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Samuel Frederick HOPKINS
Husband:  Samuel Frederick HOPKINS
Birth:  15 Sep 1803, Hinsdale, Berkshire Co., MA
Death:  21 Jun 1884, St. Clair, St. Clair Co., MI
Occupation:  carpenter, farmer
Office:  1839/1847, Justice of the Peace, China Twp., St. Clair Co., MI
Religion:  Congregational
Father:  Mark HOPKINS (Sr.)
Mother:  Anastasia Lukens KELLOGG
Marriage:  4 Jul 1831, New Britain, Hartford Co., CT
Wife:  Maria / Mary Ann KEENEY
Birth:  21 Jul 1807, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT
Death:  15 Apr 1891, St. Clair, St. Clair Co., MI
Occupation:  homemaker
Religion:  Congregational
Father:  Asahel KEENEY (1776-    )
Mother:  Theodosia "Theda" WOODRUFF, b. 1784-87, CT; d. 1860s
Adopted child:
.  Jane NICHOLS-HOPKINS, b. 1820-25; d. 9 Feb 1865; m. 1842, St. Clair Co., MI, Alpheus EARLE

Biological Children born in Palmer [now the City of St. Clair], St. Clair Co., MI:
1.  Mark HOPKINS, b. 10 Apr 1831; d. 1914, St. Clair Co., MI
2.  Charles Henry HOPKINS, b. 7 Jul 1834; d. 1872, Sauk Co., WI 

Biological Children born in China Twp., St. Clair Co., MI:
3.  Orrin/Orin Kellogg HOPKINS, b. 7 Jul 1836; d. aft. 1883 
4.  William Sherwood HOPKINS, b. 13 Jan 1839; d. 24 Sep 1897, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI 
5.  Mary Frances HOPKINS, b. 8 Nov 1842; d. 4 Dec 1863, St. Clair, St. Clair Co., MI
6.  Samuel Asahel HOPKINS, b. 2 Sep 1845; d. bef. 1881, on board the ship, Oceanica, en route from San Francisco to China; buried in Sacramento, CA
7.  Edward Whiting HOPKINS, b. 26 Apr 1848

Samuel named children William Sherwood and Mary Frances in the 1830s/40s, well before his brother, Mark, married Mary Frances SHERWOOD, d/o William, in 1854, suggesting there must have been even earlier connection to the SHERWOODs.

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Year Location Event
1803 MA: Berkshire Co.: Hinsdale birth of Samuel Franklin HOPKINS
1807 CT: Hartford Co.: Hartford birth of Mary Ann KEENEY
1806 to Henderson, NY Samuel moves w/his parents
c1809 to Great Barrington, MA Samuel goes to school
1814 back to Henderson, NY Samuel returns home
1820 Census    
1821 back to Great Barrington, MA Samuel works at "avocations"
1824 back to Henderson, NY Samuel returns home
1824 to Detroit, MI Samuel moves w/his parents
[later in the year, his parents moved on to St. Clair, MI]
1828 to St. Clair Twp., MI Samuel moves
1830 Census MI: St. Clair Co.: St. Clair Twp. Samuel living w/his widowed mother
1831 CT: Hartford Co.: New Britain marriage of Samuel HOPKINS & Mary KEENEY
1831 MI: St. Clair Co.: St. Clair Twp.: Palmer [now St. Clair] birth of son, Mark
1834 MI: St. Clair Co.: St. Clair Twp.: Palmer [now St. Clair] birth of son, Charles Henry
1834-36 St. Clair Twp. to China Twp. family moves
1836 MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. birth of son, Orrin Kellogg
1839 MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. birth of son, William Sherwood
1839 MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. Samuel F. HOPKINS, Justice of the Peace
1840 Census MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. Samuel F. HOPKINS, head-of-household
1842 MI: St. Clair Co. marriage of adopted daughter, Jane, to Alpheus EARLE
1842/3 MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. birth of daughter, Mary
1845 MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. birth of son, Samuel
1846 MI: St. Clair Co.: St. Clair Twp.: name of Palmer changed to St. Clair
1847 MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. Samuel F. HOPKINS, Justice of the Peace
1848/9 MI: St. Clair Co.: China Twp. birth of son, Edward Whiting
1850 Census MI: St. Clair Co.: Town of St. Clair Samuel H. HOPKINS, head-of-household
1855 MI: St. Clair Co. marriage of son, Mark, to Ann JASPERSEN
1860 Census MI: St. Clair Co.: City of St. Clair S. F. HOPKINS, head-of-household
1870 Census MI: St. Clair Co.: City of St. Clair Samuel HOPKINS, head-of-household
1880 Census MI: St. Clair Co.: St. Clair City Samuel HOPKINS, boarder?


