LUCIUS D. HOPKINS, a representative citizen of the town of Eaton, is descended from pioneer parents of Madison County, and from patriotic ancestry of the New England States, which traces its lineage back to Stephen Hopkins, one of the two signers of the Declaration of Independence who lived in Rhode Island, William Ellery being the other. Mr. Hopkins was born April 14, 1827, in the town of Nelson, Madison County, and is a son of Daniel and Annie (Clough) Hopkins. Daniel Hopkins was a son of Daniel Hopkins, Sr., who was born in the town of Foster, R.I., on a farm, was reared to manhood in his native State, and reared a family of five children, all of whom are deceased. He died at the age of eighty-eight, on the farm upon which he was reared; and his wife, Hannah, died also in Rhode Island.
Daniel Hopkins, the father of Lucius D., made the journey from Rhode Island to the town of Nelson, Madison County, by means of teams, through the woods, following a trail marked by blazed trees, and reached this town in 1805. He took up one hundred and sixty acres of land, cleared a farm, and made
a good home for himself and his family. He and his wife reared nine children, two of whom are still living, Alonzo and Lucius D. He died at the age of seventy-six, and his wife at the age of fifty-three. The elder son, Alonzo, is now living in the town of Stockbridge, Madison County.
Lucius D. Hopkins was educated in the district schools, and began life for himself when but fifteen years of age, receiving five and a half dollars per month for some time, and working by the month for four years. At the age of twenty he began farming for himself on rented land, and when twenty-two years old purchased sixty-five acres, to which he has added until he now owns two hundred and twenty-two acres. This is a fine farm, is under a high state of cultivation, and is well adapted to general farming and dairying. While actively engaged in farming, Mr. Hopkins usually kept from forty to fifty cows. He spent four years in Louisiana, but in 1881 settled down in the village of Nest Eaton, and has resided here ever since, retired from active labor.
In 1848 he married Harriet T. Arnst, who was born in the town of Jefferson, Schoharie County, and is a daughter of Sheldon Arnst. Of this union there were two children, one of whom, Merwin D., born in 1850, is living on and managing the home farm. The other child, Jane, was born in 1853, married Wellington Blend, and died in 1892. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins are members of the Baptist church. He is a Republican in politics. Both stand high in the estimation of their neighbors and friends, and are useful members of the community.
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