Hooper Records in Davidson County, Tennessee

Davidson County was established by an Act of the North Carolina legislature in April 1783 and began operation in October 1783. It was much larger then than now, but the Hoopers settled the part that is present-day Davidson County, on the northern reaches of Nashville.

Many court records of no genealogical significance are omitted  below.


1783
William Hooper testified that he lived “near Nashville” in 1783.  [See entry at 24 March 1821]

4 Oct 1784
Stock Mark:  Absalom Hooper records his stock mark thus: A crop off each ear and upper & lower slopes in each, commonly called Piggin Handles. [Davidson County Minute Book A, page 42.]

This is the first mention of Absalom Hooper in Davidson County court records, which began a year earlier in October 1783.

4 Nov 1784
Land Entry: State of North Carolina to Absalom Hooper, assignee of Martin Armstrong… 230 acres lying and being in our County of Davidson situate on north side of Cumberland and both sides of White’s Creek. Beginning at a poplar and beech on Peter Side’s southwest corner running east 214 poles to a hicory (sic) and walnut, thence south 172 poles to an ash and elm, thence west 214 poles crossing White’s Creek to a stake thence north 172 poles to the beginning.   Entered 4 Nov 1784,  Surveyed 9 September 1785.  Granted 8 October 1787. [North Carolina Land Grants, Book 68, page 156, Grant # 33]

5 July 1785
Jury Service: Wm. Hooper, Absm. Hooper on jury in Nashville for case of State vs. James Hickman, Henry Bradford & Joseph Brock for disorderly behavior… [Davidson County Minute Book A, page 82.]

This is the first mention of William Hooper in Davidson court records. Jurors were normally landowners, though there is no record of ownership by William Hooper.  Note that this also places his birth year before the marriage of Absalom Hooper in 1765.  The deed from Daniel Oglesby to James Hoggatt was proved at the same court session, which may explain the attendance of the two Hoopers. Both men appear frequently in Davidson court records, several times serving on the same jury.

8 July 1785
Jury Service: Absolom Hooper among those appointed to grand jury. [Davidson County Minute Book A, page 92.]

8 Oct 1787
State Grant: State of North Carolina to Absalom Hooper. Issued this date, not recorded in Davidson County until 18 August 1789 — more than a month after he sold the tract to Robert Weakley. [Davidson County Deed Book A, page 350]

See entry above for 4 November 1784.

7 July 1788
Court Record:  Daniel Oglesby sworn as garnishee of the estate of James Ireson, Absalom Hooper his security.  Eneas Hooper sworn as garnishee of the estate of James Ireson “sayeth that sometime after the decease of the sd. Ireson there was delivered to him by Elizabeth Hinsler a bed, a sheet, some knives & forks and some plates which she sd. belonged to Mrs. Ireson; which he carried to the house where Dan’l Oglesby lay sick.”  [Davidson County Minute Book A, page 218]

8 July 1788
Deed: Samuel Vernor to Absolom Hooper, both of Davidson County, for £500, 340 acres on the north side of the Cumberland River 2½ miles from Heaton’s Old Station beginning at a red elm tree 20 poles south of James Hollis southeast corner, thence east 156 poles to an ash, thence north 341½ poles to a small ash tree, thence west 300 poles to three elms on James Hollis’s east boundary, then south 341½ poles to the beginning… land granted to said Vernor by State of North Carolina 8 October1787.  Acknowledged by Elizabeth Vernor and James Cooper, administrators of Samuel Vernor deceased… in consequence of a sale of the said lands made and obligation for a conveyance thereof given by the said Vernor in his lifetime…  Recorded 30 July 1788 [Davidson County Deed Book A, page 244]

The Davidson County clerk consistently spelled the given name “Absolom”.

Heaton’s Station, a fort established in 1780, was located at what is now Lock One Park on the north bank of the Cumberland River due north of Nashville.  Vernor’s tract was 2½ miles northeast.

