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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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George R. Hopkins, a well-known and successful educator of the county, and a farmer by occupation, was born in Gwinnett County, Ga., in 1860, being a son of Melmoth D. and Elizabeth (Martin) Hopkins, who were also born in Georgia. The grandfather, George H. Hopkins, was a very prominent educator in his day, and taught one school for over thirty years. He also represented his county in the State legislature several terms, always taking an active part in politics. He was of English descent and died in Gwinnett County, in 1889, at the age of eighty years, esteemed by all. Melmoth D. was one of his twelve children, and was reared in that county, where he received a good education in his youth, afterwards being engaged in farming and teaching school. He was a member of the A. F. & A. M., and belonged to the Baptist Church. During the late Rebellion he served four years in the Confederate army, and during his term of service was in prison seven or eight months. Since 1866 he has resided in Arkansas, and is now living in Sebastian County, below Fort Smith, on a farm, his wife also surviving. The following are the children born to their union: Aldorah, George, Julian, Mary, Warner (deceased), Thomas and Pearlie. George R. Hopkins attained his growth principally in Jonesboro, Ark., also receiving the most of his education there, but attended one year in Georgia. Shortly after he began teaching school, continuing one year, when he was elected surveyor of Craighead County, which position he held two years. Since 1884 he has resided in Greene County, and the first year taught school in Paragould; he has continued to be one of the successful educators of Gainesville, being now engaged on his fourth term of ten months in that town. He was married in 1885 to Anna Newberry, who was born in Carroll County, Tenn., and by her has two children: Buna and Irene. Mr. Hopkins is a member of the K. of H., is a Democrat in his political views, and is a thorough, competent, and extensive educator of the young. During the four years he has taught in Gainesville, he has fitted about twenty of his pupils for the profession of teaching. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Greene County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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