HOPSON, LUCIEN (1803~1896) Lucien Hopson, Republic of Texas Veteran, was born in Ohio on November 25, 1803. Upon coming to Texas in 1836, he fought for independence with Company C of the 1st Regiment of the Texas Volunteers, or the Mina Volunteers, at the Battle of San Jacinto.
The Mina Volunteers were organized on February 28, 1836. This Company became Company C of the 1st Regiment of the Texas Volunteers. The Mina Volunteers were quite unique because they were made up entirely of settlers who lived in and around Bastrop County.
For his service to Texas, Hopson received one-third of a league of land on May 2, 1839, and an additional 960 acres on August 17, 1840, for having served in the army from February 3 to November 4, 1836.
Unable to fight during the Civil War, Hopson, at age 58, still worked for the Confederate cause. On September 25, 1862, he was granted patent number 106 by the Confederate Patent Office for creating a "projectile." The vast majority of the records from the Confederate Patent Office were destroyed at the end of the War, so it is unknown what Hopson's invention actually was.
On October 29, 1866, the State Legislature, by joint resolution, gave Hopson an additional 640 acres of land, which was issued to him on November 9, 1866.
A member of the Texas Veterans Association, Hopson lived in Lampasas County. He died in Austin on February 16, 1896, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from biography compiled by Louis W. Kemp and the San Jacinto Monument website, http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/kemp/v413.html; the Mina Volunteers and Militia website, http://www.rootsweb.com/~txbastro/minavol.htm; and the History of the United States Patent Office website, http://www.myoutbox.net/popchapx.htm.