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Stephen Hopkins 30 April 1581 – 6 June 1644 Mayflower and Plymouth

Death Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America

Passenger on the Mayflower 1620. One of 41 signatories of the Mayflower compact.

Stephen Hopkins was from Hampshire, England. He married his first wife, Mary, and resided in the parish of Hursley, Hampshire. They had their children Elizabeth, Constance, and Giles, all baptized there.

Stephen Hopkins went with the ship Sea Venture on a voyage to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609 as a minister's clerk, but the shipwrecked in the "Isle of Devils" (Bermuda). Stranded on an island for ten months, the passengers and crew survived on turtles, birds, and wild pigs. Six months into the castaway, Stephen Hopkins and several others organized a mutiny against the current governor. The mutiny was discovered, and Stephen was sentenced to death. However, he pleaded with sorrow and tears. "So, penitent he was, and made so much moan, alleging the ruin of his wife and children in this his trespass, as it wrought in the hearts of all the better sorts of the company". He managed to get his sentence commuted.

Eventually the castaways built a small ship and sailed themselves to Jamestown. How long Stephen remained in Jamestown is not known. However, while he was gone, his wife Mary died. She was buried in Hursley on 9 May 1613 and left behind a probate estate which mentions her children Elizabeth, Constance, and Giles.

Stephen was back in England by 1617, when he married Elizabeth Fisher, but apparently had every intention of bringing his family back to Virginia. Their first child, Damaris, was born about 1618. In 1620, Stephen Hopkins brought his wife, and children Constance, Giles, and Damaris on the Mayflower (child Elizabeth apparently had died). Stephen was an active member of the Pilgrim group shortly after arrival, perhaps a result of his being one of the few individuals who had been to Virginia previously. He was a part of all the early exploring missions and was used as an "expert" on Native Americans for the first few contacts. While out exploring, Stephen recognized and identified an Indian deer trap. And when Samoset walked into Plymouth and welcomed the English, he was housed in Stephen Hopkins' house for the night. Stephen was also sent on several of the ambassadorial missions to meet with the various Indian groups in the region.

Stephen was an assistant to the governor through 1636 and volunteered for the Pequot War of 1637 but was never called to serve. By the late 1630s, however, Stephen began to occasionally run afoul of the Plymouth authorities, as he apparently opened a shop and served alcohol. In 1636 he got into a fight with John Tisdale and seriously wounded him. In 1637, he was fined for allowing drinking and shuffleboard playing on Sunday. Early the next year he was fined for allowing people to drink excessively in his house: guest William Reynolds was fined, but the others were acquitted. In 1638 he was twice fined for selling beer at twice the actual value, and in 1639 he was fined for selling a looking glass for twice what it would cost if bought in the Bay Colony. Also in 1638, Stephen Hopkins' maidservant got pregnant from Arthur Peach, who was subsequently executed for murdering an Indian. The Plymouth Court ruled he was financially responsible for her and her child for the next two years (the amount remaining on her term of service). Stephen, in contempt of court, threw Dorothy out of his household and refused to provide for her, so the court committed him to custody. John Holmes stepped in and purchased Dorothy's remaining two years of service from him: agreeing to support her and child.

Stephen died in 1644, and made out a will, asking to be buried near his wife, and naming his surviving children.

Here is how Stephen ties back to our grandma and Grandpa John and Rose Bombei.

  • 9th Great Grandfather Stephen Hopkins 1581 – 1644

  • 8th Great Grandparent daughter of Stephen, Constance Hopkins /Nicholas Snow1606-1677

  • 7th Great Grandfather Daniel Doane /Constance Snow 1637-1712

  • 6th Great Grandfather Joseph Doane /Mary Carter1697 – 1783

  • 5th Great Grandfather John Stuart Doane/Elizabeth Pike 1731 – 1811

  • 4th Great Grandfather Ebenezer Doane/Elizabeth Stout 1768 – 1838

  • 3rd Great Grandfather James Coppock Tomlinson/ Nancy Ann Doane 1799 – 1892

  • 2nd Great Grandfather Moses Tomlinson / Martha J. Jackson 1836 – 1927

  • Great Grandfather Francis (Gramps) Marshal Calbert/Eunice Tomlinson 1882 – 1971

  • Grandfather John Henry Bombei / Rose Lavada Calbert 1908 – 1977

  • Parents Robert Darrell Bombei / Betty Jean Cline 1934 – 2018

  • Darrell Robert Bombei / Theresa Ann Bombei 1959

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