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Philander HOPKINS, Sr.
Mary MARSALES
Deborah TOWNSEND
Husband:  Philander HOPKINS, Sr.
Birth:  1 Sep 1794, Pittsford, Rutland Co., VT
Death:  20 Apr 1861, Unadilla Twp., Livingston Co., MI
Disposition:  buried Williamsville Cemetery, Unadilla Twp., Livingston Co., MI
Occupation:  carpenter (as were his two brothers), farmer
Father:  Nehemiah HOPKINS, Jr.
Mother:  Lucy DURFEE
Marriage-1 said to be:  25 Feb 1819, Gore, Prebble, ON was this a "shotgun" wedding?
Wife-1:  Mary MARSALES / MARSELIS
Birth:  1797 of Prebble, ON
Death:  ca. 1834
Father:  Peter MARSALES (1756-1826)
Mother:  Margaret __?__
Marriage-2:  Lockport, Niagara Co., NY
Wife-2:  Deborah TOWNSEND
Birth:  31 Mar 1797 [1795?], Greenville, Green Co., NY
Death (æ 77):  18 May 1872, Unadilla Twp., Livingston Co., MI
Disposition:  buried Williamsville Cemetery, Unadilla Twp., Livingston Co., MI
Father:  Christopher TOWNSEND (1776-1855)
Mother:  Bethia RIDER (1777-1844)
Children with Mary MARSALES said to be born in the Dist. of Gore, Prebble, ON:
1.  Mary HOPKINS, b. 16 Mar 1819; d. 31 Jan 1861, Eaton Rapids, Eaton Co., MI; m. 4 Mar 1841, Livingston Co., MI, Elias Junior SMITH (1817-1893)
2.  Selinda / Salinda / Salenda / Selmilda / Semilda HOPKINS [twin], b. 3 Jun 1822 
3.  Caroline HOPKINS [twin], b. 3 Jun 1822 {1850: 28, Can
4.  Elam HOPKINS, b. 6 May 1824; d. 1859 
5.  Loren HOPKINS, b. 19 Feb 1826 {1860: 33, Can
6.  Orange HOPKINS [male], b. 8 Aug 1827 {1870: 42, Can}; m. 1 Jun 1852, MI, Phoebe Ellen VLEIT
7.  Harriet "Hattie" HOPKINS, b. 1 Sep 1829
Children with Deborah TOWNSEND born in Lockport, Niagara Co., NY:
8.  Martha Marilda / Marilla HOPKINS, b. 1834 {1850: 16, NY; 1860: 25, NY
9.  Philander HOPKINS, Jr., b. 8 Aug 1836 {1850: 13, NY; 1860: 23, NY; 1870:  33, NY}
Data in braces are {year: age, birthplace} from the censuses.
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; Canada, Ontario; USA, US, United States, Michigan, New York, Vermont

Sources (n.b., Livingston Co. was formed from Washtenaw and Shiawassee Cos. in 1833):

1a.  Marriage Record:

1b.  Jack & Marianne Dibean.  Index to Dibean's Michigan Marriage Collection (online at the Michigan Family History Network; note that this is a secondary source of user-submitted marriages, not extracted primary records, so caveat emptor):
Elias J SMITH Mary HOPKINS 04 Mar 1841 Livingston Co.
Orange HOPKINS Phoebe Ellen VLEIT 01 Jun 1852 unknown county

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):  not found in Canada, as is Philander's brother, Norman HOPKINS.

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):  not found in Canada, as is Philander's brother, Norman HOPKINS.

4.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #7 of 9; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 MI Livingston Co. Unadilla Twp. p. 215B Ln. 10 Philander Hopkins 102 100 100 - 011 101 000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Philander Jr. (b. 1836)
2 males 10-14 1825-1830 = Orange (b. 1827)
= Loren (b. 1826)
1 male 15-19 1820-1825 = Elam (b. 1824)
1 male 40-49 1790-1800 = Philander (b. 1794)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Martha (b. 1834)
1 female 10-14 1825-1830 = Harriet (b. 1829)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Deborah (b. 1795/97)
Deborah is fibbing about her age.  List was roughly alphabetized, so no neighborhood reconstuction is possible.  Also in Unadilla Township:  Philander's brother, Samuel Lucas HOPKINS

5a.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #10 of 25):  Unadilla Twp., Livingston Co., MI, p. 366A, 617/619, enumerated 7 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Philander Hopkins 56 M   Farmer 3000 Vt
Deborah      " 53 F       NY
Marilla      " 16 F       "
Philander    " 13 M       "
Hiram Dray 34 M   Laborer  500 "

5a.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 16):  Stockbridge, Ingham Co., MI, Roll 351 (Book 1), p. 24B, 150/150, enumerated 27 Jul 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Elim Hopkins 26 M   Farmer 1000 Canada
Harriet  " 20 F       do
Harriet is Elam's sister, not his wife.  Listed two households from Silas HOLT, Elam's future father-in-law.

