John Hopkins, III

John Hopkins, III

South Carolina, USA
Death 4 Oct 1832 (aged 67)
Hopkins, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Hopkins, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 122685334 · View Source
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John Hopkins, the 2nd of seven children of John and Sarah [née Thomas] Hopkins, was born near what was then, Back Swamp, Craven County, South Carolina. John's father was a deputy surveyor for the Crown between 1767 and 1768; and amassed over 3000 acres; which became the family indigo plantation in Hopkins, South Carolina.

In 1780, John at age fifteen, enlisted after the fall of Charleston into the South Carolina Militia, serving in Colonel Brandon's Regiment. John was taken prisoner soon after enlisting and paroled; he then re-enlisted & served under Colonels Taylor and Myers for the duration of the war.

On June 22nd 1788, John married Miss Amy Goodwyn, daughter of William and Mary Howell [née Hart] Goodwyn. There were eleven known children born to this union:
Mary Goodwyn (1789 – 1867)
John, IV (1791 – 1804)
William (1794 – 1804)
James (1795 – 1813)
Uriah Goodwyn (1799 – 1803)
David Thomas (1802 – 1836)
William, II (1805 – 1863)
Sarah Thomas (1805 – 1842)
Emma Goodwyn (1808 – 1868)
Thomas (1812 – 1812)
John David (1827 – 1866)

On land granted to John for his revolution war service, John built their home, Cabin Branch, not far from parents plantation in Hopkins.

John Hopkins served in many state offices, both appointed and elected: Tax Collector between 1786 and 1788, Commissioner of Roads in 1788, Ordinary of Richland County in 1799 and served as County Court Judge, Justice of the Peace, and Justice of Quorum. In 1806, John Hopkins was elected Lieut. Governor of South Carolina under Governor Charles Pinckney. He served in this office until December 10, 1808.

John Hopkins, also was a Trustee of South Carolina College (now University of South Carolina). He served as Commissioner of Free Schools. In 1810, John Hopkins was a State Legislator, representing Richland County in the State House until 1818.

John Hopkins, III departed this life on October 4th 1832 in the 67th year of his age. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery near his parents and children who preceded him.

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