Chronology & Notes
• 18 Jul 1718 - Lease
From: Henry Lowe, esqr., of Kent Co., for Charles, Lord Baltimore
To: John Madin, planter of Prince Georges Co.
For 29 shillings, 8 pence a tract of land in WESTERN BRANCH MANOR formerly laid out for John Right; bounded by another parcel laid out for John Right and Jonathon Simmons; containing 74 acres; for the natural life of John Maddin, Elizabeth Hawkes, and Margaret Hooke; rent 7s/4p/ and half pence and two capons
/s/Henry Lowe (seal)
Wit: Cha. Worthington, Jo Beale, enrolled 11 Aug 1718133
Re the 1718 lease to John Madin: I find John Madden on the 1733 tax list of Rock Creek Hundred of Prince Georges Co., along with Benjamin Thrasher and others. I can not find him on the 1719 tax list of ditto.
Birthca 1685, MD
Death1738, Prince Georges Co., MD
FatherThomas Hooke (-ca1698)
Chronology & Notes
• 1 Oct 1711 - James Hook, Charles Beal, Randolf Blake, and George Miller are listed as debtors in the administration of the estate of William Jennings in Prince Georges County, MD. (Skinner125 page 43)
• 9 Aug 1714, Indenture
Between John Bradford of Prince Georges Co., Gent.
and James Hook, planter of Prince Georges Co.
Lease of 150 acres of land being part of a tract called SUBTRACTION in Prince Georges Co. to James Hook; land located on the Northwest Branch of the East Branch of the Potomac River; yearly rent of 500 lbs of tobacco in cask.
Signed: Jno Bradford (seal), James Hook (mark & seal)
Wit: Willm Robinson, Richard Croxall126
• 19 Sep 1719 - James Hook’s name is in a list of subscribers for a new chapel on Rock Creek in Prince Georges Co., MD94. Other signers included Benjamin Thasher and John Bradford.
• 26 Mar 1826 - John Bradford, planter, of Prince Georges Co, MD makes his will. He impowers his executors to sell various properties to pay his debts including 300 acres, SUBSTRACTION on Slegoe Branch, “now in the tenure of James Hooke and Nicholas Hocker with the dwelling houses, tobacco houses, orchards, fencing, and all other improvements thereon”.127,128
• 3 July 1738 - Administrator’s Bond. Bond of Margaret Hook and James Lee. Margaret Hook administrator of the estate of James Hook late of Prince Georges Co., MD. signed Margaret Hook (her mark), James Lee, mark of James Hook EH.129
• 27 Mar 1739 - Inventory of ye goods and chattels Rights and Credtis of James Hook, late of Prince Georges Co., MD filed in Prince Georges County. Margaret Hook was executrix.130 James Hook EH (his mark), _____, and John Hook E H signed as creditors and kin. John Magruder signed as creditor.131
Except where noted, information for this family comes from James William Hook6, who cites his evidence. There are two major exceptions: First, Hook assumed that James Hook’s daughter Mary, whose birth is recorded in Church records, and Margaret, who married Thomas Fee, were the same person. He did not state a reason, but it appears that he was bothered by the fact that he could not find a birth record for Margaret. If he had studied other families in this neighborhood he would have realized that missing birth records are common. Mary and Margaret appear to be separate persons and I am treating them as such until evidence proves otherwise.

Second, because of Benjamin Thrasher’s gift of a dark bay mare to James Hook’s son, James William Hook speculated that James Hook’s wife, Margaret, may have been the daughter or sister of Benjamin Thrasher. However, he knew very little about Benjamin Thrasher. He did not know the names of Benjamin’s children, Benjamin’s apparent age, or the lack of any record indicating that Benjamin had a sister in America. It appears that James Hook’s daughter, Mary, was the wife of Benjamin Thrasher. That explains the gift of the dark bay mare.

An account of the estate of “James Hook late of Prince Georges County” can also be found in the Administration Accounts, Maryland State Archives, Book 17, p. 170. After the list of assets is the statement “May the 27th 1739 came Margarett Hook .... This finall acct. the children of the deceased are of full age to receive their parts thereof.” The signatures of James Hook and John Hook are not present.132 Since those signatures are lacking, this seems to be a different copy of the inventory than that abstracted by James William Hook.
Marriage1706, Prince Georges Co., MD
ChildrenMary (1708-1766)
 Rachel (ca1712-ca1765)
 James (ca1716-1802)
 John (ca1718-ca1761)
 Sarah (1724-)
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