1a.  Jordan R. Dodd.  Marriage Index:  Michigan and Wisconsin, 1830-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-251):  not found.

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Marriage: 4 Jul 1831, Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts
Source: [patron submission]
Spouse: Mary A. KEENEY
Marriage: 4 Jul 1831, Berlin, Hartford, Connecticut
Source: patron submission
Samuel Frederick HOPKINS
Spouse: Mary Ann KEENEY
Marriage: Abt. 1835, <>, China, Michigan
Source: none given
As if we needed a reminder not to trust patron submissions to the IGI

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):  Samuel is unmarried, living with his widowed mother and brothers in St. Clair Co., MI.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2-3 of 8; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 MI St. Clair Co. Township of China Roll 223 pp. 223B-224A Ln. 3 Saml. F. Hopkins 220 021 - 000 101 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1835-1840 = William (b. 1838/9)
= Orin (b. 1836)
2 males 5-9 1830-1835 = Charles (b. 1834/5)
= Mark (b. 1831/2)
2 males 20-29 1810-1820 =
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = Samuel (b. 1803) 
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Jane?
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Mary (b. 1807)
Also in county:  Samuel's brother Henry K. HOPKINS.

4.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #9 of 42):  Town of St. Clair, St. Clair Co., MI, Roll 362 (Book 1), p. 115A, 55/55, enumerated 15 Jul 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Samuel H Hopkins 47 M   Carpenter 800 Massachutts
Maria      " 43 F       Connecticut
Mark       " 18 M       Mich
Charles    " 15 M       "
Orin       " 13 M       "
William    " 11 M       "
May/Mary   "  7 F       "
Samuel     "  5 M       "
Edward     "  2 M       "
Theadose Keeny 63 F       Connecticut
Theodosia KEENEY is Maria's mother.

5.  1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 18 indexed "Hopkens"):  St. Clair P.O., City of St. Clair 1st Ward, St. Clair Co., MI, Roll 559, p. 595, PN 190, 1442/1411, enumerated 16 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
S F Hopkins 57 M   Carpenter 2000 500 Mass
Mary A   " 53 F         "
Mary F   " 17 F         Mich
Orrin K  " 23 M   Carpenter     "
S A      " 14 M         "
Edward   " 11 M         "
Theda Keeney 75 F         Conn
Jane Luce 18 F   Domestic     Mich

6.  1870 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #16 of 46):  St. Clair P.O., City of St. Clair 1st Ward, St. Clair, MI, Roll 699, p. 146A, PN 16, 107/112, enumerated 4 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Hopkins Samuel 67 M W ???? 1500 500 Massachusets
_______ Mary A 63 F W Keeping House     Connecticut
_______ Orin K 32 M W ????     Michigan
_______ Samuel A 24 M W Clerk? in Store?     Michigan
_______ Edw?? W 22 M W ?? Agent     Michigan
Cook ???? 14 F W Domestic Servant     Michigan
???? John? 45 M W Tailor?     Michigan
This record was extremely faded and difficult to read; I may have erred.  Whatever Samuel's occupation was, it wasn't carpenter or farmer.

7.  1880 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #18 of 39):  Trout Street, St. Clair City (Ward 1), St. Clair Co., MI, Roll 605, p. 476C, PN 19, SD 3, ED 392, 174/185, enumerated 19 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):(¤)
1880:  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 13 24 25 26
174 185 Rood John W M 32       /   Laborer Eng Eng Eng
    ____ Charlotte W F 32   Wife   /   Keeping house Bavaria Bavaria Bavaria
    ____ Mary F W F  3   Daughter /       Mich Eng Bav
    ____ William M W M 12/366 May Son /       Mich Eng Bav
    Chamberlain Ed W M 39       /   Clerk in store Mich Mass Vermt
    Seager John W M 19     /     Clerk in store Canada    
    Miller Mary W F 42         / Cabin maid on boat Mich Kentuck Mich
    Dorton/Doston Catherine W F 29     /   D Cabin maid on boat Mich Kentuck Mich
    Hopkins Samuel W M 76       /     Mass Mass Mass
    _______ Mary W F 72   Wife   /   Keeps house Conn Conn Conn
    Wilbor Charlott W F 45   Boarder     /   Ohio Mass Conn
    ______ Charlott W F 16   Boarder /     Attends School Ohio Mass Ohio
    ______ Lucien W M 14   Boarder /     Attends School Ohio Mass Ohio
    Johnston May W F 16   Boarder /     Attends School Mich Scotland Mich
    Jochim Josephine W F 20   Servant /       Mich German German
There were two short, heavy horizontal penciled lines in the visitation column:  one appears to separate the ROOD family from lower records and the other separates the records from Samuel HOPKINS on down.  In the visitation column, just below the second line, someone has written vertically the word, "Supplemental."  If these were separate domiciles, why were they not given their own dwelling/family numbers?  This record ends Ward 1.

