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Diana, Goddess of the Hunt — for Ancestors!
 
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Common Ancestry of Nina Gale STRAUB and
Mark HOPKINS (1813-1878), Railroad Baron,
One of the California "Big Four" and Namesake of the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco
 
John HOPKINS & Jane __?__
immigrant to Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 1634
Stephen HOPKINS & Dorcas BRONSON
Ebenezer HOPKINS & Mary BUTLER Lieut. John HOPKINS & Hannah STRONG
Ebenezer HOPKINS & Susannah MESSENGER Capt. Timothy HOPKINS & Mary JUDD
Dea. Nehemiah HOPKINS & Tryphena SMITH Rev. Samuel HOPKINS & Joanna INGERSOLL
Nehemiah HOPKINS & Lucy DURFEE Moses HOPKINS & Anna WHITING
Samuel Lucas HOPKINS & Philancia Cheney HOLT
[they left Lockport, Niagara Co., NY, for MI, in 1837]
Mark HOPKINS & Anastasia Lukens KELLOGG
[Anastasia died in Lockport, Niagara Co., NY, in 1837]
Ira Baker BROWN & Martha Abigail HOPKINS Mark HOPKINS & Mary Frances SHERWOOD
William Murphy WILLIS & Ida BROWN Mark Hopkins died intestate and without issue—
and that was the issue!
(Mark Hopkins predeceased his wife, so she
automatically inherited.  When she died,
and for years afterwards, the estate
was highly and very publicly contested.)
Albert Roy STRAUB & Nina WILLIS
Nina Gale STRAUB
Martha Abigail (HOPKINS) BROWN, my maternal grandmother's maternal grandmother, and her descendants knew they were related to Mark HOPKINS, possibly because of the families' proximity in Lockport, NY, in 1837, but they didn't know how to prove it.  My family was very poor during the years when Mark HOPKINS's estate was being litigated, and they would dream of being able to prove their connection to him and inherit some of his fortune.  My mother tells me of wistful evenings during her childhood when she and her siblings lay on the living room floor, sprawled upon the newspapers, reading every word of the highly publicized events.  What they probably didn't realize, then, was just how distantly we are related to him:  Martha and Mark were 5th cousins.  Even had they been able to prove our connection — as I am able to do, now — they were never remotely in contention for receiving any of his money.  But then, when you're poor, it's nice to have a dream…
Daniel Putnam HOLT, brother of the above Philancia (HOLT) HOPKINS, married Sarah HUNTINGTON, a distant cousin of Collis Potter HUNTINGTON, another of the California "Big Four."

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