William Markham VanHook

Male 1854 - 1925


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  • Born  9 Jan 1854  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  25 Dec 1925  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  27 Dec 1925  Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Benjamin Franklin VanHook,   b. 24 Jan 1830, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1910, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  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 
    Family 1  Lucia (Lucy) Ann Morgan,   b. 22 Mar 1859, Somerset, Pulaski Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1912, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1874  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • 1880 US Census - Dist 90, Pct 12, Pulaski Co., KY
      Marcum Vanhook, 24, b. KY, farmer
      Lucy Vanhook, 19, b. KY
      Emily J. Vanhook, 5, b. KY
      John Vanhook, 3, b. KY

      1900 US Census - Springfield Ward 8, Greene Co., MO
      (note: census index shows surname as "Van Hoose")
      William Van Hook, 46, b. Jun 1854, KY, car repair
      Lucia A Van Hook, 41, b. Mar 1859, KY
      John S Van Hook, 24, b. Mar 1876, KY
      Laurena G Whicher, 20, b. Mar 1880, NE, boarder

      1910 US Census - Dist 43, Springfield Ward 8, Greene Co., MO
      William Vanhook, 56, b. KY, carpenter on bridge
      Lucy A. Vanhook, 51, b. KY
      Lucile Vanhook, 8, b. KY, grandaughter
    Children 
     1. Emily J VanHook,   b. Abt 1875, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Samuel VanHook,   b. 11 Mar 1876, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1959, Mineral, Jasper, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F1048  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Geneva,   b. Abt 1875, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Between 1913 and 1920 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • 1920 US Census - Springfield Ward 5, Greene Co., MO
      William M Vanhook, 65, b. KY
      Geneva Vanhook, 45, b. MO
      Allie L Vanhook, 17, b. MO
      Willie O Vanhook, 15, b. MO

      These 2 children (Allie & Willie) would be Geneva's children from an earlier marriage, and William VanHook's step-children.
    Children 
     1. Allie L. VanHook,   b. Abt 1903, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Willie O. VanHook,   b. Abt 1905, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F270  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).

  • Notes 
    • From "The Frisco Employes' Magazine", February 1926, page 25

      In Memoriam
      William M. VanHook, pensioned section laborer, passed away on Christmas day.
      He was born on January 9, 1854, at Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky, and began work with the Frisco in January, 1900, as a freight car repairer at the north Springfield shops. He also served in the bridge and building department and later as section laborer and crossing watchman, at Springfield. His retirement was due to his having reached the age limit of seventy years.

      He received a monthly pension allowance of $20.00 and during the time he was on the pension roll had received an aggregate of $380.00.

      Index to the Register of the Alms House (see below)
      Greene County, MO - 1916-1955
      Book 2, page 11, line 149

      William VanHook, age 60, admitted 7 Nov 1925, dismissed 20 Dec 1925
      Remarks - "Mrs. VanHook"

      (note: believed his age is listed wrong or is a transcription error - William was 71 at this time)

      In Missouri, county government was legally bound to provide that "poor persons shall be relieved, maintained and supported by the county of which they are inhabitants" (Missouri R.S. 1909@1333). The county treasurer had to maintain a separate fund for this purpose. The statutes further provided that "aged, infirm, lame, blind or sick persons who are unable to support themselves and when there are no other persons required by law and able to maintain them, shall be deemed poor persons."

      In Greene County the County Poor Farm was charged with the care of indigent and ill citizens who had no other resources for care. This agency was later known as the County Home and in 1955 became Sunshine Acres. The facility closed in 1978.

      Missouri Death Certificate # 36100