Samuel Hooker, Reverend (c.1634 - 1697) MP

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Nicknames: "Samuel /Hooker/"
Birthplace: Newtowne, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Occupation: Reverend
Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Samuel Hooker, Reverend

Biographical Summary:

Rev. Samuel Hooker the son of Rev. Thomas and Susannah Hooker, of Hartford Conn., was born 1633; and married September 22 1658, Mary Willet, eldest daughter of Captain Thomas and Marry (Brown) Willet of Plymouth, Massachusetts, born Nov. 10, 1637, at Plymouth. Rev. Samuel Hooker was aged 64, at the time of his death in 1697. It I generally supposed that he was born at Newtowne, (Cambridge), Massachusetts. He entered Harvard College in 1651, and graduated in 1653. He entered the ministry in 1657, and preached at Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was invited to settle at Springfield, Mass. but declined the invitation and remained at Plymouth until he removed to Farmington Conn. in 1661, where he succeeded his brother-in-law Rev. Roger Newton and became the second minister of the place and remain there until hi death in 1697.

He was famous as an eloquent preacher and Mather in his "Magnolia" says of him, "Thus we have to this day among us our dead brother Hooker; yet living in his worthy son Samuel Hooker, an able, faithful, useful minister at Farmington, in the colony of Connecticut.

Captain Thomas Willet, whose daughter became the wife of Rev. Samuel Hooker, was at that time an energetic and thriving merchant at Plymouth. He succeeded Miles Standish in command of the famous military company of Plymouth, and afterward became the first mayor of the city of New York. The marriage of Rev. Samuel Hooker and Mary Willet was undoubtedly celebrated in a proper manner, for an account of it is handed down in the Willet family, concluding the ceremony with "and Samuel and Mary did then brew a great bowl of punch."

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Mary (Willet) Hooker, when 67 years old, married August 10, 1713 Rev. Thomas Buckingham of Saybrook, Conn. He did April 1, 1709, when she went to the home of her son-in-lay, Rev. Stephen Buckingham, the son of her late husband, and the husband of her own daughter, at Norwalk, Conn., where she remained until her death in 1712. Her grave is near the center of the old burying ground, near the present East Norwalk railroad station.

Rev. Samuel Hooker occupied at Farmington, the parsonage which had been occupied by its predecessor, Rev. Roger Newton, on the east side of South Main Street and nearly opposite to the road going to the meadow across the stone bridge which now span the Pequabue River. This house stood a few feet northward from the site of the house so long occupied by Mr. Solomon Cowles, who was one of Mr. Hooker's descendants, and Rev. Hooker died.

No stone marks Rev Samuel Hooker's grave, but well attended tradition points out the place, as the south side of the grave of Rev Whitman, which is appropriately marked.

SOURCE: Unknown

Children

  1. Thomas, b. Plymouth, Mass., June 10, 1659; d. Hartford, Conn., 1720; m. Mrs. Mary (Smith) Lord, 1686.
  2. Samuel, b. Plymouth, Mass., May 29, 1661.
  3. William, b. Farmington, Conn., May 16, 1663.
  4. John, b. Farmington, Conn., Feby. 20, 1664 or 5.
  5. James, b. Farmington, Conn., Oct 27, 1666. 32 Roger, b. Farmington, Conn., Sept. 14, 1668; d. April 29, 1698. At the time of his death he was betrothed to Mary Standley of Hartford. She afterwards married his brother Nathaniel Hooker.
  6. Nathaniel, b. Farmington, Conn., Sept 18, 1671.
  7. Mary, b. Farmington, Conn., July 3, 1673.
  8. Hezekiah, b. Farmington, Conn., Nov. 7, 1675; d. Farmington, Conn., 1686.
  9. Daniel, b. Farmington, Conn., Mar. 25, 1679.
  10. Sarah, b. Farmington, Conn., May 5, 1681; d. Norwalk, Conn., 1759; m. Rev. Stephen Buckingham, who was a graduate of Harvard College in 1693, and was a member of the Corporation of Yale College. He was pastor of the Church at Norwalk, Conn. He died Feb. 13, 1746. She was accounted the most accomplished lady that had ever come to Norwalk. The fame of "Dame Buckingham" is preserved in the annals of the old town, and the story of her stately grace is still remembered in the traditions of the place. Her husband and her mother are buried near each other in the old burying ground at East Norwalk, Conn., and it is probable that her grave is near these other two, but no stone marks the place.

SOURCE:: The descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908; Edward Hooker; Downloaded 2010 from books.google.com

References:

"Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut", Lucius Barnes Barbour, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1977. pp 310-313.

"Richard Edwards and his wife Catherine Pond May, Their Ancestors' Lives and Descendants", Rev. Maurice Dwight Edwards, D.D., 1931. pp 31-35.

"Founders of Early American Families", Founders and Patriots of America, Cleveland, Ohio 1985. p 161.

"Pedigrees of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy", The Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, 1976. p 646.

"History of the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America" 1913. p 70.

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Samuel Hooker, Reverend's Timeline

1634
1634
Newtowne, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1658
September 22, 1658
Age 24
Plymouth, MA
1659
June 10, 1659
Age 25
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1661
May 29, 1661
Age 27
Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1663
May 16, 1663
Age 29
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1665
February 20, 1665
Age 31
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1666
October 27, 1666
Age 32
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1668
September 14, 1668
Age 34
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1671
September 15, 1671
Age 37
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1673
July 3, 1673
Age 39
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA