Stephen  HOPKINS, Mayflower Passenger 1620

Stephen HOPKINS, Mayflower Passenger 1620

Male 1581 - 1644  (~ 63 years)

Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Stephen HOPKINS 
    Suffix Mayflower Passenger 1620 
    Born
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 986
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 986
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 987
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 987
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 988
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 988
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 989
    HOPKINS, Stephen - The Great Migration Begins - Volume 2 Page 989
    Christened 30 Apr 1581  Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 11 Nov 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On Mayflower 
    HISTORY - PASSAGE 1620 - Mayflower Passenger
    HISTORY - PASSAGE 1620 - Mayflower Passenger
    Will 06 Jun 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Stephen Hopkins

      6 Jun 1644

      The last Will and Testament of Mr. Stephen Hopkins exhibited upon the Oathes of mr Willm Bradford and Captaine Miles Standish at the generall Court holden at Plymouth the xxth of August Anno dm 1644 as it followeth in these wordes vizt.

      The sixt of June 1644 I Stephen Hopkins of Plymouth in New England being weake yet in good and prfect memory blessed be God yet considering the fraile estate of all men I do ordaine and make this to be my last will and testament in manner and forme following and first I do committ my body to the earth from whence it was taken, and my soule to the Lord who gave it, my body to be buryed as neare as convenyently may be to my wyfe Deceased And first my will is that out of my whole estate my funerall expences be discharged secondly that out of the remayneing part of my said estate that all my lawfull Debts be payd thirdly I do bequeath by this my will to my sonn Giles Hopkins my great Bull wch is now in the hands of Mris Warren. Also I do give to Stephen Hopkins my sonn Giles his sonne twenty shillings in Mris Warrens hands for the hire of the said Bull Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Constanc Snow the wyfe of Nicholas Snow my mare also I give unto my daughter Deborah Hopkins the brodhorned black cowe and her calf and half the Cowe called Motley Also I doe give and bequeath unto my daughter Damaris Hopkins the Cowe called Damaris heiffer and the white faced calf and half the cowe called Mottley Also I give to my daughter Ruth the Cowe called Red Cole and her calfe and a Bull at Yarmouth wch is in the keepeing of Giles Hopkins wch is an yeare and advantage old and half the curld Cowe Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth the Cowe called Smykins and her calf and thother half of the Curld Cowe wth Ruth and an yearelinge heiffer wth out a tayle in the keeping of Gyles Hopkins at Yarmouth Also I do give and bequeath unto my foure daughters that is to say Deborah Hopkins Damaris Hopkins Ruth Hopkins and Elizabeth Hopkins all the mooveable goods the wch do belong to my house as linnen wollen beds bedcloathes pott kettles pewter or whatsoevr are moveable belonging to my said house of what kynd soever and not named by their prticular names all wch said mooveables to be equally devided amongst my said daughters foure silver spoones that is to say to eich of them one, And in case any of my said daughters should be taken away by death before they be marryed that then the part of their division to be equally devided amongst the Survivors. I do also by this my will make Caleb Hopkins my sonn and heire apparent giveing and bequeathing unto my said sonn aforesaid all my Right title and interrest to my house and lands at Plymouth wth all the Right title and interrest wch doth might or of Right doth or may hereafter belong unto mee, as also I give unto my saide heire all such land wch of Right is Rightly due unto me and not at prsent in my reall possession wch belongs unto me by right of my first comeing into this land or by any other due Right, as by such freedome or otherwise giveing unto my said heire my full & whole and entire Right in all divisions allottments appoyntments or distributions whatsoever to all or any pt of the said lande at any tyme or tymes so to be disposed Also I do give moreover unto my foresaid heire one paire or yooke of oxen and the hyer of them wch are in the hands of Richard Church as may appeare by bill under his hand Also I do give unto my said heire Caleb Hopkins all my debts wch are now oweing unto me, or at the day of my death may be oweing unto mee either by booke bill or bills or any other way rightfully due unto mee ffurthermore my will is that my daughters aforesaid shall have free recourse to my house in Plymouth upon any occation there to abide and remayne for such tyme as any of them shall thinke meete and convenyent & they single persons And for the faythfull prformance of this my will I do make and ordayne my aforesaid sonn and heire Caleb Hopkins my true and lawfull Executor ffurther I do by this my will appoynt and make my said sonn and Captaine Miles Standish joyntly supervisors of this my will according to the true meaneing of the same that is to say that my Executor & supervisor shall make the severall divisions parts or porcons legacies or whatsoever doth appertaine to the fullfilling of this my will It is also my will that my Executr & Supervisor shall advise devise and dispose by the best wayes & meanes they cann for the disposeing in marriage or other wise for the best advancnt of the estate of the forenamed Deborah Damaris Ruth and Elizabeth Hopkins Thus trusting in the Lord my will shalbe truly prformed according to the true meaneing of the same I committ the whole Disposeing hereof to the Lord that hee may direct you herein

