Histories of the Martin, Wilson, Bloom, & Ahola Families

Hopkins, Stephen

Male 1581 - 1644  (~ 62 years)


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  • Name Hopkins, Stephen 
    Born Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • Earlier sources said that Stephen was born at Wortley, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England and married first Constance Dudley. However, Johnson shows that Stephen was almost certainly from Hampshire, England, and states that there never has been any evidence that Stephen married Constance Dudley. [1]
    Christened 30 Apr 1581  Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1604 - 1609  Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    At the least from the christening of his first child Elizabeth until the departure of the Sea Venture for Jamestown. 
    Residence 1609 - 1610  Bermuda Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Stephen left his wife and children in Hursley and embarked on the Sea Venture, which was the flagship of a flotilla of eight ships bringing a new governor, personnel and supplies to Jamestown, Virginia. The ship was destroyed by a hurricane and Stephen and about 150 others were stranded on the Bermuda Islands. There were three mutinies after the ship foundered, and Stephen was accused of being the leader of the second. He had told two men that the Captain only had authority at sea and the Governor only had authority in Virginia, so every man became free of government by others when the ship was wrecked in Bermuda. He thought they should build their own bark and leave Bermuda. The men reported him to the Governor. Although there had been no violence, Stephen was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. But, he was so penitent that his pleas "wrought in the hearts of the better sort in the company" who went to the Governor and gained his pardon. 
    • Strachey's description of the wreck of the Sea Venture and events in Bermuda is thought to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare's play The Tempest and the mutinous sailors in the play. Stephano, the drunken, mutinous butler in the play, may have been named for Stephen.
    Residence 1610 - 1614  Jamestown, Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    The castaways from the Sea Venture on Bermuda constructed two boats and sailed to Jamestown where Stephen remained until he learned that his wife had died. He then returned to England to care for his children.  
    Residence 1620 - 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stephen and his family were passengers on the Mayflower in 1620, and Stephen lived in Plymouth until he died. 
    Died 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died between 6 June 1644 and Aug, 1644 (see will).
    Will 6 Jun 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Will exhibited at court Aug., 1644. Ordered "my body to be buryed as neare as convenyently may be to my wyfe Deceased". Named son Caleb as "heir apparent" and executor and, together with Capt. Standish, as supervisor. Also named his son Gyles and his son Stephen, daughters Constance Snow (wife of Nicolas), Deborah, Damaris, Ruth and Elizabeth. Witnesses: Myles Standish and William Bradford. Inventory of estate by Capt. Standish, Tho. Willet and John Done. Value: £ 25.14.5. 
    Person ID I2497  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2021 

    Father Hopkins, John 
    Mother Williams, Elizabeth 
    Married 28 Jul 1579  Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Christensen says that other than the similarity of names no genealogical proof exists showing that the Steven Hopkins baptized on the last of April 1581 is the same Steven who married Elizabeth Fisher in St Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, Middlesex and became a passenger on the Mayflower. Hence the title of his article. [2]
    Family ID F886  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary 
    Children 
     1. Hopkins, Elizabeth,   c. 13 May 1604, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1620  (Age ~ 15 years)
    +2. Hopkins, Constance,   c. 11 May 1606, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Hopkins, Giles,   c. 30 Jan 1607/8, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F854  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Fisher, Elizabeth,   d. Bef 6 Jun 1744, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 Feb 1617/8  St. Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • William Bradford wrote "Mr. Steven Hopkins, & Elizabeth, his wife, and 2. children, caled Giles, and Constanta, a doughter, both by a former wife; and 2. more by this wife, caled Damaris & Oceanus; the last was borne at sea; and 2. servants, called Edward Doty and Edward Litster." and "Mr. Hopkins and his wife are now both dead, but they lived above 20. years in this place, and had one sone and 4. doughters borne here. Ther sone became a seaman, & dyed at Barbadoes; one daughter dyed here, and 2. are maried; one of them hath 2. children; & one is yet to mary. So their increase which still survive are 5. But his sone Giles is maried, and hath 4. children. " [6]
    Children 
     1. Hopkins, Damaris,   b. say 1618, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 May 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)
     2. Hopkins, Oceanus,   b. 1620,   d. By 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
     3. Hopkins, Caleb,   b. say 1623, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. By 1651, Barbados Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years)
     4. Hopkins, Deborah,   b. say 1626, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Hopkins, Damaris,   b. say 1628, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Hopkins, Ruth,   b. say 1630, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Btw 1644 and 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 14 years)
     7. Hopkins, Elizabeth,   b. say 1632, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1659, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years)
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F857  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - - Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 30 Apr 1581 - Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - At the least from the christening of his first child Elizabeth until the departure of the Sea Venture for Jamestown. - 1604 - 1609 - Hursley, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Stephen left his wife and children in Hursley and embarked on the Sea Venture, which was the flagship of a flotilla of eight ships bringing a new governor, personnel and supplies to Jamestown, Virginia. The ship was destroyed by a hurricane and Stephen and about 150 others were stranded on the Bermuda Islands. There were three mutinies after the ship foundered, and Stephen was accused of being the leader of the second. He had told two men that the Captain only had authority at sea and the Governor only had authority in Virginia, so every man became free of government by others when the ship was wrecked in Bermuda. He thought they should build their own bark and leave Bermuda. The men reported him to the Governor. Although there had been no violence, Stephen was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. But, he was so penitent that his pleas "wrought in the hearts of the better sort in the company" who went to the Governor and gained his pardon. - 1609 - 1610 - Bermuda Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - The castaways from the Sea Venture on Bermuda constructed two boats and sailed to Jamestown where Stephen remained until he learned that his wife had died. He then returned to England to care for his children. - 1610 - 1614 - Jamestown, Virgina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Feb 1617/8 - St. Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Stephen and his family were passengers on the Mayflower in 1620, and Stephen lived in Plymouth until he died. - 1620 - 1644 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1644 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Will exhibited at court Aug., 1644. Ordered "my body to be buryed as neare as convenyently may be to my wyfe Deceased". Named son Caleb as "heir apparent" and executor and, together with Capt. Standish, as supervisor. Also named his son Gyles and his son Stephen, daughters Constance Snow (wife of Nicolas), Deborah, Damaris, Ruth and Elizabeth. Witnesses: Myles Standish and William Bradford. Inventory of estate by Capt. Standish, Tho. Willet and John Done. Value: £ 25.14.5. - 6 Jun 1644 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Mayflower Passenger.

  • Sources 
    1. [S320] The American Genealogist, 929 A5122., The True Origin of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower by Caleb Johnson, Vol. 73, no 3, (Jul 1998) pp. 161 - 171.

    2. [S335] The Probable Parentage of Steven Hopkins of the Mayflower, Ernest Martin Christensen, The American Genealogist, Vol. 79, pp. 241-249 (2004).

    3. [S321] Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, (General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1995), 929.20973 M468., Vol. 6 (2nd ed) Stephen Hopkins, pp. 3-8.
      Note: The second edition of "Mayflower Families" has the wrong place for Stephen's birth.

    4. [S324] A Voyge to Virginia in 1609 , Louis B. Wright, Ed, (University of Virgina Press, Charlottsville and London, 2nd Ed., 2013), 917.299 W951., pp. 43-45.

    5. [S318] Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database., (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.), Vol. 4, p. 281, Abstract of the Earliest Wills in the Probate Office, Plymouth. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB522/rd/21068/281/1426555318.

    6. [S331] Of Plimouth Plantation, Bradford, William, (Project Gutenberg), on internet., pp. 532, 536. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24950.