|Birth: ||1625, England|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 1688|
First, let me say thank you to Superkentman, the originator of this memorial, who has died. I promise to take good care of this memorial.
William Hopkins was born about 1625, in England. His parents are unknown at this time. William came to New England about 1650 and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He could have been married at that time, but it is more likely that he married after his arrival. His first wife’s name is unknown. William first appears in the Town records of Roxbury early in 1656. He is chosen to dig graves for the town, two shillings for adults and twelve pence for children under 10 years of age. Roxbury records list only the birth of daughter Hannah on January 3, 1657 and death of son Ebenezer in 1674. The next entry of his name is in the baptismal records when on the "3 mo. 6 d. 1660" three children of William Hopkins were baptized, William, Thomas, and Hannah. This might be close to the time that his first wife died. He soon married Hannah Andrews of Dorchester, who asked to be transferred from the church at that town to the church at Roxbury on April 22, 1660. William and Hannah had eight children in Roxbury. William’s son Thomas was in Wadsworth’s Company under Capt. Turner and was killed by Indians on April 21, 1676. His wife Hannah died of smallpox on January 5, 1678/9. The record of William’s death is found in the records of Roxbury, on a handwritten page titled 1688. It says, “William Hopkins sen dyed the 8th day of November.” Both William and Hannah were members of Rev. John Eliot’s Church.
Extracted from "The Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England" by James Savage; NEHGR 14:49; Roxbury VR; Rosemary markham's website
William is not buried at this site, it is a cenotaph, he is probably buried near Roxbury, Massachusetts
Hannah "Susannah" Andrews Hopkins (1639 - 1678)*
Joseph Hopkins (1667 - 1735)*
Note: Cenotaph: Ancestors of Pardon Hopkins listed on his monument
Specifically: Cenotaph, William is not buried here
Maintained by: Ken Smith
Originally Created by: Superkentman
Record added: Jan 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32591533