Benjamin Franklin VanHook

Benjamin Franklin VanHook

Male 1830 - 1910

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  • Born  24 Jan 1830  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  26 Feb 1910  Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Friendship Church Cemetery, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Martin L. VanHook,   b. 8 Aug 1809, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Eleanor (Ellen) Thompson,   b. 28 Feb 1812, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1897, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family  Lydia Jane Reynolds,   b. 26 Jul 1829, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1897, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 Aug 1851  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
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    • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN VANHOOK, oldest child of Martin VanHook and Eleanor Thompson was born 24 January 1830 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. This is the birthdate as shown on Benjamin's tombstone.

      Benjamin married Lydia Jane Reynolds 27 August 1851 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Lydia was born 25 July 1829 as given on her tombstone. They were married by the Rev. Martin Owens. Their marriage was never recorded in the county records, but it can be found in the records of the Rev. Owens. (These records are in the possession of some of Owens descendants, and are listed in Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 8, page 60.)

      Benjamin and his family lived in Pulaski County continuously. In the 1880 census they are shown as living in the Woodstock district. Late in life, Lydia Jane was placed in a "home" in Mt. Vernon, Ky., suffering from mental health problems. After her death, the closed coffin was sent to the from the "home" with instructions not to open it (this according to Charles Fred VanHook). After his wife died in 1897, Benjamin lived with his son, Benjamin Jr., and is listed in their household in the 1900 census.

      Benjamin lived to be 80 years old, and during his later years he had a quite a long beard. He went to Missouri with his children in the early 1900's and attended the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. While he was there he had his portrait made and a picture taken with some of his children. According to Fred VanHook, Benjamin's grandson, he ran a legal still making whiskey for a time.

      Benjamin died 26 February 1910 and is buried in the Friendship Church cemetery on highway 461 in Rockcastle Co., Ky. (near the Pulaski-Rockcastle County line). His wife had died 13 years earlier, 12 August 1897, and is buried next to him. Benjamin's children were members of Friendship church and buried their father there. The church is no longer standing, but the cemetery is still used and is well maintained.

      22 June 1860 - Pulaski County, Ky., Census, District 1, page 87 - gives the following names and ages (all born Kentucky):

      Benj Vanhook jr., 29 Farm laborer
      Jane, 27
      John M., 10
      Markum, 8
      Newton, 5
      Samuel, 1

      1880 - Pulaski County, Ky., Census, Woodstock District, Volume 25, Enumeration District 92, sheet 7, line 1 - gives the following names and ages (all born Kentucky):

      Benjamin Vanhook, 50
      Liddis J., wife, 50
      Robbert N., son, 23
      James F., son, 18
      Benjamin F., son, 13
      Josiah S., son 10

      1900 - Pulaski County, Ky., Census, Magistrate District #4, Volume 65, Enumeration District 111, sheet 1, line 38 - gives the following names and ages (all born Kentucky):

      Benjamin F. Vanhook born Jan 1830 age 70
      Benjamin F. Jr. sonJuly 186732
      Nannie A. dau./lawSept 186435
      William M. gr. sonOct 188811
      James N. gr. sonSept 18909
      Bessie M. gr. dau.Apr 18937
    Children 
     1. John Mchenry (Mack) VanHook,   b. 10 Jun 1852,   d. 10 May 1910
     2. William Markham VanHook,   b. 9 Jan 1854, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1925, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Robert Newton VanHook,   b. 15 Apr 1856, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931
     4. Samuel Monroe VanHook,   b. 29 May 1859, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1926, Stanford, Lincoln, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. James Flemmon VanHook,   b. 8 Apr 1862, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1947, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth Ellen VanHook,   b. 12 Jun 1865, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1948, Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Benjamin Franklin VanHook,   b. 23 Jul 1867,   d. 24 Feb 1920
     8. Josiah S. VanHook,   b. 4 Feb 1870,   d. 16 Jan 1955, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F1042  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910) and Children - 1904 St. Louis Exposition
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910) and Children - 1904 St. Louis Exposition
    This photo was taken in 1904 at the St. Louis Exposition (World's Fair). This exposition was one of the worlds all time great events. A huge city was built to commemorate the Lousiana purchase of 1804. Dioramas, a ferris wheel, industrial and agricultural exhibits, and native peoples from all over the world were there, displaying their respective cultures.

    Here's a terrific site with many links to pictures from the 1904 event (ExpoMuseum)

    Sitting (left to right) are: Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910), his daughter Elizabeth Ellen VanHook (1865-1948), and his son Samuel Monroe VanHook (1859-1926). Standing are Benjamin's sons William Marcum VanHook (born 1855) and James Fleming VanHook (born 1862).
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910)
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook (1830-1910)
    Photo was taken in 1904 at the St. Louis Exposition (World's Fair).