Who are the parents of Emma Jane (MURPHY) Goodwater (b.1843 d.1864) ?|
Emma Jane Murphy was born in 1843 in New York, New York, the child of Unknown. She married Truman Lawrence Gerome Goodwater about July 1859, in Goodhue, Minnesota. She had three children by the time she was 20. She died as a young mother on March 20, 1864, in Iowa, at the age of 21.
Who are the parents of Hannah (HIGGINS or MOUNT) VanHook (b.1733 d.1780) ?|
Hannah Higgins was born in 1733 in New Jersey. They were the parents of 10 children. She died on June 24, 1780, in Harrison County, Kentucky, at the age of 47, and was buried in Cynthiana, Kentucky. Hannah was killed in the Massacre at Ruddle's Station. She was buried along with the other victim's in the Lair Family Vault. Her husband, Samuel, and several children were taken prisoners during the siege. http://www.vanhook.us/histories/SamuelNC.pdf According to family stories, Samuel Van Hook's first wife was Hannah Higgins, the daughter of James Higgins and Sarah Stout of Kingston, NJ. Proof of this connection with the Higgins family has not been found, and the assumption is difficult to prove. James Higgins (son of Jediah Higgins), who married Sarah Stout was a contemporary of Samuel VanHook. James was born about 1733/34, he married Sarah Stout in the late 1750’s and their children were born from 1760 to 1779. Their daughter Hannah Higgins was born 4 Jan 1764, so she could not have been Samuel’s first wife (who was the mother of all his children and was killed in March of 1780). Another possibility is that Samuel was married to a Hannah Higgins that would have been a sister to James Higgins. James Higgins’ parents were Jediah Higgins and Hannah Stout, and they did have a daughter named Hannah Higgins born in the late 1720’s or early 1730’s. However, she supposedly married a man named Henry Gulick. There is another intriguing marriage record in New Jersey. On 25 June 1764 a Samuel Hoock of Trenton, New Jersey married Hannah Mount of Burlington [New Jersey Marriages]. It is not clear if this is Samuel VanHook or not. The problem with this record is that the Samuel VanHook, subject of this history, was named in a court case in Orange County, North Carolina in the month before this marriage. Also, in no other record of this period is “Van Hook” spelled “Hoock.” However, during this time “Hoock” was a common anglicized spelling of the German name “Hogh.” But, given the Mount name, it should be noted that in the same area a Matthias Mount was married to a daughter of Frederick DeBow (Deboogh) and Johanna VanHook, and Matthias was an Executor on Lawrence VanHook’s will.
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