Captain Nicholas Hopkins, Providence

Captain Nicholas Hopkins, Providence
Message on the back of the picture The material on this page was obtained on an eBay auction. The items were apparently found in the attic of a building in Providence that was about to be torn down. No other information about their history is known, but they were clearly treasured by generations, and will continue to live here on the Rhode Island USGenWeb internet site, and at the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, where they have been sent. Some other items from this large extended family related lot can be found on the Holbrook page. At left is the message on the back of the picture above, which was apparently used in the book. (Click on images to see full size.)

Cover of The Privateer Providence of Providence The Privateer Providence of Providence; Her Unfortunate Cruise During the War of 1812-15, together with an account of her Commander, Capt. Nicholas Hopkins, Genealogical and otherwise, with an Appendix, briefly illustrating, genealogically, the line of Hopkinses of which he was a member. It was written "By a Near Relative, Providence, R. I. 1893." The dedication, superimposed on the cover scan, says, "To the Descendants of Captain Nicholas Hopkins, the Little Volume is Dedicated by their Friend and Relative. A. H." I'm convinced that the "Friend and Relative" is Albert Holbrook. He is the Albert6 Holbrook shown on page 55, the same person shown on page 19 of his handwritten genealogy, which was written in the same year. See the Holbrook page for more information on him and his family.

The book is really a booklet in size. It was probably privately published in a very limited quantity. All the pages have been scanned larger than the original, and are linked from the list below. The text begins on page 5, skips blank pages 13, 18, 20, 58, and ends with 63, which is the Addenda. The INDEX begins on page 59. There are handwritten notes in a writing that looks like that of Albert Holbrook's in his notebook. Names mentioned on each page are listed for quick reference and for the search engine. For best results, save the images and print them from a graphics program.

Notes on the Hopkins Family, 1889
Also included with the material purchased was a 28 page booklet called Notes on the Hopkins Family Genealogical and Biographical, "by a Descendant." It was published April 1889, on pages 137 to 155, in the Narragansett Historical Register and reprinted separately by them. The Narragansett Historical Register was published by James N. Arnold for only a few years. I suspect this is another of Albert Holbrook's works, although the genealogy does not continue to his generation.

This publication contains the descendants of William Hopkins, son of the first Thomas Hopkins of England. Thomas and Joanna (Arnold) Hopkins were born in England and emigrated to Providence, Rhode Island about 1640. There is more information on the early generations than in the other publication. See the enlarged scans of each page. Note, page one is the cover and there is no page three - it is blank.

Cover - full size Page 2 Page 3 - blank Page 4
Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12
Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16
Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20
Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24
Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 (notes)

Images and transcriptions by Susan W. Pieroth Copyright October 2000.
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