Dr James Lawrence VanHook

Male Abt 1761 - 1852


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    Born  Abt 1761  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Between Oct 1852 and May 1853  Jackson, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Andrew, Jackson, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Dr. Lawrence VanHook,   b. Abt 1724, Freehold, Monmouth, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1797 and 1805, Maurice River, Cumberland, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary,   d. Aft Oct 1812, Maurice River, Cumberland, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family 1  Elizabeth Reeves,   b. 21 Sep 1779,   d. 20 Jun 1822, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1796  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Married:
    • DAR Chapter in Jackson County, Iowa named after him. See Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots Buried in Iowa, published for the Iowa Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1978, pp. 115-118. (However, another book, The Vaughn Shipwrights of Kensington, by David Gauer, shows evidence that this person is NOT the Revolutionary War hero, but rather his son.)

      Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War, Compiled by William Scudder Stryker, Published 1872, T. Nicholson & Co
      Page 779 - Lawrence VanHook, Cape May

      The History of Cape May County, New Jersey: From the Aboriginal Times to the Present Day, Lewis Townsend Stevens, 1897 - page 198 lists Lawrence VanHook of Cape May as serving in the militia during the Revolutionary War (it's noted that the lists in this book were taken from William Scudder Stryker's compilations).

      #409; Joseph LONG & Lawrence VANHOOK Jr, both of Maurice River in the County of Cumberland,
      yeomen... [bound to]... William LIVINGSTON, Governor... 500 pounds... 27 Aug 1785. ... Contract
      of Marriage between the s'd Joseph LONG... and Elizabeth VANHOOK... [w] Jonath'n ELMER

      Date: Monday, 17 March 1806
      Paper: True American (Trenton, NJ)
      Volume: VI Issue: 263 Page: 4
      "By Virtue of a Writ of Fieri Facias to me directed, issued out of the Court of Chancery of the State of New Jersey, will be exposed to sale at Public Vendue, on Wednesday the 16th day of April next, between the hours of 12 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon of said day, at the court house in Bridgetown, in the county of Cumberland, two tracts of land, situate in the township of Maurice River, joining land of Daniel Heisler, James Edwards, William Silvers and others, the two tracts of land said to contain 75 acres, be the same or or less; together with all the lands of the defendant. Seized as the property of Brazilia Endecott, and taken in execution at the suit of Lawrence Van Hook, and to be sold by ENOCH BURGIN, late sheriff, February 10th, 1806."

      https://archive.org/stream/southjerseyhisto00hest#page/n7/mode/2up
      South Jersey : A History, 1664-1924, Editor in Chief Albert M. Heston, 1924, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. Volume I, page 434, Old County Records - Gloucester Co., NJ
      Expenses for year ending 12 May 1822 (recorded in 1824)
      Dr. Lawrence VanHook presented a bill for twelve dollars

      University of Pennsylvania, Medical Department Matriculants, 1806-1852
      Benjamin R. Van Hook, 1814 (student # 259)
      Law. Van Hook of Cumberland Co., NJ, 1813 (student # 199)
      (note - this record merely indicates these men were enrolled in at the University in these years - probably for just a few months. Neither of them were granted an M.D. degree by the University).

      Date: Monday, 2 June 1817
      Paper: Washington Whig (Bridgeton, NJ)
      Volume: II Issue: 98 Page: 3
      Advertisement for deliquent taxpayers for the "Direct Tax" of 1816 lists Lawrence VanHook of Maurice River township. If tax was not paid by July 1st (of 1817), then property could be seized and sold to satisfy the tax owed (plus 20%).

      Date: Monday, 28 February 1820
      Paper: Washington Whig (Bridgeton, NJ)
      Volume: V Issue: 241 Page: 1
      "In Chancery of New Jersey, Between Henry Reeves, Complainant, and Lawrence Van Hook and Elizabeth his wife, Timothy Brandiff, & Benjamin B. Cooper, defendants. - On bill, &c, January 18, 1820."

