I am very interested in finding a male Hopkinson descendant of this line to participate in the Hopkinson DNA study. I would like to see how this branch that went to Guyana ties into the other Hopkinson families. Please see the Hopkinson DNA page for information on the DNA study.
Two Hopkinson brothers settled in British Guiana (now Guyana) in the late 1700’s and had numerous children. Some descendants went back to England and were educated and raised there. Some children seem to have stayed in Guyana. Much of the information on the early generations of this line is obtained from The Four Pillars: A Genealogical Journey, by Kenneth Joyce Robertson.
From the below mentioned Benjamin, we find the following were all siblings of unknown parents: Elizabeth Hopkinson, bc 1756 (married unknown Hogg); Benjamin Hopkinson, bc 1758, England; d 1801, Bath, Somerset, England; John Hopkinson, bc 1761, England; d 25 SEP 1821, Aiburth, Lancashire, ENG; Grace Hopkinson; Eleanor Hopkinson; Martha Hopkinson; Joseph Hopkinson; and Ann Hopkinson.
Benjamin Hopkinson, bc 1758, England; d 1801, Bath, Somerset, England, married on or about 17 JAN 1795, Jane (LNU). Johanna, who he may or may not have married, was a mulatto women in Guyana by whom he had several children: Elizabeth Ann, Jonathan, Benjamin James, b NOV 1785, Tobago; c 14 JUL 1798, St. Andrew, Undershaft, London, England; John Thomas, b 14 FEB 1787, Demerara, Guyana (he died in an assylum Palace Much, Hadham, Hertforshire, England. Nothing further is know about the descendants of Benjamin.
His brother John’s line is more detailed. John Hopkinson, bc 1761, England; d 25 SEP 1821, Aigburth, Lancashire, England. He had children by two women of color in Guyana. By Elizabeth Rogers had had: David, Hugh, John, Jonas, Benjamin, Eliza bc 1810, and Jonathan, bc 1816, d 6 JAN 1882, Frant Sussex, England. By Rebecca Rogers he had: Elizabeth, Joseph, and Thomas. The exact number of children is not definite, nor is which mother is the parent of all of the children, but this is the best guess we have at this point.
Jonathan Hopkinson, bc 1816, d 6 JAN 1882, Frant Sussex, England. Jonathan was married twice. First to Elizabeth Hogg on 19 AUG 1816, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England. I have found no children by his first wife. Jonathan married secondly Emily Elizabeth Cuthill on 25 JUN 1868, St. Mary, Lewisham, England. By Emily he had at least the following children: Elizabeth, bc 1871, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England; Emily Mary bc 1872, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England; John Alfred bc 1874, Frant Sussex England. Jonathan and his children show up in several census’ in England.
John Alfred Hopkinson was born circa 1874, Frant Sussex England. He married Edith Gadd, bc 1872. They had John b 1897, Lewes, Sussex, England; Lionel Francis , b 26 NOV 1900, St. Nicholas, Sydling, Dorset, d 1968, Bournemouth, Dorset, England; Edith Avela Marian bc 1904, Maiden Newton, Dorset, England; and Emilius Claud bc 1905, West Wellow, Hamprshire, England. He is in various census returns from 1881 to 1911.
Lionel Francis Hopkinson was born 26 NOV 1900, St. Nicholas, Sydling, Dorset, died 1968, Bournemouth, Dorset, England. He married but his wife’s name is unknown. It is unknown if he had any children. He was a stock and sharebroker for many years in Malaysia.