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Catherine "Catorne" Hopkins (Whelden)

Also Known As: "Katherine Wheldon", "Catherine Hopkins", "Katherine", "Catorne"
Birthplace: Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gabriel Wheldon and Jane Whelden
Wife of Giles Hopkins, "Mayflower" Passenger
Mother of Mary Hopkins; Stephen Hopkins, III; John Hopkins, II; Abigail Merrick (Hopkins); Deborah Cooke and 5 others
Sister of Thomas Wheldon; Ralph Whelden; Henry Whelden; Martha Whelden; Mary Taylor and 5 others
Half sister of Sara Whelden

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About Catherine "Catorne" Hopkins

Gabriel Whelden (c1583-1654)  married (1) about 1610 Unknown;  [possibly m(2) 3 Aug 1617 Mary Davis]   m(3) Jane;  m.(4) 1649 Margaret Matthews. Lived in Basford, Nottinghamshire, until moving to Yarmouth, Massachusetts, in 1638; then in 1648 to Lynn, and later to Malden, where he died.

Children were baptized at St Leodegarius Church, Basford.

  • 3. Catherine (Kathren, Catone) Whelden (bapt. 6 Mar 1616/7-1689) m.9 Oct 1639 Giles Hopkins (1608-1689) son of Stephen Hopkins, both of the Mayflower 11 Nov 1620.  Eastham, MA

Catherine Whelden (bapt. 6 Mar 1616/7-1689) was also known as Catorne and Katherine; her birth surname is variously reported as Whelden, Wheldon, Weldon. She died after 5 Mar 1688/89 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts.


According to Pope's Pioneers, Katherine Whelden, eldest daughter of Gabriel, wrote to a John Shanvat of Nottingham in a letter dated 29 June 1639 concerning the drowning death of Martha Weelden in Dedham, Mass, some 12 days earlier, probably her sister Martha.  The full content of that letter is unknown, as is the identity of Shanvat, although he might have been related to Gabriel's aunt by marriage, Christobel, whose will mentions her sister Morris Chamlet. 

This is the first mention of the Whelden family in America.


  • parents: Eldest daughter of Gabriel Whelden . "Catherine Wheldon/Wheldin/Whelden is the daughter of Gabriel Whelden founder of the Whelden, Welden, Wheldin families in America. "The American Geneologist" Vol 48 1972 throughly documents this family."


  1. October 9, 1639, Plymouth, MA to Giles Hopkins (1607-1689). He was a passenger on the Mayflower. the family moved shortly thereafter to Yarmouth, living there for about five years before moving on to settle at Eastham, where he died sometime between 1688 and 1690.


  1. i. MARY4 HOPKINS, b. November 1640, Yarmouth, MA; d. July 2, 1700, Eastham, MA.
  2. ii. STEPHEN HOPKINS, b. September 1642, Yarmouth, MA; d. October 10, 1718, Harwich, MA.
  3. iii. JOHN HOPKINS, b. 1643, Yarmouth, MA; d. Unknown, Died young, 3 months old..
  4. iv. ABIGAIL HOPKINS, b. October 1644; d. Unknown.
  5. v. DEBORAH HOPKINS, b. June 1648, Eastham, MA; d. Bet. February 28, 1686 - December 1727, Eastham, MA.
  6. vi. CALEB HOPKINS, b. Abt. January 1649, Eastham, MA; d. Bef. May 22, 1728, Truro, MA.
  7. vii. RUTH HOPKINS, b. June 1653, Eastham, MA; d. Unknown; m. SAMUEL MAYO, May 26, 1681, Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA; b. October 12, 1655, Eastham, MA; d. October 29, 1738.

      Internet source ( ) says the following about Catherine's mother and father:

Gabriel Whelden

The first known Whelden in the line in America was Gabriel Whelden of Plymouth. He is believed to have been born in England, but the date and place are not proven. It is commonly stated that Gabriel Whelden originated in Nottinghamshire, but no records have been found to substantiate it. The author Pope reports he found a record of a land sale in Middlesex county files where Gabriel in 1653 sold land he owned in Nottingham to William Cross. The head archivist of these records, Elizabeth Bouvier has been unable to find any such record.

