David HOPKIRK was the fifth child of William HOPKIRK & Isabella HOME

David was christened in Melrose, Scotland, on 23 October 1814.

It is believed David was a seaman, but he became a landowner in Lockridge Township, Jefferson County, in what would become the State of Iowa, a year after his brothers John & William, in 1839.

It seems that farming was not in David's blood and he went back to the sea. Some time after 1846 and before 1851, David died at sea. David's sister Elizabeth died at sea in 1847, returning to Scotland as requested in a letter written by their mother from Scotland in 1846. Read the letters written in 1846, 1851 and 1854 for the mentions of sister Elizabeth being requested to return home in 1846, the mentioning of Elizabeth's and David's death in the 1851 letter.

Attached is a .pdf file of David's Will , written on 30 June 1847 and probated in 1855.
(Our thanks goes to Richard Thompson, a Jefferson County, Iowa, genealogist, for supplying us with a copy of David's will.

Following is a transcription of the will, thanks to cousin Colin Hopkirk:

Jefferson Co. Iowa June 30 1847

I David Hopkirk considering the uncertainty of life

and being of sound mind and memory in this my will

and testament do give and devise to my parents the East

half of North East quarter of section No. thirty five in

Township No. seventy two North of range No Eight West.

Also the North half of North West quarter of section

No. one in Township. No. seventy one North of range. No eight

West. In case of their death I devise the third of the value

of the farm to my sister Elizabeth the remainder to

be equally divided among my brothers. Any thing articles

that at this belonging to me that at this date are in the

hands possession of any of my brothers I leave to those who

are in the possession of them. And I do appoint John and

William Hopkirk (of Jefferson Co.) executors of this my will. In witness

whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th

of June 1847

(signed) David Hopkirk ((seal))

Signed sealed and declared by David Hopkirk

to be his will and testament In the presence of us

who at his request and in his presence have subscribed

our names as witnessed thereto

Robert Stephenson

Thomas Duncanson


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