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Capt Charles Hopkins of the East India Company

Arms of the East India Company

Born: presumably in the early 1700s and died 1757 and was buried 7 February 1757 in Madras.
Son of:  Not known.
Brother of:
1. Not known.
Charles married: 22 May 1736, in Madras (British Library N/2/1 f.141), Phyllis (or Phillis) Bright (died 1795?).  Phyllis may have had a brother John Bright who names his daughter Phyllis Bright in 1753 in Madras.
Charles and Phyllis' children were:
1. Sarah Hopkins, baptized 16 January 1738 in Madras, India (British Library N/2/1 f.157).
3. Sarah Cuthbert nee Hopkins (1744-1777) who married Arthur Cuthbert (1734?-1788).
4. Amelia Smith nee Hopkins who married in 1756 Captain (afterwards General) Richard Smith (1734?-1803).
5. Col Charles Hopkins (1740-1809) who married Martha (alive after 1809).
6. Possibly others.

Capt Charles Hopkins: An Overview

We know about Charles from the following sources:

1. The book 'Vestiges of old Madras, 1640-1800: traced from the East India' Volume 3, pages 53, 77, 78, 79, 110, 234, 249, 269, by Henry Davison Love, 1913.  

Vestiges of Old Madras, Vol 3, Page 53.
A tomb of the Hopkins family (presumably that of Capt Charles Hopkins, a master-mariner, who was admitted to the civil service in 1750, became Chief of Devikota, and died in 1757) occupied in 1772 a position in Peddanaikpetta on the borders of the Esplanade.  Mrs Phyllis Hopkins, the widow, sold her ground 'in Mootoo Kistna Moodeliar Street' to a native, who subsequently complained that part of it was considered by the Engineer to be within the limits of the Esplanade.  A certificate of Mrs Hopkins' ownership, signed by Warren Hastings and Richard Brickenden, showed that on the property 'a Tomb with an Epitaph is erected, measuring in length sixteen feet and in breadth sixteen feet, which ground is not to be disposed of by anyone'.  The injunction has not been obeyed for no trace of the tomb can now be found.
Mrs Hopkins' daughter Amelia became the wife in 1756 of Captain (afterwards General) Richard Smith.

Vestiges of Old Madras, Vol 3, Page 77.
Arthur Cuthbert and family are noted, in the consultations of January 1775, as going back to England in a company ship, Speke, commanded by Capt Jeffery Jackson.  The passengers included, Arthur Cuthbert, his wife, his mother in law and his three children.  Mr Arthur Cuthbert came to India with Admiral Watson in 1754, was a free merchant from 1763, and in 1771 became an Agent for the Squadron.  Mrs Phyllis Hopkins was also a passenger. Her daughter Sarah had become the wife of Arthur Cuthbert in 1765.

The will of Charles's wife, Phillis Hopkins, provides some additional information.  She refers to Arthur and Sarah as her oldest son and daughter.  She appears to leave most of her estate to her younger son Charles Hopkins and his wife Martha Hopkins.  She mentions a nephew George Stratton of Great Tow in Oxfordshire.  She also mentions her grandchildren, John Mannseur Smith, Sarah Brook and James Ramsey.  She refers to James Ramsey has having a wife Mary and them both living at Bath.  She also leaves money to Ann Burnisby Cridden of Southampton.  The executors are William MarshAlexander Cuthbert and Samuel Hawkins of Pall Mall.  Her will is dated 16 and 27 December 1794 and it is proved 14 February 1795 so she must have died between these two dates.


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