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The Family of Cornelius Hopper & Hannah Rockwell

1790 Luzerne, Pennsylvania
Cornelius Hopper
1 male over 16 (Cornelius, age 34)
6 females (Hannah, age 30 & daughters Hannah, age 9, Olive, age 8, Esther, age 5, Mary, age 3 & Anna, age 1)

1800 census Newtown, Tioga Co., NY
Cornelius Hopper - 20010-32110
1 male age 26-45 (Cornelius, age 44)
1 males under 10 (Rockwell, age 8 & Ira, age 1))
1 female age 26-45 (Hannah, age 40)
1 female 16-25 (Hannah, age 19)
2 females 10-15 (Esther, age 15, Mary, age 13)
3 females under 10 (Anna, age 11?, Amy, age 6 Margaret, age 3)
Where is Olive, age 18? Is she already married?

Olive Hopper married Abraham Minier sometime between 1800-1803

Nov 17, 1804 - son Samuel born
July 16, 1806 - Daughter Christiana born
June 29, 1808 - son Henry born

1808 - Abraham Minier went from Big Flats, Tioga (later Chemung) Co., NY to Canisteo, Steuben Co., NY with brother Henry

1810 census Canisteo, Steuben Co., NY
Abraham Minier
1 male 26-45 (Abraham, age 28)
1 male under 10 (Samuel, age 5)
1 female 26-45 (Hannah, age 29)
2 females under 10 (Christiana, age 4 & Henry, age 2??)

Aug 21, 1810 - Son Ira born
August 1812 - son Matthew born, died 1812
Feb 5, 1814 - daughter Anna born, died young, bef 1820
Sept 30, 1818 - Son Christian Born

1820 census Canisteo, Steuben Co., NY
Abraham Minnier
1 male over 45 (??)
1 male 26-45 (Abraham, age 38)
2 males 10-16 (Samuel, age 15 & Henry, age 12)
2 males under 10 (Ira, age 9 & Christian, age 2)
1 female over 45 (Hannah's mother, age 60?)
1 female 26-45 (Hannah, age 39)
1 female 10-16 (Christiana, age 14)
2 persons engaged in agriculture

abt 1820 - Abraham & Henry Minier returned with their families from Canisteo, Steuben Co., NY to Big Flats, Tioga (later Chemung) Co., NY

Jan 31, 1823 - Son William Stephens born

Abt. 1827 - Abraham Minier died. Killed by falling tree

1830 census Big Flatts, Tioga Co., NY
Hannah Minier
1 female 50-60 (Hannah, age 49?)
1 male 20-29 (Samuel, age 25)
1 male 15-19 (Ira, age 19)
1 male 10-14 (Christian, age 12)
1 male 5-9 (William, age 7)

1840 census Big Flats, Chemung Co., NY
Hannah Minier
1 female 50-60 (Hannah, age 59)
1 male 20-30 (Christian, age 22 or Ira, age 29?)

December 14, 1842 - Hannah died in Big Flats, Chemung Co., NY

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ID: I809
Name: Hannah HOPPER
Sex: F
Birth: 25 JUL 1780
Death: 14 DEC 1842 in Big Flats,New York
Burial: Sing Song Pioneer cemetery
Change Date: 31 OCT 2003 at 09:38:01

Father: Cornelius HOPPER
Mother: Hannah ROCKWELL
Marriage 1 Abraham MINEAR b: 8 MAY 1782 in Northampton Co,Pennsylvania
Married: 1803 in New York

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Abraham Minier

Birth: 16 OCT 1782 , Northampton, Pennsylvania

Death: 10 AUG 1865


Father: Daniel Minier Family
Mother: Polly
Tiny Cemetery Near Narrows Road Contains Graves of Hardy Pioneers

Time and the elements have gone afar toward effacing a hallowed burial spot beside the Narrows Road at Big Flats. There lie the bodies of the first settlers of the Town of Big Flats – Christian Myneer and his wife. For one reason, at least, it is perhaps as well the brambles and weeds almost hide the fenced burial place. Close by are many summer cottages and during the warm months many Elmirans enjoy a rest along the north bank of the Chemung. Yet they have only to visit the cemetery plot, peer through boards of the fence and read on a tombstone this inscription:

"Behold, dear friends, as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so you must be,
Prepare for death and follow me."

