For aught that ever I could read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth;
But, either it was different in blood,
Or else misgraffed in respect of years
Or else it stood upon the choice of friends.'
Yet in this case the hindrances that seemed to stand in the way were happily and skillfully removed. It looks like a woman's as well as love's strategy, and if so, that girl, Ruth, just turned of twenty, might well be the mother of gifted children.
"The ship no longer foundering by the lea
Bears on her side th' invasions of the sea,
All lonely, o'er the desert waste she flies,
Scourged on by surges, storm, and bursting skies.
The wounded bark, thus smarting with her pain
Sends from pursuing waves along the main;
While dashed apart by her dividing prow,
Like burning adamant the waters glow.
Her joints forget her firm elastic tone;
Her long keel trembles, and her timbers groan;
Upheaved behind her in tremendous height.
The billows frown, with fearful radiance bright!
Now shivering o'er the topmost wave she rides,
While deep beneath the enormous gulf divides,
Now hunching headlong down the horrid vale
She hears no more the roaring of the gale!
Till up the dreadful height again she flies
Trembling beneath the current of the skies,
Even so she scales the briny mountain's height
Then down the black abyss precipitates her flight."
Thus perished the children of this signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Married--"Wm. Jenks, Esq., J.P. gave notice that he had lawfully joined together Stephen Hopkins and Sarah Scott, both of Providence the 9th day of October Anno, Dom. 1726. In the evening." 2. Book of Marriages, p. ___ Providence.
"Three shades at this moment seem walking her strand,
Each with head halo-crowned, and with palms in his hand
Wise Berkeley, grave Hopkins, and smiling serene
On prelate and puritan, Channing is seen."
"At a town council held in Scituate in County of Providence, the 9th day of October, Anno, Dom., 1738.
Present,Stephen Hopkins, Benjamin Fisk, Ezekiel Hopkins,Samuel Bates, James Calvin & Daniel Sprague, jr.
The last Will and Testament of William Hopkins of Scituate aforesaid, deceased, was presented to this Council in the following words:
"In the name of God, Amen. This Eleventh of June, in the twelfth year of His Majesty's reign, George Second King of Great Britain, A.D., 1738. I, William Hopkins of Scituate, in the County of Providence, in the Colony of Rhode Island, yeoman, being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory (thanks be to God for it) and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing it is appointed for man once to die, do make and ordain, this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: that is to say principally, and first, of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it & my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named. And as touching on such worldly estate as wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this present life, I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:Imprimis, I give to my three sons, namely, William Hopkins, Stephen Hopkins and John Hopkins, five shillings each, and the reason I give them no more is I have given them sufficient already.Item I give to my two youngest sons, Esek Hopkins and Samuel Hopkins, one Gun, one log chain and one Horse, and likewise all my working tools besides, to be equally divided between them two.Item, I give my two sons, namely Esek Hopkins and Samuel Hopkins, all my wearing apparel after my decease.Item, I give to my two younger daughters, namely Abigail Hopkins, and Susannah Hopkins, my two Trunks and all that is in them, except my papers, to be divided equally between them.Item, I give to my daughter, Susannah Hopkins, my bed and bedding whereon I used to lie, namely two pairs of sheets, one pair of flannel and one pair of Linen, three blankets, and two rugs, one bolster and one pillow.Item, I give to my three daughters, namely Hope Harris, & Abigail Hopkins and Susannah Hopkins Forty Pounds in money to be paid to each of them one year after my decease.Item, and all the rest of my money and goods I give and bequeath to my sons, Esek Hopkins and Samuel Hopkins, to be equally divided between them two. And I do nominate and appoint my son-in-law Henry Harris to be my sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament; and further I do pronounce and declare this my last Will and Testament, and in confirmation I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.
In the presence of us,
Eziekiel Hopkins, John Evans, William Hopkins, L.S. Jabez Bowen.
A true copy,Witness, Albert Hubbard,*Probate Clerk."
