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James C. Hooper was born 27 Oct 1827 in Jackson County, Alabama.1 James married Lavina H. Spurgeon about 1850, most likely in Alabama.2 By 1854, James and Lavina had moved to Dade County, Missouri, where they purchased 40 acres and established a home.3

James and Lavina had four known children, M. Montraville, Adrula “Addie,” Britton, and Mary.4

  • M. Montraville was born in December 1853 in Missouri. He married first to Emma D. Rife on 4 November 1877 in Benton County, Arkansas.5 He married second to Martha Eugene Hall on 5 Mar 1884 in Benton County, Arkansas.6 Montraville died between 1830-1840.7 Martha died 20 May 1945 in Tulsa County, Oklahoma and is buried in Tulsa, Oklahoma.8
  • Adrula “Addie” Hooper was born 4 May 1856 in Missouri.9 Adrula married James Sears on 12 Oct 1873 in Faulkner County, Arkansas.10 Addie died 29 July 1940 and is buried in Boulder City, Newton County, Missouri.11
  • Britton F. Hooper was born on 2 Nov 1859 in Missouri.12 Brit married Blanche Belle Woosley on 2 Mar 1910 in Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas.13 Britton died on 27 Feb 1954 in Pawnee County, Oklahoma and is buried in Terlton, Pawnee County, Oklahoma.14
  • Mary Shelby “Mollie” Hooper was born 15 Jan 1866 in Tennessee.15 Mary married Rufus Byron Green on 4 October 1898 in McDonald County, Missouri.16 Mary died on 6 July 1916 in Neosho, Newton County and is buried in Boulder City, Newton County, Missouri.17

James and Lavina sold their property in Dade County, Missouri on 31 May 1861 and the family moved to Tennessee, then on to California, Faulkner County, Arkansas.18

James C. Hooper died on 27 Jan 1898 and is buried in Pineville Cemetery, Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri.19

Following James’ death, Lavina lived with Montraville and then with Mollie. 20 Lavina H. Spurgeon Hooper died on 2 July 1913 in Neosho, Newton County and is buried in Hazelgreen Cemetery, Boulder City, Newton County, Missouri.21


Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “James C. Hooper” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures ( https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/james-c-hooper-1827-1898/ : posted 2021).


  1. Date of birth and location found on headstone, Find A Gravememorial 183755078, Col. James C. Hooper (1827–1898), Pineville Cemetery, Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri. Headstone reads: Col. J. C. Hooper / Born / Jackson Co. / Ala. / Oct. 27, 1827 / