Thomas Reginald Hooper

(1879 - )
     Thomas Reginald Hooper was born in 1879 in Moor..., Victoria. He was the son of Thomas Hooper and Georgianna Grigg.

unnamed Hooper

(11 September 1805 - )
     Unnamed Hooper was christened on 11 September 1805 in Kelso, Roxburghshire. He was the son of John Hooper and Helen Smith.

unnamed Hooper

(8 June 1729 - )
     Unnamed Hooper was christened on 8 June 1729 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Henry or Harry Hooper and Elspeth Malcolm.

unnamed Hooper

(22 April 1734 - )
     Unnamed Hooper was christened on 22 April 1734 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Henry or Harry Hooper and Elspeth Malcolm.

unnamed Hooper

(1 November 1641 - )
     Unnamed Hooper was christened on 1 November 1641 in Stitchill, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Henry Hooper and Margaret Donaldson.

unnamed Hooper

(8 January 1760 - )
     Unnamed Hooper was christened on 8 January 1760 in Kelso, Roxburghshire. She was the daughter of Robert Hooper and Janet Ker.

Valentine Hooper

(1925 - 1925)
     Valentine died in 1925. He was about six weeks old. He was born in 1925. He was the son of Walter Henry Hooper and Julia Carter.

Walter Edmund Hooper

(19 December 1876 - 1937)
     Walter Edmund Hooper was born on 19 December 1876 in Philip Street, Hoxton, London. He was the son of Walter Henry Hooper and Maria Ann Colston. Ellen, Walter, George and Maria were listed as the children of Walter Henry Hooper in the 1881 census in 8 Rawstone Street, Clerkenwell, London. Ellen, Walter, Georgina and Henry were listed as the children of Walter Henry Hooper in the 1891 census in Clerkenwell, London .
     Walter Edmund Hooper married Annie Jaconda Styles before 30 September 1899 in Shoreditch RD.
     Walter Edmund Hooper and Annie Jaconda Styles appeared on the 1901 census in 34 Lloyds Row, Clerkenwell, London. Walter Hooper, 24, general dealer shop, hs wife Anie 25, and son Walter 6 months, all born in London.
     Walter died in 1937. He killed himself after moving from house to flat.

Children of Walter Edmund Hooper and Annie Jaconda Styles

Walter H Hooper

(circa 1853 - )
     Walter H Hooper was born circa 1853 in London. He was the son of John James Hooper and Sarah Elizabeth Horder. James, Robinah, Sarah, Walter, Emily, Frank and Charles were listed as the children of John James Hooper in the 1861 census in 2 Hill-Martin Villas West, Islington.

Walter Henry Hooper

(March 1853 - March 1892?)
     Walter Henry Hooper's birth was registered in the quarter ending in March 1853 in Clerkenwell, London.
     Walter Henry Hooper married Maria Ann Colston on 25 December 1875 in St John the Baptist, Hoxton, Shoreditch RD, Middlesex. He was an artificial florist and they were both of 30 Philip St, He was the son of William Hooper, shoemaker.
     Walter Henry Hooper was employed was an artificial florist.
     Walter Henry Hooper and Maria Ann Colston appeared on the 1881 census in 8 Rawstone Street, Clerkenwell, London. Walter Hooper, head,26, artificial florist, born Clerkenwell; his wife Maria 25, born Middlesex; children Nelly 5, born Middlesex, Walter 4, born Clerkenwell, George 2, born Hoxton, James Hooper, brother unmarried 17, artificial florist, born Hoxton; Walter Wilson, lodger, unmarried 17, born Hackney, Maria Hooper 3, daughter, born Clerkenwell.
     Walter Henry Hooper and Maria Ann Colston appeared on the 1891 census in Clerkenwell, London . Walter Hooper, head, 38, artificial florist, born London, Shoreditch; his wife Maria 33?, born London, Cripplegate; children Ellen Elizabeth aged 16, born Clerkenwell, Walter Edmund 15, lead finisher born Hoxton, Georgina Maud 6 & Henry Edward 3, born at Clerkenwell.
     Walter's death was registered in the quarter ending in March 1892?.

Children of Walter Henry Hooper and Maria Ann Colston

Walter Henry Hooper

(circa September 1900 - )
     Walter Henry Hooper was born circa September 1900 in Hackney. He was the son of Walter Edmund Hooper and Annie Jaconda Styles. Walter Henry Hooper was listed as Walter Edmund Hooper's son in the 1901 census in 34 Lloyds Row, Clerkenwell, London.
     Walter Henry Hooper married Julia Carter.

Children of Walter Henry Hooper and Julia Carter

Wesley Trull Hooper

(1 February 1911 - 3 November 1997)
     Wesley Trull Hooper was born on 1 February 1911 in Lansell Rd, Toorak, Victoria. He was the son of Arthur Frederick Hooper and Jean Hamlin Lusk. Wesley Trull Hooper was christened on 20 March 1911 in St John's, Toorak. He was educated from 1918 to 1921 in Glamorgan School in Toorak. This followed his first term at "Grange" in Domain Road, South Yarra.
     Wesley was educated from 1922 at Waitaki, New Zealand.
     Wesley was educated from in first term 1923 at Geelong College, Victoria. He was educated from 1923 to 1927 in Melbourne Grammar School in South Yarra, Victoria. He settled at Melbourne Grammar School 1923-27, in Bromby House, from where he matriculated. Wesley was an accountant from 1928 to 1976. He was employed by Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Co. Ltd 1928-30; then had sheep station experience at "Willandra" and other stations from a jackeroo to overseer between 1931-35; then worked for Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd (Hay NSW - new office first under Melbourne control) from Jan 1 1936, Melbourne, Adelaide, Camperdown, Melbourne Adelaide, appointed accountant at Melbourne 3 Oct 1959, accountant Adelaide Dec 1960, and finally retired 28 Feb 1976.
     Wesley held the "Trull" silver cruet, soup ladle, sauce ladle... spoon, & table spoon; also a pastel drawing of Martha Trull and a miniature of her which are mentioned in the family wills.
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 2/45 Talbot Crescent, Kooyong, Victoria, from 1940 to 1941. Which he rented.
     Wesley Trull Hooper was engaged on 6 August 1940. The engagement is announced of Margaret Swinburne Jolly, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Jolly, of Benwell, Brougham place, North Adelaide, to Wesley Hooper, son of Mrs. A. F. Hooper and Mrs. Hooper, of Toorak.
     Wesley Trull Hooper married Margaret Swinburne Jolly on 18 October 1940 in Christ Church, North Adelaide.
     He served in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1941 to June 1945. He was an E.A.T.S. Pilot, obtaining his "wings" in Alberta, Canada, then became a flying instructor in the UK & Australia as a Flight Lieutenant..
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 15/287 Melbourne Street, Adelaide, South Australia, from 1941 to 1945. Which he rented.
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 24 Balwyn Road, Canterbury, Victoria, 1945. Which he rented.
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 5 Daphne Street, Canterbury, Victoria, between 1950 and 1955. Which he designed and built.
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 8 Jacques Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria, between 1955 and 1960.
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 10 Elderslie Avenue, Fitzroy, South Australia, between 1960 and 1971.
     Wesley Trull Hooper married secondly Rosemary Phyllis Brooks on 11 April 1969 in Adelaide, South Australia. She married firstly Kenneth Read Horn April 1942, issue John Brooks b. 6 Jan 1943, deceased; Geoffrey Kenneth Brooks b. 21 Dec 1944; Christopher Brooks b. 24 Jul 1951. She was divorced in 1962. She married secondly George Reginald Lunn in 1965 NSW who died 1968. Chris is living in Darwin.
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 18 Gawler Terrace, Walkerville, South Australia, between 1971 and 1980.
     Wesley Trull Hooper lived at 24 Warwick Street, Walkerville, South Australia, from 1980.
     Wesley died on 3 November 1997 in the Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, aged 86. He was cremated on 6 November 1997 after a service at the Eastchapel, Memorial Park in Enfield.

