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Hopkins, Ann in Sumter County, AL born abt 1850

I need help finding her in 1870 census in Sumter County, AL.

Ann Hopkins living in Lacys, Sumter, Alabama in 1880, she was born abt 1850.
She was single and had 4 daughters listed on the census in her household.
Christianna was 8 yrs old
Bettie was 5 yrs old
Fluta was 4 yrs old
Harriet was 3 yrs old
Her occupation was a cook and it seems she was a domestic cook for her white neighbors Warner and Lucy Washington.

I tried to find her in the 1870 census in Sumter County but it didn’t yield any results. The only results I could find for an Ann Hopkins was one in Marengo County, Alabama. I initially thought it was her, but was wrong. This Ann Hopkins was living with her parents, Phillip and Harriet Hopkins. It turns out that was not my Ann Hopkins. It turns out this Ann Hopkins married a Dave Caldwell and moved to Hale County, AL. I found them in the 1880 census living beside her parents, Phil and Harriet Hopkins.

So basically if I were to find her, she would be living in Sumter County, Alabama in 1870 because that is where her children were born and the fathers of her 2 different sets of children also lived in Sumter County, Alabama in 1870. I learn this information through her children’s death records.

Another important thing is if I can’t find an Ann Hopkins in Sumter County in the 1870 then it’s a good possibility that she is listed in another surname. I narrowed my search to all Anns’ that were born abt 1850 in Sumter County, Alabama. Since she would be about 20 in 1870, I would think she would be married but I conclude that Grandma Ann never was married. How do I know this? Well, a man named Sambo Dyles was the father of her daughters, Christiana, Bettie, Fluta, and Harriet (Hattie). I found their death records and it listed Ann Hopkins as their mother and Sam Dyles as their father.

It turns out that Sambo Dyles was a married man. He was married to a woman named Harriet Wilder. They got married in 1868. I found them in the 1870 census in Sumter, Alabama and they had 3 children (Willie, Walter, Henrietta) together at that time.
The father of Ann’s second set of children, Joe and Sally Wright was John Wright. John was a married man also. His wife was also named Harriet and they had many children together. I found them in the 1880 and 1870 census as well. It was difficult finding them b/c I thought they would be listed under the name Wright but it turns out they had a different surname in the 1880 census. Their surname was Harrison in 1880 census and in the 1870 census, His family surname was Eaton.

I think Ann’s case is similar to John Wright b/c he changed surnames which in turn made it difficult to find him in 1870 and 1880 census. The only thing that made it easier b/c I knew some of the names of his children particularly, Nancy, Fanny, and Ben. Ben was my great grandpa.

There is one Ann that I found that may be my Ann Hopkins. She is listed as Ann Gillispie in Belmont, Sumter, Alabama. She was born abt 1850 and she had a son named Antoney Gillispie born abt 1869. It would seem she wasn’t married.

It could be her but I don’t have any proof. If anyone could help, I would appreciate it.

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Hopkins, Ann in Sumter County, AL born abt 1850
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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