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John Hopkins -Va genealogy info
Posted by: Kathleen Campbell Date: April 15, 2001 at 11:08:31
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Hi, I copied all this material down for someone on this page who asked me for it. It comes from documents written by my grandfather, Robert Hugh French, of Denmark, TN and his cousin, Betty Rodes, of Gallatin, TN sometime from the 1920s to the 1940s. I cannot vouch for the authenticity of all of it, but it might interest anyone on this list related to the John Hopkins family. We are related through Mary Molly Hopkins who married Robert Mosby French in 1801. I hope it will copy here. It's very long. I also have a copy of Col. John Hopkin's will, if anyone is interested. Kathleen French Campbell

DESCENDANTS OF COL. JNO. M. HOPKINS (MEBANE, SUPPOSEDLY, IS WHAT M. IS FOR, BUT THIS IS NOT AUTHENTIC) OF GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA (The notes were evidently written by my grandfather, Robert Hugh French of Denmark, Tenn --near Jackson in Madison County. He was the son of Robert Henry French who married Rebecca Taylor (2nd m.)

Generation One.

       Dr. Arthur Hopkins, born 1732, died 1766, and his wife, Elizabeth Pettus, the daughter of Capt. Thos. Pettus and his wife, Dabney. Dr. Arthur and his wife, Elizabeth Pettus Hopkins, lived on Byrd Creek where now stands Milton, Goochland County, Virginia.
(The above information was taken from the Hopkins Genealogy from Old Churches and Families in Virginia; Vol. 1 --p. 460, Lippincott & Co. 1857: reprinted 1889)

Generation Two.

       Children of Dr. Arthur and Elizabeth Pettus Hopkins are as follow:

       1       a. Jno. M. Hopkins, m. Mary King of Richmond, Va; was a member of the Committee of Safety for Goochland County, VA. in 1775 and Lieut.-Col. in 1778 and Col. in 1779-81. He was a gentleman and a planter. His will was recorded July 20th, 1807. (BY THE WAY, ANNE, I HAVE A COPY OF HIS WILL).

       (The above was taken from the above mentioned book. The rest was gathered from this book and from the family Bibles and histories of the individual families. It can be substantiated by people still living, as well as many records). NOTE: THIS WAS WRITTEN FROM THE 1920S-1940S.

       2       b.       Samuel Hopkins, m. Isabella Taylor of Carolina County. He was Lieut-Col. of the 10th Va. Revolutionary War, and General in the War of 1812 from Kentucky.

       3       c.       Arthur Hopkins, died unmarried.

       4.       d.       William, lived in Albemarle Co. Married Elizabeth Moon.
       5.       e.       James (no record)
       6.       f.       Lucy, Married Geo. Robinson
       7.       g.       Thomas (record not complete)
       8.       h.       ..... (married Joseph Cabell (or Capell)
       9.       i.       Isabella (no record)

From now on I will take up Jno. M. Hopkins, his children and their children only.

Second Generation. Col. Jno M. Hopkins, b..... d. 1807. Married Mary King of Richmond, VA. (In handwriting over this typed document it says Mary Martin --"Hopkins of Va. Related Families") His children were:

Third Generation. (There is another copy of this document which seems to have been retyped, since the wording is slightly different. However on this part, in handwriting it says for the below dates: "Birth and Baptism Recorded in "The Reverend William Douglas Register" and it has arrows pointing to this note for Mary or Molly and for Geo. Washington Hopkins. Another note on the right of the name of Geo. Washington Hopkins says "missing from record)
a.       Judith, b. May , 1763 (in handwriting it says , b. Feb. 11, baptised May 40, married Judge Thos. C. Vaughn (in handwriting it says Jas over the Thos.) (In handwriting it gives the date Sept. 26, 1783 --then there is something I cannot read in handwriting in parentheses with another date: 2/27/8? cut off).

b.       Jane, or Jeanie or Jenny, b. Aug. 9, 1767 (in handwriting -- baptism 11/16/67) m. John H. Rodes (in handwriting Chas. H. Rodes, Feb. 15, 1785)

c.       Jno. Hopkins, b. Mar. 31, 1772, d. unmarried, it is thought, in Mississippi.

