|George W. Hopkins was 23 in 1860 and living with his sister Elizabeth "Bessie" Myers in St Augustine, Fla. Unlike Bessie's step-son John, George joined the Union navy. The photo dates to between May 1863 and Oct 1865. The double bars on his cuff also indicate that George had passed assistant surgeon, which might narrow down the date to after the last reference to him in the Official Records. There he is still referred to as acting assistant surgeon (Jan 1865). George was stationed aboard the USS Tacony. His father pastored a church in Saco, Maine. While there is no genealogical connection to my family line, the following story proved interesting enough to deserve a write-up.|
Here's a bit of genealogy I picked up from old newspapers.
John's step-mother Bessie was, as I've shown, the daughter of the Rev. Samuel Hopkins. He wrote a book called History of the Puritans. Unfortunately, there were many men who shared the same name. Samuel may have been indirectly related to the Rev. Samuel Hopkins of Newport, Rhode Island, who began the African Colonization movement in 1773. However, our Rev. Samuel Hopkins was the son of Rev. John Hopkins who died in Northampton in 1842. His father was named Rev. Samuel Hopkins, of Hadley, Mass. His father was the Rev. Samuel Hopkins of West Springfield.
Bessie's father was born in 1807 and died in 1887 at age 79. His tombstone is off by one year, since an obit always trumps a tombstone when the obit is published within days of the death. In 1866, after taking a vacation from the ministry, Samuel Hopkins began pastoring a church in Standish, Me. But his original church was one he pastored at Saco, Me., before the war. Bessie's grandfather, John Hopkins, had a daughter who married the Rev. John Wheeler. Rev. Wheeler had a daughter, Ellen Isabella, who was John's real mother. She married Rev. Joseph H. Myers in Burlington, Vt., Sept. 15, 1846. Ellen was the eldest daughter of Rev. Wheeler, one time president of the University of Vermont. Given the date of the wedding, John cannot have been born in 1846, as he claimed on his Florida pension application, unless.
Supporting a birth year of 1847 for John is the 1900 census. Also, the 1850 census gives his age as 3 years.