William Hooper

(22 August 1775 - 27 December 1840)
William Hooper 1774-1840
     William Hooper was born on 22 August 1775 in St Marylebone, Westminster, Middlesex. He was the son of John Hooper and Mary Fawler. William Hooper was christened on 13 September 1775 in St Mary, St Marylebone.
     William was an annatto manufacturer and merchant in London.
     William Hooper married Mary [Darby] Bickley, daughter of George Darby and Martha Bickley, on 1 May 1804 in St Mary, Islington, London. William Hooper, bachelor of this parish & Mary Bickley, spinster of this parish, were married by banns, by Thomas Poole Hooper, AM, vicar of New Shoreham, Sussex. Both signed in the presence of John Hooper & John Parker.
     William Hooper lived at Coleman St Buildings, London, 1805.
     William Hooper was mentioned in the will of John Benjamin Hooper dated 22 June 1807. William Hooper was listed in a directory dated between 1808 and 1820 as Blue & Annatto maker at 1 Nun's Court. Coleman St, London. He was listed as a Freeman of the city of London, on 9 February 1809. William Hooper son of John Hooper, Citizen and Founder of London was made free by patrimony... copy 1766, born 1781?
     On 6 Oct 1814 William Hooper, annatto and blue manufacturer and drug grinder and merchant insured his property with the Sun Fire Office.
     William Hooper of Finchley and St John Street, Clerkenwell, blue and arnotta [sic] manufacturer - lease for 19 3/4 years from 29 Sep 1820. He was listed in a directory dated between 1820 and 1830 as William Hooper at Brewhouse Yard, St John's Street, Clerkenwell, London. In the front of the 1820 directory, a list received too late for insertion, he is at Brewhouse Yard, St John's St, Clerkenwell. His business remained at this address at least until 1827 (in that year he was called William H).
     On 17 May 1829 William Hooper, Brewhouse Yard, St John St, Clerkenwell, drug grinder, insured with the Sun Fire Office.
     William Hooper and Dr Robert Hooper, George Henry Hooper, Rev Thomas Poole Hooper and John Benjamin Hooper were mentioned on 2 November 1820.
      Final Concord (counterparts) Hilary Term 1822: Nicholas Roberts, plt. v. James Hooper, Robert Hooper and w. Elizabeth Ann, William Hooper and w. Mary, and George Henry Hooper and w. Margaret Brewse, defs
Seventeen messuages, three stables, two coach houses, two workshops, two warehouses, fourteen curtilages, six orchards, six gardens, and 20a. land in New Shoreham, Old Shoreham and Cowfold
. William Hooper was listed in a directory dated 1835 as William Hooper at 37 North Bank, Regent's Park, Middlesex.
     Assignment of lease for remainder of term dated 1839 William Hooper of Finchley and St John Street, Clerkenwell, blue and arnatta [sic] manufacturer.
     Lease for 21 years from 25 March 1839: 1. William Benjmain Hooper of Manchester Terrace, Liverpool Road (parish of St Mary Islington?), and John James Hooper of Brew House Yard, St John St (parish of St James Clerkenwell), esqs. administrators of the estate of William Hooper later of Finchley esq. deceased.
     William died of urinary disease on 27 December 1840 in Finchley, London, England, aged 65.
     The administration of his estate was granted to John James Hooper and William Benjamin Hooper on 12 January 1841 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Admon of the goods chattels and credits of William Hooper late of Brewhouse Yard Saint John's Street and of Finchley in the county of Middlesex Annatto and Blue manufacturer widower deceased was granted to William Benjamin Hooper and John James Hooper two of the natural and lawful children of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to adminster. Estate £9000, Resworn in December 1841 at under £10,000 and additional security given. Admon of goods unadministered passed at the Principal Registry May 1881.
     The administration of his estate was granted to Mary Ann Trull on 23 May 1881 at the Principal Probate Registry, London. Personal estate under £1000. Administration of the personal estate of William Hooper late of Brewhouse Yard St John Street and Finchley, both in the co. of Middlesex, Annatto and Blue manufacturer, a widower, who died 27 December 1840 at Finchley afsd left unadministered by William Benjamin Hooper and John James Hooper the sons and two of the next of kin was granted at the Prinicipal Probate Registry to Mary Ann Hooper of 342 Liverpool Road in the parish of St Mary Islington in the said county, widow, the administrator (with will) of the personal estate of the said William Benjamin Hooper. Former grant PCC January 1841.

Children of William Hooper and Mary [Darby] Bickley

William Hooper

(2 February 1741 - 1768)
     William Hooper was also known as Hopper in records. He was christened on 2 February 1741 in Ednam, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Robert Hooper and Margery Dawson.
The proclamation of the intended marriage of William Hooper and Janet Dickson was published on 1 June 1760 in Stitchill & Ednam, Roxburghshire, Scotland. William Hopper & Janet Dickson.
     William died in 1768 in Stitchell, Roxburghshire. William was a servant to Robt Hooper.

Children of William Hooper and Janet Dickson

William Hooper

(23 July 1699 - before 10 March 1700)
     William Hooper was christened on 23 July 1699 in Ednam, Roxburghshire. Robert Hopper's son William baptised. He was the son of Robert Hooper and Mary Japhray.
     William died before 10 March 1700 in Ednam, Roxburghshire. He was buried on 10 March 1700 in Ednam. 5/- paid for the mortcloth for Robt Hopper child.

William Hooper

(18 June 1785 - 12 October 1807)
     William Hooper was born on 18 June 1785 in Middlesex, England. He was the son of James Hooper and Katherine Saxon. William Hooper was christened on 14 July 1785 in St George Hanover Square, Westminster.
     William died on 12 October 1807 in Bond Street, Soho, Westminster, Middlesex, England, aged 22. Gentleman's magazine, October 1807 reported: - 12 October. After a very short illness, at his father's house in Bond St, Mr William Hooper; a young man of unimpeached and unimpeachable integrity; a son, a brother, a friend, a citizen, exemplary in the discharge of every relative and social duty, connected with his sphere of life; a warm lover of his kind, and humble adorer of his God. His life was short, but useful; he lived innocent; he died resigned; His remains were interred on Monday Oct. 19.. He was buried on 19 October 1807.

William Hooper

(before 1822 - )
     William Hooper was born before 1822 in England. He was the son of James Hooper and Sophia Richman.
     William Hooper lived at Mexico, 1854.

William Hooper

(6 July 1719 - )
     William Hooper was christened on 6 July 1719 in Kelso, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Joseph Hooper and Janet Row.

William Hooper

(11 May 1651 - )
     William Hooper was christened on 11 May 1651 in Stitchill, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Henry Hooper and Margaret Donaldson.

William Hooper

(before 1630 - )
     William Hooper was born before 1630.
     William Hooper married Elspeth Dickson before 1648.

Children of William Hooper and Elspeth Dickson

William Hooper

(17 June 1742 - 14 October 1790)
     Peter Evans, a descendant, advises the best resource is the 700 + page dissertation by Robert Charles Kneip: William Hooper, 1742-1790: Misunderstoond Patriot, Tulane University History Department, University Microfilms International, 6/27/1980. See also http://ncpedia.org/biography/hooper-william. William Hooper was born on 17 June 1742 in Marblehead, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The date has also been given as 28 June. Wikipedia states: (June 2015 - Hooper was the first child of five, born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 28, 1742. His father, William Hooper, was a Scottish minister who studied at the University of Edinburgh prior to immigrating to Boston, and his mother, Mary Dennie, was the daughter of John Dennie, a well-respected merchant from Massachusetts. Hooper’s father had hoped that Hooper would follow in his footsteps as an Episcopal minister,[2] and at the age of seven placed Hooper in Boston Latin School headed by Mr. John Lovell, a highly distinguished educator in Massachusetts. In 1757, at the age of sixteen, Hooper entered Harvard University where he was considered an industrious student and was highly regarded.[3] In 1760 Hooper graduated from Harvard with honors, obtaining a bachelors of arts. However, after graduating Hooper did not wish to pursue a career in the clergy as his father had hoped. Instead, Hooper decided on a career in law, studying under James Otis, a popular attorney in Boston who was regarded as a radical. Hooper studied under Otis until 1764, and once completing his bar exam decided to leave Massachusetts in part due to the abundance of lawyers in Boston.. He was the son of Rev William Hooper and Mary Dennie.
     William was educated at the Boston Latin School, Massachusetts, USA. He was educated at home until the age of 8.
     William matriculated at Harvard College, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1757. He achieved a BA in 1760 and then switched to law, achieving a MA in 1763.
A M Hooper states: Aided by the instruction of his father, which was never remitted, he made literary acquirements uncommon for one of his age, and advanced himself in his scholastic studies beyond his contemporaries. It was, no doubt, owing to this circumstance that he was admitted, contrary to established rules into the sophomore class at Harvard College. There he. took rank among. the most distinguished, and signalized himself in oratory. He graduated AB in 1760, MA in 1763.
Such was the anxious attention which his father bestowed on him in order to form him as an orator, that his vacations, were periods of more laborious study and exertion than the terms of his scholastic exercises, And here it, is worthy of observation, that the genius of the father and son were diametrically opposite. That of the father was of a loftier cast, and was formed in the school of Demosthenes; that of the son was Ciceronian in its features. The characteristic of the father was vehemency; that of the son insinuation. Were it not a presumptuous comparison, I would say, the father was Chatham, the son was William Pitt.

     William Hooper married Anne Clarke on 16 August 1767 in King's Chapel, Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, USA.      
William Hooper was a lawyer and MP for North Carolina. A M Hooper states: It was the early intention and earnest wish of his father to devote this son to the ministry. To this, however, the son was disinclined, for reasons that were considered satisfactory by his father, who agreed to alter his destination. Finding that he preferred the study of the law, he placed him with James Otis, Esq., who was then a lawyer of eminence. At this period commenced the attempts of the English Parliament against the rights and privileges of the subjects in the provinces. Mr. Otis took an early and decided stand, by Iiis writings and open declarations, against this power of the British government. He was exceeded by none in zeal, and equalled by few in abilities. The high esteem and respect which the subject of these sketches entertained for Mr. Otis, naturally rendered him partial to Iiis political principles; and there can be, no doubt, had the effect of assisting to engraft those principles on his mind, and to establish them permanently there. Subsequent events ripened them into maturity, and rendered them active. Mr. Hooper, having prepared himself for the practice of law, and finding the bar in his native State so overflowing that there was no encouragement for juvenile practitioners, determined, about 1763, to try the experiment of making his fortune in North Carolina. To this he was invited by the circumstance of his family's having very particular friends, influential characters in the province. Accordingly, in 1764, he embarked at Boston for Wilmington, on Cape Fear. He did not remain long in North Carolina at that visit, but returned to Boston in about a year. In 1765 he again visited North Carolina, and advanced in the practice of law. His health, however, sustained such severe shocks, that lie resolved, conformably to the wishes of Iiis father, to abandon it. In 1767, the death of his father made it necessary that he should revisit his native place, and at the same time blasted the hope of his quitting North Carolina, which, on account of his health only, he wished to do. He started a practice in Wilmington, NC as a lawyer and practiced in North Carolina post 1764. William Hooper started in politics in 1773 as member of the Provincial Assembly and was one of North Carolina's 3 signers of the Declaration of Independence. He bitterly opposed the colonial status of his homeland. In a letter written 26 April 1774 to a friend, James Iredell, he wrote: "They [the colonies] are striding fast to independence , and ere long will build an empire upon the ruins of Great Britain; will adopt its Constitution, purged of its impurities, and from an experience of its defects, will guard against those evils which have wasted its vigour." (Quoted from 'Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, edited by William S. Powell, The University of NC Press, 1988). He was a Member of Continental Congress 1775-77. He opposed democratic tendencies as North Carolina legislator.
     A M Hooper states: In person, he was of the middle size, elegantly formed, delicate rather than robust. HIs countenance was pleasing and indicated intelligence. His manners were polite and engaging. With his intimates and friends his conversation was frank and animated, enlivened by a vein of pleasing humor, and aboudning with images of playful irony. It was sometimes tinctured with the severity of sarcasm, and sometimes marked by compreshensive brevity of expression. His father, himself a model of colloquial excellence, had cultivated this talent in his son with great assiduity. From the same preceptor he learned the art of, rarely attained, of reading with elegance... In mixed society he was apt to be reserved. Sincerity was a striking feature of his character. Hospitality he carried to excess. In his domestic relations he was affectionate and indulgent. Failings he certainly had, but they were not such as affected the morality of his private or the integrity of his public conduct.

