From Northern Alabama, Historical
and Biographical by Smith & Deland
Chicago: Donohue &
Henneberry, Printer and Binders, 1888
DEVEREUX HOPKINS, Register
in Chancery, is by birth a North Carolinian. In 1835, at the age of twenty-two,
he came into Greene County, and began farming. He was educated at Raleigh,
N. C., and there began the battle of life as a clerk. His father, Wm. W.
Hopkins, was many years a merchant at Smithfield, that State, and there
died when our subject was only five months old. The maiden name of his
mother was Sarah Boone, daughter of Joseph Boone of North Carolina, a relative
of the famous Daniel Boone of Kentucky.
Ten years after her husband’s
death, Mrs. Hopkins married Thomas Cobbs, of Raleigh. Chancellor Cobbs,
of the Northwest Chancery Division, this State, and James Cobbs, many years
Circuit Judge of the Mobile District, are half-brothers of Mr. D. Hopkins.
In 1836, D. Hopkins removed
from Greene County to Mobile, and there embarked in the commission business
with Hinton & Horton.
In 1838, he married Miss
Elizabeth W. Ryan, daughter of the Rev. Joseph Ryan, of the Baptist Church,
and the same year returned to Central Alabama, and settled in Sumter County,
where he resumed cotton planting upon a pretty extensive scale.
In 1846, he held his first
public office, that of sheriff; in 1851 he was a member of the lower house
of the Legislature, as a Whig; and in 1868 removed to California, residing
some years at Stockton, serving the people part of the time as justice
of the peace and police judge. In 1880 he returned to this State, and was
soon afterward appointed Register in Chancery.
Mrs. Hopkins died March
2, 1884. Of the ten children born to them six are now living. The eldest
son, Wm. W., was a member of Hampton’s brigade during the late war, and
is now employed professionally as an expert accountant. A daughter Sarah
E., was the wife of the brave Capt. Abner L. Gaines, who lost his life
at Shiloh. Mrs. Abner L. Gaines subsequently married Captain Lake, also
an old soldier, now of Mobile. Another daughter, Miss Kate Hopkins, is
now the efficient postmistress at Livingston. Anna married Dr. Wm. M. Bryant,
of Clarke County; Florence is now Mrs. Addison G. Smith, of Livingston,
Ala., and Miss Julia, the youngest has not left the paternal roof.
Mr. Hopkins is now in his
seventy-fifth year. It is more than a half century since he first came
into Alabama. Here he has lived past the average years of man, and here
will his presence be more missed and mourned than average men when, in
the fullness of the Maker’s own good time, he shall be gathered unto his