Early Settlers of Union
Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Hooper, Fourth Child
Soldier Absalom Hooper, Sr.
(part 3 - Hooper Family)
Andrew Hooper was the fourth of
children born to Absalom, Sr. and Sarah Salers Hooper, and one of the
Hooper brothers who settled in Union
Andrew Hooper was born about 1792 and
died in 1849. His place of birth is held
to be Pendleton District,
South Carolina. He grew up in Haywood County, North
where his parents moved when he was young.
It was there he met and married Dicie (sometimes spelled Dicey)
maiden name is unknown.
Like his father before him who had
served in the Revolutionary War, Andrew also heard the call of his
during the “unpleasantness” known in the annals of US
history as the War of 1812
term of service was short, from February 16, 1815 when he
volunteered until March
12, 1815 when he was honorably discharged.
His army pay for the twenty-six days was $6.
93. However, as will be seen later, he
had another recompense coming after his death.
It is not known precisely when Andrew
Hooper migrated to Union
settle along Fodder Creek in what became Towns County
in 1856. Andrew and his wife Dicey were
residents and in the Union Census of 1840, having in their household
and his wife who were listed as between 40-50 years of age with six
children. Ages and genders of the
children were two males between 10-15, one male between 20-30, one
between 5-10 and two females between 15-20.
It is assumed that Andrew Hooper was a farmer at Fodder Creek. He may have assisted his brother Absalom, Jr.
with his grist mill.
The known children of Andrew and Dicey
Hooper (1820-1880 ?) who married Lucinda
Barrett (believed to be part
Cherokee) in Union
on February 9, 1854
with William Burch performing their ceremony.
After Towns was formed from Union County,
Lucinda moved to the head of Byers Creek in Towns and made a living by
sawmilling and farming. Jonathan was a
cripple, small of stature. They had Millie
Ann, Robert Richard, Jonathan “Pink”, Icey (or Dicea, after her
Hooper), Green Berry
(died as infant), Mary Ollie, Gus, and Ulysses Allen.
After Jonathan’s death, Lucinda married a
Hooper (1821-?) married Noah Shook and had
children Mary, Jonathan,
Rebecca by 1850, with additions and/or name changes of Adaline, Dicea
(listed in 1860 census).
Caroline Hooper (1824-1911) married William
on November 5, 1843. They lived in the Cynth Creek section of Towns County
and at their deaths were interred in the Lower Hightower
Cemetery. Children of this couple were Disa Manerva,
Jonathan Burton, Melton Augustus, Martin W., Christopher Columbus,
Elihu Montgomery, N. Leander, and David.
William J. Hooper (1828-1878)
his first cousin, daughter of
Absalom Hooper, Jr., in Union
County, GA on August 16, 1851
with M. L. Burch, justice of
the peace, performing the ceremony.
William enlisted in the Confederate Army in May, 1864 with
Battallion, Company 1, Hampton’s
Brigade. He was seriously wounded at
Lovejoy Station when Sherman
was marching through Georgia. Although surviving, his wounds troubled him
the rest of his life. By 1870, Jemima Hooper and her widowed sister,
Hooper Gilbert and children, were living in the widowed Jemima’s
Green Hooper (1829-1898) married Martha
Their children were Dicie Rebecca, John Chapman, William Alonzo;
Margaret Haseltine, Louisa Arah, Highley Al, and Andrew Young. Andrew, like his brother William, enlisted in
the Confederate Army, Company D, 24th Regiment. He survived
war. His widow Margaret received a
Confederate pension after his death.
A female child was listed in
census without a
name, born between 1830-1835. No further information is found on her.
A short time after Andrew Hooper’s
first wife Dicey died in 1847, he married Mary Cantrell on July 2, 1847. Mary Cantrell may have been a widow, bringing
some of her own children to live in Andrew’s household.
The 1850 census has some children not quite
identifiable by names of children of Andrew and his first wife Dicea. These were Mary, 29; Nancy, 12, Jane 9;
6, Mahala 4, and John 1. It is known,
however, that two of these were identified as “minor children” of
and received a land grant on June 30, 1857 for their father’s service in the
War of 1812. It could be that Mary Mahalia
(known as “Polly”)
may have been a child born to Andrew and Dicey, and that her mother
childbirth. At any rate, children 7 and
8 of Andrew Hooper were:
Mahalia “Polly” Hooper born in 1846 or 1847.
married David Nicholson.
Harley Hooper (1849-1912), son of Andrew and
Mary Cantrell Hooper married
Their seven children were
Jane, Martha Ann, Mary Etta,
William Luther, John, Georgia
Andrew Hooper and his family joined
the lure of new lands in the 1830s and became a part of growing Union County
sometime between 1834 and 1840. Numerous
descendants still reside within the mountain region near where their
took up residence.
Jones; published Nov.
4, 2010 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville, GA.
permission. All rights reserved.
Jones is a retired educator,
freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at
phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA
Updated November 7, 2010
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