8606. Giles HOPKINS
was born in Jan 1607/8 in Hursley, Hampshire, England. He was baptized on 30
Jan 1607/8 in Hursley, Hampshire, England. He signed a will on 19 Jan 1682 in
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. He died on 26 Apr 1689 in Eastham, Barnstable,
Massachusetts. He was a passenger on the Mayflower with his stepmother Elizabeth,
father Steven, sister Constance and stepsister Damaris. Stepbrother Oceanis was
born to Elizabeth during the voyage.
The information on Giles which I have here differs from what many genealogists have. It is from Caleb Johnson, who published it in the July 1998 issue of the American Genealogist. His website is:
GILES, Plymouth, eldest s. of Stephen, came with his f. and mo. in
the Mayflower; rem. to Yarmouth, m. Oct. 1639, Catharine (on res.
spoll. as pronounc. Catorne) Wheldon, had Mary, b. 1640; Stephen,
Sept. 1642, wh. was of Eastham, and in infan. was nam. in the will of
his gr.f.; John, b. and d. 1643; Abigail, Oct. 1644, m. 23 May 1667,
William Merrick; Deborah, June 1648; Caleb,
Jan. 1651; Ruth, June 1653; Joshua, June 1657; William, 9 Jan. 1661,
wh. was infirm in mind; and Eliz. Nov. 1664, d. soon; and he d. a.
1690. The last six ch. were b. prob. at Eastham. (Savage 2:461)
GILES, Yarmouth, son of Stephen, came in the Mayflower with his
father. He m., 1639, Catherine Wheldon, and had Mary, 1640; Stephen,
1642 m. Mary, d. of William Merrick; John, 1643; Abigail, 1644, m.
William Merrick; Deborah, 1648; Caleb, 1651; Ruth, 1653; Joshua, 1657,
m. Mary, d. of Daniel Cole; William, 1661; Elizabeth, 1664
(Genealogical Register of Plymouth, p 145)
In 1662 [Thomas Paine] was appointed, together with Nicholas Snow,
Jonathan Sparrow and Giles Hopkins, all leading men of Eastham, to
view and lay out the great meadow between Namskaket and Silver Spring,
within the limits of Eastham, to those of the inhabitants entitled to
the same and in the same year, with Giles Hopkins, was appointed a
surveyor of highways.
(source: Ancestors of Eugene Hunter Payne, Thomas Colwell Payne
Will of Gyles Hopkins
To all Christian people to whome these presents shall com know ye
that I Giles Hopkins of Eastham being sick and weak of Body and yet
of perfit memory do declare this as my Last will and Testament on this
ninteenth day of January in ye year of our Lord 1682
I bequeath my Body to ye grave in decent burial when this
Life of mine shall have an end and my soul to god that gave it in
of a blessed Resurection at ye Last day
2ly my will is that my son Stephen Hopkins shall possess and
my Upland and meadow Lying and being at Satuckit that is to say all
my upland and meadow on ye southerly side of ye bounds of ye
Towne of eastham that is to say all my Right and title Intrest and
to all those Lands from ye head of Namescakit to ye southermost part
of ye long pond where mannomoyet cart way goes over to Satuckit
and from thence to ye head of manomoyet river and so as our Line
shall run over to ye south sea all ye Lands between thos bounds and
ye westermost bounds of ye purchesers at satuckit river all these
Lands I give Unto my son Stephen Hopkins and to his heirs forever:
and half my stock of cattill for and in consideration of ye above sd
Land and half stock of cattel my will is that after my decease my son
Stephen Hopkins shall take ye care and oversight and maintaine my
son William Hopkins during his natural Life in a comfortable decent
3ly my will is that all my Lands at Palmet both purchesed and
unpurchesed both meadows and upland and all my Lands at Pochet
and my third part of Samsons neck and what other Lands shall fall
unto me as a purcheser from ye fore mentioned Bounds of my son
Stephen Hopkinses Lands and potanomacot all these fore specified
Lands I give unto my sons Caleb and Joshua Hopkins to be equaly
devided between them: further my will is that if either of my sons
Joshua or Caleb Hopkins dye having no Issew that then these Lands
which I have given them to be equally devided between them fall to
him that surviveth.
