"A. T. Andreas Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Iowa"
JOHN HOPLEY.--Among the enterprising and wide-awake business men of Iowa, Mr. John Hopley, of Cass County, deserves mention. He was born in the Village of Over, Cheshire, England, March 10, 1831. In April, 1849, he came to America, landing in June of that year, at Burlington, Iowa, via New Orleans. He worked by the month for a period of four years, when he returned to England and remained one year, and in the meantime married the eldest daughter of Mr. John Barnes, of Newton Bank, near Fordham, Cheshire. Returning again to America, he arrived in Lee County, Iowa, where he worked by the month till he earned money enough to buy a small farm.|
Mrs. Hopley died in 1862. He then moved west to Cass County. In 1864 he married the eldest daughter of Mr. Perry Disbrow, his present wife. Purchasing a stock farm near Atlantic, Mr. Hopley has since been engaged quite extensively and successfully in raising and shipping cattle and hogs. He is one of the energetic, self-reliant, and enterprising men of Cass County, and by dint of his own indefatigable exertions, has made a place of influence and standing for himself among his fellow citizens.
Chicago: Andreas Atlas Co., 1875, pg. 391.