      Date: Monday, 12 June 1820 (also posted multiple times in the newspaper leading up to the sale)
      Paper: Washington Whig (Bridgeton, NJ)
      Volume: V Issue: 256 Page: 4
      "Sheriff's Sale - The Chancery of New Jersey - By Virtue of a Writ of Fieri Facias to me directed, issued out of the Court of Chancery of the State of New Jersey, will be exposed to sale at Public Vendue, on Tuesday the eleventh of July next, between the hours of 12 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon of said day in the County of Cumberland, at the Hotel of Jarvis W. Brewster, in Bridgetown, all of the following described,
      LOT OF LAND
      Situate in the village of Port-Elizabeth, township of Maurice River, bounded and described as follows, viz. Beginning at a stone on the north side of main street, the same being the south-east corner of School House lot, thence binding on the same north ten degrees east, fifteen perches to a stake or stone, in the south side of the street, leading from the Methodist Episcopal Church to Stephen Murphy's, thence binding on same street south eighty degrees east, six perches to a corner, of the said John Garrisons' other lot, thence south ten degrees west and fifteen perches to the street first above mentioned thence binding on the same north eight degrees west six perches to the beginning, containing ninety square perches be the same more or less.
      Seized as the property of Lawrence Van Hook and Elizabeth his wife, Timothy Brandiff, and Benjamin B. Cooper, Defendants, and taken in the execution of the suit of Henry Reeve, Complainant, and to be sold by WM R. FITHIAN, Sheriff.
      May 8th, 1820 - 2m"

      Note - 1830 Cape May census would indicate that Dr. James Lawrence VanHook would have been born between 1770 and 1780.

      1830 US Census - Cape May Co., New Jersey, Dennis Township, p. 246, line 9.
      "Doct Laurence Vanhook (shown as "Wanhock" in ancestry.com index, and as "Hnhock" in familysearch.org index)
      males
      Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1 (this would indicate a birth date of 1770 to 1780)
      Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 7
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7

      1840 US Census - Cape May Co., New Jersey, Dennis Township
      Dr. Lawrence Vanhook
      Males
      Under 5, 1
      5-10, 1
      15-20, 1
      70-80, 1 (this would indicate a birth date of 1760 to 1770)
      Females
      Under 5, 1
      30-40, 1

      In January 1845 a bill was introduced in the New Jersey state legislature to grant a pension ("for the relief of") Laurence Van Hook of Cape May County, NJ. It passed with 33 "Ayes" and 14 "Nays".

      13 Feb 1845 - Acts of the Legislature of the State of New Jersey, Published 1842
      Page 44, An ACT for the relief of Laurence Van Hook, of the county of Cape May.
      BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, as follows: The treasurer of this state be, and he is authorized and required to pay unto Laurence Van Hook, of the county of Cape May, a soldier of the Revolutionary war, or his order, the sum of fifly dollars per annum during his natural life, in semi-annual payments of twenty-five dollars each, the first payment to be made the first day'of March next: and the receipt of the said Laurence Van Hook, or his order, shall be a sufficient voucher to the treasurer in the settlement of his accounts.
      Approved, February 13, 1845

      New Jersey State Archives, Registers of Payments for Pensioners, etc. 1821-1870
      Accession #: 2004-066, Unknown - Series #: STSTR009
      Lawrence Van Hook, Cape May County - pension was paid 1845-1848 - at which time pensioner was marked "deceased"
      Pension Book B, page 56
      Pension Book C, page 22

      Date: Thursday, 27 January 1848
      Paper: Newark Daily Advertiser (Newark, NJ) Page: 2
      New Jersey Pension report - 44 names on the state pension list, 23 men and 21 widows. Lawrence Van Hook of Cape May County is on the list - pension $50, placed on list March 1845.

