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 Isaac Hopkins

Isaac Hopkins

Birth
Death 29 Mar 1903 (aged 62–63)
Burial Matinecock, Nassau County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 46526306 · View Source
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Isaac Hopkins was the son of Silas Hopkins b1800 and Rosetta Hopkins b1805. He was the grandson of Jordan Hopkins b1765, the freed black slave of William Hopkins 1729-1810 and wife Rachel (Coles) Hopkins, the white owners of Hopkins Farm whose land now comprises the town of Glen Head, Long Island, Nassau County (formerly Queens Co.), NY. Jordan was given his freedom in 1807 shortly before the death of his master in 1810. It is recorded in the Oyster Bay Town Records, v.7. Jordan took the Hopkins surname as his own and continued working and living on the Hopkins Farm as did his children and grandchildren. Jordan lived past the age of 85 and was buried in the Hopkins Family Plot located on the crest of a hill off Cedar Swamp Rd. about a quarter mile from Glen Cove. A simple stone inscribed J.H. marks his grave. A stone marked A.H. could be Jordan's mother, but I can't prove.

Silas Hopkins, son of Jordan, married Rosetta and had five children: Charity b1828, Samuel b1831, Cathan b1835 (female), Isaac b1840 and Henry b1844.

The white Hopkins were Quakers and descended from a line of Thomas & Joanna (Arnold) Hopkins who came from England in 1634 and settled in Rhode Island. Their lineage includes RI Gov. Stephen Hopkins 1707-1785, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Quakers were instrumental in the early abolition of slavery in the northern United States.

Silas Hopkins b1796, son of William M. and Elizabeth (Downing) Hopkins, sold the Hopkins Farm to William Hall in 1867. As of 1947, the Hopkins Family Plot still existed in a residential housing area called High Farms off Cedar Swamp Rd. & High Farms Rd. which was the location of the original entrance gate to the Hopkins Farm. The cemetery and some of the stones were recorded in the July 1947 issue of The Long Island Forum p.130. I doubt that it exists today, but hope that the stones were saved and will turn up some day. Anyone up for the challenge of finding out what happened to them? Please contact leeashmore2003@yahoo.com


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  • Maintained by: Lee Ashmore
  • Originally Created by: DMC
  • Added: 10 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46526306
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Hopkins (1840–29 Mar 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46526306, citing Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemeter, Matinecock, Nassau County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Lee Ashmore (contributor 47026276) .