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A Summary and Review of Estelle Latta's Controversial Mark HOPKINS
Sources:

1.  Estelle Latta.  1953.  Controversial Mark Hopkins.  Greenberg Publ., New York.

2.  Timothy Hopkins.  1932.  John Hopkins of Cambrdge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants.  Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA (available as a facsimile reprint from Higginson Books; online at GenealogyLibrary.com). 

It is Latta's basic contention that Mark HOPKINS (1813-1872), railroad baron and one of "The Big Four" in California history, was born in the southern United States of southern parents, which is at odd's with his accepted ancestry, which is that he was born in New York and was of New England ancestry, a descendant of John HOPKINS, immigrant to Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 1634.

Latta is an exceedingly verbose writer.  You will read long and hard to find anything of substance here.  I am not going to bother summarizing her opinions, which demonstrate, beginning with the Forward, a bias so set in stone that one cannot expect nor does one get the hoped-for rational re-examination of the facts.  Rather, it is the polemic of someone who wants desperately to believe a myth, despite all solid evidence to the contrary.

The great irony is that there are not only many facts to dispute Latta's contensions, there are three documents, which alone are enough to negate her hypothesis:  Mark's 1850, 1850, and 1870 census records, where he gives his birthplace as New York (see family group sheet linked below).

pp. ix-x, Forward A setup for her revisionist history.  She makes no bones about wanting to prove that the "accepted" genealogy is not only untrue, but an outright consipracy to defraud the "true" heirs.
pp. 1-10, Chapter 1: First Facts
Family Group Sheet of Mark HOPKINS & Mary Frances SHERWOOD

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