5b.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #7 of 20 indexed "Hoptcins"):  Henrietta [Twp.], Jackson Co., MI, Roll M432_352, p. 382A, 983/1003, enumerated 21 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Lorin Hopkins 23 M   Farmer 600 Canada
He's one of 16 people living with a banker and his family; the 16 appear to be the staff on his estate.

6.  1860 Census Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #8 of 27 indexed "Hiopkins"):  Plainfield P.O., Unadilla, Livingston Co., MI, p. 9, PN 9, 57/57, enumerated 5 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Philander Hopkins 67 M   Farmer 3700 475 Vermont
Deborah      " 63 F         N York
Philander    " 23 F   Do     Do
Emeline W    " 10 F         Do
Mellville J Titus 35 M   Farm Laborer     Do
Alpheus C    "  5 M         Mich
Martha M     " 25 F         N York
Emeline is the junior Philander's wife (they were married in January); and she is 15 (!), not 10.  Melville TITUS is Martha's husband and Alpheus is their son; I've no explanation for why Martha was listed last.  Listed next to their son, Loren HOPKINS.

7.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #10-11 of 28):  Brighton P.O., Unadilla Twp., Livingston Co., MI, pp. 248B-249A, PN 10-11, enumerated 12 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
80 85 Hopkins Philander 33 M W Farmer 5500? 2200 New York  
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    _______ Emeline 25 F W Keeping house     New York  
    _______ Sarah A  3 F W at home     Michigan  
    _______ James A ?/12 M W at home     Michigan Aug
  86 Hopkins Deborah 75 F W retired     New York  

8.  Michigan Department of Community Health.  GenDIS: Genealogical Death Indexing System (online at the michigan.gov web site):
Name: HOPKINS, Deborah
Date of Death: 18 May 1872
Ledger Page: 157
Record Number: 63
Place of Death: Unadilla
County of Death: Livingston
Sex: female
Race: white
Marital Status: widowed
Age: 77 years
Cause of Death: inflammation of bowels
Birthplace: New York
Occupation: not recorded
Father's Name: unknown
Father's Residence: unknown
Mother's Name: unknown
Mother's Residence: unknown
Date of Record: 31 May 1873

9.  Livingston County Clerk.  Livingston County, Michigan, [Partial] Death Index, 1867-1948 (online at the Livingston County MIGenWeb site; extracted from LDS microfilm by Dianne Richards the index is not complete for the period covered):
Last Name First Name Vol Page
HOPKINS Deborah 1  35

10.  Livingston County, Michigan, Cemetery Resident Index (online at the Livingston County MIGenWeb site):
Last Name First Name Cemetery Name Location Pg# Vol#
HOPKINS Philander Williamsville Unadilla Twp. 127 I

11.  U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. The Official Land Patent Records Office.
Date Certificate No. Land Office Patented By Acres Location State County*
2 Nov 1837 762 Ionia Philander C. Hopkins of Eaton County, Michigan 80  E½ NE¼ S32.T3N.R5W MI Eaton
2 Nov 1837 2722 Ionia Philander C. Hopkins of Eaton County, Michigan 40 NW¼ SW¼ S35.T1N.R5W MI Eaton
1 Jul 1848 28891 Detroit Philander Hopkins and David D. Bird
of Livingston County, Michigan
40 NE¼ NE¼ S35.T1N.R2E MI Ingham
*The county is not given on the original certificate, which describes the location of the land solely in terms of Aliquot, Section, Township, and Range.  The county names must have been added to the database at some later time, probably when the certificate data were computerized.
Philander C. HOPKINS may not be our subject.

12.  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. 345 Philander ... b. probably at Pittsford, Vermont, 1792 (a family record says 1 September 1794); m. (1) Mary Marsales, b. 1797, who d. about 1834; m. (2) at Lockport, New York, Deborah Townsend.  He d. at Unadilla, Michigan, 20 April 1861; she d. there 23 May 1872.

A farmer, and also an expert carpenter and builder, who worked far and wide at his trade, leaving the clearing of the homestead to his sons.  His father had removed from Vermont in about 1802 and settled near where Rochester, New York, now stands, and it is probable that here it was that Philander grew to manhood.  After his marriage he removed to

p. 346 Ontario Province, Canada, [footnote] where some, if not all, his children by his first marriage were born, and from there to Unadilla, Michigan.  Loren related to his son, Frank Dunn Hopkins, that while on their way to Michigan across Lake Erie the family were (sic) shipwrecked.  The team was allowed to swim ashore, the eldest son, Elam, on the back of one; as soon as land was reached the frightened horse ran miles into the country with the boy.

In early life Mr. Hopkins was a Democrat, but he voted for Abraham Lincoln.



[footnote] Possibly it was Philander who was a member in 1819 of the Masonic Lodge at Stoney Creek, Ontario.  This place is on Lake Ontario about six miles from Hamilton and was the scene of the defeat of the Americans by the British in 1813.

13.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

14.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).

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