Original Highland Township Landowner
Mark A. Hopkins
The identity of this man has yet to be determined. He is likely related in some fashion to Erastus Hopkins of White Lake Township, Oakland County, Michigan, whose grandfather was also named Mark Hopkins. Erastus Hopkins was born in Oneida County, New York, and lived for a time in Steuben County, New York, before coming to Michigan in 1833. Of interest is the fact that records of the Congregational Church of Prattsburgh, Steuben Co., show a Mark and Sarah Hopkins as joining in 1808, with an Erastus Hopkins becoming a member in 1825.
Note the John C. Hopkins who purchased land in Section 4 in 1836. There is also a James S. Hopkins, son of James and Margaret (Smith) Hopkins, born February 22, 1831, in New York, who is buried in Highland Cemetery. Whether either or both are related to Mark A. Hopkins is unknown.