mentioned by Mary
Hansard as the father of Martha Edmundson,
but "this is all I know of him",
she says. 1900 census has John Wells born
Wells, b 1807, married Mariah Leabow, who
was born in 1812. Their earliest recorded
child is Mary age 17 in the 1850 census. There
are no daughters in 1830, and only Mary in
There is a James Wells in
the Claiborne tax enumeration of 1839, in the 8th dist (Sycamore) In
the 1840 census James Wells has no female children.
1880 James Hopson and his wife Martha and
family are living three houses away from Wm.
Janeway and wife Suretha Wells. Mariah Leabow
Wells, widow, is living with Wm. and Suretha.
The neighborhood is as follows: house 10,
Calaway Leabow, 11: Wm Janeway, 12: Robert
Leabow, 13: James Yoakum, 14: James and Patsy
Hopson, 15: John Vana (?) age 75, 16: John
and Louisa Sulfridge, 17: Wm Janeway and Suretha
handwritten name in the Claiborne County Marriage
Book could be Wells, Wills or Mills. LDS microfilm
#0898393 contains a handwritten index made
by the WPA, and also a typed transcript of
book 2 made in the same era. The handwritten
index clearly says MILLS. The typed transcript
of JAMES HOPSON and MARTHA WELLS are:
__ i. HENRY
J. HOPSON, b. 1845, Claiborne
Co., TN; d. Bef. 1860, Claiborne Co TN.
DELANA HOPSON, b. 1847, Claiborne
Co., TN; d. Aft. 1892, Claiborne Co.,
TN; m. WILLIAM
N. WEST; b. 1841, East
Tenn.; d. Aft. 1880.
his letter of Oct. 7, 1951 W. F. Hopson
lists his Hopson aunts and uncles.
He does not name Delana; he does list
a Rachel West. There is no Rachel
Hopson in this family in any of the
census, nor a marriage for a Rachel
Hopson and a Mr. West.
1880 census 8th dist., household 60,
William N. West age 39 has a wife
Delane age 33. They have several children
including Rachel age 9. This family
is not in Claiborne County in 1870;
Delany Hopson is not with her parents
in 1870. There is no Claiborne County
marriage record for Wm. N, West or
any bride named Delaney.
iii. WILEY HOPSON, b.
1848, Claiborne Co., TN; d. Bef. 1860,
Claiborne Co TN.
RICHARD HOPSON, b. 1850, Claiborne
Co., TN; d. Bef. 1860, Claiborne Co TN.
__ v. ELIZA
HOPSON, b. February 28, 1852,
Claiborne Co., TN; d. February 22, 1927,
Plano, TX; m. (1) JACOB
H. BROWN; d. Bet. 1904
- 1907, Probably Knoxville, TN; m. (2)
PRYOR L. DRAPER,
May 8, 1907, East Tennessee; b. 1840,
East Tennessee; d. Aft. 1910.
and her oldest daughter "Fannie"
were in her father's household in
1870. She and the four girls are all
there in 1880, with the last name
Hopson rather than Brown. Family photos
taken when the daughters were young
women show the four girls with Eliza
and Jacob Brown.
The Knoxville city directory
of 1904 lists Jacob H. Brown, address 1119 Folsom. In 1907 Elizabeth
Brown widow of J.H. is listed on Harvey St.
Eliza's second husband Prior Draper
died in 1921, and Eliza went to Texas
to live with her daughter Helen. Eliza
is buried in the Restland Cemetery
vi. JOHN HOPSON, b. August
28, 1853, Claiborne Co., TN; d. June 28,
1923, Claiborne Co., TN; m. MAHULDA
JANE BARNARD, September
23, 1875, Claiborne Co., TN; b. May 1,
1855, Claiborne Co., TN; d. March 14,
1924, East Tenn.
John's death certificate,
copied from microfilm at Nashville, is nearly illegible. The death
date can be read, but not the birth date. His age 70 is legible.
