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Families on the Frontiers of the Old South

Matthew Brooks Hooper

Male 1770 - 1846  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name Matthew Brooks Hooper 
    Birth 16 Jun 1768  [1
    Born ca. 1770  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1800  Anderson County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1810  Anderson County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Pendleton County was created on 7 March 1789. On 19 February 1791, Pendleton County became part of the new Washington District, which also included most of Greenville County. On 1 January 1800, Washington District was disbanded. Pendleton County and Greenville County were renamed as districts. On 20 December 1826, the Pendleton District was abolished and replaced by Anderson and Pickens Districts. The court house and jail for Pendleton District were in Pendleton, South Carolina. [3]
    Residence 1830  Franklin County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1840  Franklin County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died ca. 1846  Franklin County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • SAR application of Robert Horace Bennett gives the date of death as 19 Oct 1845. [1]
    Probate 9 Mar 1846  Franklin County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hooper's will was recorded at Franklin County, Georgia. Named as beneficiaries were wife Elizabeth and children, John W. Hooper, Justiana Beall, Johnson Hooper, Charles J. Hooper, Richard Hooper, Elizabeth Butler, and Martha H. Edwards (deceased with children, William R. Edwards and Richard Matthew Edwards). Executors named were John W. Hooper, Charles J. Hooper, Richard Hooper and Benjamin F. Hooper. The will was witnessed 19 Nov 1842 by Joshua Word and John F. Word.
    Notes 
    • Early in the 18th century Charles Word I., the progenitor of an extensive family, came from Llandaff, Glamorganshire, Wales, and settled in Virginia. He is recorded as "a recognized patriot." His five sons, Charles II., Thomas, John, Peter and Cuthbert, were all soldiers in the Revolutionary War, noted among their comrades for bravery. (Mrs. King is descended from both Charles and Thomas, through intermarriage of their families.)

      Charles Word II. was born 1738 in Virginia. While a mere youth of seventeen he volunteered, and went out with the "Virginia Blues," under command of George Washington (then a Colonel), to guard the frontier against the French. Taking part soon after in the battle near Fort Duquesue, where Gen. Braddock was defeated, he was one of that gallant band of Colonials who, under Washington, covered the retreat of Braddock and his Regulars, thus saving them from complete destruction. Of the "Virginia Blues" only thirty escaped alive. Later Charles Word II. married Elizabeth Adams, a relative of John and Samuel Adams, and about the time the Revolutionary War began, moved to North Carolina. When his youngest child, Elizabeth Adams Word, was one year old, he was killed in the battle of King's Mountain, October, 1780. This daughter married MATTHEW BROOKS HOOPER, a young kinsman of William Hooper, Representative of North Carolina in the Colonial Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Both came from the New England Hoopers and by family tradition were descendants of Bishop John Hooper, of England- who, rather than recant, was burned at the stake, in 1555, by Queen Mary. John Word Hooper, the second son of Matthew Brooks Hooper and his wife, Elizabeth Adams Word, enjoyed exceptional educational advantages, and grew up to a manhood of usefulness and honor in his adopted State, Georgia. While still quite young, he became noted as a lawyer, and was made a member of the State Judiciary, serving as the first Judge of Cherokee County, which then included nearly the whole of Northwest Georgia, probably the largest Judicial Circuit in the State (see Alexander record for further information). The wife of Judge Hooper was his second cousin, Sarah Allen Word, the grand-daughter of Thomas Word, of the Revolutionary Army. Her mother, Sarah Allen, was a relative of Ethan Allen, and also of President Madison's wife, by whom she was much beloved. The youngest daughter of Judge Hooper and his wife, Sarah Allen Word, was Sarah Joyce Hooper, later the wife of Col. Thomas Williamson Alexander (see Alexander record) and mother of Mrs. Sarah Joyce King. Educated, intelligent and accustomed from childhood to contact with the brighest minds, Mrs. Alexander was a potent factor for good in her community and entire section, honored and loved by high and low. During the war between the States she gave time, substance and tender care to the sick and suffering. Soon after the war she was made President of the Ladies' Memorial Association of Rome, serving in this position until her death, a quarter of a century later, during which time she was chiefly instrumental in erecting the Confederate monument and marble headstones above the several hundred Confederate dead there buried. Of her four living children (see Alexander record), the youngest, Sarah Joyce Alexander, like to her mother in mind and heart, as well as name, is the wife of Charles William King (see King record) and the mother of two children, Sarah Joyce and Barrington King (see Alexander record).