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 census population schedules were destroyed.

9.  St. Clair County [MI]: Index of Deaths, 1880-1891 (online at the St. Clair County MIGenWeb site):
Surname First Name Book Page
Hopkins Samuel F. 2  92
Hopkins Anthey A. 2 204
Hopkins Chas. 2 239
These are all the HOPKINSes in the file.

10.  Port Huron Daily Times, Port Huron, MI (from a file online at the Hopkins Clearing Center; originals not seen):
21 Jun 1884, p. 4
Samuel F. Hopkins, of St. Clair, died at his resident in that city this morning, aged 83 years.  He had been a resident of St. Clair for many years, was a most estimable citizen, and leaves a fortune estimated at several million.
23 Jun 1884, p. 2
The funeral of the late Samuel F. Hopkins, of St. Clair, will not be held until Thursday of this week, awaiting the arrival of this brother and two sons from California.
Samuel's only surviving brother by 1884 is Moses HOPKINS.

11.  Jack Dibean & Marianne Dibean.  Early Marriages: St. Clair County, MI (online at the St. Clair Co., MI, ALHN web site).  Note that sources are not given and may be secondary.
Henry L Hopkins Mary A Mills 28 Jan 1848
Janet Hopkins James Downie 21 Jun 1850
Julia Matilda Hopkins David McCall 25 Oct 1851
Mark Hopkins Ann Jaspersen  6 Jun 1855
George N Hopkins Julia A Wheaton 25 Nov 1860
Mary A Hopkins F Barker  1 Aug 1865
George Hopkins Josaphine Soper 10 Jan 1866
Alice Augusta Hopkins Edward Charles Beebe  2 Jun 1892
These are all the HOPKINS marriages in this database (as of 17 Mar 2004).

12.  Jordan R. Dodd.  Marriage Index:  Michigan and Wisconsin, 1830-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-251):
Hopkins, Henry L. Mills, Mary A. 20 Oct 1847 St. Clair Co., MI
Hopkins, George Soper, Josephine 10 Jan 1866 St. Clair Co., MI
Williamson, Daniel Hopkins, Charlotte A. 11 Aug 1898 St. Clair Co., MI
These are the only HOPKINS marriages in St. Clair Co., MI, on this CD.

13.  Timothy Hopkins.  1932.  John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants. Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA:
p. 458 344. SAMUEL FREDERICK8 (MARK,7 MOSES,6 SAMUEL,5 TIMOTHY,4 JOHN,3 STEPHEN,2 JOHN1), b. at Hinsdale, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, 15 September 1803; m. at New Britain, Connecticut, 4 July 1831, Mary Ann Keeney, b. at Hartford 21 July 1807, daughter of Asahel, b. 1776, and Theodosia (Woodruff) Keeney.  He d. at St. Clair, Michigan, 21 June 1884; she d. there 15 April 1891.

In 1824 he removed with his parents from Henderson, New York, to St. Clair (then Palmer) Michigan.  After his marriage he opened a carpenter's shop and resided there until his death - a kindly, respected, and influential citizen.  Both he and his wife were active members of the Congregational church, of which he was for many years choir leader, and he gave largely to the building of the church edifice.  They celebrated their golden wedding in 1881

p. 459 Children, last five born at China, Michigan:

608. MARK,9 b. 10 April 1832, at Palmer (St. Clair); m.1 (1) Annie Jasperson; (2) Permelia Morgan; (3) Mrs. Jennie Welch.
609. CHARLES HENRY,9 b. 7 July 1834, at Palmer; m. Felicia Hulbert.
610. ORRIN KELLOGG,9 b. 7 July 1836; m. Josephine Smith.
611. WILLIAM SHERWOOD,9 b. 23 January 1839; m. Lizzie Gertrude Ball.
_____MARY FRANCES,9 b. 8 November 1842; d. 4 December 1863.
_____SAMUEL ASAHEL,9 b. 2 September 1845. Confidential secretary to his Uncle Mark Hopkins in California.  He died at sea 28 October 1876, while on a voyage to China for the restoration of his health.  Buried at Sacramento, California.
612. EDWARD WHITING,9 b. 26 April 1848; m. (1) Georgina Caroline Smith; (2) Mrs. Helen Maria Tourtillete.

14.  A.T. Andreas [Alfred Theodore Andrews].  1883. History of St. Clair County, Michigan.  A.T. Andreas [Andrews] & Co., Chicago (biographies online at the at the St. Clair County, Michgan: Indexes page [link died]).
p. 676 St. Clair Township...

