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James Hooker "Gang" of Wall Lake Township, South Dakota

Updated March 9, 2008

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After finding James and Phoebe, parents of James Avery Hooker. I'm hoping to find more decendants of that family. So the next step is to find out what happened to the brothers and sisters of James A. I was kind of hoping that some of the family stayed in the Middlefield, New York area. I know that Grandpa James mentioned that he also lived in Illinois before moving onto Wall Lake, South Dakota. But I can't find anything to support that. So that is also something to be in searth of. I'm hoping this will unite the whole clan into a commom goal, to live in the tradition of the James Hooker Gang of Wall Lake, Minnehaha County, South Dakota. This is also a treasure find...

This will be on-going... James Avery Hooker of Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota in the latter 1800's.

Middlefield Township, Otsego County, New York, home of James A. Hooker at 5 years old.

In the 1870 Iowa Census, in the town of Waverly, James A. and Tillie(Miltilda) are listed. So he lived Waverly, Iowa for at least 10 years with Grandma Tillie, first child William Alfred and inlaws, the Knotts.

Great Grandpa James was found in the 1880 cencus living with son, Newton on June 3, 1880 in Washington Township, Iowa. He was listed as a widower. Great Grandma Phoebe had died in 1879 and is buried in Harlington cemetery in Waverly, Iowa.

Both of James's brothers, Newton and William Hooker along with his sister, Mary are also buried at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa(Same cemetery Matilda Knott Hooker's family are buried in) Newton Elijah Hooker was born in Westville, Franklin County, New York on June 6, 1843. William was born in New York state in 1847.

The following is a writing about my Grandpa James;

HOOKER, JAMES A., has resided in this county since 1879, when he came from Iowa. He formerly lived in Illinois, and also in New York, where he was born September 29, 1845. He owns at this writing 400 acres of farm-land in sections 20, 28, and 29, in Wall Lake. He is a prosperous farmer and a well known citizen, and has been clerk of the town board several years.

James and Phoebe Hooker are my Great-great-great Grandparents. Their son James A. is my Great-great Grandfather and Matilda(Knott) my Great-great Grandmother. James A. and Matilda were united in marriage in Waverly, Iowa. In 1879 they moved to Wall Lake Township, South Dakota. They left behind a son, Harold D. and 'Baby Girl' Hooker, who is buried at Harlington cemetery in Waverly, Iowa. Harold and 'Baby Girl' are not alone though, Grandpa James and Grandma Phoebe also rest there with them. I would like to hear from all who are decendants. Thank You!!

There's a new marshall in town!! Waverly’s First Town Marshall

In the early days of the county Waverly had no city police force, depending upon the county sheriff and his deputy for protection. Then came the year of the town constable and finally in 1873 Waverly got a town marshal. His name was James Hooker.(Grandpa James kicked ass!)

My grandma Tilla, maiden name Knott lived in Waverly, Iowa prior to moving to Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota in 1879 along with her husband James A. Hooker and their first child, William Alfred Hooker. She was born in England in 1846. Everything lines up for Alfred Knott, also of Waverly, Iowa, who died in 1879, to be her father.(same year Matilda and family left for South Dakota) I consider this a great find!

1878 and 1879 was a tragic years for both Grandpa James; loss of Mother in 1879 and Grandma Tillie; loss of Mother and Father in 1879. While still mourning the loss of their 'Baby Girl' and son, Harold earlier in 1878.

In the early 1880's, there was quite an exodus from Bremer County to "Dakota" - evidently South Dakota, but not really specified. Seem to be the area that the RR followed.

 
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  • 1850 New York Census (619 KB)
    Back when Great Grandpa James was 43 and Grandma Phoebe was 38. While Grandpa James was second youngest at 5 years old. This definitely sparked my interest to continue researching my family tree.
  • Great Grandpa James and Grandma Phoebe (13 KB)
    This was one of my original goals, to find their resting place. Now that I achieved that I feel the need to go visit them in Waverly, Iowa. I'm starting to fell a sense of peace with myself.
 
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