Stephen Hopkins performed Patriotic Service in Rhode Island in the American Revolution
Stephen Hopkins was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
He was the son of William Hopkins and Ruth Wilkinson, and was born on March 7, 1707 in then Providence, Providence County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Governor Hopkins said of himself, "Stephen Hopkins of Providence, in the county of Providence, was born in Cranston." This was dated Feb. 3, 1754. Cranston was incorporated in 1754. Foster, the author of a Hopkins biography, then asks the question, where exactly were his parents living in 1707. Hopkins determined that they lived in what was then designated as Providence. Arnold's "Rhode Island Vital Records" records his birthplace in Providence but says he was born in Scituate. Scituate was not settled until 1710, and was part of Providence until 1731. When the citizens of Scituate held their first town meeting, at the Angell Tavern in South Scituate, Stephen Hopkins was elected as the first moderator.
Hopkins was raised as a Quaker and trained to be a farmer. However, he was employed primarily as a surveyor.
He had little formal education and was taught by his mother. She inspired him to be a prolific reader of Greek, Roman and British history. Despite his informal training, he made the most of it and attained great success in life.
He married Sarah Scott (c1707-1753), a Quaker and daughter of Silvanus Scott and Joanna Jenckes, Oct 9, 1726, in Scituate (then sitill part of Providence). They had seven children; five sons and two daughters. At least one of his daughters and one son died in their childhood. His second son, Captain John Hopkins (1728 - 1753) died in Spain of the smallpox, and Sylvanus Hopkins (1734-1753) was killed by Indians at Nova Scotia. His youngest son, Capt. George Hopkins (1739 - 1775) is noted to have also died at sea.
After the death of Sarah, Stephen Hopkins, of Providence, remarried 2 March 1755, in Smithfield, Providence County, to Ann Smith, widow (1717-1782). She was the daughter of Benjamin Smith, of Providence, (her first husband had the same surname, but no relation). She was thirty-eight years old at the time of her second marriage, and brought with her three living children, Benjamin, Ruth, and Amery. It is said that Stephen Hopkins became very fond of his stepchildren and the feeling was mutual. His son George married Ann's daughter Ruth.
Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636–1850 - Town and Church Records] (V.1-V.12). (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014), Originally Published as: Vital record of Rhode Island 1636-1850: First Series: births, marriages and deaths: a family register for the people, by James N. Arnold. Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Company.
↑ Death: (index to Probate) Providence, RI: Index to Probate, 1646-1899 . (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), (The Providence Press, Providence, RI. Edward Field, Index to the probate records of the Municipal court of the city of Providence, Rhode Island. From 1646 to and including the year 1899, 1902)
↑ Death: Reported in the "Newport Mercury" 16 July 1785 Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636–1850 - Town and Church Records (V.1-V.12). (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014), Originally Published as: Vital record of Rhode Island 1636-1850: First Series: births, marriages and deaths: a family register for the people, by James N. Arnold. Providence, RI: Narragansett Historical Publishing Company.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Stephen by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Stephen:
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