Hooper, William (17 June 1742-14 Oct. 1790), one of North Carolina's three signers of the Declaration of Independence, foremost Patriot leader, writer, orator, attorney, and legislator, was the oldest of five children of the Scots divine, the Reverend William Hooper (1704-14 Apr. 17677), second rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston, Mass., and Mary Dennie Hooper (b. ca. 1720), daughter of Boston merchant John Dennie. He was the grandson of Robert and Mary Jaffray Hooper of the Parish of Ednam, near Kelso, Scotland. It should be noted that William Hooper's blackened sandstone slab in Hillsborough, N.C.'s Old Town Cemetery carries the New Style or Gregorian calendar birthdate, 28 June 1742, eleven days later than the Old Style or Julian calendar date, 17 June 1742, used in the published accounts of Hooper. The slab is thought to have been placed between 1812 and 1818 by the Signer's only daughter and surviving child, Elizabeth (Mrs. Henry Hyrn Watters), who evidently preferred the New Style date.
     An unusually delicate, nervous child, William was at first painstakingly taught at home by his father, himself a classicist and orator of some note, educated at the University of Edinburgh. At age eight, the boy was sent to the Boston Public Latin School where he worked so hard under headmaster John Lovell, a celebrated disciplinarian and staunch Loyalist, that at fifteen he entered the sophomore class of Harvard College on 7 Oct. 1757. He graduated A.B. in 1760 with marked distinction in oratory, surpassing, it is said, even his father in that field.
     Although the Reverend Mr. Hooper had hoped that his oldest son and namesake would enter the ministry, William's own inclination led him to law; and in 1761 his father allowed him to study under the brilliant James Otis, famed for his knowledge of common, civil, and admiralty law. Various Hooper biographers have stated that Otis's fiery stands for colonial rights indoctrinated the young Hooper.
In 1763 Harvard College conferred an M.A. on Hooper, and in 1764 he settled temporarily in Wilmington, N.C., to begin the practice of law. Hooper, who was handsome, well-bred and well-educated, with courtly manners and a pleasing personality, was warmly accepted by the planters and lawyers of the lower Cape Fear. By June 1766 he was unanimously elected recorder of the borough.
     From the beginning, however, Hooper's health had been precarious in the low-lying Wilmington area. He was seriously considering leaving New Hanover County when his father died without warning one Sunday, "falling down suddenly in his garden." William's education was to be his chief inheritance, although his father's will also left to him "all my Books and Manuscripts," a legacy that he treasured. He apparently made a firm decision to continue his legal career so well begun in North Carolina and, on 16 Aug. 1767, married at King's Chapel in Boston Anne Clark, of New Hanover, the daughter of Barbara Murray and Thomas Clark, Sr., late high sheriff of New Hanover County. Anne was the sister of Thomas Clark, jr., who became a colonel and brigadier general in the Continental Army. It was the fortunate affluence of the Clark family that enabled the William Hoopers to survive the difficult years of the American Revolution.
     Hooper's legal work took him in every direction of the province; he traveled on horseback 150 miles and more to backcountry courts in all seasons and weather. In 1769 he was appointed deputy attorney general of the Salisbury District and inevitably ran afoul of the Regulators, incurring their lasting enmity. A 1768 incident in Anson County was followed by another at the Hillsborough riots of September 1770, when Hooper reportedly was dragged through the streets by the Regulators.
     His formal entry into political life came on 25 Jan. 1773, when he sat for the first time in the Provincial Assembly as representative for the Scots settlement of Campbellton (later Fayetteville). The Assembly, meeting at New Bern, lasted only forty-two days, but Hooper became acquainted with such recognized provincial leaders as Samuel Johnston, Allen Jones, and John Harvey. In the same year, Hooper made the first purchase of land for his future home on Masonboro Sound eight miles below Wilmington-108 acres of Caleb Grainger's old Masonborough Plantation. In 1774 he bought 30 adjoining acres on which he built his house, Finian. The Hoopers offered lavish hospitality at Finian to guests from far and wide, and the sound provided pleasant surroundings for their three young children: William (b. 1768), Elizabeth ("Betsy") (b. 1770), and Thomas (b. ca. 1772).
In 1773 a new courts bill agitated the province, and Hooper threw all of his energy and talent into a campaign to defeat it, arguing that the bill meant further encroachment by the Crown on colonial rights. His influential "Hampden" essays, now lost, were written about this time to explain to the citizenry at large the critical issues involved and why the bill should be defeated. The upshot of the conflict was that most provincial courts were dosed and that Hooper was disbarred from practicing law for a year.
     In December 1773 he was returned to the Provincial Assembly as representative for New Hanover County together with John Ashe, leader of the Whig party. On 8 December the Assembly took the important step of appointing a standing Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry and selected nine of the most significant leaders in the province to serve on it. Hooper's was the fourth name listed, and it was on this committee of communication that he made signal contributions throughout the Revolutionary years. His prophetic observation in a letter of 26 Apr. 1774 to his friend James Iredell is often quoted as a landmark of colonial foresight at this early period. He wrote, "They [the colonies] are striding fast to independence, and ere long will build an empire upon the ruins of Great Britain; will adopt its Constitution, purged of its impurities, and from an experience of its defects, will guard against those evils which have wasted its vigor."
In June 1774 the port of Boston was closed, and Hooper took the lead in mustering aid and support for his native city. At a notable general meeting of lower Cape Fear citizens in Wilmington on 21 July, he was elected chairman and presided over the selection of a committee to issue the historic call for the First Provincial Congress. A significant resolve approved by the New Bern meeting stated, "We consider the cause of the Town of Boston as the common cause of British America, and as suffering in defense of the Rights of the Colonies in general." Two shiploads of provisions and £2,000 in currency were sent for the relief of the Massachusetts port town. Already the thirty-two-year old Hooper's diverse talents for persuasive oratory and fluent writing plus his ardent, personal commitment to the colonial cause and his trained knowledge of civil and admiralty law had combined to make him a most useful and effective leader in any assembly in which he sat.
     When the First Provincial Congress - the first such convention ever to meet without royal assent-duly convened in New Bern on 25-28 Aug. 1774, Hooper was named the first of three delegates to represent North Carolina at the First Continental Congress which met on 20 September at Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia. The other two envoys were Richard Caswell and Joseph Hewes. Although Hooper was one of the youngest of the fifty delegates in Philadelphia, he was immediately named to a committee "to state the rights of the colonies" and to another to report on legal statutes affecting trade and commerce in the colonies. "[Richard Henry] Lee, Patrick Henry, and Hooper are the orators of the Congress," wrote John Adams. Back in Wilmington, Hooper was named to the Wilmington Committee of Safety, formed on 23 Nov. 1774. He could not, however, be present until 30 December.
     There now began the steady, physically exhausting cross-country travel by horseback between Philadelphia and North Carolina that Hooper continued until the spring of 1777. Nearly all of his work in both places followed the same routine: long days of committee sessions and staggering amounts of correspondence, reports, and addresses to be written at night. At Philadelphia there was the added burden of purchasing supplies at warehouses and wharves and dispatching them to Committees of Safety and militia at home. Moreover, yellow fever in Philadelphia and malaria in Wilmington were constant hazards.
      Before the close of 1776, Hooper had attended three Continental Congresses, four Provincial Congresses (he did not attend the fifth in Halifax in November 1776 because of the pressure of work in Philadelphia), and four Provincial Assemblies besides meetings of the Wilmington Committee of Safety. Almost invariably he was made chairman or member of any committee with important resolutions or addresses to compose, and some of the most significant statements of the Revolution crystallizing public opinion came either wholly or partially from his pen.
     At the lengthy Third Provincial Congress (20 Aug - 10 Sept. 1775), which met for safety's sake far inland at Hillsborough, Hooper was made chairman of a committee to prepare a Test Oath for the 184 delegates. Since the Battle of Lexington on 19 April, tension and alarm had been rampant. Hooper was appointed to a committee to prepare an explanatory address to the people of North Carolina and named chairman of another to prepare an address to the -inhabitants of the British Empire." Hooper alone composed the important British Empire address declaring the views of the Congress on the existing state of affairs. Besides other assignments, he was also one of a committee of 45 delegates to devise a temporary government for the province.
     About 1 Feb. 1776 Hooper quietly absented himself from the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to go to his widowed mother's aid in Cambridge, Mass. According to Joseph Hewes, Mrs. Hooper had only lately got out of Boston," and her Patriot son was greatly alarmed for her safety. Still absent from Philadelphia a month later, Hooper may have seized this opportunity to escort his mother to Milton, N.C., where she is said to have spent her later years. Her death date is unknown.
     The Fourth Provincial Congress convened at Halifax on 4 Apr. 17776, and Hooper and John Penn (who had replaced Caswell) appeared on 15 April, three days after the passage of the Halifax Resolves. Hooper was immediately made chairman of a committee to supply the province with ammunition and "warlike stores," and he and Penn were added to a committee to produce a civil constitution and to another on secrecy, war, and intelligence. Both men were placed on committees to consider business necessary to be brought before the Congress and to form a temporary government, as well as on a committee of inquiry. Hooper, Hewes, and Penn were all re-appointed delegates to the Third Continental Congress which convened on 10 May 1776.
     In Philadelphia Hooper served on Hewes's marine committee; with Benjamin Franklin on the highly important committee of secret intelligence which had broad powers to hire secret agents abroad, make agreements, and even to conceal information from the Congress itself; and on Thomas Jefferson's committee to compose a Declaration of Independence. Although Hooper was absent when independence was actually voted and declared on 4 July 1776, he, like most of the other delegates, affixed his name to the amended Declaration on 2 August.
     For the rest of the year Hooper was concerned with committees for the regulation of the post office, the treasury, secret correspondence, admiralty courts, laws of capture, and the like. On 22 December he was appointed chairman of a committee with Hewes and Thomas Burke to devise a Great Seal for the new state of North Carolina.
     Early in 1777 Hooper and numerous other delegates were stricken with yellow fever. On 4 February he secured permission to return to Wilmington to attend the General Assembly on 8 April, and on 29 April he formally resigned his seat in the U.S. Congress. -The situation of my own private affairs ... did not leave me a moment in suspense whether I should decline the honour intended me," he wrote to Robert Morris. He was succeeded by Cornelius Hamett and never again appeared on the national scene.
     Hooper resumed his residence at Finian and his law practice in the newly opened courts, again riding the circuits with his friend Iredell as he had done before the Revolution. He attended the General Assembly of 1777, 1778, 1779, 1780, and 1781 as member for the borough of Willmington, serving on numerous committees. When it appeared that Finian would not be safe from British men-of-war in Masonboro Sound (a house owned by Hooper three miles below Wilmington was burned and Finian was shelled), Hooper moved his family into the town. He himself, at times seriously ill with malaria and his right arm badly swollen, became a fugitive from the British, going from friend's house to friend's house in the Windsor-Edenton area.
     On 29 Jan. 1781 Major James H. Craig's men took Wilmington, although the town was not evacuated until November. Then, an ailing Mrs. Hooper and two of her children were forced to flee by wagon to Hillsborough where her brother, General Clark, found shelter for them. Finally, on 10 Apr. 1782, the reunited Hoopers purchased General Francis Nash's former home on West Tryon Street (still standing and in 1972 named a National Historic Landmark). Hooper's preserved Memorandum Book, 1780-1783 provides valuable records of this period.
     With his permanent removal to the backcountry, Hooper was now entirely out of the mainstream of current events, both state and national. His election to the 1782 General Assembly as member for Wilmington was declared invalid, and in 1783 he suffered the first political loss of his career at the hands of Hillsborough tavern keeper Thomas Farmer, who defeated him for a seat in the General Assembly. One absorbing new interest developed, however. Some years before, in 1778, Hooper had been named first on a committee of nine prominent men to begin an academy, "Science Hall," in the vicinity of Hillsborough. The school had made a brave start on Colonel Thomas Hart's Hartford Plantation, but it had been swept aside by Revolutionary activity. Now, Hooper pushed a new academy bill through the 1784 Assembly, to which he was elected, and almost single-handedly began a second venture, a new "Hillsborough Academy", which prospered for a few years. Unfortunately, the November 1786 Assembly at Fayetteville, the last that he attended, tabled a bill to raise funds for the school and thereby ensured its demise.
     Hooper's law practice was still a considerable one owing to steady litigation concerning Loyalists' estates, confiscated lands, treason, and all the legal backwash of the Revolution. Like Iredell and other conservative men, Hooper lamented unreasonable severity and vengefulness against Loyalists and absentees and urged moderation in their treatment. In consequence, he found himself at painful odds with some of his old friends and acquaintances. On 22 Sept. 1786 he was appointed to a federal court to settle a Massachusetts-New York territorial dispute, but the matter was resolved locally and the court never met.
     A bitter blow fell when Hooper was not elected a delegate to the 1788 Constitutional Convention, which met in Hillsborough's old St. Matthew's Church (then renovated as the new academy), literally within sight and sound of his own house. He never recovered from this second important rejection. The Iredell correspondence indicates that from 1787 onward there had been a perceptible decline in Hooper's health and that, like his fellow townsman, Thomas Burke, he had chosen to drown his increasing disillusionment in rum. He died at age forty-eight, the evening before his daughter Elizabeth's marriage to Colonel Henry Hyrn Watters of the Cape Fear.
Hooper's portrait was painted in 1873 by the prominent Philadelphia artist, James Reid Lambdin (1807-89), who was commissioned by the Committee on the Restoration of Independence Hall. Lambdin's portrait copied the head of William Hooper in John Trumbull's (17561843) study for his famous painting, The Signing of the Declaration of Independence. It remains uncertain, however, whether Trumbull actually painted Hooper from life. In February 1790 Trumbull traveled to Charleston, S.C., to collect likenesses of the Signers, but it seems unlikely that Hooper's swiftly deteriorating condition at that date would have permitted even short sittings for a sketch.

