Hopcraft, Thomas, born October 21, 1844, and died April 2, 1875, was the first telegraph operator at the Ontario
and Western depot in Oneida. He was born in Oxfordshire, England, a son of George and Maria (Price) Hopcraft, and
when he was an infant his parents removed to this country, settling in Oneida. Mr. Hopcraft attended the common
schools of Oneida, and later the Syracuse Business College. When onlyeighteen years old he enlisted in Co. G.,
82d N. Y. Volunteers, and after serving three years, was wounded and for eleven months was in the Elmira Hospital.
He was the first ticket agent and operator at Oneida, Ontario and Western, at a station near Elmira, and later
at Binghamton. where he died. Mr. Hopcraft married Helen Forbes, and of this union is one daughter. Miss Eva Hoperaft,
an artist of Oneida and New York city. The father of Helen Forbes was George Forbes, born in Hartford, Conn., in
June, 1811; married in 1830. Clarissa Webster. At eighteen years of age he became a glass blower at Redwood, N.
Y., continuing many years. Later he removed to Oneida, settled on a farm and also conducted a livery stable until
his death, September 6, 1894. Clarissa, his wife, died at the age of forty two years, January 15, 1856, leaving
seven children; one died in infancy.
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890
Madison County, NY
Names A and B
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