James Elliot Hopkins, early Red River County settler, was born on May 30, 1805, in Montgomery County, Kentucky, the son of Catherine "Katie" Elliot and Francis Marion Hopkins. He immigrated to Texas with his family in 1823 and gradually acquired a large amount of land that later became part of Red River County. He married Rebecca Gregg on February 2, 1834. The 1860 census lists him with personal property valued at $50,000. His plantation, which he operated with his brother Richard M. Hopkins, included some 1,200 improved acres; in 1860 it produced 10,000 bushels of corn and 385 bales of cotton. The brothers also owned 139 slaves and were thus among the 100 largest slaveholders in Texas at that time. He died on March 1, 1878, and is buried in the Clarksville Cemetery.