Person:William Hopkins (65)

William Hopkins, of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VA
b.est. 1730 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
  • HWilliam Hopkins, of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VAest 1730 -
  • WElizabeth Lovebef 1737 -
m. bef. 1755
Facts and Events
Name William Hopkins, of Muddy Creek, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1730 Ulster, Ireland
Marriage bef. 1755 to Elizabeth Love

William 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 in Augusta County:

  • Page 279 - William Hopkins, 600 acres, Greenbier [sic] River. Oct. 24, 1751. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 95].

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

William Hopkins acquired land on Muddy Creek by 1753, as shown in record below:
  • Page 16.--19th July, 1748. Jacob Dye and wife Mary, farmer, to Ephraim Love, late of Lancaster County, Penna. Delivered: Wm. Hopkins, 6th March, 1753. Muddy Creek; corner Daniel Harrison, Wm. White, Wm. Carroll.
  • Page 75.--21st May, 1755. Ephraim Love to Wm. Hopkin, £50, 258 acres, part of 307 acres patented to Jacob Dye, 21st June, 1748, and sold by Dye to Love; corner said Love. Delivered: Thomas Poage, April, 1780. (Note: Ephraim Love was the father-in-law of William Hopkins).
  • 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 178.--19th March, 1770. Benjamin Kinley to William Hopkins, £70, on a branch of Brock's Creek, 215 acres; Rees Thomas' line. (Note: possibly this William Hopkins).

Disposition 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.

Possible Estate Record of William Hopkins

  • Vol. 2 - ROCKINGHAM COUNTY RECORDS. - 1778-- Wm. Hopkins's will recorded. (Note: this may be in reference to this William Hopkins, although IGI has the William Hopkins that died in 1778 in Rockingham County as a son of Robert Hopkins. Actual will in Rockingham needs to be examined.

Processioning Lists of 1755 & 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 150.--1755: Thos. Moore and David Robson processioned as follows, viz: For Adam Reader, present Arnold Custard, Alex. Painter; for Adam Burd; for Nicholas Cane, present his son, Daniel Cane; for John Miller; for Wm. Pickins; for Jno. Porting; for Wm. Caslberry; for Wm. Hopkins, present Thos. Shanklin; for Francis Green; for Thomas Gordon; for James Beggs, present Uriah Humble; for Jacob Bare; for Jacob Trumbo, present Amrode Lamb; for Rees Thomas, present Jno. Thomas; for John Bare; for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hieghl; for David Robson.
  • 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 William Hopkins in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Page 274.--14th November, 1750. Charles Gallagher's will (Gallaghar)--Beloved friend. Rev. Mr. William Wappaler, £10; beloved friend, Rev. Mr. Taylor, £10; beloved friend, William Hopkins; beloved friend, Samuel Cerrel; beloved friend, Ephraim Love, executor. Teste: William Hopkins, Isaiah Shipman, Jennet Love. Proved, 28th August, 1750, by Wm. Hopkins, and others summoned. Proved, 26th February, 1750, by other witnesses, and Ephraim Love qualified executor.
  • Page 301.--15th April, 1774. Thomas Shankland's (his mark) will, farmer--To wife, Eleanor, tract adjoining Thomas Gordon; to grandchildren, viz: Of son Robert's children, viz: Thomas, William, Robert, son John, son _____; son Thomas' son Thomas; to oldest son, Robert. Executors, sons Robert and John. Teste: William and Archibald Hopkins, George Baxter. Proved, 17th January, 1775, by Archd. Hopkins and Baxter. Executors qualify with Archd. Hopkins, Geo. Baxter.

Information on William Hopkins

From "Historical Notes from the records of Augusta County, Virginia", by Charles E. Kemper:

Ephraim Love, who came to Virginia from Lancaster County, Pa., and William Hopkins, were the legatees and made the executors of the will. Both lived in the western portion of present Rockingham County, Va. It cannot be determined from the records which one of the names was, Wappeler or Wasseler, but it was one or the other. The Love and Hopkins families were Presbyterians, and it is probable that both of these ministers were of that faith and came to Virginia from Pennsylvania, but Foote, Davidson and Johnson, the Virginia Church Historians, make no mention of them. They were early ministers in the Shenandoah Valley, and this note is written to preserve their names and something of their history.