Captain John B. Hopkins (Continental Navy)

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John Burroughs Hopkins

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Newport, Newport, RI
Death: December 5, 1796 (54)
Rhode Island, United States
Place of Burial: Old North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Commodore Esek Hopkins, Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy and Desire Hopkins
Husband of Sarah (Sally) Hopkins
Brother of Heart Hopkins; Abigail Hawkins; Samuel Hopkins; Amy Dorrance; Stephen Hopkins and 4 others
Half brother of Samuel Hopkins

Occupation: Sea Captain
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About Captain John B. Hopkins (Continental Navy)

John Burroughs Hopkins (July 25, 1742 - December 5, 1796) was a captain of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War.


Hopkins was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of Continental navy commander-in-chief Esek Hopkins. John Hopkins was one of seven commanders involved in the Gaspée Affair, in which a British ship was destroyed. This was one of the leading causes of the Revolutionary War. John B. Hopkins was made one of five captains under his father according to in, December 1775, the United States Congress Marine Committee's meeting to discuss ranking the officers. He served in distinction during the war, the Providence Gazette, on March 12, 1796, called him an "eminent nautical commander".



Birth: Jul 25 1742

Death: Dec 5 1796

John B Hopkins was a RI based sea captain, & was assigned command of one of the longboats that, together with 7 other such boats, attacked the Gaspee in 1772.

Son of Admiral Esek Hopkins [1718-1802] & Desire Burroughs [1724-1794]

Husband of Sarah Harris: m. 2 Oct 1768

Originally interred at Admiral Esek Hopkins Burial Ground

Burial: N Burial Grd, Providence, Providence Co, RI, USA

Plot: Admiral Esek Hopkins Lot

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Captain John B. Hopkins (Continental Navy)'s Timeline

July 25, 1742
Newport, Newport, RI
December 5, 1796
Age 54
Rhode Island, United States
December 1796
Age 54
Old North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island, United States