His father's name is listed as James Hopson. The maiden name of
his mother is "not known."
vii. NANCY HOPSON, b.
1855, Claiborne Co., TN; d. Bef. 1880,
Claiborne Co., TN; m. WILLIAM
HOUSTON GREER, August
19, 1875, Claiborne Co., TN; b. 1842;
d. Bet. 1877 - 1880, Claiborne Co., TN.
and her husband appear to have died
before 1880, since their small children
were living with her parents at the
time of the 1880 census.
says that Houston Greer and three
of his brothers served in the Confederate
Army, and that Houston died in a federal
prison. Obviously not true if He and
Nancy Hopson were married in 1875.
It appears (see notes for Robert Greer)
that Fulkerson confused some of the
children of W. W. Greer with those
of his oldest son Robert.
viii. JAMES HOPSON, b.
1858, Claiborne Co., TN; d. Bef. 1870,
Claiborne Co., TN.
ANNA HOPSON, b. 1859, Claiborne
Co., TN; d. November 20, 1890, East Tenn.;
BROOKS, December 16, 1875,
Claiborne Co., TN; b. 1859, East Tenn.
the 1880 Claiborne Census, 10th dist;
household 4: James Brooks age 21,
blacksmith. Anna age 21. Alice age
4. The other children from the Prior
Draper Bible; he calls the family
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Brooks)
"Hello Nancy, I
have very little on your Brooks'. In the 1870 census , James age
12, is in the household of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Brooks # 09065053.
Nathaniel does not appear in the 1850 census, nor prior. From other
source I have: Alice Brooks b. 1876 and m. to William P. Edwards;
John F. b.1881, d.1969, m. Rachel Keck; James H. [Harvey] b. 1884,
d. 1959, m. Birdie(?); James Brooks . b. 1858, m. 1875 to Anna Hopson
, b. abt 1859. This is all I have but I feel like this is
your family. I will watch for more information. Sincerely, Bill"
x. MARTHA HOPSON, b.
1862, Claiborne Co., TN; d. Aft. 1892;
VANCE, 1879, Claiborne
Co., TN; b. 1862, Claiborne Co TN.
SALLIE HOPSON, b. August 5,
1865, Claiborne Co., TN; d. November 2,
1949, Knoxville Tenn.; m. HUGH
L. CALDWELL, July 6, 1900,
Knox County, Tennessee; b. 1855, East
Tenn.; d. 1929, Knox County TN.
was a member of the Woodland Ave Primitive
Baptist Church. After her husband's'
death, she lived with her daughter
Audrey and her husband Joe Cooper
in Knoxville. Joe worked on the Southern
Don Hopson referred to
him as Amos. Edna Walker, Great granddaughter of Sally's sister
Eliza, also remembered his name as Amos. His daughter Audrey had
a son named Amos Eldridge and another named Hugh.
Sallie Hopson is buried
in the Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee.
THOMAS BRINKTOM HOPSON, b.
January 4, 1867, Claiborne Co., TN; d.
August 21, 1946, Knox Co TN; m. WINIFRED
HAMIC, July 26, 1891,
Union Co., TN; b. February 20, 1872, Union
Co., TN; d. April 27, 1942, Knox Co.,
is said to have hated his middle name
Brinktom and would tell people that
the "B" stood for Benjamin.
In the late 1930's the house where
they were living in Lone Mountain
burned down, and Thomas, Winnie and
Ted moved to Knox County to live with
their widowed son Fielden.
County marriage records show Thomas'
wife's name as Winnie Hammock. Her
father, William Hammock, and his three
brothers from Union County, Tennessee
all served in the 1st Tennessee Mounted
Infantry, Union Army. They all entered
the army as 'Hammock' and left it
as "Hamic." Other family
members have remained Hammock, Hammack,
Thomas is buried in the
American Christian Church cemetery, Halls Crossroads, Tennessee.
