History of the Hooker and Freeman Families, submitted by Donna Walker Eddins


Submitted in 1999 by Donna Walker Eddins, of Grapevine, Texas.

Copyright notice:

This material is furnished for the use of personal genealogical research only, and may not be copied nor used in any other manner without the express consent of the above.
Email: dleddins@airmail.net (Donna Eddins)


This family history was written in 1889 by Nancy Ridley Hooker Evans, of Mississippi, daughter of JOSHUA HOOKER. It was copied and added to in 1924 by Ruth Eddins Shelton, of Covington, Tennessee. This history, along with LINE OF DESCENT OF THE FREEMAN AND HOOKER FAMILIES OF NORTH CAROLINA written 1924 by Ruth Eddins Shelton, was passed down to my husband, Howard Burton Eddins, III, from his great aunt, Annie Lucille Eddins Townsend of Dallas, Texas, who was the daughter of Charles Blacknall Eddins and Annie Lee Jarratt. All attempts have been made to copy this history exactly as written. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Donna Walker Eddins,
05 Jan 1999
If there are any questions, corrections or additions to this info, please let me know .
Email: dleddins@airmail.net (Donna Eddins)


(Here begins the words of Nancy Redley Hooker Evans, 1889, copied and added to by Ruth Eddins Shelton, 1924.)

I have promised to give a little history of our ancestors, which I shall endeavor to do to the best of my knowledge. Several years ago, I exerted myself to gather all the information possible in all directions. But, where a family genealogy has not been made, and the first generations are extinct, the results of such efforts are not altogether satisfactory.

The HOOKERs were English. Encyclopedias show they were for the most part physicians, ministers, and professors of colleges. The Hookers have always lived on a high plane of honor. They were reticent, philanthropic, and ambitious. They have always been substantial people; and have always held, and acted, on their own opinions.

The Hookers have been a patriotic people. They have always known how to wear arms, and use them as well, but with discretion. There is, by tradition, a little story about the Hookers, which is very pretty and, may be quite true; it is this:

Once there were two brothers, who got into a political difficulty in England, and were imprisoned. One of them managed to secure a carrier pigeio, and sent a slip of paper out with something written on it which enabled him to make a miraculous escape. I do not know who the reigning king was, at the time, but he was pleased with the act of bravery, and had a sword presented to him - in the name of the king - on which was engraved the following inscription; "Who can win it, let him wear it."

A grandson of each of the Hooker brothers mentioned above came to America. One of them located in Pennsylvania, his descendants branching out through the North. The other settled in Maryland, his descendants are the Southern Hookers.

My grandfather, who was Benjamin Hooker, was a native of Orange County, North Carolina. He had the misfortune, when a little boy, to lose both parents. He married a french woman in Norfolk, Virginia, Anne Frizelle, who was born in 1769, and who was endowed with intelligence and wealth. (Here I shall say I met, once, in Nashville, Tenn., a Mr. Frizelle, who told me that the Frizelles had kept a genealogy since the time of King Charles, and that my grandmother - Anne Frizelle Hooker, belonged to the Frizelles who came to America from England. She lived 93 years, and died the day the battle was fought at Shiloh. She had grandsons and greatgrandsons in that battle. There were two dozen or more of her descendants engaged in the Confederate War.)

Shortly before her death, she was visited by several of the leading men of the country and by lawyers on legal business, who pronounced her wonderfully alert; her intellect and memory were as fresh and keen as in younger days. She had abandoned the use of eyeglasses; read the Testament a great deal each day; and knitting was her favorite pastime.

My father, JOSHUA, was the eldest son. When he was 8-years old, Grandfather BENJAMIN HOOKER, moved from North Carolina to middle Tenn., and located fifteen miles from Nashville, in Wilson County. He afterwards returned to N. C. and brought his mother to live with him. It was a long trip in those primitive days, when traveling was done by private conveyance over mountains and through valleys. Grandfather accumulated considerable wealth, and made a comfortable home in which they raised a large family; eleven children, in all, as follows:

1. NANNIE (Nancy), who married JOHN EDDINS, and moved to west Tennessee, Fayette County, where they spent their lives. They raised a large family - four sons; SAMUEL, THOMAS, JOSEPH, AND HOOKER, three of whom were physicians. Nancy was born August 22, 1792.

2. CHLOE who married THOMAS PARTLOW. They always lived close to the old home. One of her grandsons was a member of the U. S. army. (see note1)

3. ELIZABETH, who married MATTHEW HANCOCK. They went to Indiana, where they spent their lives in plenty of comforts, so I have been told.

