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Biography of Henry Hooker

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Rev. John Hooker, born March 28, 1729, ordained pastor of the Congregational church of Northfield, Mass., was the father of Seth Hooker, who was born October 22. 1759. The latter married Abigail Gay, daughter of Rev. Bunker Gay, May 5, 1789, and settled on the farm of his wife’s father, in Hinsdale, where he continued to reside until his death, May 31, 1844, aged eighty-four years. His children were Sally Gay, born December 25, 1789 and died January 12, 1797. Henry, born July 5, 1791, in Charlestown, N. H.. married Mary Dagget, of Westmoreland, October 23, 1816. In early life he learned the trade of carriage making, and later settled on the homestead and pursued both farming and carriage making, but still later in life he discontinued his trade and gave his whole attention to his farm. He is now living in the house where he was born, at the great age of ninety-three years, though in feeble health. Mrs. Hooker died August 18, 1864. Abigail Prentice Hooker, born August 28, 1792, married, first, Willard Blanchard, November 21, 1811, and second, Caleb Todd, July 10, 1828. George, born December 15, 1794, married Minerva Taylor, January 1o, 1819, and died in 1858, Sally Gay Hooker, born June 22, 1797, married Elihu Stebbins, November 11, 1824, and died in 1878. Delia, born October 3, 1799, married William H. Taylor, December 6, 1821, now a widow residing with her daughter in Burlington, Vt. Bunker Gay, born May 17, 1801, died October 8, 1802. Henry Hooker’s children were as follows: Aurelia Prentice, born August 26, 1817, died in infancy; Julia Worthington, born November 15, 1818, married Henry M. Jones, December 7, 1842, and resides in Hinsdale; George Prentice, born May 31, 1820, married Lucretia Ashcroft, Ocober 25, 1843, is a farmer, residing on the Brattleboro rod, in this town; Charles Gay, born November 12, 1822, maried Maria S. Osgood, of Northfield, August 15, 18 59, and reides in San Francisco, Cal.; Anson Cary, born September 2, 1825, died July 4. 1832; Henry Clay, born January 10, 1828, married Elizabeth Rockwell, in 1856, resides in Arizona, a large cattle dealer; Almira Ann, born May 28, 1830, married Isaiah Nutting, November I1, 1851, is a widow residing on the homestead; Minnie S., born September 11, 1832, married, first, Robert Brown, of Sacramento, Cal:, and second, Edwin Robertson, of Brooklyn, N. Y., where she now lives; Anson C., born May 1, 1835, owns and resides on the old homestead. John D., born May 10, 1838, married Kate Putnam, of San Francisco, Cal., where he now resides; and Mary R, born January 12, 1841, married Nicholas F. Smith, of San Francisco, Cal., in 1882, where she now resides.


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