Elmer Dennis Hopkins was the son of James Arton Hopkins and Lucinda Howard. Jim and Cindy were married in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1885. They lived on property her parents gave them at Wallins Creek until they moved to Rockcastle County about 1906. View Ancestry.com tree starting with Elmer.
Elmer’s family surnames include Clouse, Hopkins, Howard, McFarland, Mark, Morris, Risner, and (maybe) Wolfenbarger. These families lived in eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky from the early 1800s.
George Clouse and his wife, Elizabeth (maiden name possibly Jarvis) lived in Washington County, Tennessee. George died about 1810. Their daughter, Catherine, married Stephen Hopkins.
Stephen Hopkins and Catherine Clouse lived in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Stephen was possibly the son of Nehemiah Hopkins and Elizabeth Cole but the that isn’t proven. If they were his parents then his Hopkins line goes back to New England in the 1600s. Stephen and Catherine’s son, Stephen, married Rachel McFarland and moved to Harlan County, Kentucky after the Civil War. Stephen and Rachel were the maternal grandparents of James Arton Hopkins.
John “War Jack” Howard and Mary Risner lived in Knox County, Kentucky in 1810 and Harlan County in 1820. They likely did not move as Harlan County was formed from part of Knox County in 1819. John and Mary’s son, John Covey, was the father of 20 children (at least) and is the ancestor of many Harlan County Howards today.
Rachel McFarland married Stephen Hopkins, Jr. around 1822, probably in Claiborne County, Tennessee or that general area. Rachel’s parents are unknown.
Samuel Mark and Elizabeth Denny settled in Lee County, Virginia just before 1800. They later moved across the mountain to Harlan County, Kentucky. Samuel later returned to Lee County where he died 1845. Samuel and Elizabeth’s daughter, Martha, married Littleton Morris.
Littleton Morris was born in North Carolina, possibly the son of George Morris and Mary Fisher. They were in Lee County, Virginia about 1802. Littleton married Martha “Patsy” Mark and they were living in Harlan County, Kentucky by 1820. Littleton and Patsy were the maternal grandparents of Lucinda Howard.
Michael Risner and Catherine (maiden name unknown) lived in Lee County, Virginia. Michael died about 1814. Their daughter, Mary, married John Howard.
Stephen Wolfenbarger of Hancock County, Tennessee may have been the father of James Arton Hopkins but we only have family stories to support that. YDNA testing has been inclusive to date. Stephen was the son of Wilkerson H. Wolfenbarger and Sarah Taylor and the grandson of Jacob Wolfenbarger and Nancy Sloan. For more about Stephen, see Was Stephen Wolfenbarger the father of James Arton Hopkins?
Last Update: 3 Oct 2015