Isaac Richard Hopkins 1861-1924

Isaac Richard HOPKINS is Ben’s second great grandfather. He is the father of George Albert Hopkins, who was born on 24 December 1885 at The Coffee Tavern, Bexley Heath, Kent1.

Isaac Richard HOPKINS also went by the name Richard HOPKINS.

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


Isaac Richard HOPKINS was born on 08 July 1861 at Limehouse, London, and was baptised at St Anne’s Church in Limehouse on 16 March 18642. His parents were George Sheppard HOPKINS and Margaret IVES. He was baptised on the same day as his sisters Margaret, Ann & Lucy.

When BornWhen BaptisedChild’s Christian NameParent’s NamesAbodeQuality, Trade or Profession
08 July 185116 March 1864Isaac Richard son ofGeorge & Margaret HOPKINSCross St[reet]Sawyer

1871 Census

In 1871, Isaac was 9 and was living at home with his parents George and Margaret HOPKINS at 3 Wilmington Place, Holborn, Middlesex3.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
George HOPKINSHeadMarried35LabourerBromley, Kent
Margaret HOPKINSWifeMarried35Deptford, Kent
Margaret HOPKINSDaur.13Domestic servantLimehouse, Middlesex
Annie HOPKINSDaur.11ScholarLimehouse, Middlesex
Isaac HOPKINSSon9ScholarLimehouse, Middlesex
Sussey HOPKINSDaur.6ScholarDeptford, Kent
Sarah HOPKINSDaur.4 monthsClerkenwell, Middlesex


Isaac Richard HOPKINS and Sarah Ann WILLIAMS were married on 17 May 1882 at St Saviour’s Church, Poplar, Middlesex4. Isaac Richard HOPKINS was a plumber, and his father George was still a sawyer.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
17 May 1882Richard HOPKINS22BachelorCarpenter4 Morant StreetGeorge HOPKINSSawyer
Sarah Ann WILLIAMS19Spinster92 Hind StreetAugustus WILLIAMSPlumber
Witnesses: James MAJOR & Annie HOPKINS

1891 Census

In 1891, [Isaac] Richard and Sarah HOPKINS were living at Main Road, Bexley Heath, Kent5. They had 6 children: Sarah, Richard, George, Rosa, Elsie & Marguerite. [Isaac] Richard HOPKINS was working as 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, Isaac and Sarah HOPKINS were living at 3 Jodrell Road, Bow, Middlesex6. They had 3 more children: Florence, Sidney & Ralph. Isaac had a change of career, he was now a comedian who went by the stage name Leo West.

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
Leo West’s Business Card. Held in the Hopkins Family Archive.

Leo WEST, comedian, has a good voice, which is heard to great advantage in his sailor song.

The Palace, Southampton. The Music Hall and Theatre Review – 03 March 1899

1911 Census

In 1911, [Isaac] Richard & Sarah HOPKINS were living at 25 Shirley Road, Stratford, Essex7. Isaac & Sarah had 11 children in their marriage, 1 who had died, 8 were living with them during this census.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirth Place
Richard HOPKINSHead49MarriedComedianPoplar, London
Sarah HOPKINSWife45Married 29 years. 11 children, 10 living, 1 died.Marylebone, London
Sarah HOPKINSDaur.28SingleFore lady – confectionaryWoolwich, Kent
Rose HOPKINSDaur.23SingleWrapper – confectionaryBexley Heath, Kent
Elsie HOPKINSDaur.21SinglePacker – confectionaryBexley Heath, Kent
Marguerite HOPKINSDaur.20SingleToy maker – rubber worksBexley Heath, Kent
Florence HOPKINSDaur.18SinglePacker – confectionaryBexley Heath, Kent
Sydney HOPKINSSon16SingleTrimmer – wall paperVictoria Park, London
Ralph HOPKINSSon12SingleScholarVictoria Park, London
Walter HOPKINSSon4SingleVictoria Park, London


Isaac Richard HOPKINS died at Shoreditch, London in 1924, at the age of 638.

Family Members:

Wife:Sarah Ann WILLIAMS 1866-1939
Son (direct ancestor):George Albert HOPKINS 1885-1976
Father:George Sheppard HOPKINS 1836-1911
Mother:Margaret IVES 1836-

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  1. Births (CR) England. Bexleyheath, Kent. 24 December 1886. HOPKINS, George Albert. Entry No. 165.
  2. Baptisms (PR) England. Limehouse, London. 16 March 1864. HOPKINS, Isaac Richard. Collection: London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Holborn, London. 02 April 1871. HOPKINS, George (head). ED 7. SN 51. PN 386. FN 8. p. 9. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  4. Marriages (CR) England. Poplar, Middlesex. 17 May 1882. HOPKINS, Isaac Richard and WILLIAMS, Sarah Ann. Entry No. 85.
  5. Census Records. England. Bexleyheath, Kent. 05 April 1891. HOPKINS, Richard (head). ED 9. PN 636. FN 60. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  6. Census Records. England. Bow, Middlesex. 01 April 1901. HOPKINS, Isaac R (head). ED 23. PN 342. FN 140. p. 31. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  7. Census Records. England. Stratford, Essex. 02 April 1911. HOPKINS, Richard (head). RD 188. ED 17. PN 9358. : accessed 13 April 2021.
  8. Birth Index (CR) England & Wales. RD Shoreditch, [London]. 3rd Q., 1924. HOPKINS, Richard. Vol. 1c. p. 68. Collection: England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007. : accessed 01 January 2022.


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