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Thomas Hopkins, Sr

Birthplace: Yeovilton, Chesselbourne, Somersetshire, England
Death: Died in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York
Place of Burial: unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of William Thomas Hopkins; William Thomas Hopkins; Joanna Joan Hopkins and Joana Hopkins
Husband of Elizabeth Hopkins
Father of Ichabod Hopkins; Joseph Hopkins; Maj William Hopkins; Thomas Hopkins, Jr.; Martha Jane Hall and 3 others
Brother of Frances Mann; William Hopkins and Elizabeth Inman

Occupation: Immigrant
Managed by: Ann Margrethe Nilsen
Last Updated:

About Thomas Hopkins, Sr

1635, May 1- He sailed from Dartmouth, England with his uncle William Arnold and family.

1635, June 24- The group arrived in Massachusetts Bay.

They resided in Hingham, MA for a short time.

1636, April 20- Thomas and the Arnold family settled in Providence, RI.

1636, September 1- He along with his sister Frances (Hopkins) Mann are enumerated in the Family Census of Masshassuck and Pawtuxet, RI.

1637 or 1638, October 3- He is one of 51 who "have paid all their purchase money and have quittances." Therefore, he and the others received land Roger Williams, Founder of RI, had recently purchased from the native Americans and the land was divided into "home lots" or "six acre lots." He was assigned a share of land in the southern part of Providence, RI- the fourth lot south of what is now Power Street, running east form the town street.

He later made a permanent settlement a little west of the Pawtucket or Balckstone River about 10 miles north of his first assigned home lot in the center of Providence, RI. This settlement was located in the territory of old Providence known as Louisquisset (Lime Rock), which was set off as Smithfield in 1731 and as Lincoln in 1871. His son Thomas, Jr. settled upon the old homestead until his death in 1718.

1640, July 27- He and 38 others signed an agreement for a form of government at Providence, RI. Some give the date 10 June 1637 for when this document was originally signed.

1646, February 21- Sergeant of Providence, RI.

1650, September 2- Taxed 13 shillings and 4 pence.

1651/2, March 7- He is one of 12 signers of the Providence Oath of Allegiance to the "Commonwealth of England as it is now established without a King or House of Lords."

1652, 59, and 60- Commisioner of the General Assembly.


1660- He is ninth on alist of "home lot" and "6 acre lot" owners.

1665, February 19- He had lot 93 in a division of lands.

1665-67, 1672- Deputy at the General Assembly held at Newport, RI.

1667, May 30- Swore allegiance to his Majestye King Charles II.

1667-72: Town Council.

1675- He removed to Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York at the outbreak of King Phillip's War where he remained until his death in September 1684.

Siblings: Frances bapt. 28 May 1614, Elizabeth bapt. 3 July 1619, and Grace bapt. 7 February 1622-died in infancy.


Thomas Hopkins emigrated to America about the year 1634/5 and settled in Providence, RI about 1640. He at first was assigned a home share of land situated near the south end of the town. Six other shares of land were assigned to him, as shown by "THE HOME LOTS of the EARLY SETTLERS" published by Charles W. Hopkins in June 1886.

The earliest family records tell of Thomas Hopkins, a son of William Hopkins, who was born in 1616, and resided in Providence, RI in 1640. He was one of thirty nine who signed an agreement for a form of government for the town, and was made a freeman in 1655. He held several offices, among them that of deputy to the General Court in 1665-66-67-72. About the time of the outbreak of King Philip's War he removed to Oyster Bay, NY accompanied by a son who died before his father.

He came from England to Boston before settling in Providence. He was assigned a share of land near the south end of town, the fourth lot south of Power Street. He subsequently had other lands assigned to him and settled for a time on a tract of land west of the Pawtucket, or Blackstone River.

These outlying settlements were more exposed to the incursion of the red men in their warfare against the settlers at the time of King Philip's War, and their homes were mostly abandoned, some seeking refuge in the garrison houses prepared for that purpose, some on the island of Rhode Island and others to more remote regions where greater protection seemed probable.

The island of Long Island proved an asylum for many and became a permanent home for some who preferred to remain as residents there rather than return to their early settlement. Among those that decided thus was Thomas Hopkins, then about sixty years old, with a part of his family. His two sons, William and Thomas, "staid and went not away," and took their chances as to the result of the conflict.

-------------------- "Immigrant" Thomas Hopkins = Elizabeth (Arnold) Hopkins Thomas b. 1616, Somerset, England; circa November 23, 1621 Ilchester, Somerset, England b. 1616 - d. 1684, New York Thomas Hopkins was an immigrant arriving in New England around 1640, maybe as early as 1635. [There was a Stephen Hopkins on the Mayflower but he was not a direct ancestor of our Hopkins line. If the Mayflower Stephen Hopkins is related to this line the connection would be several generations back in England.] Thomas Hopkins may have come to America with his uncle, William Arnold [brother of his mother, Joanna Arnold Hopkins]. Some researchers list Thomas' wife as his 1st cousin Elizabeth Arnold (daughter of William Arnold) but others say Elizabeth married William Carpenter. Therefore, Thomas' wife is considered to be unknown at this point and the subject needs further research. One of Thomas' great grandsons (through his son, William) was Stephen Hopkins who was the Governor of Rhode Island & signer of the Declaration of Independence. -------------------- Sailed from England and arrived in Boston 6/24/1935

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Thomas Hopkins, Sr's Timeline

April 7, 1616
Somersetshire, England
April 16, 1616
Chesselbourne, Somersetshire, England
Age 25
Age 29
Age 29
Rhode Island, United States
Age 30
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
September 12, 1650
Age 34
Providence, RI
November 10, 1684
Age 68
Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York