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White US Marine Husband’s Mayflower Ancestry 5-26-09

Here is picture of book, presumably, about my husband’s ancestor on the Mayflower, Stephen Hopkins and his thrilling adventures in the “New World”   http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/HopkinsBook.php
Picture Stephen HopkinsAs I finish up the long version of my reminisices of my husband’s life and death, I’m sending a copy of the people that were on the Mayflower Boat.  You can open up the PDF attachment file to see what the Mormons gave me when I gave them the old picture with the name “Beadle,” and “Lyons,” as you can see underlined.
I have no other info so I’m only basing on this, until I can find the person who has the complete ancestry done.
Apparently from the sheet the Mormon’s printed out from the book, “The Geneologies of Mayflower Families,Vol. 2,” it seems that my husband’s ancestors came from a man called “Stephen Hopkins.”
And here is something I just discovered today about him. There is a biography written about him,.. (and I’ve always only read either biographies, or real life stories, I have rarely found time to amuse myself with silly fiction even for escape. I think I’m going to buy it and send it to the Museum when I’m done reading it.  Here is a little sample of what his bio is about: (I just love their dress with capes, and long white collars and brocaded garb, and the title and picture are so intriguing.)
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[Description:]
Here Shall I Die Ashore is the latest book by Mayflower scholar and historian Caleb Johnson, the researcher who actually discovered Stephen Hopkins’ true English origins, and discovered the baptismal records of his children and the burial record for his first wife. Caleb’s new book consists of a biography of Stephen Hopkins, who was one of the most interesting of the Mayflower passengers because he not only participated in the founding of Plymouth, but prior to that he had been shipwrecked in Bermuda, and lived in early Jamestown Colony, Virginia.  In addition to the biography, this 270-page book also includes many of the original primary sources, including the two surviving accounts of the Bermuda shipwreck, and an an excerpt from a 1622-pamphlet describing Stephen’s trek to visit Wampanoag sachem Massasoit.
Here’s a biographical summary of Stephen Hopkins.  I think what is sad is that this Stephen Hopkins broke the established rules with his ‘alcohol’ sales.  He would never have dreamed that almost 400 years later, his descendant, my husband, would take his life by ‘drinking himself to death,’ intentionally.  I’m also going to forward this story along with my husband’s death certificate with 0.289 blood alcohol level when he died.

 

Biographical Summary

Stephen Hopkins was from Hampshire, England.  He married his first wife, Mary, and in the parish of Hursley, Hampshire; he and wife Mary had their children Elizabeth, Constance, and Giles all baptized there.  It has long been claimed that the Hopkins family was from Wortley, Gloucester, but this was disproven in 1998.  For more information on the true English origins of Stephen Hopkins, see the “Published Research” section at the bottom of this page.

Stephen Hopkins went with the ship Sea Venture on a voyage to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609 as a minister’s clerk, but the ship wrecked in the “Isle of Devils” in the Bermudas.  Stranded on an island for ten months, the passengers and crew survived on turtles, birds, and wild pigs.  Six months into the castaway, Stephen Hopkins and several others organized a mutiny against the current governor.  The mutiny was discovered and Stephen was sentenced to death.  However, he pleaded with sorrow and tears.  “So penitent he was, and made so much moan, alleging the ruin of his wife and children in this his trespass, as it wrought in the hearts of all the better sorts of the company”.  He managed to get his sentence commuted.

Eventually the castaways built a small ship and sailed themselves to Jamestown.  How long Stephen remained in Jamestown is not known.  However, while he was gone, his wife Mary died.  She was buried in Hursley on 9 May 1613, and left behind a probate estate which mentions her children Elizabeth, Constance and Giles.

