Maudie Hopkins Obit
Don't know if this William Cantrell is in anyone's tree but still an interesting story
Maudie White Hopkins
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Maudie White Hopkins, who grew up during the Depression in the hardscrabble Ozarks and married a Confederate army veteran 67 years her senior, has died. She was 93.
Hopkins, the mother of three children from a second marriage who loved to make fried peach pies and applesauce cakes, died Sunday at a hospital in Helena-West Helena.
Other Confederate widows are still living, but they don't want publicity, Martha Boltz of the United Daughters of the Confederacy said.
Hopkins grew up in a family of 10 children, did laundry and cleaned house for William M. Cantrell, an elderly, widowed Confederate veteran. When he offered to leave his land and home to her if she would marry him and care for him, she said yes. She was 19; he was 86.
Cantrell served in Company A, French's Battalion, of the Virginia Infantry. He enlisted in the Confederate army at 16.