Samuel VanHook, Jr.

Male Abt 1750 - Abt 1809


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  • Suffix  Jr. 
    Born  Abt 1750 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Abt 1809  Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Samuel VanHook, Sr,   b. 15 Nov 1733, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1809, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family  Living 
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F1355  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Samuel VanHook Jr. Preemption Certificate - 17 Jan 1780, for 400 acres in Kentucky (assigned immediately to Jacob Myers)
    Samuel VanHook Jr. Preemption Certificate - 17 Jan 1780, for 400 acres in Kentucky (assigned immediately to Jacob Myers)
    Kentucky County Va

    We do hereby Certify that Samuel Vanhook junr is entitled to the preemption of Four hundred acres of land at the State price in the District of Kentucky On Account of making an Actual Settlement in the Month of March 1779 lying about one & a half Miles North East of the Buffalo Road leading from Riddles Station to the lower blue licks & about five Miles from the said Station. Given under our hands at Bryants Station on Elkhorn Creek this 17th day of January 1780.

    (signed) William Fleming, Stephen Trigg, Edmond Lynes

    Test John Williams

    (on back)

    The Warrant for this Certificate to be entered with the County Survey on or before the 26th of June 1780.

    For Value Received I do hereby assign over all my Rights and Title to the within mentioned Land to Jacob Myers.

    John Martin for Samuel VanHook Jr.
    Teste: Azariah Davies

  • Notes 
    • SAMUEL VANHOOK JR., son of Samuel VanHook was born about 1750. He may have been born in New Jersey. (It is possible that Samuel Jr. is a nephew or some other relation of Samuel Sr., but they were living in the same household at various times, and seemed to migrate to other places together.)

      Samuel Jr. lived in Orange County, North Carolina, probably with his father. The first record of Samuel Jr. is in a deed proved there in January of 1769. He moved with his father to central Kentucky in the late 1770's and claimed preemption of 400 acres there in 1779. He is shown in Kentucky tax lists as living in the same household as his father as late as 1790.

      Samuel Jr. signed a number of early Kentucky petitions. He served as a private in Captain Gatliff's company of volunteers in 1780 in Kentucky. He may have been captured at Martin's Station along with his father, but there is no proof of this. In the 1790's he appears in the Harrison County tax lists owning 50 acres (while his father was living in Campbell County). In 1797 he served as a Lieutenant in the local militia.

      I believe Samuel Jr. is the Samuel VanHook that married Sarah Morgan in Harrison Co., Ky. 25 February 1809. They were married by Charles Webb. The marriage bond was issued 4 days earlier on 21 February. This may have been a marriage of Samuel Sr., but I doubt that he would marry again at the age of 73. A James Johnson was the surety on this marriage bond, who was probably Samuel Jr.'s brother-in-law (the husband of Samuel Jr.'s sister Margaret).

      While this may have been Samuel Jr.'s first and only marriage (no other marriage records have been found, and he was living with his father until close to the age of 40), it was most likely not the first marriage for Sarah. No Samuel is found in Harrison County tax lists after this 1809 marriage, but a Sarah VanHook is found in the 1810 and 1820 census there. Possibly Samuel died soon after the marriage and left Sarah with her children from a previous marriage.


      Jan 1769 - Orange County, North Carolina, Deed Book 3, page 513 - (deed was proved in the January Court of 1769). Hosea Tapley to John Pryor 13 Pounds N. Fork of Flat River, 100 acres conveyed to Tapley from Hon. Thos. Chile Esq. 14 Oct. 1761. signed Hosea Tapley, witnessed Hosea Tapley Jr., Saml VanHook Jr., and Samuel VanHook.

      17 Jan 1772 - Orange County, North Carolina, Deed Book 3, page 366. Between Samuel VanHook of County of Orange, North Carolina, and Alexander Rose & Co. of the County and & Province aforesaid, 17 pounds Virginia Money for 82 acres, part of a parcel granted to Samuel VanHook by Hosea Tapley by a deed dated 18 Nov. 1768. signed Samuel VanHook, witnessed John Lea, Samuel VanHook Jr.

      March 1779 - Court of Virginia Land Commission. Sam'l VanHook Jr this day claimed a preempt. of 400 Acres of Land at the State price in the district of Kentucky lying about 11/2 Miles N.E. of the buffaloe road leading from Riddles Station to the lower Blue licks & 5 Miles from the s'd Station by making an actual Settlem'n in the Month of March 1779. Satisfactory proof being made to the Court they are of Opinion that the s'd VanHook has a right to a preemption of 400 Acres of land to include the above location & that a Cert iss'e accordingly.

      17 March 1780 to 26 June 1780 - Illinois Papers of Clark's Campaigns, Doc. 33. Samuel VanHook and Samuel VanHook Jr. were enlisted in Captain Charles Gatliff's company for the defense of Martin's Station on 17 March 1780. The sargeants of this company were Samuel VanHook and George Loveless. Among the privates of this company were Samuel VanHook Jr. and John Loveless. All of these men appear on 2 payroll lists for this company in the Illinois Papers. (See Harding's George Rogers Clark and His Men.) This company lasted until the destruction of Ruddle's and Martin's Stations on June 24th and June 26th respectively. (Because these payrolls are contained in Clark's Illinois papers, I have seen references that contend Samuel VanHook served in Illinois with Clark. From investigation of these papers it is obvious that Samuel did not go to Illinois. The company he was in only served in Kentucky.)

      25 November 1785 - Petitions of the Early Inhabitants of Kentucky (to the General Assembly of Virginia 1769 to 1792). Petition No. 28 - Samuel VanHook and Samuel VanHook Jr. signed a petition to request for division of Fayette County. (This division occurred in 1786 when Bourbon County was formed.)

