William Hodgkins, of Ipswich

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William Hodgkins, Il

Birthplace: perhaps of St. Giles Cripplegate, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hodgkins, of the Plymouth Colony and Sarah Hodgkins
Husband of Grace Hodgkins
Father of William Hodgkins, Ill; Samuel Hodgkins; Mary Coates; John Hodgkins; Edward Hodgkins and 6 others
Brother of Sarah Hodgkins
Half brother of unknown Hodgkins and Samuel Hodgkins

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About William Hodgkins, of Ipswich

WILLIAM1 HODGKINS (1622-1693) resided in the Little Neck area of Ipswich, Mass., for over fifty years, beginning about 1641. [Callender, pp. 1-2] He had a share in Plum Island about 1654. It is recorded in 1666 that he built a hundred feet of posts and rails and in 1668 he built a house. In 1687 William Hodgkins, Jacob Perkins, and Matthew Perkins built twenty feet of wharf in the Cove. [Hammatt, pp. 135-139] In 1667 he served on an inquest jury at the "Ile of Showles." He became a member of the First Church in Ipswich in 1673 and in 1676 he deposed incourt that he had lived at Quartermaster Perkins's about thirty years ago. In 1677 he petitioned the town of Ipswich for a "little eyland butting against Mister paines eyland which hath a letle marsh about it that is cut everry year by one or other that hast letle or no ned of it if the town would be pleased to grant me the cutting of it I would ingage to burne all the marsh about the neck." [Holman, p. 2]

In April 1679, "William Hodgken, sr." was in court for excessive drinking on the training day, witnessed by Seth Story and Samuell Ayres. The following September he was again fined for excessive drinking. In March 1682 Samuel Bishop in settling the estates of Thomas and Margaret Bishop brought suit against Hodgkins for debt, but the case was withdrawn. The following September, Hodgkins acknowledged judgment in fish to SamuelBishop. In 1683 he still was having trouble "by a record of the execution levied upon him, in favor of Samuel bishop, an attachment, as served and collected by Robert Lord and not satisfied." [Holman, pp. 2-3]

In 1684 when his son-in-law Robert Cotes and daughter Mary came from Lynn to reside in Ipswich, William Hodgkins furnished a bond of œ50 and submitted a signed and sealed document that they would not be burdensome to the town. [Hammatt] The inventory ofhis estate lists the house and homestead at œ80, as well as stock and personal estate, among which were his gun and sword and "two Bibels & other Books." [Holman, p. 5]

His wife was GRACE2 DUTCH ( ? -c.1704), and their children were Hannah, William, Samuel (died age 1«), SAMUEL, John, Mary, Edward, Hezekiah, Thomas, Christopher, Martha, and Abigail.

Grace Dutch was the daughter of OSMOND1 DUTCH (1584-1684) and GRACE PRATT. Their children, whose order of birth is unknown, were GRACE, Hester, Hezekiah, Robert, Alice, and Mary.Osmond Dutch was mentioned early as a purchaser and grantee of land in Gloucester, Mass. His residence was in the easterly part of the harbor, near the head of which was a miry place long called "Dutch's Slough." He bought a homestead in 1651. He served as selectman in 1650. His estate was œ83.10s, but apparently there was some problem as on July 21, 1685, in relation to her husband's estate, there was a "humble petition of the poor distressed widow, Grace Dutch" to the General Court.


From Geni member Tabitha King, Nov 2014:

"I suspect this William Hodgkins Jr 1622 is not the son of William Hoskins 1615-1695 who married Sarah Cushman 1615-1638 and Ann Hinds 1617-1666. The William Hoskins Jr born to Wiliam 1615-1695 and Ann Hinds married Sarah Caswell 1658-1730. We know that Ann Hinds m. William Hoskins 1615-1695 on 21 Dec 1638 and so could not have been William Hodgkins 1622's mother. Nor could Sarah Cushman 1615-1638 and married to William Hoskins 1615-1695 on 2 Nov 1636."


  1. Winifred Lovering Holman, "The Hodgkins Line" (typescript at NEHGS).
  2. Ruby Hodgkins Callender, Hodgkins Genealogy, pp. 1-2.
  3. Abraham Hammatt, The Hammatt Papers: The Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Mass., pp. 135-139.
  4. John J. Babson, History of the Town of Gloucester, p. 83., for Osmond Dutch.
  5. Hodgkins of Hancock, Maine


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William Hodgkins, of Ipswich's Timeline

October 27, 1622
London, Middlesex, England
October 27, 1622
London, Middlesex, England
October 27, 1622
Age 31
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA
Age 33
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
November 2, 1658
Age 36
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
April 6, 1661
Age 38
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 39
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 40
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States