History of Samuel Hopkins and mention his son Samuel
Hopkins also a Picture
THE FIRST PATENT IS GRANTED BY THE U.S. PATENT OFFICE TO SAMUEL HOPKINS OF
VERMONT FOR MAKING POTASH AND PEARL ASH. July 31 1790
The passing of fake Salem death warrants, then, was not an isolated event.
Frederick M. Hopkins, "Old and Rare Books" columnist, reported that there
had been such an increase in the appearance of fakes and forgeries of books
and letters that Charles F. Heartman had written an article on the subject
for The American Book Collector and that the New York Public Library had
started a collection of such items.9
On November 12, 1932, The Boston Evening Transcript warned its readers that
someone was "traversing the Southern and Western States endeavoring to sell
some skillfully forged death warrant for female witches of Salem,
Massachusetts." It added that the fakes were accompanied by verification
cards supposedly issued by J. A. Skaggs, Curator of the South Carolina
Historical Society. It was also reported that a person calling himself
Bradley had been attempting to sell death warrants to librarians in the
Midwest, using a story either of being ill or stranded on his way home to
Texas, and on January 28th, notice appeared that the forger had struck in
"The Hardest Hardluck Story" Ever
In a letter to Howard Corning of the Essex Institute in December of 1932,
A.B. MacDonald, who was a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, told what at this
point is the most complete story that we have of any one of
Incidentally, both the South Carolina Historical Society and Historical
Commission were aware of the goings-on with the death warrants. On January
30, 1933, perhaps in response to Corning's letters, Historical Society
Director Mabel Webber wrote to A. S. Sally, Historical Commission Secretary:
"As you can see from the enclosed ... the fake seems to be still on the
move." Mabel, Webber, Charleston, South Carolina, to A. S. Sally, Columbia,
South Carolina, January 30, 1933, in the possession of the South Carolina
8. Frederick W. Hopkins, "Old and Rare Books," The Publishers' Weekly,
December 10, 1932, 2200.
9. Frederick M. Hopkins, "Old and Rare Books," The Publishers' Weekly,
December 24, 1932, 2340-2341; Charles F. Heartman, "Fakes, Forgeries and
Frauds," The American Book Collector, November 1932, 267-268
10. "Prowlings," Boston Evening Transcript, November 12, 1932, 5; Frederick
M. Hopkins, "Old and Rare Books," The Publishers' Weekly, January 14, 1933,
139; David H. Randall, "Old and Rare Books," The Publishers' Weekly, January
21, 1933, 243; Frederick M. Hopkins, "Old and Rare Books," The Publishers'
Weekly:, January 28, 1933, 413.
url for abv http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summer97/carey.html
darlene pace <[email protected]
It is noted that while this Roswell was born and died in
New York, he did
live for a number of years in Vermont.
Roswell Hopkins, b. Amemia, New York, 17 May 1757, d. 5 Sept 1829, Chazy NY
m. (1) 22 June 1780, Lydia Dewey, b. 13 April 1761, d. 15 June 1816,
m. (2) 1829, Mary Armstrong, d. 27 Aug 1850
c. Rowsell Dewey Hopkins, b. 5 May 1781, Bennington, Vermont
c. Benjamin Weight Hopkins, b. 16 Feb 1783
c. Mary Cook Hopkins, b. 14 June 1785, Ferrisburg
c. Isaac Roswell Hopkins, b. 28 January 1788, Ferrisburg
c. James G. Hopkins, b. 9 June 1816
Hope this helps,
Keywords: HOPKINS, ARMSTRONG; VT, NY
I just got my copy of Volume 2 of "Vermont Families in 1791," put out by the
Genealogical Society of Vermont. I have a warning and a comment.
The warning is that on p. 9, they have the children of Roswell HOPKINS and Polly ARMSTRONG
as being born before their mother! Obviously, something is wrong, but as the copy of
Timothy HOPKINS' book (1932, "John HOPKINS of Cambridge, 1634") I ordered from
Higginson hasn't come yet, I don't know what the correct data are.
