Ephraim Hopkins

It has been a while since I updated this blog but I suppose that the ancestors aren’t going anywhere so I might as well take my time documenting them!

Since I wrote my first blog post about William Hopkins I think I have discovered what happened to his brother Ephraim. I searched in the Find My Past Worldwide Army Index for 1861 and found an Ephraim Hopkins who was a private in the 94th foot regiment stationed at Mean Meer, East Indies. I couldn’t find any more about him including any army records so I went to the National Archives in Kew and looked up the Muster Rolls for the regiment. I discovered that he had joined up in the late 1850s. He seems to have embarked for India almost immediately and he seems to have spent about 5 or 6 years there until, sadly, the last entry I found was: 9 April 1865 Died at Chundegurh en route to Kussowlie. Disease ‘bronchitis chi?’ or sri. (or chr for chronic?)

I ran out of time while I was trying to trace him forwards in the records to see if there was confirmation that he joined up in Stoke on Trent so I don’t have definite proof that it was our Ephraim Hopkins. However, the only other Ephraim I can find either in birth registrations or in the censuses of the right age lived in Worthing and that one died in 1858. But next time I am at TNA I will look up the relevant muster rolls to see if I can find him immediately he enlisted, and also try and find his enlistment papers but probably the fact that he died in India explains why I couldn’t find his army records on FMP, as they are records of soldiers who were discharged to pension. But at least it probably ties up another loose end. I wonder how long it took for William to discover his fate?

UPDATE: on my next visit to Kew I looked up the previous muster rolls for the regiment but could not see any entries for him under new recruits, so I don’t know exactly where he joined up or any more information – does anyone have any idea where I can go from here or whether there are likely to be any more records of him in any archives?

One Comment:

  1. WOW LIZ !! I have just received your email and have read your blogs re The HOPKINS family. I haven’t been this excited for years.In my research I had found almost all of your census results for George Henry , William and Hannah – sad to hear what happened to Ephraim though, I was getting rather attached to him last week.
    my husband – George Henry’s grandson [ George ] just arrived home to hear your news about his rather irresponsible grandfather – fancy skipping out on the wife Selina for New Zealand !! Maybe that’s where he met our grandmother Jennie Cook, who was born there ,Bay of Plenty. Her father John was a ” boatman ” – I think they used to ferry new ship passengers / migrants from the port along rivers to their settlement ? We had some boatmen in Australia who did just that, and apparently they became very wealthy before horses and then carriages arrived in the colonies.
    George Henry and Jennie Cook were married April 1913 in Sydney- My father-in-law Sydney George was born in the October that year. He was the first of four boys – Norman, then Charles, then Raymond. Raymond’s daughter Colleen is living here in Western Australia, and is very close to George and myself. All other Hopkins’s are in and around Sydney and Newcastle in the eastern states. Charles I believe is the last son to still be alive, but he would be a grand age if he is. He served in the airforce during WW2, and had a long career in teaching, was a school headmaster I believe. Norman was in the army during the war, Jennie apparently in the women’s land army, and Raymond I have never asked about [ he had a fabulous wife and a lot of children, who now are becoming grand parents.]Ray and his wife have also died.
    How often do you write your blogs ? you have a very interested reader here, and I am as I said, so thrilled to get news of the elusive George I too have seen the death notice for him for 1922 – and also some police gazzettes where his wife had put out a summons for his arrest for ” child support ” – and then withdrawn them. So of course I have wondered all along whether he was still alive and just run away, like he did with Selina. I am having fun with ancestry – people fascinate me as much as history does [ I’m a direct descendant of George Read who arrived here from Gillingham on the “Rockingham ” 1830 – it’s in my blood. Please keep writing you blogs . Gwen Hopkins Perth Western Australia.

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