See: Edwin Anderson Alderman, Address on the Life of William Hooper, "The Prophet of American Independence" (Guilford Battle Ground, 4 July 1894); Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of North Carolina, vol. 7 (1908 [portrait]); Walter Clark, ed., State Records of North Carolina, vols. 11-24 (1895-1905); John De Berniere Papers (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill); Crockette W. Hewlett, Between the Creeks: A History of Masonboro Sound, 17351970 (1971); Archibald Maclaine Hooper, - Life of William Hooper, Signer of the Declaration of Independence ... Written in 1822 ... by Callisthenes," Hillsborough Recorder, 13, 20, 27 Nov., 4 Dec. 1822; William Hooper Papers (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill); Griffith J. McRee, ed., The Life and Correspondence of James Iredell, 2 vols. (1857); William L. Saunders, ed., Colonial Records of North Carolina, vols. 7-10 (1886-90); "Unpublished Letters of William Hooper," Historical Magazine (August 1868); Fanny De Berniere Whitaker,---The Hooper Family," North Carolina Booklet, vol. 5 (July 1905); William Hooper Memorandum Book, 1780-93 (microfilm in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh, from the original in the New-York Historical Society Library); Will of Anne Hooper (Orange County Courthouse, Hillsborough); Will of William Hooper (North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Raleigh).
MARY CLAIRE ENGSTROM
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     William Hooper made a will dated 24 April 1788 in North Carolina. See A Goodwin's website at: www.fscompass.com/wills/WHooper1788.htm lfor a transcript of his will and further information on this line. I ncase this was removed (as forecasted): A Brief Biography and Genealogy of William Hooper, Signer of the Declaration of IndependenceBrief
Biography and Genealogy of William Hooper,
Signer of the Declaration of Independence



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First Generation
William Hooper "Signer" was born 17 Jun 1742 in Marblehead, Suffolk Co., Mass.
He died 14 Oct 1790 in Hillsborough, Orange County, NC and was buried in Old
Town Cemetery, Hillsborough, NC. See Sources 1
Biography
Studied at Boston Public Latin School. Graduated Harvard in 1760 with A.B., M.
A. 1763. Studied law under James Otis. Practiced law in Wilmington, NC 1763. Jun
1766, unanimously elected recorder of Cape Fear borough. His poor health
suffered in this low area. In 1767, inherited from father "all my Books and
Manuscripts." 1769 appointed deputy attorney general of Salisbury District. 1768
Anson County, September 1770 Hillsborough, incidents with the Regulators (Hooper
reportedly dragged through the streets of Hillsborough). 25 Jan 1773,
representative of Scots settlement of Campbellton (later Fayetteville) in the
Provincial Assembly. Built home "Finian" eight miles below Wilmington about
1774. In Dec 1773, returned to Provincial Assembly as representative of New
Hanover Co., and was appointed to the Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry.
Named by first Provincial Congress as first of 3 delegates from NC to the First
Continental Congress of 20 Sept 1774 in Philadelphia. Returned to Wilmington to
serve on the Committee of Safety. Traveled many times between Philadelphia and
NC on horseback. 1 Feb 1776, went to aid of mother in Cambridge, Mass. She had
only "lately got out of Boston," and Hooper was alarmed for her safety. Hooper
served on Thomas Jefferson's committee to compose the Declaration of
Independence, but was absent when it was actually voted and declared on the 4th
of July. He affixed his name to the amended Declaration on 2 August 1776. In
1777, Hooper was stricken with yellow fever, and resigned his seat in April.
He attended the General Assembly from 1771 to 1781, representing Wilmington. He
suffered British depradations after his return to the Carolinas. A house of
Hooper's 3 miles from Wilmington was burned and his home, Finian was shelled. He
suffered malaria and a badly swollen right arm, and fled the British, going from
friend to friend. His wife had fled to Wilmington, but when that town taken by
British, she fled by wagon to Hillsborough, where her brother General Clark
sheltered her and two of her children.
Above biography compiled from:
Samuel G. Drake, History and Antiquities of Boston [1630-1770], Luther Stevens
[publisher], 1856, pp. 583, 601, 640.
Wheeler, Historical Sketches of NC, Wheeler, 1964, pp 282ff.
Loyalists of the Southern Campaign.
A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston - Marriages:
1700-1751, p. 232; 1752-1809, p. 399.
B.J. Lossing, Signers of the Declaration of Independence, George F. Cooledge
and Bro., New York, 1848, p. 201ff.
N. Dwight, Signers of the Declaration of Independence, A. S. Barnes and Co. ,
New York, 1895 (orig. pub. 1851).
John Sanderson and Robert Waln, Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of
Independence, 2nd ed; W. Brown and C. Peters, publishers; Philadelphia; 1828;
pp 109-130 of vol. 5.
For other citations, see
UNC Collection
William married Anne Clark, daughter of Thomas Clark Sr. and Barbara Murray, on
16 Aug 1767 in King's Chapel, Boston, MA. Anne was born in New Hanover Co., NC.
She died before Aug 1795 in Orange Co., NC. See Sources 2.
William Hooper and Anne Clark Hooper had the following children:
William Hooper was born 1768 and died 15 Jul 1804.
Elizabeth Hooper was born 1770 and died after 1840.
Thomas Hogg Hooper was born about 1772. He died between 1795 and 1812. Thomas
Hogg Hooper's birth date is suggested in Powell's Dictionary of North Carolina
Biography. His death date isassumed after 1795 since he was listed in his
mother's will. By 1812, Elizabeth Hooper Watters was identified as the only
surviving child of William Hooper.