Winifred is buried in the Taylor Grove Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee
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was born March, 1828 in Claiborne Co., TN, and
died after 1900 in Probably Grainger Co., TN.
She married DRURY PETER
HARRELL 1849 in Claiborne Co TN. He
was born about 1822 in East Tenn., and died between
1870 and 1880 in Claiborne Co., TN.
Herrell" age 29, is in the Claiborne
County 1850 census with wife "Milly".
His tombstone in Hurst Cemetery, Lower Caney
Valley Road, Claiborne County, says Captain;
Co A 12th Tenn Cav. There are no dates on
1870 there is a 20 year old in the Drury Harrell
household called D. P. Harrell, jr. age 20.
He may not be a child of this family, since
he is not listed on the 1860 census.
of EMILY HOPSON and DRURY HARRELL are:
__ i. RHODA
J. HARRELL, b. 1849, East Tenn;
T. HURST, October 9, 1867,
Claiborne Co., TN; b. 1846, Missouri.
1900 census this family includes James
H., b. January 1897, grandson. It also
says that this couple has had 11 children;
10 are living.
ii. WILLIAM D. HARRELL,
iii. MARY MELISSA HARRELL,
b. 1854, Claiborne Co., TN; d. February
22, 1910, Claiborne Co., TN; m. JEMY
PARKER, 1877, Claiborne
Co., TN. Mary
is buried in the Hurst Cemetery, Lower
Caney Valley Rd., Claiborne Co., TN.
iv. JACOB S HARRELL,
v. CORDELIA HARRELL,
vi. JASPER N HARRELL,
b. 1868, Claiborne Co., TN.
was born 1830
in East Tennessee and died May 1, 1874 in Claiborne
Co., TN. He married CATHERINE
HARRELL CARTER March 16, 1853 in Claiborne
Co., TN. She was born October 13, 1822 in East
Tennessee, and died after 1890 in Claiborne Co.,
Daniel paid poll tax in Claiborne
County district 10 beginning in 1851, which is consistent with the 1830
served as a corporal in Co A, 12th Tennessee
Cavalry, USA. He is buried in the Hurst Cemetery
in Claiborne County. His pension certificate
is # 82681, application #116859. Catherine's
pension certificate is #214629, application
and his family appear in the 1860 census in
Grainger County (Dist 12, page 510).
Daniel is buried in the Hurst Cemetery, Lower
Caney Valley Rd., Claiborne Co., TN.
1850 census and the record of Catherine's
marriage to J. P. Carter call her Clary. Fulkerson
calls her Clarrisa when he describes her father's
family, but in the description of Thornton
Carter's family Fulkerson says that Josiah
Carter married Catherine Harrell. The 1870
census calls her Catherine Hopson, and the
1890 Civil War Veteran's census does also.
Her name in the marriage document to Daniel
Hopson is recorded as C. Carter.
In 1880 Catherine is head
of a household that includes her daughter Delilah (Carter), Lucinda
Hopson, William, and six young grandchildren, all named Hopson. The
great-great-granddaughter of Daniel and Catherine's daughter Delilah
(Dillacy) says about the Carter and Hopson names: "You really
can't pay any attention to whether it [the 1880 census] says Carter
or Hopson. They all considered themselves Hopson's James F. Hopson is
really James Franklin Carter, son of Dillacy. Charles B. Hopson is the
son of Lieurinday, as is Ben F. Hopson. Laura Frances age 4 is my grandmother.
Mary E. would be Mary Ella Carter. born Dec. 1879. The next Carter was
Ada Marie, b. Sept. 8, 1883. The youngest was John Madison, b. May 5,
Children of DANIEL HOPSON and CATHERINE
HARRELL CARTER are:
__ i. LUCINDA
HOPSON, b. 1856.
SARAH HOPSON, b. 1860.
