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The Family of Joathan Hopper of Polk County, GA

Updated August 23, 2001

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I have been researching the family of Joathan Hopper for about three years now. My great aunt Bettie Hopper began researching this family in the 1960's, and I'm sad to say that I've been unable to trace this family back a single generation further than she had almost 40 years ago.

Please don't hesitate to ask for additional information on this family, suggest corrections, or give me information on this family!


First Generation of Joathan Hopper Family


Joathan Hopper was born 1801. Joathan died 1883 in Polk County, GA, at 82 years of age. His body was interred in the family cemetery in Polk County, GA.

He married twice. He married Terecy T. Denson in Putnam County, GA, December 13, 1828. Terecy was the daughter of Calley Adrian Denson Sr. and Elizabeth Watkins. Terecy died 1857 in Floyd County, GA. Her body was interred in the family cemetery in Polk County, GA. He married Elizabeth "Bettie" Caroline Dempsey in Floyd County, GA, November 12, 1857. Elizabeth was born in Gwinnett County, GA October 10, 1826. Elizabeth was the daughter of Levi Crawford Dempsey Sr. and Margaret. Elizabeth died May 14, 1910 in Polk County, GA, at 83 years of age. Her body was interred in the family cemetery in Polk County, GA.

1830: Joathan was listed in the 1830 Census of Putnam County, GA, page 201. (His father-in-law Callie Denson is on page 199 of the same census).

1836: Joathan was a founding member of the Cave Springs Baptist Church. According to old church records, the church was constituted in 1836 with eight members. Among those members were Joathan, his wife Terecy, and Terecy's father, Calley Denson.

1839: Family records show that Joathan moved to Paulding County, GA in 1839.

1840: Joathan was listed in the 1840 Census, page 102, of Paulding County, GA.

1850: Joathan was listed in the 1850 Census, page 75, of 848th district of Paulding County, GA. His son Thomas is listed on same page.

1860: Joathan was listed in the 1860 Census, page 169, of Polk County, GA.

Polk County was formed in 1851 from portions of Floyd and Paulding Counties.

Joathan Hopper and Terecy T. Denson had the following children:

i. Thomas C. Hopper was born in Putnam County, GA October 16, 1830. Thomas died 1885 in Arkansas, at 54 years of age. He married Martha Ann Hendrix in Paulding County, GA, December 23, 1849. Martha was born in Georgia about 1835. Martha was the daughter of James Hendrix and Avarilla. Martha died 1885 in Arkansas, at 50 years of age.

ii. Mary Ann E. Hopper was born in Putnam County, GA July 10, 1832. Mary died July 10, 1832 in Putnam County, GA, at less than one year of age.

iii. James A. Hopper was born in Putnam County, GA October 26, 1833. James died February 1836 in Paulding County, GA, at 2 years of age.

iv. John T. Hopper was born in Putnam County, GA May 30, 1835. John died 1864 in Cobb County, GA, at 29 years of age. He married Mary Elizabeth Dempsey in Floyd County, GA, April 18, 1858. Mary was born in Floyd County, GA January 12, 1833. Mary was the daughter of Eli Dempsey and Elizabeth Couey. Mary died March 16, 1886 in Floyd County, GA, at 53 years of age. Her body was interred in Rehobeth Church Cemetery.

v. Judah Ann R. Hopper was born in Putnam County, GA March 8, 1837. Judah died March 8, 1837 in Putnam County, GA, at less than one year of age.

vi. Charity Ann M. Hopper was born in Putnam or Paulding County, GA April 3, 1839. Charity died April 3, 1839 in Putnam or Paulding County, GA, at less than one year of age.

vii. Madison Reece "Pony" Hopper was born in Paulding County, GA June 27, 1842. He married Mary Ann Baker April 04, 1866. Mary was born in Tennessee.

viii. Cynthia "Cintha" Ann B. Hopper was born in Paulding County, GA February 4, 1845. Cynthia died in Alabama. She married Levi Crawford Dempsey in Polk County, GA, November 20, 1865. Levi was born in Paulding County, GA

 
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  • Joathan Baker Hopper family picture (52 KB)
    This is a family picture of my great grandparents Joathan Baker Hopper and Lona Eliza Ellis taken about 1904. Pictured are: Ella, Henley, Bettie, Joe Sr. holding Joe Jr., Nell, Lona holding Alex, Ruth. Joe and Lona had two more children who were born after this picture was taken: Mary Lou (my grandmother) and Paul.
 
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