John Hopkins, of the Hartford Colony

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John Hopkins

Also Known As: "John Hopkins of Cambridge"
Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Perhaps of St. Stephens, London, Middlesex, England
Death: April 14, 1654 (37-45)
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hopkins' father and John Hopkins' mother
Husband of Jane Wolterton
Father of Bethia Steele and Stephen Hopkins, I

Occupation: a Founder, Hartford, CT
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About John Hopkins, of the Hartford Colony

An Original Proprietor of Hartford, Connecticut


John Hopkins, Cambridge, 1634 ; freeman, Mass., March 4, 1635 ; removed to Hartford, where he was an original proprietor; his home-lot was on what is now the East Park; chosen townsman, 1640; juror, 1643; d. in 1654 inv. April 14, 1654, f236. 8. ; left a widow, Jane, who married (2) Nathaniel Ward, of Hartford, afterward of Hadley (q. v.).


  1. Stephen, b. ab 1634 ; Hartford; freeman, 1657 ; m. Dorcas, thin. of John Bronson, of Farmington; chosen townsman, 1668, 1672; d. Oct. 1689. The great theologian, Rev. Samuel Hopkins, of Great Barrington and Newport, was his great grandson.
  2. Bethia, b. ab. 1635; m. (1) May 27, 1652, Deacon Samuel Stocking, of Middletown ; (2) James Steele, of Hartford.

John HOPKINS was born about 1614 in ENG. He immigrated about 1634 to Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA.

He died about 1654 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. He had an estate probated on 14 Apr 1654 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. He was married to Jane (Mrs. John Hopkins) about 1634 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Children were: Stephen HOPKINS, Bethia HOPKINS.


"Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1634 (based on land grants and freemanship). First settled in Cambridge; moved to Hartford in 1636.

Died between 27 July 1653 (date of letter requesting medication for "my distemper") and 14 April 1654 (date of inventory).

Married by about 1631 Jane _____. She married (2) by 1657 NATHANIEL WARD {1638, Hartford}, and then married (3) in October 1670 Gregory Wolterton."


  1. John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634 : and some of his descendants

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The following is from the Rshdsh database:

"See "John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants," by Timothy Hopkins (Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA, 1932), at pages 11/2.

"See also sketch in "The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635," by Robert Charles Anderson (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 2003), Vol. 3.

"John Hopkins is believed to have sailed from England to Massachuetts in 1634, settling initially in Cambridge (New Towne), MA. He was admitted as a Freeman by the General Court held there on 4 Mar 1634/5. His name is among those having houses in Cambridge on 8 Feb 1635/6 (number 24, situated on Spring Street in Paige's town plan).

"In 1636, John Hopkins moved with the Rev. Thomas Hooker party to a new settlement on the banks of the Connecticut River which eventually was named Hartford, CT. On 25 Sep 1637 he deeded his Cambridge house and all his lands there to Emond Auger. A map of Hartford as it existed in 1640 shows the house of John Hopkins upon the south bank of the Little River, in what was later called East Park.

"He was a charter member of the First Church in Hartford and was a selectman in 1640 and a juror in 1643. A letter written by John Hopkins in 1653 to accompany a gift of turkeys to Governor John Winthrop, Jr. of New London, CT was found in the Winthrop files.

"It is not known if John Hopkins was married before or after his arrival in New England. In his will dated 1 Jan 1648/9, he mentions his wife Jane, his daughter Bethiah, and his son Stephen. The inventory of his estate was taken on 14 Apr 1654, with a value of over 236 pounds. The inventory included several books."

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Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: [1]

Source: John Hopkins Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 2,568,965 Family Trees Born in Essex, England on 1614 to Stephen Hopkins and Constance Dudley.

John married Jane Strong and had 3 children.

He passed away on 1654 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Family Members Parents Stephen Hopkins 1585-44 Constance Dudley 1583-1616


Jane Strong 1613-1679

Children John Hopkins 1629-Unknown

Stephen Hopkins 1634-1689

Bethia Hopkins 1633-1695

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John Hopkins BIRTH 1606 London, City of London, Greater London, England DEATH 1654 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA BURIAL Ancient Burying Ground Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA PLOT Founders Monument MEMORIAL ID 37098886

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John Hopkins, of the Hartford Colony's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
September 25, 1631
Age 18
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Age 18
Hartford County, Connecticut
April 14, 1654
Age 41
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 41
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
June 12, 1917
Age 41