Thomas Bartlett Hopkins was born 5 February 1830 in Monongalia County, Virginia to John R. & Edith Bartlett Hopkins. He was the 4th of 5 children born to John and Edith. Thomas married Mary Potts on 1 March 1849, together they had 4 children. Sometime after the birth of their 4th child, Julia, Mary died. Thomas then married Emma Amelia Connolly 4 August 1856. They had 12 children together, of whom, Samuel is my ancestor.
A few months after Thomas' 8th child was born in 1862, he enlisted in the Civil War becoming a Corporal in Company F of the 11th West Virginia Infantry. Thomas served for three years. According to his pension claim that was "filed October 31 1877 That while in the line of duty at New Creek West Va on or about the 4th of August 1864, he received a gun shot wound in the left leg, the ball passing through the leg at the knee joint, between the joint of the knee and large leaders or tendons of the leg, severing some of the leaders and interfering with his moving about". After healing in the Union Hospital for some time, Thomas was discharged in 1865.
Thomas went home and continued to work on his farm with his many children until he died on 10 August 1897 in Wood County, West Virginia. He was buried at Salisbury, Wood County, West Virginia.