Re: John HOCKER (HOOKER) of Cornwall, Eng
Hi Chuck - thank you for your message. Great to hear from you. Although my understanding was that the Cornish Hockers really are Hookers (as rendered and interpreted by good Cornish tongues and ears), I don't doubt what you say. Certainly, there seem to have been a number of different Hocker and Hooker families (like the IGI, records for my own family use both versions) in Cornwall.
My own family seems to be principally connected with St Breock where there are Hocker/Hooker wills back to the 1550s and Hocker marriages since 1576. Given that one of those early Hockers was the vicar of St Minver and St Breock was a peculiar of the Bishop of Exeter, I have always felt it likely (has not been proven)that this family is an offshoot of the Hooker alias Vowell family of Exeter - as was the Hooker family of St Ewe, Cornwall (has been prioven).
To confuse the position further, I also understand that some of the German Hockers, who migrated to America, anglicised their surnames to Hooker.
Interested to see the possibility of your John HOCKER enduring servitude. According to the book "Devon Worthies" by Robert HOOKER, zeal for the Protestant cause led some Hookers to join in Monmouth's ill fated rebellion. Those who escaped the scaffold at Exeter ended their lives as slaves in Barbados.
There is a PCC will dated 14 March 1663 (proved 27 May 1665) of a Ralph HOOKER of Barbadoes which mentions his cousins Edward HOOKER of Chilcomb (Hampshire), John HOOKER "now residing in Barbadoes" and James WOOD merchant of London. Mention also is made of the testator's young cousin Peter BENNETT son of Richard BENNETT (which Peter "is my own sister's son") of Salem 1636 later of Boston died 1677.
Although it probably is a long shot that the Barbados John HOOKER has anything to do with your own line, given migrations from the Barbados to the States his existence probably is worth mentioning.
Happy to keep a look out for you of any John HOCKER/HOOKER in your time frame and let you know when one surfaces.
Garry Hooker (in Aotearoa/New Zealand)