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Giles Hopkins

Also Known As: "Gyles"
Birthplace: Hursley, Hampshire, England
Death: Died in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephen Hopkins, "Mayflower" Passenger and Mary Hopkins
Husband of Catherine "Catorne" Hopkins
Father of Mary Hopkins; Stephen Hopkins, III; John Hopkins, II; Abigail Merrick (Hopkins); Deborah Cooke and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Hopkins and Constance Snow, "Mayflower" Passenger
Half brother of Damaris Hopkins; Oceanus Hopkins, "Mayflower" Passenger; Caleb Hopkins; Deborah Ring; Damaris Cooke and 2 others

Occupation: Highway surveyor
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About Giles Hopkins, "Mayflower" Passenger

Giles Hopkins

  • Baptized: 30 January 1606/7 - Hursley, Hampshire, England
  • Died: 16 April 1690 - Eastham, (current day) Barnstable county, Massachusetts
  • Father: Stephen Hopkins (1581 - 1644)
  • Mother: Mary Hopkins (____ - 1613)
  • Wife: Catherine Whelden (1617 - 1689)

His name has also been seen as Gyles Hopkins.

Giles came with his father Stephen, step-mother Elizabeth, sister Constance, and step-sister Damaris on the Mayflower in 1620, at the age of 12.

His 1966 gravestone reads: 1607 - 1690 Mayflower Passenger.

Brief Biography

Giles Hopkins was baptized on 30 January 1607 at Hurley, Hampshire, England. He was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins. He came to Plymouth Colony with his father on the Mayflower in 1620. Giles was married on 9 October 1639 at Plymouth to Catherine (or Catorne) Whelden .

In 1637, Giles volunteered to go with his father and brother, Caleb, to fight against the Pequot Indians. By early 1639, he had moved from Plymouth to Yarmouth on Cape Cod. He and Catherine lived in the first house built by the English on Cape Cod south of Sandwich. Giles was made a surveyor of Highways in Yarmouth in 1643. He moved to Eastham on the Cape in 1644 where he also served as highway surveyor.

Giles signed a will on 19 January 1682 and also a codicil to the will dated 5 March 1688/89. His will was admitted to probate 16 April 1690. He died ten days later.


From Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History

It should be noted that the long-standing Constance Dudley myth was disproven in 1998: the Hopkins family of the Mayflower was not from Wortley, Gloucester as had been previously speculated and published

From a descendant:

Cove Burying Ground the oldest cemetery in Eastham, MA (Cape Cod) and very historical. Most of the people buried there are related to Mayflower families and were instrumental in the founding of the area. Rest In Peace. Your Descendant.



  1. Catherine Wheldon in 1639 at Plymouth

Children of Giles and Catherine (Whelden) Hopkins:

  1. Mary Hopkins , b. Nov. 1640. Marr. 3 Jan 1665/66, Samuel Smith . Died at Eastham, 22 Mar 1696/97.
  2. Stephen Hopkins , b. Sept 1642. Marr. #1, 22 May 1667, Mary Merrick ; #2, April 1701, Bethia (Linnell) Atkins . Died at Harwich, 10 Oct 1718.
  3. John Hopkins , b. 1643. Died at age 3 months.
  4. Abigail Hopkins , b. Oct 1644. Marr. at Eastham, 23 May 1667, William Merrick .
  5. Deborah Hopkins , b. June 1648.
  6. Caleb Hopkins , b. Jan 1650/51.
  7. Ruth Hopkins , b. Jun 1653. May have been the wife of Samuel Mayo , marr. at Eastham 26 May 1681. Died 29 Oct 1738.
  8. Joshua Hopkins , b. Jun 1657.
  9. William Hopkins , b. 9 Jan 1660. Was unmarried. Died aft. 5 Mar 1688/89.
  10. Elizabeth Hopkins , b. Nov 1663. Died at age 1 month.


His will was dated January 19, 1682, and a codicil, dated March 5, 1688 were admitted to probate April 16, 1690.

Will of Gyles Hopkins-

To all Christian people to whome these presents shall com know ye that I Giles Hopkins of Eastham being sick and weak of Body and yet of perfit memory do declare this as my Last will and Testament on this ninteenth day of January in ye year of our Lord 1682.

I bequeath my Body to ye grave in decent burial when this Temporal Life of mine shall have an end and my soul to god that gave it in hopes of a blessed Resurection at ye Last day.