WILLIAM D. HOPSON, b. November
1862, Claiborne Co., TN; d. Aft. 1900;
b. June 1866.
born 1832 in Claiborne Co., TN, and died January
12, 1878 in Grainger Co TN. He married JULIA
ANN RITTER March 3, 1853 in Claiborne
Co TN, daughter of MOSES
RITTER and HANNAH
DAMEWOOD. She was born December
27, 1832 in Claiborne Co., TN, and died August
25, 1907 in Grainger Co., TN.
Y. Hopson began paying poll tax in Claiborne
County, dist 10, in 1853. He also paid tax
on 150 acres of land in that year.
August 1856, on the Sunday after the 2nd Saturday,
Wm Y. Hopson was baptized at Big Springs Church
in Claiborne County. In July of 1863 the Church
was meeting at a school house, since their
meeting house was occupied by soldiers. They
charged Brother Young Hopson for leaving his
family and joining the enemy of his country
to subjugate the South, the vote of the Church
taken and he was excluded. In July 1865, meeting
at the school house at Tye Branch, the church
agreed to "rescind her act relative to
Bro. Wm. Y. Hopson's exclusion at our July
meeting 1863 and restore him back in the same
standing he was in at his exclusion."
the second Saturday in April 1857 at their
regular meeting, the Big Springs Church of
Claiborne County received Julia Hopson by
experience. The next day she was baptized
along with Mira Hurst, by Elder Hiram Hurst.
September, 1865 the Church, still meeting
at Tye Branch, charged W. Y. Hopson and other
family members with joining another church
without asking for a letter of dismissal,
and for "declaring an unfellowship with
all southern members for their principles
for taking any part in the Rebellion."
served in the Union Army, Co. H, lst Tennessee
Cav. He is buried in the Frye Cemetery, Dutch
Valley Road, Grainger County. He was known
as Younger, or Young.
Younger Hopson died in 1878 Julia was left
with 5 minor children. She filed for a widow's
pension, claiming that her husband died of
consumption that he contracted while in the
army. Unfavorable reports were made in Benton
Co Arkansas by Lt Ephriam Gray and especially
by David Acuff (who volunteered his testimony)
and the pension was initially rejected. Several
family members then testified that there was
bad feelings between the Hopson and Acuff
families stemming from the marriage (his 3rd)
of Young's father Richard Hopson to a woman
described only as David Acuff's wife's sister.
Hopson's (William Younger's father) second
wife was Hannah Damewood Ritter, mother of
Julia Ritter Hopson. It is told that Younger
and Julia had agreed to support their parents
- his father and her mother - but that after
Hannah's death and Richard's remarriage, Richard
moved away from the family farm but felt that
the old bargain should hold, and that Young
and Julia should support him and his new wife.
1880 July Ann Hopson was head of a household
that included her son Jackson and his wife
Malissa, and July's six younger children.
She appears as a widow in the 1890 Civil War
census, Grainger Co., TN, ED. 81, page 1.
Harrell (Emily Hopson Harrell) is listed on
the 1900 Grainger County census. Her birthdate
is shown as March, 1828. She is listed as
a sister-in-law and boarder in the household
of Julia Hopson, born December, 1832 (along
with Julia's five children: Susan; Roaddie;
Hannah M.; Sarah M. and John B.).
Julia Ritter Hopson is buried in the Frye
Cemetery, Dutch Valley Road, Grainger County.
Children of WILLIAM
YOUNGER HOPSON and JULIA RITTER are:
i. ANDREW JACKSON HOPSON,
b. December 29, 1853, Grainger Co., TN;
d. May 15, 1935, Grainger Co., TN m.
MALISSA JANE HURST,
October 29, 1879, Claiborne Co., TN; b.
January 21, 1863, East Tennessee; d. November
26, 1930, Grainger Co TN.
are two Andrew Jackson Hopsons listed
in the Grainger County voter's list
for 1891. One is in district 12 and
one is in district 13. According to
the Claiborne Progress of May 10,
1933 in a column by W. Sam Hopson
titled Washburn News, this
one lived in Washburn. A. J. Hopson's
obituary lists two sisters, Mrs. J.
