According to Ruby’s headstone, she was born on Valentine’s Day 1924.1
But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t forever her parents’ tiny valentine.
Ruby Marie Hopkins was born on 26 February 1924 in Loyall, Harlan County, Kentucky. She was the second child of my maternal grandparents, Elmer Dennis and Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins. She had blue eyes and blonde hair and weighed 11 lbs at birth.2
Ruby became ill with Diptheria and Scarlet Fever on 14 October 1925. She died 14 days later. She was one year, eight months, and two days old. After a funeral at her maternal grandparent’s house in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, she was buried there in Elmwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.3
Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge from Amy Johnson Crow.
- I don’t know why Ruby’s birthdate is wrong on her headstone. Ruby was buried in a corner plot. People visiting the cemetery ran their cars into her headstone so often that it eventually had to be replaced. I don’t know why the date error on the replacement wasn’t corrected or a new stone prepared. I didn’t even know the date was wrong until I started documenting the family history. ↩
- Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins, “Our Family History” (fill in the blanks family history book, Loyall, Kentucky, 1976-1978), p. pg 16; privately held by Faye Hopkins McCauley Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, 1978. … Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Vital Statistics, “Kentucky Birth Index 1911 – 1999,” database, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 Jul 2008), Marie R. Hopkins. ↩
- Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, (Death Certificates, Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort), 24086 (1925), Ruby Marie Hopkins. … … “Little Ruby Marie Hopkins Passes into the Great Beyond,” (Mt. Vernon) Mt. Vernon Signal, Nov 1925; Obituary. ↩