Benjamin Franklin VanHook, Sr.

Male Abt 1812 - 1860


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  • Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  Abt 1812  Paris, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Feb 1860  Williamson, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family  Mary Ann Williams,   b. 17 Oct 1829, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1880, Barry, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1846 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • 1850 Census - Milam and Williamson, Milam Co., TX
      16 Oct 1850
      Benjamin VanHook, 37, farmer, b. KY
      Mary A. VanHook, 22, b. TN (cannot read/write)
      John T. VanHook, 2, b. AR
      Green VanHook, 9 months, b. TX

      1860 US Census - Williamson Division, Williamson, TX
      31 Jul 1860
      Mary Vanhook, 33, stock raiser, b. TN
      John T Vanhook, 13, b. TX
      Green Vanhook, 11, b. TX
      Calana Vanhook, 8, b. TX
      Gilberta Vanhook, 5, b. TX
      Benjamin Vanhook, 2, b. TX

      1870 US Census - Williamson Division, Williamson, TX
      Mary Vanhook, 43, keeping house, b. TN
      John Vanhook, 23, farm laborer, b. AR
      Caladona Vanhook, 18, b. TX
      Texanna Vanhook, 15, b. TX
      Benjamin Vanhook, 12, b. TX
      William Vanhook, 10, b. TX
    Children 
     1. John T. VanHook,   b. 6 Sep 1847, Berryville, Carroll, AR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1913, Cassville, Barry, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Green VanHook,   b. Dec 1849, Milam, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jul 1860 and 1870, Williamson, TX Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sarah Caldonia VanHook,   b. Jul 1852, Williamson, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1933, Rogers, OK Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Gilberta Texanna (Gilby) VanHook,   b. Abt 1854, Williamson, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1930, Colfax, NM Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Benjamin Franklin VanHook, Jr.,   b. 25 Mar 1858, Williamson, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1925, Tulsa, OK Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. William C. VanHook,   b. 22 Oct 1860, Williamson, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1888, Barry, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  24 Nov 2019 
    Family ID  F2376  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Missouri State death certificate for John T. VanHook (#12016, 7 Apr 1913, Barry Co., MO), son of Benjamin F. VanHook and Mary Ann Williams, gives "Paris, KY" as birthplace of Benjamin, and "Arkansas" as birthplace of Mary. The information on the death certificate is given by John. T VanHook's wife.

      U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index
      Surname: Benjamin Vanhook
      Year: 1860 (note - ancestry.com indexes show 1850 in error)
      County: Williamson Co.
      State: TX
      Age: 47
      Gender: M (Male)
      Month of Death: Feb
      State of Birth: KY
      ID#: MRT197_338833
      Occupation: STOCK KEEPER
      Cause of Death: INDIAN KILL

      Following is from "The west Texas frontier; or, A descriptive history of early times in western Texas"; by Joseph Carroll McConnell, published Jacksboro, Tex., Gazette Print, 1933

      Benjamin Van Hook and Mosiac Scaggs (note: actually Meshack Scaggs)

      During February 1860, Mosiac Scaggs and his family consisted of a wife and eight or nine children. They lived on the North Gabriel in Burnet County about twelve miles south of Lampasas. Benjamin Van Hook lived farther east in the same county or over in Williamson County.

      About ten o'clock in the morning, Benjamin Van Hook was alone and herding horses on the headwaters of the North Gabriel about three miles east of the present town of Lake Victor. He was suddenly charged and murdered by Indians. The warriors then went four or five miles to the southwest where they charged Mosiac Scaggs, also out alone and hunting stock. The Indians chased him for several miles. It is generally supposed he hit his leg during his race for life against a cedar tree with sufficient force to break it. This, no doubt, enable the Indians to overtake him. He was then murdered. The warriors then made a rapid retreat toward the northwest.

      Note: The author personally interviewed Mrs. M. L. Baker, who heard the shots; John Nichols, M. J. Bolt and several others who were living in Burnet, Lampasas and adjoining counties at the time.

      Quote from "SKAGGS - The Right To Be Proud" by Ida Lancaster.
      "In 1856, a stage ran between Austin and Lampasas, Texas. One road turned northwest to San Saba, another turned to Belton, and another went to Burnet Co., Texas. I believe this is why you find one family in Burnet Co., Texas and another in Lampasas. One family took one road and another went the other direction, but still close by."

      Meshack was killed by a Commanche Indian raiding party on North Gabriel creek in Burnet Co. on Feb 12, 1860. See Texas Indian Papers. One letter (copy included) from W.B. Davis to Sam Houston dated Feb 15, 1860, stated that the Indians had stolen 50 or 60 horses, molested two women, and had murdered two men on Saturday: M.S. Skaggs and Benj. Vanhook.