In Search of William Hooper

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Was William Hooper of Wilkes County, Georgia the same person as William Hooper of Davidson County, Tennessee?

Well, maybe.  A William Hooper was associated with the brothers Thomas and Churchwell Hooper in Georgia but disappeared from the records after 1778.  He could have been the same person who was in Davidson County, Tennessee by 1783 twelve years before Thomas and Churchwell Hooper relocated there.

William Hooper, Thomas Hooper, and Church (sic) Hooper all enlisted in the 5th South Carolina Regiment on the same day, 11 June 1777.1. A year later, on 19 May 1778, William Hooper, Churchwell Hooper, and Jesse Hooper all paid fees for 200 acres each in Wilkes County, Georgia.2.  Records of Wilkes County are almost entirely missing for the next half-dozen years, but Thomas Hooper and Churchwell Hooper subsequently obtained warrants and in 1784 were granted land on Pistol Creek, while Jesse Hooper located nearby on the Broad River.  The 1785 tax list for Wilkes County (what was later Franklin County) lists Thomas Hooper, Churchwell Hooper, and  Jesse Hooper consecutively.  was granted land in 1787 nearby on the Broad River.  

But there is no further mention of William Hooper.  Could he have been the same William Hooper who testified that he lived “near Nashville” in 1783?

It is certainly plausible that he accompanied “Natchez” Absalom Hooper to Tennessee.  Note that Churchwell Hooper and Thomas Hooper, identified as brothers by the will of Churchwell Hooper, moved to Davidson County, Tennessee sometime in the mid 1790s.  Jesse Hooper also  relocated.

How was he related to these other Hoopers?

Surely he was related in some way to “Natchez Absalom” Hooper – though clearly not as a son, for he must have been born prior to Absalom’s marriage in 1765 and was not mentioned in Absalom’s will.  He must have been related to the brothers Thomas and Churchill Hooper, and perhaps to Jesse Hooper, but we have no clues to the nature of the relationship.

One possibility is that he was a son of Innes Hooper who was hanged in Florida in 1774.   We know that Innes Hooper headed a family of four in 1772, implying two children.  One of them could have been William Hooper.

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  1. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, card file images online at www.fold3.com []
  2. Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring 1981), pp. 3 []