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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1893.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE S. HOPPIN, for nearly a half-century a prominent citizen and successful farmer of Berrien County, Mich., resides upon a well-improved homestead on section 2, Niles Township. Mr. Hoppin came to his present locality in 1844, and settled permanently in 1845 on a farm south of and adjoining Niles City. Our subject is a native of Madison County, N. Y., and was born in June, 1826. His parents were Thaddeus C. and Tamar Hoppin, both the father and mother being natives of Massachusetts. After a number of years spent within the Empire State they decided to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by a new country, and journeyed with their family to Michigan. They at once made their home in Berrien County, and located for a brief time in what is now known as Bertrand Township. In 1845 they settled on the old homestead, where they resided until their death in 1859. Of their family of children, three survive.

Mrs. A. M. Evarts, of California, is the eldest; George S. was the next in order of birth of the living; and Charles R. resides in California. Our subject, trained to agricultural duties from childhood, has been a life-long farmer. He received his early education in the public schools and later pursued his studies in an academy of New York State. During the first three winters of his residence in Michigan he successfully taught school. Upon November 28, 1875, George S. Hoppin and Miss Dora King were united in marriage. Mrs. Hoppin was a daughter of Darius W. and Phoebe King, natives of New York, in which State they were reared, educated and married and made their home until 1860. At this time they removed to Michigan, settling with their family in Niles, where the mother of Mrs. Hoppin yet lives. To our subject and his estimable wife have been born four children: Claire, George S., Jr., John S. and Rose.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoppin are valued members of the Presbyterian Church at Niles, and have been faithful assistants in the extension of Christian work and influence. Politically, Mr. Hoppin is a stalwart Republican, taking an active interest in local progress and needed improvements. For several years he served most efficiently and acceptably as Supervisor of Niles Township, and during his long residence in the State has been intimately associated with the various social, benevolent and business enterprises of his home locality. A practical agriculturist, he has brought his farm of one hundred and thirty acres under fine cultivation, and is yearly rewarded by an abundant harvest. Through his energetic efforts and untiring industry he has accumulated a comfortable competence, and, aside from his interests in Michigan, owns a large tract of land in South Dakota.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published in 1893. 

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