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  

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