Second Generation
William Hooper (son of William "Signer") was born 1768. He died 15 Jul 1804 in
Brunswick County, NC. William married Helen Hogg, daughter of James Hogg, on 26
Jun 1791. After the death of her first husband, "Helen Hooper moved to Chapel
Hill in order to provide for the best educational opportunities for her three
sons." See Sources 3. William and Helen had the following children:
William Hooper (Professor) was born 31 Aug 1792 and died 19 Aug 1876.
James Hooper was born 1792-1800. He died after 1840.
He is assumed to be the second of the three sons, because he was named after
eldest child William in the 1812 will of their uncle Gavin Alves (1812). Death
date is set after 1828, the publication date ofBiography of the Signers of the
Declaration of Independence, by John Sanderson and Robert Waln, 2nd ed. pp
109-130 of vol. 5. Biography says "there are still living three children of
his eldest son William; viz, William ..; Thomas, a lawyer; and James; a
merchant; the two last, residents of Fayetteville." James Hooper was not named
in the 1817 will of his stepfather Joseph Caldwell. James H. Hooper is listed
on the Cumberland County 1830 and 1840 censuses, living at Fayetteville.
Thomas Hooper was born 1794-1800. He died after 1828.
He is assumed the third son since he was last child listed in his uncle Gavin
Alves 1812 will. His stepfather Joseph Caldwell failed to list Thomas in his
(Caldwell's) 1817 will, whereas eldest brother William was so listed.
Elizabeth Hooper (daughter of William "Signer") was born about 1770, perhaps as
late as 1774. She died after 1840. Elizabeth married Colonel Henry Hyrn Watters
Colonel on 15 Oct 1790. See Sources and Notes 4. Henry and Elizabeth had the
following child:
Henry Watters Jr. was born 1790-1800, may have died young.



Third Generation
(Professor) William Hooper (son of William, son of William "Signer") was born 31
Aug 1792. He died 19 Aug 1876 in Chapel Hill, NC.
He entered UNC preparatory school in winter 1804. and earned his B.A. in 1809
and M.A. in 1812. Next, he studied theology at Princeton 1812-3. M.A. Princeton,
1817; LL.D., 1833 and D.D. 1857 from UNC. Professor Hooper taught at prep,
college, and university level for 65 years. He served as president of Furman
Theological Institute, then went to South Carolina College from 1840-46, at
times as acting president. Oct 1845, he was elected by trustees of Wake Forest
College as president but took office January 1847. Hooper left there in December
1848. Later, he served several other institutes and colleges of NC. After 1875,
he retired to Chapel Hill, living the rest of life with his daughter and
son-in-law Professor John De Berniere Hooper.
In religious life, he was confirmed in the Episcopal church in 1818, became a
lay reader in 1819, and deacon in 1820. He was ordained a priest of St. Johns
Church of Fayetteville on 24 Apr 1822, until he resigned in 1824. In 1831, he
was baptized into Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Orange County, NC. He served as
pastor of Wake Forest Baptist Church (1847-8), New Bern Baptist (1852-4),
Buckhorn Baptist of Hertford County (1855ff.) and Wilson Baptist (1868).
William married Frances Pollock Jones, daughter of Edward Jones, on Dec 1814 in
Chatham Co., NC. Frances was born before 1799. See Sources and Notes 5. William
Hooper and Frances P. Jones Hooper had the following children:
William Wilberforce Hooper
Edward Jones Hooper
Joseph Caldwell Hooper
Thomas Clark Hooper. He worked with his cousin/brother-in-law John De Berniere
Hooper to conduct Fayetteville Female Institute in 1860.
DuPonceau Hooper
Mary Elizabeth Hooper was born 1819/1822 and died 23 Jun 1894. Mary married
John De Berniere Hooper (see JDB Hooper notes), son of Archibald Maclaine
Hooper and Charlotte De Berniere, on 20 Dec 1837.
Elizabeth Watters Hooper
Sources 1:
William S. Powell, editor; 1988; Dictionary of North Carolina Biography:
Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, Volume 3 (H-K), pp. 196-203.
Edwin Anderson Alderman, Address on the Life of William Hooper, 'The Prophet
of American Independence,' (Guilford Battle Ground, 4 July 1894).
Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of NC, vol. 7 (1908).
Walter Cleark, ed., State Records of NC, vols. 11-24 (1895-1905).
John De Berniere Hooper papers (Southern Historical Collection, UNC Library,
Chapel Hill).
Crockette W.Hewlett, Between the creeks: A History of Masonboro Sound
1735-1970 (1971).
Archibald Maclaine Hooper, "Life of William Hooper, signer of the Declaration
of Independence ... Written in 1822 ... by Callisthenes," Hillsbourough
Recorder, 13, 20, 27 Nov, 4 Dec 1822.
William Hooper Papers (Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Library, Chapel
Hill).
Griffeth J. McRee, ed., The Life and Correspondence of James Iredell, 1857.
William L. Saunders, ed., Colonial Records of NC, vols 7-10 (1886-90).
"Unpublished letters of William Hooper," Historical Magazine (August 1868).
Fanny De Berniere Whitaker, "The Hooper Family," North Carolina Booklet, vol.
5, (July 1905).
William Hooper Memorandum Book, 1780-83 (microfilm in the NC Div. Archives and
Hist., Raleigh, from the original in the NY Hist. Soc. Library.
Will of Anne Hooper (Orange County Courthouse, Hillsborough).
Will of William Hooper (NC Div. Archives & Hist., Raleigh).
Sources 2:
A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston - Marriages:
1752-1809, p. 362: William Hooper and Ann Clark(e), 16 Aug 1767.
Powell, ibid.
1795 Orange Co., NC will of Anne C. Hooper was probated August 1795. See also
Abstracts of Orange Co.NC Wills, 1800-1850, pp 23, 52 [refers to Book D, 146-8; Book D, 352-8; Book E, 363].
Sources 3:
Powell, ibid.
Marriages of Orange Co., NC, 1779-1868, Brent Holcomb, Gen. Pub. Co.,
Baltimore, 1983.
Lois Smathers Neal, 1979, Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, NC
Newspapers 1799-1819, volume 1, p. 246. #2294 "Died in Brunswick County,
Sunday 15th, Mr. William Hooper. Minerva AJ Monday 23 Jul 1804 3:4 and Raleigh
Register 23 July 1804 3:5.
#738. "Married at Chapel Hill, Thursday 17th, by Rev. William L. Turner, the
Rev. William Caldwell, President of the University, to Mrs. Helen Hooper." The
Minerva Thurs 24 Aug 1809 3:3 and Raleigh Register Thursday 24 Aug 1809 3:5.
Raleigh NC Star Thursday 24 Aug 1809 171:4. Marriage bond of Orange County
shows Joseph Caldwell to Hellen Hooper on 17 Aug 1809, bond Walter Alves.
William Hooper is listed on 1800 New Hanover Co., NC census, page 11:
--Will Hooper 30010-00100-09,
and in Orange County, NC was also head of a household consisting only of
slaves.
Sources and Notes 4:
Powell, ibid.
Elizabeth Hooper's husband is listed on the Orange County 1800 census with a
household consisting only of 30 slaves. His actual household is given on page
11 of the New Hanover County census (same page as her brother William Hooper)
as Henry Walters 10010-00100-9 slaves. Elizabeth Hooper Watters's death date
is assumed to be after 1840 because Elizabeth Hooper Watters was identified as
the only surviving child of William Hooper in 1812, and since Eliza. Watters
is listed page 249 of Orange Co., NC 1830 census and Elizabeth Waters is
listed on page 2121 of the 1840 Orange County, NC census. No other Watters
(Walters, Waters) households are listed in Orange County for these years.
Sources and Notes 5:
Card catalogue citations by the NC State Library give dates of 1792-1876 for
Professor William Hooper.
Neal, ibid, #2295 "Married in Chatham County, Mr. William Hooper of Chapel
Hill to Miss Frances Jones, daughter of Edward Jones, attorney at law, of
Chatham County. Raleigh Register 20 Jan 1815, 3:5 and Raleigh NC Star Friday
23 Dec 1814 203:4.
William Hooper appears on the Orange Co., NC 1820 census on page 84.
Powell, ibid. Cited in Powell as sources were:
Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of NC, vol. 7 [198?].
Kemp P. Battle, History of the University of NC, vol. 1 [1907].
Charles L. Coon, "Imperfections of Our Primary Schools," NC Schools and
Academies, 1790 1840 [1915].
John De Berniere Papers [Southern Historical Collection, UNC Library, Chapel Hill].
George Washington Paschal, History of Wake Forest College vol. 1 [1935].
Thomas Jerome Taylor, A History of the Tar River Baptist Assoc., 1830-1921
[no date].
JDB Hooper notes:
The citation for the John De Berniere Hooper papers [Southern Historical Collection, UNC Library, Chapel Hill] gives his lifespan as 1811-1886; papers
cover 1778-1911, with 785 items, 1.5 linear feet of material.
Powell, ibid cites
Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of NC, vol. 7 [1907]
John De Berniere Hooper papers [Southern Historical Collection, UNC Library, Chapel Hill]
University Magazine, vol 18 [1886]
UNC archives
John De Bernier Hooper was born 6 Sep 1811 in Smithville, NC. He was a son of
Archibald MacLaine Hooper, who was a son of George Hooper (the brother of
William Hooper, the Signer). John De B. Hooper died 23 Jan 1886 in Chapel Hill,
NC. "Through the interest and support of a cousin who was a prosperous widow, he
entered The University of North Carolina as a freshman in the middle of ...
1827-28." He was a specialist in languages and tutored them at Chapel Hill.
July, 1836, he became a professor of modern languages at UNC, and 1838 became
professor of Latin. Later, he conducted school for boys with his father-in-law
Professor William Hooper in Warren County, NC in 1848. William Hooper left that
venture 1852, and De Berniere Hooper remained there until 1860, when he joined
his brother-in-law Thomas C. Hooper in the Fayetteville Female Institute. In
1866, he rejoined his father-in-law at Wilson Female Institute. When UNC
reopened after the war, in 1875, Hooper became professor of Greek and French. He
was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
John De Berniere Hooper and Mary Hooper Hooper had the following children who
survived the death of their father on 23 Jan 1886:
Helen Hooper married James Wills.
Frances DeBerniere Hooper died after 23 Jan 1886. Citations by the North
Carolina State Library show her name as "Frances DeBerniere Hooper (Mrs. Spier
Whitaker)."
Henry De Berniere Hooper married Jessie Wright.
Julia Hooper married Ralph H. Graves.
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     More information about William Hooper may be found at American National Biography Online;[EMAIL:]http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hoops/hooper/signer.htm[:EMAIL].
     William died on 14 October 1790 in Hillsborough, Orange county, North Carolina, USA, aged 48. He was buried in Old Town cemetery, Hillsborough.      Hooper was buried in a corner of his garden, and the brick-walled plot was later incorporated into the adjoining Old Town Cemetery. On 25 Apr. 1894, the grave was opened at dawn before various family representatives, and a very few discernible relics-part of a button and a nail or two-were placed in an envelope and removed, together with the covering sandstone slab, to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Greensboro. There an imposing 19-foot-high monument, surmounted by a statue of Hooper in colonial dress and in orator's pose, honors the patriotic services of William Hooper and his friend and colleague, John Penn. The sandstone slab, with six additional words deeply incised, "Signer of the Declaration of Independence," was later returned to the original Hillsborough grave site.

