|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1803|
Obadiah Hooper,Sr. was born 1720 in Hanover County VA. His ancestors came form Linkingshore County, Cornwall, England. Obadiah was a tobacco farmer in Lunenburg County, VA. In 1752, he bought 301 acres of land on the Meherrin River and lived there until 1783. Obadiah and Massilva sold out to James Jones in 1783. Obadiah supported the American Revolution He is listed in the "Patriots Index". Abstract of record is as follows: Southern Expedition 4. Obediah Hooper for Wagon hire, furnished the Militia ordered to the South as per ditto all by ditto E15, 2 of E5, L. 6.18 31 18" establishing proof for membership in D.A.R., and S.A.R.) and six of his seven sons fought for the Patriots. The family migrated to South Carolina. After the war, in 1785, he obtained land grants from the South Carolina, 96th District. In the late 1780's, he and his family moved into the State of Georgia and in August of 1789, he purchased 150 acres of land in Franklin County, GA from James Little. Obadiah helped establish the county and was Justice of the Peace from 1796-1798. Obadiah died on April 6, 1803 in Franklin County, GA. His last will and testament was proved 8/3/1804. Children named in will are Mary White, James, Thomas, John, Obediah Jr., Matthew, Nancy Goodlett, Richard, Milla Munro, Susannah and Perry.
Will of Obadiah Hooper, Sr.
In the name of God, Amen, I, Obediah Hooper of the State of Georgia and the County of Franklin, being sickly and weak of body, but of sound mind and perfect memory, thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life, have made, ordained, constituted and appointed this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other will or wills by me heretofore made; declaring this only to be my last will and testament. In manner and form following, viz:
First; I give and bequeath to my soul to God, my Great Creator, hoping through the mediation of Jesus Christ to receive remission of all my sins, my body I leave to be decently buried at the direction of my executors hereafter named, and as to what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bestow on me, I give and bequeath in the following manner. viz; I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary White, one Negro boy named, Bob.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son James, one hundred dollars, Thomas Hooper, John Hooper, Obediah Hooper, and Matthew Hooper, my sons to pay to James twenty-five dollars each of them.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas, one Negro man named Bob, the son of Jamy Item, - I give and bequeath to my son William, one Negro boy named Jim.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Obediah, one Negro girl named Jamy, the Judge.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Richard, one Negro girl named Tamar.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Goodlett, one Negro woman named Anaka and her child Lidia.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Amelia Monroe, two hundred and twenty dollars.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son John, one Negro named Jude Item.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna Ferry, during her life time and then to the heirs of her body, one Negro girl named Lucy.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Matthew, one Negro man named Ned. Old Jim to be sold to some of the legatees. All of my other property not named to be sold the the best of advantage, giving a reasonable time of credit, and to what it shall fall short of two hundred and twenty dollars, then the above Negroes to be hired out until such balance shall be made up.
Item, The above Negroes together with all their future Increase, I give and bequeath in manner as above mentioned, to them and their heirs forever, and I do and also appoint and nominated my beloved sons, James and John Hooper, my executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and disannulling, all will or wills by me hereafter made, and hereby declaring this to be my last will and testament in writing. Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal, this sixteenths day of July in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred (1800).
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us, David Humphreys, William King, John Humphreys.
OBEDIAH HOOPER (Seal)
Georgia, Franklin County
I, E. A. Phillips, Ordinary of said county, do certify that the above is a true and correct copy of the record as the same appears in Will Book from 1790to 1812, page 47 in my office.
E. A. Phillips, Ordinary
His will dated July 16, 1800, recorded at LaGrange, Georgia, probated April 6, 1803, executives of his will were his beloved sons, James and John Hooper.
Massilva Brookes Hooper (1723 - 1800)*
Susannah Hooper Perry*
Amelia Hooper Monroe*
James Hooper (1746 - 1836)*
William Hooper (1749 - 1816)*
Obediah Hooper (1755 - 1839)*
Richard Brookes Hooper (1756 - 1846)*
Nancy Ann Hooper Goodlett (1762 - 1843)*
Matthew Brooks Hooper (1768 - 1856)*
Note: The part of Franklin County where he lived is now Banks County
Created by: Charles W. Sanders
Record added: Jul 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39780276