      June 6th 1644

      Witnesses hereof By me Steven Hopkins

      Myles Standish
      William Bradford

      From: http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/PrimarySources/WillsAndProbates/StephenHopkins.php
    Died Between 6 Jun 1644 and 17 Jun 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Family History Book/Article Jul 1998  PO Box 398, Demorest, Habersham, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The True Origin of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower, by Caleb Johnson, The American Genealogist, Vol. 72, No. 3, July 1998. 
    Person ID I01429  Schuler
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2016 

    Father John HOPKINS,   b. Abt 1550,   d. Bef 04 Oct 1593  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth WILLIAMS 
    Married 28 Jul 1579  Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01354  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary () HOPKINS,   d. 1613, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1604  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth HOPKINS,   c. 13 May 1604,   d. Aft 1613  (Age ~ 9 years)
    +2. Constance HOPKINS, Mayflower Passenger 1620,   c. 11 May 1606, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1677, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
    +3. Giles HOPKINS, Mayflower Passenger 1620,   c. 30 Jan 1607/8, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 5 Mar 1688/9 and 16 Apr 1690, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F00623  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth FISHER, Mayflower Passenger 1620,   b. Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 04 Feb 1638 
    Married 19 Feb 1617/18  St. Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. Damaris HOPKINS, Mayflower Passenger 1620,   b. Abt 1618, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1628, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)
     2. Oceanus HOPKINS, Mayflower Passenger 1620,   b. Between 16 Sep 1620 and 11 Nov 1620, Onboard of the Mayflower Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 May 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 6 years)
     3. Caleb HOPKINS,   b. Abt 1623, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1644 and 1651, Barbados Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 21 years)
    +4. Deborah HOPKINS,   b. Abt 1626, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1674, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
     5. Damaris HOPKINS,   b. Abt 1628, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1665, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     6. Ruth HOPKINS,   b. Abt 1630, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 30 Nov 1644 and Jun 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 14 years)
     7. Elizabeth HOPKINS,   b. Abt 1632, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 06 Oct 1659, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
    Last Modified 16 May 2009 
    Family ID F00624  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 30 Apr 1581 - Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 1604 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - On Mayflower - 11 Nov 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 06 Jun 1644 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Between 6 Jun 1644 and 17 Jun 1644 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFamily History Book/Article - The True Origin of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower, by Caleb Johnson, The American Genealogist, Vol. 72, No. 3, July 1998. - Jul 1998 - PO Box 398, Demorest, Habersham, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Notes 
    • Notes from Austin's Five Generation Book, Third Edition:

      1. STEPHEN HOPKINS b. prob Hampshire, England, ca 1582, poss son of John Hopkins of Winchester; Stephen d. Plymouth bet 6 June and 17 July 1644. He m.(1) MARY ----, who was bur. Hursley, Hampshire, 9 May 1613. He m.(2) St. Mary Mallon, Whitechapel, London, England, 19 Feb. 1617/18 ELIZABETH FISHER, who d. Plymouth bef 6 June 1644.
    • Biographical Summary

      Stephen Hopkins was from Hampshire, England. He married his first wife, Mary, and in the parish of Hursley, Hampshire; he and wife Mary had their children Elizabeth, Constance, and Giles all baptized there. It has long been claimed that the Hopkins family was from Wortley, Gloucester, but this was disproven in 1998. For more information on the true English origins of Stephen Hopkins, see the "Published Research" section at the bottom of this page.