Children of William Hooper and Anne Clarke

William Hooper

(1768 - 15 July 1804)
     William Hooper was born in 1768 in Masonboro Sound, North Carolina, USA. He was the son of William Hooper and Anne Clarke.
     William Hooper married Helen Hogg on 26 June 1791 in Brunswick county, North Carolina, USA. She re-married Joseph Caldwell in 1809.
     William died on 15 July 1804 in Brunswick, NC, USA.

Children of William Hooper and Helen Hogg

William Hooper

(31 August 1792 - 19 August 1876)
Rev William Hooper (1792-1876)
Copy supplied by Roger Bullard
     William Hooper was also known as Rev William Hooper in records. He was born on 31 August 1792 in Hillsborough, Orange county, North Carolina, USA. She was the daughter of Edward Jones. He was the son of William Hooper and Helen Hogg.
     More information about William Hooper may be found at http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hoops/hooper/signer.htm.
     William Hooper married Frances Pollack Jones in December 1814 in Chatham County, North Carolina, USA.
     William died on 19 August 1876 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, aged 83.
     A M Hooper on p. 63 states: Hooper, William (31 Aug. 179-7-19 Aug. 1876), educator and clergyman, was born in Hillsborough, the oldest son of William and Helen Hogg Hooper. His father, a merchant, was the son of the William Hooper (1742-90) who was one of North Carolina's signers of the Declaration of Independence. His mother was the daughter of James Hogg, resident of Orange County, who was one of the commissioners appointed to select a site for The University of North Carolina. The first William Hooper-great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch-had emigrated to Massachusetts from Scotland about 1737; in Boston, he served as pastor of a Congregational church and, subsequently, as the second rector of Trinity Episcopal Church (1747-67).
After the death of her husband in 1804, Helen Hooper moved to Chapel Hill in order to provide the best educational opportunities for her three sons. Here William entered the preparatory school of The University of North Carolina in the winter of 1804 and was tutored by President Joseph Caldwell and Matthew Troy. The university awarded him the B.A. degree in 1809 and the M.A. degree in 1812. During the academic year 1812-13 Hooper studied theology at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He received additional degrees from Princeton University (M.A., 1817) and The University of North Carolina (LL.D., 1833; D.D., 1857).
Hooper entered the teaching profession as a tutor at The University of North Carolina in 1810. The greater portion of his next sixty-five years was spent as teacher and/or administrator at the preparatory college. and university levels. His positions at Chapel Hill included principal tutor, 1810-17; professor of ancient languages, 1818-22 and 1828-37; and professor of rhetoric and logic, 1825-28.
Leaving his teaching post at the university in 1837, Hooper was named senior professor (president) at the newly formed Furman Theological Institute, Winnsboro, S.C. He remained at the institute during its first year of operation (1838~39) before becoming professor 6f Roman literature at South Carolina College where he taught from 1840 to 1S46 and served for a time as acting president of the college.
In October 1845 the trustees of Wake Forest College elected Hooper to succeed Samuel Wait as president of the college. He accepted the offer-although he did not assume his duties until January 1847 - on the condition that the friends of Wake Forest would make a concerted effort to eliminate its $20,000 debt. Hooper relinquished the presidency at the end of the fall term, December 1848. Thereafter, he served as teacher and/or educational administrator at the following institutions: Hooper's Family School, Warren County, 1849-51; Sedgwick Female Seminary, Raleigh, 1851-52; Chowan Female Institute (now Chowan College), president, 1854-62; Fayetteville Female Seminary, 1862-63, 1865-67; Mt. Vernon Female Seminary, Chatham County, associate principal, 1863-64; and Wilson Collegiate Seminary, associate principal, 1867-75. He retired to Chapel Hill in the latter year, spending the rest of his life with his daughter and his son-in-law, Professor John De Berniere Hooper, a member of the university faculty.
A deeply pious man as well as an erudite scholar, Hooper combined his career in education with a religious calling.

Confirmed in the Episcopal church in 1818, he became a lay reader in 1819 and a deacon in 1820. Two years later he was ordained to the priesthood and assumed the pastoral charge of St. Johns Church, Fayetteville, on 24 Apr. 1822. He remained in this position until 1824, when doubts concerning the church's teaching on baptism, confirmation, and Holy Orders led to his resignation.
In 1831, Hooper was baptized into the fellowship of Mt Carmel Baptist Church, Orange County. Thereafter, he was welcomed into the councils of the Baptist denomination, even though his views on such controversial questions as "intercomrnunion" and "pulpit affiliation" were far more liberal than those of the vast majority of his fellow Baptist ministers. Hooper's pastoral charges included Wake Forest Baptist Church (1847-48), New Bern Baptist Church (1852-54), Buckhorn Baptist Church in Hertford County (1855 ff.), and Wilson Baptist Church (1868). He also served as co-pastor, with William Hill Jordan, of the Warrenton Baptist Church (1849-50).
A concern for the provision of adequate educational opportunities, especially in the preparatory schools, had been expressed by Hooper during his tenure at The University of North Carolina. Invited to deliver a lecture before the North Carolina Institute of Education, meeting at Chapel Hill on 20 June 1832, he developed the theme, "Imperfections of Our Primary Schools, and the Best Method of Correcting Them." He noted three "imperfections" in particular: indolent and indulgent youth, who were not prepared for the rigors required to attain a sound education; the desire of parents and other patrons for an education that could be acquired both inexpensively and rapidly; and the scarcity of able teachers and tutors. Among the improvements he suggested for schools attempting to prepare men for the university were greater attention to the rudiments of English grammar and penmanship, concentration on "classical" studies, a more lively and spirited manner of instruction, and greater use of the oral lecture to supplement the texts required. Finally, he urged the establishment of a seminary for the education of schoolmasters.
Once he had cast his lot with the Baptists, Hooper was numbered among those advocates of higher education - for both men and women - within the newly formed Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He was the author of the report to the convention in 1832 recommending the "establishment of a Baptist literary institution in this State"-a report that led to the founding of Wake Forest Institute in 1834.
Hooper's views on the education of women - to which he had made passing reference in the 1852 lecture-appeared in an article in the Biblical Recorder of 21 Apr. 1848 entitled "Importance of Female Education." Here, he contended that women ought to be educated because of the various "offices" and "relations" they occupied in society as daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers. But beyond the familial advantages accruing to the educated, he noted that new fields of philanthropy had been opened to educated women-visiting and instructing the poor, distributing religious tracts, composing juvenile books, teaching in "charity" schools. and cooperating in missionary and other religious societies. Then, in a sentence that might have been penned a century and a half later, Hooper added: "But education has lifted and expanded woman's views to take in the wide compass of her duty-to see that she is the 'daughter of God,' that she can [,] like him[,] diffuse happiness around her; that she can be man's equal if not his superior in the removal of crime and wretchedness in the world" [italics added].
Although he published no books, Hooper was a gifted and prolific writer. Many of his letters, articles, and essays appeared in the pages of the Biblical Recorder, the Baptist weekly published in Raleigh. He was also a popular and eloquent speaker-especially before the literary societies of various educational institutions - and at least twelve of his addresses (or sermons) were published frequently in pamphlet form. Fifty Years Since: An Address Before the Alumni of The University of North Carolina, delivered on 7 June 1859, was used extensively by Kemp Plummer Battle in writing his history of the university. The Force of Habit, originally delivered as a sermon before Chapel Hill students in 1833, is said to have been read often by President Swain to succeeding generations of graduating classes. Hooper's concern for the cultivation of the human spirit, together with the mind, was expressed in The Discipline of the Heart, to be Connected with the Culture of the Mind: A Discourse or Education, Delivered to the Students of the College, at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, August 22, 1830.

