Hopping Family in
Cayuga County, New York
Descendents of Silas and
Elizabeth Halstead Hopping
|The earliest land
purchase by a Hopping in Cayuga County was by Caleb Hopping in
1805 from Joseph Amer and from Walter Wood. In 1808 Silas
Hopping purchased land from Walter Wood.
On the 1810 census for Aurelius, Cayuga County, the
household of Silas Hopping included Silas, Elizabeth and
possibly their son, Jacob and his wife, Betsy Kitchel Hopping.
Their son, Joseph Hopping and his wife, Catherine Smith
Hopping were listed next.
On the 1820 census for Aurelius, Jacob is now the head of
house and living next door to Joseph. Silas was apparently
living with Joseph. In Mentz are other children of Silas and
Elizabeth, Silas and his wife, Mary Hunt Hopping, Benjamin
with wife Rhoda, Caleb and his wife, Eunice Seymour and
their sister, Ruth Hopping, husband William Swain.
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|Silas Hopping wrote his will on
the last day of November 1819. The will does not mention his
wife, Elizabeth, so she probably died between the 1810
census and 1819. His son, Silas, named as executor of
the will, came before the Surrogate Court on May 22, 1821
after the death of his father but the date was not mentioned.
On the inventory of property it is written that Caleb Hopping
and Lymon Grandey witnessed the inventory and stated it was
correct on March 10, 1821.
|Jacob Hopping, son of Silas and
Elizabeth, came to Cayuga County with his parents. He married
Betsy Kitchel and they had seven children. Jacob died without
The following information came from
Catherine S Hopping Thomas Brink,
granddaughter of Silas and Elizabeth Hopping:
|Silas and Mary Hunt
Hopping came from New York City by ox team to the wilderness
near Throop. It took them about three weeks to make the
journey, about the year 1810. At that time they had four
children, Charles, Silas, Caleb and Elizabeth. They built a
cabin in the wilderness and after the birth of Joseph in 1811,
the father went off to the War of 1812 leaving the mother with
five little children, all alone. She heard the sounds of wild
animals at night and thought it was Indians. Later the family
became friendly with the Indian women and learned much
knowledge of roots and herbs to be used as medicine.
was called Little Grandma because of her short stature.
Children of Silas and Mary Hunt Hopping:
||Charles Hopping was born
February 8, 1802 in New Jersey and moved with his parents to the area
later known as Throop. He married Mary VanAiken and they had
five children. They moved to Paw Paw Michigan. Charles
died in 1880 and Mary Ann in 1889, they are buried in Clapp
Cemetery in Paw Paw, Van Buren County, Michigan.
||Silas Hopping was born March 5, 1804
and died April 3, 1845, unmarried.
||Caleb Hopping was born April 15, 1806.
Caleb married Charlotte Hamlin and they had five children. Two
of his sons served in the Civil War. Caleb died November 27, 1880.
the 1870 census Caleb and his family were living in New Jersey
and on the 1880 census they were living in Karne County, Texas
where he was listed as a bridge keeper.
||Elizabeth Hopping was born
December 5, 1808. She married Hiram Southwell and they had six
children. Elizabeth died October 8, 1845.
||Joseph Hopping was born
November 24, 1811 in Throop on the Hopping Homestead, shortly before
his father, Silas, went to fight in the War of 1812. He
married Eunice Mead. Joseph died August 16, 1893.
||Catherine Smith Hopping was born
June 12, 1814 on the homestead. She was named for the wife of her
uncle, Joseph Hopping.
She married John Thomas on February 10, 1833. They had four
children, Mary Melissa Thomas, Josephine Bininger Thomas,
Cynthia Anne Thomas and one son, Charles H. Thomas who died at
11 months and is buried with his mother in the Throopsville
John Thomas went to California with the Auburn and
California Mining and Trading Company and his brother-in-law
Daniel Hopping. He died November 1, 1850 and is buried in Calaveras County, CA.
Catherine married a second time to John Brink who came from
the same location in NJ as the Hoppings. They had no children.
When John died in 1891 his body was returned to New Jersey. I
have not been able to find the location of the burial at this
||Daniel Hicks Hopping was born
February 12, 1817 on the homestead. He was married to Sophia Hurd in
1856. Sophia died in 1863.
Daniel was one of 30 men who formed the Auburn and
California Mining and Trading Company and went to California
during the gold rush. He appears on the 1850 census for
Calaveras County, CA in the same household as his
brother-in-law, John Thomas.
Daniel Hopping served as a Private in 3rd Light Artillery
Battery A in the Civil War. He enlisted at the age of 44 on
April 29, 1861 and received a disability discharge on March
Also shown as enlisting in Company B, 15th Cavalry Regiment on
August 3, 1863 and was discharged August 8, 1863 in Syracuse.
Daniel died March 13, 1870 and is buried with Sophia in the
Throopsville Rural cemetery.
||Francis Asbury Hopping was born
August 2, 1822, next to the youngest child and named for a child who
died at under two years of age.