And Timothy HOPKINS' book is the reference I need, because it is the one they are quoting
for the HOPKINS entries. I should have just waited for Timothy's book to arrive...
My comment is that I'm disappointed that so many of the sources appear themselves to be
secondary sources. But perhaps I'm being too harsh. It is a useful compilation
of facts and sources, but it just so happened that the second entry I checked was grossly
erroneous. I am not instilled with confidence here.
And a mother being younger than her children is an error that SOMEBODY should have caught
long before this book went to print. You don't need the sources in front of you to
catch this one.
Huldah Hopkins and Josiah Osgood Nov. 2,
of Rutland, Vt
Rev. Josiah Hopkins and Lavina Finton Aug. 31, 1813
of Rutland, Vt
Levira Hopkins and David Barton
Mar. 16, 1845
of Montpelier, Vt.
Zenas Hopkins and Betsy Marcy
of Hartland, Vt
"MARRIAGE IS THE ROOT OF EVERY GENEALOGICAL TREE." ----Clemens
The early Hopkins marriages in this volume have been collated from
state, county, city, town and church records throughout the country,
and many of these marriages are herein published for the first time.
The entries herein are arranged by states and by first name
alphabetically, for quick and easy reference.
Many marriages have been omitted from the records owing to a lack of
dates or localities, as these uncertain facts only lead to confusion
and disappointment in the working out of genealogical pedigrees.
That John Hopkins married Jane Smith at some unknown date at an
unknown place are records of small value. All spellings are included,
and the records herein are authoritative and reliable. Readers and
members of the Hopkins family in America are invited to contribute to
the editor omissions and corrections for future editions.
The seven parts all taken from:
The Clemens American Marriage Records, Vol. 5
"Early Marriage Records of the Hopkins Family in the United States"
Official and Authoritative Records of Hopkins Marriage in the
Original States and Colonies from 1628 to 1865.
Edited by William Montgomery Clemens
First Edition (Limited)
William M. Clemens, Publisher
56 and 58 Pine St., New York
If anyone feels there is a typo or mistake I would be happy to
recheck the book to make sure.-------Kathleen
Kathleen in KC
Some one sent me a compilation of MD records on Hopkins
written by a Donald
W. Mclaren. Are you familiar with his writings?
It is chiefly about the descendants of Robert Hopkins 1715-1788 of Windham
and Francestown N.H..
He surmises that Stephen Hopkins and John Hopkins came on the Mayflower in
1634 both settling in MA but soon John went on to CT. He moves on the speak
about Thomas Hopkins who settled in R.I. with one of his descendants being
Stephen Hopkins the governor and the signer of the Declaration of
He goes on to say, Gerrard (Jarrerd) Hopkins from England settled in MD.
John Hopkins, University at Baltimore is named for one of his descendants, a
Maryland business man who funded the university. Edward Hopkins, returned
to England after living here a few years. He left no children in this
country, but he believes he founded a school that later became a part of
From Northern Ireland there came in 1722, a family of four brothers and a
sister; James, Robert, Samuel, David and Agnes. They came from Antrim,
Ireland and were Scotch Presbyterians. They helped found the First
Presbyterian Church in Volumtown (now Sterling) CT. Some of James'
descendants, by stages, moved first wo western CT, then to eastern NY, then
to western VT and finally on westward.
About the same time, (1720-1722) four brothers came from northern Ireland
and settled in and around Londonberry, N.H. Similarity of given names
suggests that the Londonderry family and the Volumtown, CT family may have
been related. The Londonderry family were names James, John, Robert, and
possibly David. John, born in Scotland, came from Antrim, Ireland in 1730.
he was married and had two children at the time. A Francestown N.H. history
states that the others came in 1730. If so Robert, the youngest, would have
been about five or six years old at the time. I have been unable to confirm
the time of their arrival, he states. There is a record that Solomon
Hopkins signed an oath in 1727 in Londonderry supporting the king. I have
located no proof that Solomon was any relation of the Londonderry brothers,
nor did I find any other record of Solomon. However, both Robert (1) and
John (1) had grandsons named Solomon.
