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W. J. Hopkins

SOURCE: Paddock, B. B., Capt., ed. A History of Central and Western Texas B Compiled from Historical Data Supplied by Commercial Clubs, Individuals and Other Authentic Sources. Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1911, p. 672.

W. J. Hopkins was born in Crawford county, Arkansas, in 1846, but Texas has long been his home and he is prominently numbered among the pioneer citizens of Milam county. His parents, James and Samantha (Knowles) Hopkins, were early settlers of western Arkansas, but Tennessee was their native state. The father was a farmer and trader, and longing for the free and open country he left Arkansas in 1854 for the Chickasaw Nation, but lived there only a year, although being pleased with the country. From there he came to Texas in 1859 and settled in what is now Limestone county, where he lived until the close of the war, and although he took no part in that struggle he sent four of his sons to fight in the Confederate cause and only one returned. His death occurred in Limestone county in 1869, leaving a widow and two children, although he had reared five children to years of maturity: James Hopkins, who was killed at the battle of Vicksburg; David Hopkins and Benjamin J. Hopkins, both of whom gave their lives in defense of their native southland; Alice L. Hopkins, who became the wife of Walter D. Brown, of Fort Worth, and she is deceased; and W. J. Hopkins.

The last named in 1862 entered the Texas state service and was stationed along the line of Texas and Mexico. During the progress of the war there were no serious troubles in his section of the country, an occasional raid from the Indians and some stealing by both the whites and Mexicans proving the only diversion, and when the conflict closed Mr. Hopkins, like the others of his command, simply returned home without the formality of surrender.

From that time until 1876 he farmed rented land on the Brazos Bottoms in Falls county, and purchasing then three hundred and twenty acres of unimproved land in Milam county he farmed and made his home there until coming in 1900 to Rockdale to educate his two grandchildren. He has been living a practically retired life from business since that time, and two years, those of 1902-3, he spent with his wife in California in search of renewed health.

He married in 1867 Miss Elizabeth Morgan, a daughter of Thomas and Sallie (Vaughan) Morgan, and they have had four children: W. S. Hopkins, whose home is in California; Nancy J. Hopkins, deceased; Marion O. Hopkins, living in Oregon; and Mary J. Hopkins, who became the wife of Arthur Taylor, and both are deceased, while their two children are Hardy Taylor, a traveling salesman, and Nancy Taylor, the wife of Will J. Young, of northern Texas.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he has been a life-long supporter of Democratic principles.

We must say a special thank you to Karin Galindo of Omaha, NE, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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