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Friday, April 02, 2010

Surname: Hopkins

There are two separate Hopkins branches in my family tree, both of them coming to me via my grandpa Rosmer Kerr. We'll start with an eighth great-grandfather:
  • Stephen Hopkins, born about 1582. He arrived at Plymouth aboard the Mayflower. He and his first wife, whose name is not known, were my tenth great-grandparents.
  • Giles Hopkins, born 30 January 1608 in Hursley, Hampshire, England. He married Catherine Whelden on 9 October 1639 at Plymouth Colony. He died about 1690. Giles and Catherine were my ninth great-grandparents.
  • Deborah Hopkins, born June 1648 in Eastham, Massachusetts. Deborah married Josiah Cooke, Jr. on 27 July 1668 in Eastham. Deborah and Josiah were my eighth great-grandparents.
The second Hopkins branch begins with Rosmer's seventh great-grandfather:
  • John Hopkins, born before or about 1614. His wife's name was Jane. John died in 1654, and Jane next married Nathaniel Ward of Hadley, Massachusetts. John and Jane were my ninth great-grandparents.
  • Stephen Hopkins, born in 1634. He married Dorcas Bronson, and together they had six children. Stephen died in October 1689. He and Dorcas were my eighth great-grandparents.
  • Mary Hopkins, born about 1671. She married Samuel Sedgwick in 1689. They were my seventh great-grandparents.
For a couple of published genealogies, see Two Hopkins Lines at My Ancestors in Books.

To my knowledge, these two lines have not been proven to be connected. However, one researcher presented a pretty interesting case for just that:

Haxtun, Annie Arnoux. Signers of the Mayflower Compact. New York: Reprinted from The Mail and Express, 1896. Click on STEPHEN HOPKINS, Fourteenth Signer to read what she wrote as it appeared when published by The Mail and Express. You'll need your glasses. Or you can read or download a nice, legible transcription of the Haxtun article at The Vertical File.

I don't know whether Haxtun's theory has ever been proven or disproven. As always, I welcome additional information from anyone who knows more about this topic.

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Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Hey T.K.,

We're related! I descend from Stephen & Dorcas' daughter Dorcas, who married Jonathan Webster.


Wendy said...

Interesting post, cousin! (Yes, I have Hopkins of the Mayflower too.)

Ahh, yes. There are those names that seem like they might very well be connected... The connection just needs to be found!

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. To answer your question about Judds, I do have Judds in the old family tree. Esther Judd (dau of Benjamin and Mary Judd) married Jonathan Webster (son of Jonathan and Dorcas mentioned in my previous comment). I haven't done much on that line, pretty much all I have for the Judds are from Hartford history books.

How about you? What Judds do you have?

T.K. said...

Julie, my Judd line is clickable now on my Surnames page (link below blog header). I am descended from Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Judd b. 1608 England. Is your Benjamin her brother?

Darrah said...

Hi TK, We are not only related thru the Parker's but also Stephen and Dorcas Bronson Hopkins are my 8th-great grandparents. My line is through their son Ebenezer and Mary Butler Hopkins. Cecil Rhodes Hopkins who was married to Lillian Jean Parker is my grandpa and Stephen and Dorcas Hopkins 6th ggson I believe.Small world!

TK said...

And getting smaller by the minute! That's pretty strange!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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