Richard M. Hopkins, early Red River County settler, was born around 1819 in Montgomery County, Kentucky, the son of Francis Marion Hopkins. He immigrated to Texas with his family in 1823 and gradually acquired a large amount of land that became part of Red River County. From 1833 to 1836 he served as sheriff of Miller County, Arkansas. The 1860 census lists him with personal property valued at $55,000. His plantation, which he operated with his brother, James E. 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 the time.