From Northern Ireland in 1722 4 Hopkins brothers,
John, Robert, Samuel, David and Agnes
Scotch Presbyterians lived in Volumetown (now Sterling)
During same time period, 4 brother's came to
James, John, Robert and David.
Belief is both of these families are related.
John b. Scotland came in 1730 from Ireland. He was
married and had two children.
History of Francestown NH states that the others came in
Solomen Hopkins signed an other in 1727
in Londoderry supporting the King. No proof that Solomen was related to the brothers.
Many Vermont settlers were descendants of Volumtown CN
Hopkins family or of John 1634, Harford CN.
James Hopkins 1746-1818 of Williamstown,
James married Mary McGregor, daughter of
Rev. James McGregor, first pastor of Londonderry VT. Moved abt. 1775.
Issue: Mary Hopkins
Married Dr. Charles Chandler of Andover, moved on the
western NY. No further info on this branch of the family.
The fourth brother, whose name is uncertain is reported
to have moved to Maine. His name could have been David. David witnessed many wills and
John (1), the oldest of four brothers, and Robert (1) the
youngest of four brothers have some info about them in :
History of Antrim, NH by Robert W. Cochrane
History of Windham, NH by Leonard A. Morrison
History of Francestown, NH by Robert W. Cochrane
A copy of this article is at the Nebraska Historical
Library. Copies of the books are at the Library of Congress, Los Angeles City Library and
probably other large gen. libraries.
Regarding Robert's (1) children, Elizabeth and Robert, I
can give little information except that the Bureau of Vital Statistics at Concord, NH
supports the dates of their birth.
Sarah (2) 1742-1814 married James Allds.
Eleanor (2) b. 3/5/1737or /8 married James Wilson
Names of their children: Eleanor, Samuel and Betsy,
suggests that this Eleanor could have been Robert Hopkins' (1) daughter-- but no proof of
James (2) moved from Francestown, NH to Williamstown, VT
but no date has been found when he moved. Between 1790 - 1800 Census is the time period.
[he sites different family members who had done research
and supplied him with these facts, one DAR application was granted with these facts]
Robert (1) is believed to have been a farmer. He was
religious and was a deacon in his Presbyterian Church both in Windham and in Francestown.
Church services were reported as being held in his barn.
There is a question in my mind as to whether Robert
Hopkins (1) signed the association test (support of the revolution) in Londonderry or
served as soldier in the revolution as some D.A.R. members have claimed. He would have
been sixty yrs. in 1775. One historian has him living in Francestown as early as 1769.
James Hopkins (1), John Hopkins (1), and Robert Hopkins (1) all had sons named James and
Robert while John (1) and James (1) son, James (2) was a Lieutenant and Robert Hopkins did
serve in the revolutionary forces. Since he was listed as being from Londonderry, it is
possible that he was also John's (1) son.
Robert (1) was an early settler in Windham and
Francestown NH while James (2) was among the first settlers in Francestown, NH and in
Williamstown, VT. My grandfather, Wilson Hopkins (4), was one of the first four settlers
in Saunders Co. Nebraska. In 1857, he filed on a 160 acre claim near the present city of
Ashland, Nebraska and proved up on claim three years later. (He sold the claim twenty
years later for $1200.
Leslie Buck, Montpelier, Vermont bout 7/15/68 supplied
the following information.
Robert Hopkins (brother of John and James hopkins who
came to America from Achenmead, Scotland newar the Tweed and settled in Londonderry, NH
about 1730) came from Ireland in the same year it is believed. He married martha ? who
afterwards died and then he married Eleanor Wilson and ived in Francestown NH.
Eleanor b. 1738
Elizabeth b. 4/16/1740
Sarah b. 6/24/s1742
James b. 7/11/1746
Robert b. 8/17 1755
Boyd b. 8/17/ 1755
James, the son of Robert, born 7/11/1746, died 8/20 1818.
Married Mary Presbery born 1751 died 1/9/ 1841.