      Between 1848 and 1850, Lawrence Van Hook moved from New Jersey to Wisconsin. The 1850 Census for LaFayette County, Wisconsin, lists Dr. Van Hook and family living in the Town of New Diggings. The census was taken 21 October 1850. Sometime shortly after that date, Lawrence Van Hook moved to Jackson County, Iowa. In the 1856 Iowa Census for Maquoketa Township, Jackson County, Iowa, members of his family are listed as having lived in the State of Iowa for six years.

      1850 United States Federal Census - New Diggings, Lafayette, Wisconsin
      (note: census record qualifies ages with "about")
      D Van Hook, about 65, Doctor, b. MA
      Juliet Van Hook, about 30, b. US
      Jon Van Hook, about 20, b. US
      William L Van Hook, ditto 15, b. US
      Samuel Van Hook, 10, b. US
      William Dougherty, 24, miner, b. Ireland

      DEATH: Jackson County, Iowa, will book 10 May 1853.

      History of the medical men and of the District Medical Society of the county of Cumberland, New Jersey
      Newark, N.J.: Jennings & Hardham, 1871.

      page 35 - "Pursuant to authority given by the Medical Society of the State of New Jersey, a number of licensed practitioners of medicine of the County of Cumberland met at Bridgeton on the eighth day of December, 1818, for the purpose of organizing and District Medical Society in said county; Drs. Ebenezer Elmer, Wm. B. Ewing, James B. Parvin, Charles Clark, Laurence Van Hook, ..."

      page 61- "Lawrence Van Hook was one of the early members of the District Medical Society. He is said to have lived for a time at Schooner's Landing, a town of considerable importance on the Menantico. From thence he moved to Dennisville, Cape May county, where he continued to reside a number of years, devoting his time very largely to the practice of medicine. The writer has heard but recently an amusing case which occurred in the practice of Dr. Van Hook, and which it may not perhaps be amiss to relate. The doctor was summoned in haste to visit a man who was reported as having sustained a serious injury. He examined the case very critically, and pronounced it one of fractured femur, and getting his apparatus in order, he proceeded to readjust the broken bone. Having watched the case for long tedious weeks, he was rejoiced at the last to see the man again on his feet, and hobbling upon his crutches; But patients to whom the physician has shown the most kindness, are sometimes the first to berate him and malign his character. Thus it was in this instance. The man imagined his case badly managed, and finally brought suit against the doctor for malpractice. The case was tried in court. A committee of physicians was appointed to examine the broken femur, and report upon the degree of deformity. Their decision was awaited with anxiety. At last it came, and was in words to this effect, viz: 'Having examined this case very carefully, we are obliged to report that we see no evidence that the bone was ever broken; there is no deformity existing, and it is our deliberate opinion that the man's leg has never been fractured.' Exit Van Hook and his patient.
      The doctor was not a graduate. He was armed with a license from the State, which in early days, according to Dr. Isaac H. Hampton, was regarded as great a honor as a diploma from any medical college in the Country.
      After having raised a family of children, he became somewhat advanced in years, he caught the western fever, and started in pursuit of a new home. He found a home and a grave among strangers. He died in Jackson County, Iowa."

      History of the counties of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland, New Jersey : with biographical sketches of their prominent citizens Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883, Cushing, Thomas, p. 563, 566, 660. [looks like Cushing took his text on Lawrence Van Hook directly from the Jennings and Hardham 1871 book]
      "Lawrence Van Hook was one of the early members of the District Medical Society. He is said to have lived for a time at Schooner's Landing, a town of considerable importance on the Menantico. From there he moved to Dennisville, Cape May County where he continued to reside a number of years devoting his time very largely to the practice of medicine. The doctor was not a graduate of any medical school. he was armed with a license from the State, which in early days was regarded as great a honor as a diploma from any medical college in the Country; He died in Jackson County, Iowa."

