Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson (1737 - 1791)

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Francis Hopkinson
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Francis Hopkinson was an American author as well as one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from New Jersey. Other positions he held was as federal judge of Pennsylvania. He is noted as playing a key role in the design of the first American flag.

He married Ann Borden, the granddaughter of the man for whom Bordentown was named; they would have five children. A few years later, the family moved to Bordentown, New Jersey He died in 1791 from complications of a stroke at the age of 53.

"“My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free,” written in Philadelphia in 1759 by Francis Hopkinson (1737–91), is generally considered the first secular song written by a native-born American."[1]


  • United States. Congress. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2005.
  • Hatcher, Patricia Law. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. Vol. 1-4. Dallas, TX, USA: Pioneer Heritage Press, 1987.
  • Hildeburn, Charles R., ed.. Baptisms and Burials From the Records of Christ Church, Philadelphia, 1709-1760. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1877-1893.
  • Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
  • Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.

DAR record for Francis Hopkinson #A058237


  1. McCarthy, Jack. "My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free." Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Accessed 4 June 2018 from


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Francis is 31 degrees from Jelena Eckstädt, 16 degrees from Theodore Roosevelt and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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