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Rev. John HOPWOOD

Male 1745 - 1802  (57 years)


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  • Name John HOPWOOD 
    Title Rev. 
    Born 1745  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 4 Mar 1802  Woodstock [now Hopwood], Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 2 Jun 1802  Woodstock [now Hopwood], Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hopwood Cemetery, Hopwood, Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) "John Hopwood," from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, accessed April 13, 2011:

      John Hopwood

      John Hopwood (1745 - June 2, 1802) served as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War (according to local and family lore). He was born in Virginia and married Hannah Bearcroft/Barecroft Humphreys, the young widow of Joseph Humphries, in 1770.

      Hopwood was a dynamic figure in colonial affairs. He was a neighbor and trusted friend of George Washington, who in recognition of his merit, selected him as an aide-de-camp and assigned him the responsibility of selecting winter quarters for the French Army.

      According to a roll of Captain Alex Smith, Company of Colonel Rawlings' Regiment commanded by Colonel J. Hall, a John Hopwood served under Captain Thomas Bell's Company for a period of three years. The Maryland Revolutionary War Militia muster rolls also list a John Hopwood as being a member of the 6th Company Montgomery County, Maryland Militia in September 1777 and as being a member of the 6th Company, commanded by Captain Thomas Conner, on July 15, 1780; under the Command of Colonel Archibald Orme.

      John Hopwood founded Hopwood, Pennsylvania when he left Stafford County, Virginia at the close of the War. It is alleged that when George Washington purchased 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) in Perryopolis, he talked his friend into coming to this lush and fertile area at the foot of Chestnut Ridge in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

      Having purchased several large tracts of land in and around present-day Hopwood, he recorded a town plan at the courthouse in nearby Uniontown, Pennsylvania on November 8, 1791, drawing up a rather unique set of 400 level lots, each sectioned into a half an acre. He designed the village town with wide, straight roads and offered the new lots to settlers at a payment installation option, not completely unheard of then, but very uncommon.

      New residents had 10 years to pay off the lots, with the stipulation that a dwelling had to be erected on the site within five years of purchase. Hopwood offered new residents all the free stone and timber they needed to construct their new homes. He dubbed the town "Woodstock." The "Charter of the Town of Woodstock" as written by Hopwood was printed by the noted Early American printer/publisher Nathaniel Willis (grandfather of Nathaniel Parker Willis) in Martinsburg, West Virginia (then Virginia). The Charter is listed in many libraries' reference microfiche collections (including The Library of Congress and The Library of Virginia) and in reference works (including Sabin's "Bibliotheca Americana"), as an "Early American Imprint" and is also considered to be one of the earliest known works published in what is now the state of West Virginia.

      The village was renamed "Monroe" in 1816 after President James Monroe stayed at the Moses Hopwood House. However, when it was discovered in 1881 that another town of Monroe already existed in the Commonwealth, it was renamed "Hopwood" after its founding father.

      John Hopwood, a member of the Great Bethel Baptist Church, died June 2nd, 1802 in Hopwood, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Hopwood Cemetery (also known as the Founding Fathers Cemetery) where the following is inscribed upon his tombstone:

      John Hopwood departed this life June 2, 1802, aged 57 years. Revolutionary War Veteran, Aide-De-Camp to General Washington, and Village Founder. "He who can leave a cottage or a throne and alone with his spacious mind dwell."

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      John Hopwood
      Birth: 1745
      Death: Jun. 2, 1802

      Son of Moses Hopwood and Elizabeth Pridham

      From the Personal Files of Teresa L. Skaggs

      Family links: Children: Moses Hopwood (1772 - 1857), Lucinda Hopwood Farr (1774 - 1844), Charlotte Hopwood (1776 - 1830), Elizabeth Hopwood (1779 - ____), Nancy Hopwood DeFord (1782 - 1815); Spouse: Hannah Barecroft Hopwood (1744 - 1820)

      Burial: Hopwood Cemetery, Hopwood, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA

      Created by: Genealogy Girl
      Record added: Mar 03, 2008
      Find A Grave Memorial# 25023145
    Person ID I25913  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Family Hannah BEARCROFT,   b. 1744, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1820, Woodstock [now Hopwood] Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 1770  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Nancy HOPWOOD,   b. 22 Apr 1782, Berkeley County, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1815, Woodstock [now Hopwood], Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth HOPWOOD,   b. 1779,   d. Bef 29 Jun 1860  (Age < 81 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F11319  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart