Facts and Events
Please note that William Hopkins who died 26 Jul 1718 in New York is not identical to William Hopkins born 9 Jan 1660/1 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States son of Giles2 Hopkins according to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and published in 2001 by John D. Austin, FASG. See citation below. William3 son of Giles was still in Eastham under support of his brother on 5 March 1688. William of New York arrived there by 1680 per his own account book [citation on his profile].
- ↑ Stephen Hopkins, in General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. (New England - United States: General Society of Mayflower Descendants., Various), Vol 6 p 3 and 9, 2001.
William3 Hopkins (Giles2, Stephen1) "born 9 Jan 1660; Giles left land and cattle to son Stephen with condition that "after my decease my son Stephen Hopkins shall take ye care and oversight and maintain my son William Hopkins during his natural life in a comfortable and descent manner." Giles also left two acres to his wife and son William for their life use, to go to son Joshua upon their deaths; William was evidently unm. and d.s.p. after 5 March 1688/9; no proof has been found and it appears most unlikely that this man was identical with William Hopkins (1660-1718) of Shelter,NY, who m. Rebecca Havens." This type of provision is common in New England wills in the case were a child is infirm, disabled or non compos mentis. It is not likely this man could care for himself.
- ↑ Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861), Vol. 8.
"William, son of Giles, Eastham, 9 January 1660" Since no record in New York gives any evidence to the age of William at death or at any other event there is no reason to believe that this record reflects the birth date of William even approximately. He may have been very much older for example.
- Mallmann, Jacob Edward. Historical papers on Shelter Island and its Presbyterian church, with genealogical tables. (New York, New York: J.E. Mallmann, 1899), 44-45 .
"This is likely the origin of the misidentification of William of Eastham with William of Southold. On pp. 44-45 it identifies the two men without any specific evidence in support. It does mention that William of Southold was at Shelter Island by about 1680, and also mentions William's account book, with entries beginning about 1680. I cannot see how this man could be the William whose father, Giles, had to make provisions for his care in his will of 19-Jan-1682." Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants;
Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project Administrator of http://plymouthcolony.net
- Edward Doubleday Harris, "Ancient Burial-Grounds of Long Island, N. Y." , in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), various issues from Volune 53 (1899) to Volume 55 (1901)), at 53:412.
"Here lyes ye body of William Hopkins, the husband of Rebecca Hopkins, who departed this life 26 Jun 1718" A companion article, included in that installment on pp. 413-415, is by Lucy Dubois Akerly, entitled "Genealogical Notes on Old Orient Epitaphs." On p. 415 she stated, for William Hopkins, "Rebecca (Havens?), wife of William, d. Apr. 23, 1746. His will mentions eight children, but six of whom are known by name, viz: William, Eferam, Hannah, Samuel, John, and Abijah, who mar. Elizabeth, dau. of Capt. John^3 King, in 1734."None of these records indicate his age at death or his place or time of birth.