Margaret Jane Hopkins

Female19 December 1859–19 September 1925

Brief Life History of Margaret Jane

When Margaret Jane Hopkins was born on 19 December 1859, in Wood, Mason, West Virginia, United States, her father, Thomas Bartlett Hopkins, was 29 and her mother, Amelia Connolly, was 21. She married Charles H. Shears on 31 March 1877, in Wood, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Newark, Wirt, West Virginia, United States for about 20 years. She died on 19 September 1925, in Elizabeth, Wirt, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Elizabeth, Wirt, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles H. Shears
1854–1936
Margaret Jane Hopkins
1859–1925
Marriage: 31 March 1877
Martha Louisa Shears
1879–1958
Bertha Amelia Shears
1881–
Levi Edward Shears
1886–1976
Charles William Shears
1891–1952
William E Shears
1892–

Sources (16)

  • Margaret J Hopkins in household of Thos B Hopkins, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Margaret June Hopkins, "West Virginia Births, 1853-1930"
  • Margaret J Hopkins, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

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  • Marriage
    31 March 1877Wood, West Virginia, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (14)

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    World Events (8)

    1863

    Age 4

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863

    Age 4

    "West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 22

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    Name Meaning

    English and Welsh (Glamorgan): variant of Hopkin with genitival or excrescent -s. In Ireland, where the name is also frequent, it is sometimes Gaelicized as Mac Oibicín.

    History: Stephen Hopkins (c. 1580–1644) was a pilgrim on the Mayflower in 1620 and one of the founders of Plymouth Colony. At his death he left seven children and eighteen grandchildren.

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

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