Edgar C. Hopping
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

The family of which this gentleman is a representative is one of the oldest in Morris county and was in all probability founded in America by John HOPPING, who located at Elizabeth, New Jersey, where, as the records show, he took up a tract of land. He married Miss Mary PRIMROSE and their children were:

  • Ezekial,
  • John,
  • Samuel and
  • Silas, all of whom were in the Continental army, as members of the Western Battalion of state troops.

John, a son of John and Mary (PRIMROSE) HOPPING, was the owner of extensive lands and was a prominent citizen of Afton, which was formerly called Hoppington. He married Miss Elizabeth LUKER, and the following six children were born to them:

  • Henry,
  • Timothy,
  • Charles,
  • William,
  • Samuel and
  • Betsie, the last named of whom married a Mr. THOMPKINS and moved to Ohio.

Henry married Miss Abigail MILLER and reared these children:

  • James,
  • Luetta,
  • Henry,
  • George,
  • David,
  • Charles and
  • Albert.

The father followed farming as his occupation. Albert HOPPING, who was the father of our subject, married Miss Mary CORY, and their issue comprised the following:

  • Arthur A.,
  • Edgar C. and
  • Frederick A.

Mr. HOPPING lived on the old homestead and took a prominent part in public affairs of a local nature. His death occurred in 1890 and he is survived by his wife.

Edgar C. HOPPING, who is now in possession of the old farmstead, was born January 26, 1854, and received his literary education in the public schools of Afton. Early in life he learned the carpenter's trade and followed the same for twenty years, and in 1888 he embarked in business as a florist, since which time he has built up the largest trade in Chatham township. He has commodious greenhouses, his entire plant consisting of fifty-five thousand square feet of glass, and he makes a specialty of all kinds of roses, which he disposes of at wholesale in New York city, where he has attained an enviable reputation as a grower of fine flowers.

May 23, 1876, Mr. HOPPING was united in marriage to Miss Frances HAMPSON, a daughter of Francis and Josephine (CLARK) HAMPSON, and a native of Paterson, New Jersey, and they have two children,

  • E. Maud and
  • Daisy F.

The subject of this review is a self-made man, progressive and enterprising in character, public-spirited in his aims and patriotic in disposition. Politically he is a stanch Democrat and served his township as collector from 1885 to 1890, rendering the highest degree of satisfaction in that responsible office. Mr. and Mrs. HOPPING are popular in their neighborhood and enjoy the high esteem of all who know them.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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