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  • Francis HOPKINS[1, 2, 3]

    Male 1720 - 1780  (60 years)


    Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

    • Name Francis HOPKINS  [4
      Born 1720  East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
      Gender Male 
      Other 1779  Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
      Francis Hopkins was convicted of passing counterfeit money. 
      Francis Hopkins Guilty of Passing Bad Money
      Francis Hopkins Guilty of Passing Bad Money (5)
      In 1779, Francis Hopkins was charged and found guilty of knowingly passing counterfeit money. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail and ordered to pay a fine of 50 pounds.
      Died 1780  Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
      Buried Y  [6
      Person ID I1155  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 21 Oct 2016 

      Father Joseph HOPKINS,   b. 8 Mar 1667, Roxbury, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1735, Greenwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
      Mother Martha WHALEY,   b. 1680,   d. 1773  (Age 93 years) 
      Family ID F415  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Mary "Polly" JOSLIN,   b. 2 Feb 1721, East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Married 1 Sep 1743  East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 7
      Children 
       1. Eldridge HOPKINS
       2. Henry HOPKINS,   b. 3 Dec 1743, East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
       3. Sarah HOPKINS,   b. 26 Dec 1744, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
       4. Rachael HOPKINS,   b. 21 May 1747, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
       5. William HOPKINS,   b. 15 Nov 1748, Warwich, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1831, Nicholas County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
      +6. Gardner HOPKINS,   b. 16 Jul 1750, East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1832, Morgan County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
       7. Mary HOPKINS,   b. 9 Apr 1753, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
       8. Robert HOPKINS,   b. 1756, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1824, Nicholas County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
      +9. Francis HOPKINS,   b. 1760, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1823, Bath County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
      +10. Hannah HOPKINS,   b. 13 Mar 1766, Orange Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1856, Morgan County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
      Family ID F399  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 1720 - East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1743 - East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsOther - Francis Hopkins was convicted of passing counterfeit money. - 1779 - Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 1780 - Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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    • Notes 


      • GIVEN_NAMES: Also shown as Frances


        As per The Lewis Family Tree (P. 15), "Dated March 17, 1780 Montgomery Co., KY Deeds (page 144) William Anderson Montgomery Co., KY. For divers causes here unto moving appoints friend Francis Hopkins, John McNabb, Levi Coryell, Charles Hecklin and Alexander Blair of Montgomery Co., Ky. Atty's to demand of William Davis of Petersburg, Va., satisfaction for land he, Anderson, sold them, which was deeded him by said Davis."
      • From: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ahopkins/ma-famil.htm


        3. FRANCIS3 HOPKINS (JOSEPH2, WILLIAM1) was born 1720 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, and died 1780 in Washington County, Virginia. He married MARY MERCY JOSLIN September 01, 1743 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island Kent County, daughter of HENRY JOSLIN and ELIZABETH MATTESON.