James b. 4/27, 1791
James 4/27/1791 d. 5/20/1873 married 7/25/1813 Polly Reed
b.7/2/1791 d. 10/15/1825
Dennison b. 5/15/1814 d. 1/31/1853 married 4/24/1841 to
Mary Eliza Luce d. 7/24/1903
Marshall b. 3/16/1816 d. 12/1/1898 married 3/29/1841 to
Prudence Jones d. 7/16/1870
Melissa b. 8/28/1817 d 2/5/1881 married 1/19/1845 to
Joesph Bennett d. 1/25/1881
Laura b. 5/21/1819 d. 10/21/1900
Delsana b. 9/10/1820 d. 3/16/1891
James b. 5/28/1822 d. 4/5/1865 married 3/7/1855 to Fannie
Poor d. 8/28/1870
Second marriage of James
1/12/1826 to Philura Walcott b. 6/24/1794 d. 6/24/1874
Presby b. 11/11/1826 d. 7/7/1915 married 3/3/1851 Mary P.
Gile b. 2/26/1829 d. 7/1/1907
Polly b. 1/17/1828 d. 2/25/1880 married 3/3/1851 Bradley
Buck d. 3/19/1895
Philure b. 2/9/1829 d. 1/29/1924 married 2/8/1861 John C.
Young d. 3/17/1899
Perry b. 2/23/1830 d/ 4/6/1914 married 3/15/1855 d.
Cynthia b. 8/9/1831 d. 12/24/1893 married 3/20/1855 Ner
Betsy b. 2/17/1833 d. 6/29/1916
Wilson b. 11/12/1834 d. 6/10/1906 married 9/11/1864 Laura
Frances Smith d/ 7/14/1905
Hannah b. 3/22/1836 d. 9/25/1896 married 7/29/1863 James
Albett Edson d. 1/8 1893
Issue: Hiram Hopkins
b. Cambridge, LaMollie, Vermont 20
13 Jun 1879
b. Cambridge, LaMollie, Vermont 5
Issue: Lizzie Amanda Hopkins
b. Luana, Clayton, Iowa 14
d. Cedar Falls, Black Hawk,
Iowa 9 Jul 1949
married on 21 Jul 1881
Wilson Henry Russell
Issue: Helen May Russell
b. 7 Jun 1883
d. 23 Apr 1923
married Charlie Cole Clifton
Mila Bell Russell
b. 12 Oct 1885
d. 18 Apr (after 1949)
married Frank Henderson
Eugene Wells Russell
b. 15 Oct 1889
d. 14 Oct 1949
married Katherine Doody
Edith Marian Russell
b. 8 Nov 1892
d. 14 Mar 1955
married Dr. Frank Maple
Mabel Elizabeth Russell
b. 15 Sep1894
married Patrick Doody
Again, many thanks we appreciate your efforts!!
I am trying to confirm information on JOHN HOPKINS Sr. born Aug 25, 1748
Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. He married HANNAH CLARK on Dec 19, 1771 in the
same place. By 1781 they were living in Ashfield, Franklin, Mass. They
had 10 children, one of which was JOHN Jr. born abt 1774 who married PHEBE
DUNWELL in 1802, Brattleboro, Vt. They may have had a son
DAVID as shown
below. If you can confirm or have links to this family line, Id like to
hear from you.
DAVID HOPKINS (1804-1877) married PRISCILLA BLAKE (1807-1890), at
Derby/Salem, Vermont on Feb 25, 1827. The following children were all born
in the USA, except for Maximilian and Hannah, who were born in Quebec,
Canada. David moved to Martinville, Quebec about 1861. His obituary noted
that he was a native of Rhode Island
HENRY b. 1827
ADELINE b. 1828 d. 1850
JACOB b. 1830
JULIA b. 1833 d. 1915
HARRIET b. 1835
MARRION b. 1837
MAXIMILIAN b. 1840 d. 1863
HANNAH b. 1841
CARLOS b. 1843 d. 1907
MEADE BLAKE b. 1845 d. 1901
AI TILDEN b. 1848 d. 1900 * my gg
CLARA ANN b. 1850
I have quite a bit of information on the children that Id be happy to
Donald Brown Hopkins [email protected]
Some HOPKINS info.
