I personally am not researching George Hopkinson per se, however, I have come across some interesting news articles regarding the assault and robbery of a Samuel Wass just outside of Newark in April of 1827.
George Hopkinson, along with two accomplices (Henry Staveley and Catherine Foster), was accused and convicted of the crime. At the time of the trial, George Hopkinson was reportedly 16 years old, placing his birth around 1811.
I have posted transcripts of two news articles referencing this assault and robbery. I have determined that although there was an initial judgement of death both for George Hopkinson, and Staveley, both he and Henry Staveley later had their sentenced reduced to transportation. Both sailed to Hobart, Tasmania in 1828, but Henry Staveley died en route. However, George Hopkinson survived, and arrived in Tasmania aboard the William Miles in July 1828. If anyone here is researching Hopkinsons in the Newark, Nottinghamshire area, these newspaper articles may be of interest to you:
I don't have any additional information regarding George Hopkinson, but if you think he may be in your family tree, contact the Tasmanian Archives, as they hold the convict records for those transported from England.
Clare M. Staveley
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