As with many families, I often wished that I knew more about my ancestors. I even wished that I knew someone who was versed in family history, but I knew no one. I had toyed with the idea of looking into "who" we were but I didn't know where to start. But I remembered that back in the early 1960s I had asked my grandfather who his parents were and who his grandparents were. I also asked if he knew where the Wayne County, IL HOOPERs came from. He leaned back on his elbow and said, "Well, son, somebody turned over a big rock one day and there we were!" Well, with this I became discouraged but did keep the four names I had been given. My grandfather died in 1968 and I had forgotten about family history.
In 1977 the urge stirred again and I decided that if for no other reason than to satisfy myself, I would take a stab at it. I started writing letters and asking questions and came up with serval answers, a lot more questions, and made a ton of friends.
My family descends from a James HOOPER from Virginia probably, as one of his sons stated in 1850 that he, himself, was born in Virginia. James was probably born between 1740-1750 and married Elizabeth (Unknown) before 1769. James either moved into the Carolinas area or the boundaries changed because he took part in the Indian Wars associated with the Revolution and had to file a claim against South Carolina to receive pay. He was wounded with a wound through the body near the heart but recovered to fight again. His home was in the Broad/Pacolot river area. By 1802 James had divested himself of real property and moved to Henderson/Union County, KY. Upon arrival in KY he purchased 400 acres of land in what is now Union County and died in 1813.
Can YOU help with this ongoing research project? If you can please contact me at 826 Hwy. 75 N, Marked Tree, AR 72365, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 870-358-2489. Any help or information will be appreciated. This KY branch of the HOOPERs get together in Fairfield, Wayne County, IL each year on the LAST Sunday in June for a basket lunch and fellowship. Please feel free to attend the next one!