Catherine Whelden (mtDNA)

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Status summary

As of September 28, 2020

  • Page created for Katherine Whelden, wife of Giles Hopkins
  • recruitment of individuals who are mtDNA descendants of Catherine (Whelden) Hopkins. Folks who are mtDNA descendants are encouraged to contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)



Katherine was the second child and daughter of Gabriel Whelden[1], baptized at St. Leodegarius Church, Basford, Nottinghamshire England 6 Mar 1616/7.[2] She married at Plymouth 9 Oct 1639 Giles Hopkins.[3] She was last mentioned as living in the codicil to her husband's will, dated Eastham 5 Mar 1688/9.[4]

Katherine and Giles had ten children[5]; five sons and five daughters (Mary, Abigail, Deborah, Ruth [not known to have married] and Elizabeth [died young])

Second Generation

Mary Hopkins was born at Yarmouth in Nov 1640 and died at Eastham 2 Jul 1700. She married at Eastham 3 Jan 1665/6 Samuel Smith. They had seven children; four sons and three daughters (Mary [1669-1708, m. Daniel Hamilton], Grace [1676-1691, never married]and Deborah[6] [1678])

Abigail Hopkins was born at Yarmouth in Oct 1644 and likely died at Eastham. She married at Eastham 23 May 1667 William Tracy (II). They had nine children; seven sons and two daughters (Rebecca [1668-1712, m. Jonathan Sparrow (II)] and Ruth [1683-1766, m. Samuel Sears (II) & Chillingsworth Foster] )

Deborah Hopkins was born at Eastham in Jun 1648 and died (probably at Eastham) 7 Dec 1727. She married at Eastham 27 Jul 1668 Josiah Cooke (II). They had eight children; five sons and three daughters (Elizabeth [died young], Elizabeth [1674-1727, m. Thomas Newcomb] and Deborah [1678-1745, m. Moses Godfrey])

  1. Gabriel's wife was named Jane in an Aug 1637 record, but it is unknown if this was his only wife or not. See NEHGReg article on Whelden family.
  2. NEHGReg article on Whelden family
  3. Plymouth Colony Records 1:134
  4. Roser, Mayflower Passenger References, p. 252
  5. all but Elizabeth from Plymouth Colony Records
  6. Sometimes called Rebecca and stated to have been deceased in 1697 as not mentioned in her father's probate record. Birth record clearly states Deborah

mtDNA Results

At the present time no mtDNA descendant of Katherine (Whelden) Hopkins has publicly stated they have taken an mtDNA test. Individuals who believe they are an mtDNA descendant (in other words, who believe their mother's mother's mother's etc. mother was Katherine) are encouraged to take a full mtDNA test and to contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing DOT genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

References and External Links

  • Austin, John D., Mayflower Families through Five Generations, vol. 6 Hopkins 3rd Edition 2001, Plymouth, MA; General Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Passenger References (from contemporary records & scholarly journals) Second Edition 2015, Canada [ Stewart Publishing & Printing]
  • NEHGRegister Article on Whelden family
  • Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society