        Notes for FRANCIS HOPKINS:
        FRANCIS HOPKINS WAS A "TORY" DURING THE "REVOLUTIONARY WAR".
        HE WAS A RENEGADE BANDIT, NOT JUST A MERE "TORY", BUT ONE OF A BAND OF ROBBERS AND MURDERERS, AROUND THE SETTLEMENT OF HOLSTON.
        FRANCIS CAME INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE WILLIAM CAMPBELL LIVED, AND DURING HIS BEING THERE, WILLIAM CAMPBELL'S GATES WERE PLACARDED THREATENING HIS LIFE. A FEW DAYS LATER CAMPBELL IN THE COMPANY OF HIS WIFE AND A LARGE NUMBER OF PERSONS WAS COMING HOME FROM CHURCH FROM THE EBBING SPRING MEETING HOUSE.
        CAMPBELL DID NOT KNOW HOPKINS, BUT AS HOPKINS PASSED IT WAS STATED BY SOME ONE THAT THAT WAS HOPKINS.
        WILLIAM CAMPBELL INSTANTLY WHEELED HIS HORSE AROUND, WHICH WAS A FINE HORSE AND MADE OUT FOR HOPKINS.
        IN A MILE OR TWO HOPKINS CAME INTO SIGHT, AND HOPKINS KNOWING THAT IT WAS CAMPBELL; HOPKINS ALSO BEING ON A FINE HORSE TOOK OFF AT HIS BEST SPEED. THE RACE CONTINUED A MILE OR SO TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FORK OF THE HOLSTON RIVER.
        HOPKINS REACHING A BLUFF JUMPED HIS HORSE DOWN 15 TO 20 FEET INTO THE RIVER. CAMPBELL WAS IN CLOSE PURSUIT AND FOLLOWED HIM INTO THE RIVER. THE JUMP THREW HOPKINS OFF HIS HORSE.
        HOPKINS WAS THE STRONGER OF THE TWO AND WAS ALMOST DROWNING CAMPBELL, WHEN EDMISTON AND SEVERAL OTHER MEN CAME TO HELP.
        BY THIS ASSISTANCE HOPKINS WAS SUBDUED AND TAKEN TO THE RIVER BANK.
        ALL KNEW THAT HOPKINS WAS A DESPERATE CHARACTER AND KNEW THAT NO JAIL IN WHICH HE COULD BE SECURED. THEY HELD A CONSULTATION, AND DECIDED THAY THEY WOULD HANG HHIM AND DID SO FORTHWITH, BY STICKING HIS NECK IN THE FORK OF A LEANING SYCAMORE TREE WHICH BENT OVER THE RIVER.
        FRANCIS AND HIS MEN WERE TERMED "BANDITS, ROBBERS, AND MURDERERS. HE WAS ALSO PASSING COUNTERFEIT MONEY AND HE WAS FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED AUGUST 20 1778 AT WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA. HE WAS IN NEWSBURY, NEW YORK, WYOMING VALLEY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
        FRANCIS SON WILLIAM WAS CAPTURED WITH HIM, BUT ESCAPED AND MOVED TO THE KENTUCKY FRONTIER.



        Children of FRANCIS HOPKINS and MARY JOSLIN are:
        i. HENRY4 HOPKINS, b. December 02, 1743, East Greenwich, Kent, Exeter, Rhode Island; d. 1814, Shelby County, Kentucky; m. HANNAH BURR, July 26, 1769, Redding, Connecticut.
        ii. SARAH HOPKINS, b. December 26, 1744, East Greenwich, Kent, Exeter, Rhode Island.
        iii. RACHEL HOPKINS, b. May 21, 1747, East Greenwich, Kent, Exeter, Rhode Island.
        4. iv. WILLIAM HOPKINS, b. November 15, 1748, Warwick, Rhode Island East Greenwich; d. 1832, Nicholas County, Kentucky.
        5. v. GARDNER HOPKINS, b. July 16, 1750, East Greenwich, Kent, Exeter, Rhode Island; d. June 04, 1832, Floyd County, Kentucky.
        6. vi. MARY HOPKINS, b. April 09, 1753, East Greenwich, Kent, Exeter, Rhode Island; d. 1825, Edmonson, Kentucky.
        7. vii. FRANCIS HOPKINS, JR., b. 1756, East Greenwich, Rhode Island Kent County; d. 1823, Bath County Kentucky.
        8. viii. HANNAH HOPKINS, b. March 03, 1757, Orange Co, NY; d. August 26, 1852, Pomp, Morgan Couunty, Kentucky.
        ix. ROBERT HOPKINS, b. July 04, 1760, East Greenwich, Rhode Island Kent County; d. March 26, 1824, Nicholas County, Kentucky; m. ELIZABETH, 1786, New Jersey.
        x. ELDRIDGE HOPKINS, b. Abt. 1768; m. ELIZABETH WALDON.

    • Sources 
      1. [S11] FTM CD#2 Submitter Unknown.

      2. [S401] Descendents of Thomas Lewis and Hannah Hopkins Vol. 1, Henry H. Wells, (1988).

      3. [S280] Hopkins Family Group Sheet by Henrietta McKinney.

      4. [S1744] Various records researched on Ancestry.com.

      5. [S1899] Annals of Southwest Virginia: 1760-1800, Lewis Preston Summers, (1929), 988, 989, 991,994, 1000.

      6. [S1074] Hopkins Family Tree on Rootsweb.

      7. [S458] The Lewis Family Tree, (On file at the Public Library, West Liberty, KY).


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