a branch of
~ The Stinking Creek Taylors' & Hopkins' ~
John Thomas Taylor-Hopkins
Martha (Collett) Hopkins
Martha (Warren) Hopkins
Martha Jane Collett
b: Abt 1865 prob Clay Co, KY
Martha Jane Warren
m: on 18 Dec 1891, in Bell Co, KY
b: 22 Nov 1872 Knox Co, KY
d: 01 Apr 1958 prob Knox Co, KY
killed his first cousin, Silas Taylor, son of Isaac Taylor. From the court
case which ensued and the information provided by Ralph Mills, the air was
filled with rage on that early fall day of September 7, 1883. There was a
"hanging party" made of Isaac Taylor, Milton Jackson, Thomas Warren,
James Patterson, Elijah Patterson, William Mills, Steven Jackson and
Isaac Mills. The group was led by Isaac Taylor. His son, Silas, had been
killed and ol' Ike Taylor was out looking for John Taylor-Hopkins, son of
Alexander and Lavinia (Hopkins) Taylor (although the court was not aware of
the full family relationships.) Alexander Taylor had learned what his son
had done and knew Isaac would be coming. He and Alexander took off for the
woods, leaving the smaller son, Isaac Hopkins. They didn't tell him where
they were going. In order to get the truth out of the younger Isaac,
they threatened him over and over and when he still could not say anything
or would not say anything, they strung him up on the nearest limb.
They'd let him hang for a while, break him down, question him and upon
hearing nothing from him, would string him up again. To the end,
Isaac Hopkins held out almost to the last breath - that he didn't know
where his brother or Alex Taylor were. A law suit was brought against
Isaac Taylor and his "hanging party" by Lavina Hopkins-Taylor,
Isaac Hopkins's mother. Since her son was under age, she sued as his next
of kin. Lavina stated she and her son's father had never married and that
Isaac's "true father" refused to bring suit. Naturally, Isaac Taylor denied
all the charges as well as the others involved. The case went on for
several years. Each time the case was to be heard, Isaac Taylor's witnesses
always disappeared. He always claimed he was not ready for trial because
Rachel Warren, a material witness for him, was absent and that he procured
a subpoena for her but she was not at trial because she was home sick.
Isaac Taylor said that Rachel Warren was present when Isaac Hopkins's
claims were done and that she would prove he did not strike, beat or bruise
Isaac Hopkins. Also, that he did not tie any rope around the neck of
Isaac Hopkins nor did he hang him or hurt him in any way. She would testify
that Isaac Taylor only took hold of the rope tied around Isaac Hopkins's
neck and called on him to tell where Alex Taylor and John Hopkins were.
And, she would say that when Isaac Hopkins said he did not know, then
Isaac Taylor let him go. Also, the statements of the witness would make,
if they were there, would be true. Another witness that did not show up was
John G. Warren. However, Isaac Taylor stated if he had been prresent, he
would say that Isaac Hopkins told him a short time after the case commenced
that Isaac Taylor did not injure or hurt him or do him any damage but only
tried to get him to tell where his brother was. When he would not tell him,
he let him alone. It seems that this witness, John G. Warren, had been in
town several days but left, Isaac Taylor said he would have him back at the
next court term. That Isaac just couldn't get his witnesses to "hang around"
long enough to testify. Thomas Warren, another witness, never showed up
because he had received a cut with an axe! Isaac Taylor endeavored to
convince the court that he tried in good faith to get ready on time and
would be ready except for his witnesses not being there. The other
defendants also said they were not quilty. Isaac Taylor tried to say he
was treated unfairly by the court. He said his son, Silas Taylor, was killed
by Isaac Hopkins's brother and Isaac Hopkins was present and aided in the
escape of his brother for said killing. Ike Taylor said, "I was attempting
in good faith to have the guilty party arrested and brought to trial and
without malice or injury to Isaac Hopkins, tried to make him tell where his
fugitive brother was." Isaac Taylor even tried the old "statute of
limitations", claiming that it had been more than one year since the acts
complained of, so he asked to be dismissed for his costs and all proper
relief. The jury found for Isaac Hopkins.
Isaac Taylor was fined $300. Isaac Mills $300;
Thomas Warren $100; James Patterson $100; and Steve Jackson $100.
There was a later lawsuit in which Isaac was charged with transferring his
property to his wife, Permelia Ann (Hammons) Taylor, in order to prevent
him from having any saleable property to satisfy this debt.
which involves the killing of John's father, Alexander William Taylor.
So the story goes, "Alex was plowing a field when Arter/Artor North
approached the railing fence and, resting an old rifle on one of the
railings, shot Alex in the back. North (according to yet another story
source - Nasby Mills) went running down the road with people chasing him,
firing at him. Later on, after Artor North had been tried, convicted and
had served his time, he was released. John Taylor-Hopkins laid in wait for
him along the road and when Artor rode by, John stepped out of the bush and
shot Arter from his horse, killing him. John had avenged his father's death.
It is said that he spent some time in prison for this killing."
Mrs. Rosa H. Napier,
. . . Main St., Lebanon, Ky. . .
The letter is undated.
(The letter is in the possession of Ralph Mills.)
went on up to the home grave yard where he were burred
I wrote this from my grand mother tombstone and my father tombstone.
Born Feb 1, 1846 Passed on March 27, 1920,
on her stone reads
Remember our mother
she is asleep in Jesus our Lord our Love one
this was May 15-1971 when I visit their graves
the day of your uncle Lee burring
there were Gillis-Lesley Hopkins -I didn't have time to take down
what were on Gillis - Lesley stone -on my Father stone wrote
Our Father John Hopkins
Born May 17 1863 - died Jan 1 1939
In rest they memory shall ever be guiding star to heaven.
This is in Knox County on Stinking Creek - Mill Ky is the post office.
via Hazel (Hopkins)Petrey, daughter of Rosa (Taylor)Taylor:
Rosa (Taylor) Taylor
had five children born to her by 1930. She was living with her
children in the old share cropper's house that was on her mother,
Docia (Taylor) Taylor's farm. That was the same year that Docia
died still living on her farmland. The William P. &Emily Mills
family that had at one time occupied the sharecropper's house
had long since moved away from the farm. Per family tradition,
Rosa thought that she had bought the share cropper's home and
ten acres of land from Docia in exchange for two mules. Rosa's
brother, Grant U. Taylor, told Rosa she was mistaken and that
this land purchase had never been recorded as being deeded to
her. She and her children had to move from the land since
Grant had sold the farm. Rosa Taylor died of cancer.
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