April 25, 1786, Pittsford, Vermont.

June 27, 1862, Geneva, New York.

North Street Cemetery, Auburn, New York.


Josiah was the son of Ebenezer Hopkins and Rachel Mead. His education came from self study, and the tutelage of Holland Weeks and Lemuel Hayes. The Pawlet Association licensed him to preach in 1809, whereupon he became a missionary near Lake Champlain. In 1809, he received a call and was ordained at the Congregational Church in New Haven, Vermont. He was influential in the lives of students at nearby Middlebury College, which gave him an honorary D.D. degree in 1843. From 1830 to 1846, Hopkins served at the First Presbyterian Church in Auburn, New York. His works include:

  1. Expostulation
  2. Let Thoughtless Thousands Choose the Road
  3. Why Sleep We, My Brethren?
  1. Come, Thou Bright and Morning Star