      The eldest daughter of Col. Thomas Williamson Alexander and Sarah Joyce Hooper, Hallie Miller, who married James A. Rounsaville, has been recently honored by being elected President of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, thus adding to the lustre of all these old families.

      Note.- Authority for above records is found in family Bibles, manuscripts, tombstones, and in various histories?Ramsey's "South Carolina," Howe's "Presbyterian Church in South Carolina," Saye's "MS. Records," Massachusetts, Virginia, Carolina and Georgia State Records, and Historical Society Records, White's "Statistics of Georgia," Foote's "Sketches," and various other volumes.
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    Person ID I21317  Dickinson
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2018 

    Family Elizabeth Adams Word,   b. 3 Jun 1779, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1858, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Children 
     1. John Word Hooper,   b. 23 Dec 1797, Anderson County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1868, Trenton, Dade, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Justiana Dickinson Hooper,   b. 1 Apr 1802, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1880, Bartow County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. Charles Jefferson Hooper,   b. 1 Dec 1806, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1848, LaFayette, Walker, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [Birth]
     4. Richard Hooper,   b. ca. 1809, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     5. Elizabeth Adams Hooper,   b. 24 Nov 1813, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1892, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [Birth]
     6. Martha Hooper  [Birth]
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F6648  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1800 - Anderson County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1830 - Franklin County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsDied - ca. 1846 - Franklin County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 9 Mar 1846 - Franklin County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336383] U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line], (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.).
      Name: Matthew Brooks Hooper
      Birth Date: 16 Jun 1768
      Birth Place: Franklin, Georgia
      Death Date: 19 Oct 1845
      Death Place: Franklin, Georgia
      SAR Membership: 96445
      Role: Ancestor
      Application Date: 6 Apr 1968
      Spouse: Elizabeth Adams Word
      Children: Johnston Monroe Hooper

    2. [S336453] 1800 United States Census, (Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.), Census Place: Pendleton District, South Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 50; Page: 127; Image: 253; Family History Library Film: 181425.
      Name: Matthew Hooper
      Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Pendleton District, South Carolina

      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10 (1791-): 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25 (1775-84): 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 (1756-74): 1

      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1

      Number of Slaves: 4
      Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
      Number of Household Members: 10


    3. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online: https://en.wikipedia.org), "Pendleton District, South Carolina" at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendleton_District,_South_Carolina.

    4. [S77] 1810 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), Record Group 29., Census Place: Pendleton, South Carolina; Roll: 61; Page: 202; Image: 00248; Family History Library Film: 0181420.
      Name: Mathew B Hooper
      Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Pendleton, South Carolina

      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10 (1801-): 3
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15 (1795-1800): 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25 (1785-94): 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 (1766-84) : 1

      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1

      Numbers of Slaves: 6
      Number of Household Members Under 16: 7
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
      Number of Household Members: 17

    5. [S014596] 1830 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration), Census Place: Franklin, Georgia; Series: M19; Roll: 17; Page: 229; Family History Library Film: 0007037.
      Name: Matthew B Hooper
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Franklin, Georgia

      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14 (1816-20): 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19 (1811-15): 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69 (1761-1770): 1

      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49 (1781-90): 1

      Slaves - Males - Under 10: 3
      Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
      Slaves - Males - 55 thru 99: 1
      Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 2
      Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 1

      Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 7
      Total Slaves: 8
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 15


    6. [S022760] 1840 United States Federal Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administratio, 1840n), Year: 1840; Census Place: District 264, Franklin, Georgia; Page: 325.
      Name: Matthew Hooper
      [Matthew B Hooper]
      Home in 1840 (City, County, State): District 264, Franklin, Georgia
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69 (1771-1780): 1

      Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59 (1781-1790): 1

      Slaves - Males - Under 10: 1
      Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 3
      Slaves - Males - 55 thru 99: 1

      Slaves - Females - Under 10: 1
      Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 1

      Persons Employed in Agriculture: 5
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 4
      Total Slaves: 7
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 11

    7. [S472] A History and Genealogy of the Habersham Family, Joseph Gaston Baillie Bulloch, (Columbia, S.C: The R.L. Bryan Co., 1901), 96-7.