Bouvier and Kauffman Families

Constance Hopkins

Person Chart


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
Stephen Hopkins 1580 Constance Mary Dudley 1580

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 11 May 1606 Hursley, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Immigration 1620 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States Ship Mayflower
Marriage 22 May 1627 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Death OCT 1677 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Burial Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States


Even more disturbing to the peaceful life was the first duel on June 18, between Edward Lister and Edward Dotey, both servants of Stephen Hopkins. Tradition ascribed the cause to a quarrel over the attractive elder daughter of their master, Constance Hopkins. The duel was fought with swords and daggers; both youths were slightly wounded in hand and thigh and both were sentenced, as punishment, to have their hands and feet tied together and to fast for twenty-four hours but, says a record, [Footnote: A Chronological History of New England, by Thomas Prence.] "within an hour, because of their great pains, at their own and their master's humble request, upon promise of better carriage, they were released by the Governor."@S15@
Constance Hopkins was baptized on 11 May 1606 in Hursley, Hampshire, England, to parents Stephen Hopkins and his first wife Mary.  It should be noted that the long-standing Constance Dudley myth was disproven in 1998: the Hopkins family of the Mayflower was not from Wortley, Gloucester as had been previously speculated and published.
Constance came with her father Stephen, step-mother Elizabeth, brother Giles, and step-sister Damaris on the Mayflower in 1620, at the age of 14.  Constance's future husband, Nicholas Snow, arrived on the ship Anne in 1623.  Nicholas and Constance Snow were married shortly before the 1627 Division of Cattle, and lived in Plymouth for a time.  Around 1645, the family moved to Eastham.
William Bradford, writing in 1651, stated that Constance Hopkins had 12 children "all of them living".  Only 9 can be documented with existing records.  Constance, wife of Daniel Doane, is quite probably one of the three "missing" children, but unfortunately there is no conclusive proof.
From Rootsweb's WorldConnect Project - Hursley parish register for 1606 shows Constance Hopkins' baptism in the original records. It says "undecimo de May, Constancia filia Steph. Hopkins fuit baptizata", which translates into English as "Eleventh day of May, Constance, daughter of Stephen Hopkins, was baptized."

And there in Hursley, on 9 May 1613, Mary Hopkins, the wife of Stephen was buried. Mary's children, Giles, Constance and Elizabeth, are all named in her probate estate papers dated 10 May 1613 and on file at the Hampshire Records Office (file: 1613 AD/046).
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Arrived on the Mayflower in Plymouth, MA in 1620, with her father Stephen and step-mother Elizabeth.

A hat made in England of beaver fur, attributed to Constance, is part of the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA.



Constance Hopkins Snow grave

Constance beaver hat