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Silas Hopkins UE (1741 - 1818)

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Capt Silas Hopkins UE
Born in Monmouthshire, Walesmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married in West Findlay, Washington, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hamilton, Wentworth, Upper Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Mar 2011
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Silas Hopkins was a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Proven
Date: Undated



Capt. Silas Hopkins UE was born on May 9, 1741, in Monmouthshire, Wales.[1]


Note: He was a captain with the New Jersey Volunteers from 1776-1777. He and his family came to Canada in 1802.

Silas was a cattle driver (drove cattle to Niagra to be sold to the British Army) on the American frontier after the Revolution...Later (After1801) he lived in Canada." -Recollection from writings of Esther Summers- descendant.

Silas was remembered as "a good specimen of an English country gentleman with a cocked hat, knee breeches, long stockings, low shoes with large silver buckles"- recollection of granddaughter Azubah Hogan Gilliland- from writings of Esther Summers

"he belonged first to the Colonial Army and then for some reason switched to the British side. His wife was nee Mary Swayze who was related to William Seward of the then (*actually later under Abraham Lincoln) White House as his mother (*actually grandmother) was also Mary Swayze. The two Marys were cousins. For his actions in the Revolutionary War, Capt. Silas Hopkins was imprisioned for 3 years and fined 1000 pounds, but was given a pardon personally by George Washington. (speculated because of the intercession of Seward family?)"-from writings of Orrena Hanley, descendant of Silas Hopkins.


  1. Find A Grave: Memorial #93563477 Capt. Silas Hopkins


Date: Nov 1818
Place: Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Source S54
Abbreviation: Public Member Trees
Title: Public Member Trees

Family records and Letters written to Anona Shaw Blackburn, now in posession of Lisa Blackburn Roller.


Event: Captain New Jersey Volunteers
Type: Military Service
Date: 1776-1777
Place: New Jersey, USA


Immigration: see note - Ronald Cox's Ancestors, Cousins and their allied families
Date: Jun 1801
Place: Canada

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On 9 Mar 2019 at 07:40 GMT Jo-Anne (Reid) Zeron-Benes wrote:

Link- [1] - The settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884, Image 70 - Page 194.

Hopkins, Senr., Silas /Res: H District/ It was said he accepted of a pardon from Genl Washington I. S. Niagara Stamped Book.

Link- Land Petitions of Upper Canada, 1763-1865 "Hopkins" Hopkins, Silas 1799

On 28 Oct 2018 at 22:49 GMT Lisa (Blackburn) Roller wrote:

*comments are mine. See William H. Seward

On 14 Oct 2018 at 21:54 GMT Gary Kueber wrote:

Also, according to New Jersey Wills, Silas Hopkins was appointed administrator of father Abijah's will in New Jersey (in 1798.) While Patriot/Loyalist family splits certainly happened, it seems unlikely that a Loyalist son who settled in Canada after the war would be appointed admin in New Jersey in lieu of the other sons who were in New Jersey or PA and served on the American side, as did Abijah.

On 14 Oct 2018 at 20:31 GMT Gary Kueber wrote:

Are you certain this Silas Hopkins is attached to the correct parents? Seems odd that parents and other siblings are b. New York and New Jersey but he would be born in Wales. Also, DAR lineage book lists Silas, son of Abijah as "served as a private in the Washington County, Pennsylvania militia. He was born in Sussex County; died in Hope, New Jersey in 1815." Which sounds quite different from this person. Thanks!

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