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Joshua Hoopes

Also Known As: "immigrant 1683 wales-america"
Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Skelton-In-Cleve, Great Moorsholm, York, England
Death: 1724 (88)
Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Harrison Hoopes and Isabel Hoopes
Husband of Eleanor Hoopes; Ann Hoopes and Isabel Hoopes
Father of Daniel Hoopes; Mary Hoopes; Margaret Todhunter; Christian Hoopes; Robert Hoopes and 2 others
Brother of Tobias Hoopes; Mary Hoopes; Ellis Hoopes; Margaret Hoopes; John Hoopes and 4 others

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About Joshua Hoopes

Joshua married three times, once to Ann, once to Eleanor, once to Isabel Middleton. All of his children were with his first wife, Ann.

Joshua owned land in Makefield, PA, 1723. Upon his arrival in Philadelphia from England, he gave a letter to William Penn, which Penn's sister had entrusted Joshua Hoopes to personally deliver.


IMMIGRATION: "The Providence

7th month, 29, 1682, Robert Hopper, master

William Carter

John Lash

10th month, 1683, Robert Hopper, master

Joshua and Isabel Hoopes and children: Dan, Margaret and Christian John and Christian Palmer"

SOURCE: Scot and Irish Passenger Lists

Joshua Hoopes became disillusioned with the Anglican faith and converted to a Quaker some time after 1679. In these times the Anglican Church persecuted other religions. There is a recording that Joshua and his wife were fined the sum of 10 shillings for attending a Quaker meeting at Roxby in 1683. That was the year that Joshua, his third wife and 3 children left Scarborough on William Penn’s last ship - “The Providence”- to make a new life in America. Joshua had clear connections with William Penn, carrying a letter for him from England and also being deeded 100 acres from Penn in 1697. Joshua was chosen to be a “Peacemaker” for Bucks County and took a seat on the Provincial Council.

The Robinson family owned the property from the early 1700’s but had to give it up in the agricultural depression following the Napoleonic Wars of the 1800’s.

Joshua Hoopes, of Skelton in Cleveland, Yorkshire, yeoman, and Isabel his wife, with their children, Daniel, Margaret and Christian, came over in the ship Providence of Scarborough, Robert Hopper master, and arrived in the River Delaware the 10th day of 9th month 1683. This ship was the 13th & last of William Penn's ship to sail to the US. They settled in Makefield, Bucks County, PA., and became members of Falls Monthly Meeting, which was frequently held at their house.

Joshua brought the following certificate, as recorded by Friends in Bucks County:

Ò This is to Satisfye whom it may concern yt Joshua Hoopes ye bearer here of was borne at Skelton near Gainsborough in Cleveland in Yorkesheire in old England & there descended of honest Parents and honestly demeaned himselfe from his Child hood, his ffather, brothers & relations being honest & credible inhabitants and people of account in and about ye towne of Skelton aforessaid And yt hee ye said Joshua hath not at any time to our knowledge or heareing been conversant or acquainted with any unruly or disorderly persons as in relation to any bad carriage but honestly, godly and civelly be heaved himselfe towards his neighbours & acquaintance both whilst hee Lived with his ffather & alsoe with his wife & ffamily since hee was married there away & haveing of Late years frequented many meetings of ye people called Quakers neare ye said towne of Skelton & not to our knowledge been in any way disorderly in his life practice & conversation but yet they ye said people have had a love & respect for him & unity & ffellowship with him in his course of life & dealings amongst men. This is signed & Attested to by us who are members of ye said people called Quakers in and about Skelton aforesaid & inhabitants htere abouts ye 4th day of ye 3rd month 1683.

He was elected to the Assembly in the years 1686, 1688, 1692, 1695, 1696, 1697, 1700, 1701, 1703, 1705, 1708, 1709, 1711. [1]


Sources [S2] Gilbert Cope, ((Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Wickersham Printing Company,1901)).

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Joshua Hoopes's Timeline

December 10, 1635
Skelton-In-Cleve, Great Moorsholm, York, England
May 27, 1671
Age 35
Skelton-in-Cleve, Yorkshire, England
March 22, 1673
Age 37
Skelton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
September 24, 1675
Age 39
Skelton, Yorkshire, England
April 28, 1678
Age 42
Skelton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Age 43
Age 44
Age 46