Hook Genealogy


Stephen Hook Genealogy

Stephen Hook, son of Captain James Hook, was born in what is now Greene County, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1780, and died in Perry County, Ohio, March 3, 1856. He married Anzube Grant, August 10 or 12, 1803. (The date in the old family Bible is blurred.) She was born in 31 Jan. 1786 in N.J., the dau. of James and Margery Grant, and died in Greene County, Pennsylvania, October 8, 1816 (Westland, Penna. and Shrewsbury, N, J. and Little Eggharbor, N. J., Quaker Monthly Meeting Records.) She was a descendant of Matthew Grant who came to America from England on the ship "Mary and John" in 1630 and settled at Windsor, Connecticut. Her children claimed to be second cousins of General Grant, but none of them left a written record of the family connection. Evidence is strong, however, that her parents were Captain Noah Grant and his first wife, Anne Richardson. If this be true, her children would be half cousins of President Grant instead of second cousins. Noah Grant moved his family to Southwestern Pennsylvania in 1789 and lived only a few miles from the parental home of Stephen Hook. Unfortunately the family Bible of Stephen Hook does not name his wife's parents.

In 1817 Stephen Hook moved with his young and motherless family to what is now Carroll County, Ohio. On February 5, 1818 he married his second wife Marguerite (called Peggy) Bodkin, who was born July 15, 1791, died in 1842, and who became a loving stepmother to all of his children. The family lived on leased land in Ohio until 1824, when Stephen obtained a grant of land from the government and established a permanent home. He lived here until about 1840, when he followed his sons Samuel and Sylvanus to the lower part of Perry County where the latter had acquired farms in 1838. In 1844 his other sons, namely, James Grant, John and Daniel, moved to what is now Vinton County, Ohio, and settled near Allenville.

In 1842 Stephen Hook's, second wife died. This event occurred shortly after Stephen had purchased his new home in Perry County. His children tried to persuade him to give up his own home and live with them, which he did for a time. On November 17, 1846, he married his third wife, Rebecca Glum. There was no issue by this marriage. She did not live long and in 1848 Stephen, whose health had began to succumb to the weight of years, could not keep up his farm. His son Samuel took it off his hands late in 1848. Thereafter Stephen lived with his son Samuel until his death in 1856.

Stephen Hook was remembered as tall, broad-shouldered, clean-shaven, vigorous in speech and actions and devoted to his friends and family. He was a great reader of the Bible and kindred books and a member of the Methodist Church. After moving to Ohio in 1817, he took an active interest in the schools of his community and by great personal effort managed to educate himself and family above the average of the frontier community in which he lived. He saw to it that his five sons attended school for a portion of each year, at least, until they were almost grown men.

Issue of Stephen Hook and his first wife Anzube Grant, six sons, as follows:

(1) Samuel Hook.

(2) James Grant Hook.

(3) Daniel Hook, b. 1807; d. July 17, 1880; m. 1836, Elizabeth Shuman, b. June 4, 1811, d. Sept. 9, 1887. Both buried in old cemetery east of McArthur, Ohio. No issue.

(4) Sylvanus Hook, b. July 27, 1809; d. May 14, 1862; m. 1836, Nancy Redmond. He is buried near Locust Grove, Vinton Co., Ohio. No issue.

(5) John Hook.

(6) Stephen Hook, b. Feb. 2, 1813, d. Apr. 5, 1814.

Children of Stephen Hook and his second wife, Marguerite Bodkin. Two daughters and two sons.

(1) Anna Subah Hook, b. Apr. 8, 1819; m. Aug. 6, 1840, in Perry Co., Ohio, Hugh Lockhard. Had issue.

(2) Sarah Hook, b. July 12, 1822; m. May 3, 1841, in Perry Co., John S. Allwine. Had issue.

(3) Arthur Hook, b. Jan. 9, 1826; d. Sept. 18, 1827.

(4) Enos Hook, b. Oct. 10, 1829; d. Apr. 8, 1842.



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