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Edward Whiting HOPKINS
Georgina Caroline SMITH
Helen Maria PIERSON
Husband:  Edward Whiting HOPKINS
Birth:  26 Apr 1848, China Twp., St. Clair Co., MI
Death:  18/19 Jan 1926, City & County of San Francisco, CA
Father:  Samuel Frederick HOPKINS
Mother:  Mary Ann KEENEY
Marriage-1:  25 Oct 1876, City & County of San Francisco, CA
Wife-1:  Georgina / Georgia Caroline SMITH
Birth:  1855
Death:  7 May 1820, City & County of San Francisco, CA
Father:  Henry Stephen SMITH (1817- )
Mother:  Mary Henrietta HIGGINSON (1820- )
Marriage-2:  7 Jun 1920
Wife-2:  Helen Maria PIERSON
Birth:  16 Jul 1850, Toledo, Lucas Co., OH
Other Spouse:  m1. Arthur de Forrest TOURTILLETTE, of NY
Father:  Isaac PIERSON
Mother:  Emeline (WILKISON) THOMPSON 
Children with Georgina SMITH:
1.  Helen HOPKINS, b. 20 Aug 1877; m. 26 Sep 1900, Menlo Park, San Mateo Co., CA, Augustus TAYLOR (1868); lived Menlo Park
2.  Edna HOPKINS, b. 19 Feb 1879; m1. 16 Feb 1901, William Henry TAYLOR, Jr. (1869-1920); m2. 12 Oct 1921, Stewart Samuel LOWERY (1883- )
3.  Georgina HOPKINS, b. 30 Sep 1880; d. 21 Feb 1920; m. 5 Mar 1902, Frederick William McNEAR (1870- )
4.  Samuel HOPKINS, b. 27 Apr 1887; m1. Elyse Carol SCHULTZ; m2. Mrs. Margaret (__?__) WALSH; lived San Francisco
5.  Florence HOPKINS, b. 23 Apr 1889; m1. 5 Jun 1912, Menlo Park, San Mateo Co., CA, John Cheever COWDIN (1889-1960),  divorced 1926; m2. 5 Apr 1929, New York, Edward E. HILLS
Children with Helen PIERSON:
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1.  Timothy Hopkins.  1932.  John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants. Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA (available as a facsimile reprint from Higginson Books and online by subscription at GenealogyLibrary.com):
p. 642 EDWARD WHITING9 (SAMUEL FREDERICK,8 MARK,7 MOSES,6 SAMUEL,5 TIMOTHY,4 JOHN,3 STEPHEN,2 JOHN1), b. at China, Michigan, 26 April 1848; m. (1) at San Francisco, 25 October 1876, Georgina Caroline Smith, b. 1855, daughter of Stephen Henry, b. 1817, and Mary Henrietta ([Higgenson], b. 1820) Smith.  She d. at San Francisco, 7 May 1920.  He m. (2) 7 Jun 1920, Mrs. Helen Maria Tourtillette, b. at Toledo, Ohio, 16 July 1850, widow of Arthur de Forrest Tourtillette, and daughter of Isaac Pierson and Emeline (Wilkison) Thompson.  He d. 19 January 1926.

Removing to California in 1870, he became connected with the Central Pacific Railroad at Sacramento.  He held the office of Assistant Treasurer when his uncle, Mark Hopkins, died in 1878, and succeeded him as Treasurer.  In 1882 he resigned and was prominent in the business and financial affairs of San Francisco.  An Episcopalian and a Republican.

HELEN,10 b. 20 August 1877; m. at Menlo Park, California, 26 September 1900, Augustus Taylor, b. at San Francisco 25 April 1868, son of William Henry Taylor, b. 22 February 1824, and Mary Ellen Frost, b. at Philadelphia 20 May 1843.

Mr. Taylor and his brother, William Henry, succeeded their father in the ownership and management of the Risdon Iron Works, a large engineering and shipbuilding plant of San Francisco.  He is an officer of the Federal Wireless Telegraph Company.  An Episcopalian and a Republican.

Children surname Taylor:
 I. AUGUSTUS, b. 16 February 1904.
II. EVELYN, b. 22 April 1909.
EDNA,10 b. 19 February 1879; m. (1) 16 February 1901, William Henry Taylor, Jr., b. 1 August 1869, brother of Augustus Taylor.  He d. 14 September 1920.  She m. (2) 12 October 1921, Stewart Samuel Lowery, b. at Utica, New York, 14 September 1883, son of James L. and Emily Gale (Marklove) Lowery.
p.  643 Mr. Taylor was associated with his brother Augustus in the Risdon Iron Works of San Francisco.  An Episcopalian and a Republican.  Mr. Lowery is associated with and an officer of a prominent bond company in San Francisco.
Children surname Taylor:
 I. EDNA HOPKINS, b. 25 August 1902; m. 18 October 1924, Harold Bliss Rucker.
II. WILLIAM HENRY, b. 27 May 1907.
GEORGINA,10 b. 30 September 1880; m. 5 March 1902, Frederick William McNear, b. at San Francisco, 24 March 1870, son of George Washington McNear, b. 27 March 1834, and Amanda Maria McNear, b. 20 Jun 1837.  She d. 21 February 1920.

Mr. McNear is a lawyer of San Francisco.  He graduated from the University of California, 1890; Harvard, 1891; and Harvard Law School, 1896.

Children surname McNear:
 I. EDWARD HOPKINS, b. 20 September 1903; m. 15 January 1927, Dorothy Caldwell; d. 20 April 1929.
II. FREDERICK WILLIAM, b. 15 October 1908.
SAMUEL,10 b. 27 April 1887, m. (1) Elyse Carol Schultz; (2) Mrs. Margaret Walsh.