SEE: Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of North Carolina, vol. 7 (1908); Kemp P. Battle, History of the University of North Carolina, vol. 1 (1907); Charles L. Coon, "Imperfections of Our Primary Schools," North Carolina Schools and Academies, 1790-i340 (1915); John De Berniere Hooper Papers (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library~ Chapel Hill); George Washington Paschal, History of Wake Forest College, vol. 1 (1935 [portrait]); Thomas Jerome Taylor, A History of the Tar River Baptist Association, 1830-1921 (n.d.) R. HARGUS TAYLOR
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Children of William Hooper and Frances Pollack Jones

William Hooper

(18 October 1823 - 29 August 1825)
     William Hooper was born on 18 October 1823 in St James Episcopal church, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, USA. He was the son of Archibald Maclaine Hooper and Charlotte de Bernier.
     William died on 29 August 1825 aged 1.

William Hooper

(17 September 1732 - )
     William Hooper was christened on 17 September 1732 in Stitchell, Roxburghshire. William, son of Alexander Hoper & Isobel Watson. He was the son of Alexander Hooper and Isabel Watson.

William Hooper

(circa May 1796 - 29 July 1796)
     William Hooper was born circa May 1796. He was the son of Robert Hooper and Mary Dallman.
     William died on 29 July 1796 in Stitchell, Roxburghshire.

Rev William Hooper

(12 March 1704 - 14 April 1767)
     Family Connections and Life of James Hooper Paper by Elizabeth Boyle in Filing Case A at the Maryland Historical Society online states: Mr. [James] Hooper was a great grandson of Reverend William Hooper whose history is as follows: William Hooper born in the neighborhood of Kelso an old and considerable town of south of Scotland and seems to have been of a family quite independent in character and connections. At the village of Edanham or Edenmouth about two miles from Kelso this William was born in the year 1702. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh immediately on his becoming (of) age and soon after emigrated to America. In Boston when he fixed his residence he married Miss Mary Dennie. Their engagement was recorded October 18, 1739 (Boston Marriages book 28 page 233). One history tells us she was the twin sister of John Dennie and another history records her as the daughter of John Dennie a prominent merchant of Boston. She was therefore the great granddaughter of James Dennie who died May 7, 1691 (born about 1641 and who was the same ancestor of James and Mary Dennie of Boston to whom a daughter was also born in 1666 named Mary. They were grandparents to John Dennie.“Spragues” Annals of the American Pulpit Vol. Page 123 gives the following history of William Hooper born in Scotland in 1702.
William Hooper came to this country a short time before his settlement here in the ministry. The West (Congregational) Church Boston was gathered on the third of June

1737 and on the same day Mr. Hooper was unanimously chosen its Pastor. He accepted the call and was ordained on the 18th day of May following. The sermon on the occasion was preached by himself. It is stated all the parts in the solemnities of the occasion were assigned by the church except one, that the minister and delegates claimed a right in the election of a person to give the right hand of fellowship.
Mr. Hooper continued in the exercise of his ministerial functions with great acceptance until the autumn of 1746 when without having given any previous intimation of his intentions he made a sudden transition to the Episcopal Church. The fact thus recorded by the Boston Evening Post of November 24 of that year: “Wednesday last the proprietors of Trinity Church in this town made choice of Reverend William Hooper (then settled Pastor of the church in west part of town) for their minister in the room of the Reverend Mr. Addington Davenport, deceased. Mr. Hooper immediately accepted the call and is going home for Orders in the Chester Man-of-War which we hear is to sail today or tomorrow. This event is the more surprising as Mr. Hooper had never signified his intention to any of his hearers nor was there the least difference between him and them and it is generally thought no minister was ever better respected and supported by his people than Mr. Hooper.

The ship in which Mr. Hooper embarked for England is said to have sailed on Sunday and it was natural that this circumstance should have been to his disadvantage especially by those who had no sympathy in the object contemplated by his voyage.” After receiving Episcopal ordination from Bishop Benson in 1747, He returned to Boston and was inducted to the Rectorship of Trinity Church on the 28th of August of that year. The first deacon of the West Church Mr. James Gouch accompanied his minister to his new ecclesiastical and died it is believed in the Communion of the Episcopal Church in 1786 at the age of ninety three. Mr. Hooper seems to have had an acceptable ministry in Trinity Church as he had previously had in the West Church and the agitation produced by his change of relations was not of long duration. His later pastoral connections continued for twenty years lacking four months. He dropped dead in his garden without any previous illness on Tuesday the 14th of April 1767. His funeral was attended on the Friday following and a sermon preached on that occasion by the Reverend William Walters from Rev. XIX, 13.. Rev William Hooper was christened on 12 March 1704 in Ednam, Roxburghshire, Scotland. Robert Hopper's son William baptised. He was the son of Robert Hooper and Mary Japhray.
     William matriculated at Edinburgh University, before 1723. He graduated 26 March 1723, MA.
     William Hooper was born in Scotland, in the year 1702, and soon after leaving the university of Edinburgh emigrated to America. He settled in Boston, where he became connected in marriage with the daughter of Mr John Dennie, a respectable merchant. Not long after his emigration, he was elected pastor of Trinity Church, in Boston, in which office, such were his fidelity and affectionate intercourse with the people of his charge, that long after his death he was remembered by them with peculiar veneration and regard . William was minister of the West Church at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in 1737. He served as paster of a Congregational church and later as the second rector of Trinity Episcopal church in Boston from 1747-67.
See: http://www.hoopercompass.com/pubs/HC2_2011.pdf.
     Rev William Hooper married Mary Dennie on 18 October 1739 in Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, USA.
     Rev William Hooper travelled in 1746 per the "The Hoopercompass website states: ... late in 1746, William Hooper set sail for England. The Boston Evening Post commented "It is generally thought no minister in the county was ever better respected and supported by his people."(11)
Hooper carried with him to London several testimonials about his character. One of the testimonials had been written by the royal governor. Unbeknownst to Hooper, his wardens, and vestry, another Boston churchman had tried to subvert the ordination. When word of the opposition in England reached Boston, the wardens and vestry held an emergency meeting on 21 May 1747: Several letters being read informing that Mr. Hooper who this Church hath presented to the Bishop of The vestry and wardens were incensed. They wrote to the Bishop in London insisting on the selection of Mr. Hooper, stating that they "found no cause to alter their said Choice." They likewise wrote to Mr. Hooper, promising to stand by him. They even enlisted the assistance of other churches. The letter
written by the King's Chapel Anglicans reveals the admiration Mr. Hooper commanded in Boston:
Boston N. E. June 5, 1747
May it please Your Lordship
Our Bretheren of Trinity Church being under great Dificultys & Discouragements by reason of Mr. William Hoopers Ordination being put off on account as we heare of some representations made of Him to your Lordship as a person whome Common Fame reports to be of bad Morals & Haveing desired Us to acquaint your Lordship of Mr. Hoopers Character so farr as we are able Since His first Setelment in Boston to his Departure last Fall We the Church Wardens & vestry of the Kings Chapell do Solemnly declare that we know not of any Imoralitys he has been charged with since he had been a Dissenting Teacher in this Town but that he has Maintained a very fair Character here, and from His constantly taking his Turn with the rest of the Teachers in this Town in the Weekly Lecture and the Great Love
& Esteem His people had for Him till he left them must be of the oppinion that He is a Gentelman of Good Morals …(12)
Long before the letters could reach England, Edmund Lord Bishop of London ordered Martyn, Lord Bishop of Gloucester, to ordain William Hooper into priestly orders. Then on 10 Jun 1747, the Bishop of London
licensed Reverend Hooper to preach and officiate in New England. Reverend Hooper immediately sought a return passage to Boston. The Trinity Church records note on 24 August 1747:
The Revd. Mr. William Hooper arrived in Health & Safety from England. Blessed be God.
Only four days later, the church's proprietors inducted Reverend Hooper. Although it was a Friday, there were
many other members of the congregation present. They saw Reverend Hooper perform his first "Divine Service according to the Rubrick & Liturgy of the Church of England" as Incumbent Minister of Trinity Church.(13) He continued his ministry in that church until his death. When Reverend Hooper went to England, his wife Mary remained in Boston. She was expecting another child and gave birth in the spring of 1747. So, the third son George Hooper was christened at Trinity Church on 15 May 1747, while his father was absent in England.
Not quite nine months after Reverend Hooper returned, he celebrated the birth of a daughter whom he named Mary. On 15 May 1748, he officiated at her christening. Youngest son Thomas was baptized on 7 April 1751.(14)
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Rev William Hooper emigrated on 7 July 1747 to New England, USA. Dobson quotes The Scots overseas, London 1966 and 'List of emigrant ministers to America 1690-1811. G Fothergill, London, 1904' in his books Directory of Scottish settlers in North America 1625-1825. This date contradicts his claim that he was minister in Boston in 1737 - hhowever this date is 'sh' and I'm not sure of its meaning.. William was the second rector of Trinity Episcopal church at Boston.
     William died The Reverend William Hooper had been pastor of the West Congregational Church since it was formed in 1737. Suddenly in 1747 he became an Episcopalian. He had been beloved and honored and everybody was taken by surprise. At once the proprietors of Trinity Church chose him to be their Rector and he went to England for orders. He retainedhis parish for twenty years and then died suddenly while walking in his garden. He changed partly because of the argument for Episcopacy, but mainly because of the more liberal theology. It does not seem strange to us that our second Rector was the father of one of the signers of the Declaration.”The Boston Evening Post of November 24, 1746 reported “Wednesday last, the proprietors of Trinity Church in this town made choice of Reverend William Hooper (then settled pastor of the Church in the west part of town) for their minister, in the room of the Reverend Mr. Addington Davenport, deceased. Mr. Hooper immediately accepted the call and is going home for Orders in the Chester Man of War, whichwe hear is to sail today or tomorrow. This event is the more surprising as Mr. Hooper had never signified his intention to any of his hearers, nor was there the least difference between him and them and it is generally thought no minister was ever better respected and supported by his people than Mr. Hooper.” William received Episcopal Ordination from the Bishop Benson of London. His Orders dated June 1747 existed thru 1894 much mutilated in this form:By or of these presents. We Martin by Divine po Glocester known unto all men that on of June (being Tuesday in Whitsunweek) in the year of Ou(r Lord) and seven hundred and forty seven, we the Bishop before in administering Holy Orders under the protection of the Alm of Chapel of St. James in Westminster did awarding eremonics of the Church of England admit Our beloved m Hooper, M.A. of Boston in New England to the H ests he being well recommended to us by our Right Rev Edmund Lord Bishop of London who certified to us his exam probation of the said William Hooper in regard to his age ng and Title and Having first before us taken the Oaths the Articles which are in this case by Laws required to b and subscribed – and that We did then and there duly and nominally ordain him Priest. In Testimony whereof We have used Our Episcopal Seal to be here unto affixed. Dated the Day and Year aforesaid, and in the thirteenth Year of our Consecration. M. (seal) GlocesterThis document may still be in the possession of William Hooper’s descendants at Wilmington, North Carolina.Reverend Hooper returned to Boston from London to begin service at Trinity Church on August 28, 1747. He had served there for 19 years and 8 months when he dropped dead in his garden (see above) without previous illness on Tuesday, April 14, 1767. The Reverend William Walters preached the sermon at his funeral the following Friday. on 14 April 1767 in Boston, Massachusetts, aged 63. He was buried in Trinity Church, Boston.

