Gillum Monroe Hopper
Gillum Monroe Hopper was born in Warren County, TN on the 26th of
November 1827, and he is a son of Absolom C. Hopper and Ollie B (Moore) Hopper. Absolom Hopper died in 1851 and upon his death Gillum M. Hopper inherited from him a farm of fifty acres.
In 1872 Gillum Hopper decided to try his fortunes in Missouri and went
to Clarkton, where he purchased a farm of one hundred and thirty-seven acres and where he also built a mill and a gin, continuing to operate the same until 1881, at which time he moved to Malden. In the latter place he
conducted a gin for the ensuing 18 years during which time a great deal of
cotton raised in this section of the state passed through his hands. In 1889 Mr. Hopper's mill and gin at Malden were destroyed by fire and from that time he lived in virtual retirement on a farm located two miles south of Malden until 1906 and since then he has lived with his daughter, Mrs.Samuel DuVal Dunscomb.
In his political affiliations Mr. Hopper is aligned as a staunch supporter of the principles and policies of the Democratic party. In fraternal channels he is connected with the local lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. In this religious faith he is a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in Malden and in the same is an active and zealous worker.
Mr. Hopper and his first wife Elizabeth Jane Daniels were the parents of five daughters and one son which included William Clark Hopper, Mary Elizabeth Hopper Dunscomb, Ollie B. Hopper Vinson and Julia Ann Hopper Peck. Two daughters died in infancy. Gillum Monroe Hopper died on August 15, 1912 and both he and Elizabeth as
well as several of their children are buried in the Park Cemetery in Malden,
Dunklin County, MO. Note: Mary Elizabeth Hopper Dunscomb was my great-grandmother. My grandmother, Lillie B Dunscombe married William Reuben Anderson in 1905, My father, George Henry Anderson, was born in 1908. I was born in Malden in 1937 Gillum and Elizabeth Hopper were two of the five founders of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in Malden in 1885.
Information furnished by Judy Anderson Hamby, Lenoir, North Carolina via the Missouri Bootheel.
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