To My Hopper Kin, re: Samuel and Sarah (McKinney) Hopper

I woke up this morning and decided it was time to put the call out for a book I would like to write in the next two to five years about Samuel and Sarah (McKinney) Hopper, their parents, and their children. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and decided now’s the time to start getting my ducks in a row.

What I hope to do is to compile enough information on Samuel and Sarah to definitively connect them with their parents and possibly to their grandparents. John M. Dillard has done some research on the McKinneys in connection with his Dillard research, and has linked Sarah to her father Charles McKinney of Buncombe Co., NC. I would like to do much more than that by tracking Charles from his origin points to his death, including determining the true identity of Sarah’s mother, and identifying all of Sarah’s siblings, if possible.

There are several different versions of Samuel’s parents in print and on the Internet, none with good documentation. I believe Samuel may have been connected to the Charles Hopper family of Burke Co., NC, and later Tennessee and other parts west. Proving or disproving that hypothesis will occupy a good deal of time.

So the first part of this hoped-for volume will deal with Samuel, Sarah, and their immediate ancestors. In the next section, I would like to do small biographical sketches of Samuel and Sarah’s children, including the names of their grandchildren. This is the part where I really, really would like help from the descendents of this couple. I would very much like to include pictures of Samuel and Sarah’s children, where they are available. I know a portrait exists for Thomas, my direct ancestor, who died in the Late Troubles. I do not have pictures for any of the other children. Two of the daughters died before the War and I have little hope of finding pictures for them, but for the remainder of the children, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Samuel’s cabin is, I believe, still standing as part of the Hambidge Center property. I would like to include a picture of that, as well as maps and a few select other documents, like estate records and so forth. I would also love to include copies of Bible records, letters, and other important family documents, if such exist. Anyone who is willing to contribute will be gratefully acknowledged.

The scope of the potential volume will be very limited. I do not intend to make this an every-descendant kind of book. Instead, I would like to focus on the individuals named: Samuel, Sarah, their parents (and possibly grandparents), their children and, briefly, their grandchildren. I do not know how long it will take, nor what the final form might be. In this day and age, a printed copy for select libraries and digital copies to interested family members might be the way to go. Who knows?

I would very much like to hear from other family members about this project. Please contact me if you have any information or if you would like to help.

10 Responses to “To My Hopper Kin, re: Samuel and Sarah (McKinney) Hopper”

  1. I have a picture of Samuel and Sarah’s son Zachariah, who moved to Mulberry, Ark. in the late 1850’s. also have pictures of their cabin that Randy Hopper was kind enough to take for me.
    I have all of Zachariah’s children, and a picture of whats left of the house in Mulberry, as well as pictures of the cemetery where he and his wife, and several of their children are buried. Zachariah is my great grandfather.
    Please feel free to contact me I am happy to share any information I have.
    Thanks Pat Rodgers

    • Thank you so much for stopping by, and for offering these pictures. I will e-mail you soon.


      • Dawn, I need to correct my post. I should have said Zachariah Hopper moved to Ark. in the late 1860’s not 1850’s also Bruce Hopper and his wife Danny sent the pictures of the Hopper home place. I believe Bruce told me he is a descendant of Thomas Hopper also.
        Thanks Pat

  2. Thanks for the correction.

    I know Bruce and Danny. Very nice people, although their health has not been so good here lately. Bruce’s father and my great-grandmother were siblings, the children of Selvin Hopper who was Thomas Hopper’s youngest child.


  3. I have pictures that were emailed to me of Samuel Hoppers Cabin at Betty’s Creek. I would be more than happy to provide them to you. Also Have you ever read Sketches of Rabun County history by Andrew Jackson Richie? It has a few stories and some history of this branch of the family. i could also grant you access to my Family tree (although I’m sure you’d have much of the info, but maybe not…)
    Pat Rodgers, this offer is extended to you as well if you’re interested.

    • Jim,

      Thanks for the offer. I would love to have copies of any pictures you’re willing to share.

      I have read the Hopper sketch in Dr. Ritchie’s book. Unfortunately, his work is riddled with errors. Of course, Dr. Ritchie took much of his information from members of the local community, and I’m sure that the errors were either embellishments (we do love a good tale here!) or best-of-knowledge statements where other information was simply not known to the parties involved.

      Please see my other comment on your family, and feel free to e-mail me.


  4. Jim, I would love any pictures you are will to share .I would also like to see your family tree, e-mail me at I am happy to share any information I have.

    Pat Rodgers

  5. My husbands grandmother, Carrie Blanche Hoppet Harkins is Thomas Harkins daughter. As I’m sure you already know, many of this branch r in the foxfire books. I am very interested in sarah mckinney n Thomas Hopper sr pictures and info. Please share n let me know when u have accumulated. I’m glad to share anything I have. Thanks. Julie Harkins


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