Biography of James Hopkins of Batavia, NY

James Hopkins was born in Londonderry, N. H., served in the war of the Revolution, and died in Erie County, N. Y., aged 82 years. He was a farmer and a tailor. He married Mary A., daughter of Rev. David McGregor, of Londonderry, and their children were Thomas N., Polly, David M., James, Margaret, and Robert. Thomas N. was also a native of Londonderry, N. H., but went to a place of the same name in Vermont, where he lived several years, when he moved to Sardinia, N. Y., where he died in 1870, aged 94 years. He married Sally Howe, of Londonderry, Vt., daughter of Nehemiah Howe, and their children were Thomas. Eliza, Dudley, James M., Neherniah, Nelson,. Mary A., Clarissa, and Robert N. The last named was born in Vermont, June 10, 1812, came to Batavia from Erie County in 1860, and married Sarah A., daughter of Aaron and Serephina Carnahan, of Picton, Canada. His children are Thomas M., William S., Eliza A., and Jesse B. Mrs. Sarah A. Hopkins died in Batavia, October 12, 1878, aged 62 years. Mr. Hopkins, grandfather of James, was of the old Puritan stock, and at the time of the French and Indian war suffered for the necessaries of life. It is told of him that prices for inferior provisions at that time were enormous: for one-quarter of a dog five shillings and sixpence were paid; for a dog’s head two shillings and sixpence; horse flesh was nearly two shillings per pound; even cats, rats, and mice were used for food. A pound of tallow was worth four shillings. William S. Hopkins married Prudence E. Jones, of Batavia, and they have two children, Robert J. and Eliza. He is now a resident of Buffalo, being engaged in the malleable iron works at Black Rock. Robert N. Hopkins is a farmer on road 63, where he has lived for 29 years.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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