Judge Silas Hopkins, the first to hold the office in Niagara county after Erie was set off, and at the time of his death the oldest living settler in the county, came westward with his father from New Jersey in 1787, driving cattle for sale. He came again on the same business in 1788 and in that year purchased a lot of furs which he carried back to the eastern markets. He settled in what is now the town of Porter in 1802. He served in the militia in the war of 1812 and held the post of colonel. He was successful as a farmer and administered the office of county judge with integrity and fair ability. His death took place on the home farm about seven miles east of Lewiston, August 26, 1862, at the age of ninety years. He left a son named Silas S., who was also a successful farmer and father of two sons, Willard, of Lewiston, and Silas.
Contributed 01 Oct 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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