Uncomfortable reading, perhaps, for those who come to cottages here to forget the cares of the city!

The little cemetery is located on land now owned by Dr. J. Bernard Toomey of 82 Durland Ave. There 17 years ago the Elmira dentist build a summer cottage. When he first went there, the cemetery was in worse condition than today, but Dr. Toomey has greatly improved the plot by providing a neat fence about it. This is "Forsaken Cemetery," so listed on records of Chemung Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

It was in the spring of 1787 that Christian Myneer and his wife, Christianna, came up the Chemung River, accompanied by their seven children. They landed on the north side of the river. Today, on the opposite side of the concrete highway, a State Education Department road sign reads: "FIRST SETTLER" Christian Myneer built first log cabin 1787 and first frame house and planted first orchard in Town of Big Flats

Towner’s history of Chemung County records that in Marcy, 1791, Myneer received a certificate of Lot 117 in the then Town of Chemung. The history further states that "He died in 1831 and side by side, on the farm where he first settled, rest his ashes and those of his faithful wife."

Tombstones of Christian Myneer and his wife have disappeared from the plot, how, when and where no one seems to know.

Four stones remain standing. One bears the words "Henry Minier, died Dec. 12, 1828, aged 51 years." Beside it is a stone with this inscription, "Sarah, wife of Henry Minier, died Apr. 17, 1848, aged 81." A third stone bears the virse listed, under Mr. Minier’s name.

A fourth stone in the plot bears the words, "In Memory of Father, Mother, Brother, Sister of N. W. Simons." Referred to is Noah W. Simons (sometimes spelled Symonds) who lived on the former Minier farm in 1875. He was well known in Elmira politically and at one time operated a stone quarry on East Hill.

Christian Myneer was 91 when he died; his wife 87 at her death in 1826. Their son Henry was born in 1877 and his wife in 1788.

Henry Minier had a brother, Abraham, who lived from 1782 to 1827 when he was killed by a falling tree. Abraham Minier and kin are buried in an old cemetery on the Sing Sing Rd. Abraham, killed by a falling tree in 1827, had married a Hannah Hooper and of this union Chester E. Howell of Elmira is a descendant. Mrs. Howell says that only in recent years did he larn that he was a descendant of the Minier family.

(Sunday Telegram, Jan. 1939)


There were many certificates of location and of survey that were granted prior to the final settlement of the Watkins and Flint Purchase; some of them in that Tract, and the remaining in Chemung township, which was laid out in 1788 by James Clinton, John Hathorn, and John Cantine and contained 205 lots.

Christian Myneer

Christian Minier (Myneer)(Mynegar) and (Menier) the first settler of Big Flats was born September 30, 1747, married in 1772. and arrived in Big Flats in 1787. His land (lot 117) was patented on March 23, 1791. There were 320 acres on the steep hillside and included part of the flats bordering on the northward side. At age 74 Christian sold this lot #117 of Big Flats Tioga County to David Van Deren. The terms of the mortgage were not met so he assigned it to his son Abraham (killed in 1827) who in turn assigned it to his brother Henry (John Henrich) who died in 1828.

Henry had a son John who was born in 1808. Henry’s interest went to his only son John and in 1835 John sold the original lot #117 to Erastur Maltby and bought the land and Tavern known as the Big Flats Hotel. John died in 1891 leaving seven children, one son Samuel Arbour is the grandfather of the present day Minier Brothers.

Samuel Arbour Minier was born in 1849, married Clara Carpenter, and died in 1932 leaving 5 children. One of his sons, Henry Beard Minier 1879-1949) with his brother continued the Minier’s Store founded in 1873 and left three children.

His two sons, Henry Beard and Samuel Arbour have carried on the family store and are active residents of Big Flats today.

Abraham Minier

Abraham Minier, son of Christian was 5 or 6 years old when his parents came to Big Flats. He and his older brother Henry went to Canisteo (Steuben County) in 1808 and both returned about 1820. Abraham was killed by a falling tree at age 45. He and his wife Hannah are buried in an old cemetery on Sing Sing Road. They had eight children one of whom, Samuel, was born in 1804 and died in Big Flats in 1876. Samuel married Telina Bennitt and had ten children. He was a Big Flats farmer who before 1850 had a General Store in the village. In 1860 Samuel was listed as a Contractor. His son was A. B. Minier.