      8 Dec 1785 - Samuel VanHook Jr. signs receipt for land he sold to William Haddin (from 1788 Bourbon Co., KY court records)

      To Hereby Certify that I Received of William Haddin four pounds Lawful Money of Virginia in parte of pay for the Land that I sold to him Given My hand 8 Day of December 1785 Samuel Vanhook (signature)

      26 October 1786 - Petitions of the Early Inhabitants of Kentucky (to the General Assembly of Virginia 1769 to 1792). Petition No. 33 - Samuel VanHook Jr. signed a petition to protest the division of Bourbon County into 3 counties.

      10 September 1787 - Bourbon Co., Ky. Tax Lists (District of John Waller, page 7 - also page 24) - Person from whom tax is due: Samuel VanHook. White males older than 21 in household: Samuel VanHook and Samuel VanHook, 2 horses, 11 cattle.

      1788 - Bourbon Co., KY Court Records

      [front cover] Hadden vs Vanhook Lease August [ ] confessed by Def March 1788 Special Imparlance April N aft will ST Mar 88 [ ] for Pltf Hadden vs Vanhook Jur. Subpd Vanhook & William Executed C Moore DS

      [full page] Haddan vs Sam'l Vanhook Jur. Executed The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of Bourbon County greeting you are hereby commanded to summon Samuel Vanhook Sen. & John Williams to appear before the Justice of our said county at the courthouse on the third tuesday in August next to testify and the truth to say in behalf of William Hadden in a certain matter of controversy in our said Court depending & undetermined between said William Hadden Plt. & Sam'l Vanhook Junr deft. and their they shall in no wise omit under the Penalty of 100 pounds and have then there this writ witness John Edwards clerk of our said court at the Courthouse this 27th day of May 1788. In the 12th year of the Commonwealth Test. John Edwards Cl. B. C.

      To Hereby Certify that I Received of William Haddin four pounds Lawful Money of Virginia in parte of pay for the Land that I sold to him Given My hand 8 Day of December 1785 Samuel Vanhook (signature)

      The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of Bourbon county greeting you are hereby .. Samuel Vanhook Jur. if he be found in your Baliwick & ... you have his body before the Justice of our said County at the ... the third Tuesday in March next to answer William ... Trespass on the Case damage 10 pounds and have them there ... John Edwards clerk of our siad court this 16th day of June ... 12th year of the Commonwealth Test John Edward CBC Bourbon

      William Hadden complains of Samuel Vanhook junior in custody and so forth for that whereas the said Defendant on the day of the year 178- at the parish of Kentucky and county aforesaid was in debt to the said Plaintiff in the sum of four pounds Lawful money for he like sum of money by him the said Defendant before that Time had and received to the use of said Plaintiff and being so indebted he the said Defendant afterwards (that is to say) the same day and year at the parish of Kentucky and County aforesaid in Consideration these then and there undertook and faithfully promised that he the said Defendant would & will and truly Content and pay to the said Plaintiff the said sum of five pounds whenever after he should be thereunto required Nevertheless the said Defendant not regarding his promise and undertaking aforesaid but contriving and [ ] craftily and [ ] this particular hath not paid the said sum of money to the said Plaintiff [ ] he the said Defendant hath been often requested thereto by the siad Plaintiff at the parish of Kentucky and county aforesaid But he the said Plaintiff hath and [ ] doth refuse to pay the same wherefore the said Plaintiff saith that he is [ ] to the value of ---------- Pounds & therefore he brings suit. Hall for Pltff ]

      1788 - Bourbon Co., Ky. Tax Lists (District of John Waller, page 11) - Person from whom tax is due: Samuel VanHook. White males older than 21 in household: Samuel VanHook and Samuel VanHook, 1 white male 16 to 21, 2 horses.

      1789 - Bourbon Co., Ky. Tax Lists - Person from whom tax is due: Samuel VanHook. 2 White tithables, 2 horses.

      1790 - Bourbon Co., Ky. Tax Lists - Person from whom tax is due: Samuel VanHook sen'r. 2 White tithables, 2 horses. This is the last entry for Samuel showing 2 white males over 21, and also the only entry showing Samuel senior explicitly.

      22 May 1790 - Bourbon Co., Ky. Marriages - (Samuel Jr. attest to his father's signature on the permission paper for his sister Elizabeth's marriage to John Scott.) Permission paper reads: "Sir, An intention of Marriage is between the Bearer hereof Mr. John Scott, & my Daughter Elizabeth Vanhook, She is of full age, & my consent is not necessary to the Granting of License, were it they have it & pray Sir you will Issue them". Signed by Samuel Vanhook, Test: by Benj. Harrison and Saml Vanhook. Marriage was registered by Augustine (Austin) Eastin, minister.

      17 April 1797 - Kentucky Historical Society Register, Vol. 22, Page 151.Index to Kentucky Military Certificates, Samuel VanHook was appointed a Lieutenant in the Harrison County Militia. (I believe this is Samuel Jr., as Samuel Sr. would be 64 years old at this time and living in Campbell County.)

      25 February 1809 - Harrison Co., Ky. Marriages. Samuel VanHook and Sarah Morgan. James Johnson was surety on this bond. James Johnson was Samuel's brother-in-law, married to his sister Margaret VanHook.

      1810 - Harrison Co., Ky. Census, page 322 - Sary Vanhook, 1 female over 45, 2 females 16-26, 2 females under 10, 1 male 26-45, 1 male 16-26, 1 male 10-16, 2 males under 10.

      1820 - Harrison Co., Ky. Census, page 194 - Sarah Vanhook, 1 female 26 to 45, 1 female over 45.