The Hook Family Of Norwich, England
There was one family in England that seems to have dropped the
final "e" from its name at an early date. It undoubtedly originated in London
and was probably a branch of the old Norman family. It is worth claiming as such
since many of its descendants became distinguished above all others.
John Hook, minister of Norwich Tabernacle. He had a son, James Hook, b. 1746, in
Norwich; died 1826, in Boulogne, France. He married Miss Madden, who died 1795.
He was organist at St. John's at Horsleydown and a composer of note. He composed
more than 2,000 songs, among which was "Within a Mile o' Edinboro Town." He had
two sons as follows
(1) James Hook, b. 1772, in London; d. 1828. Took Holy Orders, 1796, at request
of his mother. While at Westminster he edited "The Trifler." M. 1797, Anne, dau.
of Sir Walter Farquhar, bait. Was Dean of Worcester and is buried in Cathedral
there. Of issue: Walter Farquhar Hook, b. in London 1798; d. 1875; m. 1825, Anne
Delicia, dau. of John Johnstone, a physician of Birmingham. A distinguished
writer. (See biog. by Leslie Stephens.) Of issue: Walter Hook.
(2) Theodore Edward Hook, b. 1788; d. 1841. Novelist and wit. Edited "John Bull"
after its establishment in 1820. (See biography by Barnham.)
NOTE - This family was distinguished in letters and the arts. See Vol. 27 of The
Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee and Leslie Stephens; (1890).