In a 1724 letter to her sister Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh, Sarah Haddon Hopkins (wife of Benjamin Hopkins) mentioned having recently sent a letter to her from Hargrave, which apparently never arrived in West New Jersey. That made me wonder what occasion or connection caused Sarah to be in Hargrave. I thought it might possibly be because the Hopkins family originated in Hargrave. So I ordered the above films of parish records to see what names I would find there.
The results were disappointing in regard to any Hopkins connections. I looked for a Hopkins name in that general time period, but found only two (see below). I did find a few Gill and Haddon names, including a burial record for an Elizabeth Haden on 2-Apr-1724. It might have been for this occasion that Sarah journeyed to Hargrave. This leads me to suspect that this was a Haddon family location, not a Hopkins one.
As an aside, I might say that the Haddon family seems to have had a very strong sense of their identity as a family, and to have preserved and cultivated the connections among their family members and among the families they descended from. My sense is that Sarah and Elizabeth were always Haddons, despite having married into other families.
I also looked in the 1634 time frame for a William Hopkins birth, but found nothing. Most of the records were unreadable, and there were no Hopkinses in the parts that could be read. This was apparently not the birth place of William Hopkins.
Here are the few records I was able to find in the Hargrave parish registers for this time period. The film of the registers was impossible to read in many places, and was difficult in most others. Also, the surnames had been circled and x-ed over at some time before the registers were filmed, so it was even more difficult to read them.
All of these records came from the 1683-1756 register.
|Hopkins||John||27-Mar-1735||Not named*||Mary Hopkins|
* "Base-born child of Mary Hopkins privately Baptised"
|Groom Surname||Groom Name||Bride Surname||Bride Name||Date|
|Gill||Ann||09-Feb-1720||Daughter of Richard and Ann Gill|
|Gill||Mary||07-Sep-1740||Daughter of Rich: & Ann Gill|
|Haden||Elizabeth||02-Apr-1724||Buried in woolen|
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This file was last updated on 7/14/2004.