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Anne Smith Hopkins


Wife of Stephen Hopkins

Mrs. Anne Smith, the second wife of Stephen Hopkins, was the daughter of Benjamin Smith, of Providence, the same name as that borne by her first husband though there was no relationship. She was a descendant, in the fourth generation, from John Smith, one of the four associates of Roger Williams, on his journey from Massachusetts, in 1636.

Her marriage to Mr. Hopkins took place in 1755, in the Friends' Meetinghouse in Smithfield, and the certificate, bearing the signatures of the bride, bridegroom, and witnesses, is still preserved in the collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society. She was thirty-eight years old at the time of her marriage, and brought with her three living children, Benjamin, Ruth, and Amery. It is said that Mr. Hopkins became very fond of his stepchildren as they did of him. Ruth Smith afterward married George Hopkins, the son of her stepfather, and Benjamin married Mary Tillinghast, a stepdaughter of Mr. Hopkins' daughter Lydia.

A few months after their marriage Mr. Hopkins was elected Governor of the Province and he continued in one office or another almost continuously until his death in 1785. His wife died two years before him.

Source: Wives of the Signers: The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence, by Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, A.B. (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 1997). Orignaly Published in 1912 as volume 3 of The Pioneer Mothers of America: A Record of the More Notable Women of the Early Days of the Country, and Particularly of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons). Pages 88-89. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)


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