Stephen was back in England by 1617, when he married Elizabeth Fisher, but apparently had every intention of bringing his family back to Virginia.  Their first child, Damaris, was born about 1618.  In 1620, Stephen Hopkins brought his wife, and children Constance, Giles, and Damaris on the Mayflower (child Elizabeth apparently had died).  Stephen was a fairly active member of the Pilgrims shortly after arrival, perhaps a result of his being one of the few individuals who had been to Virginia previously.  He was a part of all the early exploring missions, and was used almost as an “expert” on Native Americans for the first few contacts.  While out exploring, Stephen recognized and identified an Indian deer trap.  And when Samoset walked into Plymouth and welcomed the English, he was housed in Stephen Hopkins’ house for the night.  Stephen was also sent on several of the ambassadorial missions to meet with the various Indian groups in the region.

Stephen was an assistant to the governor through 1636, and volunteered for the Pequot War of 1637 but was never called to serve.  By the late 1630s, however, Stephen began to occasionally run afoul of the Plymouth authorities, as he apparently opened up a shop and served alcohol.  In 1636 he got into a fight with John Tisdale and seriously wounded him.  In 1637, he was fined for allowing drinking and shuffleboard playing on Sunday.  Early the next year he was fined for allowing people to drink excessively in his house: guest William Reynolds was fined, but the others were acquitted.  In 1638 he was twice fined for selling beer at twice the actual value, and in 1639 he was fined for selling a looking glass for twice what it would cost if bought in the Bay Colony.  Also in 1638, Stephen Hopkins’ maidservant got pregnant from Arthur Peach, who was subsequently executed for murdering an Indian.  The Plymouth Court ruled he was financially responsible for her and her child for the next two years (the amount remaining on her term of service).  Stephen, in contempt of court, threw Dorothy out of his household and refused to provide for her, so the court committed him to custody.  John Holmes stepped in and purchased Dorothy’s remaining two years of service from him: agreeing to support her and child.

Stephen died in 1644, and made out a will, asking to be buried near his wife, and naming his surviving children.

 

From the book itself, I’ll just highlight a few excerpts, and as I think we Whites may have to become ‘Separatists,’ and Separate into our own states, perhaps we can get some ideas how our forefather adn foremothers ‘separated’ even back then.
Chapter 8
THE VOYAGE OF THE MAYFLOWER
The voyage of the Mayflower was being organized by a group of religious “Separatists,” (which I believe means these White people from England wanted to “Separate,” from their government…..) the core of which had fled their secret meetinghouse in Scrooby, co. Nottingham, England, for the religious toleration of Holland, in 1608 and 1609.  The congregation which ultimately located itself in Leiden after spending a short time in Amsterdam, grew over time, as additinal “Separatists from Sandwich, Canterbury, Norwich, Colchester, Yarmouth, London, and a few other areas in England, were drawn to their church by word-of-mouth.
By 1617, just as Stephen was establishing himself in London, the congregation made the decision to relocate to Northern Virginia under the auspices of the Virginia Company of London; but unable to come up with the financial support necessary, they were lured into a joint-stock adventure led by some London merchants headed by Thomas Eston, an ironmonger and savvy merchant who seemed to have as many get rich quick schemes as he had contacts with wealthy investors.
Weston lived in the Aldgate ward of London, the parish immediately to the soutwest bordering St. Mary Whitechapel…..
The book reads that Stephen Hopkins had “Brownist-Separatist” tendencies.  It was a joint-stock company that financed the trip, and basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing would be provided by the company.  Profits would be sought from local resources namely from lumber, fur, trade with the Indians, and fishing. After the seven years was up, the company would liquidate and the shareholders would get (hopefully) a substantial return, as well as all the shares of their company’s assets, including land and houses.
It was a deal Stephen Hopkins could not pass up.  Despite having endured a shipwreck, starvation and disease, Indian attacks and harsh governors, he still had the New World bug, and this time he wanted to bring the whole family with.
Christopher Jones was the master of the Mayflower a ship that primarily hauled Cognac and wine.
Stephen’s wife, Elizabeth was pregnant, and giving birth at sea was not exactly what they had in mind, since another ship couldn’t travel because of a severe leak, and there were twice as many people on board, so there would be no privacy for the birth.

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