Bio: Hopkins, Perry (1881)
Contact: Janet Schwarze

---Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, pg. 223.


PERRY HOPKINS, P.O. Eagleton, came from Williamstown, Orange Co., Vt., to Chippewa County in January, 1866; was born in Williamstown, Feb. 23, 1830, and was married in that place to Miss Elvira M. Simon, March 15, 1855. The parents of Mr. Hopkins, James and Philura Hopkins, were long residents of that town. James Hopkins was born in Francistown, N. H., April 2, 1791; was of Scotch- Irish descent, a large colony from the North of Ireland settling in Francistown, Hopkinton and Londonderry. He died at the age of eighty-three, she living to the age of eighty. Mr. Hopkins has one child, John P., born in Williamstown, May 3, 1857. Mrs. Hopkins's father, John P. Simons, died Sept. 12, 1870, at the age of seventy. Her mother, Elizabeth, still lives, and in the Summer of 1880, at the age of seventy-six years, made a round trip from Vermont to Wisconsin alone. Perry Hopkins enlisted in the l0th Vt. V. I. in December, 1863, and went into active service on the Potomac, in January, 1864; was engaged in a three days' fight at the battle of the Wilderness, and on the eighth day marched to Spottsylvania, and was engaged in fighting and skirmishing up to the thirteenth; was severely wounded in the right hip, and the ball afterwards extracted from the left hip. After five months in the Summit Hospital, Philadelphia, and the hospital at Montpelier, Vt., he joined his command in front of Petersburgh; fought at Hatche's Run and at Petersburgh. His company went into the fight with twenty-six men, and thirteen were killed and wounded in the engagement. He was discharged from service July 16, 1865; is a member of the Chippewa County Veteran Soldiers’ and Sailors' Association, and holds an honorable service commendation, signed by the Governor of Vermont. He has a homestead of 160 acres, mostly under cultivation, and other lands near by to the amount of 400 acres. He is proprietor of the blacksmith and wagon shop at Eagleton, employing a number of men; also of the Nine-Mile House. He lives on Sec. 30, Town 30.



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