4ly. I give unto my wife Catorne Hopkins and to my son William
Hopkins the improvment of too acres of meadow Lying at ye head of
Rock Harbor during my wifes Life and ye one half of that too acres I
give Unto my son william during his Life and after ye decease of and
after ye decease of my wife and son william I do give this above sd
acres of meadow to my son Joshua Hopkins and his heirs forever: as
also after my decease I give Unto my son Joshua Hopkins a parcel of
meadow Lying at ye mouth of Rock Harbor according to ye bounds
thereof specified in ye Towne Records of Lands: it I give unto my son
Caleb Hopkins a parcel of meadow Lying at Little Nameskeket
according to ye bounds thereof specified in ye Towne Book of
Records of Lands.
It. I give unto my wife my now dwelling House and halfe my Land
halfe my orchard that is by my house: by Land I mean half my Land
that is about my house both fenced and Unfenced during my wifes
natural Life, and then ye above sd housing and Lands to fall unto my
son Joshua Hopkins; the other half of my Land and orchard I give to
my son Joshua Hopkins after my death that is to say ye other half of
my Lands Liying about my house.
It. I give unto my son Caleb Hopkins one pair of plow Irons.
It. I give Unto my son Joshua Hopkins one payer of plow Irons.
It. I give Unto my son Joshua Hopkins my carte and wheels.
It. I give unto my wife ye other half of my stock and moveables I
to my wife and my son William or what parse of ye moveables my wife
shall see cause to bestow on my son William Hopkins.
It. I do appoint my son Stephen Hopkins to be my true and Lawful
executor of this my Last will and testament to pay what is payable and
Receive what is due.
And to ye truth and verity hereof I have hereunto sett my hand
seal ye day and year above written.
Signed and sealed
in presence of us, ye mark of
Giles Hopkins (seal)
Jonathan Sparrow and Samuel Knowles witnesses to this will made
oath in Court ye: 16 th: of April 1690 that they saw ye above sd Giles
Hopkins signe seal and declare this to be his Last will and Testament.
Attest Joseph Lothrop. Clerk.
I ye above sd Giles Hopkins do declare where as by ye providence
God my Life has been prolonged unto me and by Reason of age and
disabillity of Body Lam Incapatiated to provide for my owne support
and my wifes, my will further is that my son Stephen Hopkins from this
time and forward shall possess and Injoy all my stock and moveable
estate provided he take effectual care for mine and my wifes
Comfortable Support during our natural Lives witness my hand and
seal this fifth day of march 1688/9.
Witness Mark Snow
Giles Hopkins (seal)
The within mentioned Mark Snow and Jonathan Sparrow made oath
in Court April ye: 16 : 1690 that they saw Giles Hopkins within
mentioned signe seal and declare ye latter part of this will within
mentioned to be his Last will and Testament. Attest. Joseph Lothrop,
Duly Compared with the original and entered April ye: 22 : 1690.
Attest. Joseph Lothrop, Recorder.
Mayflower Web Pages. Caleb Johnson c 1997
A son of Stephen Hopkins, q.v., Giles came to Plymouth with his father
on the 1620 Mayflower, and on 9 October 1639 he married Catherine
Wheldon (PCR 1:134; MD 13:85). The will of Giles [p.308] Hopkins of
Eastham, dated 19 January 1682/83, codicil 5 March 1688/89, proved 16
April 1690, mentioned his wife "Catorne," and sons Stephen, William,
Caleb, and Joshua (MD 1:110). MD 7:236-37 gives the births of his
children, as later recorded at Eastham, as Mary, November 1640;
Stephen, September 1642; John, 1643 (died at age of three months);
Abigail, October 1644; Deborah, June 1648; Caleb, January 1650/51;
Ruth, June 1653; Joshua, June 1657; William, 9 January 1660/61; and
Elizabeth, November 1664 (died one month old). (Plymouth Colony: Its
History and People)
He was married to Catherine Catone WHELDEN on 9 Oct 1639 in Plymouth, MA.
8607. Catherine Catone WHELDEN
died after 5 Mar 1688/89 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. She was
born @1618 in England. Children were:
i. Mary HOPKINS was born in Nov 1640 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
ii. Stephen HOPKINS was born in Sep 1642 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
iii. John HOPKINS was born in 1643 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts. He died in 1643 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
iv. Abigail HOPKINS was born in Oct 1644 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
2119 v. Deborah HOPKINS.
vi. Caleb HOPKINS was born in Jan 1650/51 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
vii. Ruth HOPKINS was born in Jun 1653 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
viii. Joshua HOPKINS was born in Jun 1657 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
ix. William HOPKINS was born on 9 Jan 1660/61 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
x. Elizabeth HOPKINS was born in Nov 1664 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
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