Lanier, Hankins, Hopkins & Taylor Families

Stephen HOPKINS Jr.
(ca 1805-bef. 1891)
(ca 1808-bet. 1870/1880)
(ca 1838-bef. 1863)
James Arton "Jim" HOPKINS


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Lucinda "Cindy" HOWARD

James Arton "Jim" HOPKINS 2
  • Born: 1 December 1861, Mulberry Gap, Hancock County, Tennessee 1447,1448
  • Marriage: Lucinda "Cindy" HOWARD on 25 December 1885 in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky 1445,1446
  • Died: 5 January 1933, Harlan Township, Warren County, Ohio at age 71 1449
  • Buried: 7 January 1933, Morrow Cemetery, Salem Township, Warren County, Ohio 2,1450,1451

  Death Notes:

Jim died at his home.


  More Information:

Residence: 1861 to 1865, Mulberry Gap, Hancock County, Tennessee. Jim was raised by his maternal grandparents, Stephen & Rachel Hopkins. The family lived in Mulberry Gap when he was born in 1861 and moved to Kentucky about 1865.

Residence: 1865 to 1885, Molus, Harlan County, Kentucky. Jim moved to Harlan County with his grandparents about 1865. He lived in Harlan County until he & Cindy married.

1870 United States Federal Census, Stephen Hopkins household, Harlan County, Kentucky: Jim was living with his grandparents. He was listed as James O. Hopkins (age 8).


Photo: Jim, ca. 1885, Harlan County, Kentucky. James Arton "Jim" Hopkins. This photo was probably taken about the time that he and Cindy were married.

Occupation: Jim worked as a farmer. Jim's main occupation was farming in Harlan & Rockcastle Counties, Kentucky and Warren County, Ohio. He was also a magistrate in Wallins Creek (Harlan County) in the late 1890's. He handled tax collections, local trials, married people, did census surveys and surveyed land.

1900 United States Federal Census, James Hopkins household, Harlan County, Kentucky 164: Jim, Cindy and their children, John, Henry, Lige, Elmer, Lum & Doc were living in Wallins Creek. Cindy's mother, Mary Howard was also living with them. Jim was listed as age 36, born Mar 1864. Their son, Berry would have been 2 years old but was apparently left out by mistake as it shows that Cindy had 7 children, all living at that time.

1910 United States Federal Census, James A. Hopkins household, Rockcastle County, Kentucky 170: Jim, Cindy and their children, Lige, Elmer, Lum, Berry, Doc, Grant & Lula were living near Brodhead. Jim was listed as 48 years old.

1920 United States Federal Census, James A. Hopkins household, Brodhead, Rockcastle County, Kentucky 1083: Jim & Cindy were living on Boone's Road with children, Lum, Berry, Doc, Grant, Lula, Henry and Henry's wife, Bess. Jim was listed as a farmer, age 51 born in Tennessee.

1930 United States Federal Census, James A. Hopkins household, Warren County, Ohio 1452: Jim & Cindy were living in Harlan Township with their daughter, Lula. He was listed as age 68, born in Tennessee, married at ae 24. Their son, Grant, was listed next to them.


Photo: Lum, Landan & Jim, 1932, Warren County, Ohio. Lum was Jim's brother and Landan was their 1st cousin (son of their mother's brother, John Hopkins).


Jim married Lucinda "Cindy" HOWARD, daughter of John Covey HOWARD and Mary F. "Polly" MORRIS, on 25 December 1885 in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky 1445.,1446 (Lucinda "Cindy" HOWARD was born on 16 February 1867 in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky,1453,1454 died on 16 May 1957 in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky 1455,1456 and was buried on 20 May 1957 in Morrow Cemetery, Salem Township, Warren County, Ohio 2,1457,1458.)


Wedding: A marriage record for Jim & Cindy has not been located in Harlan County records but their daughter, Lula, had written down some information for one of her nieces and stated they were married Christmas 1885. Emma Taylor Hopkins noted they were married at Wallins Creek.

Residence: 1885 1901, Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky. Jim & Cindy both lived in Harlan County, Kentucky at the time of their marriage and continued to live there from their marriage in 1885 until about 1901.


Residence: 1901 to 1919, Brodhead, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. 169 Sometime between 1900 and 1902, Jim & Cindy moved to the Brodhead area of Rockcastle County. Jim's brother, Lum, and his family also moved to Rockcastle County around the same time. Until about 1919, Jim & Cindy lived in a house on what is now KY 1326 [Old Brodhead Road]. They then moved to a house on US 150 at Gum Sulphur [between Brodhead & Crab Orchard].

According to Jim's niece, Cindy Hopkins Saylor, the house on Old Brodhead Road had been used during the Civil War and, when they moved in, there were still blood stains on the upstairs wall and porch where wounded soldiers had been carried in and laid down.

[This photo of the house on Old Brodhead Road was taken by Elmer Henry Hopkins (son of Jim's cousin, Stephen Henry Hopkins) when he visited them in 1909.]


Photo: Hopkins Family, May 1909, Brodhead, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Front: Grant, Jim, Doc, Lula, Cindy; Back: Lige, Lum, Berry, Elmer. [John was away in the Army.]


Residence: 1923 1946, Warren County, Ohio. In about 1923, Jim & Cindy sold their property in Rockcastle County and moved to Warren County, Ohio. They bought a farm near Blanchester and moved their belongings from Kentucky to Ohio on the train. They lived in two houses on that farm on Templin Road. The first was a two story brick house that had been a stage coach way house. [This photo of the house was taken in 2001 when some of their granddaughters visited the area.]

Later, they built a house on the same farm and that is where they were living at the time of Jim's death in 1933. The farm was in Warren County, Ohio in Harlan Township. Lucinda continued to live there for several years after Jim's death but moved back to Kentucky about 1946.


Family Reunion: 1932, Warren County, Ohio. In the summer of 1932, all of Jim & Cindy's living children (except for oldest son, John) were together at their home near Blanchester, Ohio. In addition, 8 of their grandchildren were also there.


Residence: 1946 1957, Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky. On 9 Dec 1946 and 7 Jan 1947, Cindy sold the property in Ohio. She & her sister, Sarah [who had lived with Cindy since the death of her husband in 1933], moved back to Wallins Creek to the property where they were raised into a "new" house their brother, Henry, had built on that property.

[It's unclear exactly when they moved back to Wallins Creek - possibly several years before selling the property in Ohio.] Cindy inherited the Wallins Creek property from her brother, Henry & his wife, Elizabeth. Henry's will specified the property could be used by his wife for her lifetime but could not be sold as it was to pass to his sister, Lucinda Hopkins, after Elizabeth's death. Cindy and Sarah moved their belongings on the train just as Jim and Cindy had done when they moved to Ohio.

  Marriage Notes:

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