James was either a sergeant in the Dragoons in Pennsylvania line, per Bounty Land Warrant #9618 for 100 acres, issued on August 26, 1789 and assigned to James Gray or served in another function in the Rev War as a patriot.
Hopkins Grave Marker MAP
Link to my Hopkins Genealogy website Pages (& BakerEngleHimes)
Many of the early Revolutionary War bounty land application files from 1789 to 1800 were destroyed in a War Department fire. Noted at bottom of card "The information concerning the issuance of warrants on this form is found in volumes 2 to 4 of "Land Warrants Issued Prior to 1800″ which are registers of bounty land warrants issued to non-commissioned officers and privates under congressional resolutions of September 16, 1776, and subsequent dates. Other records relative the applications for warrants appear to have been destroyed in the War Department fire of November 6, 1800.
[NI126597] "The History of Blair Co. PA" 1808 James served as overseer of the poor; 1810 James served as supervisor 1810-1850 James owned 70 acres valued at $170.00. 1821 James served as overseer of the poor, James b. Ireland.
It is thought that James Sr Hopkins came from Ireland but this has yet to be confirmed.
James was noted to be buried in Antis Twp, Mary Ann Forge which is now Logan Valley Cemetery.
His Father and mother are buried Next to the Town of Bellwood's founders John SR Bell and this wife respectively.
History of Blair County excerpt:
Samuel Martin located near Mary Ann Forge prior to 1824. He was a brother-in-law of Edward Bell, an early school-teacher, and the first to build woolen-mills in the township. About the year 1826, he established the first Sunday-school, the sessions being held in the school near the burial-ground.
The Mary Ann Forge School was located on the tract of land the Logan Valley Cemetery occupies today on Cemetery Road from Route 220 to Bellwood's Main Street. The school building was used by the Methodist and the Baptist congregations when they first formed in the 1840's.Of the burial-ground mentioned an old resident informs us that in 1824 the remains of but six persons had been placed there, five of whom were John Bell, Sr., and his wife, Old Mr. Hopkins and his wife, and Joshua Williamson, the father of old "Jim" Williamson.
James has been mistakenly labeled deceased in 1828 but his wife Mary Turner Hopkins did not submit the death filing to the Huntingdon County (now Blair) Court until 3 years later when her eldest son James JR passed.