Samuel F. HOPKINS, was born in Berkshire County, Mass., September 15, 1803, and is a son of Mark HOPKINS, also a native of Massachusetts, and a grandson of Moses HOPKINS, a native of Massachusetts, and a great-grandson of the eminent diviner, Dr. Samuel HOPKINS, who settled in his first pastorate at Great Barrington, Mass., in 1843 [1743], taking charge of the Congregational Church at place.  The Doctor died in December, 1803, at Newport, R.I.  Our subject was brought by his parents to Jefferson County, N.Y. in 1806.  When he became old enough to attend school he was sent back to his native State, and there lived with his grandparents, and attended school until 1814, when he returned to his parents in Jefferson County, N.Y.  In 1821, he again returned to Massachusetts, working there at various avocations, until 1824, when he came with his parents to Detroit; the parents coming on to St Clair the same fall.  Mr. HOPKINS remained in Detroit until November, 1828; then came to St Clair, where he has since made his home. He was in the employ of Palmer & Gerome two years then engaged in business for himself. He began life with nothing and has accumulated a fortune.  He was married in 1831, to Miss Mary A. KEENEY, by whom he had seven children, four living -- Mark, Orrin K., William S., and Edward W.  The deceased were Charles H., died in Wisconsin; Samuel A., died on ship board, Oceanica en route from San Francisco to China; and Mary F., died at St Clair.  Mr. HOPKINS' father, Mark HOPKINS, was the first Postmaster in St Clair.

Orin K. HOPKINS, was born in China Township, this county, July 7, 1836, and is a son of Samuel F. HOPKINS, of whom we make further mention in this work.  He received his early education in St Clair City.  In 1858, he went to Wisconsin and worked at his trade, which is that of carpenter.  In 1860, he returned to Detroit and worked in Charles Kellogg's pattern shop until 1861; he then went to Ann Arbor and worked a short time for McGregor, at six shillings a day.  He returned to Detroit that fall, and enlisted in Brady's Sharp Shooter Company in the United States army, and was attached to the Sixteenth Michigan Infantry, under Col. Stockton.  He served in this capacity until 1863, when he was discharged on account of disability.  He was all through the peninsula campaign and at Fortress Monroe.  In 1864, he went to Muskegon, Mich., and worked at his trade during the summer, and in the fall went to Chicago.  The following spring he returned to St Clair and to Alpena, Mich., where he remained until 1868, and then went to Cheboygan. In 1869, he went to California; he then spent on year on his uncle's ranche; and then entered the employ of the railroad company as station agent, which position he held until 1879 when he returned to his old home in St Clair.  He was married October 14, 1874, to Miss Josephine SMITH, a native of Sacramento City.  They have two children -- William F. and Mabel.  Mr. HOPKINS left for California again, in June, 1882, where he, with his family, will make their future home at Oakland, California.
p. 721 China Township...

Alpheus EARLE, farmer, Section 12, P.O. St Clair, is a native of Vermont and was born May 20, 1815; he came to Michigan and settled in this county in 1836 and was one of the early settlers here.  A few years after coming here, he bought land in the town of China, cleared and made his farm, and engaged in farming; has lived her here on this place forty-two years; has held the office of Supervisor and Assessor; in 1842, he married Miss Jane NICHOLS, adopted daughter of Samuel HOPKINS; she died February 9, 1865, and left six children - Hattie, Urana, Edwin, Mary, Clara and Sylvester.  Mr. EARLE was married to Margaret FAIRCHILD, his present wife, July 4, 1866; she is from Illinois.  Edwin EARLE is the oldest son of Alpheus EARLE and Jane NICHOLS, and was born in the town of China, January 9, 1852.  He was brought up and attended school here and has been engaged in farming and now owns the home place; he married Miss Laura BURROWS, February 24, 1880.  She is a native of this county and was born in town of Cottrellville.

15.  William Lee Jenks.  1912.  St. Clair County, Michigan:  Its History and Its People.  Vol. II.  Lewis Publ Co., Chicago.  The text of the sketch on our subject is verbatim the text in Andreas (1883), above.

16.  Clyde Township, St. Clair Co., MI: Index to Cemetery Records (online at the Saint Clair County MIGenWeb site; indexed by Kay Mitchell):
Last Name First & Middle Names DOB DOD Cemetery
Hopkins Frederick M 1791 1879 Kinney
Who is this?

17.  St. Clair Co., MI, Deaths Recorded by the "Pioneer Society Meeting," 1887-1899 (transcribed by Angie Wesch andonline at the at the St. Clair County, Michgan: Indexes page; records available from the St. Clair County Recorder [link died]):
Name Date Place of Death Age Vol Page
Hopkins, William S Sep, 1897 St Clair xx 28 369

18.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 5, Pedigree #1136.

19.  St. Clair County Communities:  St. Clair (online at TheTimesHerald.com):
1846: name changed from Palmer to St. Clair
1850: St. Clair incorporated as a village
1858: St. Clair incorporated as a city

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