Children of Rev William Hooper and Mary Dennie

William Albert Hooper

(1879 - )
     William Albert Hooper was born in 1879 in Moor..., Victoria. He was the son of Thomas Hooper and Georgianna Grigg.

William Barwick Hooper

(before 17 April 1868 - September 1948)
     William Barwick Hooper's birth was registered in the quarter ending before 17 April 1868 in Hove, Sussex. Ann Womerlsey wrote: He was most likely born in Shoreham whose births are registered at Steyning(2b 245) a few miles inland. He was christened on 17 April 1868 in St Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex. He was the son of Rev Robert Poole Hooper and Harriet Brereton. George, Harriet, Augusta, Margaret, Herbert, Helen, William and James were listed as the children of Rev Robert Poole Hooper in the 1871 census in 29 Cambridge Rd, Hove, Sussex. Harriet, Margaret, Helen, Herbert, William and James were listed as the children of Rev Robert Poole Hooper in the 1881 census in 31 Cambridge Road, Hove, Sussex. Augusta, Margaret, Helen and William were listed as the children of Rev Robert Poole Hooper in the 1891 census in 31 Cambridge Rd, Hove.
     The marriage of William Barwick Hooper and Helen Lucy Jones was registered in Steyning RD, Sussex, in the December 1894 quarter.
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     Ann Womersely wrote; He lived at Southwick, the next small village to the east of Shoreham. These places are today joined together as part of the 'suburbs' of Brighton on it's west side. He seems to have lived in the 'Manor'but as yet I have not been able to identify this property if it still exists. He and his wife, Helen Lucy Jones, appear to have had no children, but his name will go downto local posterity as being the beneficiary in his will of a 'huge' legacy which paid for the building of a large, rather ugly, red brick Catholic Church in north Southwick. .
     William Barwick Hooper and Harriet Anna Hooper, Augusta Maude Hooper, Margaret Ross Hooper, Helen Elizabeth Hooper, Henry Brereton Hooper, Capt Herbert Ross Hooper, James Brereton Hooper and Lt Robert Poole Hooper were mentioned on 30 March 1912.
     William's death was registered in the quarter ending in September 1948 in Hove, Sussex.

William Benjamin Hooper

(6 August 1808 - 13 February 1871)
     William Benjamin Hooper was born on 6 August 1808 in London, England. He was the son of William Hooper and Mary [Darby] Bickley. William Benjamin Hooper was christened on 3 February 1809 in St Stephen Coleman St, London.
     William Benjamin Hooper and Mary Ann Trull obtained a marriage licence on 21 July 1831 in London.
     William Benjamin Hooper married Mary Ann Trull, daughter of George Trull and Martha Copperwheat, on 8 September 1831 in St Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex.
     Lease for 21 years from 25 March 1839: 1. William Benjmain Hooper of Manchester Terrace, Liverpool Road (parish of St Mary Islington?), and John James Hooper of Brew House Yard, St John St (parish of St James Clerkenwell), esqs. administrators of the estate of William Hooper later of Finchley esq. deceased.
     Administration of the estate of William Hooper was granted to William Benjamin Hooper, on 12 January 1841 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon of the goods chattels and credits of William Hooper late of Brewhouse Yard Saint John's Street and of Finchley in the county of Middlesex Annatto and Blue manufacturer widower deceased was granted to William Benjamin Hooper and John James Hooper two of the natural and lawful children of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to adminster. Estate £9000, Resworn in December 1841 at under £10,000 and additional security given. Admon of goods unadministered passed at the Principal Registry May 1881.
     William Benjamin Hooper and Martha Gambell appeared on the 1841 census in Manchester Terrace, Islington. Martha Gamble, 60, independent, not born in county; Wm Hooper 30, blue manufacturer, yes; Mary Ann Hooper, 30, yes; William, 6, yes; George 4, yes; Mary Ann 11 months, yes; with two female servants'. A Charles Copperwheat aged 42 with his family resided at Britannia Row, Islington in 1841 who may be related to Martha. William Benjamin Hooper was listed in a directory dated 1844 as Hooper Bros. Annatto, Blue, etc. makers and drysalt-makers at Brewhouse Yard, St John Steet, Clerkenwell, London.
     William Benjamin Hooper lived at 2 Albion Villas, Liverpool Rd, Islington, London, 1846.
     William Benjamin Hooper was recorded on the 1851 census in Oxford Arms Hotel, Kington, Herefordshire. William B Hooper aged 44, born London was a visitor at a hotel and a merchant in annatto.
     His son George were not with the rest of the family at Albion Villas in the 1851 census nor with his father visiting Herefordshire. He was listed in a directory dated between 1853 and 1858 as Hooper Brothers at 28 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex, England. Annatto & Blue Manufacturers, Drug & Black Lead Grinders and Importers and Merchants. They were not listed in 1866. In 1853 he was still living at 2 Albion Villa (also known as Stanmore Villa), Liverpool Road..
     William Benjamin Hooper and Mary Ann Trull appeared on the 1861 census in Mimms Village, South Mimms. William B Hooper, head, 57, retired London merchant, born London; Mary Ann wife 57 born Highgate; George, son, unmarried 23, hair jeweller, born Islington; Mary Ann, daughter unmarried, 20, born Islington; Eliza Green, house servant.
     William Benjamin Hooper made a will dated 16 May 1861 in South Mimms, Middlesex. I William Benjamin Hooper of Cedar Cottage, Sth Mimms, co. Middlesex do hereby bequeath to my wife Mary Ann Hooper all ...
     William was registered as #8101 James Hooper, 4 Claremont Villa, Tollington Park, Hornsey Rd: freehoold house, No. 3 Claremont-villas, Tollington Park, Hornsey Rd
#8102 William Benjmain Hooper, of South Mims, Mdx, freehold, 6-10 Cambridge Tce, Gerrard St, near St Peter's church. Registered in the Kings Cross Polling district, pariish of Saint Mary Islington
at Islington, Middlesex, on the 1863 electoral roll. William was awarded a claret jug which is now held by John Ashby Hooper for enabling a bridge to be built An act of gratitude: A bridge has lately been erected over the river at Colney Heath, in the stead of the one which was placed there by the late Lady Caledon, but which was soon after washed down. The new bridge has been erected by subscriptions, obtained by W B Hooper, Esq. Many of the labourers at Colney Heath had been forced to ford the river every day, on their way to and from work, and to mark their sense of gratitude to Mr Hooper, for his kindness in getting a new bridge built for them, they presented him with a silver claret jug, bearing the inscription "Presented to W B Hooper, to commemorate the restoration of the bridge at Colney Heath, and as a token of gratitude by 54 of the peasantry, 1865" on 25 November 1865 in Colney Heath, Hertfordshire.
     William died of erysipelas on 13 February 1871 in 342 Liverpool Rd, Islington, London, aged 62. He was described as a drug merchant. He was buried in Highgate cemetery, London. The family grave at Highgate cemetery reads: Sacred to the memory of William Benjn Hooper, died 13 February 1871 in the 63rd year of his age. However the base stone reads: The family grave of William A Hooper of Albion Villas, Holoway. The cemetery records do not list his interment there.
     His will was proved on 14 March 1871 at the Principal Probate Registry, London. He was described as a retired merchant of Stanmore Villa, Liverpool Rd, Islington (formerly of Cedar Cottage, South Mimms).

Children of William Benjamin Hooper and Mary Ann Trull