15 Oct 1788
Deed: Absolom Hooper and Elizabeth Hooper his wife  to William Shaw, all of Davidson County, for £100, 130 acres on the waters of White’s Creek, it being part of Samuel Vernors preemption.,  Beginning at two hickories and elm standing in the west boundary of said preemption and running thence with said boundary line north 108 poles to an ash and elm, thence east 176 poles to an ash and elm, thence south 136 poles to two honey locusts on a branch of White’s Creek, thence west with said creek binding thereon 134 poles to an elm on said creek, thence N25W 26 poles to an ash, thence S65W 42 poles to the beginning… No witnesses. Acknowled by both Hoopers in court  5 Jan 1789. Recorded 20 Jan 1789 [Davidson County Deed Book A, page 289]

This is the only mention of Elizabeth Hooper.  It isn’t clear whether her lack of participation in subsequent deeds represents her death or omission of dower releases on the part of the county clerk.

6 July 1789
Deed: Absolom Hooper to Robert Weakley, both of Davidson County, for £200,  230 acres on the north side of Cumberland River and on both sides White’s Creek. Beginning at a poplar and beech on Peter Sides southwest corner as stands (inserted?) in the grant the land which was said Sides now belonging to Eleazer Hamilton running east 214 poles to a hickory and walnut, thence south 172 poles to an ash and elm, thence west 214 poles crossing White’s Creek to a stake, thence north 172 poles to the beginning… granted unto the said Absolom Hooper by the state of North Carolina aforesaid October 8, 1787…  Signed: Absolom Hooper. No witnesses. Acknowledged by Hooper at July Ct. 1789.  Recorded 22 July 1789. [Davidson County Deed Book A, page 340]

This is the initial land grant to Absalom Hooper, entered in 1784 and granted in 1787, on which Absalom Hooper may have lived during his first few years in Tennessee — note that the purchase price implies some degree of improvement to the land.  Interestingly, he did not register the grant until a month after the sale (see above)

11 July 1791
Deed: Benjamin Drake to Absolom Hooper, both of Davidson County, for £200, 640 acres on the east waters of Whites Creek beginning at a large hickory and hackberry in Dennis Condry’s line running thence east 210 poles to two ash trees in Samuel Vernors line, north 487 ½ poles to a large honey locust and hackberry, west 210 poles to two buckeyes, south 487 ½ poles to the beginning, the said land being a preemption granted by the State of North Carolina to the said Benjamin Drake Sen., assignee of Charles Robertson Nov. 26. 1789 and numbered 286… Signed: Benjamin Drake. No witnesses. Acknowledged by Drake July Ct. 1791.  Recorded 29 July 1791. [Davison County Deed Book B, page 211]

9 April 1792
Deed: Absolom Hooper to William Hooper, both of Davidson County, for £100, 85 acres on the east fork of White’s Creek and north side of Cumberland River, beginning at a stake in said fork joining said Absalom Hooper’s line of the tract whereon he now lives, running thence north 148 poles to an ash and walnut, thence west 28 poles to a hackberry on the glade branch, thence down the said branch 100 poles to an ash, thence south 96 poles to a stke on the foresaid fork of White’s Creek, thence up the said fork 94 poles to the beginning… being part of a preemption of 640 acres of land granted unto Benjamin Drake Sr. as assignee originally of James Hollis…. Signed: Absolom Hooper. Witness: Thomas Crutcher, Michael Glaves.  Acknowledged by Absalom Hooper at April Ct. 1792.  Recorded 30 April 1792. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 28]

6 July 1792
Deed: Absolom Hooper to Charles Parker, both of Davison County, for £60, 118 acres on the east fork of Whites Creek and north side of Cumberland River beginning at the southwest corner of a preemption of 640 acres granted to Benjamin Drake, assignee originally of James Hollis,… running thence north 200 poles or till it intersects the said creek, thence up the middle fork of the said creek to the corner of the land whereon George Cook now lives, thence with the said Cook’s like S15W 180 poles to a large sugar tree and (poplar?) on a ridge, thence west 65 poles to the beginning… adj a corner of a 640 acre preemption of Benjamin Drake. Signed: Absolom Hooper.  Witness: Ennis Hooper and Joseph Hooper. Acknowledged by Absalom Hooper July Ct. 1792. Recorded 25 July 1792.  [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 57]