FLORENCE,10 b. 23 April 1889; m. (1) at Menlo Park, 5 June 1912, John Cheever Cowden, b. at New York City, son of John Elliot and Gertrude (Cheevy) Cowden. Divorced in 1926. She m. (2) at New York, 5 April 1929, Edward E. Hills.

Child surname Cowden:
I. JOHN CHEEVER, JR., b. 4 June 1913, at San Francisco.

2.  Marriage Records:

3.  LDS.  Family Search: Census Records: 1880 United States (online at FamilySearch.org):
Census Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Source: FHL Film #1254075; NARA Film #T9-0075; Pg 204A
  Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Occupation Fa Mo
Edward HOPKINS Self M M W 32 MI R.R. Treasurer MA CT
Georgia HOPKINS Wife F M W 24 CA Keeping House ENG ENG
Helen HOPKINS Dau F S W  2 CA   CA CA
Edna HOPKINS Dau F S W  1 CA   CA CA
Elizabeth GARRY Other F S W 25 IRE Servant IRE IRE
Mary HARMON Other F S W 45 IRE Servant IRE IRE

4.  1890 Census destroyed.

5.  1900 Census Index/Microfilm (online at Genealogy.com):  Third Township, San Mateo Co., CA, p. 229A, SD 2, ED 40, SN 4, enumerated 8 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
56 56 Hopkins Edward W Head W M May 1849 51 M 22     MI ME ME Capitalist 0   Y Y Y O F H
    _______ Helen Wife W F Feb 1854 46 M 22 4 4 ME ME ME       Y Y Y      
    _______ Helen Daughter W F Jan 1879 20 S       CA MI ME       Y Y Y      
    _______ Edna Daughter W F Apr 1881 19 S       CA MI ME       Y Y Y      
    _______ Georgiana Daughter W F Jul 1883 16 S       CA MI ME       Y Y Y      
    _______ Samuel Son W M Mar 1885 15 S       CA MI ME At School 0 10 Y Y Y      
    Gaynor Maggie Servant W F Jan 1877 23 S       CA Ire Scot Servant 0   Y Y Y      
There are many anomalies in this record.  Who was the informant, the servant?  Listed four households from Timothy NOLAN-HOPKINS

6.  Arthur Wilmot Ackerman.  1928.  "Memoirs of Deceased Members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society."  New England Historical and Genealogical Register 82(Jan): 99-121. 
WARNING:  there is something very wrong with this memoir with regard to Edward's wives.  The author has Edward married first to Georgina SMITH, in 1876; then second, to Helen THOMPSON, after Georgina's death in 1920.  However, the 1900 Census shows our subject with wife, Helen, married 22 years!  We have to take the census as the primary record, which means this memoir despite the (irrelevant) credentials of its author and the esteem of its publisher is not to be trusted.  (But how could he get it soooo wrong?) 
p. 104 EDWARD WHITING HOPKINS, of San Francisco, Calif., a Pilgrim Tercentenary member since 1919, was born at China, Mich., 26 April 1848, the seventh and youngest child of Samuel Frederick and Mary Ann (Keeney) Hopkins, and died at San Francisco 18 January 1926.

He was a descendant of John1 Hopkins, who was in Cambridge, Mass., in 1634 and at Hartford, Conn., in 1636, through Stephen,2 1634-1689, of Hartford, John,3 1665-1732, Capt. Timothy,4 1691-1748, of Waterbury, conn., Rev. Samuel,5 1721-1802, B.A. (Yale, 1741), M.A. (ib., 1744), D.D. (Brown, 1790), a distinguished Congregational minister and theologian, who held pastorates at Great Barrington, Mass., and Newport, R.I., Moses,6 1751-1835, whose wife was Ann Whiting, Mark,7 and Samuel Frederick,8 his father, who was born at Hinsdale, Mass., 15 September 1803, married Mary Ann Keeney of Hartford (born at Hartford 21 July 1807, died in 1891, daughter of Asahel and Theodosia (Woodruff) Keeney), and died in 1884.  He also traced his ancestry to Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony.

Mr. Hopkins went to California in 1870, and resided at Sacramento while serving as assistant treasurer of the Central Pacific Railroad, of which his uncle, Mark Hopkins, had been one of the organizers and was at that time treasurer.  In 1878, upon the death of his uncle, he became treasurer, and removed to San Francisco.  In 1882 he severed his connection with the railroad and organized the Union Ice Company, of which he was president until his death.  In financial circles he was active in establishing a number of banks, among them the Mission Savings Bank of which he ws for a time vice president, the Mission Bank, and the Mercantile Trust Company, in which he was a director.  At the time of his death he was a director of the Bank of California.

His benefactions were many; but he shunned publicity, and few knew of his gifts.  Among them may be mentioned a fund of $25,000 for the Leland Stanford Junior University, to be used to help deserving but needy students in completing their college course.

He was a member of several clubs, among which were the Pacific Union and the Bohemain, Olympic, Menlo Country, and San Jose Country Clubs.  His summer home was at Menlo Park, Calif. 

Mr. Hopkins married first, at San Francisco, 25 October 1876, Georgina C. Smith, who died 7 March 1920, daughter of Henry Stephen and Mary Henrietta (Higginson) Smith, of a family of Philadelphia Quakers; and secondly Mrs. Helen M. (Thompson) Tourillotte of New York.  His sec-

p. 105 ond wife survives him, together with four of his five children by his first wife, namely, Mrs. Augustus Taylor (Helen Hopkins) of Menlo Park, Mrs. Stewart S. Lowery (Edna Hopkins Taylor) of Menlo Park, Samuel Hopkins of San Francisco, and Mrs. John Cheever Cowdin (Florence Hopkins) of San Francisco.  His third child, Georgina Hopkins, was the wife of Frederick William McNear and died 21 February 1920.

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