Person:John Hopkins (57)

John Hopkins, "Pioneer", of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VA
b.Abt. 1732 Ulster, Ireland
m. Abt. 1730
  1. William Hopkins, of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VAest 1730 -
  2. John Hopkins, "Pioneer", of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VAAbt 1732 - Bef 1791
  3. Archibald Hopkins, of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VAAbt 1736 - 1799
  • HJohn Hopkins, "Pioneer", of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VAAbt 1732 - Bef 1791
  • WJean Gordon1739 - 1814
m. 12 Oct 1759
  1. Archibald Hopkins1760 - 1839
  2. Sarah HopkinsEst 1761-1765 -
  3. Mary HopkinsEst 1761-1765 -
  4. Rebecca Ann Hopkins1765 -
  5. Jane Hopkins1767 -
  6. Hannah Hopkins1769 -
  7. Ruth HopkinsEst 1770 - 1772 -
  8. Thomas Hopkins1773 -
  9. John Hopkins1776 -
  10. Ann Hopkins1780 -
Facts and Events
Name John Hopkins, "Pioneer", of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? Abt. 1732 Ulster, Ireland
Marriage 12 Oct 1759 to Jean Gordon
Death? Bef. 04 Jun 1791 Augusta or Rockingham County, Virginia

John Hopkins was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 533.--20th August, 1761. William Hopkins and Elizabeth to John Hopkins, £20, 200 acres, part of 258 acres conveyed to William by Cap. Ephraim Love, on a branch of Muddy Creek; cor. between William and John Hopkins; cor. Ephraim Love. Teste: Daniel and Ephraim Love.
  • Page 443.--17th June, 1771. Ephraim Love to John Hopkins, on head branches of Muddy Creek, part of tract whereon said Love now lives. Teste: Silas Hart, Daniel Smith, Jno. Grattan, Jno. Steed, Jno. Gorden.

Processioning List of 1760

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:

  • Vol. 2 - Page 295.--1760: Processioned by John Hopkins, David Ralston, in Capt. Ephraim Love's Company: For Thomas Gordon, for Francis Green, for Jeremiah Harrison, for Daniel Love, for Daniel Callkin, for Robert Cravens, for Thos. Harrison, for Ephraim Love, for Widow Johnston, for Alex. Herring, for Edward Shankling, for Widow Logan, for William Logan, for John Cravens, for Widow McDonel, for Joseph Cravens, for Wm. Hopkins, for John Hopkins, for Thomas Shankling, for Alex. Miller, for Mathew Black, for Thos. Campbell, for Daniel Harrison, for Daniel Harrison, Jr., for Samuel Harrison, for Robert Harrison, for Pat. Guin, for Wm. Snoding, for John Fowler, for David Nelson, for Samuel Briges, for John McGill, for Christopher Thompson, for John Wright, for Archibald Hopkins.

