Samuel M. 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 subject of this review is the oldest representative of the family now living in Morris county, and was born March 22, 1822. His father was Charles HOPPING, who was born on the old homestead, in 1796, attended the district schools and later learned the trade of blacksmith and conducted a shop in Hanover for some years. He also kept a hotel for a time, and in the later part of his career he followed farming. Having received a military training in the local militia of New Jersey, he was drafted for service in the war of 1812. Charles HOPPING first married Miss Maria MERRY, a daughter of Samuel MERRY, one of the representative citizens of Morris county and three children were born of this union, namely:

  • Luther,
  • Elizabeth A. and
  • Samuel M.

Mrs. HOPPING died in 1822, and for his second wife he married Miss Mary PARKER, a native of New York, whose parents came from Pompton Plains, Morris county. The children of this marriage comprised the following:

  • Ann M.,
  • Margaret D.,
  • Mary N.,
  • Susan E.,
  • Emma and
  • William H.

Mr. HOPPING's death occurred in 1880 and that of his wife in March, 1879. His father was John HOPPING, of whom incidental mention will be found in another portion of this work.

Samuel M. HOPPING was reared and educated at Hanover, New Jersey and passed the days of his minority at home, assisting in the work of the farm. In 1847 he purchased his present place, consisting of one hundred and seventy-six acres, on which he has erected a substantial residence and out-buildings, and for the past fifty years has devoted his time and attention to agricultural pursuits. Politically he is affiliated with the Republican party, and has served as county freeholder, commissioner of appeals, attorney and in several other minor capacities. He is a man widely known throughout the county and enjoys that respect and consideration that are merited by every man of worth and integrity.

On the 3d of November, 1846, Mr. HOPPING was united in marriage to Miss Susan E. FISH, a daughter of Nathan and Justine A. (BERTH) Fish, and a native of Morris county whose ancestors came from Long Island. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. HOPPING are as follows: Justine Elizabeth,

  • Ellen F.,
  • Sumner S., married Eva SHIPMAN, who bore him two children,
  • Hattie E., and
  • Florence C., who died on the 1st of July, 1892.
  • Lucy M. and
  • Jane E. (wife of Daniel M. SHIPMAN, of Morris county, New Jersey.)

The ancestors of Justine A. BERTHU were of French descent. Mr. and Mrs. HOPPING are members of the Hanover Presbyterian church.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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