Canadians known to have served in
Vermont Regiments during the Civil War
Hopkins, Charles 11-C Canada
Men Transferrerd from Vermont Regiments
to the Regular Army
Hopkins Patrick Private C10 Inf National Cemetery Antietam MD ? ? ? Revised
Hopkins Patrick Private C.10 Inf Rutland? VT ? ?
1864/08/07 ? Goulding, 1891
I am looking for some direction with my HOPKINS line in
VT, possibly MA/NH.
Elizabeth HOPKINS (b. abt 1773) m. Sylvanus HEMINGWAY August 20, 1791 in
Royalston, MA. Sylvanus was born in Royalston, MA, but soon afterward his
family moved to the Waterford, VT area as records indicate his baptism there
in 1772. I have found several VT records for children of Elizabeth and
Sylvanus, so clearly they settled there for a time, but cannot find any
further info on Elizabeth. While these HEMINGWAYS settled in the
Waterford/Kirby/St. Johnsbury, VT area for several generations, related
families lived in the Williamstown, VT area.
I checked out the excerps from Donald McLaren's writings at
and am leaning toward James
HOPKINS (one of the four brothers who settled in NH/VT) as the father of
Elizabeth, particularly since he settled in Williamstown, and because no other
info exists on this line. However, I have no concrete information that would
indicate the parents of Elizabeth.
Specifically, I am looking for new information on this line, or suggestions as to where I
may find some!
Any info, ideas, or refs would be appreciated. Thanks!
DJ Glynn [email protected]
Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume III
Edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske
Published New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1888
HOPKINS, Josiah, clergyman, b. in Pittsford, Vt., 25 April, 1786; d. in
Geneva, N.Y., 27 June, 1862. He studied with the minister of his parish,
and subsequently with Rev. Lemuel Haynes, the colored preacher, was licensed
as a Congregational minister in 1810, and after a year's labor as a
missionary in western Vermont, was settled as a pastor at New Haven, Conn.
In 1811. He remained there nineteen years, teaching theology most of the
time in addition to his pastoral duties. In 1830 he accepted the pastorate
of the 1st Presbyterian church in Auburn, N.Y., which he resigned in 1848 in
consequence of failing health. While residing in New Haven he prepared for
his classes "The Christian Instructor," a theological text-book containing a
summary and defense of Christian doctrines, which passed through many editions.
Typed by Kathryn Hopkins, [email protected]
Researching Elizabeth HOPKINS, b. ~ 1773, m. Sylvanus
HEMINGWAY (of Waterford,
VT, this line descends from Ralph Hemingway of Roxbury, MA) in Royalston, MA,
August 20, 1791. She died June 22, 1844, assumed in Waterford, VT area where
it appears all of her 13 children were born.
Any information or suggestions would be appreciated.
I am researching the following line. I hope someone can tell me more about
Descendants of Daniel Martin Hopkins
1 Daniel Martin Hopkins b: 1751 in Edinburgh,Scotland d: 1813 in
.. +Sarah Longfellow d: in VT m: Abt. 1780 in VT m: Abt. 1780 in VT
...... 2 Edward "Neddy" Hopkins b: Abt. 1785 in VT d: 1860 in Randolph Co.
........... +Hannah Crow b: Abt. 1782 in NC d: 1870-1877 in Randolph Co.