d.       Arthur Hopkins, b. Sept. 13, 1769 (in praentheses 19), (handwriting bap. 10/8/69), m. d.
e.       Henry Hopkins, b. Feb 16, 1775, m. d. (handwriting -bap. 4/6/75, died in 1807)
f.       Mary or Molly Hopkins, b. Feb. 22, 1777 (handwriting bap. 3/2/77), m. Robt. Mosby French (handwriting, Feb. 28, 1801), d.
g.       Jas. Hopkins, b. Dec. 25, 1781, (bapt. 7/21/81), d.
h.       Wm. Hopkins, b. (same date as Jas. typed crossed out and in handwriting it says, Feb. 26, 1784, bap. 4/17/84), d. m. (handwriting 1st) Sallie or (can't read) M. Massie? (11/3/1806 (2.) Mary R. Turner
i.       Elizabeth or Bettie Pettit, b. Jan. 1, 1786 (handwriting, bapt. 6/18/87 -died 1846)
       m. Samuel Richardson (b. Aug. 23, 1777, d. May 24, 1854), in 1801. They lived in Gibson Co., Tenn.
j.       Geo. Washington Hopkins b..... (in handwriting 11/78?1786 m. Mary French (in handwriting Elizabeth), (5/17/1807), d.
k.       Anne Sparks Hopkins, b.....m. Robt. Horsley, 1/15/1817, d.
l.       Thomas Hopkins, b. May 15, 1764, never married. d. Mar. 26, 1836. (in handwriting 16). (in handwriting died in CoffeeCo. Beech Grove, Buried Liberty Church Cemetary in Warren Co. Tenn.) Continued typing but in parentheses it says: (Epitaph on the tomb of Thos. Hopkins: "Beneath this stone lies the remains of Thos. Hopkins, who was born on the 15th day of May, 1764 in Goochland Co., Va. Thos. Hopkins emigrated to this state in early life, soon became a speculator in lands which he pursued until his death on the 26th of March, 1836, age nearly 72 years.") He died in Coffee Co. near Beech Grove, wa buried in Liberty Church in Warren Co., Tenn.

Generation Four.

Mary, Molly or Polly Hopkins, b. Feb. 22, 1777, d. (handwriting -1850), m. Robt. Mosby French in 1796. (handwriting 1801) She was the daughter of Col., Jno Hopkins. She and her husband, Robt. Mosby French, lived first at the home place called Elkhill. It was situated on an island in the James River in Goochland Co, Va. From there they moved to Warren Co., Tenn. and lived in McMinnville, Tenn. and then near there at the family home called "Forest Home."

       Issue: a.       Sarah, b.... d. age 17 unmarried
              b.       Mary
c.       William Mason (twins with Mary) b. July 11, 1804, d. July 4, 1887; m. Sarah Robertson about 1842.
d.       Hugh Lewis, b. d.
e.       Jno. Hopkins French, b. d. m. (In handwriting, the letter L. is inserted before the first name) Virginia Smith, (in handwriting Walter French, Chattanooga, Mary Chase?, Nashville, Jessie Benhaus? Jolly Island?
f.       Robt. Mosby French, b. d. m (1st)... (2d) Margaret Wilson Fields, a Cherokee Indian of Oklahoma (then Indian Territory)
g.       Jas. Henry French., b. d., m. Elvira Rice.

Generation Five.

(Generation Four) Wm. Mason French, b. July 11, 1804, d. July 4, 1887; married Sarah Robertson in 1796 (in parentheses there is a handwritten question mark --obviously because this date was before he was born) (1st m.)

