Below is an index to old letters, the oldest of which were probably saved by William(1811-1891) Hopkirk in Iowa until his death in 1891. Then we must thank the descendants of John Hopkirk(1809-75) in Iowa for saving these family treasures and adding to the collection with other correspondence received over the years.
Also a special thanks goes to unknown Hopkirks in the USA for saving these letters and to John S. Hopkirk & Colin J. Hopkirk of New Zealand for transcribing many of the letters so that they could be placed on this site.
I hope to add pictures of some of the original letters at a future date for everyone to see.
You may wish to occasionally check back to this page to see if there have been any additions. We have over 50 letters which will eventually be in this section.
If you know of someone who has old Hopkirk family letters or correspondence, please let them know that we would love to include them in this section.
So now, at long last, ON TO THE LETTERS!
Please click on the date of the letter you wish to view.
Dated: Author and location(if known) Recipient and location(if known) Topic(s)
27Sep1840 John Hopkirk,Iowa
Territory Brother William,
Steubenville, Ohio Moving to Iowa, etc
30Jun1841 Isabella Home Hopkirk,Scotland Children in USA Happenings in Scotland
19Feb1844 James Hopkirk, Liverpool Son Daniel, Hudson Bay Company Please come home
27Jan1846 Isabella Home Hopkirk,Scotland Son John in Lockridge, Iowa
09Sep1851 Isabella Home Hopkirk,Scotland Sons in Lockridge, Iowa
29May1854 John(1809-75) Hopkirk Brother William(1811-91)
14Jun1856 Isabella Home Hopkirk,Scotland Son William in Lockridge, Iowa
Many letters written from 1861 to 1907 by Alexander Hopkirk. (This is a word .doc, not html)The early ones are from Alexander in Scotland to his brothers John, William, and Walter in the USA. The later letters are from Alexander in New Zealand to his brothers and other family members in the USA. Our thanks goes to Graeme Glass of New Zealand for supplying organizing these letters. Our thanks also goes to Colin J. Hopkirk of New Zealand, and John D. Hopkirk and his sister Betty of the USA and other unknown USA Hopkirks for protecting and preserving these old family letters.
This page last updated on June 4, 2007