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Giles Hopkins

Male 1608 - 1689  (~ 81 years)


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  • Name Giles Hopkins 
    Born ca 1607/8  Hursley, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 30 January 1607/8  Hursley, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 26 April 1689  Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • “Giles Hopkins was the eldest son of Mr. Stephen Hopkins of Plymouth. He was born in England, and came over with his father’s family in the Mayflower in 1620, and with the other members of his father’s family survived the first winter’s sickness, which swept off so many of that company. Of his boyhood days, but little appears. He appears to have been of a retiring disposition, only forward when duty impelled. When, in 1637, the Pequots, a tribe of brave Indians inhabiting the eastern part of Connecticut, commenced war with the English in that region, and Plymouth Colony concluded to send a company to assist in the overthrow of the Indians, he, with his father and younger brother Caleb, vounteered to go out in the company in the defence of his Connecticut neighbors, but happily for the company, before ready to go forth, the troops under Captain mason had ‘vanquished’ teh enemy, and the company was not needed. The next year, Mr. Stephen Hopkins having been allowed bythe Old Colony court ‘to erect a house at Mattacheese’ now Yarmouth, ‘to cut hay there’ and ‘to winter his cattle,’ it is supposed his son Giles went down there and had charge of his cattle. At any rate, he was at Yarmouth in 1639, and with Hugh Tilley and Nicholas Sympkins, ‘deposed’ to the last will and testament of Peter Warden, the elder, deceased, and also courted and married Catherine Whelden, daughter of Gabriel Whelden, who was licensed to build at Mattacheese the uear preceding. The house he occupied while a resident of Yarmouth stood a little to the northwest on the declivity or knoll, and the site was pointed out to the writer by the late Mr. Otis to have been the first house built below Sandwich, and certainly it must have been, if it were the one built by Stephen Hopkins by order of Plymouth court. Mr. Otis, in his account of Andrew Hallett, Jr., says it was sold by Giles Hopkins in 1642 to Mr. Hallett. It would seem that Mr. Hopkins was not a resident of Yarmouth in 1643, as his name does not appear in the list of those ab le to bear arms that year in the township, but evidence is quite conclusive that he was a resident June 6, 1644. At that date his father made his will, and several times speaks of Giles being at Yarmouth in charge of the cattle. It is probable he was not enrolled on account of being physically unable to do military duty. In what year he removed to Nausett or Eastham, is not known. He was there in 1650, occupying the position of surveyor of highways, which he subsequently occupied several years. For some reason, now inexplicable, his father, by will, nade Caleb, his younger son by second wife, the ‘heir apparent,’ and consequently the whole of the real estate, which was large, passed into the hands of Caleb at his death. Caleb Hopkins, soon after his fagther’s death in July, 1644, gave up a very large tract of land to Giles, his only surviving brother, lying in what is now Brewster. Upon the death of Caleb, who was a seaman, and who died single at Barbadoes before 1657, Giles came into possession of large tracts. In 1659, Mr. Hopkins had land granted him in Eastham. In 1662, with Lieut. Joseph Rogers and Josiah Cooke, he had liberty allowed him by the Colony court to look out for land for his accommodation between Bridgewater and Bay Line. In 1672, with Jonathan Sparrow and Thomas Mayo of Eastham, he purchased Sampson’s Neck in what is now Orleans, then called by Indians ‘Weesquamseutt.’ The tract was a valuable one; it embraced the territory between Higgins’s river on the north, and Potonumecot river on the south. He seems to ahve been a very quiet man, caring but little for public positions. He was in 1654 drawn into a lawsuit by the noted William Leveridge, who had defamed him. Mr. Hopkins claimed damages to the amount of £50. Mr. Leveridge was ordered to pay £2 and some shillings for the offence.
      “The will of Giles Hopkins bears date Jan. 19, 1682; the codicil March 5, 1688-9. the former was witnessed by Jonathan Sparrow and Samuel Knowles, and the latter by mark Snow and Jonathan Sparrow, and was presented for probate April 22, 1690, Stephen Hopkins, son, executor. There are no daughters mentioned. Sons mentioned are: Stephen, Caleb, Joshua and William. The widow was alive at the date of the codicil, and Mr. Hopkins had become unfit for labor and held out inducements to his son Stephen to supply his wants. It seems quite certain that his farm was in that part of Eastham now Orleans, and some part of it joined Town cove.” [3]
    Person ID I10617  Schirado
    Last Modified 27 October 2003 

    Father Stephen Hopkins,   b. about 1580, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. between 6 June and 17 July 1644, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother [___],   d. before 1617, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7562  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Catherine Whelden,   b. about 1620, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 5 March 1689, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 9 October 1639  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Mary Hopkins,   b. November 1640, Yarmouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 July 1700, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    +2. Stephen Hopkins,   b. September 1642, Yarmouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 October 1718, Harwich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     3. John Hopkins,   b. 1643, Yarmouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1643  (Age 0 years)
    +4. Abigail Hopkins,   b. October 1644, Yarmouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1691, Harwich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
    +5. Deborah Hopkins,   b. June 1648, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. December 1727  (Age ~ 79 years)
     6. Caleb Hopkins,   b. January 1650, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 22 May 1728, Truro, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     7. Ruth Hopkins,   b. June 1653, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 October 1738, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
    +8. Joshua Hopkins,   b. June 1657, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. between 14 May 1734 and 31 August 1738  (Age ~ 76 years)
     9. William Hopkins,   b. 9 January 1660/1, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Elizabeth Hopkins,   b. November 1664, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. December 1664, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Family ID F7565  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).

    2. [S77] Descendants of Stephen Hopkins, Charles G Knopf.

    3. [S94] Early Settlers of Eastham, Josiah Paine.

    4. [S14] Plymouth Colony vital records, Transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.


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