E. Stapleton and Mrs. R. E. Simmons
in addition to his children.
Claiborne Progress, Washburn News
of May 10, 1933 by Sam Hopson states,
"Elder A. A. Hopson attended
church at Davis Creek Saturday and
Sunday. Mrs Rhoda Simmons of Knoxville
is visiting her sister Mrs. J. N.
Stapleton and her brother Mr. A. J.
Hopson and his wife Malissa are buried
in the Kitts Cemetery near Washburn
in Grainger County, Tennessee.
ii. JOHN B. HOPSON, b.
1861, Grainger Co., TN; d. Aft. 1880.
SARAH MATILDA HOPSON, b. September
2, 1866, Grainger Co., TN; d. September
23, 1902, Grainger Co., TN; m.
LEE ROY SEYMOUR;
b. July 7, 1849, Grainger Co., TN; d.
July 18, 1925, Grainger Co TN.
iv. HANNAH MINERVA HOPSON,
b. July 8, 1868, Grainger Co., TN; d.
__ v. SUSAN
PALESTINE HOPSON, b. November
17, 1870, Grainger Co., TN; d. Aft. 1880.
HENRY DAVID HOPSON, b. August
2, 1872, Grainger Co., TN; d. April 15,
1891, Grainger Co., TN. Henry
is buried in the Frye Cemetery, Dutch
Valley Road, Grainger County.
vii. RHODA ELIZABETH HOPSON,
b. January 3, 1875, Grainger Co., TN;
d. Aft. May 10, 193; m. MR.
the Claiborne Progress, May 10, 1933,
Washburn News by W. Sam Hopson: Mrs. Rhoda
Simmons of Knoxville is visiting her sister
Mrs. J. N. Stapleton and her brother Mr.
A. J. Hopson.
was born 1836 in Claiborne Co., TN, and died March
25, 1891 in Union Co., TN. He married ESTHER
MARGARET STANSBURY February 14, 1856
in Claiborne Co., TN. She was born 1834 in Virginia,
and died between May 4, 1896 and January 7, 1897
in Union Co., TN.
B. Hopson, or "Brink" as he was
known, served in the Union Army, Co. A, 12th
Tennessee Cavalry. He is buried in the Hurst
Cemetery in Claiborne County. In his application
for an invalid's pension he states that his
deafness occurred at Clifton, TN while under
attack by the Rebels; that the infantry's
guns caused the sudden loss of hearing. Certification
# 546383. Esther's certification # 308344.
He appears in the 1890 veterans census, Union
Co TN, ed 252 pg 2
of THOMAS HOPSON and ESTHER STANSBURY are:
__ i. MARY
C. HOPSON, b. 1858.
RICHARD HOPSON, b. 1869.
ANICIA HOPSON, b. 1860.
May have died early - is not present in
WILLIAM S. HOPSON, b. February
__ v. JOHN
HOPSON, b. 1872.
THOMAS N. HOPSON, b. 1874.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HOPSON, b.
September 7, 1876.
DANIEL BOONE HOPSON, b. December
MARY JANE HOPSON
was born 1838 in East Tennessee, and died after
1880. She married MARTIN
VAN BUREN BUNCH February 7, 1856 in
Claiborne Co., TN, son of JAMES
BUNCH and ISABELLA
TAYLOR. He was born 1837 in East
Tennessee, and died after May 8, 1891.
P. G. Fulkerson,
writing in his Early Settlers of Claiborne
County, says that Martin served in the
Confederate Army. Barbara Brummett says that
his full name was Martin Van Buren Bunch.
1880 Martin and Mary lived next door to Martin's
father James and step mother Cynthia. In 1908
a Martin Bunch, whether this one is not known,
testified for Anderson Shelton in his application
for a Confederate pension.
of MARY HOPSON and MARTIN BUNCH are:
i. MALISSA JANE BUNCH,
b. February 22, 1856, Claiborne Co., TN;
d. March 29, 1924, Claiborne Co TN; m.
