|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1839|
Martha was born near Smith, White and DeKalb counties of TN. The Parsley homestead in DeKalb County rests underwater, near the edge of Center Hill Lake. Sketches of the the old homeplace exist.
Martha's exact place and date of death is currently unproven.
She moved to Arkansas with her parents between 1840 and 1850, where she is seen with them in the 1850 Lawrence County, AR Census. She married John C. Shannon in 1857 in Arkansas, with whom she gave birth to George H. Shannon. Husband John died in the Civil War in 1862.
She married second to Thomas A. Hopkins in April 1865.
Children by Thomas Hopkins were Martha Angeline in 1867 and Thomas Holmes Hopkins in 1869, all found together in the 1870 census. In February 1871, Rachel Hopkins was born and Thomas left Martha to begin a new family with bride Mary Ann Crow in Oregon County, Missouri. No record of a divorce between Martha and Thomas has been found to date. Similarly, in Thomas A. Hopkins' Bible, his first two marriages and fourth marriage are recorded, but not his documented marriaged to Martha Parsley. The births of Martha Angeline and Thomas Holmes are noted, but Rachel's is not. Martha raised Rachel and the other two children largely on her own.
Rachel was reportedly 50% Native American, receiving a tribal letter in the early 1930s entitling her to land in Oklahoma. This suggests that Martha may well have taken her in shortly before or after Thomas left her, confirming to some extent the family history of a Native American woman who died on the Old Trail giving birth to Rachel, who was born along a fencerow. Family legend has it as well, that Thomas was unaware of Rachel's birth until returning several years later. Some things we may never know.
The last Martha Parsley Hopkins public record of Martha's life in Sharp County is recorded in 1883 when she registered her livestock mark in the Sharp County Marks and Brands registry. According to the Cemeteries of Southern Sharp County surveys, her grave was marked by a stone that read Martha Hopkins.
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George W. Parsley (1818 - 1878)
Marinda Puckett Parsley (1820 - 1900)
Thomas Allen Hopkins (1830 - 1899)
Thomas Holmes Hopkins (1869 - ____)*
Rachel Ethel Hopkins Whitlow (1871 - 1949)*
Martha Susan Parsley Hopkins (1839 - ____)
Sophronia Parsley Smithee (1846 - 1911)*
Stephen Shelby Parsley (1860 - ____)*
Lucinda Parsley Barnett (1861 - 1922)*
Marinda Parsley Barnett (1864 - 1941)*
Plot: Row #23
GPS (lat/lon): 35.96208, -91.41476
Created by: Sherry D Chilton
Record added: Jul 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55425817