John Brotherton, USS West Virginia

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John Brotherton, USS West Virginia

John Brotherton, USS West Virginia

This picture was in my great-grandmother, Margaret Eliza Lawson Hopkins, trunk when she died. On the back is written Jno Brotherton, USS West Virginia. He is wearing a naval uniform that appears to be World War I.

My great-grandfather, Robert Lee Hopkins, had a sister who married a Brotherton in Scott County and they moved to the mid-west (maybe Missouri). I don’t know which of the sisters married the Brotherton. This was just someone’s recollection when I started asking about the unidentified photographs in the trunk.

Robert Lee was the son of James Hopkins and Lucy Creasy who moved to Russell County from Franklin County after the Civil War. Anyone know this family or are a descendant of Jno Brotherton?

Submitted by Sue Hammonds Swain

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna McCauley January 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

You may find some information from the Scott County archives. My family (many) resides in Scott County for generations. My sister works in the court house (Gate City) and my brother-in-law is the county commisioner for Scott County. However, a couple of years ago I tried to track our family land, unfortunetely there was a fire in the late 1800’s that destroyed a lot of records. It is worth a try to check out the archives, I did find two uncles who fought in the Civil War and where they are buried. My ancestors are the McMurrays, Carters and Bradleys.


Caroll Osburn Zerkle February 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Dear Sue I have this family in my file they are interconnected to my Lawson family. ( Robert Lee Hopkins & Eliza Margaret Lawson ) Please e-mail me at Posted Feb 2010


retta sue hammonds swain February 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

Caroll, I send your an e-mail as requested.



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