Leon Putney Hopkins

15 July 1851–18 June 1946 (Age 94)
Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States

The Life of Leon Putney

When Leon Putney Hopkins was born on 15 July 1851, in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States, his father, Caleb Hopkins, was 42 and his mother, Elizabeth Augusta Dennis, was 31. He married Elizabeth Estelle Hesser on 30 December 1875. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 18 June 1946, in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 94.

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Leon Putney Hopkins
Elizabeth Estelle Hesser
Marriage: 30 December 1875
Pearl Hopkins
Kathryn Hesser Hopkins
Louis Leon Hopkins
Anna Grace Hopkins
Ellen Augusta Hopkins

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    Elizabeth Estelle Hesser


30 December 1875


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 5

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 12

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 25

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Hopkin . The surname is widespread throughout southern and central England, but is at its most common in South Wales.2 Irish (County Longford and western Ireland): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Oibicín, itself a Gaelicized form of an Anglo-Norman name. In other parts of the country this name is generally of English origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Leon Hopkins, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Leon Hopkins in household of Caleb Hopkins, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Leon P Hopkins, "United States Census, 1910"

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