Obediah Hooper, Jr. ..Obituary: "Another Revolutionary Patriot gone ! Died at his residence near Pickensville, Ala., on the 31st.of May, in the 84th year of his age. Mr. Hooper was born in Lunenburg Co., Va., on the 15th of Dec. 1755, where he resided until the outbreak of that glorious struggle which gave us our independence. He early engaged in that struggle as a regular soldier until the close of the war. He heard the Declaration of Independence when first read by the immortal Jefferson. He fought at the battle of Bunker Hill. He was also at Trenton and was one of those who gave new impulse to the cause of freedom by gaining that important battle. He was one of those who crossed the Delaware under the godlike eye of the immortal Washington to attack the British and Hessians at Princeton. Here, he has often been heard to say; "the blood marked the ground as it trickled from his shoeless feat." He was at the storming of Stony Point: he was at Gates' defeat and had charge of the ammunition wagons on that occasion, but blew them up in order to prevent them from falling into the hands of the British. He was at the memorable seige and battle of Yorktown and had the honor to see Cornwallis surrender his sword. He was likewise at the Battle of Brandywine and was wounded twice in that engagement, once from a musket ball, and once from a stab of a bayonet, and there is no doubt that the wound received on that occasion hastened somewhat his death, even at this remote period - - - - has left an affectionate wife and a, large number of children and grandchildren." ~ .. South Alabamian from Huntsville Democrat, June 29, 1839. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Source KVG: Obediah Hooper Jr. enlisted in the Revolutionary Army three times. He belonged to the 1st Virginia Regiment commanded by Patrick Henry,. (speech giver himself) Obediah Hooper Jr. fought at Gates Defeat and blew up munitions wagons to prevent them from being captured by the British. Obediah was discharged at Guilford Court House NC in 1781 . He again volunteered and was a bodyguard for General Lafayette and was at the surrrender of Cornwallis. His Pension applications is #W9482-VA B.D.-W126811-16055, National archives in Washington D.C. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
(Gen Soc Film 971,322 Rev War pension Applications W9482 And BLWt (Bounty Land Warrent) 26811-160-55) The official awarding of the pensions reads : Obediah Hooper of Alabama served as a private in the corps commanded by Capt. Ballard of the regiment commanded by Col. Henry in the Virginia area for one year from 1775.
In Obediahs Pension application he appeared before open courthouse State of Alabama, Pickens Co. 20 th day of September 1833 and made the following declaration: After being duly sworn, to obtain the benefit passed by act of Congress June 7, 1832. That he entered the service of the U.S. as a regular soldier in October 1775 and belonged to the 1st Virginia Regiment commanded by Col. Patrick Henry of Virginia, Frank Epps , Major, Robt. Ballard Captain, F. Garland 1st Lt. , Claiborn Larson, Ensign. that he served for the space of one year in that capacity, under the enlistment aforesaid, that during said period he was at the battle of the Long Bridge near Norfork Virginia 9th Dec 1775. Col. Lewis of N. C. , he believes commanded during the engagement, his company officers aforesaid. That he resided in the County of Lunenburg Va.,at the time of his enlistment.. that he marched through Amelia, Dunwoody,Chesterfield, and Elizabeth City, and James City to Williamsburg that the second contintental regiment commanded by Col.Woodford as he believes, served with them at Norfork when burnt by Lord Dunmore. He mentions the names of Capt. Tolifirs? of the second regt. Capt. Fountain and Capt. Gipson as regular officers whom he knew during this campaign all of the 2nd regiment that he has no documentary evidence, and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service, that he was discharged at Old Williamsburg, Va. That in May of 1780 he volunteered,Edward Stephens commanded the brigade, John Glen, Col., Boykin Major, Sylvanus Walker, Capt., Wm. Raunphat? Lt., served 6 months, was discharged at Guilford Old Courthouse N. Carolina during this campaign was in the battle near Camden S. Carolina , called Gates Defeat., and twice wounded in the right leg (scars visible) was in no other engagement during this campaign: that when he entered the army as a volunteer aforesaid he lived in the County of Lunenburg Va. , and during the campaigh passed through many countys of N. Carolina and S. Carolina, not now remembered, and into Kershaw district in S. Carolina in the company of other regiments,this campaign not now remembered. He mentions the names of General Gates, General De Calb, Stephens, and Caswell as Officers he knew and whom he served during this campaigh that he has no documentary evidence and that the knows of no person whose testimony the can procure who can testify to his service. that he was discharged at Guilford courthouse N. Carolina. That in May of 1781 he togather with 59 others volunteered as light horsemen,chose their own officers, and furnished their own horses and equipage their officers were Zachariah Lee, Capt., Obediah Hooper the applicant , lieutenant . they were never commisioned or discharged but served until the surrender of Cornwallis, , at which surrender, he the applicant was present. That during this campaign he marched through the counties of Loui?,Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Charles City and Jas. City that in this campaign we were generally with General Lafayette and acted as his bodyguard, that he has no documentary evidence, and he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service. That during his residence in Greenville District, South Carolina, his house was burnt and with it his discharges. that he was born in the year of 1755, December 15, as appears upon record in his (applicants) own family bible, now at his residence in the county and state aforesaid transcribed from his father's family bible: that since the Revolution the applicant has resided in the counties of Lunenburg and Halifax Virginia, from whence he removed to Greenville Dist, South Carolina and there resided 6 years, and from thence removed to Georgia, Franklin County where he resided 18 years; from thence he removed to the State of Tennessee, Bedford Co, where he resided near six years: from thence to Alabama, Tuscaloosa County, from thence to Pickins County, Alabama, where he now resides, he has resided about sixteen or seventeen years in the last mentioned state. How long he resided in Virginia after the revolution before his removal to S. Carolina he does not now remember. During his residence in Georgia, he was elected a member of the convention that framed the constitution of that State. he hereby relinquishes every claim whatsowever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state that he is aware of . Sworn to and subscribed this the day and year aforesaid . ss Obediah Hooper +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Obediah Jr. was married three times, 1. Sally Gates 2. Elizabeth Carter 3. Sarah B. Sanders