June 11, 1874, Claiborne Co TN; b. June
12, 1853, Claiborne Co TN; d. August 29,
1924, Claiborne Co., TN. Malissa
Hopson Bunch and husband Henly are
buried in the Evans Cemetery, Claiborne
ii. MILDRED M. BUNCH,
RICHARD E. BUNCH, b. October
1861, Claiborne Co., TN; m. MARTHA
C. HURST, September 29,
1881, Claiborne Co., TN; b. April 1863,
Claiborne Co., TN.
iv. ISABELLA BUNCH, b.
__ v. GEORGE
C. BUNCH, b. December 11, 1865,
Claiborne Co., TN; d. June 8, 1933, Claiborne
Co., TN; m. AMANDA
RITTER; b. March 18, 1866,
East Tennessee; d. December 7, 1943, Claiborne
Co., TN. George
was a deacon in the Salem Baptist Church.
vi. JOSIAH T. BUNCH,
MARTHA BUNCH, b. 1872.
MARY BUNCH, b. 1872.
RHODA BUNCH, b. 1875.
__ x. SARAH
H. BUNCH, b. 1877.
was born 1850 in Claiborne Co., TN, and died September
20, 1911 in Claiborne Co., TN. He married
LOUISA HURST December 29, 1872 in
Claiborne Co., TN. She was born July 1852 in Claiborne
Co., TN, and died August 14, 1919 in Claiborne
census calls Louisa "Eliza J."
Children of WILLIAM HOPSON and LOUISA HURST
__ i. ANDREW
J. HOPSON, b. 1874; m. SARAH
CABBAGE, December 7, 1895,
Union Co., Tennessee.
ii. FRANCES J. HOPSON,
b. May 1876, Claiborne Co., TN.
NOAH HOPSON, b. May 7, 1878,
Claiborne Co., TN; d. June 4, 1942, Claiborne
Co., TN; m. MATILDA
PILLION, 1901, Claiborne
Co., TN; b. June 21, 1877; d. March 26,
1927, Claiborne Co., TN. Noah
and Matilda are buried in the Jackson
Cemetery, Claiborne County, Tennessee.
iv. REUBEN H. HOPSON,
b. August 12, 1879, Claiborne Co., TN;
d. March 20, 1956, Claiborne Co., TN;
JANE HARPER, 1900, Claiborne
Co., TN; b. July 17, 1877, East Tennessee;
d. September 19, 1963, Claiborne Co.,
Treadway transcribes her as Mary Jane
Hopson in his marriage index. In the 1900
census she is listed in William's household
as sister-in-law, obviously should have
been daughter-in-law. A grandchild of
Mary Jane says that her maiden name was
v. SILAS HOPSON, b. September
13, 1884, Claiborne Co., TN; d. October
30, 1963, Claiborne Co., TN; m. NANNIE;
b. 1887, East Tennessee; d. Aft. 1910.
family cannot be found in either the 1920
or the 1930 census. Silas is buried in
the Hurst-Epperson Cemetery, Claiborne
vi. ALEX HOPSON,
b. October 1887, East Tennessee; d. 1957;
SUSAN COLLIER. Florence
Hoffman calls him Alexander J. Hopson.
The 1900 census calls him Elick.
BECKY HOPSON, b. April 1890.
PRIOR HOPSON, b. April 30,
1890, Claiborne Co., TN; d. April 21,
1974, Claiborne Co., TN.
June 04, 2000, The Knoxville News-Sentinel,
Page: B2; LEE, ANNA LOU - age
75, of Knoxville, passed away Sat.
morning at the home of her daughter.
Preceded in death by husband, Eugene
Lee; daughter, Wilma Pressley; son,
James Carol Lee; parents,
Pryor and Tennessee Hopson;
brothers, Ed and Clayton Hopson; sisters,
Avelee Shumate and Lagonda Sufferidge.