|John Wilkinson2|| Lawrance,1 |
|14.||I.||John,3 (58-64)||b. March 16, 1690,||d. Sept. 25, 1756.|
"Daniel and Jeremiah Wilkinson of Providence, and David Hogg and Sarah Hogg his wife of Attleboro, County of Bristol, Massachusetts Bay send greeting:—Whereas our Honored Father, John Wilkinson, late of Providence, deceased, did in his lifetime purchase certain lands within the township of Attleboro in the County of Bristol in the province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, and he dying intestate, his land by the law of said province became dividable amongst his childrenin equal parts, saving to his eldest son a Double part, by which means a Double part of all said Lands did of Right belong to our Eldest brother, John Wilkinson, of said Providence, before he did acquit a part of it to his two brothers formerly, reserving but a part to himself which is as followeth: One acre of meadow which our said Father purchased of George Robinson, lying and being on the Run, commonly called "Abbot's Run," upon the westerly side of said Run, situate in ye said Attleboro, being bounded on the South with a small red oake tree marked, near Abbot's Run, and bounded on the Northerly side by a clump of maple trees near said Run, Westerly by the upland, Easterly by the Run. Likewise two acres of land, be it more or less adjoining to said meddow sic as more fully appears in First Book of Records of Attleboro Lands, page 322. Likewise thirty-one acres and a quarter of Land, be it more or less, being the second lot in the last Division, lying upon Blackstone's Hill, the first corner is the east corner of Authony sic Sprague's land, being a black oak, thence south south-east forty rods to Waterman's land, then bounded with said land till it comes to the westerly corner, then turning the corner south-east twenty rods to a white oak standing within two rods for a corner, thence south-west half a point west sixty-eight rods to the farm line, then bounded with the farm and meadow till it comes to the first corner. Know ye, that we have forever, Quit-claimed unto our Loving Brother, John Wilkinson of Providence in the Colony of Rhode Island, cooper."
Dated Dec. 12, 1729. Daniel Wilkinson, (L. S.) Jeremiah Wilkinson, (L. S.) John Dexter, Town Clerk. David Hogg, (L. S.) Sarah Hogg, (L. S.)
"Her father, Jeremiah Wilkinson was a farmer by occupation, and possessed a small estate in Cumberland, the cultivation of which occupied his attention, and afforded a comfortable support for his family. He was a man of strong mind, and rather stubborn disposition. Not having enjoyed the benefits of an education, he, as is too often the case, set a light value on mental improvement, and made a merit of despising the politer accomplishments. He usually attended the Friend's Meeting being more attached to their Society than to any other religious sect, yet was never acknowledged by them as a regular member of their community. In early life he married a young woman by the name of Amy Whipple by whom he had twelve children, six sons and six daughters. Jemima, their eighth child, was born was born in the year 1751, and to her exclusively is this family indebted for the celebrity of its name. Her mother was an amiable and intelligent woman, an exemplary house-wife, and an affectionate mother; and to the care and instruction of her children was her whole life devoted. She was a member of the Society of Friends for many years, and highly esteemed for her benevolence and piety, and the uniform tenor of her useful life. She died soon after the birth of her youngest child, leaving the care and education of her children to their father, whose ideas on this subject extended but little, if any, beyond instructing them in those branches of labor and domestic economy, to which he had himself been accustomed, and by which his family had been supported. The loss of his wife was to him a very severe affliction, from the effects of which he never fully recovered. He remained single, and towards the close of his life became melancholy, spent the greater part of his life in solitude, and died at the advanced age of about seventy years."
He further adds, "Jemima was about eight years old when her mother died.
A few points are worthy of notice in this brief sketch, and First, as to Mr. W's setting a light value upon mental improvement, there is an obvious mistake. It is true educational advantages at that time were limited, but Mr. W. always encouraged mental improvement of a practical nature, and though schools were kept in private houses and in log huts, his children were as steadily there as anyone's.Second. As to his religious preferences, or church relationship, he was a birth-right member, and was never to our knowledge, excluded from the Quaker Society. He attended that meeting from principle, and died in their faith.Third. Jemima was born "Nov. 29, the fifth day of the week, 1752, not 1751, as stated by Hudson.Fourth. As to the celebrity of the name of this family acquired from Jemima, it might have been of an exclusive character, but there may be some difference of opinion upon this point.William, the father of Simon, of Boston, was a man of some note, and Jeremiah his brother cut the first nail from cold iron in the world.* Benjamin was a Lieut. in the Revolution, member of the committee of Safety, &c. Patience married Thomas Hazard Potter, who with his brothers purchased 44000 acres of land extending from the center of Seneca to the center of Canandagua Lakes, and gave his name to a Township. Amy married a Darling, a manufacturer in Rhode Island of some celebrity. Jeptha renowned as an inventor, and his son, Jeptha A. is the author and inventor of the Rotary Cylindrical Printing Press, Steel Reed Machine, Revolving Fire-Arms, which Colt purloined at Paris in France. It may be submitted if other members have not contributed to the celebrity of this family.Fifth. The age of Jemima at her mother's death is erroneously stated. Deborah was the youngest child of Jeremiah, and she was born Aug. 28, 1764. So instead of being Eight, Jemima must have been thirteen or fourteen years of age, quite a young lady, with some established principles of character, no doubt, whose mind had received some excellent impressions from her amiable mother. But Hudson is anxious to make a case, and a few slight errors like the above are quite necessary for want of facts to make it. "In early life he married, &c.," says Hudson. He was about thirty-one years of age when he married Miss Whipple.If Jeremiah was about seventy when he died, his demise must have occurred about 1777, during the Revolutionary War, but if Mr. H. has observed his usual accuracy, it may not be altogether reliable.
* 2 Book Record of Deeds, Cumberland.