9 July 1792
Deed: Absolom Hooper to David Earhart, both of Davidson County, for £100,  48 acres on the waters of the east fork of Whites Creek… beginning at an ash on said Hooper’s line of the tract whereon he now lives, runs west 33 chains 60 links to a large sugar tree and pawpaw on a ridge, thence north 14 chains 30 links to a hackberry and ash, thence east 33 chains 60 links to a small hornbeam on said line of said mentioned tract of Hooper, thence south with said line 14 chains 30 links to the beginning… beign the southeast corner of a preemption of 640 acres granted unto Benjamin Drake Seniot as assignee originally of James Hollis… Signed: Absolom Hooper. Witness:  John Tremble and Ennis Hooper.  Acknowledged by Absalom Hooper July Court 1792. Recorded 26 July 1792.  [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 59]

(blank day & month) 1792
Deed:  Elijah Robertson to Absolom Hooper, both of Davidson County, for £(blank),  228 acres … in the county of Tennessee and Davidson on Sycamore Creek, beginning at a hickory the southwest corner of the original survey, runs east 157 poles to a dogwood and gum, thence north crossing said creek 233 poles to an ash, thence west 157 poles to a black oak, thence south crossing said creek 233 poles to the beginning, being part of a tract of 640 acres granted by the State of North Carolina to Reading Blount bearing date 8 December 1787… Signed: Elijah Robertson. No witnesses. Acknowledged by Robertson in court January 1794. Recorded 3 February 1794.  [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 231]

14 January 1793
Deed: William Loggins to Joseph Hooper, both of Davidson County, for £100 Virginia money, 100 acres on the north side of Cumberland River and on the east fork of Whites Creek, beginning at a hickory, Wm. Loggins southeast corner, thence west 57 ½ poles to a dogwood, thence north 278 poles to a hornbeam, thence east 57 ½ poles to a hackberry and ash said Loggins northeast corner, thence south 278 poles to the beginning… being the east end of said Loggins preemption.    Signed: William (his mark) Loggins. No witnesses. Acknowledged by Loggins in court January 1793, Recorded 23 January 1793. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 96]

14 January 1793
Deed:  Absolom Hooper to Joseph Hooper, both of Davidson County, for £200 Virginia money, 200 acres on the north side of Cumberland River on the waters of the east fork of Whites Creek. Beginning at a dead white oak and hickory near said Joseph Hooper’s spring branch, runs up said branch agreable to its meanders to a h­ackberry on said branch William Hooper’s corner, thence with his line S74E 6 chains 88 links to a small hackberry said Hooper’s corner on Thomas Taylor’s line, thence with Taylor’s line north 30 chains to a locust, hackberry and white oak on John Duffells line, thence with his line and Joseph Loves west 58 chains 50 links to a buckeye on Michael Glaves line, thence with his line south 2­­5 chains to a small hackberry near a dry branch, thence east 15 chains to a white oak, thence S30.5E to the beginning… including Joseph Hooper’s improvement… Signed: Absolom Hooper.  No witnesses. Acknowledged by Hooper January Ct. 1793.  Recorded 23 January 1793.  [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 97]

14 Oct 1793
Deed:  Absolom Hooper to Thomas Lightfoot, both of Davidson County, for £100,  200 acres on the north side of Cumberland River on both sides of Heatons Creek.  Beginning at a hickory on the bank of said creek William Stuarts corner, running with his line west 53 chains 40 links to a swamp white oak, thence north 37 chains 50 links to a mulberry, thence east 53 chains 40 links to a large ash, thence south 37chains 50 links to the beginning… being the south end of Amos Heaton’s preemption.  Signed: Absalom Hooper. Witness Thomas Hickman, (Nancy?) Childress.  Acknowledged by Hooper at May Ct. 1794. Recorded 17 May 1794. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 279]