NC Father: James Monroe Crow
.............. 3 William Riley "Will" Hopkins b: 1804 in VA d: 03 July
in Floyd (now Perry) Co.,KY Fact 1: 1858 Moved from NC to Caney
................... +Rosanne Phillips b: 1826 in NC d: Abt. 1870 in KY m: 11
January 1852 in Ashe Co. NC Father: Payton Phillips Mother: Rebecca
Phillips m: 11 January 1852 in Ashe Co. NC Fact 1: aka "Rosann" Fact 2:
Source for B/D Kindred Konnections
....................... 4 Nathan Thomas (Reverend) Hopkins b: 27 October
1852 in Ashe Co.,N.C. d: 11 February 1927 in Pike Co.,KY Fact 1:
1895-1897 Ky.State Legislature,10th District Fact 2: 1895-1897 U.S
Representative from Ky. Fact 4: source-Political Graveyard- AOL
............................ +Nancy Jane Johnson b: 26 February 1850 in Pike
Co,KY d: 16 February 1937 in Pike Co .,KY. m: 25 May 1871 in Pike
Co.,KY Father: John Martin "Martin" Johnson Mother: Susannah Anderson m: 25
May 1871 in Pike Co.,KY Fact 1: Interment-Potter Cemetary,Yeager Ky. Fact 2:
Died at age 86-Source Ky 1911-1976 Death Index Vol 012, Cert 05895
....................... 4 Nancy Jane Hopkins b: 01 May 1865 in Ky d: 03
March 1933 in Ky- BurialNewman Cemetary,Hi Hat, Ky.
............................ +Morgan Turner m: Abt. 1881 m: Abt.
....................... *2nd Husband of Nancy Jane Hopkins:
............................ +Jerry Cook m: 25 December 1915 m: 25
....................... 4 W.R. Hopkins
............................ +Millie Hall Father: Miles Hall Mother:
....................... 4 John Rev. Hopkins d: in Wise,VA Fact 1:
Book-Brent Kennedy's "Ressurrection of a Proud People"
............................ +Hannah Osborne Father: Cornelius "Neal"
Osborn Mother: Rhoda Hammond
....................... *2nd Wife of John Rev. Hopkins:
............................ +Hannah Osborne
.............. 3 John Hopkins b: in VA d: Bef. October 1870
................... +Mary Unknown b: Abt. 1793 d: Bef. October 1876
....................... 4 Alsey Hopkins b: Abt. 1813 d: Bef. November
............................ +Polly Unknown b: Abt. 1821 d: Bef.
....................... *2nd Wife of Alsey Hopkins:
............................ +Elizabeth "Betty" Bolton b: Abt. 1826 m: 31
July 1851 in Stanly Co., NC m: 31 July 1851 in Stanly Co., NC
....................... *3rd Wife of Alsey Hopkins:
............................ +Amanda "Mandy" Bolton b: Abt. 1836 m: 04
October 1876 in Stanly Co., NC m: 04 October 1876 in Stanly Co., NC
....................... 4 James Hopkins b: Abt. 1831
............................ +Milly Unknown b: Abt. 1841
....................... 4 Parham Hopkins b: Abt. 1834 d: Bef. 1903
............................ +Mary Unknown d: Bef. 1903
....................... 4 Rhoda Hopkins b: Abt. 1836
....................... 4 Richard Hopkins b: Abt. 1840
............................ +Sarah S. Unknown b: Abt. 1836 d: Bef.
.............. 3 Prudence Hopkins b: 1812 in NC d: 25 June 1883 in
................... +Zebedee Russell b: 19 April 1805 in NC Father: Gabriel
Russell Mother: Candis Patsy
Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume III
Edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske
Published New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1888
HOPKINS, John Henry, P. E. bishop, b. in Dublin, Ireland, 30 Jan., 1792; d.
in Rock Point, Vt., 9 Jan., 1868. He came to this country with his parents
in 1801, and received a large part of his education from his mother.
