Elmer Dennis Hopkins was the fourth of 10 children born to James Arton Hopkins and Lucinda Howard. Jim was born in Hancock County, Tennessee and moved to Harlan County, Kentucky with his maternal grandparents before he was five years old. Cindy was born and grew up in Harlan County.
Elmer’s family surnames include Clouse, Hopkins, Howard, McFarland, Mark, Morris, Risner, and (maybe) Wolfenbarger. These families lived in eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky from the early 1800s.
Photo on right: (front) Grant, Jim, Doc, Lula, Cindy; (back) Lige, Lum, Berry, Elmer