Elizabeth Fisher (mtDNA)
As of August 30, 2018
- Page created for Elizabeth Fisher, second wife of Stephen Hopkins
- recruitment of individuals who are mtDNA descendants of Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins. Folks who are mtDNA descendants are encouraged to contact MayflowerDNA1620@gmail.com
For more information see: Austin, John D., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: vol. 6 Hopkins
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) accepts the marriage recorded in the Parish register, St Mary Matfellon, Whitechapel, of Stephen Hopkins to Elizabeth Fisher on 19 Feb 1617[/18] as the second marriage of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins. Her parentage and ancestry has not been discovered to date. The couple were on the Mayflower, along with their daughter Damaris and two children from Stephen's first marriage (to Mary): Constance & Giles. The family remained in the original New Plimouth settlement, where Elizabeth is said to have died sometime around 1642.
Elizabeth and Stephen had two sons and five daughters
Damaris (c1618) was likely still alive in the 1623 Land division (as her father's company received six shares), but likely was not enumerated in the 1627 Cattle division. A younger sister was named after her, so she died young.
Deborah was apparently born before the 1627 Cattle division. She married (Plymouth 23 Apr 1646) Andrew Ring and she died after 1659. They had three sons and four daughters (Elizabeth, Mary, Susanna & Deborah)
Damaris (second of the name) was almost certainly born after the 1627 Cattle division. She married (Plymouth after 10 Jun 1646) John Cooke. She died there before Nov 1669. They had three sons and five daughters (Elizabeth, Rebecca (died young), Mary, Martha & Ruth)
Ruth (c1630) died unmarried sometime between Nov 1644 and Jun 1651.
Elizabeth Ring was born at Plymouth 19 Apr 1652 and died at Eastham in 1691. She married William Mayo. They had two sons and three daughters (Thankful [1678-1739, m. Samuel Higgins, only had 3 sons], Hannah  & Deborah [1690-b1717, never married).
Mary Ring was born at Plymouth in 1657 and died at Middleborough 31 Oct 1731. She married John Morton. They had three sons and four daughters (Mary, Hannah, Deborah & Persis). However, none of these daughters had any maternal granddaughters, so no living mtDNA line.
Susanna Ring was born at Plymouth about 1658. She is not known to have married.
Deborah Ring was born at Plymouth about 1659.
Elizabeth Cooke was born at Plymouth 18 Jan 1648 and died there 21 Nov 1692. She married John Doty (son of Mayflower Passenger Edward Doty). They had seven sons & two daughters: Elizabeth (1675/6) and Martha (1692).
Mary Cooke was born at Plymouth 12 Jan 1657/8. She married John Rickard. They had 3 sons and 4 daughters (Mercy [1682-1717, m. Jabez Eddy & Ignatius Cushing], Mary [1688- ], Esther [1691-1713, never married] & Elizabeth [1694-1731, m. Capt. Ebenezer Doggett])
Martha Cooke was born at Plymouth 16 Mar 1659 and died at Plympton 17 Sep 1722. She married Elkanah Cushman and they had three sons and three daughters (Elizabeth [1684-1724, m. Robert Waterman but no children], Martha [1691-1771, m. Nathiel Holmes, but no daughters] & Mehitable [1693-1725, never married]). Thus no mtDNA descendants from Martha.
Ruth Cooke was born at Plymouth 17 Jan 1664/5 and is known to have been living as late as 11 Dec 1675. Some records indicate she married Hezekiah/Helkiah Tinkham and died at Kingston 10 Apr 1734. They had six sons and three daughters (Mary [1687-1717, m. Ebenezer Curtis], Sarah [1696-1714/5, never married] and Ruth [1701-1726, m. Ebenezer Cobb (II) but only had one son]). Thus her mtDNA line is only carried down through daughter Mary. Not currently accepted by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. mtDNA testing may possibly help resolve this issue.
Hannah Mayo was born Eastham about 1685 and died Chatham 11 Feb 1765. She married about 1706 Samuel Tucker and they had eight children (born Chatham): Keziah (1707 m. Nathaniel Covell [III]), John (1709), Thankful (1710, m. Nathan Hatch but likely had no children), Elizabeth (1712 poss. m. Joseph Cheney), Hannah (1714 m. Isaac Hawes [II]), John (1715), Samuel (1719) and Eunice (1722 unknown if married).
