Monday, September 03, 2007

Genealogy - Mark Hopkins estate

From: "Larr Mann"

I am doing genealogy research and was trying to found out if any one might be able to tell me if there was any letters that have to do with re-opening the Mark Hopkins estate.  The time period would be around 1934.  The letters that I am refering to might be sent from a Judge James Henry Longden or his wife Herrieatta Longden.  I am attaching some information that might help you better understand what I am refering to. ...   

—Larry Hudson


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Chris Graves"

This has been discussed for many many years, with no resolution. Good Luck!


9/04/2007 8:51 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


The most systematic presentation I've seen so far is at [the Mark HOPKINS & Mary Frances SHERWOOD page].

The best explination I've heard suggests that there were two Mark Hopkins in California; one from New York and one from NorthCarolina/Tennessee.

The railroad Mark Hopkins was clearly very involved in early Republican Party politics in California – as a quick look at his associates in the Central Pacific will show. This seems less likely for a man from the South. Further all of the principal Central Pacific founders came to California from upstate New York (although Huntington was born in Connetecut). Again, it seems unlikely that a Southerner would have fit into this group. And we know that Mark Hopkins returned from California to marry his first cousin in New York in 1855 or so – she also being from New York.

My suggestion would be to look through the 1850 and 1860 manuscript census reports to find a Mark Hopkins that is not from New York.


9/04/2007 11:42 AM  
Blogger sharann said...

I have letters from Judge Longden to my great-grandmother. These letters range from about 1929-1934.
I have about 6 or 7 letters.

12/30/2010 10:32 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Dear sharann,

Can you please either e-mail scans and/or transcriptions of the letters to or tell us how someone can get in contact with you?


12/30/2010 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also see, "Artist Hunt Slonem buys Searles Castle in Great Barrington; 'My heart is in it.'" By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle.

"It was Mark Hopkins, one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad, who had built the 40-room, blue dolomite castle for his wife, Mary Sherwood Hopkins. After Mark Hopkins died, Mary Hopkins married their interior designer, Edward Searles, who continued to design the castle and maintained it long after her death. He was 30 years her junior, according to A History of Searles Castle, by Lila Parrish."

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