Sing Sing Cemetery
MINIER Hannah 14 Dec 1842 62yr 4mo 20da w/o Abraham Minier
MINIER 26 Jun 1827 45yr 1mo 18da
At first, Andrew Jackson and politics were discussed but all belonging to the same political party, that subject was dropped and the recital of hunting stories was taken up. A panther had been killed recently by Pap Winters a few rods north of the present residence of W. H. Farr in what was then known as Lowe’s swamp, the skin of which was then hanging in the woodshed. This, of course, had to be examined by the visitors and remarks made upon the killing. The skin was stuffed with oat chaff and was taken down and place upright on a work bench. We shall never forget the feelings we experienced when viewing that panther skin, the sight of which gave us the ague and made every hair in our little tow-heads feel as large as a rope. Returning to the sitting room, Dr. Brooks called on Pap Winters to relate how he killed a panther in the calf shed. The glasses were filled and each took a drink of old rye and Pap began speaking: "You all knew Abraham Minier, father of Samuel and Harry Minier, who was killed by the falling of a tree a few years since, and who lived off north of my farm. Well, Minier had a lot of new hemp bags that I wanted to borrow. So I started across the woods to his place and got a half dozen of them and was returning home through the timber along by that swamp spring over in Bob Miller’s land when I spied two panther kittens about the size of a full grown house cat, lying under a white pine root of a tree that the wind had blown down. They were apparently asleep. I approached them carefully, at the same time looking about me in every direction to see if I could discover their mother. I hesitated at first to disturb them, for I was unarmed, save for a small skinning knife which was in my belt and I knew how unpleasant it would be for me to meet an infuriated female panther in a hand to hand fight, especially if she was being robbed of her kittens. I stood for a minute or two deliberating on what I should do and finally on the impulse of the moment, I seized the kittens and before they were fairly awake I had them in the long hampen bag. This, no sooner done than I commenced to run for the house, a distance of not more than sixty rods. The little devils scratched and fought as I ran with them in the bag on my shoulder. Finally one of them gave a cry of distress and in a moment I saw the mother panther bounding toward me not more than thirty rods distant. There was a calf shed with a strong roof on, not more than twenty rods from me and I concluded if I could reach that with my game I would be safe. By the way the panther jumped I was satisfied she did not know from what quarter the suppressed cries of her kittens issued. This was in my favor, and I tell you gentlemen, that Pap Winters did not let the grass grow under his feet but I made for that calf pen with the speed of a Virginia racehorse. By and by the panther struck the tree and trail and came on with the ferocity of a demon. At one time, I thought I could reach my house but then I knew I could fight her better in the calf pen without glass windows than I could in my dwelling with glass windows. The dogs were all fastened up in the wood shed and barn and George and Wilson, my sons, were down in the field by the river and my daughter, Sally Ann and my wife were down to Dr. Brooks’. So I concluded to take to the calf pen or house which stood on the opposite side of the road from my house. I am satisfied now that at the speed the panther was making, I should have been overtaken by the time I reached the road and torn to pieces. I, therefore, dashed into the calf pen and had only just closed and secured the door when the panther came against it with great fury, tearing the splinters out of it with her claws and teeth. The house or pen was made of logs about ten inches in diameter with two little apertures or windows about a foot square and four feet from the ground. I knew the panther could not force its huge body through these openings and having the kittens securely tied up and apprehending no danger from them, I sat down on the calf rack and deliberated upon the situation. In the meantime I would kick the bag containing the kittens to keep them crying and infuriate their mother. Finally, I concluded to take a chain halter, fix a noose, open up one of the windows with a slide and try to induce the panther to poke her head into it. The panther was meanwhile, tearing the splinters off the sides of the pen, and at one time mounted the roof and made the long shingles fly in every direction. When I had made everything ready I opened the slide of one window and placed the bag containing the kittens upon the calf rack near it. This, no sooner was done than the panther thrust her head into the opening, her eyes beaming with fury. I made several efforts to lasso her before I was successful; at one time catching hold of the under jaw and holding her head a few minutes until she tore her teeth out when the noose slipped off. At length I was successful in placing the noose firmly about the neck and with the aid of a stall pin which I had wrenched from the rack, choking her until she was dead. Her skin was sold to one of the De Armands who took it down the river and sold it to a dealer in Baltimore. The kittens were kept for several months, but they became so troublesome that I finally disposed of them."