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Thomas Hopkins Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1860

This collection houses land deeds, genealogical notes, and other papers documenting Thomas Hopkins (1764-1836) and his family in Tennessee.

Dates

  • 1814 January 23-1844 January 22, 1905 March 21-1916 December 7

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses land deeds, genealogical notes, and other papers documenting Thomas Hopkins (1764-1836) and his family in Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Hopkins was born in Goochland County, Virginia to John and Mary (Martin) Hopkins on May 15, 1764. He was one twelve children, including Judith (Hopkins) Vaughn, Jeannie (Hopkins) Rodes, Arthur, John, Henry, Molly (Hopkins) French, James, William, Bettie Pettit (Hopkins) Richardson, George Washington, and Ann Sparks (Hopkins) Horsley. Thomas Hopkins emigrated to Tennessee in about 1808 and worked as a land speculator, eventually amassing extensive holdings in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Mississippi. He apparently pursued this career nearly to the exclusion of all else; indeed, he is said to have never married because he forgot to appear on his wedding day. Hopkins died in Tennessee on March 26, 1836 and is buried near McMinnville, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of three folders.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these papers in February of 1992.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480