4. MARY, who married ROBERT BELL. They lived a short time near the old home, died young. They had one child, ERASTUS PORTER BELL. (The Porters and Hookers were connected in England as well as America.)

5. & 6. REBECCA & FRANCES. Both died when 15 and 16 years old, with fever. When Aunt Frances was dying, she said: "If this is death, it is sweet to die." They were buried at the same time.





11. SARAH, the youngest, married WILLIAM EDDINS (Brother of JOHN EDDINS)

Sarah and William lived near the old home. One, or two, of their sons were killed in the Civil War. Her youngest daughter, Mrs. LJAMES WHITE (my father's sister, TOOLIE) lived in Nashville, Tenn. (Scruggs & White) One daughter, FANNY, married Dr. William Eddins. (Note: Dr. Wm. Eddins was the son of John Eddins and Nancy Hooker; Fanny Eddins was the daughter of William Eddins and Sarah Hooker. Dr. Wm. Eddins and his wife, Fanny Eddins were therefore double first cousins.) Sarah had one son, Charles Blacknal, who lived in Honey Grove, Texas.

JOSHUA FREEMAN HOOKER, whose middle name came by my great grandmother Hooker, further back - I do not know. Joshua Hooker was the father of Colonel Tom Hooker, of Mississippi.

BENJAMIN, JOHNATHAN FRIZELLE & MATTHEW HOOKER all married in middle Tennesses. Their first homes were near, or in, the neighborhood of the old Homestead, which has been in the Hooker family nearly 100 years, at the time of this writing (1899).

After my grandfather's death (Benjamin Hooker), Uncle Johnathan bought the old homestead, and it is still in the possession of his family. The identical house that my grandfather lived in, with an addition. There are many things about the place which are historical, and are preserved as sacred souvenirs; an old cabin, made of cedar logs, that was on the place when my grandfather purchased the land. A spring that came out boldly from between two great rocks, that has never failed, and from which five or six generations have drunk; a string of fence that grandfather laid more than eighty years ago, made of cedar rails. In the yard near the piazza, stands a large walnut tree; Uncle Matthew planted the walnut when he was 4-years old. In the house, there are books and furniture that date a long way back, more than a hundred years. Uncle Johnathan had one son, ROBERT, who was a Cumberland Presbyterian Minister. (PHYLANDIA is a physician at Russellville, Kentucky.)

Uncles Benjamin and Matthew moved to Missouri. Uncle Ben was a Christian Minister; several of his sons served in the Confederate Army, during the Civil War. Uncle Matthew and family were Union People. (What a departure for a Southern Hooker.) I once visited Lebanon, one of the daughters, who told me that, during the Civil War, a wounded Yankee came in the house and she dressed his wounds; when he was leaving he called her a "damned Sesesh!". No other time, while I was there, did I laugh so loud.

My father, JOSHUA FREEMAN HOOKER, was born in 1794; was 18 years old when the war of 1812 with England started. Patriotic blood stirred his young bosom, and buckling on his armor, he responded to the call for volunteers. He was a valiant soldier under General Andrew Jackson, belonging to Colonel Dyes Regiment. Letters from old comrades have told the story of courage and bravery on his part. While the battle was being fought, rain was falling thick and fast. My father was down with the measles; his clothing became thoroughly saturated, causing the measles to disappear; the result being a severe cough, with which he suffered the rest of his life. After the victory was gained and the soldiers started to their homes, they crossed Lake Pontchartrain by boat, except one man - an old soldier, who has passed through the heat of battle like a man of true mettle, but said: "I would rather trust my Creator fifteen miles on land than five miles on water." He walked around the lake. Many times, I have heard my father laugh about this little episode. All this delta country was then a wilderness. The soldiers occasionally reached an Indian settlement, and bartered tobacco for meat, each man receiving one pound. They did not cook it, for fear of losing some of the grease, but sucked the meat until it was gone, then chewed the rind. It was so sweet to the weary, hungry men that they thought the Indians had used honey in preserving the meat. Soon after my father returned to middle Tennessee, he married Fannie Ridley Wynn.

CAROLINE CHLOE HOOKER, sister of Colonel Thomas Hooker, of Mississippi, and daughter of Joshua and Fannie Wynn (My half-sister), married a Mr. Eddins - the third Hooker woman to marry an Eddins. There were nine children from this union.

THOMAS BENJAMIN HOOKER, oldest son of Joshua and Fannie Wynn, lived in the Mississippi Delta, Fryerspoint at one time. He was always noted for perseverance and energy; was Lieutenant in Lyles' 23rd, Arkansas Regiment; he was a gallant soldier, and received a mark of honor, while in charge of a company in Port Hudson. After returning home, he married Mattie Halton. Only one child of this union lived. (There were eight).