2ly my will is that my son Stephen Hopkins shall possess and Injoy all my Upland and meadow Lying and being at Satuckit that is to say all my upland and meadow on ye southerly side of ye bounds of ye Towne of eastham that is to say all my Right and title Intrest and claime to all those Lands from ye head of Namescakit to ye southermost part of ye long pond where mannomoyet cart way goes over to Satuckit and from thence to ye head of manomoyet river and so as our Line shall run over to ye south sea all ye Lands between thos bounds and ye westermost bounds of ye purchesers at satuckit river all these Lands I give Unto my son Stephen Hopkins and to his heirs forever: and half my stock of cattill for and in consideration of ye above sd Land and half stock of cattel my will is that after my decease my son Stephen Hopkins shall take ye care and oversight and maintaine my son William Hopkins during his natural Life in a comfortable decent manner.

3ly my will is that all my Lands at Palmet both purchesed and unpurchesed both meadows and upland and all my Lands at Pochet and my third part of Samsons neck and what other Lands shall fall unto me as a purcheser from ye fore mentioned Bounds of my son Stephen Hopkinses Lands and potanomacot all these fore specified Lands I give unto my sons Caleb and Joshua Hopkins to be equaly devided between them:

further my will is that if either of my sons Joshua or Caleb Hopkins dye having no Issew that then these Lands which I have given them to be equally devided between them fall to him that surviveth.

4ly. I give unto my wife Catorne Hopkins and to my son William Hopkins the improvment of too acres of meadow Lying at ye head of Rock Harbor during my wifes Life and ye one half of that too acres I give Unto my son william during his Life and after ye decease of and after ye decease of my wife and son william I do give this above sd too acres of meadow to my son Joshua Hopkins and his heirs forever:

as also after my decease I give Unto my son Joshua Hopkins a parcel of meadow Lying at ye mouth of Rock Harbor according to ye bounds thereof specified in ye Towne Records of Lands:

it I give unto my son Caleb Hopkins a parcel of meadow Lying at Little Nameskeket according to ye bounds thereof specified in ye Towne Book of Records of Lands.

It. I give unto my wife my now dwelling House and halfe my Land and halfe my orchard that is by my house: by Land I mean half my Land that is about my house both fenced and Unfenced during my wifes natural Life, and then ye above sd housing and Lands to fall unto my son Joshua Hopkins; the other half of my Land and orchard I give to my son Joshua Hopkins after my death that is to say ye other half of my Lands Liying about my house.

It. I give unto my son Caleb Hopkins one pair of plow Irons.

It. I give Unto my son Joshua Hopkins one payer of plow Irons.

It. I give Unto my son Joshua Hopkins my carte and wheels.

It. I give unto my wife ye other half of my stock and moveables I say to my wife and my son William or what parse of ye moveables my wife shall see cause to bestow on my son William Hopkins.

It. I do appoint my son Stephen Hopkins to be my true and Lawful executor of this my Last will and testament to pay what is payable and Receive what is due.

And to ye truth and verity hereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal ye day and year above written.

Signed and sealed in presence of us, ye mark of Jonathan Sparrow. Giles Hopkins (seal) Samuel Knowles. Jonathan Sparrow and Samuel Knowles witnesses to this will made oath in Court ye: 16 th: of April 1690 that they saw ye above sd Giles Hopkins signe seal and declare this to be his Last will and Testament.

Attest Joseph Lothrop. Clerk.

I ye above sd Giles Hopkins do declare where as by ye providence of God my Life has been prolonged unto me and by Reason of age and disabillity of Body Lam Incapatiated to provide for my owne support and my wifes, my will further is that my son Stephen Hopkins from this time and forward shall possess and Injoy all my stock and moveable estate provided he take effectual care for mine and my wifes Comfortable Support during our natural Lives witness my hand and seal this fifth day of march 1688/9


Witness Mark Snow Giles Hopkins (seal) Jonath Sparrow

The within mentioned Mark Snow and Jonathan Sparrow made oath in Court April ye: 16 : 1690 that they saw Giles Hopkins within mentioned signe seal and declare ye latter part of this will within mentioned to be his Last will and Testament.

Attest. Joseph Lothrop, Clerk.

Duly Compared with the original and entered April ye: 22 : 1690. Attest. Joseph



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Giles Hopkins, "Mayflower" Passenger's Timeline

January 30, 1607
Hursley, Hampshire, England
January 30, 1607
Hursley, Hampshire, England
January 30, 1607
Hursley, Hampshire, England
January 30, 1608
Age 1
Hursley, Hampshire, England
December 22, 1609
Age 2
London, London, Eng.
December 22, 1609
Age 2
London, London, England
December 22, 1609
Age 2
London, Middlesex, England