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  • ID: I03694
  • Name: Thomas VAN HOOK , Sr. 1 2 3 4
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 FEB 1758 in New Jersey? 5
  • Death: 21 JUL 1790 in Caswell Co., NC 6
  • Note:
    My notes:

    I've removed Thomas and Sarah Palmer from Lawrence and Bridget Lloyd Van Hook because Thomas, according to his son, Isaac's, family Bible was born Feb. 11, 1753. However, this conflicts with Lawrence's son Aaron's birth date of August 12, 1753, a mere six months later. (Bernice Keister, The Van Hooks and Allied Families, (New York: American Historical Company, 1957), 6, From Tennent Church Records and Frank R. Symmes, History of Old Tennent Church, (Freehold, NJ: James S. Yard and Son, 1897), 71.) There is no place where Thomas' birthdate fits.

    Why then did Thomas and Sarah Palmer Van Hook's sons inherit some land from Lawrence Sr.? (Caswell Co., NC Deeds: Q317 "Aaron Vanhook of Dixon Co., TN to George Darby of Person Co., for...part of tract granted 16 Feb. 1798 by Lawrence Vanhook Sr. decd to Aaron and his brother Thomas decd; 2 Dec. 1809). The Aaron of Dixon Co., TN was very likely the son of Thomas and Sarah Palmer Van Hook because of the mention of George Darby and mention of a dec'd brother Thomas (who died in July 1809, six months before the land transfer, according to the Isaac Van Hook family Bible). Margaret Dobbins Comer, wife of Isaac--son of Thomas and Sarah Palmer Van Hook, was the niece of Robert and Rachel Dobbins Van Hook. The Dickson Co., TN Aaron Van Hook is mentioned closely with an Ashburn and Robert. I don't know how Ashburn connects since I don't have an Ashburn as a son of Thomas or anyone else for that matter. Robert couldn't be Margaret Comer's uncle since he stayed in Person Co., NC where he died in 1834 (Bernice Keister, The Van Hooks and Allied Families, (New York: American Historical Company, 1957), 152, Death Notice in Raleigh Register on November 4, 1834.) However, this Robert did have a nephew named Robert (son of David Van Hook, Jr). Jo Walker et al says that this Robert died in Humphrey's Co., TN in 1855. This all, however, are connections to David and Lucy Bumpass Van Hook, not his brother Lawrence Van Hook, Sr. and his estate.

    I still believe that Thomas' son, Aaron/Aron married Lucy Leonard (Kathy Van Hook Hayes, The Van Hook Family of Macon County, N.C., (Clayton, GA: Kathy Van Hook Hayes, 1996), 14 and Mullen Correspondence, (Joan N. Mullen, (swanlady@kscable.com) (14505 Willowbend Ct; Wichita KS 67230-9563), "Electronic," Caswell Co., NC Marriage Bonds, copied from the Van Hook file in the VA-NC Piedmont Genealogy Society, located in the Danville, VA Public Library.) because the date of that Aaron Van Hook who married Lucy Leonard is December 18, 1807 and the deed where he is mentioned being "of Dixon Co., TN" is 1809. He could have sold the land as part of the process of settling in the Tennessee frontier. That same year, Lawrence's grandson, Lloyd Van Hook Jr. was making his way to east Tennessee (According to the Carthage Gazette (Smith County, TN Newspaper) dated Jan. 26, 1809 a letter to LLOYD VANHOOK was left at the Post Office in Carthage on Jan. 1, 1809.) Also, according to records found by Jo Walker et al. mention the Dickson County Court Records for Aaron's estate which say that "Lucy Van Hook" was appointed administrator in 1824. They say that this Lucy Van Hook is the daughter of Isaac and Sara Davies Van Hook though--I don't know the reason why yet.


    Keister, 135 mentions Deed Book A, p. 263 (August 28, 1779), between Lawrence Vanhook and Thomas Vanhook, 50 pounds current money paid by Thomas Vanhook, a tract of land situated in Caswell Co. on both sides Henleys Mill Creek, beginning on Darby Henley's line, 210 acres granted to William Sargent by a deed from the Hon. Thomas Child 7 June 1761, left by William Sargent by Testament to his son Thomas L. Sargent, from Thos. Sargent by deed to Lawrence Van Hook. The dates would be proper and he was have a brother Lawrence, who married William Sargent's daughter Rachel. The answer could be obtained by following the history of the land the deed is for.

