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Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins[1]

Male 1582 - 1644  (62 years)

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  • Name Stephen Hopkins 
    Born 1582  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Arrival 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Mayflower Pilgrim 
    • 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" (Bermuda). 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).
    Died 6 Jun 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I526  Discovering the Perry/Doane Family Tree
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2017 

    Family 1 Mary Kent,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1613, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1604  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Constance Hopkins,   b. 1606, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1677, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F199  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Fisher 
    Married Feb 1618  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F192  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    The Great Migration Begins - Stephen Hopkins
    The Great Migration Begins - Stephen Hopkins
    Plymouth Village Plot Layout
    Plymouth Village Plot Layout

  • Sources 
    1. [S170] Wikipedia: Stephen Hopkins, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hopkins_(Mayflower_passenger).

    2. [S62] Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to Ne w England, 1620-33, pp. 986-989.

    3. [S169] Caleb Johnson's MayflowerHistory.com, Caleb Johnson, http://mayflowerhistory.com/hopkins-stephen/.