Person:Sarah Hopkins (43)

Sarah Hopkins
m. 12 Oct 1795
  1. Elizabeth Swallow1799 - 1816
  2. Sarah Swallow1801 -
  3. Mary Swallow1803 - 1857
  4. Hannah Swallow1804 - 1807
  5. William Swallow1808 -
  6. Susannah Swallow1811 -
  7. Hannah Swallow1814 -
  8. George Swallow1816 - 1818
Facts and Events
Name Sarah Hopkins
Gender Female
Birth[1] abt 1769 Hertfordshire, England
Marriage 12 Oct 1795 King's Walden, Hertfordshire, Englandto William Swallow
Census[1] 6 Jun 1841 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandGustard Wood
Burial[2] 2 Aug 1848 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England

Sarah Hopkins' origins are unknown. Her first confirmed sighting is on 12th October 1795, when she was married at King's Walden in Hertfordshire to an agricultural labourer named William Swallow. One of the witnesses to that marriage was a William Hopkins, who was presumably a relative.

William and Sarah did not stay in King's Walden after their marriage, but moved south to Wheathampstead, where they had eight children between 1799 and 1816, although two of those died as infants and another as a girl of 16. In 1813 the parish registers start recording precisely where each family lived, and thus we know that from at least 1814 onwards the family was living at Hollybush, a 16th or 17th century row of cottages near the hamlet of Mackerye End in the west of Wheathampstead parish. Hollybush still stands today, but the whole row of cottages has now been combined into one house.[3]

William died in 1835, aged 65. This is the last time the family was listed as having lived at Hollybush. After William's death, Sarah moved to Gustard Wood, a hamlet to the north of Wheathampstead parish, where she appears in the 1841 census living next door to her son William and his family. Her granddaughter Eliza was living with her - Eliza was Sarah's daughter Hannah's daughter, born before Hannah's marriage to William Thompson.

Sarah stayed at Gustard Wood for the rest of her life. She died in 1848 and was buried at Wheathampstead on 2nd August 1848. She was 79.

  1. 1.0 1.1 General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 442; Book 8; Folio 30; Page 22, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.
    AddressGustardwood, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    NameSexAge*Implied birthdateOccupationBorn in county?
    William Swallowmale301806-11Ag LabYes
    Elizabeth Swallowfemale301806-11S PlYes
    George Swallowfemale91831/2Yes
    Mary Swallowfemale81832/3Yes
    Thomas Swallowmale41836/7Yes
    Susan Swallowfemale7 months1840Yes
    * next household *
    Sarah Swallowfemale701766-1771WidowYes
    Eliza Swallowfemale81832/3Yes
    *Age was supposed to be rounded down to the next multiple of five for everyone over 15.
  2. Burials register, in Church of England. Wheathampstead Parish Registers. (Hertford: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies), Primary quality.

    BURIALS in the Parish of Wheathampstead in the County of Hertford in the Year 1848
    No. 1051
    Name: Sarah Swallow
    Abode: Gustard Wood
    When buried: August 2d
    Age: 79 [1768/9]
    By whom the Ceremony was performed: H. Tench? Rector?

  3. Details and a picture of Hollybush Cottage, which is a listed building, are available at English Heritage's Images of England website.