Records of John Hopkins in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 28.--28th June, 1758. Peter Moser's estate settlement, by Michael Mallow, allowed 19th May, 1761--To Cathron Moser, Jno. Hopkins, Danl. Love, James McDole, Jno. Wright, Fardrick Kestor, Jacob Harper, Andrew Arewen, Powl Shaver, Eaform Love, Nickles Hofman, Edward McGary. (2nd vendue held 8th November, 1758?) To Alex. Miller, James McGill, Jno. McCoy. (3d vendue held 3d October, 1760.) Credit by Patterkole money received on Peter Moser's account. From Jno. Madison, from George Caplinger, from Henry Carr, from Captain Cartley (Keartley), Capt. Abraham Smith (patterole money), from Captain Smith, for provender; from Captain Smith, on account of Wm. Wood; from Jno. Hogleer; from Capt. Ephraim Love, for provender and paterrole (patrol) money; from Capt. Smith, patterole money. Paid Jacob Rolman, paid Daniel Smith for clorking, paid Fredk. Opp for schooling, paid Fredk. Easter for salt and store goods, paid Johnson Hill for weaving, paid John Hughes, paid Stephen Conrad, the blacksmith.
  • Page 296.--23d August, 1758. John Harrison, Jr.'s will, yeoman-- Brother Zebulon, eldest son of Jno. Harrison, tract on Smith's Creek, 400 acres; to Phel Harrison, eldest daughter of Zebulon; to sister Phebe Moore, and her daughter; Ann Davison, and to her daughters; Phebe Davison; to brother, Reuben. Executors, brothers Zebulon and Reuben. Teste: Jonathan Douglass, Jno. Hopkins, James Breame (?). Proved, 15th November, 1763, by Jno. Hopkins, and 16th November, 1763, by Jonathan Douglass. Executors qualified (Zebulon's mark ), with Danl. Love, Robt. Cravens.
  • Page 531.--20th August, 1761. Ephraim Love to William Hopkins, £20, on head branch of Muddy Creek above John Hopkins' land patented to said Love and William Hopkins, 5th September, 1749, the Aspe Bottom Branch, 204 acres. Teste: John Poage, Daniel Love, John Hopkins.
  • Page 92.--17th November, 1761. Robert Harrison's appraisement by Hugh Hamilton, John Hopkins, Robt. Cravens. Recorded.
  • Page 350.--5th June, 1762. John McGarry and Sarah ( ) to James Greer, farmer, power of attorney to recover a patent for the land John now lives on and convey same to Archibald Hopkins. Teste: Ephraim Love and John Hopkins.
  • Page 354.--21st June, 1763. Jacob Gum and Sarah to Thomas Gordon, £20, 165 acres patented to Jacob. 16th August, 1756, on head spring of Linville's Creek. Teste: Ephraim Love, James Green, John Hopkins.
  • Page 352.--17th September, 1763. John Megarry and Sarah by James Greer, attorney, to Archibald Hopkins (John, formerly of Augusta, but now of North Carolina), £40, 170 acres on Muddy Creek on a line of Pincher's old place. Teste: John Archer, Wm. Hyde. Delivered to Thomas Hopkins, the grandson of grantee, who produced the original patent for the same lands in testimony of his right to have the same as per receipt filed with the deeds of this same date, 19th January, 1814. (Receipt says Thomas is entitled to the land by devise from Archibald, his grandfather.)
  • Page 772.--4th September, 1764. Thomas O'Neal to Archibald (Ersbald) Hopkins, £4, 27 acres on a branch of Muddy Creek; corner Wood's land. Teste: Ephraim Love, Jno. Hopkins, Geo. Baxter.
  • Page 370.--21st November, 1764. Silas Hart's (sheriff) bond (with Danl. Harrison, Andw. Erwin, Jno. Hopkins, Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Anderson, Wm. Anderson) to collect officers' fees.
  • Page 370.--21st November, 1764. Silas Hart's (sheriff) bond (with Danl. Harrison, Andw. Erwin, Jno. Hopkins, Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Anderson, Wm. Anderson) to collect taxes.
  • Page 371.--21st November, 1764. Silas Hart's (sheriff) bond (with Danl. Harrison, Andw. Erwin, Jno. Hopkins, Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Anderson, Wm. Anderson) to collect quit rents.
  • Page 403.-- May, 1771. Archibald and John Hopkins' (commissioners) assignment of dower to Sarah Harrison (widow) recorded.
  • Page 384.--1st February, 1775. Thomas Shanklin's estate appraised by Ephraim Love, John Hopkins, Jesse Harrison.
  • Page 410.--14th July, 1775. James Davison's will--To wife, Jane; to eldest son, John, infant; to two youngest children; to daughter, Mary; to division "among my children." Executors, Archibald and John Hopkins. Teste: John Hagarty, Wm. Chesnutt, James Dunn. Proved, 19th March, 1776, by Chesnutt and Dunn. Executors summoned. At a Court for Augusta County by authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia, August 20, 1776, Archibald and John Hopkins refuse to qualify executors.
  • Vol. 2 - 1783--April 29th, Ezekiel, Reuben, and Josiah Harrison going to Georgia same order as to Gawin Hamilton. Samuel Harrison granted certificate of good character and Wiggish principles. Captain Thomas Hewit appointed guardian to Mary, orphan of John Cloverfield. Jeremiah, son of Wm. Haney, to be bound. Margaret, daughter of Wm. Haney, to be bound. William Donnophon proves he lost a smooth-bore gun in serving a tour of duty under Colonel Naul at Stoner's Mill, near Portsmouth, in 1781. Cornelius Cain appointed Captain vice Wm. Herring. Ulrick Gorton appointed Lieutenant in Captain Wm. Herring's Company. Michael Mullen appointed Ensign in Captain Wm. Herring's,Company. Richard Custard appointed Captain vice Michael Baker, and former order appointing John Riddle is reversed. Noah Humble appointed Ensign in Custard's Company. Jno. Hopkins appointed Ensign in Captain George Baxter's Company. Court of Claims.