    If this is the correct line for Thomas, it may be that Thomas had a son named Thomas who is mentioned in Tax lists with Lloyd, Lawrence, Lawrence, and Stephen Sargent in 1784 of St. Lawrence's District Caswell. Keister, 147

    Hayes' book on the Macon Co., Van Hooks quotes: (p. 11)

    In a letter written October 10, 1991 to Bessie (Van Hook) Bowers, Joyce Appling says: "It is a certainty that Thomas Van Hook was a son of Lawrence...and a brother to Loyd, Aaron, Lawrence, Jr., etc., All of whom came to North Carolina from New Jersey..." She refers to two Caswell County Deeds abstracted by Katherine Kerr Kendall as proof: Deed Book L (p. 359) records Lawrence's gift of land to Thomas' children... Deed Book Q pages 55 and 56: "Loyd Van Hook, exec. of Lawrence Van Hook, decd., to Reuben Jones of same, for 75 lbs., 81 Acres adjoining Moses Fuller, purchased of Chambers, Aaron Van Hook, other representatives of BROTHER Thomas Van Hook, Decd. 31 Aug. 1809, Wit. Daniel Darby, GBL. Lea

    Still disputed...




    Father: Lawrence VAN HOOK , Sr. b: BEF 23 JUN 1723 in New York
    Mother: Bridget LLOYD b: BET 1720 AND 1730 in New York?

    Marriage 1 Sarah PALMER b: 27 OCT 1761 in New York
    • Married: 21 JUN 1779 in Caswell Co., NC 7 8 9
    Children
    1. Has Children Betsey VAN HOOK b: 14 APR 1780
    2. Has Children Susanna VAN HOOK b: 25 DEC 1781 in Person Co., NC
    3. Has Children Aaron VAN HOOK b: 7 MAY 1784 in North Carolina
    4. Has Children Mary Poly VAN HOOK b: 29 MAY 1786 in North Carolina
    5. Has No Children Thomas VAN HOOK , Jr. b: 29 NOV 1788 in North Carolina
    6. Has Children Isaac VAN HOOK b: 2 APR 1791 in Person Co., NC

    Sources:
    1. Title: "Genealogical Update"
      Author: Kathy Van Hook Hayes
      Publication: The Van Hook Register 3 (July 1996): 1
      Note: Secondary
      Repository:
      Media: Magazine
    2. Title: The Van Hooks and Allied Families
      Author: Bernice Keister
      Publication: New York: American Historical Company, 1957
      Note: Most use reference of Van Hook genealogy.
      Note: Secondary/good
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: 127, 149
      Text: Mentions Inventory of estate of Thomas, November 29, 1790
    3. Title: Abruscato Correspondence
      Publication: Tony & Sue Abruscato, sueskay@pacbell.net; 1117 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA 90502
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic
    4. Title: Caswell Co., NC Deeds
      Repository:
      Media: Civil Registry
      Text: L 359 Lawrence Van Hook, Sr. to sons [grandsons?] Aron Vanhook and Thomas Vanhook, orphans under age, gift of 239 A on N Hico but William Pruit and wife Salley [Sarah Palmer was Thomas Van Hook, Sr's wife; she remarried William Prewit; Thomas was likely son of Lawrence] to have house on the land. 16 Feb 1798 [Lawrence died 1797!] Wit. Robert? Elizabeth Van Hook, George Darby
    5. Title: The Van Hook Family of Macon County, N.C.
      Author: Kathy Van Hook Hayes
      Publication: Clayton, GA: Kathy Van Hook Hayes, 1996
      Note: Kathy and her husband were murdered on Dec. 17, 1997. She was the daughter of Clarence R. Van Hook.
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: 11, 23
      Text: This date according to the Isaac Van Hook Family Bible it says "1753." However, could the "3" in the year be a mistake for "8", i.e. 1758? This would make him 21 when he was married instead of 27 which is somewhat late for that time period.
    6. Title: The Van Hook Family of Macon County, N.C.
      Author: Kathy Van Hook Hayes
      Publication: Clayton, GA: Kathy Van Hook Hayes, 1996
      Note: Kathy and her husband were murdered on Dec. 17, 1997. She was the daughter of Clarence R. Van Hook.
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: 24
      Text: From Isaac Van Hook family Bible
    7. Title: Caswell County, N.C. Marriage Records, 1792-1868
      Author: Katherine Kerr Kendall, comp.
      Publication: 1981
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: 157
    8. Title: The Van Hooks and Allied Families
      Author: Bernice Keister
      Publication: New York: American Historical Company, 1957
      Note: Most use reference of Van Hook genealogy.
      Note: Secondary/good
      Repository:
      Media: Book
      Page: 127, 149
    9. Title: Caswell County, NC Marriage Records 1778-1876
      Author: Frances T. Ingmire, comp.
      Publication: 1984
      Note: Good
      Repository:
      Media: Book

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