d.bef. bef. 23 March 1779 Rockingham County, Virginia
Facts and Events
Anthony Lewis was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
From Genforum.com post: (note information on Anthony Lewis and the triple wedding of his daughters towards the end of post)
1740 Immigrant - Robert Hook II of Ireland Posted by: Jim White (ID *****3614) Date: February 28, 2005 at 11:18:34 of 1274
The Family Name ... Hook ... belongs to the Irish Clan = Marmion
Other Names belonging to the Marmion Clan - Barry, Fitzgerald, Roche, Savage, Power
We begin this narrative with Wilfred (Bunzie) Hook, born 1618 at or near Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland. We know nothing much about him except for his unique nickname, and that he was the father of Richard Hook b. 1658 d. 1692 (died at sea).
Richard married Frances Bryden b. 1659 d. 1717 on the 10 Aug 1692 at Loth, Sutherland, Scotland. The marriage yielded Robert Hook I, b. 21 Jun 1683 d. 19 Dec 1740 Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland. He married Isobel Bryden b. 1685 d. 1740 on the 5 Apr 1704 at Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland.
The marriage yielded Robert Hook II b. 1712 at Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland. Robert II d. Abt 1802 Rockingham Virginia (We have not proved an actual date for Robert's death and have reason to believe he actually died circa 1785). Robert Hook II married Jean Scott b. 1712 at Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland d. Abt 1802 Augusta County Virginia. The marriage of Robert Hook II and Jean Scott took place 18 Aug 1736, at Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland.
This marriage yielded William Hook, b. 1738 at Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland, d. circa 1802 Rockingham Virginia. We have no knowledge of William serving in the Revolutionary war since most likely he would have been too old for service.
Children of Robert II and Jean .... William b. 1738 Kilbarrymeaden, Waterford, Munster, Ireland George Sr. Hook b. 1749 Orange County, d. Bef 22 Oct 1783 Augusta County Virginia Mary Hook Martha Hook Ester Hook Robert Hook III b. 1744 Orange County, d. Bef 17 Nov 1772 (Mother Administratrix) Jean Hook ... possible twin sister of James James Hook ... possible twin brother of Jean
We have only been able to prove the above children for Robert II and Jean Hook.
PLEASE NOTE: The wife of Robert Hook II original name in Ireland was Jean, and properly noted in all immigration records we have located; however, in every legal document found here in the United States relating to her the name is always written as ... Jane. Frankly, we do not understand why the name Jean was so often rejected here in the US by so many people. Jean was a common name in both Ireland and Scotland during the era dealt with in this narrative.
Many people are claiming Robert Hook II had brothers and sisters come to America, but there is no documentation this is true. Further, there is no documentation proving any siblings of Robert Hook II in parish records in Ireland. Robert Hook II, wife Jean, and son William immigrated to Virginia arriving and applying for Headright Status in the County of Orange Virginia by May 1740, and documented as such in Orange County Historical Immigrant Records. Arriving at the same time as Robert and Jean were two of Jean's brothers ... Robert Scott, wife Ann, daughter Mary, son George, Ester Scott (Robert and Samuels mother), and Robert Frazor the father of Ann Scott, Robert's wife. Also Samuel Scott with wife Ann, sons James & John. Rounding out the group was Robert Young, Wife Margot, sons Abraham, Henry, Daniel, John, plus Robert McDowell, father of Margot, and Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a Ship's Captain, and certainly capable of handling any four or five mast class of ship; however, the ships most common for Captain Smith's expertise would have been 80 to 100 Ton two mast Brigand Class ships running a large bow-sail. These smaller ships could make the Atlantic Crossing in good weather in two to three weeks ... far superior to the often three or four months voyages so common. We have no proof, but it is thought Robert Frazor the father of Ann Scott later married Ester Scott.
Here it needs be stated the reason many of these people immigrated.
The weather in Ireland during the winter of 1739/40 was terribly worrisome … that winter was extremely harsh, and there was not enough fuel for the families to keep their homes warm ... crops failed, and food was also scarce. We also know many people left Ireland early in 1740 because of the terribly cold weather experienced during the winter of 1739/40; however, the winter of 1740/41 would prove to be even worse. We learned from parish records that Robert and wife Jean lost three of their four parents during the winter of 1740/41 ... they froze to death in their homes, and only Jean's mother managed to survive somehow.
Robert and Jean booked passage for her mother who Immigrated 1741. Mary Scott (nee Wilmore) d. 28 Dec 1766 in Augusta County, Virginia.
We do not claim to know much about the children of Robert II and wife Jean; however, there are serious errors in every genealogy line we have been privy to concerning George Hook, the son of Robert and Jean. He has been mistakenly identified as George Hook an English Deserter who switched sides during the battle for New York in the Revolutionary war, and who was recognized for that sometime late 1782 or early 1783. He has also been mistakenly identified as having married Jennie Bleakley 08 Jan 1789 in Augusta County Virginia - that was a different George Hook, and so far as we know, unrelated to the family of Robert Hook II, and Jean.
George Hook was the third son born to Robert and Jean, and from many records in our collective family archives we believe him to have been born 1749 in Orange County Virginia. He tried his wings early and moved to Chester County Pennsylvania when about 18. There he met and married Susan Williams, a recent immigrant from Sussex England in the early spring 1769 ... Marriage record proves the marriage took place at Nantmeal Village, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The exact date cannot be determined because of very poor condition of extant Church Records.
To the marriage of George and Susan twin boys were born ... they were born early summer of 1770 ... the boys were named ... George Jr. & James. Susan died shortly after childbirth leaving George in a terrible predicament, so he went home to Orange County ... Somehow the twins survived the trip, and we know nothing about how the trip was made.