Retired from Levis after 33 years
service and member of U.G.W.A. Survivors:
sons and daughters in law, Sam and
Georgia Lee and Sherrod and Mary Lee
all of Knoxville, Bob and Kathy Lee
of Alcoa; daughter and son in law,
Ann and Gary Roberts of Knoxville;
12 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren;
brother, Don Hopson of Lone Mtn.,
Tenn.; sister, Dorothy Hurst of Knoxville;
special friend, Martha Walker from
Knox County Senior Citizens. Funeral
service 8 p.m. Mon. Mynatt's Chapel.
Rev. A.J. Rowland and Ronnie Long
officiating. Family and friends will
meet at Mynatt's by 10:30 a.m. Tues.
and proceed to New Gray Cemetery for
interment at 11 a.m. Pallbearers:
Sammy and Kenny Lee, Tony Garland,
Randall Pressley, Ronnie Long and
Joe Newman. The family will receive
friends 6-8 p.m. Mon. at Mynatt's.
1855 in Claiborne Co., TN, and died after 1900
in Claiborne Co., TN. He married (1) ELIZABETH
JOHNSON April 25, 1875 in Claiborne
Co., TN. She was born 1850 in Virginia, and died
before 1897 in Claiborne Co., TN. He married (2)
1897 in Claiborne Co., TN. She was born July 1848
in East Tenn., and died after 1900.
Treadway in his index to marriages transcribed
Martha's surname name as "Tennessee".
Martha M. Hopson was baptized at Big Springs
Church on the 1st Saturday in January 1903.
Children of JESSE HOPSON and ELIZABETH
__ i. CHARLEY
HOPSON, b. April 21, 1876,
Claiborne Co., TN; d. August 2, 1954,
Claiborne Co., TN.
LEWIS HOPSON, b. April 1879,
Claiborne Co., TN; d. June 22, 1924, Claiborne
Co., TN; m. ALLIE
DAVIS; b. August 1, 1889,
Claiborne Co., TN.
R.V. Hopson, age 81, of Tazewell,
was born November 26, 1920 and passed
away on November 20, 2002 at Claiborne
County Nursing Home. He professed
faith in Christ at an early age and
joined Lone HilI Baptist Church, later
becoming a member of Howerton's Baptist
Church where he remained a member
until death. He was a veteran of WWII.
He was preceded in death by his wife,
Mattie (Smith) Hopson; daughter, Louise
Howard; 2 infant twin sons; parents:
and Lewis Hopson;
brothers: Guy, Estle, Lon Artemus,
Charlie, Oscar and Robert Hopson;
sisters: Rosie West and Lizzie Clement.
Survivors include his daughter and
son-in-law: Judy Helen and Henley
Reece of Bean Station; son-in- law:
Robert B. Howard of Jonesville, Va.:
grandchildren: Kelli Hipsher of Bean
Station, Hilary Reece Martinez of
Tazewell, Stacey, Dustin and Brittany
Howard of Jonesville, Va.; 4 great
grandchildren: several nieces, nephews,
a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m.
Friday, November 22 at Coffey Funeral
Home Chapel in Tazewell with Rev.
J.C. Bull and Rev. Bruce Davis officiating.
Songs by Liberty Quartet. Burial in
Reece Cemetery with Military Honors.
Pallbearers: Beagle Hopper, Skip Reece,
Shawn Hipsher, Ernest Martinez, Stanley
Baker and Ed Johns. Coffey Funeral
Home in charge.
iii. GEORGE W. HOPSON,
b. March 1880, Claiborne Co., TN.
JOHNNIE HOPSON, b. March 1883.
__ v. AMANDA
HOPSON, b. October 1885, Claiborne
Co., TN; m. THOMAS
HATFIELD, 1905, CLaiborne
obituary dated December 1994 from
Monroe County, Michigan: Lola M. Adler,
daughter of Amanda
Hopson and Thomas Hatfield,
passed away age 86. She was preceeded
in death by two brothers, Robert and
Porter, and two sisters, Elizabeth
Thomas and Bonnie Alvis.
vi. ERMIA HOPSON, b.
Child of JOHN
i. CHARLIE HOPSON, b.
August 22, 1887, East Tennessee; d. October
28, 1961, Knox County, Tennesse; m. DONA
SMITH, November 8, 1908, Union
MARY E. HOPSON
was born February 1862 in Claiborne Co TN, and
died Aft. 1900. She married JAMES
C. LAWSON January 15, 1880 in Claiborne
Co., TN. He was born September 5, 1852 in East
Tennessee, and died October 10, 1930 in Claiborne
of MARY HOPSON and JAMES LAWSON are:
__ i. SAM
LAWSON, b. October 1885, Claiborne
BEN LAWSON, b. August 1886,
Claiborne Co., TN.
HUGH LAWSON, b. March 1890,
Claiborne Co., TN.
JAMES LAWSON, b. December 1892,
Claiborne Co., TN.
__ v. HENRY
LAWSON, b. March 1896, Claiborne
WILLIE LAWSON, b. December
1899, Claiborne Co., TN.
MARY ANN HOPSON
was born 1835 in East Tennessee, and died before
1873. She married (1) WILLIAM
WALLACE WHITSETT November 19, 1856
in Lauderdale County, Alabama, son of ISAAC
WHITSETT and ELIZABETH
WILSON. He was born Abt. 1838
in Lauderdale Co., Alabama, and died about 1865
near Wright, Lauderdale Co., Alabama "Killed
by a Yankee". She married (2) MR.
TERRY Bet. 1860 - 1870 in Probably
Lauderdale Co., Alabama.
here to go to THE
WHITSETT FAMILY OF LAUDERDALE COUNTY
the 1880 census, Mary's father William has
a grandson 'Isuch Whitsett' age 20, living
in his household. Mary Ann Terry initiated
court action for the administrators of Isaac
Whitsett and Philip Whitsett estates to file
accounts of the two estates for the benefit
of William Isaac Whitsett (her son). Philip,
who was the administrator of his father's
(Isaac Whitsett Sr.) estate has died. After
these documents were made in November 1870
Mary Ann disappears from the records in Lauderdale
County. Guardianship of her son passes from
her to Joseph Whitsett and then Josiah M.
Whitsett who was guardian when William Isaac
turned 21 in 1880.
soldiers index and records, National Archives,
Washington, DC., microfilm roll 118: William
(Wallace) Whitsett, Co. E, 2nd (Robinson's)
Tennessee Infantry; enlisted in Memphis, on
muster rolls from 1861 to 1864, rank Sgt.
[probably the rank he held at the time of
his last muster].
OF REBELLION, Series I, Vol. 30, Part
II, pg. 540: General Orders #64 Richmond,
Va. Aug. 10, 1864, Adjutant and Inspector
General's Office, Battle of Chickamauga Roll
of Honor: Pvt. Wallace Whitsett, Co. E, Fourth
Reg. of Infantry, Tennessee.
of MARY HOPSON and WILLIAM WHITSETT is:
I. WILLIAM ISAAC WHITSETT,
b. September 11, 1859, Lauderdale Co.,
Alabama; d. July 12, 1927, Jasper Twp.,
Crawford Co., Arkansas; m. FANNIE
BELLE MCDANIEL, October
26, 1880, Lauderdale, Co., Alabama; b.
November 1859, Mississippi; d. July 18,
1943, Detroit, Michigan.
There are numerous court records in
Lauderdale County pertaining to the
estate of Isaac Whitsett (grandfather
of William Isaac) and the guardianship
of William Isaac. By September 1870
William Isaac is the only living heir
of Isaac Sr.
William Isaac Whitsett
and Fannie Belle McDaniel are the great grandparents of Carolyn
Sue (Whitsett) Wall (see the
Whitsett Family Tree).