|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1810|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 1888|
Mark William Hopkins was born on April 20, 1810, and christened on May 27, 1810 in the St. Mary's Church of England in Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, England. He emigrated to Canada from England around 1830 at the age of 20 years, reportedly first landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He married Susanna D. COLLVER on November 5, 1833, in Waterford, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. According to the London District Marriage Register, 1780s-1870s, Volume VII, Mark and Susanna (or Susan) were married by the Rev. Samuel Baker, of the Calvinist Baptist Church in Malahide, and were witnessed by Peter and Mary Coughell. The register also indicates Mark was "of Yarmouth" and Susan was "of Townsend."
The marriage of Mark and Susanna produced seven children; Miriam Hester (b. 1835), George Edwin (b. 1837), Collver Michael (b. 1839), Elizabeth and Harriet (twins b. 1842), Darius (b. 1845), and John Mark (b. 1847). However, the twin girls and their son Darius died on the same days they were born, and it is unknown as to whether or not they were still born. Mark's Bible printed in 1835, now in the possession of one of Mark's great great grandsons, has handwritten notes in the front with the birth, marriage and death dates of members of his immediate family, including his siblings and children.
The June 25, 1842 Canadian census from Yarmouth, Elgin County, Ontario, reports that Mark W. Hopkins was a mason and came from England. The census also indicates there were five family members and that he owned Lot 21, Concession 8, with no size in acreage shown. The five family members would probably have been Mark and his wife, and three of their four children; Miriam, George and Collver, as John had not yet been born.
According to family notes written by a great granddaughter in the 1900s, Mark worked at his trade as a stone mason on farms and in lumber camps near Simcoe, Aylmer, Waterford, and St. Thomas on the north shore of Lake Erie between Buffalo, New York and the London, Ontario area of Canada.
After his arrival in Canada, Mark left his Anglican roots and became a Baptist. Although the exact timing is unknown, Mark and his wife Susan were married in a Baptist Church. Susan's grandfather, the Rev. Jabez Collver, was one of the earliest Presbyterian ministers in Upper Canada in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Mark and his family emigrated to Minnesota in 1856. The first recording of the Hopkins family being there was the Territory of Minnesota census taken on the 2nd day of October, 1857. In this census, the Hopkins family appears in the town of Chatfield in Fillmore County. M. W. Hopkins and his wife Susannah are listed with two sons, Colver, age 18 and and John, age 10. Mark and Susanna's other two children were not listed, as Miriam was 22 at this time and had married John Emery in 1854, and George was 20 and probably living elsewhere. However, Caroline Cudney, age 15, was living with the family. She and George were married in Chatfield on January 17, 1858 before she turned 16.
After Mark's wife Susanna died in 1882, he married Candace Louise Fisher Heath on Novmember 5, 1883, 50 years to the day that he married Susanna. Candace was the widow of Rev. Josiah Lorenzo Heath, who died in 1864. Mark and Candace probably knew each other since both men were Baptist preachers in the Olmsted County area of Minnesota.
Mark homesteaded in Orion Township, Olmsted County, within several years of his arrival, and farmed and preached until his death on March 7, 1888 at the home of his daughter Miriam Hester Hopkins Emery Jennings in Chatfield, Fillmore County, at the age of 77.
William Hopkins (1771 - 1827)
Hester White Hopkins (1775 - 1860)
Susanna D. Collver Hopkins (1811 - 1882)
Candace Louise Fisher Heath (1820 - 1907)
Miriam Hester Hopkins Emery/Jennings (1835 - 1895)*
George Edwin Hopkins (1837 - 1923)*
Collver Michael Hopkins (1839 - 1918)*
John Mark Hopkins (1847 - 1927)*
Mark William Hopkins (1810 - 1888)
Edwin Hopkins (1817 - 1878)*
MARK W. HOPKINS
MARCH 7, 1888
AGED 77 yrs
10 Mos & 13 days
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
Orion Center Cemetery
Maintained by: B. C. "Bud" Hopkins
Originally Created by: K. Pike
Record added: Feb 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24381688