Biography of William B. Hooker

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William S. Hooker, the father of the immediate subject of this brief sketch, was born in the State of Vermont, Aug. 17, 1818. After residing for some years in Essex Co., N. Y., he removed to Gull Prairie, Mich., about 183839. In 1840 together with his brother Samuel B., he purchased of the general government lands situated upon section 34 in the present township of Leighton, and during the same year, accompanied by his father (Josiah) and mother, began the first improvement in the southern half of the township. He was an active, energetic citizen, was prominent as a township official, and also served as sheriff of Allegan County.

On the 17th of January, 1844, he married Miss Mary Betterly, of Battle Creek, Mich. Of this union six children were born, as follows: Dorinda, Aug. 18, 1847, died, April 14, 1850; Marcia C., Aug. 14, 1849; Dorinda A., April 27, 1851; Lucy F., Jan. 14, 1853; William B. and Mary B., Feb. 10, 1856. Mary, the wife and mother, died Feb. 22, 1856.

On the 14th of May, 1857, he married Mrs. Hannah Watkins, of Leighton; but one child was born of this marriage, viz.: Emma J., Sept. 12, 1859. At the time of his death, which occurred Narch 21, 1874, Mr. Hooker was the owner of two hundred and forty acres.

His son William B. Hooker, who married Miss Isabella Crittenden, of Martin, March 24, 1880, now owns and occupies the homestead. It is situated on the old stage-route between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, and is one of the most pleasant locations in the township.


From:
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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