Hopping Family Genealogy Forum
Judith, In answer to your question about the relationship between Mary, Joseph, and Nancy Chasey, I believe that Joseph and Mary may be siblings, or else first cousins. Nancy may be a more distant cousin, since she is not named among the heirs of Stephen Chasey. It could be that she is the daughter of one of the other Chasey heirs. I am anxiously waiting for a reply from the NY State Archives. It has been a month since I wrote them!
In looking more closely at Ann Chasey Hopping's will, it seems that Ann and Sarah may not have been the only Hopping girls with bad marriages. After setting aside $25.00 for the tuition of Joseph Chasey Williams, Ann instructed that "All the rest and residue of my personal estate I give devise and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named (Primrose) In trust for my sister Phebe Tilton to be paid or delivered to her, at her request and at the discretion of my said executor and in such sums and at such times as the same may be with advantage applied for the benefit of my said Sister and in all cases the same to be paid and applied for her sole and separate use, without the controul of her husband". It sounds as though the Hoppings were especially careful to keep their property within their own family and out of the hands of their spouses!
Also, I had the opportunity to clean my files this weekend and came across a deed I had ordered months ago, but forgot about. On 7 Aug 1820 Joseph and Ann Hopping sold their salt meadow to James Hopping. The deed reads "salt meadow which was given by the last will and testament of James Frost late of Middletown deceased to his daughter Sarah Hopping and her heirs that she hath by Samuel Hopping". This clearly shows that Sarah Frost is the mother of Ann Hopping Chasey. If you contact the Monmouth County Archives in Manalapan, NJ, they can probably find Hopping deeds that also mention James Frost. This might help to establish exactly which of the Hopping children belong to Sarah Frost as their mother.