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Rebecca Hopkins

Female Abt 1796 - 1857  (~ 61 years)


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  • Name Rebecca Hopkins  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1796  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 Oct 1857  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Speights Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • Per "1850 Census Sabine County, Texas with added Family Information and Corrections", Rebecca Hopkins Speights owned 20 slaves. She might instead have been born in North Carolina, or Virginia.

      On April 27, 2013, a Historic Marker was dedicated at the Speights-Pratt Cemetery in Sabine County  and reads "Rebecca Hopkins Speights (b. 1796) arrived in Sabine County in 1842 as a widow with four sons and a daughter*. She owned about 250 acres including this site, which became a cemetery with her burial in 1857. Sited near the Speights' home, the cemetery was actually on land granted to Mathew Arnold Parker, a Texas Revolutionary veteran and First Chief Justice (County Judge) of Sabine County. Joshua M. Hopkins Speights, buried here, was a State Legislator and County Judge. he and Hampton Pratt were among the first merchants in Hemphill. Of fifty-one marked graves, more than half bear the Speights surname. An unknown number of unmarked graves include Speights family slaves. The Speights-Pratt Cemetery Association manages this historic burial ground. Historic Texas Cemetery - 2010."

      *Most family descendants instead have attributed four daugthers to Rebecca, the eldest Susan, dying as an infant. The other daughters generally are  shown as  Susan Green Speights Low, the wife of Dr. James Low; Amands Melvina Speights, who died at age 14; and Mary A. F. C. Speights Caraway, wife of Nathaniel Caraway. More work should be done to verify the exact family makeup, and ensure which children commonly attributed to William Speights and Rebecca Hopkins were actually born to them. It may also be possible that the historical marker is incorrect, though that seems less likely.
    Person ID I958  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family William Myrick Speights,   b. 23 Jan 1787, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1842, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1817  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. Susan Speights,   b. 3 Nov 1818,   d. 28 Jul 1819  (Age 0 years)
     2. Joshua Hopkins Speights,   b. 7 Dec 1819, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1889, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Thomas Green Speights,   b. 9 Oct 1822, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Susan A. Green Speights,   b. 7 Aug 1826,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Jonathan "Johnse" M. Hopkins Speights,   b. 20 Jun 1828, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1912, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     6. Amanda Malvina Speights,   b. 20 Jul 1832, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1846, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)
     7. Mary A. F. C. Speights,   b. 6 Dec 1835, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Green William Speights,   b. 11 Jul 1839, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1922, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F699  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1796 - South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Dec 1817 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Oct 1857 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Speights Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S58] McCary, Kay P. "Speights Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas" Cemetery Index ; http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsabine/burials/.

    2. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), # 41462689 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S461] White & Toole, "Sabine County Historical Sketches and Genealogical Records" c. 1972.