William HOPKIRK & Isobel TAIT & Anne WRIGHT

William(3) HOPKIRK, born 7 Nov. 1714, Melrose to William(2) HOPKIRK and Isobel HUNTER

     On 15 May 1738 a son was born to William HOPKIRK and Susanna WANLESS, out of wedlock. The son's name is not known. William was rebuked by the congregation.

     William(3) HOPKIRK married Isobel TAIT on 13 October 1739, Melrose


             Isobel(4) HOPKIRK, 7 Dec 1740, Melrose. Baptism witnesses: William (2) HOPKIRK & John TAIT
                    (probably the grandfathers)

             Walter HAPKIRK, christened 29 Mar 1741, Selkirk.

             Simeon HAPKIRK, born 10 May 1743 and christened 22 May 1743, Selkirk 

             William(4) HOPKIRK, 17 Mar 1745, Melrose. Baptism witnesses: John TAIT & William(2) HOPKIRK

             William(4)HOPKIRK,11 May 1746, Melrose. Baptism witnesses: William(2) HOPKIRK & John TAIT

             Margeret(4) HOPKIRK, 6 Nov 1748, Melrose. Baptism witnesses: John TAIT & William BELL

             Isobel4) HOPKIRK, 3 Mar 1751, Melrose. Baptsim witnesses: John DAWSON & Thomas MARR

Isobel TAIT may have died in childbirth, because on 30 Dec 1752 in Melrose, William(3) HOPKIRK married
Margeret LAWRIE. She had been married to William COOK, and probably he had died also.
It may have been more a marriage of convenience.

This second marriage of William(3) HOPKIRK and Margeret LAWRIE had two children:

            James(4) HOPKIRK, born 16 May 1756, Melrose. The Hopkirk's of South Africa, USA, and New Zealand
                     are descended from James HOPKIRK and Anne WRIGHT.  James(4) HOPKIRK was a shoemaker
                     in Melrose, Scotland. He died in June of 1841 and as mentioned in the letter of William(5) HOPKIRK's
                     wife to their children in the USA,  he was buried next to his recently deceased grandson James(6) HOPKIRK.

                    From the 1841 census James is a shoemaker, living on Main Street with his son Robert and daughter May.

                    James(4) HOPKIRK & Anne WRIGHT had the following children: 

                    Agnes(5) HOPKIRK, 21 Apr 1778. Agnes died 6 days after she was born.

                    Anne(5) HOPKIRK, 25 Apr 1779. Probably the name of the mothers' mother) (Probably deceased as of 1841 since she is not mentioned in James(1756-1841) will, per June 30, 1841 letter written by Isabella Home Hopkirk)

                    William(5) HOPKIRK, born 25 Dec 1780, mariried Isabelle Home (Named after fathers' father) (Christened 7 January 1781 in Jedburgh) (USA & New Zealand Hopkirks descend from this couple) William was a shoemaker and as of 1841 census he was living in Gattonside with his wife Isabella and his son Robert, age 20, is a shoemaker Journeyman, and son Alex, 15, is an Apprentice Wright. (From the will William received the "under part of the house he was living in, in Gattonside, along with a closet upstairs. His sister Mary(Molly) was left the other part of the house.)                          

                    James(5) HOPKIRK, born around 1784, married Jean Turnbull, 21 Jun 1804. (Named after father) Per 1841 census james is a shoemaker in Jedbugh. His son James is a painter. Per the 1841 letter James was unable to come, but his son James was there for the reading of the will. James received ten pounds)

                    David(5) HOPKIRK, 21 Jun 1787, married Margeret Greive, 11 May 1811(South African & some London Hopkirks) (David received ten punds from his father's will) (From thye 1841 census David is a Hand Loom Weaver at 8 Earl Grey St., St Cuthburt's)

                    John(5) HOPKIRK, 5 Jul 1789(Not mentioned in June 30, 1841 letter, so John must be deceased as of 1841)

                    Margeret(5) HOPKIRK, 22 May 1791. (Named after father's mother) (Not mentioned in 1841 letter, so Margaret must be deceased as of 1841)

                    Alexander(5) HOPKIRK, christened 2 Jun 1793. Died 27 September 1793, age 5 months of chincough.(Whooping cough)

                    Walter(5) HOPKIRK, born 26 Oct 1794, married Janet PEASTON  (from his father's will, Walter received 1/2 of the house Robert is living in)(he is in St. Cuthbert's)

                    Robert(5) HOPKIRK, 30 Apr 1797, unmarried, a Bootmaker(From 1851 census he is a "boot and shoemaker", employing 4 men, including his 22 year old nephew William Hopkirk, Walter's son) (From the 1841 will Robert received 1/2 of the house he was living in, in Melrose on Main Street. Main Street is now High Street.) 

                    Mary(5)(Molly) HOPKIRK, 4 Aug 1799. , unmarried. Mary was still living as of the 1881 census.
                           She was listed as living at "High Street" in Melrose and being age 80, unmarried, and born in Melrose. From her father's will she recieved the other part of the house in Gattonside. But she remained living with her brother Robert in the house on Main Street(High Street) in Melrose until she died after 1881.

                    Thomas HOPKIRK, born 21 January 1803 and christened 10 April 1803, both at Melrose. From the will, Thomas got some money from the "other house." (Have been unable to find Thomas in the 1841 cnesus, unless he is the Drain Tile Man, aged 25 in Oxnam.)

            Alexander(4) HOPKIRK, born 18 Feb 1759, Melrose. Died 8 Nov 1826 & buried at the Melrose Abbey.
                          Alexander(4) HOPKIRK married Barbara AMOS.  Their children were:

                    Betty(5) HOPKIRK, 17 Nov 1782

                    Jean(5) HOPKIRK,  Christened 17 Apr 1785. Died in 14 April 1800 of fever. Age listed as 16.

                    William(5) HOPKIRK, 13 Feb 1789. (Named after father's father)

                    Christian(5) HOPKIRK, 6 Mar 1791

                    Margeret(5) HOPKIRK, 30 Jun 1793(Named after father's mother)

                    Anne(5) Mercer HOPKIRK, 1 Nov 1795  She may have been named after Agnes Mercer HOPKIRK who
                                 was married to another James HOPKIRK. Agnes HOPKIRK had just died.   This leads us to
                                  believe that Agnes was probably an Aunt.

                    David(5) Erskine HOPKIRK, 16 Feb 1800

                    Jean(5) HOPKIRK, 22 Aug 1802

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