Elizabeth Doty was born Plymouth 10 Feb 1675/6 and died there 6 Jul 1772. She married Plymouth 12 Dec 1698 Joshua Morse and they had eight children (born Plymouth): Joshua (1699), Elizabeth (1701 m. Japhet Turner), Edward (1704), Joseph (1706), Newbury (1709), Abigail (1711 m. Simeon Leonard), Theodorus (1714) and Gershom (1716)
Martha Doty was born Plymouth Oct 1692 and died there 3 May 1775. She married Plymouth 7 Oct 1718 Ebenezer Curtis and they had four children (born Plymouth): Eunice (1723 m. John Howard), Martha (1725-1785 never married), Seth (1727) and Ebenezer (1731).
Mercy Rickard was born Plymouth 3 Feb 1682 and died there the winter of 1717/8. She married Plymouth 4 Apr 1710 Ignatius Cushing and they had three children (born Plymouth): Hannah (1710-1710), Ignatius (1711-1717/8) and Hannah (1714 poss. m. Noah Cushing).
Elizabeth Rickard was born Plymouth abt 1694 and died there 7 Dec 1731. She married Plymouth 9 Jun 1720 (Capt.) Ebenezer Doggett and they had five children (born Plymouth): Ebenezer (1722-1722), John (1724), Ebenezer (1726), Samuel (1728) and an infant daughter (1730-1730).
Martha Cushman was born Plymouth 17 Jan 1691 and died Halifax after Jul 1771. She married Plympton 6 Jun 1717 Nathaniel Holmes and they had six sons: John, Nathaniel, Jedediah, Jabez, Elkanah and John.
Mary Tinkham was born Plymouth 13 Aug 1687 and died there in 1718. She married Plymouth 19 Jan 1709/10 Ebenezer Curtice (Curtis) and they had five children (Plymouth): Jacob (1710), Caleb (1712-1729), Mary (1714 m Nathaniel Churchill) and Sarah (1717 m William Griffing).
- Parish register
- Mayflower Quarterly, Jun 2012, pp. 126-27 has an article by Simon Neale on his attempts to identify the two wives of Stephen Hopkins. He discusses this marriage and states the Hopkins surname was fairly common in England, and London. As such there is no PROOF this couple were the Mayflower passenger.
- Her husband's will, dated 6 Jun 1644, requested he be buried beside his (deceased) wife. A date of death for Elizabeth of 4 Feb 1639 has been proposed, but it is currently unknown (to this compiler) the original source for this date.
- (unless sister Damaris was still living)
- birth of last child
- widow remarried
- MD 4:114-119
- The Christ Church in Barbadoes records the christenings of two sisters, Elizabeth and Damaris, on 25 Apr 1669. The records state both of them are "begotten" of Elizabeth Hopkins. This curious language (and lack of a father's name) appears to indicate where the mother was unmarried. Given the rare given name of Damaris, plus the curious language of the appraisal of the estate mentioned above, it appears the mother Elizabeth was the daughter of Stephen Hopkins and his second wife, Elizabeth.
- Some sources state she was the wife of William Walker of Eastham. Possibly mtDNA research may be able to confirm or refute this claim.
- Some sources state she married Samuel Cole, but only had one son. NOT found in Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society Genealogy database or the Mayflower Silver Book for Hopkins.
- There were two contemporary John Rickards who both had wives named Mary. It is believed the husband was John Rickard "Jr." (1657-1712) and the children above are for this couple. mtDNA testing ideally should be able to confirm which John Rickard was the husband to mary Cooke.
- Some sources state they had a daughter Abigail (poss. by his second wife).
- Some sources state she married Plymouth 1699 Jabez Eddy and had seven children.
- Some sources claim they had a sixth child: Samuel, d. 1725 in Marshfield.
mtDNA Results TBD
According to the Winter 2019 The Mayflower Quarterly Magazine (page 39) a proposed matrilineal (all female) line for Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins was being researched. This line fell under the H27 haplogroup. Given the fact this DNA result has not subsequently been accepted by the GSMD it appears where the lineage of this tester has been rejected. We are currently looking for volunteers who are matrilineal descendants of Elizabeth to take a full mtDNA test.
References and External Links
- Austin, John D., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: vol 6 Hopkins, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA. Third edition 2001
- Johnson, Caleb Here Shall I Die Ashore: Stephen Hopkins, Bermuda Castaway, Jamestown Survivor and Mayflower Pilgrim 2007
- Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Increasings From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, Second edition 1995, 1996. pp. 62-67
- Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Passenger References (from contemporary records & scholarly journals) [www.stewartbooks.com Stewart Publishing & Printing], Canada Second edition 2015
- Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History blog
- Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society History page
- Wikipedia article on Stephen Hopkins
- General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD)
- Family Tree DNA Mayflower Project mtDNA results
- mtDNA tree for Elizabeth (work in Progress)
- Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society (PHHS)
- PHHS Newsletters "Atlantic Crossings"
- PHHS Lineage Database
- wikitree profile for Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
- The Hopkins Family - The Mayflower Society
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