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John ALDRIDGE ( - )

1. John 2 ALDRIDGE was the son of John ALDRIDGE ( - ) and Henrietta HOPKINS ( -c. 1806).

Second Generation

2. John ALDRIDGE married Henrietta HOPKINS.

 

... of St. Leonards Forest.

 

A letter was written in 1897 to a John B Aldridge, St. Leonards' Forest, Horsham, England asking if it was indeed true that he was a great grandson of John and Henrietta. Apparently no reply was received!

 

3. Henrietta HOPKINS, daughter of Lieutenant?? Samuel HOPKINS Genteleman of Hayes and Susanna PRIOR, married J Tomlinson BUSBY between [Julian] 1754 and [Julian] 1758. She died circa 1806.

 

J Tomlinson BUSBY and Henrietta HOPKINS had the following children:

 

William Beaumont BUSBY (1757?-1820). William was born in [Julian] 1757 (estimated) in Hayes, Middlesex. He was baptised on [Julian] 8 September 1757. He died in 1820.

 

John ALDRIDGE and Henrietta HOPKINS had the following children:

 

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John 2 ALDRIDGE ( - )

Robert BUSBY ( - )

Third Generation

4. Lieutenant?? Samuel HOPKINS Genteleman of Hayes, son of Right Rev Ezekiel HOPKINS and Alicia MOORE, was born circa [Julian] 1674. He married Susanna PRIOR circa [Julian] 8 January 1732. He died on [Julian] 5 July 1743. He made a will in 1754. He was. He was buried in Bucknell Church. He married Elizabeth UNK. He married Priscilla UNK.

 

Firstly, it must be said that there is not conclusive evidence that Samuel Hopkins, son of Bishop Ezekiel Hopkins, and Samuel Hopkins, father of John William Hopkins, are one and the same person, despite the assertions of a genealogist working about a hundred years ago, and remarks made by the archivist at Gray's Inn (which Samuel, father of John William joined): "the fact that Samuel's information was "derived from an inscription" confirms that this Samuel and the Samuel who was the son of Ezekiel and matriculated at Wadham College are definitely the same person". If they are indeed the same person then Samuel would have joined Gray's Inn in his old age. However, Gray's Inn have confirmed that "it was not unknown for gentlemen to join an Inn as a sort of dining club (there was little apart from dining going on at the Inn at the time - formal legal education having completely decayed". Also, a 1674 birthdate for Samuel would make his own son John William born when Samuel was about 60 years old!

Samuel (son of Ezekiel) was born in Ireland in 1674, when his father was Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. According to records he "matriculated Wadham College, Oxford 25/5/1688" aged 14. However, "matriculated" actually meant "entered",rather than graduated. His father matriculated at a similar age. However, it would appear that Samuel did not graduate.

It would then appear that Samuel married a lady by the name of Elizabeth and had three children in Ireland (William, Ezecall and Charles). Their births are registered in Derry.

At this time the records dry up, and we then have only the records to be found in Gray's Inn and also those at Bucknell Church, Hayes, Middlesex. According to the records in Hayes, Samuel Hopkins (gent of Hayes) had two wives during his time in Hayes, firstly Priscilla and then Susannah Prior, whose descent could be traced to the Fiennes family, and whose son John William, on account of this, claimed the rights of founder's kin at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. The present writer possesses the genealogy used to prove this.

The same Samuel Hopkins, gent of Hayes, then crops up at Gray's Inn. Finally, his will still exists at the National Archives in Kew; its contents give some idea of Samuel's status and life, but offer no clue to his earlier life in Ireland or as the son of Ezekiel, if indeed he is the same Samuel. A summary of the main points from his will shows:

He was married 8/1/1732 to Susanna Prior (or about then)
When he married Susanna Prior, she settled £1400 on him.
He had property in Bethusa?, County of Radnor
He had eight houses in Bishopsgate Street
He had Chambers in Gray's Inn
He had a house in Holbourn
He earned money from renting properties
Mr. Tomlinson Busby was one of two named best friends, who subsequently married his daughter Henrietta.
At the time of the Will (12/5/1754), his son was certainly quite a bit short of 22 years old.
He was a beneficiary in the will of one Henry Glasscock? of the County of Hertford
By 4/7/1758 Samuel had died, and his wife had died before she could administer the will. That task was taken on by his daughter, who had between 1754 and 1758 married Tomlinson Busby.
Hopkins had apparently made a previous will or wills.

It is possible that Samuel was a clergyman, like his father and son, as some sources claim. However, the Irish Samuel Hopkins was apparently a lieutenant, the Hayes one a "gent"; these, alongside possibilities of him being a clergyman, or even a lawyer, make Samuel's life rather a mystery. A genealogy written about a hundred years ago by an anonymous author states categorically that Samuel of Hayes is one and the same as Samuel, son of Ezekiel, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, but no evidence is given for this.

More research needs to be done before anything conclusive can be asserted.

 

Samuel was born in Ireland in 1674, when his father was Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. According to records he "matriculated Wadham College, Oxford 25/5/1688" aged 14. However, "matriculated" actually meant "entered",rather than graduated. His father matriculated at a similar age. However, it would appear that Samuel did not graduate. It would then appear that Samuel married a lady by the name of Elizabeth and had three children in Ireland (William, Ezecall and Charles). Their births are registered in Derry. At this time the records dry up, and we then have only the records to be found in Gray's Inn and also those at Bucknell Church, Hayes, Middlesex. According to the records in Hayes, Samuel Hopkins (gent of Hayes) had two wives during his time in Hayes, firstly Priscilla and then Susannah Prior, whose descent could be traced to the Fiennes family, and whose son John William, on account of this, claimed the rights of founder's kin at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. The present writer possesses the genealogy used to prove this. The same Samuel Hopkins, gent of Hayes, then crops up at Gray's Inn. Finally, his will still exists at the National Archives in Kew; its contents give some idea of Samuel's status and life, but offer no clue to his earlier life in Ireland or as the son of Ezekiel, if indeed he is the same Samuel. A summary of the main points from his will shows: he had property in the County of Radnor, eight houses in Bishopsgate Street, chambers in Gray's Inn, a house in Holbourn and earned money from renting properties.

 

Elizabeth UNK and Samuel HOPKINS had the following children:

 

William HOPKINS (1696- ). William was born on 1 May 1696 in Derry, Ireland.

Ezekiel (Ezecall) HOPKINS (1697-1699). Ezekiel was born on 14 April 1697 in Derry. He died in December 1699.

Charles HOPKINS (1698-c. 1700). Charles was born on 3 August 1698 in Derry. He died circa 1 March 1700. He was buried on 7 March 1700.

 

5. Susanna PRIOR (also known as [unnamed person]), daughter of Francis PRIOR Gent. and Annabella BEAUMONT, died in 1758 (estimated). She and Samuel HOPKINS had the following children:

 

John William HOPKINS (1734-1780). John was born in 1734. He was baptised on [Julian] 20 May 1734 in St. Andrew's, Holborn, City of London. He was a Clergyman. He was a Rector of Upminster, Essex. and St.Mary's Westminster. He married Mary WORRALL on 13 February 1766 in St. Lawrence Jewry, Milk Street, London. He died in 1780 in Upminster, Essex. He was buried in Nave of the Church, Upminster (South Side).

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Henrietta HOPKINS ( -c. 1806)