Re: Andrew Hooper born about 1805
In reply to:
Andrew Hooper born about 1805
Harold Reno 5/19/14
For future readers, who will see the above posting after the opportunity to respond ceases [September 30, 2014], I would like to clarify some of the issues about the birth date in question.
As early as 1996, a birth date of "23 September 1805" was circulating and being published for Andrew Hooper of east Tennessee. [The 1996 version in "Journeys through Jackson," which is a publication of the Jackson County, NC Genealogical Society.] For some time, I used that birth date for my own records, but Mr. Reno helped me realize that even others who have used that birth date were uncertain of the original source.
The approximate year of birth is not much in question-Andrew Hooper appears on the 1850 Bradley County, Tennessee census as aged 45, born in TN.
Earlier, in 1840 Bradley County, he was aged 30-40.
In 1830, he lived in McMinn County and was aged 20-30.
All these records are consistent with his birth year having been about 1805.
The exact date of 23 September 1805 suggests that somewhere, at some time, someone had access to an obituary, probate document, family record, or an inscribed tombstone for this Andrew Hooper. Any of those data sources might reveal more clues about the parentage of this Andrew Hooper, born 1805. Another possibility is that another man named Andrew Hooper really did have that birth date, but was a different person living in another place, and some early researcher in the 20th century just assumed the day and month were for this east TN Andrew.
In the last decade and a half, much more has been learned about the ancestry of the Monroe, Polk, and Bradley County Hoopers. In fact, yDNA testing has been done for descendants of this man, with exact matches to at least older Hooper men who also resided in east Tennessee and western North Carolina.
[see http://www.hooperconnections.com/dnatable.htmlhttp://www.hooperconnections.com/dnatable.html and compare entries at lines 1-08 through 1-32]
Thus, candidates exist for the paternal lineage of Andrew Hooper, b. about 1805.
Learning the original source of the birth date for Andrew Hooper just might allow a re-examination of that source in light of the newer understanding of his origins.