Caleb Hopkins

Springfield, Illinois



If you are visiting our online home, you may already be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), or you want to become one. You have come to the right place! Sergeant Caleb Hopkins Chapter members are "experienced" and young, retired and working, mothers and grandmothers, single and married.  They all have responsibilities in their communities and within their own families.  

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Our common bond is the choice we made to join an organization that honors our Revolutionary War ancestors' bravery and sacrifices; encourages the preservation of local history; helps veterans; and recognizes and awards people who benefit our community and teach our children. Like you, we all have busy lives.  But we believe our DAR membership is a great way to honor our heritage and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans!

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Sergeant Caleb Hopkins Chapter members wholeheartedly support the key objectives of our National Society:

Won't you consider joining us? We join together to share lifetime friendships and community service. Normally our meetings are on the third Monday of the month, September through May. Contact us to find out how to attend a chapter meeting.  You can learn more about DAR membership here.

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Sergeant  Caleb Hopkins Chapter was named for this soldier of the Revolutionary War as a tribute to Mrs. James Abels, the former Luta Hopkins.  Mrs. Abels, a descendant of Caleb Hopkins, was regent of the Springfield DAR Chapter from 1943-1945 and served as sponsor and advisor when our chapter was formed in 1946.

Caleb Hopkins was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  He served in the Massachusetts militia in 1776 in Truro and again in 1778 at Winter Hill.  He and his wife, Thankful Paine, had eight sons and one daughter.  One of their sons, Caleb, and wife came to Griggsville, Illinois, in 1838, and in 1841 moved to Springfield, Illinois.  Thankful died in 1816 at 70 years of age; Caleb died in 1836 at 93 years of age.  Sergeant Hopkins, as well as many Springfield, Illinois residents, was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower.

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Contact the webmaster.  Last update September 19, 2023

Springfield photo courtesy Randy von Liski.