Biography of Mark H. Hopkins
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Hopkins, Mark H., was born in Prattsburg, Steuben county, N. Y., in March, 1855. His great grandfather, Capt. Consider Hopkins, was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1723. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and died in 1795. He was a descendant of one of two brothers by name of Hopkins, who came from England. His grandfather, Mark Hopkins, was also born in Hartford, and removed to Oneida county, thence to Prattsburg in 1806, and settled on the farm which is still owned by the family, where he built a log house, and in 1814 erected the frame house which is now occupied by Mark H. and his mother. He was one of the founders of the Franklin Academy and one of the trustees for many years. He married Lydia Merrill, by whom he had two children: Elisha and Lydia. Mrs. Hopkins died in 1794, and in February, 1802, he married for his second wife, Sarah Kellogg, by whom he had seven children Ralph, Erastus, Eliza C., Emily M., Ralph W., Joseph Mark, and Hiram. He died in 1843, and his wife in 1852. Joseph Mark Hopkins, father to Mark H., was also born on this farm in Prattsburg, April 19, 1815. He received a fair education in the common schools and at Franklin Academy where be taught one term, and for many years after reaching his majority, on account of ill health, he spent but little time on the farm. He was early identified with the society of Odd Fellows, and was district deputy grand master in 1853-54, and visited officially the various lodges of the county, and prior to that time had represented the society in the Grand Lodge of Northern New York several times. March 30, 18?4, he married Laura A., daughter of Henry G. and Laura (Hopkins) Linsley of Prattsburg, who was born October 26, 1831, and by whom he had three children: Mark H., Charles E., of Syracuse, and Harriet E. In July, 1860, he became a member of the Masonic fraternity in Prattsburg, and for ten years following the death of his father he was trustee of Franklin Academy, and took much interest in educational matters. He was prominently identified with the Prattsburg Grange Lodge from time to time since its organization in 1874, was for several years elected master, and was worthy master of Steuben County Council. In January, 1879, also in 1880 he was elected president of the Steuben County Agricultural Society, and a few years later he was elected an honorable. He died February 10, 1893. Mark H. Hopkins continued to conduct the large farm of over 200 acres, where he has spent his life, with the exception of some little time spent in traveling in the Southern and Western States. He is one of the charter members of the Prattsburg Grange, of which he was for ten years secretary, and is past master, and in 1888 was vice president of the Steuben County Agricultural Society.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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