Contrary to his own desire, he was persuaded to engage in the iron business
in western Pennsylvania, first at Bassenheim near Economy, and afterward, in
partnership with James O'Hara, in Ligonier valley. But the peace with
England ruined the iron business, and the furnace was blown out, Mr. O'Hara
paying all the indebtedness, of which Mr. Hopkins in later years repaid his
half. He then studied law - his original preference - and was admitted to
the bar in Pittsburg in 1818, where he rapidly rose to the first rank in
business and influence. He became a vestryman and communicant in Trinity
parish, which was then very feeble, and, on a vacancy in the rectorship, was
elected at a parish meeting to fill it when he was not even a candidate for
orders, and entirely ignorant of its action. He considered this a call from
above, and gavce up an income of over $5,000 a year for $800 in the
ministry. He was ordained deacon, 24 Dec., 1823, after a candidacy of a
little over two months, and priest scarcely five months later. He was
architect of a new building for Trinity church, and presented 137 candidates
for confirmation at Bishop White's only visitation beyond the mountains in
1825. In 1826 he would have been elected assistant bishop of Pennsylvania
but for his peremptory refusal to vote for himself. During the seven years
of his rectorship he founded seven other churches in western Pennsylvania,
and brought seven young men into the ministry, besides three others that
were ordained shortly after he left. His desire to found a theological
seminary at Pittsburgh was not approved by his by his bishop, and when he
was invited to Boston as assistant minister of Trinity church, and to help
in founding a seminary there, he accepted, and left Pittsburgh in 1831. In
1832 he was elected the first bishop of Vermont, and was consecrated on 31
Oct. He soon established the Vermont Episcopal institute at Burlington, but
the financial panic of 1837-'8 ended the work in disaster, leaving him
penniless. From the beginning of his episcopate he was also rector of St.
Paul's church, Burlington, and so continued for twenty-seven years. The
building was twice enlarged in accordance with this designs. In 1854 he
revived Vermont Episcopal institute, raising the money by personal
solicitation, and left it solidly established. On the death of Bishop
Brownell in 1865 he became the seventh presiding bishop of his church in the
United States, and as such attended the first Lambeth conference in 1867 -
an assembly which he had been the first to suggest as early as 1851 - and
took an active part in its most important deliberations. Shortly after his
return his return he died after an illness of two days, which was brought on
by an exposure to severe weather in holding a visitation, at the request of
the Bishop of New York, in Plattsburg, Bishop Hopkins was an accomplished
painter, both in water-color and in oils, a musician and composer, a poet,
and an architect, having been one of the first to introduce Gothie
architecture into this country. He was an extemporaneous speaker of great
readiness, force, and fluency; but was specially remarkable for a singular
independence of character, being perfectly willing to stand alone when he
felt convinced that he was in the right. He was a voluminous author,
beginning in his fortieth year. Among his works are "Christianity
Vindicated" (New York, 1833); "The Primitive Creed" (1834); "The
Church" (1835); "Essay on Gothic Architecture," with plates (1836);
Church of Rome in her Primitive Purity compared with the Church of Rome at
the Present Day" (1837); "Twelve Canzonets," words and music (1839); two
"Letters to Bishop Kenrick" (1843); "The Novelties which disturb our
(1844); "The History of the Confessional" (1850); The End of Controversy
Controverted," a refutation of Milner's "End of Controversy" (3 vols.,
1854); "The American citizen" (1857); "Scriptural, Historical, and
Ecclesiastical View of Slavery" (1864); "The Law of Ritualism" (1866);
History of the Church in Verse" (1867); "The Pope not the Antichrist"
(1868): and many pamphlets.
His son John Henry, clergyman, b. in Pittsburgh, Pa., 28 Oct., 1820, was
graduated at t the University of Vermont in 1839, and at the General
theological seminary, New York city, in 1850. He was ordained deacon in the
Protestant Episcopal church in 1850, founded the "Church Journal" in
February, 1853, and was its editor and proprietor till May 1868. He took
an active part in the erection of the diocese of Pittsburgh in 1865, and
those of Albany and Long Island in 1868, and in 1867 accompanied his father
to the Lambeth conference. He was ordained priest in 1872, became in that
year rector of Trinity church, Plattsburg, N.Y., and in 1876 of Christ
church, Williamsport, Pa. Racine college gave him the degree of D.D. in
1873. Dr. Hopkins is the author of many pamphlets and review articles, has
published a life of his father (1868); "The Canticles Noted" (New York,
1866); "Carols, Hymns, and Songs" (4th ed., 1887); and "Poems by the
Wayside" (1883); and has edited his father's "The Pope not the Antichrist"
(1863); "The Collected Works of Milo Mahan," with a memoir (3 vols., 1875);
and "The Great Hymns of the Church," by Bishop Young of Florida (1887).