       Issue:       Robt. Henry French, b. Aug. 11, 1844
Wm. Richardson French, b. June 1845 d. 1890, m. Clara Kocsis, Oct. 28, 1873.
              Mary, died in infancy
              Ward, died in infancy

2nd marriage to Rodicea Elam about 1855

Issue: Elizabeth French, b. 1856, d. May 1900; m. Lee Calcote Kocsis. (in handwriting on second copy which has somewhat different wording it says: mother of Clara, French and Virginia Kocsis).
              Jno. French, died in infancy
Here are two other documents written by "Cousin Betty Rodes" --descendant of Jane Hopkins Rodes, dau. of Col. John Hopkins. Written from 1920s-1940s.

This says "Information obtained through Cousin Betty Rodes of Gallatin (TN), who had received it from some other Hopkins descendant.

First document says:

The Hopkins family emigrated to America prior to 1626. Dr. Jno. Hopkins, the emigrant, was a native of Dublin, Ireland; a graduate of the medical department of the University of Dublin, practiced for a while in his native city, then in the London hospitals; from London, emigrated to America and located in Goochland Co., Va. I have not tried to find out anything about thesons of daughters of Dr. Jno Hopkins other than Jno. Hopkins. In his will dated in 1685, he disposed of a large estate for the times. Jno Hopkins, a grandson of Dr. Hopkins, married a Miss Preston of Amherst Col, Va. Their heirs were:       

Col. Jno. Hopkins
Dr. Jas. Hopkins
Genl. Saml. Hopkins
Wm. Henry Hopkins
Mary Hopkins
Ann L. Hopkins

Col. Jno. Hopkins married Mary Martin. His heirs were:

Jno. Hopkins
Thos. Hopkins
Wm. Hopkins
Geo. Washington Hopkins
Judith Hopkins
Mary Hopkins
Jane Hopkins

       Wm. Hopkins married Helen Massey. Geo. W. married Miss French. Elizabeth married Samuel Richardson. Ann married Robt. Horseley. Mary married Robt. French. Jane married Chas. Rodes.

Dr. Jas. Hopkins, a surgeon in the Revolutionary War, left one daughter who married a man named Pollard. Genl. Saml. Hopkins never married. Wm. Henry Hopkins married a sister of Thos. Jefferson; he was ancestor of Judge Arthur Hopkins of Georgia (ANNE, IS THIS SIGNIFICANT FOR YOU?) and A. Mobley Hopkins of Nashville, Tenn. Mary Hopkins married Genl. Jos. C. Cabell; their only daughter, Mary, married Jno. Breckinridge, grandfather of Genl. Jno. C. and W.C.P. Breckinridge of Kentucky. Ann Hopkins never married.

Jno. Hopkins, so of Col. Jno Hopkins, had one daughter, who married Armsted Bradford. Their children were Thomas, father of Jas. C. Bradford of Nashville, and Martha, who married Genl. Robert C. Foster, III. Judith Hopkins married Jas. Vaughn, their children were Thos. C. Vaughan, and Cora, who married Gov. paul Hebert (or Herbert) of La.

Ann Hopkins and Robt. Horseley left Julia, who married......Dewitt; Rebecca, married....Austin; Jno. R. , Wm. H., Robt. and Henry.

Elizabeth Hopkins Richardson left seveal children.

Jane Hopkins Rodes left eleven children. Jno. H. Rodes married a Miss Smith; Chas. Preston Rodes, Eliza Goodwin, Jas. H. Rodes, Margaret Shileds (6 chldren) Chas. E. Rodes, a lawyer at Gallatin, Mary J.; Elizabeth Savage and Jno. C. are only survivors. Wm. Henry and Woodson Rodes died unmarried. Granberry (?) married Mary Anderson, Thos. J. married Mildred Dickerson (or Dickinson), B.F. married Helen Hopkins.

Second Document from "Cousin Betty Rodes":


Dr. Jno Hopkins emigrated to America in the early 1600s. His will dated 1635 disposed of a large estate. Col. Jno. Hopkins (m. Mary martin) was a great grandson of Dr. Jno. Hopkins and was the father of Thos. Hopkins of McMinnville. The mother of Col. Hopkins was a Preston. Of their children --Genl. Saml. Hopkins never married; Dr. Jas. Hopkins had one daughter: Wm. Henry Hopkins married a sister of Thos. Jefferson and from him is descended Judge Hopkins of Georgia and A.M. Hopkins of Nashville. Mary, his sister, married Jos. C. Cabell. Their daughter, Mary, married Jno. Breckinridge. Ann L. Hopkins never married. I have a water color painting, painted in 1745, with her name and the date still plain.

