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 Moses Tudway Hopkins

Moses Tudway Hopkins

Birth
Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death 2 Feb 1892 (aged 74–75)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11019322 · View Source
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1880 Nicolaus, Sutter, CA
Moses Hopkins 63 NY single

New York Evening Post 21 Jan 1884
Marriage
Moses Hopkins to Miss Emily J. Benedict
Married on 19 Jan 1884 at West Presbyterian Church
Note: Emily Jane Benedict was born 12 Nov 1841 in New York City, NY, the daughter of Seth Benedict and Fanny unknown maiden name, Emily died 12 May 1925 at New York City, NY.

San Francisco Call 3 Feb 1892
Fatal La Grippe
Moses Hopkins Succumbs to Its Dread Attack
The Last of a Noted Family
His Career in California
A Breach of Promise Case in Which He Figured.
"Moses Hopkins, who has been a familiar figure in this city since the death of his brother, Mark Hopkins, many years ago, succumbed yesterday morning at 7:30 o'clock to heart failure, super-induced by an attack of la grippe, from which he suffered for several weeks. His demise occurred at his city residence, corner of Clay and Buchanan street. His wife and a few family friends were at his bedside when he passed away.
The deceased was the sixth of a family of seven sons, all of whom except Mark were born in Henderson, N. Y. Moses was the last of his family, having survived his brothers several years, He was born in 1817 and attained his seventy-fifth year just two weeks ago. In 1852 he came to California and devoted himself to farming pursuits in Sutter County.

He Acquires Wealth
When his brother Mark died without leaving him any of the vast wealth he acquired in his railroad enterprises, be came out of his retirement, took up his residence in this city and forced the railroad magnate's widow into a compromise, by which he came into possession of about 3,000,000. Upon acquiring this great wealth Mr. Hopkins made liberal use of It in promoting charitable works and in the endowment of a school in Oakland, since called the "Hopkins Academy." Up to this "time the deceased had been a bachelor, but in 1884 he paid a visit to the East, where he married Miss Emily Benedict, of the well-known New York family of that name. This marriage precipitated him into a lawsuit; which was the worriment of his later years, for a Mrs. Harriet Moore almost immediately brought suit against him for breach of promise and laid her damages at $250,000. According to the plaintiff's story she met the defendant in 1882 at her office on Market street, where he went for the purpose of having his baldness remedied.

Mrs. Moore's Story
He took her treatment for a considerable space of time, and then, falling in love with her charm, proposed for her hand. The defendant stoutly denied her allegations, but a San Mateo jury found for the widow, and brought in a verdict for $75,000. From this an appeal was taken to the Supreme Court, and judgment reversed. The suit was subsequently settled by the payment of something in the neighborhood of 50.000. The deceased leaves no other relatives than his wife and nephew, E. W. Hopkins, who had been intimately associated in business with him for several years. His estate, valued at between $3,000,000 and $4,000,000, consists chiefly of real estate In this city, Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and a majority of the stock In the Alameda Water Company, which supplies Berkeley with water."

San Francisco Call 9 Feb 1892
Moses Hopkins Will
It Is to Be Filed in the Superior Court
of San Mateo County
"The will of the late Moses Hopkins was read to the heirs of his estate one afternoon last week. The widow and E. W. Hopkins were present. It was stated that the property is worth from $5,000,000 to $6,000,000, but the lawyer who had charge of the precious document would give no further information to the outside world. The will will be filed in San Mateo to-day, as that was the residence of the deceased. Notwithstanding the struggle of the lawyers to keep the matter secret, it is learned that the deceased left $200,000 to Timothy Hopkins, $100,000 to the latter's wife and $10,000 to his daughter."

San Francisco Call 10 Feb 1892
His Bequests
Moses Hopkins Will Is Filed for Probate.
All of His Millions Bequeathed to Relatives and Friends-Timothy Shares Equally With the Nephews.
"The will of Moses Hopkins was filed for probate yesterday morning in the Superior Court of San Mateo County, that being the legal residence of the testator at the time of his death. The instrument is in the 22nd of January last, the day preceding the millionaire's death, and was duly witnessed by John R. Jarboe, who drafted it, and Robert I. McElroy of this city. Stripped of its legal verbiage the will makes the following disposition of the testator's property: To his friend Timothy Hopkins, $200,000; Mary K. Hopkins, his wife, $100,000; Lydia K. Hopkins, their daughter, $10,000. To E. W. Hopkins, $30,000 in trust for the orphan children of W. S. Hopkins, the interest on the same to be distributed share and share alike till Frances, the youngest of the children, reaches her majority or dies; in either of which events the principal is to be divided equally among them. To his nephew E. W. Hopkins, $200,000; to Georgiana S. Hopkins, his wife, $100,000; to Helen, Edna, Georgiana Jr., Samuel and Florence, the children, $10,000 each. To his nephew, Mark Hopkins, of St. Clair, Mich., $200,000. To his nephew, E. W. Hopkins, $10,000 in trust for the two children of his late nephew, Orrin Hopkins, formerly of Oakland, to be divided share and share alike. To his confidential secretary, Charles A. Grow, $2000 per year for each year he has been in testator's employ at the time of his death, over and above the salary paid him for his services. As the beneficiary held the position for seven years he will, accordingly, be benefited to the extent of $14,000 by this provision of the will. To his friend, Henry Black, of Contra Costa, $5000.
To his wife, Emily B. Hopkins, $10,000 in trust, the interest from the same to be paid to his friend, Mrs. Alma Park, of San Francisco, during her lifetime, and the principal to revert, at her death, to Mrs. Hopkins. In the next clause all the rest and residue of his estate, real, personal and mixed, of which he shall die seized, is bequeathed to his wife, Emily B. Hopkins. In the closing provision his wife is nominated executrix and E. W. Hopkins and Charles A. Grow executors, without bonds, and given full power to sell or dispose of all or any of the estate without the order of the court."

Sacramento Daily Union 7 May 1892
Remains of Moses Hopkins
"The remains of the late Moses Hopkins, who died in San Francisco in February, were brought to this city Thursday and placed in the elegant Hopkins vault in the City Cemetery beside the remains of Mark and Samuel Hopkins. The elegant metallic casket containing the body was enclosed in a hermetically-sealed lead-lined case. The widow of the deceased, Edward Hopkins and Mr. Gove accompanied the remains to this city in a special car. At the vault Rev. Dr. Mackenzie of San Francisco read a brief funeral service."

Sacramento Daily Union 14 Oct 1899
"Remains Sent to New York. Yesterday the casket containing the remains of the late Moses Hopkins was taken from the Hopkins mausoleum in the City Cemetery and forwarded to New York. There the body will be interred."
Note: Most likely Moses Hopkins was removed to Carpenter Cemetery in Jefferson County, NY where his brother William Hopkins, who died very young, is buried.


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  • Maintained by: Eileen
  • Originally Created by: Kimberley Terrill
  • Added: 24 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11019322
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Moses Tudway Hopkins (1817–2 Feb 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11019322, citing Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Eileen (contributor 46886393) .