Elijah L. Hopkins was born on 8 August 1890 in Wallins Creek, Kentucky. He was the third of James Arton Hopkins and Lucinda Howard’s ten children and was thirteen years old when the family moved from Harlan County to Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Lige was the only one of Jim and Cindy’s children who remained in Rockcastle County for the rest of his life.
In June 1912, Lige opened a barber shop at Pine Hill, a community in Rockcastle County between Mt. Vernon and Livingston. But he gave his occupation as farmer six months later when he completed an application to get married in Laurel County, Kentucky.
Lige married Leila Mae Hunt on 30 December 1912 in London, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Frank Hunt and Nancy Chestnut, born on 22 January 1890 in Rockcastle County.
Lige and Leila had six children, all born in Rockcastle County—Wade Waddell born on 11 March 1914, Berl Vollie born on 29 October 1915, John T. born on 8 April 1917, Lucinda Gladus born on 5 October 1918, Earl Paris born on 31 October 1920, and Edith Irene born on 29 December 1922.
On 26 February 1913, Lige bought twenty-five and a half acres from M. J. and Susie Miller for $50 and other valuable considerations. This property was in the Maretburg community in Rockcastle County on Double Springs Branch. Lige sold that property to Al Killion on 1 December 1913 for $350.
Lige bought 84 acres in the Copper Creek area of Rockcastle County from John and Mary Boyd on 17 October 1914 for $800. Where they lived during the ten months between selling their previous property and buying this one is unknown. They lived at Copper Creek for over four years and sold that property to E. L. Brock on 21 January 1919 for $1,750.
From Copper Creek, Lige and Leila Mae moved to a small farm on the waters of Boone’s Fork near Lige’s parents. That property, bought from George and Nora Clontz for $2,000 on 16 August 1919, was about 35 acres. Again, there was a gap of several months between selling one property and buying another.
In 1920, they were listed 16 households away from Jim and Cindy on Boone’s Highway in South Brodhead. They sold that property on 28 December 1923 for $2,000 to Cleveland and Martha Simpson.
It was more than a year before Lige bought another property on 13 March 1925. They paid $1,500 to Elijah and Maud Helton for 160 acres at Maretburg. While it is unclear exactly where they lived during those fifteen months between selling their previous place and buying this one, they lived at Maretburg at the time of the purchase. Lige and Leila May lived on this property for the rest of their lives, although they sold off a few small tracts over the years.
Lige and Leila Mae both died at the Rockcastle County Baptist Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Leila Mae died on 5 February 1970. Her funeral was held on 7 February at Sparks Funeral Home Chapel in Mt. Vernon with Revs. Dennis Falb and Clarence Mounce officiating. Lige died of cardiac arrest on 14 May 1975. His funeral was held at Dowell and Martin Funeral Home Chapel (formerly Sparks Funeral Home) on 17 May. Lige and Leila Mae were both buried in Maretburg Cemetery near their home.
Wade Waddell Hopkins
Wade married Delcie Delora Dash on 3 January 1934 in Mt. Vernon. Dee was born on 16 July 1912 in Harlan County, the daughter of Charles Dash and Sarah Tipton.
Wade owned and operated Hopkins Machine Shop. Wade and Dee had one son and were members of the West Brodhead Church of God. Dee died on 19 August 1978, and Wade died on 12 November 1990. They both died at Rockcastle Hospital in Mt. Vernon and were buried in Maretburg Cemetery.
Berl Vollie Hopkins
Berl married Anna Ruth Stanley on 6 September 1944. Ruth was born on 18 September 1929 in Rockcastle County to C. E. Stanley and Lula Jane Owens.
Berl worked for Parker Hannifin Corporation as a mould maker and machine designer. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Berl and Ruth lived in Rockcastle County and had two children. They were members of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. Berl died at home in Mt. Vernon on 28 October 2007. Ruth died on 8 October 2017 at Lexington Country Place in Lexington, Kentucky. They were buried in Maretburg Cemetery.
John T. Hopkins
John married Flora Bell Blackburn, daughter of Charles Blackburn and Bessie Nicely. Flora was born on 12 October 1920 in Rockcastle County. John retired from the Parker Seal Company and was a veteran of World War II. They had one daughter and were members of the Mt. Vernon Pentecostal Church. John died on 19 May 1990 at Humana Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Flora died on 27 June 2003 at Rockcastle Hospital in Mt. Vernon. They were buried in Maretburg Cemetery.
Lucinda Gladus Hopkins
Lucinda Gladus died on the day she was born, 5 October 1918 in Rockcastle County. She lived only fourteen hours after her premature birth. She was buried at Copper Creek, where her parents lived at the time, but the name of the cemetery is unknown.
Earl Paris Hopkins
Earl married Geraldine Carmack, daughter of Charles Carmack and Stella Baldwin. Geraldine was born on 22 June 1924 in Rockcastle County. They lived in Lexington, Kentucky, and had five children. Earl was a World War II veteran and part owner of the Hopkins Tool and Die Company in Lexington. Earl died on 15 August 1980 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Geraldine died on 22 July 1993 at Humana Hospital in Lexington. They were both buried in Maretburg Cemetery.
Edith Irene Hopkins
Irene lived in Rockcastle County and worked as a seamstress at a factory in Danville, Kentucky. She did not drive but carpooled with a group of other Rockcastle Countians who worked there. Irene never married and did not have children. She died on 20 December 2008 at Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center in Brodhead and was buried in Maretburg Cemetery.