|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1783|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 1855|
Richard Hooper, Soldier, Surveyor, and Congressman, He entered Texas in February 1834 and served The Army of The Republic of Texas from July 6 until October 6, 1836 as commander of a company of cavalry from San Augustine until He was released to attend Congress. He was elected to the First Congress of the Republic of Texas as a representative from Shelby County. After his service in Congress, he returned to Shelby County, where he was elected county surveyor in 1839 and 1848. When the United States census was taken in the summer of 1850 the sixty-seven-year-old Hooper was listed as a surveyor. His wife was reputed to have been the niece of President John Adams.From the "Hand Book of Texas online"
WILLIAM M. HOOPER, b. April 7, 1804. d. 04 Aug 1840
GEORGE WASHINGTON HOOPER, SR, b. March 14, 1808, ,Franklin, GA.
JAMES MONROE HOOPER, SR, b. May 26, 1809, TN; d. June 7, 1893,
ANDREW JACKSON HOOPER, b. July 27, 1814, GA; d. August 30, 1814, GA.
RICHARD MONROE HOOPER, b. July 26, 1815, GA; d. September 5, 1830,
CATHERINE CAROLINE HOOPER, b. April 15, 1817, TN; d. May 30,
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HOOPER, b. January 17, 1820, ,Bedford, TN.
LAFAYETTE CARROLL HOOPER, b. November 19, 1824.
HILLIER ROSSEAU HOOPER, b. November 17, 1827; d. October 27, 1837.
OBEDIAH COLUMBUS HOOPER, b. July 26, 1830.
He emigrated to Texas in February 1836 from Tipton Co. Tennessee with his wife, Isabella and family. For his three months service in 1836, he received 320 acres of Bounty land in 1840. He used it to receive a patent of 90 acres in Panola County on the Murvalis Bayou. He received a headright certificate for a league and labor in Shelby County on February 1, 1838 12 Hooper was paid as surveyor for establishing the line between Shelby County and Panola County, and also between Panola and Harrison Counties. He was elected for several terms as the official Shelby County Surveyor, signing his survey papers as Rich Hooper. Richard died June 18, 1855 on his way to Shreveport to sell cotton. He was buried in the Hooper-May Cemetery. Pierce Berdett Hooper of Panola County remembered the headstone's approximate location from his frequent visits to the cemetery with his family. He pointed it out to his granddaughter, Heidi Parker Martin in 1996. He also reported that about 75 graves were there. Richard's tombstone and others were taken from the cemetery during the period between 1960 and 1980 when the cemetery was repeatedly vandalized. About 1960, the cemetery was examined and names on remaining tombstones were recorded in a book, "MY DEAD", by Shelby County historian, J. B. Sanders. These records were later used as the base for the Shelby County Historical Society to add new burial documentation on their website.Noting the names of Hooper and May listed on many of the stones, the historian referred to the cemetery as Hooper-May Cemetery as there were five tombstones with Hooper names and five with May names surviving the vandalism.
NOTE: Richards mother was
Sally Gates Obediah's second wife.
Obediah Hooper (1755 - 1839)
Isabella Shaw Hooper (1788 - 1860)
Mary Elizabeth Hooper Sanders/Alford (1811 - 1853)*
John Jefferson Hooper (1812 - 1879)*
Catherine Caroline Hooper Wiseman (1817 - 1855)*
James Monroe Hooper (1818 - 1893)*
Others believed to be buried here:
Isabella Hooper b. January 19, 1788 d. February 4, 1860
William M. Hooper b. April 7, 1804 d. Aug. 4, 1840
Hillier Rosseau Hooper b. Nov. 17, 1827 d. October 27, 1837
Obediah Columbus Hooper b. July 26, 1830 d. unknown
William Hamilton Sanders b. April 5, 1805 d. May 11, 1836
Daniel M. Wiseman b. April 15, 1817 d. March 12, 1846
Caroline C. Wheeler April 15, 1817 d. May 30, 1855
John Jefferson Hooper b. August 26, 1812 d. November 9, 1879
Attazora Hooper b. May 24, 1818 d. bet 1870-1880
Mary Francis Hooper b. abt 1840 d. bet 1860-1870
Adaline Hooper b. abt 1845 d. bet 1850-1860
Richard L. Hooper b. abt 1850 d. bet 1860-1870
Susan Ann Hooper b. April 24, 1829 d. September 14, 1860
Elizabeth Hooper d. July 28, 1847 (dau. B. F.)
Charlotte Hooper d. Feb 7, 1847 (who is this?)
Francis Marion Hooper d. Sept 13, 1885
Created by: Charles W. Sanders
Record added: Aug 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28949086