      Stephen Hopkins went with the ship Sea Venture on a voyage to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609 as a minister's clerk, but the ship wrecked in the "Isle of Devils" in the Bermudas. Stranded on an island for ten months, the passengers and crew survived on turtles, birds, and wild pigs. Six months into the castaway, Stephen Hopkins and several others organized a mutiny against the current governor. The mutiny was discovered and Stephen was sentenced to death. However, he pleaded with sorrow and tears. "So penitent he was, and made so much moan, alleging the ruin of his wife and children in this his trespass, as it wrought in the hearts of all the better sorts of the company". He managed to get his sentence commuted.

      Eventually the castaways built a small ship and sailed themselves to Jamestown. How long Stephen remained in Jamestown is not known. However, while he was gone, his wife Mary died. She was buried in Hursley on 9 May 1613, and left behind a probate estate which mentions her children Elizabeth, Constance and Giles.

      Stephen was back in England by 1617, when he married Elizabeth Fisher, but apparently had every intention of bringing his family back to Virginia. Their first child, Damaris, was born about 1618. In 1620, Stephen Hopkins brought his wife, and children Constance, Giles, and Damaris on the Mayflower (child Elizabeth apparently had died). Stephen was a fairly active member of the Pilgrims shortly after arrival, perhaps a result of his being one of the few individuals who had been to Virginia previously. He was a part of all the early exploring missions, and was used almost as an "expert" on Native Americans for the first few contacts. While out exploring, Stephen recognized and identified an Indian deer trap. And when Samoset walked into Plymouth and welcomed the English, he was housed in Stephen Hopkins' house for the night. Stephen was also sent on several of the ambassadorial missions to meet with the various Indian groups in the region.

      Stephen was an assistant to the governor through 1636, and volunteered for the Pequot War of 1637 but was never called to serve. By the late 1630s, however, Stephen began to occasionally run afoul of the Plymouth authorities, as he apparently opened up a shop and served alcohol. In 1636 he got into a fight with John Tisdale and seriously wounded him. In 1637, he was fined for allowing drinking and shuffleboard playing on Sunday. Early the next year he was fined for allowing people to drink excessively in his house: guest William Reynolds was fined, but the others were acquitted. In 1638 he was twice fined for selling beer at twice the actual value, and in 1639 he was fined for selling a looking glass for twice what it would cost if bought in the Bay Colony. Also in 1638, Stephen Hopkins' maidservant got pregnant from Arthur Peach, who was subsequently executed for murdering an Indian. The Plymouth Court ruled he was financially responsible for her and her child for the next two years (the amount remaining on her term of service). Stephen, in contempt of court, threw Dorothy out of his household and refused to provide for her, so the court committed him to custody. John Holmes stepped in and purchased Dorothy's remaining two years of service from him: agreeing to support her and child.

      Stephen died in 1644, and made out a will, asking to be buried near his wife, and naming his surviving children.

      - Summary from MayflowerHistory.com

      Biographical Summary from MayflowerHistory.com
      http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/Passengers/StephenHopkins.php

  • Sources 
    1. [S00087] Hopkins, Stephen: The Probable Parentage of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower, Caleb Johnson, (Name: The American Genealogist, Vol. 79. No. 4; Location: PO Box 398, Demorest, GA 30535-0398; Date: 1998;).

    2. [S00119] Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1630-1633, Vol I-III, The, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011), Hopkins, Stephen.

    3. [S00091] Hopkins, Stephen, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, John G. Austin, (The Mayflower Society of Massachusetts; Location: New York State Library; Date: 2001), Page 5, Family 1, Stephen Hopkins.

    4. [S00087] Hopkins, Stephen: The Probable Parentage of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower, Caleb Johnson, (Name: The American Genealogist, Vol. 79. No. 4; Location: PO Box 398, Demorest, GA 30535-0398; Date: 1998;), PDF Version of the Article.