HOPKINS Family Records
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Jason Hopkins was first married in Davidson Co TN to Alice (Alcey/Alsee) Williams on 19 April 1809 daughter of George & Alice (Abernathy) Williams. She was born about 1786. At this time no divorce papers have turned up between Jason and Alsee. They were the parents of five children who are believed to have all been born in Giles County TN.
1. Gray Jones Hopkins born about 1815, married Margaret Elizabeth Roland. Their children all born in Giles Co TN where; Benjamin 1842, Gustas 1845, Elizabeth 1850, Martha 1853 married George Russell, Gray Jones 1855 married Virginia Lee Bowers , William 1857 and Harriet 1858.
2. Gustavas Adolphus Hopkins born 13 Oct 1819 died 6 Jan 1892 married Elizabeth Damarus Brown around 1840 in Giles Co TN. Their children all born in Giles Co TN were; Littitia Victoria 12 Apr 1841 married Wm. Thomas Keeling, Wilson L. 17 Mar 1844 died 9 Feb 1862 Russellville KY, William Smith 17 Dec 1847 died 30 Nov 1924 married Ethelinda Harwell, Louisa Miral 10 Jul 1850 died 7 Oct 1862, Alcey Octavia 1855 died 14 Nov 1930 married Willis J. Brown , Edward 28 Dec 1857 died 12 May 1864, Marion E. 2 Nov 1859 died 24 Aug 1881, Samuel/Stonewall Lee 27 Dec 1862 died 29 Apr 1944 married Harriet Ladocia Aymett, Annie Vashti 9 Feb. 1864 died 17 Mar 1926 married Albert Sidney Abernathy 22 Jun 1882 in Giles Co.
3. Holmes Hamilton Hopkins born 1822, married Julia Morris around 1866 in TN. Their children all born in Jackson Co. AL were Adolphus Gustavus 1865 died 1917, Martha L. 1861, Elizabeth L. 1866, Holmes Hamilton 28 May 1869 died 15 Dec 1934.
4. Marion Hopkins born about 1823 in TN, married John Reese around 1848. Children were Elanta 1848, Narcissa 1850, Earnest 1851, Mary 1853, Thadius 1855, Claude B. 1859 and Louisa 1865.
5. Rebecca Hopkins born about 1826 married Absalom Harwell
Then shortly after the birth of his youngest daughter Rebecca, it is found that Jason Hopkins abandoned his family and left town with Nancy (Brown) Edwards.
TENNESSEE DIVORCES 1797-1858 compiled by Gale W. Bamman & Debbie Spero. p. 29
"John W. Edwards, 1827, Giles County.
John was married in 1812 to NANCY BROWN of Giles County. They lived together about 6 years and had 4 children, during which time they would disagree and part for short intervals. About 1817 he could no longer take his wife's insults and violent temper and so made over all his property to George Brown, the father of his wife, in trust for her and their children. She left and went to live with her father. He gave her nine negroes and other property. John, however, was deceived by his father in law and was stripped of every piece of property he possessed. Nancy filed her petition for divorce in Giles County in 1826. He intended to let her have the divorce, but before they came to court she ran off with JASON HOPKINS. Petition is accompanied by the signatures of 116 persons."
Things apparently didn't work out with Nancy - for we find Jason Hopkins in Peoria IL where he married Eleanor Johnson 14 August 1836. From the biographies above we can see that at this point in his life he settled in Como, Hopkins Twp. Whiteside County IL. As far as anyone knows Alsee (first wife) never divorced him and never remarried. However on the 1850 census of Giles County TN she is listed as Alsy Williams [maiden name] age 64 living in the household of her daughter and son-in-law Marion and John Reese. Also in the household was daughter Rebecca. Alsee and Jason's children remained in Giles County and many are buried there, but no record has yet been found for Alsee. When Jason absconded he left behind 5 children under 10 years old. His story that he left TN because of his opposition to slavery was a pure invention. As to how he got rid of Nancy, the testimony from her husband sounds as if she was a very difficult woman to live with.
The Children of Jason Hopkins and Eleanor are all mentioned above and here is some more information found:
William Tell Hopkins died 12 Dec 1862 at age 25
James Polk Hopkins married Aseneth Hannah Lamont on 30 Nov 1869 in Henry Co IL. She was born 2 Nov 1842 in Canada and died 2 Oct 1927 in Whiteside Co IL. The children, all born in Whiteside county, were Eleanor born Dec 1870, Jesse V 1873, Asenath 1875, Eunice B 1878, James Polk Oct 1881 he died 11 Mar 1949.
Jason Hopkins is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Whiteside County IL.
This additional information provided by Janelle Swearingen
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