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Sarah Cuthbert nee Hopkins 1744-1777

Of Madras, India and Woodcott, Surrey.

Born: 1 April 1744 in Madras and baptized 8 July in Madras, India (British Library N/2/1 f.204).  Died 15 December 1777 aged 33 and is buried at Epsom.
Daughter of: Capt Charles Hopkins (died 1757) and Phyllis (or Phillis) Bright (died 1795?).
Sister of:
1. Sarah Hopkins, baptized 16 January 1738 in Madras, India (British Library N/2/1 f.157).
2. Amelia Smith nee Hopkins who married in Madras, 25 September 1756 (British Library N/2/1 f.271), Captain (afterwards General) Richard Smith (1734?-1803).
3. Col Charles Hopkins (17??-1809) who married Martha (alive after 1809).
4. Possibly others.
Sarah married: Arthur Cuthbert (1734?-1788), 2 Feb 1765, in Madras, India (British Library N/2/1 f.306).
Sarah and Arthur had issue:
1. Amelia Marsh (nee Cuthbert, 1765-1793) who married William Marsh (1755-1846). But in fact Amelia's genetic father was Gen Richard Smith.
2. Charles Harland Cuthbert (1771-1777).
3. Sarah Klinkowström nee Cuthbert (born 1772 or 1776, died 1838).  She married 1st Thomas Brooke Esq (died 1809) and 2nd Otto Vilhelm Klinkowström.
4. James Ramsay Cuthbert (1776-1821) who married Sophia (1777-1857).


We know about Sarah from the following sources:
1. Her memorial in the church 'St Martin of Tours with St Stephens on the Downs', located in Epsom, Surrey.
2. A mention on a memorial in the Gillingham Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene (Kent).
3. The book 'Vestiges of old Madras, 1640-1800: traced from the East India' Volume 3, pages 77, 78, 79, 110, 234, 249, 269, by Henry Davison Love, 1913.  
4. The will of Gen Richard Smith confirming that he got his sister in law Sarah pregnant before she married Arthur Cuthbert.


It looks like Sarah spent much of her life out in Madras, India.  Her sister Amelia married Gen Richard Smith.  Richard also took a liking to Sarah and she became pregnant.  This must have caused a few difficulties within the family.  Sarah could not marry Richard as he was already married to her sister Amelia.  Her illegitamate daughter was born and they named her Amelia after her aunt.  Arthur Cuthbert then stepped in and married her and took the child as his own daughter. Arthur made lots of money and was able to return to England and purchase Woodcote Manor in Epsom in 1777.  Sadly, in the same year, Sarah died at the young age of 33 and she is buried at Epsom.

Vestiges of Old Madras, Vol 3, Page 77.
Arthur Cuthbert and family are noted, in the consultations of January 1775, as going back to England in a company ship, Speke, commanded by Capt Jeffery Jackson.  The passengers included, Arthur Cuthbert, his wife, his mother in law and his three children.  Mr Arthur Cuthbert came to India with Admiral Watson in 1754, was a free merchant from 1763, and in 1771 became an Agent for the Squadron.  Mrs Phyllis Hopkins was also a passenger. Her daughter Sarah had become the wife of Arthur Cuthbert in 1765.

 

The will of Sarah's mother, Phyllis (or Phillis) Bright, provides some additional information.  She refers to Arthur and Sarah as her oldest son and daughter.  She appears to leave most of her estate to her younger son Charles Hopkins and his wife Martha Hopkins.  She mentions a nephew George Stratton of Great Tow in Oxfordshire.  She also mentions her grandchildren, John Mannseur Smith, Sarah Brook and James Ramsey.  She refers to James Ramsey has having a wife Mary and them both living at Bath.  She also leaves money to Ann Burnisby Cridden of Southampton.  The executors are William MarshAlexander Cuthbert and Samuel Hawkins of Pall Mall.  Her will is dated 16 and 27 December 1794 and it is proved 14 February 1795 so she must have died between these to dates.

 Sacred to the memory of Mrs Sarah Cuthbert the much loved wife of Arthur Cuthbert of Woodcott Esq and their eldest son Charles Cuthbert.  The mother died December 15, 1777 aged 33 years.  The son died November 18 the same year, aged six.  Their remains are interred in a vault under this marble.  As well as the remains of Arthur Cuthbert of Woodcott Esq who died 21 Jan 1788 aged 54 years and of Richard Brand Cuthbert his grandson and eldest son of James Ramsey Cuthbert Esq and Sophia his wife.  He was born on the 18 of December 1798 and died on the thirteenth of March 1806.