The children of Col. Jno. Hopkins and Mary Martin, his wife were:

Jno., who had a daughter, Mary, who married Armsted Bradford. They had two children --Thos., father of Jas. C. Bradford, a lawyer of Nashville,, and Martha, who married Genl. Robt. C. Foster of Nashville. Wom, married a Miss Massey, daughter of Genl. Masey of Goochland Co., Va. They had eleve children -- Sarah G., married Capt. Robt. Batting (?); Elizabeth married Jno. A. McDearmon, their son, Jno. C. McDearmon was for many years a member of Congress from this state, died in Trenton, Tenn.; Mary married Richard W......?) She died in Cannon Co., Tenn.; Helen married B.F. Rodes of Nelson Co., Va.; John Henry Hopkins, no issue; Nathaniel Hopkins, wh left descendants in Warren Co.; Samuel lived near Franklin, Tenn.; Wm. Hopkins died at McMinnville, Tenn. Anotehr son of Col., Hopkins, G.W. married Miss Elizabeth French, a daughter married Mr. Taylor of Va; Hugh Hopkins, Thos. H. Hopkins married Elizabeth Rowan (?) of McMinnville. Col. Hopkins' daughter ann married Robt. Horseley of Amherst Co. Va. Of their children, Julia married B.M. Dewitt, Rebecca married......Austin, ....married Dr. I. Turyman (?), Jno. R., Wm. H., Robt. and Henry.
Judith Hopkins married Jno. Vaughan of Richmond, Va. Their daughter, Mary, married Thos. Campbell. Thos. C..Vaughan married a Price. Their daughter, Cora, married Go. Paul Hebert ofLa.
Elizabeth Hopkins married Samuel Richardson. Their children were: Joshua; Thos.; Jas; Mary, who married Hubbard, a minister; Anna married Banks Burrow of Huntingdon; Elizabeth married Dr. Brewer.

Jane Hopkins married Chas. Rodes of Nelson Co., Va. Children: Jno. H. married Sara Smith; Chas. Preston Rodes m. Anna Goodwin; Wm. Henry and Woodson died unmarried; Greenbury m. Margaret Shields; Thos. J. married Mildred Dickinson; B.F. married Helen Hopkins; Mary married Nicholas Detton; Amy Duke married Thos.....(?) Elizabeth married Wm. Knight; one daughter Emily, married Thos. C. Coles, of Albermarle Co. Va.

Mary Hopkins married Robt. French. Their children: Robert., Wm. Mason, Henry, Hugh, Jno. H., Sarah (died young)

I also have a document that says it is "Bits of Genealogy of Mark Hopkins" (My note: this is the Mark Hopkins of the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco). It is quite long and doesn't connect this family to that of the above, although I think they are connected. These are Hopkins who were descendents of Benjamin Hopkins, b. Jan 14, 1770 in Bedford. Co. Va. Mark and Moses Hopkins went out west because of the Gold rush. This document discusses he estate of Mark Hopkins. It seems that he never married and died with an estate valued at $30,000,000. At the time this document was written in the early 20th century, it says his estate was now "conservatively estimated at $350,000,000." The estate was settled under "what is called the old Spanish Law of California in 1883" There were apparently a great number of Hopkins kin vying for a piece of this estate. It says that the law says that nieces and nephews come in for seven-eighths and the cousin for one-eighth of the estate. But the old law includes only the nieces and nephews and leaves out the cousins. Most of the claimants were from North Carolina and "are the children of the brother and sistes of Mark, or their children and are therfore placed in thenieces and nephews class. Some of them and probably the larges number of those in Virginia, where Mark's father was born, are in the cousins class, in that they are the descenent's of his father's brother's sisters.

Anyway, whoever wrote this was evidently contesting the distribution of the estate.






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