JACOB H. HOPPER
JACOB H. HOPPER.-The Hopper family,
it is said, started in France. They spelled the name Hoppe, and
finally changed it to Hopper. Some of them went to Holland during
times of religious persecution. It is known that Andries (Andrew)
Hopper came to America from Amsterdam, Holland, with a wife (and,
perhaps, two or three children), as early as 1653, and located
in the City of New Amsterdam. The name of his wife does not appear
in the New Jersey records. After their arrival the couple had
three children born to them: William in 1654, Hendrick in 1656,
and Matthew in 1658.
Of the three last named children
William (2) married Mynen Paulus and had issue three children:
Christina, Gertrude, and Belitie (Bridget), all born in New Amsterdam.
William's two brothers, Hendrick (2) and Matthew (2), went to
Bergen (Jersey City) in 1680. There, on March 14, of the same
yea, Hendrick (2) married Mary Johns Van Blarkum, a daughter
of the American emigrant of that name, and April 15, 1683, Matthew
(2) married Ann Peterse, afterward called Antje Jorckse. It does
not appear that Hendrick and Matthew purchased lands in Bergen.
They probably lived on leased lands while there. William (2)
went to Hackensack in 1686, where he joined the Dutch Church
in March of that year. His brothers Hendrick (2) and Matthew
(2) went to Hackensack the following year. William (2) had a
child, Andrew, baptized at Hackensack in March, 1686, shortly
after his arrival. Nothing more is said of William (2), and the
inference is that he died soon after. Hendrick (2) and Matthew
(2), soon after their arrival, each purchased from Captain John
Berry, a farm of between two and three hundred acres at Hackensack
(party in the present village), and extending from the Hackensack
River to the Saddle River. Each of them settled and built on
his farm, where they remained until their deaths. Both were farmers,
but took an active art in town and church matters. Matthew was
a deacon of the "church on the Green" in 1705.
Matthew's children (of the third
generation) were Andrew, born in 1684, at Jersey City, married
Elizabeth Bross; Christina, born in 1686 (married John Huysman);
Lea, born in 1695 (married Jolin Vanderhoff, of Albany); Rachel,
born in 1703 (twice married); and John, born in 1705 (married
Elizabeth Kipp). All except Andrew were born at Hackensack. Hendrick's
children of the third generation were Andrew, born in 1681 (married
Abigail Ackerman); John, born in 1682 (married Rachel Terhune);
William, born in 1684; Catharine, born in 1685 (married Peter
Garretse Van Allen, of Rotterdam, Holland); Garret, born in 1696;
Gertrude, born in 1699 (married Hendrick Alberts Zabriskie);
and Lea (married Christian Alberts Zabriskie).
Many of these, with their children,
removed to Paramus and scattered through Saddle River, Ridgewood,
and Mildland Townships, where their descendants are to-day numerous.
Members of the family have represented Bergen County in both
houses of the Legislature; others have worn the judicial ermine
with dignity and respectability; still others have become famous
as physicians, clergymen, lawyers, mayors of cities, publicists,
mechanics, sailors, soldiers, and agriculturists.
Jacob H. Hopper, the subject of
this sketch, is a lineal descendant of Andrew Hopper, the first
emigrant of the name. He is a son of John Hopper and Elizabeth
(Goetchius) Hopper, and was born at Saddle River, in Bergen County,
August 6, 1823. Having received a fair common school education
in the schools of his native county, he acquired while quite
young the trade of harness-making, which he followed successfully
at Hackensack until 1880, when he was made superintendent of
the cemetery in that village. He still holds this position, having
filled it with great ability and fidelity during the last twenty
years. Mr. Hopper has also been a prominent figure in public
affairs. He was Town Collector of Hackensack for three years
and a Justice of the Peace for ten years, and has served as a
member of the Town Committee. For forty-nine years he has been
a leading member and one of the chief supporters of the Hackensack
Christian Reformed Church. The ability, faithfulness, and integrity
with which he has discharged every trust, and the active interest
he has taken in the progress and welfare of his town and county,
have won for him great respect and the confidence of all who
enjoy his acquaintance. He is public spirited, enterprising,
and patriotic, and a liberal, progressive citizen, whose energies
have been directed toward useful and charitable ends.
He married Lydia Bogert, a descendant
of one of the old Bergen County families, and their children
are Ann Elizabeth, John Henry, and Martha Amelia Hopper.
History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor,
Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing
Company, 1900, page 71-72.