|My interest in genealogy stems from a long-term fascination with the past. I'm an archaeologist by training (now a professor at the University of Kansas) and am especially interested in details of the lives of individuals who lived long ago. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who can provide information on any of my direct ancestors or their descendants. Unfortunately, I cannot promise quick responses to queries about individuals on the more distant branches of my family tree. At present, I am particularly interested in the descendants of Meshack Franklin, a tobacco planter and Senator from North Carolina during the Jefferson and Madison administrations. If you find any errors on this page, I would genuinely appreciate hearing about them. This information derives from a large variety of sources, not all of which are properly documented here. I am grateful to everyone who has supplied information found here, and apologize for any inaccuracies due to my carelessness or misinterpretation of records.
- Carl Julius Peterson (1879-1957) (27 KB)
My great-grandfather Carl Peterson was born in Avesta, Sweden, where he was founder and president of the metal workers union. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1906 and settled in Boone, Iowa.
- William Meshack Abernathy and Grandchildren (23 KB)
This is a photo of my maternal great-great-grandfather and his grandchildren (from left to right): Mary Frances Thompson, William Abernathy, Dan Thompson, and Lucy Thompson.
- Kristina Johanna (Norman) Peterson (1880-1964) (27 KB)
Kristina (aka Christine) was born in Horndal, Sweden. She married Carl Peterson in 1900 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1906.
- Brooznoll (39 KB)
"Brooznoll" is the Hoopes family homestead near Westtown, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. It was built by Daniel and Jane Worrilow Hoopes in 1723.
- Memorial of Deborah (Hutchins) Fowler (1811-1895) (24 KB)
This gravestone is located in the Menlo Cemetery, Menlo, IA. Although it also names Lemuel Fowler, other information indicates he is buried in Ohio and did not move with Deborah to Iowa.
- Anna Stina Enochsdotter (1843-1931) (22 KB)
My paternal great-great-grandmother was born in Ostansjon, Horndal, Sweden. She married Carl Erik Norman in 1866.
- John Wilton Hoopes (1908-1990) (20 KB)
My grandfather (for whom I was named) was born in Boone, Iowa. He worked for many years as Comptroller for Dow Chemical in Louisiana and Spain. He lived in Baton Rouge and was a graduate of Louisiana State University.
- John Hoopes (1837-1921) (151 KB)
My paternal great-great-grandfather was born in Belmont Co., Ohio. He served in the 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry Veteran Volunteers during the Civil War and married Martha Caroline "Callie" Fowler in 1867.
- Deborah (Hutchins) Fowler (1811-1895) (41 KB)
My paternal 3rd great-grandmother Deborah Hutchins was born in New Hampshire. Her grandfather Hollis Hutchins fought with the 4th Massachusetts Regiment in the American Revolution. She was a true pioneer, travelling by covered wagon with her family to the Ohio frontier as a young girl and then moving to Iowa to be with her daughter Callie late in her life. This photo was taken ca. 1880.
- Martha Caroline (Fowler) Hoopes (1845-1926) (156 KB)
"Callie" and John Hoopes settled in Menlo, Guthrie Co., Iowa, where they had four children who survived infancy: Cora, George, Lawrence, and Harry.
- William Meshack Abernathy (1843-1911) (13 KB)
This photo of my great-great-grandfather was taken around 1861, when he enlisted in the 17th Mississippi Infantry of the Confederate Army. He served for all four years of the Civil War, participating in battles including Manassas, Maryland Heights, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg (where was wounded). In 1865, he carried the last military dispatch of the Confederacy to General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox courthouse. He was present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant.
- Hoopes Family Plot (Menlo, IA) (43 KB)
A visit to the graves of John and Callie Hoopes in Spring 2001.
- Lucy Anderson (Roberts) Abernathy (1846-1937) (21 KB)
My great-great-grandmother Lucy was the daughter of John Wayne Roberts and Mary Gibbons Anderson. She married William Meshack Abernathy in 1876. This photo was probably taken sometime around the time of their wedding, as it appears in a sample marriage certificate from a family bible (that was never purchased).
- The Edwards-Franklin House (1799) (50 KB)
This house, built by Gideon Edwards in 1799 and remodeled by Meshack Franklin in the 1830s, is located near Mt. Airy in Surry Co., North Carolina. It has been restored to its 1830s style and is owned and maintained by the Surry County Historical Society.
- Augustine Herman's 1673 Map of the Chesapeake Bay (56 KB)
This map was created by my 9th great-grandfather for Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore. It was one of the best early maps of the Chesapeake Bay. In return for his excellent cartography, Herman was granted the title of "Lord" and a large estate at the head of the bay that he named Bohemia Manor after his European homeland. Two copies of the map are known to exist, one in the British Museum and the other in the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island.
- Lawrence Arlington Hoopes (1879-1936) (25 KB)
Lawrence was my great-grandfather. He was born in Menlo, Iowa but lived most of his life in Boone, Iowa, where he worked as a barber.
- Lucy Ozella (Thompson) Burkett (1903-1997) (15 KB)
My maternal grandmother, who was born and lived for almost all of her 94 years on Virginia St. in McKinney, Texas.
- Minnie Olive (Van Cleef) Hoopes (1883-1963) (29 KB)
"Ollie" was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa and later moved to Boone with her husband Lawrence.