- William M. Fowler
Hopkins, Esek (26 April 1718–26 February 1802), naval officer, was born in Providence (present-day Scituate), Rhode Island, the son of William Hopkins and Ruth Wilkinson, farmers. The Hopkins family was large and well respected in Rhode Island. When William Hopkins died in 1738, leaving a widow and nine children, Esek went to sea. Like many Providence seafarers, Hopkins sailed primarily to the West Indies. He did well, proving to be both an astute businessman and a skillful seaman, and within a few years rose to command. He married Desire Burroughs in 1741 and moved with her to Newport, remaining there until 1748, when they returned to Providence. They had ten children....