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I am looking for any information on Sarah Hopkins and her 3 children anywhere in the world after 1837 when they arrived in Canada. I don't know if they returned to England or the United States , but they have just disappeared.
Hopkins, Sarah | b 10 Oct 1802 | Children; 3 children emigrated: Emily bap 18 Feb 1826, Haise/Esua bap 29 Jun 1828, Isabella bap 8 Jul 1833 | From Petworth, West Sussex | Occupation Eng : Laundress | 1837 | Assistance : Earl of Egremont. Sarah Hopkins travelled alone with three children under the age of fourteen in the spring of 1837 on the ship Diana to Upper Canada.
Sarah Hopkins was the daughter of James Hopkins and Sarah Ayling her birth is found in the parish records of Petworth Sussex, England. Each of her children were baptised with the last name of Hopkins as per the parish records.
No record of Sarah or her 3 children crop up anywhere in Canada or anywhere after they left the ship Diana that they sailed on.
In the parish records of Tillington, Sussex the parish next door I found a marriage for a Sarah Hopkins and James Boxall he was a widower and she was single.
05/06/1826 B G BOXALL James W from Petworth
B HOPKINS Sarah S
Any help would be great to sort this all out
There is a great deal of general historical material regarding the immigration involving your Hopkins ancestors on Wikipedia and elsewhere but the key resource is probably The Petworth Emigration Project. Of course you may already have most if not all of this information. The ship's list for the 1837 Diana shows Hopkins and there may be a brief mention of Sarah Hopkins in "Assisting Emigration to Upper Canada: The Petworth Project, 1832-1837". Sarah's brother George and his family are listed aboard the 1844 Burrell for Post-1837 Emigrants. The Petworth Emigration settlement map may be of some interest as well.
Thank you for your reply. Sarah and her 3 children have been well documented up until they step ashore in Canada and then just seem to vanish. Her brother George settled in the Uxbridge area of Ontario. The authors of the Petworth Emigration Project have no further information on Sarah Hopkins after she stepped ashore. The family is one of those loose ends that makes one wonder what became of Sarah and her family.