At the beginning it was not contemplated that this book would be
more than a brief account of the lives and ancestry of the pioneer Hook and
Eller families in Wapello County, Iowa. But as the work progressed, and other
family records became available, it was decided to expand it to include the
extra data. This brief statement will explain why the ancestral families of the
subjects of this book have received a more liberal treatment in the text than
many of the others.
The writer will be greatly indebted to any one who will point out errors that this book may contain, or who will supply additional information that may be included in a larger and more elaborate record of the various families which may be published later. Considerable information about certain branches of the various families has already been collected. Much of it, however, could not be identified closely enough to be included in this volume.
The members of the Hooke family were active in a commercial way
from earliest times. At first they numbered among their tribe many fishermen and
seamen, but as time passed, we find them moving farther inland, and taking up
land south of London. In the early seventeenth century and before, we find
merchants among them; sheriffs and aldermen, knights, barons and lords, and
quite often a clergyman of high standing and many soldiers and sailors. As time
goes on, we find men of letters, and artists, and musicians. In the professions
we find lawyers, doctors, editors and engineers. Occasionally we find professors
in the universities and philosophers, and once a Lord Mayor of London. We find
no descent from Kings, Princes or Potentates. The family, for the most part, was
like all other families; it had its men of note and its men of failure, but on
the whole it was sturdy, honorable, and an average family that played its full
part in the building of the British Empire.
The descendants of James Hook, son of Thomas:
Genealogies on the following related families are also provided:
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