The 1623 Society was brought about from the minds of Stephen & Julie Roberts as a way for people that have unique or special connections to Dover to show their appreciation for this city, its history, and the people that live here.
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Stephen and Kathleen Haight
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Stephen and Julia Roberts
The 1623 Society was formed on the suggestion of Steve Roberts, who is also the Society's first donor. Steve Roberts is a direct descendant of Thomas Roberts (b.c. 1600, d. 1673), one of the original settlers of Dover. Thomas Robert's lineage dates all the way back to the beginning of Dover when he landed on Dover Point with the Hilton Brothers in 1623. Thomas' wife Rebecca, is believed to be the sister (or sister in law) of Edward and William Hilton. Thomas settled on land on Dover Neck which remained in the family until the mid 20th century. He was elected as president of the court in 1640-1641 (thus called Governor), as the third and last colonial governor of the Dover Colony before it became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1641.
Thomas Roberts is buried in the cemetery on Dover Point Road. His great grandson Ebenezer, moved to what is now Rollinsford in the early 1700s, and established a farm on property which is still owned by the family. While Steve is also descended from several other early English colonists (Wentworth, Hall, Rollins, Littlefield, Pinkham, Jones, Nutter), he also has French Canadian heritage on his mother’s side (the Mayrand family of Dover; Saint Charles Catholic Church was established by a great uncle, Father Richard). "I grew up on stories about the family which were collected by family historians, especially my grandmother, Katherine Roberts and great uncle John Harry Roberts," said Steve. "Our kids are the 12th generation of the Roberts family in America, and the Roberts family takes great pride in its deep roots in the Dover community."
Guy and Joanne G. Eaton
Guy Eaton is a direct descendant of Captain Thomas Wiggin (1592–1667), the first governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire, a settlement comprising modern-day Dover, Durham, and Stratham
Kevin and Dee McEneaney
Kevin McEneaney’s grandparents immigrated to Dover from Ireland in the late 1800s.
William Hopkins In Memory of Fran Hopkins
Frances Gail Hopkins was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1944 to Mary Elizabeth Kelleher and Joseph Bilodeau. Fran’s mother was a nurse and she followed her into that career, graduating from Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. Hopkins began her career at Rhode Island Hospital before she and her husband Bill relocated to Dover in 1966, where Fran helped open Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s coronary care unit.
She worked as a surgical nurse, operating room nurse, emergency room nurse, an American Red Cross instructor and a substitute nurse at Horne Street before she touched thousands of lives as the school’s full-time nurse from 1991 to 2016. She died at age 75 on May 22, 2020, due to complications from COVID.
In 2021, The city's School Board voted unanimously to rename the school where she served 25 years in her honor. It's expected the official new name will be Fran Hopkins Elementary School at Horne Street.