      From: Ken Grace
      To: Matthew VanHook
      Cc: BERNIE_RUDBERG
      Date: Friday, March 13, 1998 9:46 AM
      Subject: Dr. Lawrence's Second or third wife
      >Matthew,
      >I saw your post to the Van Hook List. Bernie, Chris, Allan Hackney, etc., and I had a lot of discussion about a year ago on who is the >second wife of Dr. Lawrence Van Hook. I am of the very strong opinion that she is Judith Grace, who was born in 1810 in Cape May County, NJ.; She was the daughter of John Grace, who served in the Revolution. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any documentary evidence. But there is a "recollection" by someone in the Grace file at the Cape May Historical Society that "daughter" Grace married a Dr. Van Hook.
      >Ken Grace

      WILL OF JAMES L VANHOOK

      I James L Vanhook of the County of Jackson in the State of Iowa do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:

      First. It is my will that my funeral expences & all my Just Debts be fully paid

      Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Julia Vanhook One Cow and all the household furniture not particularly named and otherwise disposed of in this will

      Third. I give and devise to my three sons, to wit, Josiah T Vanhook, William H Vanhook and Samuel M. Vanhook the farm or tract of land on which we now reside situate in the County of Jackson and State of Iowa containing about sixty acres more or less and to their heirs and assigns forever. They being accountable to pay out of said tract or homestead to my two daughters Caroline R. Vanhook and Elizabeth R Henderson the amount bequeathed to them in the following part of this will

      Fourth. I give and devise to my daughter Caroline H. Vanhook thirty dollars to be paid when she arrives at the age of Eighteen years by my three sons Josiah T Vanhook, William H Vanhook and Samuel M Vanhook which sum of Thirty Dollars is to be a Lien on the farm or homestead until paid

      Fifth. I give and devise to my daughter Elizabeth R Henderson Fifty Dollars to be paid by my three sons Josiah P Vanhook William H Vanhook and Samual M Vanhook within One Year after letters of administration are granted on my estate which sum is to be a lien on said farm or homestead until paid

      Sixth. I devise and give unto my daughter Mary Cartee One Dollar to be paid at the final settlement of my estate.

      Seventh. I give unto my son Franklin D Vanhook One Dollar to be paid at the final settlement of my estate

      Eight. I devise and give unto my son Theopholis E Vanhook One Dollar to be paid at the final settlement of my estate

      Ninth. I devise and give unto my son Joseph B Vanhook One Dollar to be paid at the final settlement of my estate

      Tenth. I devise and give to my Grandson Edwin H Leaming all my medical books and stationary

      Eleventh. I devise and give to my daughter Catherine Nevill One Dollar to be paid at the final settlement of my estate.

      And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint Daniel Whitmore and Quincy Day to be my executors and administrators to this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and ratifying this and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second (22) day of October A D One Thousand Eight Hundred & fifty two.
      James Vanhook Seal

      Singed, published & delivered by the above named James L Vanhook land for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request have signed as witnesses to the same

      Daniel Whitmore )
      George W Folty ) Witnesses
      Rate Folty )

      State of Iowa )
      ) ss
      Jackson County )

      I, F. Scarborough Clerk of the County Court and State do hereby certify that
      at the May term of the County Court A D 1853 personally appeared the
      subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will and proved to the satisfaction of
      the Court the signature of said deceased to his last will & testament. And it
      was ordered by the Court that the said will be allowed and recorded

      Witness

      F. Scarborough Clerk of the Court Court with the seal hereto affixed
      at Bellevue this 10th day of May A D 1853
      Attest F. Scarborough Clerk

