Hooper Family of Massachusetts
William Hooper [a] b abt 1617, England, d 5 Dec 1678, Reading, Middlesex, MA. He md [1] Elizabeth (prob Marshall) abt 1645, [2] Ruth abt 1652. She was b abt 1630.
Children of William Hooper and Ruth were:
  • Ruth Hooper b abt 15 Apr 1653, Reading, Middlesex, MA, d 1 Dec 1715; md Abraham Walcott 22 Sep 1682.
  • Rebeckah Hooper b 26 Oct 1656, Reading, Middlesex, MA, d 21 Nov 1688; md John Ballard 16 Nov 1681.
  • William Hooper b 3 Nov 1658, Reading, Middlesex, MA, d 8 Aug 1692; md Susannah.
  • Hannah Hooper b 31 Mar 1662, Reading, Middlesex, MA; md William Ballard 20 Apr 1682.
  • Elizabeth Hooper b 20 Aug 1665, Reading, Middlesex, MA, d 3 Jan 1698/99; md John Trull 22 Apr 1692.
  • Thomas Hooper b 2 Apr 1668, Reading, Middlesex, MA; md Elizabeth Richards.
  • John Hooper b 5 Jul 1670.
John Hooper [b] b 5 Jul 1670, Reading, Middlesex, MA, d 9 Jan 1708/09, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA. He md Sarah Harden abt 1695, daughter of John Harden and Sarah. She was b 3 Dec 1679, Braintree, Norfolk, MA, d 19 May 1749, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA.
Children of John Hooper and Sarah Harden were:
  • John Hooper b 6 Nov 1697, Braintree, Norfolk, MA, d 19 Aug 1741; md Elizabeth Packard 23 Apr 1722.
  • Thomas Hooper b 20 Jul 1699, Braintree, Norfolk, MA, d 6 Feb 1759; md Sarah Packard 18 Jan 1721/22.
  • William Hooper b 26 Dec 1701.
  • Nathaniel Hooper b 16 Nov 1703, Braintree, Norfolk, MA, d 27 Oct 1774, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA; md Elizabeth Tinkham 28 Mar 1728.
  • Sarah Hooper b 9 Oct 1705, prob Braintree, Norfolk, MA, d 10 Aug 1750; md (1) Stephen Leach 5 May 1725, (2) Ebenezer Snow 14 Dec 1737.
  • James Hooper b 4 May 1708, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 30 Jun 1784; md Mary Johnson 10 Feb 1736/37.
William Hooper [c] b 26 Dec 1701, Braintree, Norfolk, MA, d 1 Jul 1755, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA. He md Lois Thomas 30 Jan 1727/28, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, daughter of William Thomas and Sarah Barden.
Children of William Hooper and Lois Thomas were:
  • William Hooper b 19 Nov 1729, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 10 May 1773; md Susanna Cary 28 Nov 1761, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA.
  • Thomas Hooper b 7 Feb 1730/31, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA; md (1) Abigail White 15 Mar 1759, (2) Jane Howard 10 Aug 1786.
  • Lois Hooper b 7 Feb 1733/34.
  • Elisha Hooper b 11 Oct 1736, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 23 Nov 1814; md Hannah Stevens.
  • Isaac Hooper b 21 Jan 1737/38, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 6 Dec 1757.
  • Susanna Hooper b 13 Mar 1739/40, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 15 Oct 1756.
  • David Hooper b 14 Feb 1742/43, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 10 Feb 1830, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA; md Martha Shaw 23 Mar 1769.
  • Luther Hooper b 20 Feb 1745/46, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 11 May 1831; md Phebe Washburn 25 Nov 1779.
  • Calvin Hooper b 22 Oct 1749, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA; never married.
Lois Hooper b 7 Feb 1733/34, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, d 7 Apr 1769, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA. She md Jonathan Cary 7 Mar 1754, Plymouth, MA, son of Jonathan Cary and Experience Carver.

a. William Hooper, aged 18 years, sailed from London on the ship James, July 13, 1635. By 1644, he was residing in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, where he first appears in town records, and was admitted a freeman 10 May 1648. He resided in that part of old Reading which is now included in Wakefield, and owned considerable land. A weaver by profession, William Hooper married twice, first to Elizabeth (possibly Marshall), and secondly to Ruth, the connections of whom have not been found in the records. After his death, she married Thomas Dutton 10 Nov 1684.

Will of William Hooper
The Last Will and Testament of William Hooper of Reading, made the ffift day of August, 1678 being in my perfect Memory. ffirst I give my soule to god whoe gave it to mee, and my body to dust, from whence it came

It. I give halfe my land, upland and Meddow ground to my wife during her life and the other halfe of my land and Meddow, I give to my son William and his heirs for ever: And my will is, That hee shall improve it all. And his mother to have halfe the profitt during her life. and at her decease: hee my son William to have all my land and Meddow and Cattle: And to pay to my six children that are unmarryed ffive pounds apiece, as they shall come to age: But hee shall not pay any for two yeers after my decease. And my Will is that my two younger sons shalbe with their mother and my son William till they bee ffifteene yeers of age to be helpfull to them And then my Will is That they may be sett to some Trade. And if either of them have amind to bee a weaver, Then I doe will to him to have my Loomes, and all my Tackling to them. And my household stuffe, I give it all to my wife to bee at her owne dispose. But if my wife should marry, All my lands and Cattle shalbe my son Williams, only the household goods to bee my wifes, as is willed before as witnesse my hand
            the marke of
            William W Hooper
Witnessed by
Thomas Marshall
John Severne
Thomas Bancroft

And my will is that my brother Captayne Marshall, and my Cousine Ensigne Bancroft shalbe my overseers to this will as abovesaid.

b. He was a carpenter by trade and first resided at Reading. On March 23, 1695, he sold to Thomas Damon, 8 1/2 acres of land in Reading, and on May 23, 1705, he bought of Benjamin Orcutt 65 acres of land in Bridgewater for 65 pounds. He built a house there which was burned in 1708, in which he received injuries from which he died Jan. 9, 1708-9. His widow Sarah was appointed administrator of his estate 23 Jun 1709.

c. He was a ship joiner and cabinet maker by trade. He married Lois, daughter of William and Sarah (Barden) Thomas.

GL: The Hooper Genealogy, by Charles Henry Pope, compiled by Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, 1908, pp. 1-16.

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