15 April 1794
Deed George Walker of Fayette County, Kentucky to Absolom Hooper of Davidson County, for $300, 428 acres in Davidson County on waters of Whites Creek, beginning at a birch tree James Mears northeast corner, running west 247 poles to said Mears northwest corner, thence north 277 poles to a stake, thence east 247 poles to a stake, thence south to the beginning…  Signed: George Walker, Witness: Archibald Felts.  Acknowledged in court by Howell Tatum, his attorney-in-fact, 12 May 1794. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 267]

(blank day) July 1794
Deed: Absolom Hooper to George Cooke, both of Davidson County, for £100,  130½ acres on the east fork Whites Creek. Beginning at a hackberry Joseph Hooper’s corner, runs east 152 poles to a buckeye on the east fork of White’s Creek, thence up the meanders of said creek to a buckeye William Hooper’s corner, thence north with his line 88 poles to an ash on Joseph Hooper’s line, then S65W 25 poles with said Hooper’s line to a white oak his corner, thence with said Hooper’s line N30.5W 154 poles to a whie oak his corner, thence west 60 poles to the beginning.  Signed: Absolom Hooper.  No witnesses. Acknowledged by Hooper in court July 1794. Recorded 7 August 1794. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 326]

30 Oct 1794
Deed of Gift:  Absolom Hooper to Francis Ashbury (sic) Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Elders, Deacons, and helpers in said church in America, for one shilling, ½ acre…. Beginning at a stake in Charles Parker’s line near the cabin in which the widow Parker now lives, running east 7 poles to a stake, thence south 12 poles to a stake, thence west 7 poles to said Parker’s lime, thence with said Parker’s line 12 poles to the beginning…. Signed: Absolom Hooper.  Witness: Joseph Hooper and Samuel Hollis. Acknowledged by the witness Joseph Hooper at July Ct. 1795. Recorded 10 August 1795. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 431]

ca1794
History:  “The first Methodist church built on the north side of the Cumberland River, in Davidson county, was four miles north of Nashville, on White’s Creek, near the house of Absalom Hooper, and was called Hooper’s Chapel”.  [John Berry McFerrin, History of Methodism in Tennessee, Vol. 1 (Publishing House of the M. E. Church, 1888), page 51.]

13 April 1795
Deed: George Cooke  to Joseph Hooper, both of Davidson County, for $560,  112½ acres on the north side of the east fork of Whites Creek Beginning at a small hackberry said Hooper’s corner of another tract tract (sic) on Michael Glave’s line, runs with said Glave’s line south 35 chains to three small hornbeams on Jesse Reed’s line, thence with his line east 7 chains 50 links to a buckeye, thence south 3 chains to the said east fork of White’s Creek, thence up the meanders of said east for of White’s Creek with the various courses thereof to a buckeye William Hooper’s corner, with his line north (93?) chains to a branch said Joseph Hooper’s line, thence down said branch to a hickory and white oak said Hooper’s corner, thence with his line N30.5W 29 chains 40 links to a white oak thence west 15 chains to the beginning…. Signed: George Cooke. No witnesses. Acknowledged at April Ct. 1795. Recorded 12 May 1795. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 392]

13 April 1795
Deed:  Joseph Hooper to William Caldwell, both of Davidson County, for £100 Virginia money 100 acres [the same tract purchased of William Loggins on 14 Jan 1793]. Signed: Joseph Hooper. No witnesses. Acknowledged by Hooper at April Ct. 1795. Recorded 18 May 1795. [Davidson County Deed Book C, page 404]

10 April 1797
Deed: William Hooper of Montgomery County to Joseph Hooper of Davidson County, for $500,… [Davidson County Deed Book D, page 262]

20 June 1798
Deed: Absalom Hooper to Ennis Hooper, for $1,000, 268 acres of the waters of White’s Creek including the house wherein the said Ennis Hooper now lives, beginning at a red elm tree 20p south of James Hollis southwest corner… [Davidson County Deed Book E, page 79]

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