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HOPKINS, JAMES ELLIOT

Certificate of payment for James E. Hopkins (1836)
Certificate of payment for James E. Hopkins (1836). Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
James Elliot Hopkins grave
James Elliot Hopkins grave. Courtesy of Lyn Dobson. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

HOPKINS, JAMES ELLIOT (1805–1878). 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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Randolph B. Campbell, An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821–1865 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989). Randolph B. Campbell and Richard G. Lowe, Wealth and Power in Antebellum Texas (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1977). Blewett Barnes Kerbow, The Early History of Red River County, 1817–1865 (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1936). Red River Recollections (Clarksville, Texas: Red River County Historical Society, 1986). Rex W. Strickland, Anglo-American Activities in Northeastern Texas, 1803–1845 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1937). Ralph A. Wooster, "Wealthy Texans, 1860," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 71 (October 1967). Pat B. Clarke, The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County (Dallas: Van Nort & Co., 1937).

Christopher Long

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Handbook of Texas Online, Christopher Long, "Hopkins, James Elliot," accessed July 30, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fho96.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on May 3, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.