Thomas H.Popplewell was born in Russell Co., KY in July 1857. He was the son of John Popplewell & Delpha Mae Judd of that county. John was the son of Isaac Popplewell Jr., the son of Isaac Popplewell. Thomas was married twice. The first marriage to Alice Martin about 1875 produced two known children: Minnie born 1879 and John R. born March 18, 1883. Alice died sometime between 1883 and 1889 and Thomas remarried to a woman named Stella who bore him 5 living children out of 9 births between 1891 and 1908. This family moved around considerably, likely due to his profession as Minister of the Christian Church. Although born in Russell Co., KY he spent his adult life in MO, KS and Iowa.
His son, John R. by his first marriage is living at home in the 1900 census, but is rather mysterious after that. He cannot be located in 1910 or 1920 and the one John R. Popplewell found in the 1930 census is listed as being single, age 40, and living in Gray County, TX (near Amarillo) with an older brother Wilbur Popplewell age 43. Both show they were born in KS. However, I can find no record of Wilbur Popplewell wiht the family of Thomas H. Popplewell in the 1900 census when he should have been 13 years old. Also, John R.'s age is off by 7 years.
We do know that John R. Popplewell married Belle Stephens of Wilbarger/Wise County Texas and lived their later years in Clovis, NM. Any information on John Popplewell or his children would be appreciated. Belle was born in 1889 and was the daughter of my gg-Uncle, John Wiley Stephens.