on Stephen Hopkins, of 1609 Sea Venture & 1620 Mayflower:
Except from an E-mail
Bert W. Hoyt,
Good Morning John-
Many thanks for the family additions!!
I pulled two Mayflower books from the bookcase this a.m. to seek more information on Stephen Hopkins.
has quite a history. He was the only
storm that required the crew to strip naked to bail out the hold to keep from sinking. The storm finally
abated and they were able to run the ship aground on a
finally built two pinnaces
named Deliverance and Patience and made it to
the group starving. They helped the group until an English ship arrived with new supplies. Stephen re-
he took custody of his three children. Stephen Hopkins married Elizabeth Fisher 19 Feb 1617/8 at St.
Stephen decided to join the Mayflower group: He paid for his wife Elizabeth (pregnant) and children;
Constance, Giles, and Damaris. His eldest daughter had apparently died earlier. He brought two servants;
Edward Doty and Edward Leister.
likely knew Pocahontas when he was in
of first wife Elizabeth:
son Giles baptized on
born on the Mayflower.
The will of Stephen Hopkins: he requests burial with his deceased wife Elizabeth; his great bull goes to
son Giles; twenty shillings to grandson Giles (son of his son Stephen); his mare goes to daughter Constance Snow; daughter Deborah received a broad-horned black cow and her calf and a share in a cow
called "Motley"; Demaris received Heifer Demaris and a white faced calf and another half of the share in
daughter Ruth received a cow called Red Cow and her calf and a bull; Daughter
a cow called "Smythkins" and her calf plus half of the "curled calf" with Ruth. Four daughters in all.
Son Caleb, executor of the estate, received title to his house and lands and a pair of oxen. A lot of other
items in the estate are listed.
I will check my other book for more about the family and then see if that will help in defining the descendants
of Stephen Hopkins. Stephen also had a history of selling liquor in his home that involved some problems
in the community. He was nearly banished to another island by Sir Thomas Gates. He felt Gates didn't
have authority over the group in
and brought before the group in manacles. He pleaded simplicity and apologized for his actions. He was
found guilty but rescued from his sentence by the group who secured his pardon. Apparently his escape
from death caused him to avoid further controversy until his
later problems selling liquor in
Thanks Again for your Hoyt family additions!!
Links for reading on Sea Venture shipwrecked from a tempest
for 3 days coming
Virginia to supply the Colonists there from 1607, Robert Newton’s group.