biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN HOPKINS, a well-known and highly respected and esteemed resident of Harrison Township is a coal-miner, residing on section 7, and was born in South Wales, March 27, 1835. He is the son of David and Hannah (Davis) Hopkins, both of whom were born in Wales. The subject of our sketch came from Wales to America in the year 1869, and first made his home in the State of Maryland, pursuing the occupation of mining there until 1878, when he came to Mahaska County, where he has since resided. Oct. 11, 1864, Mr. Hopkins was united in marriage with Miss Martha Bateman, a daughter of Peter and Mary (Reece) Bateman, who were natives of Wales, and died in that country. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins have become the parents of ten children, seven of whom are now living-Mary, Hannah, David, Thomas, Richard R., Sarah E. and Ida M.; three died in infancy. Mr. Hopkins has followed the occupation of mining the greater portion of the time since his settlenent in this county, and by good management and economy has procured for himself a little farm of twenty acres, which is in an excellent state of cultivation. His house, barn and other buildings are comfortable and convenient. Mrs. Hopkins is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically Mr. Hopkins is a Republican. He is a man of more than average intelligence, and finds time in the midst of his labors to keep himself thoroughly posted upon the topics of the times. He manages his affairs with great prudence and economy, and as a neighbor and citizen is held in high esteem by all who know him.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy