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Hasson Artaz Hopkins
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1814
White Creek
Washington County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1890
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Mr. H. A. Hopkins was born at White Creek, Washington county, New York, February 14, 1814. He came to Chicago in 1855, where he became one of the founders of the town of Hyde Park, where he resided during the growth of that suburb, and its organic union with the city of Chicago, and where he died on the 1st day of January, 1890.
He left his home at the age of fourteen years, and took upon himself the task of self support, engaging soon afterwards in the course of mercantile dealings which took him into many distant parts of the country. In the course of his business he traveled over the States of New York, New Jersey, several of the eastern States, and North Carolina. He married, in 1841, Miss Sarah M. Masten, a daughter of Jacob Masten, of Ulster county, New York. At the time he settled in Chicago, in the year 1855, Mr. Hopkins was forty-one years old. He had accumulated some property, which he brought with him and invested it, in connection with Mr. Paul Cornell, in the purchase of three hundred acres of land, in what was afterwards known as the " center " at Fifty-third street, which the proprietors platted and laid out as a town. To make it accessible they gave sixty acres to the Illinois Central railroad company as a consideration for extending the track of the road to the town and an agreement to run three suburban trains a day. The operation of the road commenced June 1, 1856, the terminus being at South Park, Fifty seventh street. By careful provisions the locality was made attractive to residents, especially in the exclusion of saloons and liquor selling from its precincts. The Hyde Park Hotel was built by the proprietors and opened July 4, 1858, by Tabor, Hawk & Co., who also managed the Richmond House. After the death of President Lincoln, this house became the residence of Mrs. Lincoln with her son Robert T. The town of Hyde Park was incorporated February 20th, 1861, Mr. Cornell being unanimously chosen supervisor by the seventy-one voters, and Mr. Hopkins, town clerk, to which position he was re-elected in 1863. In 1860, Mr. Hopkins opened a store for the sale of groceries and general merchandise, the first that was established in that part of the city. It was a one story structure, only ten feet square, located south of Fifty-third street. He was postmaster for fifteen years. Mr. Hopkins was one of the twelve who established in 1860 the Presbyterian church at Hyde Park. A small white church edifice was erected on Fifty-third street, which afterwards became the town hall. Mr. Hopkins was chosen an Elder of the church at its organization, and continued such during his life. At a collision on the railroad, January 8, 1862, he was severely injured. It was at the same time that Judge William T. Barron was instantly killed. During the last few years of his life Mr. Ilopkins had retired from active business, devoting himself to the care of his estate, and residing in one of the earliest built houses of the town at No. 5211 Cornell avenue. He had suffered a severe affliction in the death of his only son, Leonard, who had enlisted among the volunteers called out in 1861 for ninety days, and within a month after entering the service died of fever at Paducah, Kentucky. He was greatly beloved by the pioneers of Hyde Park, who knew his kindness of heart and devotion to every good and worthy effort to benefit the community. Mrs. Hopkins survived her husband until April 11, 1893. An unmarried adopted daughter is now the only representative of the family.

Hassan Hopkins was Paul Cornell's uncle, the brother of his mother, Eliza. He was born in Washington County New York in 1814. He and his wife were charter members of the church and he was the senior elder. He always held the baptismal bowl when infants were baptized. Mrs. Hopkins was affectionately known as "Auntie Hop." She "was not ashamed to take her pail and scrub brush over to the chapel on Saturday and scrub it clean for Sunday, and she made the bread for the communions services. Mrs. Hopkins and her daughter Annie were the kind of women who invite little folk into the kitchen" for cookies which she served after church meetings. They lived at 5211 Cornell. He operated the first grocery store in Hyde Park.

Published: January 13, 1862
HASSON A. HOPKINS, trustee of Hyde Park, injured about me head, and badly bruised about the body and leg.

Family links: 
  Heman Hopkins (1778 - 1855)
  Hannah Robinson Hopkins (1778 - 1853)
  Sarah M. Masten Hopkins (1816 - 1893)*
  Leonard W. Hopkins (1843 - 1864)*
  Rhoda Hopkins (1798 - 1818)*
  Eliza Hopkins Berry (1800 - 1881)*
  Amanda Hopkins (1801 - 1805)*
  Heman Keyes Hopkins (1803 - 1861)*
  Harriet Hopkins (1803 - 1805)*
  Socrates Hopkins (1805 - 1860)*
  Arminda Hopkins (1807 - 1811)*
  Charles Bronson Hopkins (1810 - 1872)*
  Angelia Hopkins Hardy (1811 - 1897)*
  Hasson Artaz Hopkins (1814 - 1890)
  Almira Pomeroy Hopkins Washburn (1816 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Woods Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section B
Maintained by: Douglas Robinson
Originally Created by: TeCoa
Record added: Jun 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71223959
Hasson Artaz Hopkins
Added by: Douglas Robinson
Hasson Artaz Hopkins
Added by: TeCoa
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