Bishop Hopkins's second son, Edward Augustus, merchant, b. in Pittsburg,
Pa., 29 Nov., 1822, after studying for one year in the University of
Vermont, then for a few months in Kenyon college, Ohio, entered the navy as
a midshipman. After five years he resigned, and was appointed special
commissioner to report whether the republic of Paraguay was entitled to the
recognition of her independence by the United States. On his favorable
report, that independence was recognized, and he was sent s the first U.S.
consul at Asuncion, Paraguay, in 1853, being at the same time general agent
of an American company for manufacturing and mercantile purposes. The act
of the Paraguayan government in breaking up this company in September, 1854,
was one of the causes of the U. S expedition against Paraguay not long
afterward. Mr. Hopkins was the first to introduce into the La Plata valley
saw-mills, railroads, and telegraphs, and for more than a quarter of a
century he has been the chief advocate of American influence there. He
prepared the book of statistics for the Argentine Republic that accompanied
their contribution to the Centennial exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, and
through his agency many of the features of the educational and land systems
of the United States have been introduced into the Argentine Republic.
Another son, Casper Thomas, journalist, b. in Alleghany City, Pa., 18 May,
1826, was graduated at the University of Vermont in 1847, and the same year
established "The Vermont State Agriculturist." He went to California in
1849, and in 1861 established the California insurance company, the first
insurance company on the Pacific coast, was its secretary till 1866, and
afterward its president till 1884, when he retired on account of impaired
health. He was secretary of the San Francisco chamber of commerce from 1868
till 1870, and was one of its principal organizers. He was promoter and
president of the California immigrant union in 1870; has been president of
the Pacific social science association of San Francisco, secretary of the
first musical society on the Pacific coast, and was the first organist who
ever took charge of a Protestant choir in California. In addition to
numerous magazine articles and pamphlets, he published a "Manual of American
Another son, Charles Jerome, musician, b. in Burlington, Vt., 4 April, 1836,
was educated at home, and passed one year at the University of Vermont. He
early developed a talent for music, but, with the exception of home
instruction, was self-taught. He was for five years a professor at Cooper
Union, New York city, and for twenty-eight years an organist and
choir-master in Burlington and New York city. He has traveled extensively
throughout the United States and has given concerts and lectures-concerts in
one hundred and twelve cities. He founded the New York orpheon free classes
for choir-boys in 1866, originated piano lecture-concerts for lyceums in
1867, and was the first musician in America that trained children to sing
Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." In 1874 his orchestral music was played at
the Crystal Palace, London, a distinction never before enjoyed by an
American musician, and in 1885 his chamber music was rendered at Liszt''s
house at Weimar, Germany. In addition to songs, secular and sacred, two
symphonies, and three operas, he has published "First Book of Church Music"
(1860); a class-book of notation study (1865); and "Second Book of Church
Another son, Frederick Vincent, physician, b. in Burlington, Vt., 23 May,
1839 was graduated at the University of Vermont in 1839, and studied
medicine. He was surgeon and professor of geology in Louisiana was surgeon
and professor of geology in Louisiana state university, in charge of the
geological survey of that state from 1868 till 1874, surgeon to the New
Almaden and Sulphur Bank quicksilver mine in 1870-'82, and since then has
practiced medicine in San Francisco. He has originated a method of killing
the bacilli of tuberculosis and leprosy by half-inch sparks from a Ruhmkorff
coil. In addition to articles published in newspapers, he has written four
reports on the "Geology of Louisiana" in the "Reports of the Louisiana
University" (Baton Rouge, 1870-'3), and a report, in conjunction with Prof.
Eugene W. Hilgard, on borings made by the engineer department of the U.S.
army between the Mississippi river and Borgne lake (Washington, 1878).
Typed by Kathryn Hopkins, [email protected]
NOTE: Picture of Bishop John Henry Hopkins attached.