Samuel Hooker, Reverend
|Also Known As:||"Samuel /Hooker/"|
|Birthplace:||Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Colony, (Present USA)|
|Death:||Died in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)|
|Place of Burial:||Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA|
Son of Rev. Thomas Hooker and Susannah Shepard
|Managed by:||Randy Stebbing|
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About Reverend Samuel Hooker
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.
- Thomas, b. Plymouth, Mass., June 10, 1659; d. Hartford, Conn., 1720; m. Mrs. Mary (Smith) Lord, 1686.
- Samuel, b. Plymouth, Mass., May 29, 1661.
- William, b. Farmington, Conn., May 16, 1663.
- John, b. Farmington, Conn., Feby. 20, 1664 or 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.
- Nathaniel, b. Farmington, Conn., Sept 18, 1671.
- Mary, b. Farmington, Conn., July 3, 1673.
- Hezekiah, b. Farmington, Conn., Nov. 7, 1675; d. Farmington, Conn., 1686.
- Daniel, b. Farmington, Conn., Mar. 25, 1679.
- 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
"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.
Inscription: Rev. Samuel Hooker, 2nd Minister of Farmington in the 37th year of his pastorate, son of Rev. Thomas Hooker, 1st Minister of Hartford, Erected by his descendants, 1895.
Note: age about 64 years.
Samuel entered the ministry in 1657, and preached at Plymouth, though not regularly settled there. He was invited to settle at Springfield, MA, but declined the invitation and remained at Plymouth until he removed to Farmington, CT, where he was ordained in 1661 as the successor of his brother-in-law Rev. Roger Newton. He continued as pastor at Farmington until his death in 1697. Mather wrote in his Magnolia: “Thus we have to this day among us our dead Hooker, yet living in his worthy son Samuel Hooker, and able, faithful, useful minister at Farmington, in the Colony of Connecticut.” Samuel Hooker was succeeded at Farmington by Rev. Samuel Whitman whose grandfather was Samuel’s cousin. 
His Will: According to A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford District 1635-1700), edited by Charles W. Manwaring, 1902:
Hooker, Rev. Samuel sen., Farmington. Died 5 November 1697. Invt. L1007-00-07. Taken 6 Dec 1697, by Thomas Bull, John Hart and Daniel Andrews. Invt. in Hartford, L294-00-00. Taken by Nathll Cole and Samuel Kellogg. Court record, Page 27--8-9- 13 April, 1698: Adms. to John & Nathaniel Hooker. Daniel & Sarah Hooker chose Mr. Nathaniel Stanly to be Guardian. An agreement of Legatees: Mrs. Mary Hooker the Relict, with the two daughters Mary & Sarah Hooker, accepted the personal Estate except the Library. That the Widow Mary Hooker with Nathaniel Hooker Joyntly have the improvement of all the real Estate during her life time which the sad Samuel Hooker stood possessed of at his death, excepting that on the east side of the Great River belonging to Hartford and a Division of outlands against Wethersfield in Farmington. In consideration thereof they do engage to be at the charge of what is necessary for the perfecting of Daniel Hooker in Learning. That all the Lands belonging to the Estate in HArtford, together with that Division against Wethersfield, be divided between Thomas, James and Roger Hooker. That Daniel Hooker is to have the Library and be perfected inhis Learning; also to receive L50 in money, to be paid him within one year after his Mother's decease. The Lands in Farmington, except the division against Wethersfield, to be divided between Samuel, John & Nathaniel Hooker at their Mother's decease. The L50 to be paid to Daniel Hooker, L20 to be paid by Thomas, James & Roger Hooker, and L30 to be paid by Samuel, John and Nathaniel. The Land & Homested sometime in the Improvement of William Hooker Decd should be settled upon Susannah Hooker, the only child of William Hooker deceased. at Witness whereof we have set to our Hands this 13th of April, 1698. Thomas Hooker, Samuel Hooker, John Hooker, James Hooker, Roger Hooker, Nathaniel Hooker, Mary Hooker, Daniel Hooker, Mary Hooker Junr, Sarah Hooker. Page 7-(Vol. VIII) 6 March, 1709-10: Nathaniel Stanly of Hartford, as Guardian to Daniel & Sarah Hooker, did agree to a certain Agreement, made by the Widow and Children of the late Rev. Samuel Hooker of Farmington Deceased, for a Division of sd. Estate at the time wherein it was made, which bears the date 13th April, 1698, and the sd. Nathaniel desired his declaration should be recorded. Page 98-25 November, 1712: Whereas, all the Lands within the Bounds of Farmington, with the Buildings thereon, excepting a Division against Wethersfield Bounds, should belong to Samuel, John and Nathaniel Hooker and Mary Hooker, the Relict of the abovesd. Nathaniel Hooker, and that by reason of the death of the abovesd. Nathaniel Hooker the Division not being finished, pray the Court to appoint persons to divide sd. Estate. Whereupon this Court appoint Joseph Root, John Porter son of David, and Samuel Wolcott of Farmingtin, Distributors.
Reverend Samuel Hooker's Timeline
November 14, 1633
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Colony, (Present USA)
June 10, 1659
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
May 29, 1661
Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
May 16, 1663
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut
February 20, 1665
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
October 27, 1666
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
September 14, 1668
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
September 15, 1671
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
July 3, 1673
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony