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O.D. Hopkins
Monona Twp.

O. D. Hopkins, farmer and stock-grower, and one of the pioneer settlers of Clayton County, was born in Lamoille County, Vt., Sept. 10, 1828. His parents, Hiram and Mary (Reynolds) Hopkins, were married in Canada about 1822, and had a family of seven children, five of whom lived to be adults, viz.: Chauncey S., who died in California; Cordelia, who married Judge Harry Stowell (now deceased); O. D., Ransom, Eliza, wife of J. F. Brown, and Mary B., wife of Wm. Gay, of Claifornia. Mr. Hopkins in early life followed farming, and came to Clayton County in 1852, and from here went to California, where he died in 1878. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and an ardent supporter of the Republican party. O. D. was reared on a farm, and received a common-school education, and when twenty-one years of age started out for himself. In 1852 he married Phoebe, daughter of Jonathan and Prudence (Chase) Wells. She was born in Franklin County, Vt., Sept. 6, 1833. In May, 1852, Mr. Hopkins left Vermont and emigrated to Clayton County, arriving June 1 of that year. As they were in very limited circumstances, their furnture was of the rudest kind, consisting of stools, tables and bedsteads made by Mr. Hopkins. Their first home was a small frame house, in which they lived for some time, without any floor or door. Mr. Hopkins taught the first school in the district where they now live, and, while teaching, in the mornings and evenings used to lead an ox to plow corn, which Mrs. Hopkins would hoe through the day. Thus they started out, and by judicious management have accumulated a fine property and home. He owns a beautiful farm of 148 acres, under a high state of cultivation, valued at $50 per acre. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins have had three children, viz.: Lizzie, wife of W.H. Russell, of Oxford, Neb.; Clara May and Marian, who died at the age of four years.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1043-1044
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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