I am a descendant of Richard Hoppe(r), who lived in Philipstown from
pre-Revolutionary times until his death in 1803. His farm and weaving shop
were located near what is now known as Travis Corners, north of South
Highland Methodist Church. In the Hopper file at the Putnam County
Historical Society in Cold Spring, there is a letter written by his
great-grandson, Rev. Richard Hopper Travis, in 1895, which tells of "the old
Dutch Bible" belonging to the family in which Richard is spoken of as
I have recently learned that there is a good chance that my Richard Hoppe of
Philipstown in the same Richard Hoppe who married Elizabeth Meeks in
Yonkers, NY, in 1750. I am trying to ascertain if there were any family
connection between the three Hopper households shown in Philipstown on the
1790 census (one being Richard) and the two Meeks families living very
nearby. If anyone knows of any interactions between these two families on
deeds, or in witnessing wills or any other legal documents, I would be very
grateful if you would let me know!
In the probate file for Richard Hopper, dated March 3, 1803, other names
were discovered that had been previously unknown to me as having any family
connection: Dobbs and Eldredge. Valentine Dobbs and Edward Eldredge were
witnesses to a paper signed by Edward Hopper (my ancestor) stating that he
had been present at the funeral of Richard Hopper, and Michael Dobbs was a
co-administrator with Joseph Hopper (a presumed son) of the estate. I have
since learned that the wife of Edward Eldredge was Hannah Meeks, which I
find quite interesting!
As yet, however, I don't have enough information to know how the families
are inter-related, although I strongly suspect that they are.
Any help would be appreciated.
Researching Putnam County surnames: Hopper, Sirrine, Meeks, Eldredge,
Dobbs, Nelson, Haight, Croft, Cronk, Arnold, Baxter
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