Information on John Hopkins

From "A Chapter of Hopkins Genealogy; 1735-1905". By Archibald Wilson Hopkins, pg. 37:

John Hopkins, Pioneer
John Hopkins, with his brothers, Archilbald and William, came to Shenandoah Valley sometime between 1749. We find in the old "Session Book of Cook's Creek and Pyke Mountain Congregation" the record of his marriage on October 12, 1759, to Jean Gordon. He settled at the "Neff Place" two miles west of Archibald Hopkins, near the mountain. This and the Gordon farm were the first two settlements in that locality.
John Hopkins died before June 4, 1791, as a letter from the old Cook's Creek church, bearing this date, speaks of Jane Hopkins as the "daughter of John Hopkins, disceased." We know that he made a will for we find in an old legal paper these words, " Whereas the Commonwealth of Virginia did grant and convey to John Hopkins, senior, a certain Tract of Land formerly in Harrison County now in the County of Lewis, aforesaid lying on the Hilly upland run, a Branch of Stone coal Creek, Containing 800 acres which patent is dated the 28th day of August, 1787, as by said patent will appear, and where-as the said John Hopkins since died, having first made and published his last Will and Testament and therein and thereby given and bequeathed the above Tract of Land to three of his daughters to wit: Hannah, Ruth, and Ann as by said Will and Testament doth more fully appear."
In a letter written December 7, 1876, by Cyrus Hopkins, of Uppertract, Pendleton Co., Va., a grandson of John Hopkins, the pioneer, he says, "John Hopkins lived in Rockingham County and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He also represented his country in the Legislature." We also have this from the War Department, military secretary's office, at Washington: "The records of this office show that one John Hopkins served as a private in Captain David Stephenson's Company, 8th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Colonel Abraham Bowman, Revolutionary War. He enlisted February 21, 1778, to serve three years. He was transferred to Captain William Croghan's Company, 4th, 8th, and i2th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Colonel James Wood, in June, 1778; to Captain William Croghan's Company, 4th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Colonel John Nevill, in September, 1778, and to Captain-Lieutenant Leonard Cooper's Company, same regiment, in May, 1779. His name last appears on the roll dated December 9, 1779, without special remark relative to his service."

/. JOHN HOPKINS (the pioneer) was married Oct. 12, 1759 to Jean Gordon, sister of Thomas Gordon.


ARCHIBALD, born, 1760.
JANE, 1767.
HANNAH, 1769.
THOMAS, 1773.
JOHN, 1776.
ANN, 1780.
Name of tenth child not known.
Home, Rockingham, Virginia, near Harrisonburg. Business, Agriculture.
  1.   Harrison, Ella Warren. A chapter of Hopkins genealogy, 1735-1905. (Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1905), pg. 37-39.