Samuel W. Hopkins and Nancy Rollin Brough


Samuel W. Hopkins and Nancy Rolin Brough were the parents of William Thaddeus Hopkins, husband of my great-grandfather's sister Sarah Orillia Tillotson. Samuel's middle name appears as both Wilson and William. Samuel was born in Virginia. I do not know his ancestry, but he may have been the son of William Hopkins and Nancy Wilson of Botetourt, Virginia.

Samuel married Nancy Rollin Brough on May 18, 1853 in Franklin County, Virginia. Nancy was born December 10, 1835 in Virginia. Nancy's surname sometimes appears as Broof, perhaps representing the way her name was pronounced. Samuel's brother Charles Hopkins married Nancy's sister Elizabeth Brough. Nancy and Elizabeth were two of the thirteen children of Daniel Brugh, Jr. and Catherine Painter of Botetourt, Virginia. Nancy and Elizabeth's ancestry runs as follows, back to the immigrant Hermanus Brugh.

Daniel Brugh Jr. (1793-1867) and Catherine Painter (1794-1870)
. Daniel Brugh Sr. (1762-1825) and Elizabeth Dierdorff or Deardorff (?-1842).
. . Hermanus (Herman) Brugh (abt. 1722 - 1794) and Catherine Monette or Meinhardt (?-1801).< br/>

Hermanus Brugh or Bruch was born in the Palatinate area of western Germany. He emigrated from Germany no later than the early 1740s. A ship's passenger list names Hermanus Bruch among "Palatines imported in the Ship Lydia, James Abercombie, Master, from Rotterdam. Qualified September 20, 1743." This ship landed in Philadelphia.

Catherine Painter Brugh died in 1870 in Elkhorn Township, Warren County, Missouri. In the mid 1830s Daniel and Catherine had moved to Floyd County, Virginia and in 1856 they and three of their children (perhaps Samuel and Charles among them?), and one grandchild, moved to Hickory Grove Township, Warren County, Missouri.

Samuel Wilson Hopkins and Nancy Rollin Brough had nine children. I only know the names of seven of them. The other two probably died as children.


Hopkins children

Some Children of Samuel W. Hopkins and Nancy Brough.
Left to right: Henry Haze (husband of Mary), William Thaddeus Hopkins, Mary Hopkins Haze, Emma Hopkins Whitfield.

Samuel and Nancy moved to Warren County, Missouri in 1858. During the Civil War, Samuel served as a lieutenant in the Union army. Samuel's brother Charles, who lived on a neighboring farm in Missouri, fought in the Confederate Army. The U. S. Civil War was quite literally "brother against brother." Before going away to war, Samuel and Charles built a house in town near the railroad depot. They placed a partition in the middle, and their wives (who were sisters) lived on each side with their children. After returning from war service, Samuel and Charles never again discussed the war.

In 1877 Samuel and Nancy moved their family to Kansas. Samuel worked there as a grain dealer.

Nancy Brough Hopkins died June 15, 1901 in Enterprise, Dickinson County, Kansas. Her obituary reads as follows.

Died.--Mrs. S. W. Hopkins died at her home in Enterprise, Saturday morning at 4 o'clock after a long illness. The funeral was conducted at the house by Rev. D. W. Smith at 4:30 on Saturday evening. She was 65 years, 6 months, and 5 days old, and leaves a husband and 6 chldren to mourn their loss. The children are Mesdames Loeb and Hoffman, of Enterprise, Mrs. Hays (sic), of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Whitfield, of Warrensburg, Mo., Mr. W. Hopkins, of Hutchinson, and Dr. C. L. Hopkins, of Rawlins, Wyoming. Mrs. Hopkins was a true and consistent christian, a faithful and true wife and mother, who has the love and respect of all who knew her.

Samuel W. Hopkins died November 27, 1907 in Enterprise, Dickinson County, Kansas. His obituary reads as follows.

Samuel William Hopkins

Samuel William Hopkins was born in Virginia October 6th, 1834; died November 27th, 1907.

Samuel W. Hopkins and Nancy Rolin Brough were married May 18, 1853. To them nine children were born. His beloved wife and mother preceded him to rest five and one half years ago. Six children remain: Mrs. C. B. Hoffman Enterprise, Kansas; Mrs. S. L. Loeb Junction City, Kansas; W. T. Hopkins, Kansas City; Mrs. H. P. Haze, Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. T. J. Whitfield, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Dr. C. L. Hopkins, Rawlins, Wyoming.

S. W. Hopkins and family moved from Virginia to Warren County, Missouri, about 1858. This was a very long, hard trip overland to what was at that time a new country.

Mr. Hopkins served as 1st Lieutenant, Company F, 3rd Regiment of U. S. Calvary, from 1862 to 1865, after which he served as Captain of Militia of the guard of Missouri just after the war when service was very arduous. He has lived in Enterprise, Kansas, about twelve years. He was seventy three years, one month, and twenty-one days old at the time of his death.

The brave and uncomplaining spirit of Mr. Hopkins was manifest to the last at the time of his death at ten o'clock, as the family stood around the bed he said "I am going now" and expressed several wishes as to his funeral arrangements and then passed out of this life without a struggle.

The beautiful service at the Methodist church was appreciated by the family and friends. Rev. Johnson's sermon was a solace and a fitting tribute on that Thanksgiving morning. The rendering of Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar," by the church choir was beautiful beyond description.

The floral tributes were beautiful and covered the graves of both the mother and the father in Mount Hope cemetery where they rest side by side beneath the evergreen trees.

"Twilight and evening bell
and after that the dark!
And may there be no moaning
when I put out to sea."


Gus Sandstrom and Stephanie Smith supplied biographical information. Candy Severson supplied the obituaries.


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