Captain Isaac Clarke VanHook

Male Abt 1833 - 1899


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    Born  Abt 1833  Fayette, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  29 Jan 1899  St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  1 Feb 1899 
    Father  Samuel VanHook,   b. 3 Jul 1810, Uniontown, Fayette, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1899, Uniontown, Fayette, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Ann Clarke,   b. 31 May 1814, Brownsville, Fayette, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1897, Brownsville, Fayette, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family  Anna Meanes,   b. Feb 1836, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1885, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  31 Jul 1856 
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    Married:
    • VANHOOK, ISAAC C. to ANNA MEANS on 31 July 1856 by Rev. A. L. Petty, all of Pittsburgh. [published in The Pittsburgh Christian Advocate 5 August 1856]

      Isaac Clarke VanHook was a steamboat captain and appears in numerous newspaper notices of the period as "Captain VanHook" or "Master". For a few years he was the Captain of the SS Great Republic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Great_Republic_%281866%29), the largest ship of its day.

      From "History of Saint Louis City and County, from the earliest periods to the present day: including biographical sketches of representative men," 1883, Author: Scharf, J. Thomas (John Thomas), 1843-1898 Volume: v.2

      The Merchants' Southern Line Packet Company was established in 1870, and its steamers plied between St. Louis and New Orleans, connecting at Columbus with the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, at Memphis with the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad and Memphis and Charleston Railroad, at New Orleans with the Morgan Line steamships for Mobile, Galveston, and Indianola, also at the same port with steamships for Havana, at the mouth of Red River
      with Red and Ouachita River packets, and at Hickman, Ky., with the Northwestern Railroad for Nashville and points in Middle and East Tennessee and Northern Georgia.

      The officers of the company in 1870 were J. F. Baker, president ; B. R. Pegram, vice-president ; Thomas Morrison, secretary ; Charles Scudder, superintendent; David H. Silver, general agent, and the principal steamers were the " James Howard," B. R. Pegram, captain ; " Henry C. Yeager," I. C. Van Hook, captain ; " Susie Silver." Samuel S. Entriken, captain ; " T. L. McGill," Thomas W. Shields, captain ; " Carrie V. Kountz;' 1 " Henry Ames," J. West Jacobs, captain ; " John Kyle," John B. Weaver, captain ; " Mollie Moore," George D. Moore, captain.

      8 Apr 1869 - The New Orleans Crescent - from "From Our Exchanges"
      "Captain Van Hook has taken command of the Great Republic. This magnificent steamer will leave today for New Orleans and the Bends."

      29 Jun 1869 - The Pittsburgh Gazette, page 3 - from "River News"
      "Capt. VanHook, of the Great Republic, is still in the city"

      12 Mar 1870 - The Cairo Evening Bulletin (Cairo, IL)
      For New Orleans: The Steamer
      GREAT REPUBLIC
      VANHOOK.............MASTER
      Will leave Saturday evening, March 12th, at five o'clock, connecting at New Orleans with Ocean Line of Steamers to Liverpool, New York, Boston and Galveston, Texas.

      Sadly, it appears this family died out in the next generation. Isaac and Anna had 5 children, 2 of which died young in Pennsylvania before the family moved to St. Louis. The other sons - Charles, William and Isaac Jr. - also died relatively young. Isaac Clarke Jr. may have been married for a short while in the late 1800's to a woman named "Etta" - there is a Missouri birth record for an "Alon VanHook" in 1892 with a mother of Etta and a father of "Clark". No record of this family has been found in the 1900 census.

      1860 US Census - Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA
      Isaac C Vanhook 27
      Anna Vanhook 23
      Kate Vanhook 3
      Samuel Vanhook 10/12

      1870 US Census - South Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA
      Clark Vanhook 37, Steamboat Captain
      Ann Vanhook 33
      Chas Vanhook 8
      Clark Vanhook 4
      Mary Mcdonald 16, Domestic

      1880 US Census - St Louis, St Louis, MO
      (all born Pennsylvania)
      Isac C. Vanhook 47, Steamboat Captain
      Emma Vanhook 41
      Charles Vanhook 18
      Isac C. Vanhook 14
      William S. Vanhook 10
      Amelia Brady 21, servant

      Mortuary Notice
      Date: Wednesday, February 1, 1899
      Paper: St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, MO)
      Page: 9
      "At East St. Louis, Captain I.C. Van Hook, aged 66 years, beloved father of W.S. and I.C. Van Hook Jr. Funeral from Walsh's undertaking rooms, East St. Louis, Wednesday, February 1, at 2 p.m. Friends invited to attend."

      Probate Court St. Louis City Van Hook, Isaac C case # 24594
      deceased 29 Jan 1899
      Administrator - William S. VanHook
      Heirs - William S. VanHook & Isaac C. VanHook Jr.
    Children 
     1. Kate VanHook,   b. Abt 1856, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Samuel VanHook,   b. 1859, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Charles C. VanHook,   b. Abt 1862, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1886, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Isaac Clarke VanHook, Jr.,   b. 6 Apr 1866, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1916, Robert Koch Hospital, Koch, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William S. VanHook,   b. Jul 1870, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1904, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  26 Nov 2019 
    Family ID  F3963  Group Sheet