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Stephen Hopkins

Male 1581 - Aft 1644  (> 63 years)


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  • Name Stephen Hopkins 
    Alternate birth Abt 1578  of Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate birth Abt 1579  [2
    Born 30 Apr 1581  Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1582  Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died Aft 6 Jun 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Person ID I8638  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2015 

    Father John Hopkins,   b. Abt 1550, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Oct 1593, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Williams,   d. Aft 1593 
    Married 28 Jul 1579  Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F2703  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary,   d. Bef 9 May 1613, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 13 May 1604  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Children 
    +1. Giles Hopkins,   b. Bef 30 Jan 1608, Hursley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 16 Apr 1690, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 82 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2017 04:58:56 
    Family ID F6346  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated 1620, on the Mayflower, with his second wife Elizabeth Fisher and his children Elizabeth, Constance, and Giles. He was a tanner, merchant, and tavern-keeper.

      Notable as the only Mayflower passenger to have previously visited the New World, as it now appears that he was the same Stephen Hopkins that served as the minister's clerk on the 1609 voyage to Jamestown of the Sea Venture. This ship was caught in a storm and ran aground at Bermuda, marooning its passengers. Sir Thomas Gates, who had been travelling to Jamestown as its newly-appointed governor, organized the passengers to build new boats to complete the voyage. Hopkins vocally dissented against Gates's authority, and was charged with mutiny and sentenced to death, but ultimately pardoned after many other passengers pled for clemency toward him. The boat-building project was successful and the passengers of the Sea Venture ultimately made it to Jamestown, from whence Hopkins ultimately returned to England in 1614. A written narrative of the Sea Venture's story was in circulation in England by late 1610 and is known to have been read by Shakespeare, whose The Tempest, first performed in November 1611, concerns a group of passengers shipwrecked by a storm, and includes a comic-relief drunk named Stefano who attempts to take over as their leader.

  • Sources 
    1. [S496] Caleb Johnson, "The True Origins of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower, With Evidence of His Earlier Presence in Virginia." The American Genealogist 73:161, July 1998.

    2. [S759] The Pilgrim Migration: Emigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.

    3. [S497] Ernest Martin Christensen, "The Probable Parentage of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower." The American Genealogist 79:241, October 2004.

    4. [S635] Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts in December 1620: Volume Six, Third Edition, Family--Stephen Hopkins, by John D. Austin. Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2001.

    5. [S759] The Pilgrim Migration: Emigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004., year only.