THOMAS B. HOOKER, now of Memphis, Tenn., is prominent in business. Married Sarah Patterson, daughter of exgovernor Malcolm (Ham) Patterson. They have three sons: Thomas Benjamin, Jr., whose wife was a Miss Marshall of Missippi. (This was his second marriage.) They also had one girl, Berta Hamilton, who married Paul Naylor, now living in Leon, N. J. (1924); they have three children: Hamilton, Berta and Paul.

There is nothing remarkable to say about my immediate family (JOSHUA HOOKER'S child). We have had pleasures, and sorrows, prosperity and poverty, no especial distinction, and no disgrace.

My sister, REBECCA ANN, was 15 years old when she married Mr. Baxter, who was highly esteemed by my parents. He died when she was 26, leaving her with five children, and limited means. She, by the rearing of her children, reflected great honor on herself.

Her (REBECCA ANN) only daughter was a woman of refinement and elegance. Three sons went to serve in the Confederate Army; one, however, was afflicted from childhood, and not being able for duty, was self-educated, was a student and well advanced in the study of Law. But, death loves a shining mark and claimed him young and fair for a brighter sphere. The other two sons served through the Civil War with honors. JOHN BAXTER was a Captain. Afterward, they served their State of Arkansas in the Legislature and Senate. GEORGE, the Senator and only surviving one now lives in New York, with his family. His son, GEORGE BAXTER, JR., is a playwriter; and his daughter, ALICE BAXTER, is an actress on the stage in New York (1924).

ELIZABETH HOOKER, the 2nd child, married Mr. Hengley, and lived in Nashville, Tenn. She is past 80 years old (1889). She had eleven children, six of whom are living. One of her sons fought in the Civil War, returned home, and died of tuberculosis.

MARY HOOKER, the 3rd child, married Mr. Ammen. They had four children, two sons who were soldiers. One with the PORTER RIFLES of Memphis, Tenn.; the other with Gen. Bedford Forrest. Both are now dead. One daughter lives in Chattanoogo, Tenn.

JOSEPH AMMON (AMMEN), first son, married Fannie Jones, of Raleigh, Tennessee. They had seven children, three of whom are now living. He served in the Civil War.

JUDITH FRANCES HOOKER, married Mr. Richardson, they had five children, two still living; EMMA PARKER, Chicago, Ill.; WILLIAM, Greenville, Miss.; ROBERT BURTON died when 22 years old; he was endowed with a mind of high order, nobleness of soul. Was reading medicine when he fell a victim to typhoid fever. His death was the first break in the family chain (JOSEPH HOOKER family.)

MARTHA BURTON, was a woman of superiority of mind, commanding in appearance, a devoted Christian. She married Capt. Kinman, lived fourteen months, left one child, Mattie Wynn, in Greenville, Miss.

published for Donna Walker Eddins, 05 Jan 1999, by Nancy P. Goodman.


Submitted (exactly as written) in 1999 by Donna Walker Eddins, of Grapevine, Texas.
Written in 1924 by Ruth Eddins Shelton, of Covington, Tennessee.

(See copyright notice above)

1. JOSHUA FREEMAN was a member of the North Carolina State Militia, 1754 (vol. xxii, Pg.357.)

2. SAMUEL FREEMAN was a member of the Safety Committee, Surrey County, North Carolina, Aug. 25, 1775 (Vol. x. Pg. 228; Vol. x, Pg. 251.)

(The Freeman and Hooker families have, since very early times, been large and prominent in North Carolina, and were closely allied by blood. There are now two towns named in their honor: - Hookerton, or Hookerville, in Green County; and Freeman, in Columbus County,)

Samuel Freeman and John Freeman, Johnathan and Nathan Hooker were members of the Assembly for years. Both these lines entitle their descendants to be eligible for the Colonial Dames Society, and the D. A. R.'s. (The wills of the Freeman and Hookers are on file at the Historical Association, Raleigh, N. C., and copies may be obtained for two dollars each. 1924)

William Freeman, and wife: Mary. Chowan County, 1737
Samuel Freeman, and wife: Elizabeth. Surrey County, 1796
Joshua Freeman, I, and wife: Mary. Bertie County, 1794
Joshua Freeman, II. Orange County
William Hooker, Chowan County, 1717
Godfrey Hooker, and wife: Elizabeth. Bertie County, 1729
Ann Freeman married Benjamin Hooker, I. Bertie County, 1774
Benjamin Hooker, II, and wife: Anne Frizelle, moved to Tennessee in 1808.
a. Nancy Hooker, Born 1792. Married John Eddins, June 26, 1815
b. Joshua Freeman Hooker, Born 1792. Married Frances Ridley Wynne, in Wilson County, Tenn., Oct. 17, 1816

