Hopkins family letters
New Search | Return to Search Results | View/Save/Print PDF

Hopkins family letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hopkins family.
Creator: Hopkins, John Livingston, 1795-1828.
Title: Hopkins family letters
Dates: 1826-1913
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0395

Biographical/Historical Note

John Livingston Hopkins was born near Beaufort, South Carolina. The family moved to Sapelo Island, Georgia, when he was a small boy. They later lived on Belleville plantation on Sapelo River, McIntosh County. J.L. Hopkins was a lawyer. He killed McQueen McIntosh in a duel in 1819 and served a prison term for it. Afterwards he moved to Tennessee where he taught school and practiced law. He became a judge and was killed by a man whom he had sentenced to prison. John Livingston Hopkins, Jr. was born in Tennessee in 1828. He, too, was a lawyer and practiced in Atlanta. He was the compiler of Annotated Penal Laws of Georgia (Macon, Georgia: 1875, 1881) 3 V., and the compiler of The Code of the State of Georgia...1910 (Atlanta: 1911) 2 V.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the letters of John Livingston Hopkins, John Livingston Hopkins, Jr., and other members of the Hopkins family.

Index Terms

Georgia--Social life and customs.
Hopkins family.
Hopkins, John Livingston, 1795-1828.
Hopkins, John Livingston, 1828-1912.
Letters (correspondence)
Monroe County (Ga.)
United States--Politics and government.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Mrs. John Livingston Hopkins Young.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Hopkins family letters, MS 395, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1952.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: John Livingston Hopkins to his brother, Benjamin(?). Clinton Hill, Chota, Monroe County, Tennessee, 1826 September 2 ( 4.0 p. )
Describes life in Monroe County, tells of his prospects and how he selected and trained his wife.
Item 2: John Livingston Hopkins to his brother, Benjamin(?). Chota, 1828 July 28 ( 4.0 p. )
Politics regarding unpopularity of President John Q. Adams in Tennessee; prospects of election of Andrew Jackson; references to Aaron Burr conspiracy; mentions Judge Williams of Tennessee.
Item 3: John L. Hopkins, Jr. to Charles Floyd, 1845 November 15 ? ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding politics.
Items 4-6: J.F. Cooke to his daughter, Mary E. Cooke. Madisonville, Tennessee, 1849 April 11, July 11
Letters to his daughter at Female Seminary, Knoxville; family news, advice. Part of one letter missing.
Item 7: W.E. Munsey to J.L. and M.E. Hopkins. Abingdon, Virginia, 1863 February 1 ( 12.0 p. )
Condolences on the deaths of their sons John and Bobbie (John L. Hopkins, Jr. and Mary E. Cooke Hopkins).
Item 8: J.F. Cooke to J.L. Hopkins, Jr. Madisonville, Tennessee, 1868 June 20 ( 3.0 p. )
Regarding a note on F.M. Cantrell and R. Cantrell which he wants Hopkins to collect for him; crop prospects.
Item 9: Nannie Kefauver to Mollie. Madisonville, 1873 February 19 ( 4.0 p. )
Family news. Mollie was Mary Cooke Hopkins, her sister.
Item 10: W.L. Reed to John. L. Hopkins. Conyers, Georgia, 1876 January 19 ( 2.0 p. )
Thanks for and favorable comments on Hopkins' book, Annotated Penal Laws of Georgia.
Item 11: John L. Hopkins to his wife, Mollie. Atlanta, Georgia, 1885 September 3
Encloses a letter of his father's. See Item 1.
Item 12: Uncle Bob Cooke? to Lottie. Monrovia, California, 1913 July 9 ( 3.0 p. )
News of family; likes California.
Item 13: John L. Hopkins to Benjamin Hopkins. Morganton, Tennessee, February 17 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding troubles of their brother Francis. Part of letter is missing.
Item 14: Mollie Hopkins to Christiana. Chattanooga, December 25 ( 1.0 p. )
News of family.
Item 15: Portion of a Hopkins genealogy ( 2.0 p. )
In fragments.