The Bristol Press – PRIME TIME: Hopkins Stevens, a “Builder of Bristol”

Here is a “Builders of Bristol” segment on Hopkins Stevens, dated January 2022 and written by Eleanor Wilson:

Hopkins was born on November 15, 1803 in Naugatuck. He was the fifth child in a family of nine children.

Arrived in Farmington at the age of 16, he learned the trade of carpenter. He started his cabinetmaking and furniture business in Camden, New York, where he remained for 10 years.

On his arrival in Bristol in 1836, he was hired by Brewster and Ingraham, local watchmakers. It seems he was always on the move. In 1840, he returned to Naugatuck, his native town, where he made silver combs. Just three years later, in 1843, he returned to Bristol and began work at the Ingraham Clock Company where he remained until a few years before his death.

“The Old Homeweek Souvenir Book” said his marriage to Rachel Hill of Farmington was in April 1826. His obituary says it was in 1820. He and Rachel are well past their golden wedding anniversary.

Hopkins Stevens was both a dignified and sympathetic gentleman who had the respect of his fellow citizens when he died on the evening of July 12, 1889. He died at the home of his son, George Stevens, who lived on Race Street. He is survived by his wife, daughter Marion Frances (Stevens) Beach, son George and brother, MH Stevens of Camden, New York.

The funeral was held at the home with Reverend Ashner Anderson of the Congregational Church officiating. His four grandsons were porters: Edgar H. Stevens, Louis Lee Beach, Arthur George Beach and Harry L. Hollister. At her grave, the grandchildren sang a fitting selection and her four granddaughters: Mrs. Edgar H. Stevens, Hallie M. Beach, Lelia Belle Beach and Mrs. Harry L. Hollister placed a bouquet of flowers. Burial took place in West Cemetery.

Contact Bob Montgomery at [email protected] or by calling 860-583-5132.

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, January 23, 2022 6:43 PM. Update: Sunday, January 23, 2022 6:45 p.m.

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