Hannah Goss (Hopkins)

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Hannah Goss (Hopkins)

Birthplace: Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Jamaica
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Hopkins, of Roxbury and Hannah Hopkins
Wife of John Murray
Ex-wife of Philip Goss, I
Mother of Capt. Philip Goss, Jr.; Daughter Goss, died young; Daughter Goss, died young; William Goss; Mary Goss and 1 other
Sister of Samuel Hopkins; Joseph Hopkins; Abigail Field (Hopkins); Bethia Davis and William Hopkins

Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Hannah Goss (Hopkins)

Date of birth has also been (erroneously?) reported to be January 3, 1656.

Hannah Hopkins was born 03 Jan 1657 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA, and died 1692 in Jamaica, West Indies.

Parents: William Hopkins (1625-1688) and Hannah Andrews (1639-1678) Married:

  1. on 16 Feb 1677 in Roxbury Massachusetts to Philip Goss, a sailor, son of JOHN GOSS. He was born 1650 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA, and died May 1698.
  2. JOHN MURRAY 23 Mar 1687 in Jamaica, West Indies

4 Children of HANNAH HOPKINS and PHILIP GOSS are:

  1. PHILIP GOSS, b. 16 Dec 1676, Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass; d. 13 Sep 1747, Brookfield, Worcester, MA.
  2. HANNAH GOSS, b. 16 Jan 1679, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachuetts; d. 20 Jan 1679.
  3. MARY GOSS, b. Abt. 1680; d. died young.
  4. WILLIAM GOSS, b. 06 Oct 1682, Boston, Suffolk, MA.


From "Colonial Hopkins and some of Their Descendants' notes by Timothy Hopkins edited my Margaret Griffith, San Franciso, 1951, beginning on page 76.

1678 month 4 day 16. Hana Hopkins was censured in the Church with admonication for fornication with her husband before yei we marryed and for flying away from justice unto Road Island. (Record of the Commissioner fo the City of Boston, 6:93)

The marriages was not a happy one, for in 1690 Goss applied for divorce on the grounds that she had left him and married another man in Jamaica. (Early Records of S.J.C. of Massachusetts, File 2553)

Thomas Warfe of Charlestowne aged about 43 years testifieth and saith that about five years ago one Hannah Goss the wife of Phillip Goss desired passage with me in Sloop Swan to Jamaica or herselfe and child saying that she would goe to her husband there for saith she I have a letter or his order to come to Jamaica and meet him there wee proceeded on said voyage to Jamaica where I left her. Since that time I have often seen her there, and do testify that she is there married to one Murray a carpenter or joyner, as she herselfe owned to me several times. I saw her with a child which she said was Murrays by her, and I heard him often calling her wife and she calling him husband, further I tesify that being desire by Philip Goss to bring him a certificate of her marriage I according went to ye clarke of the said Parish of Port Royall in Jamaica and saw it there entered in the Book of Records and I took a copie of the same under sd clarke's hand which I brought to New England and delivered to Philip Goss. Thomas Wharfe Sworn to before John Phillips, Asst, 1 Nov 1689.

John Holland of Boston being of full age testified accepted a letter of Attorney from Philip Goss to bring a child of his from Jamaica, now in the possession of his wife in Jamaica. Hannah refused to give up the child saying that Philip Goss had one child of hers, that she had as much right to him as I had, and as much money, etc. Sworn to 19 April 1690.



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Hannah Goss (Hopkins)'s Timeline

January 3, 1657
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
December 16, 1676
Age 19
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 21
Age 22
October 6, 1682
Age 25
Boston, MA
Age 32
Age 33
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Age 34