George Albert Hopkins 1885-1796

Ben’s great grandfather, George Albert HOPKINS was born on 24 December 1885 at The Coffee Tavern, Bexley Heath, Kent1. His parents were Richard HOPKINS and Sarah WILLIAMS. The Coffee Tavern was the home of his Grandparents George HOPKINS and Margaret IVES.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName and Maiden Surname of MotherRank or Profession of FatherInformantWhen Registered
24 December 1885. The Coffee Tavern, Bexley Heath, KentGeorge AlbertBoyRichard HOPKINSSarah HOPKINS formerly WILLIAMSCarpenterRichard HOPKINS. Father. The Coffee Tavern, Bexley Heath16 February 1886


George Albert HOPKINS was baptised at Christ Church, Bexley Heath on 16 October 18872. He was nearly 3 years old when he was baptised, and his brother Richard Francis HOPKINS (who was born a year before George) was baptised on the same day. The family were living on Main Road, Bexley Heath.

BornWhen BaptisedChild’s Christian NameParents’ Christian NamesSurnameAbodeQuality, Trade or Profession
15 October 188416 October 1887Richard Francis (son of)Richard Isaac & SarahHOPKINSMain Road, Bexley HeathOmnibus conductor
24 December 188516 October 1887George Albert (son of)Richard Isaac & SarahHOPKINSMain Road, Bexley HeathOmnibus conductor

1891 Census

In 1891, George Albert HOPKINS was 5 years old and living at Main Road, Bexley Heath, Kent3 with his parents [Isaac] Richard and Sarah HOPKINS. His father Richard was a carpenter.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Richard HOPKINSHeadMarried29CarpenterPoplar, London
Sarah HOPKINSWifeMarried25Marylebone, London
Sarah HOPKINSDaur.Single8Woolwich, Kent
Richard HOPKINSSonSingle6Woolwich, Kent
George HOPKINSSonSingle5Bexley Heath, Kent
Rosa HOPKINSDaur.Single3Bexley Heath, Kent
Elsie HOPKINSDaur.Single1Bexley Heath, Kent
Margaruite HOPKINSDaur.Single2 monthsBexley Heath, Kent

1901 Census

In 1901, George Albert HOPKINS was 15 years old and living 3 Jodrell Road, Bow, Middlesex4 with his parents Isaac and Sarah HOPKINS. George was working as a roller at the paper mill. George’s father Isaac now gives his occupation as a “comedian”.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Isaac HOPKINSHeadMarried39ComedianFleet St, London
Sarah HOPKINSWifeMarried35Marylebone, London
Sarah HOPKINSDaur.Single18Packer of french confectioneryWoolwich, Kent
Richard HOPKINSSonSingle16Office boyWoolwich, Kent
George HOPKINSSonSingle15Roller at paper millBexley Heath, Kent
Rose HOPKINSDaur.Single13Bexley Heath, Kent
Elsie HOPKINSDaur.Single11Bexley Heath, Kent
Marguerite HOPKINSDaur.Single10Bexley Heath, Kent
Florence HOPKINSDaur.Single8Bexley Heath, Kent
Sidney HOPKINSSonSingle6Bow, London
Ralph HOPKINSSonSingle3Bow, London

1911 Census

In 1911, George Albert HOPKINS was working as a clerk and boarding at the house of William KING, a Railway Goods Checker at 1 Vernon Road, Poplar, Middlesex5. George and William’s daughter – 19 year old Lily KING – were married later that same year.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageChildrenProfession or OccupationBirthplace
William KINGHead62Married3 born, 3 living, 0 diedRailway Goods CheckerStibbard, Norfolk
Albert KINGSon23SingleMotor DriverWells, Norfolk
Lily KINGDaur.19SingleWells, Norfolk
George HOPKINSBoarder25SingleClerkBexley Heath, Kent
George Albert HOPKINS in his military uniform


George Albert HOPKINS and Lillian Jane KING were married St John’s Church, Stratford, Essex on 16 July 1911. They gave addresses which would have made them neighbours – although it was not the same address (1 Vernon Road) where they were living earlier that year. George’s father Richard Isaac HOPKINS was now working as a gas fitter.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
16 July 1911George Albert HOPKINS25BachelorClerk25 Shirley RoadRichard Isaac HOPKINSGas Fitter
Lillian Jane Annie KING20Spinster27 Shirley RoadWilliam KINGRailway Goods Checker
Witnesses: Isaac Richard HOPKINS, James HOPKINS & H GREGORY

1939 Register

In 1939, George Albert and Jane L[illian] HOPKINS were living at 44 Ravenscroft Road, Beckenham, Kent6. George was working as a manager of the wall paper department in a builder’s merchants. George and Jane HOPKINS had 3 children, Lilian, Georgina, and George (whose record was closed). There is an additional closed record on the household which may become available to view at a later date.

Surnames and Other NamesM or FBirthS, M, W or DPersonal Occupation
George A HOPKINSM24 December 1885MManager Wall Paper Dept., Builders Merchants
Jane L HOPKINSF10 April 1891MUnpaid Domestic Duties
Lillian E HOPKINS (also BAKER)F20 October 1912SL.C.C. Assistant Laundress
Georgina M HOPKINS (also WARD)F27 February 1917SL.C.C. Laundress
Record Closed
Record Closed
George Albert HOPKINS


George Albert HOPKINS died on 09 January 1976 at 11 Boundary Road, Ramsgate7. I have a copy of his death certificate, which has been transcribed below. There are some details that are incorrect – and this is probably due to his daughter (the informant) not knowing the details. For example, his middle name and date of birth.

Date and Place of Death:09 January 1976. 11 Boundary Road, Ramsgate
Name and Surname:George Herbert HOPKINS
Date and Place of Birth:24 December 1895. Bexley
Occupation and Usual Address:Retired Wallpaper Department Manager (Builder’s Merchants). 11 Boundary Road, Ramsgate, Kent
Name and Surname of Informant:Georgina Margaret WARD
Qualification:Daughter. Present at death
Usual Address:Flat 2, Sandhead Court, 11 Seaview Road, Herne Bay, Kent
Cause of Death:1a. Myocardial degeneration. b. Atherosclerosis. c. Senility
Date of Registration:12 January 1896

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  1. Births (CR) England. Bexleyheath, Kent. 24 December 1886. HOPKINS, George Albert. Entry No. 165.
  2. Baptisms (PR) England. Bexleyheath, Kent. 16 October 1887. HOPKINS, George Albert. Collection: Bexley, Kent, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1925. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Bexleyheath, Kent. 05 April 1891. HOPKINS, Richard (head). ED 9. PN 636. FN 60. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  4. Census Records. England. Bow, Middlesex. 01 April 1901. HOPKINS, Isaac R (head). ED 23. PN 342. FN 140. p. 31. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  5. Census Records. England. Poplar, London. 02 April 1911. KING, William (head). RD 22. ED 18. PN 1668. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  6. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Beckenham, Kent. HOPKINS, George A. 29 September 1939. Ref: RG 101/1220A. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 Register. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  7. Deaths (CR) England. Thanet, Kent. 09 January 1976. HOPKINS, George Herbert. Entry No. 229.


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