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Hopkins, born about 1578, probably in Hampshire, England, died between
6 June 1644 and 17 July 1644 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; married
first before 1604, Mary,
buried on 9 May 1613 in Hursley, England; married second on 19 February 1617/1618
at St. Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England, Elizabeth Fisher.
Stephen was part of an expedition to the New World in 1609 when his boat was shipwrecked on Barbados. After several months on the island the crew managed to built a vessel and sail to Jamestown Colony in Virginia. While there, Stephen Hopkins led a mutiny against the governor and was subsequently sentenced to execution. He pleaded with the court, for the sake of his wife and children, and his sentence was reduced. The crews adventures are said to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare's The Tempest. While in Jamestown, his first wife Mary died; she left a will naming children Elizabeth, Constance, and Giles.
Stephen returned to England in 1617, married for a second time, and brought his wife and children to Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
At Plymouth Colony, Stephen served as translator and emissary to the Indians, and also as assistant to the Governor through 1636.
(2) Giles Hopkins, born 30 January 1607/1608 at Hursley, Hampshire, England, died between 5 March 1688/1689 and 16 April 1690 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts; married 9 October 1639 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Catherine "Catone" Wheldon, born about 1618, died 15 March 1689, daughter of Gabriel Wheldon. At the age of 12, Giles travelled to Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the Mayflower with his parents and siblings.
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