WILLIAM FREEMAN, and wife: Mary Chowan County, N. C.
a. John
b. William
c. Thomas
d. Richard
e. Avon
f. Samuel
a-1. John, Sr. and Wife: Tabitha
1. Richard
2. Datherine (sic)
3. Sarah
4. William
5. Jacob
6. John, Jr.
7. Ailpah
8. Outlaw
9. Tabitha Manfield
10. Priscilla Vinton

d-1: Richard, and Wife: Ruth
1. Amos
2. Demsay
3. Mary Rontree
4. Christian Rontree

f-1: Samuel, and Wife: Elizabeth Surrey County, N. C.
a. Joshua
b. James
c. Aaron
d. Rachel

Joshua Freeman, I, and Wife: Mary Bertie County, N. C.
a. William
b. Joshua
c. Jacob
d. James

(Samuel Freeman of Surrey County, as a Justice of the Peace but too late for Colonial Service. He was also a member of the North Carolins (sic) Assembly for years, but this was after the Revolution.)

WILLIAM HOOKER, (Died 1717) and wife: Chowan County, N. C.
a. William
b. Godfrey
c. Ann Evans
d. Bridget Mann
e. Margaret Lewis
f. Jane Brown
g. Elizabeth Sizemore

b-1 GODFREY (Died 1729), and wife: Elizabeth, Bertie County, N. C.
a. Benjamin, I
b. Elizabeth

b-1a. Benjamin, I (Died 1774) and wife: Anne, Bertie County, N. C.
a. Hardy
b. John
c. James
d. Elisha
e. Benjamin Freeman
f. David
g. Cora

b-1a-e: Benjamin Hooker, II and wife: Anne Frizelle
Moved to Tennessee is 1808.
1. Joshua (married: Fannie Wynn)
2. Ben (Married: Martha Clemens)
3. Johnathan (married: Peggy Guinn)
4. Matthew (married: Nancy Smith)
5. Nancy (married: John Eddins)
6. Betty (married: John Mills, who died 4-weeks after wedding. She later married Matthew Hancock.
7. Chloe (married: Thomas Partlow Eddins) (see note 1 correction, please)
7a. Albert
7b. Thomas
7c. Jim
7d. Eddins
7e. Nancy
8. Polly (married: Robert Bell)
8a. Erastus Porter Bell
9. Sally (Sarah) (married: William Eddins)

Note: This record by Ruth Eddins Shelton.


The North Carolina Historical Society, Raleigh, N. C.
Commissioner of Pensions (Pension Statement) Washington, D. C.
State Librarian, Nashville, Tennessee and North Carolina.
War Department, Washington, D. C.
Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.
The Journal of American History
3 West 42nd Street, New York, N. Y.
(Published by Frank Allaben Genealogical Co.)
The McClure Newspaper Syndicate, Attn: Frances Cowles (1924)
45 W. 34th Street, New York, N. Y.
Joel Munsell's Sons
Albany, N. Y.

Note1 correction: Chloe HOOKER married Thomas PARTLOW (Correct in 1889 letter, incorrect in 1924 letter.)

X-Message: #10
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 20:13:17 -0600
From: Wade Drennan <wade@chickasaw.com>


Chloe Hooker, b. 11 Sep 1799, Bertie Co., NC, d. 11 Nov 1876, Wilson Co., Tn. buried. Gladeville, Wilson Co., Tn. m. Thomas Partlow, 2 Sep 1819, Wilson Co., Tn.

Thomas Partlow is the son of William Partlow and Ann Drennan

Thomas and Chloe had the following children
William A. Partlow
Benjamin Partlow
Thomas Allen Partlow
James Wesley Partlow
Joshua H. Partlow
Ann Frizelle Partlow
Nancy Eddins Partlow
Jonathan Partlow
Mary E. Partlow
Robert D. Partlow
Rebecca F. Partlow

Hope this helps
Wade Drennan

See also: Benjamin Hooker Cemetery listing:
Benjamin Hooker Cemetery, Wilson County, TN (https://sites.rootsweb.com/~tngenny1/hooker2.html)

Find other Wilson County TN family information on Robert Powell Carver's web pages at:

and on the TNWILSON mailing list digest archives at:

and at:
Huddleston Cemetery I, Wilson County TN https://sites.rootsweb.com/~tngenny1/huddcem1.html

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published for Donna Walker Eddins,  dleddins@airmail.net (Donna Eddins)
by Nancy P. Goodman on 06 Jan 1999. updated 06 Jan 1999, 11:48 pm, CST.
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