He married three times, the
first was Phoebe Jane Baxter. They had one child, Mary
Catherine Hopping born April 15, 1849. Phoebe died July 17, 1861 and is buried
The second was Ellen M. VanDeusen and they had three
children, Halstead Hopping born July 16, 1868, Maude Hunt
Hopping born September 3, 1871 and Silas VanDusen Hopping born
June 22, 1876. Ellen died August 5, 1880
and is buried in Laurel, Prince George’s Maryland in St.
Philip’s cemetery on the VanDusen plot. With her is Maude
Hopping, about 10 months old.
His third wife was widow Susan Jane Lee, who died 6/16/1911
and is buried with her family in Montour Falls. They had no
During the Civil War Francis joined the 75th Co.
E as a Second
Lieutenant. In 1863 he was promoted to Captain.
According to "Cayuga In The Field" after the battle of
Winchester he was a prisoner and with others was sent to
Richmond, VA and then Salisbury, NC. He rejoined his company
in the Spring of 1865 and was mustered out 8/1865.
Francis died October 28, 1901 and is buried in the Throopsville
||Andrew Jackson Hopping was born
November 5, 1824 on the homestead. He married his first cousin, Sara
Ann Bininger, sister of Byron Bininger in 1851. They
settled in NYC with her parents, Joseph Hoffman Bininger and
Esther Hunt Bininger, (sister of Mary Hunt Hopping). Andrew
was involved in the family business, A. Bininger & Co., a
large grocery business in Maiden Lane, lower Manhattan and a
Andrew and Sara had four children, Cora Elizabeth Hopping
born January 22, 1854, Harry Douglas Hopping born August 28,
1855, Esther Bininger Hopping born 5/27/1860 and Andrew Howard
Hopping born July 18, 1852.
Andrew died in 2/27/1877
at the age of 54 and is buried at Trinity Cemetery at 168th
and Broadway, NYC, with several other family members.
Children of Catherine S. Hopping Thomas Brink
||Mary Melissa Thomas was born
September 1, 1834 in Mentz. She married Byron Bininger on
February 20, 1853 in
Port Byron. They had no children of their own but adopted a
niece, Mary Church, after the death of her mother.
The Biningers were a successful merchant family with many
interests. Byron and Mary were traveling to China on the Union
Jack in 1863 when it was captured by the Confederate Ship,
Alabama. They were held prisoner on the ship and then put
onshore in Brazil. They returned to New York City and set out
again, successfully, to China. After seven years they returned
to New York.
Mary died October 11, 1917 and Byron December 26, 1903.
They are buried in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny, Hudson County,
||Josephine Bininger Thomas was
born August 11, 1840 in Mentz. She married Adonijah Church on
March 17, 1858. They lived in Wayne County and had three children.
Byron Bininger Church born January 26, 1859, Mary Melissa Church born
June 17, 1864 and Annie Josephine Church born December 30, 1866.
Josephine Church died on July 2, 1870 from Bright’s disease at 29
years old. She planned for her children to be cared for by
family members. Her daughter Annie was to be raised by Nelson
and Annie on the farm. Mary Melissa Church was to be raised by
Mary and Byron Bininger who had no children of their own.
Byron Church was to be raised by his grandparents. He
returned to the farm and lived with his father and second
Josephine is buried in Glenside Cemetery in Wolcott with Adonijah who
died December 26, 1896 and his parents, Noah and Ann
Wright Burgdurf Church.
||Cynthia Anne Thomas was born
April 30, 1843. She married Nelson White on January 12, 1869 in Throop and
they lived on the Hopping Homestead, taking care of her mother
and other family members.
Cynthia and Nelson had four children, Josephine White born
November 11, 1869, Thomas Bininger White born July 1, 1873, George W
White, born May 4, 1877, died August 22, 1877 and Mary Eunice White
born November 13, 1881. Also giving a home to niece, Annie Church.
Nelson was a successful farmer and respected member of the
Disciples Church in Throop. His parents were Washington White
and Betsey Mary Campbell White. His parents gave the land for
the building of the Disciples Church and Washington was a
Annie died April 20, 1913 and Nelson died November 10, 1919. They are
both buried in the Throopsville Rural Cemetery.
Their son, Thomas, married Grace Vorce and raised his
family there, taking care of his parents until their deaths.
The farm was sold and passed out of the family in the 1930s.
|Family birth and death information
from Catherine Brink's bible
|Family birth and death information
from the bible of Esther Hunt Bininger, sister of Mary Hunt
Hopping and mother of Sara Ann Bininger Hopping and Byron
Bininger, aunt of Catherine Brink.
|Certificate of Matrimony for
Daniel Hopping and Sophia J. Hurd.
|Catherine Brink's Will
|Francis A. Hopping's Will
||Byron and Mary Thomas Bininger
||Byron and Mary Bininger 50th
Wedding Anniversary newspaper article
|A great deal of this
information comes to me from Ruth Hungerford, daughter of Mary
Church Bininger Hungerford and William Sumner Hungerford,
granddaughter of Byron Bininger and Mary Thomas Bininger. She
devoted her life to tracking the many members of her family.
Any mistakes are mine, not hers. |
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