The Wheeldon/Wheelton family, which has not yet been connected to Gabriel Wheldon, finds the earliest spelling located to-date is Whyldon (christenings of sons of William Whyldon at Astbury, Cheshire: Matthew, 14 Dec 1574; John 14 Mar 1584; per LDS IGI ). In "Homes of Family Names in Great Britain", Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968) H. B. Guppy noted that the surname Wheelton as "peculiar" or "confined mostly to this county [Cheshire]." He indicated it was more specifically associated with Macclesfield. The surname is concentrated in the ancient Parish of Prestbury, which originally included Macclesfield. Additionally, "pockets" of Wheeldon ~ Wheelton individuals settled in the Cheshire / Derbyshire / Staffordshire border area known as "The Potteries."

Was Margaret (Oguina) a Wampanoag?

Gabriel married Margaret Diguina (or Oguina), who may have been Gabriel's second wife. Some say that Margaret was a Wampanoag Indian, although it is hotly disputed by many genealogists. Accordig to the Wampanoag theory Oguina was a child of 6 years in 1608 when a British fishing vessel picked her up along with other Wampanoags along a beach on Cape Cod. She was taken to England where she baptized and given the English name Margaret. She eventually married Gabriel Whelden.

Oguina was a daughter of Quadequina who in turn was a son of WAasaneginN. These geenrations were of the Algonkian nation of Massachusoi and tribe of Wampanoag.

Oguina's descent is as follows:

1- WASANEGIN, born by 1554


2-QUADEQUINA, born 1576. This year is determined from the fact that he was born

in the year when the "Great Light" went out. European astronomers noted in 1576

that there was a Solar Eclipse. He, QUADEQUINA begot

3-OGUINA, born 1602 @ Wampanoag village in what is today Rhode Island.

Gabriel Whelden and Margaret (Oguina) had the following children:

Ruth Whelden, who married Richard Taylor, and who died December 1673 in Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

Henry Whelden, who died 28 October 1694

Katherne Whelden

John Whelden, who died 20 November 1711

Ralph Whelden

Gabriel died January 1653/1654 in Malden, Massachusetts. Following is his Last Will and Testament:

In the name of God, and in obedience to his comand (according to my bounden duty) I, Gabriell Whelding, of the Towne and Church of Maulden, being weake and sicke in body, do make my last will. My body to be layd asleepe in the bed of the grave, in the Common buriing lace for the Inhabitants of this Towne. I give 10s as a Small testimony of my true Love to the Church of Maulden, to be payd into the hands of the Deacons within a month after my decease. i give all my estate in Maulden, consisting of house, Frame Lands, cattle, and corne, (together [with] what money is due unto me from William Croffts, of Linne, to Margaret Whelding, my wife, who I appoynt my sole executrix.

In the presence of: Nathaniell Vphame, James Larnard, Michaiah Mathews, with others.


  1. [S435] Great Migration Begins, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), Volume II, page 988..


She was christened on Mar 6,1616/7 at Basford, Co.Nottinghamshire, England.

She married Giles Hopkins on Oct 9,1639 in Plymouth MA. Giles Hopkins arrived on the "Mayflower" as a boy in 1620, and was the son of Stephen Hopkins and his first wife, Mary ___ Hopkins(d.1613).

She died after 5 Mar 1688/89.

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Catherine "Catorne" Hopkins's Timeline

March 6, 1617
Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
March 6, 1617
Basford, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
October 9, 1639
Age 22
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
November 1, 1640
Age 23
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
September 9, 1642
Age 25
Yarmouth, Cape Cod (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 25
Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts
October 1644
Age 27
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
June 1648
Age 31
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
January 1650
Age 32
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
June 3, 1653
Age 36
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts