I am a descendant of Nancy Hopper who married Samuel Smith. There is a lot of speculation as to who Nancy's (and the other Hoppers of Kent - Thomas, Caroline, Eve, and Abraham) parents were... one suggestion being Thomas Hopper, and Maria/Mary. The problem at this point has been there are no records that have been put forth to indicate who the parents of Nancy and her siblings could be...
The only clues come from:
1) The census of Chatham Tp. Kent (1851-1871) which has an Elizabeth Hopper b. bet. 1773-1776 with her handicapped son Abraham Hopper b. abt 1809 living with her.
2) The death record of Elizabeth Hopper in 1873 which gives her birthplace as New York State the same as in the 1851 census. The death record gives the informant as Thomas Hopper farmer in Chatham Township. This would be Thomas Hopper m. Maria Williams living on conc. 4 lot 22.
3) The third clue comes from Thomas' daughter's (Elizabeth Hopper Virley) death record which gives her father's birthplace as Dundas - which perhaps connects this Hopper family with the Dundas Hoppers. Although, Caroline Hopper Babbitt's son's death record gives Caroline's birthplace as Hamilton (which may suggest Dundas, Wentworth, ON).
4) The fourth clue comes from the Smith Hopper Cemetery - This ties Thomas Hopper to Nancy Hopper.
5) The fifth clue comes from the 1851 and 1861 census. In the 1851 census Elizabeth Hopper (from above) is not only listed with Abraham Hopper her son, but also a John Young Jr. age 3. He is listed (unless the enumerator got it wrong) as part of the family. In the 1861 census the John Young family including John Jr. is listed just above Elizabeth and Abraham Hopper. Who is this family in relation to the Hoppers?????
I wonder if any descendant has checked the land registry office for land abstract, or will for her, or Samuel Smith (her son in law). I believe the land document would help resolve perhaps who she is.. This is especially true because she remained for at least 20 plus years on the same piece of land in Chatham Tp. as a widow.
Any help, or further clues regarding this family would be greatly appreciated. Again, some confusion reigns regarding this family and their connection to the Hoppers of Dundas Co. As a result, some have erroneously assumed ancestry based upon data belonging to this group.