History of Bureau County, IL, H. C. Bradsby, 1885
Transcribed by Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
MARTIN HOPPS, deceased, was born September 17, 1813, in St. Davids, Charlotte's Co., New Brunswick, wherehe was reared and learned the carpenter's trade. He was a son of John and Martha (BRADFORD) HOPPS. The former was of German descent and the latter of English, and was a descendant of old gov. BRADFORD, of Massachusetts. Martin HOPPS came West about 1836, and for a period of three years followed his trade in and about Princeton, Ill. He then spent one winter inhis old home in the East, after which he returned and followed his trade till he bought eighty acres of land of G. CLEMENT. He proved himself a successful farmer, stockman and thorough business man, and added to his farm from time to time till at his death he owned 420 acres ofland. He was in every way a self-made man, and n active member of the Baptist Church. His demise occurred Februry 5, 1877. Martin HOPPS was married twice; his first wife, Mrs. Hannah M. KENDALL (nee LITTLE), died May 21, 1868. She was the mother of the following children: E. W. KENDALL, now a resident of Iowa; Herman K. HOPPS, who was drowned while a theological student at Newport, R. I.; A. D. HOPPS, a farmer, of Panola, Ill., and Irwin W. HOPPS, who farms the homestead. Martin HOPPS was married a second time September 30, 1869, To Mrs. Jemima BOYLE (nee McINTYRE), who was a daughter of Daniel and Margaret (DUNCAN) McINTYRE, the former a native of the Highlands. Mrs. Jemima HOPPS was born July 5, 1831, in Dairy, Ayrshire, Scotland, and came to America in 1857. She ws the mother of five children. Of these, only Mrs. Margaret D. (BOYLE) HOPPS is now living. She was born September 2, 1859, and was married October 7, 1878, to Irwin W. HOPPS, who was born March 4, 1854. Two children blessed this union, viz.: Carrie L., born November 14, 1880, and Grace G., born February 8, 1883.