Category Archives: Rich

Keturah Doane Dyer [Hopkins] [Kenny]

Keturah Doane Dyer was born on the 7th of May, 1735, in Truro, MA, on Cape Cod, to Sarah Doane and Ebenezer Dyer.

She married Thomas Hopkins in Truro on the 25th of April, 1754, and they had three children together. She lost her husband, Thomas, on the 19th of April, 1761, just 5 days after losing their youngest daughter.

She remarried John Kenny of Boston in Truro on the 9th of January, 1770. The family continued living in Truro, and she and John had three surviving children:

  • Thomas Hopkins Kenny (born 1772)
  • Molly Kenny (born 1775)
  • John Kenny (born 6 February 1779, died 2 January 1857 in Truro)

John died on the 9th of January, 1790, in Truro.

Keturah died on the 5th of August, 1796, in Truro. She was buried four days later in Truro.


Thomas Hopkins

Thomas Hopkins was born the 28th of January, 1731, in Truro, MA, on Cape Cod, to Deborah Bickford and Thomas Hopkins.

He lost both his parents within weeks of each other, around the time of his twenty-third birthday.

He married Keturah Doane Dyer a few months later, on the 25th of April, 1754, in Truro. Together, they had three surviving children:

  • Keturah Hopkins [Smalley] (born 30 October 1754, died 22 March 1802, in St. George, Maine)
  • Sarah Doane Hopkins
  • Thankful Hopkins (born 2 November 1759, died 14 August 1775 in Truro)

Thomas passed away on the 19th of August, 1775, five days after Thankful, in Truro.

Sarah Doane Hopkins [Smith]

Sarah Doane Hopkins was born 16 May 1757 in Truro, MA, on Cape Cod, to Keturah Doane Dyer and Thomas Hopkins.

She married Archelaus (Asa) Smith on the 15th of March, 1775, and had five children with him who survived past infancy.

In 1795, her husband, 16 year old son Ephraim, and 8 year old son Thomas, were lost at sea.

She died in Truro on the 1st of October, 1825, at the age of 68, and was buried in Truro near her husband’s and son’s memorial.


Archelaus (Asa) Smith

Archelaus, also known as Asa, Smith, was born in 1751 in Truro, MA, on Cape Cod.

He was a mariner.

On the 15th of March, 1775, he married Sarah Doane Hopkins in Welfleet.

They had the following children together who survived past infancy:

  • Ephraim (born 5 April 1779, died 1795 at sea)
  • Archelaus (born 3 June 1781, died 7 May 1853 in Truro)
  • Thomas (born 5 August 1787, died 1795 at sea)
  • Samuel Hopkins Smith
  • Sally Smith (born 21 April 1793)

Sometime in 1795, when Archelaus was 43, he was at sea with Ephraim, aged 16, and Thomas, aged 8, and they were lost at sea.

They share a headstone commemoration in the Old North Cemetery in Truro.

Samuel Hopkins Smith

Samuel Hopkins Smith was born on the 27th of August, 1790, to Archelaus (Asa) Smith and Sarah Doane Hopkins, in Truro, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.

He was a mariner.

On the 30th of October, 1817, he married Phebe Knowles. She bore him two children:

His wife, Phebe, died in July of 1821.

He died on the 12th of July, 1873, of ‘heart disease’ and ‘congestion of the lungs’ at the age of 82.

He is buried in Truro.

Catherine Williams Smith [Rich]

Catherine Williams Smith was born on the 21st of December, 1819, in Truro, MA, to Samuel Hopkins Smith and Phebe Knowles. Her mother passed away when she was just one, presumably due to complications in the delivery of her brother, Samuel.

She married John L. Rich on the 5th of November, 1843, and they lived in Truro for a time before moving to Boston. As the family’s luck worsened, they moved to Charlestown, where John died of consumption in 1865.

Catherine died on March 5th (ironically), 1909, at the age of 89, from ‘paralysis’ complicated by ‘exhaustion’, which perhaps suggests stroke. Her death was reported by a ‘Miss Rich’, who could have been a grand-daughter, or perhaps Matilda, if she didn’t marry.

Catherine is buried in Truro near John.