      Following from: An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties: With an Outline of the Early History of the State of Washington (Google eBook) - Unigraphic, 1904 - Kittitas County (Wash.) - page 569
      The "grandson Edwin H. Leaming" named in James Lawrence VanHook's will is possibly Edwin R. Leaming, b. 14 Feb 1827, Cape May Co., NJ. His parents were Christopher Leaming and Ann Mecray, and he was married to Harriett Pennington 6 Sept 1849 in Atlantic Co., NJ. In the early 1850's he moved to Jackson Co., Iowa and was presumed to be living there at the time of James Lawrence VanHook's death. Edwin Leaming only resided in Jackson County about 2 years - moving to Wisconsin, then moved to Kansas in 1858. He enlisted in the Union Army there - and after the civil war he moved to Missouri. In 1875, he moved to Washington State. His children were Ezra (abt 1850, Atlantic Co., NJ), Edwin (abt 1853, Jackson Co., IA), Julia (abt 1855, Wisconsin), Irene Lois (abt 1863, Kansas), and William C. (abt 1867, Kansas). The relation of Edwin H. Leaming to the VanHook family, if any, is not known.
    Children 
     1. Hannah VanHook,   b. 21 Feb 1798
     2. Mary VanHook,   b. 12 Aug 1800, Cumberland, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1865, Lockport, Niagara, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Deborah VanHook,   b. 3 Feb 1803
     4. Elizabeth Reeves VanHook,   b. 30 Jan 1805, Cape May, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1856 and 1860, Jackson, IA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Evelina VanHook,   b. 18 Jun 1807
     6. Reeves Parker VanHook,   b. 25 Sep 1810, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. died young
     7. Theophilus E VanHook,   b. 9 Jan 1813, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1874, Weymouth, Atlantic, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Catherine VanHook,   b. 30 Sep 1814, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1894, Jefferson, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. James Lorenzo VanHook,   b. Abt 1818, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Franklin Davenport VanHook,   b. Jan 1819, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1863, Memphis, Shelby, TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Joseph Bloomfield VanHook,   b. 19 Mar 1822, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1873, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 May 2015 
    Family ID  F2144  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Judith (Julia) Grace,   b. Abt 1810, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1828 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • In the following census record, it appears that someone (maybe Samuel?) was the only person home and gave information about this family based on the "approximate" information shown:
      1850 US Census - New Diggings, Lafayette Co., WI
      D. (doctor?) VanHook, "about" 65, Doctor, b MA
      Juliet VanHook, "about 30", b US
      Jos. VanHook, "about 20", b US
      William L. VanHook, "about 15", b US
      Samuel VanHook, 10, b US
      William Dougherty, 24, b Ireland, miner

      1854 Iowa State Census - Maquoketa, Jackson Co., IA
      Judeth VanHook - 2 males, 2 females

      1856 Iowa State Census - Maquoketa, Jackson Co.
      Thomas Gabriel, 61, b. PA, machinist - resident in the state 1 year
      Judith Gabriel, 46, b. NJ - resident in the state 6 years
      Wm A. Harrison, 18, b. NJ - resident in the state 6 years
      Samuel VanHook, 15, b. NJ - resident in the state 6 years
      Carline R. VanHook, 12, b. NJ - resident in the state 6 years

      1860 US Census - Maquoketa, Jackson Co., IA
      Judith Vanhook 50, b NJ, farmer
      Wm Vanhook 21
      Saml Vanhook 19
      Caroline Vanhook 16

      1870 US Census - Maquoketa, Jackson Co, IA
      (note: living next to brothers Josiah and William)
      Samuel VanHook, 28, b NJ, farmer
      Julia VanHook, 64, b NJ
      Caroline VanHook, 25, b NJ, no occupation

      1880 US Census - Maquoketa, Jackson Co, IA
      (note: living next to brother Josiah)
      Samuel VanHook, 37, b NJ, farmer
      Mary VanHook, 32, b IA, wife
      Julia VanHook, 69, b NJ, mother
    Children 
     1. Sarah VanHook,   b. 7 May 1830, Dennisville, Cape May, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1867, Cold Spring, Cape May, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rebecca VanHook,   b. Abt 1832, Dennisville, Cape May, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1867, Cape Island, Cape May, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Josiah T VanHook,   b. 1833, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1892, Jackson, IA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William Harrison VanHook,   b. 1839, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1875, Jackson, IA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Samuel M VanHook,   b. 1841, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1910, Milwaukee, WI Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Caroline Rosemond VanHook,   b. Apr 1844, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1920, Clinton, Clinton, IA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  13 May 2015 
    Family ID  F2156  Group Sheet