Family: Benjamin Franklin VanHook/Lydia Jane Reynolds (F1042)

m. 27 Aug 1851


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  • Benjamin Franklin VanHookFather | Male
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook

    Born  24 Jan 1830  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    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
    Married  27 Aug 1851  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Martin L. VanHook | F1041 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Eleanor (Ellen) Thompson | F1041 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Lydia Jane Reynolds

    Born  26 Jul 1829  Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  12 Aug 1897  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  Jesse Reynolds | F1165 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Elizabeth Barnes | F1165 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    John Mchenry (Mack) VanHook

    Born  10 Jun 1852   
    Died  10 May 1910   
    Buried    Woodstock Cemetery, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Rachel N. Roberts | F1043 
    Married  21 Sep 1876  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    William Markham VanHook

    Born  9 Jan 1854  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    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
    Spouse  Lucia (Lucy) Ann Morgan | F1048 
    Married  Abt 1874  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Geneva | F270 
    Married  Between 1913 and 1920   

    Child 3 | Male
    Robert Newton VanHook

    Born  15 Apr 1856  Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1931   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Tyranda D. Ping | F1049 
    Married  22 Jan 1885  Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Nancy Jane Ping | F1050 
    Married  25 Mar 1886  Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location

    Samuel Monroe VanHookChild 4 | Male
    Samuel Monroe VanHook

    Born  29 May 1859  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  15 Jul 1926  Stanford, Lincoln, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  18 Jul 1926  Buffalo Springs Cemetery, Lincoln, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Annie E. Inabnitt | F1056 
    Married  26 Dec 1878  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Mary Sears Helms | F1055 
    Married  Abt 1919   

    Child 5 | Male
    James Flemmon VanHook

    Born  8 Apr 1862  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  6 Jun 1947  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  8 Jun 1947  Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Laura Ann Murrell | F1133 
    Married  5 Feb 1891  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location

    Elizabeth Ellen VanHookChild 6 | Female
    Elizabeth Ellen VanHook

    Born  12 Jun 1865  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 May 1948  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Danforth Cemetery, Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  John Franklin Denney | F1137 
    Married  11 Apr 1880   
    Spouse  Alexander Jackson Hall | F3065 
    Married  1907   

    Child 7 | Male
    Benjamin Franklin VanHook

    Born  23 Jul 1867   
    Died  24 Feb 1920   
    Buried  27 Feb 1920  Friendship Church Cemetery, Rockcastle, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Nancy A. (Nanna) Goff | F1138 
    Married  22 Dec 1887  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 8 | Male
    Josiah S. VanHook

    Born  4 Feb 1870   
    Died  16 Jan 1955  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Cassandra L Debord | F1140 
    Married  3 Apr 1889   
    Spouse  Lydia Jane Spires | F1141 
    Married  14 Sep 1904   

  • Notes  Married:
    • 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