Joseph William and Hadassah Hopkins Family

Will, Hadasah & children

Joseph William Hopkins was the second son of Barclay Brown Hopkins and Mary Ann Dailey. Although his first name was Joseph, he was called Will from an early age. Like his other brothers and sisters, he was involved early on with oil field work. He worked in the fields near Nowata, Oklahoma; Eldorado, Kansas; and in Lee County, Kentucky. He was a pumper and foreman in the oil fields, and ran a restaurant while in the Kentucky oil fields. For more about the family's involvement with oil field work, see Oil Field Wages and Living Conditions and the pages following.

Will was born in Montpelier, Blackford County, Indiana on 22 Apr 1869, and died in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana on 23 Oct 1956. He was buried at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Gary on 25 Oct 1956.

Dessie was born in Pennsylvania on 1 Aug 1881, and died in Munster, Lake County, Indiana on 6 Jul 1951. She was buried at Ridgelawn Cemetery on 9 July 1951. She had been married to James McGonigal prior to marrying Will, and had one daughter with him, Gladys Elizabeth.

Much of the information about this family comes from a cousin, James Charles Hopkins, who contacted me after finding my Web pages. He and I have been sharing information about our branches of the family, including family photographs and vital statistics documents.



Joseph W. Hopkins, 88, of 5433 Kraay Ave., Munster, died early today at St. Margaret Hospital.

Friends may call after 7 o'clock tonight at the Fagen Funeral Gardens, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemertery, Gary.

Hopkins is survived by three sons, James and Morris of Munster and Charles of Crown Point; one daughter, Mrs. Ethyl Reed of Salmanaca, N.Y.; two brothers, Arthur of Hamilton, Ohio and Charles of Eureka Springs, Ark.; and one sister, Mrs. Emma Gossett of Wichita, Kan.

Hammond Times, October 23, 1956, p. 11


James W. Hopkins, 59, of 8433 Kraay Ave., Munster, died Thursday.

Mr. Hopkins was employed by Lever Brothers, Hammond.

Survivors include one brother, Maurice of Munster, and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Reed of Sal Matica, N.Y.

Funeral arrangements are being completed by the Fagen Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.

Hammond Times, January 28, 1966, p D-4


Charles E. Hopkins, 54, of 133 Hort St., Crown Point, died Friday. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son, James at home; a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Reed of New York, and two brothers, James and Maurice of Munster.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Eller-Brady Funeral Home, Cedar Lake, with the Rev. H. O. Willman officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Sunday. The Masonic Lake Lodge 157 F and AM will hold a memorial service at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

An employe of the Sinclair Oil Co., Mr. Hopkins was a member of the VFW Post 6841 of Lowell and the United Church of Christ.

Hammond Times, June 7, 1964, p B-5


Maurice Hopkins, age 55, of 1457 Fischrupp Ave., Whiting, Ind., passed away Wednesday, May 23, at St. Margaret Hospital. Survivors: one sister, Mrs. Ethel Reed, Salamanca, N.Y., one nephew, James Hopkins of Wenexa, Kan.

Funeral services Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. from Fagen Funeral Gardens, 2828 Highway Ave., Highland. Burial, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary. Friends may call 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Lifetime resident of the Calumet Area. Employed at Lever Bros. in Whiting.

Hammond Times, May 25, 1873, p. A-20

Descendants of William and Hadessa McMorris Hopkins

I've prepared a register report about Will and Dessie's family in pdf format that contains more information about their descendants.


Will as a young man, taken in Bluffton, Indiana

James William Hopkins

Charles Everett and Virginia Hopkins

Dessie and Will

Mary Ethel and Glenn Reed's family

Gladys Hopkins

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This file was last updated on 4/2/2012.

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