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Charity Melinda HOPKINS
Husband:  Joseph SCRUBY
Birth:  1806/7, Meldreth, CAM
Death:  7 Mar 1858, Concord, Jefferson Co., WI
Occupation:  farmer
Religion:  Episcopalian
Politics:  Whig
Father:  Joseph Henry SCRUBY
Marriage:  1842/3
Wife:  Charity Melinda HOPKINS
Birth:  23 Dec 1818, Canada probably in Chatham, ON
Death:  28 Feb 1900, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI
Religion:  Universalist (raised Presbyterian)
Father:  Norman C. HOPKINS
Mother:  Mary C. LOUCKS
Children born in Concord, Jefferson Co., WI:
1.  Frank Joseph SCRUBY, b. 27 Feb 1844; d. 17 Dec 1864, Vicksburg, Warren Co., MS
2.  Louisa SCRUBY, b. 10 Apr 1846; d. 23 Jul 1854, Jefferson Co., WI
3.  Emma SCRUBY, b. 13 May 1848; d. 13 Dec 1908, Parsons, Labette Co., KS; m. 12 Dec 1870, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, Hertell Searcy FITCH
4.  Elizabeth "Lizzie" SCRUBY, b. 17 Sep 1850; d. 5 Mar 1927, Monterey Park, Los Angeles Co., CA; m. Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, 15 Aug 1882, Homer George CUMMINGS
5.  George Albert SCRUBY, b. 18 Feb 1856; d. 2 Mar 1917, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI; m. Louisa HALL
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1-2 of 3; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 WI Jefferson Co. Watertown Twp. Roll M704_580 pp. 147A-147B Ln. 4 Joseph Scruby 000 101 - 000 000 0200000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 15-19 1820-1825 = brother?
1 male 30-39 1800-1810 = Joseph (b. 1806/7) 
2 persons employed in agriculture
Joseph had two brothers born between 1820 and 1825 (viz., William and George).

3.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #171 of 377 indexed "Scruly"):  Town of Concord, Jefferson Co., WI, p. 89A, 1332/1347, enumerated 17 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Joseph Scruly?/Scruby? 43 M   Farmer 1000 England
Malinda   " 31 F       Canada
Joseph    "  6 M       Wisconsin
Louisa    "  4 F       Do
Emma      "  2 F       Do

4.  Wisconsin Census, 1820-90 (online at Ancestry.com):
1855 State Census WI Jefferson County Concord Joseph Scruby p. 4

5.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #24 of 37 indexed "Scruly"):  Concord P.O., Town of Concord, Jefferson Co., WI, Roll M653_1413 (Book 1), p. 70, PN 106, 862/774, enumerated 10 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Malinda Sceuly? 40 F         Canada
Emma 12 F         Wis
Elisabeth  9 F         Do
George  3 M         Do

6.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #59-60 of 121):  Grand Rapids P.O., Grand Rapids (Ward 2), Kent Co., MI, Roll 681, pp. 286A-286B, PN 59-60, 437/430, enumerated 2 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Scruby Melinda 51 F W Keeping House    900 Ohio
______ Emma 22 F W       Wisconsin
______ Elizabeth 19 F W       Wisconsin
______ George 13 M W At School     Wisconsin
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Hopkins David S 30 M W Architect   1500 New York
Hughes Edwin H 23 M W Ticket Agent     Michigan
Seales George 23 M W Printer     Michigan
Ladd John L 24 M W Book Keeper     New York
Fay Franklin 26 M W Carpenter    125 New York
Murphy William 35 M W Carpenter    100 New York
I've tried to identify David S. HOPKINS as one of Melinda's relatives, but I cannot find a likely David among her known kin, so he may simply be a boarder and the common surnames just a coincidence.  Melinda's first cousin, Samuel Holt HOPKINS, married a FAY, but I cannot make a connection to Franklin.

7.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 27):  285 College Avenue, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, Roll T9-0588, p. 359B, PN 2, SD 2, ED 141, enumerated 1 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 8 9 11 13 24 25 26
* 285 16 18 Scruby Eliza W F 62     / Keeping House NY NY NY
      ______ Lizzie W F 28 Dau /   Dressmaker WI NY Eng
      ______ George W M 23 Son /   Works in Factory WI " "
*College Avenue
There's so much wrong with this record that at first I didn't think it could be our subject, but it has to be the only other SCRUBY in Michigan is a Charles in Mackinac County.  Or are we wrong about Melinda's full name?  Could she be "Eliza Melinda," instead of, "Charity Melinda"?  The children's father was born in England and their mother in Canada.

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

9a.  Anon.  1889.  Grand Rapids City Directory, 1889. R.L. Polk & Co., Grand Rapids, MI (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Location Year City State
Melinda Scruby (wid Joseph) boards Homer G Cummings 1889 Grand Rapids MI

9b.  Anon.  1890.  Grand Rapids City Directory, 1890. R.L. Polk & Co., Grand Rapids, MI (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Location Year City State
Melinda Scruby (wid Joseph) boards Homer G Cummings 1890 Grand Rapids MI

10.  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), listed as one of the children of Norman7 & Cynthia (LOUCKS) HOPKINS:
p. 205 CHARITY MELINDA,8 b. 23 December 1818, at Detroit; m. there about 1843, Joseph Scruby, b. at Meldreth, County Cambridge, England, son of Joseph and Emma Scruby.  He d. at Watertown, Wisconsin, 7 March 1858; she d. at Grand Rapids, Michigan, 28 February 1900.

A farmer of Watertown, Concord, and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and a Whig.  He was an Episcopalian and of a religious turn of mind; his wife claimed to be a Universalist, although raised as a Presbyterian.

Children surname Scruby:

  I.  FRANK JOSEPH, b. 27 February 1844; d. in the army at Vicksburg, Mississippi, 27 December 1864.

 II.  LOUISE, b. 10 April 1846; d. 23 Jul 1854, at Watertown, Wisconsin.

III.  EMMA, b. 13 May 1848; m. at Grand Rapids, Michigan, 12 Dec 1870, Hertell Search Fitch; d. at Parsons, Kansas, 13 December 1908.

 IV.  LIZZIE, b. 17 September 1850; m. at Grand Rapids, Michigan, 15 August 1882, Homer George Cummings; d. at Monterey Park, California, 5 March 1927.

  V.  GEORGE ALBERT, b. 18 February 1856; m. Louisa Hall; d. at Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2 March 1917.

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

12.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Pedigree Resource File (index to CDs, online at FamilySearch.org).

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

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