George Hook Sr. served in the Revolutionary War from Virginia, in the Virginia Continental Line, and dully credited with his service according to still available records. NOTE: We do not know who filed a claim for benefits; however, the claim was rejected on grounds of insufficient evidence. We know of no application for Bounty Lands by either George Jr. or James.
George Hook Sr. died before 22 Oct 1783 at Augusta County Virginia - and the Probate Records are easily accessed to prove such. His brother William, and son William Hook Jr. were both buyers of part of the estate of George Hook, as were Martha Kennedy, Thomas Blackley, William Bean, Daniel Joseph, Daniel Heslip, John Jasper, and George Hook Jr., his son. His mother Jean (usually reads Jane in public records) was Administratrix of his estate.
We have no knowledge that George ever remarried, and know of no record that proves such remarriage; therefore, anyone so claiming George Hook Sr. the father of twin sons ... George Jr. & James, remarried, will need to produce documented evidence.
There are some serious transcription errors in the Chalkley Records, and many omissions ... we also realize many people have used such records in their attempts to document this family ... That record of serious concern being the one so many people have identified as being the estate of James Hook, where William Hook relinquished his right as Administrator, waiving it to George Hook. Chalkley transcript follows....
Name: William Hook Date: Oct 22, 1783 Location: Augusta Co., VA Notes: This probate record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley. Remarks: William Hook relinquishes to Goerge Hook his right to administer on estate of James Hook. Description: Administrator Book date: WB6-397
One of several court records that proves the errors follows,
Name: William, Jr. Hooke Date: Oct 7, 1784 Location: Augusta Co., VA Notes: This probate record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley. Remarks: George Hooke's estate sold at vendue to, viz: Martha Kennedy, Wm. Hooke, Wm. Hooke, Jr., Thos. Blackley, Wm. Bean, Daniel Joseph, Daniel Fitzgeral, Robt. Heslip, John Jasper, George Hook Roe (?). Description: Buyer Book date: WB6-443
The Administratrix of George Hook Sr.'s estate was in fact his mother Jean Hook, who was also the Administratrix for the estate of her own son Robert Hook III. Because family members wanted to buy items of George's estate, they could not be Administrators under the laws in effect at that time. The last buyer listed was in fact George Hook Jr., not someone named Roe............
George Hook Jr. 1st married ... Mary Ann Warner 2 Jun 1791 Augusta County Virgina George Hook Jr. 2nd married ... Rebecca Lewis 25 Jan 1798 Augusta County Virginia
There was a Triple Wedding January 25, 1798 in Augusta County Virginia – Three Sisters married brothers James Hook & George Hook Jr., and Thomas Bleakley. The Bondsman for all three was William Hook ... and all spouses filed accordingly so William could retrieve his bond money. These records are available in the Augusta County Archives. William Hook had probated the estate of a friend (Anthony Lewis) who had three underage daughters, Mary Polly, Rebecca, and Elizabeth. William, the son of Robert II then posted bond, proving guardianship for the three sisters.
James Hook m: Mary Polly Lewis George Hook Jr. m: Rebecca Lewis Thomas Bleakley m: Elizabeth Lewis
Mary Ann Warner (Hook) later remarried John Bleakley 23 July 1806 at Rockingham - It is interesting to note on the Marriage Bond posted by Mary ... her previous bond posted when marrying George Hook Jr. is affixed to the bottom of the bond proving her marriage to John Bleakley. Don't ask since we do not know how George and Mary obtained a divorce during that era; however, because of the dual notation at the bottom of the bond there can be no doubt about her previous marriage to George Hook Jr. It should be noted that Mary Warner and John Bleakley never had any children, and neither did the marriage to George Hook Jr. result with offspring ... perhaps that would be reasonable grounds for obtaining a divorce during that Puritan era.
James moved to Kentucky for a brief periond, and later to Greene County Ohio - George moved to Blount County Tennessee where he died before March 28, 1815 when probate was filed.
We can only document one child by James Hook and Mary Polly Lewis .... Charles Hook b. 27 Aug 1814 in Greene County Ohio.
Children of George Hook Jr. & Rebecca Lewis
1. Elizbeth (Betsy), born Abt 1805, m/1 ____BROCK, and m/2 on January 5, 1843 to George W. Spears in Blount County, Tennessee. She died July 2, 1871, and is buried in Byrds Chapel, Knox County, Tennessee. Source of this information Mr. Robert Wright of Tennessee, a direct descendant, and the 1850 Census.
2. Robert born Abt 1807 married Susan Hunt 3 Oct 1830 Blount County, Tennessee
3. Andrew born about 1810, married Elizabeth (Betsy) Jenkins 27 January 1831 Blount County, Tennessee
4. Alfred born 7 Sep 1811, married Elizabeth Howell 3 Oct 1837 Blount County, Tennessee. Alfred died 23 Jun 1890 and is buried at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery, Polk County, Missouri.
Alfred is my direct family line, and validated son of George Hook Jr. via probate records Blount County, Tennessee. I grew up within a half-mile of the Enon Baptist Church & Cemetery on land obtained by Alfred and wife Elizabeth via BLM purchase ... record follows,
Issue Date: 6/1/1859 Land Office: Springfield Cancelled: No Mineral Reservations: No Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Nr.: 25132 Accession/Serial Nr.: MO5630__.139 BLM Serial Nr.: MO NO S/N
The above stated land proves it was still owned by Elizabeth Hook on a 1903 Plat Map of Polk County Missouri.
Alfred & Elizabeth Hook are my great, great, grandparents.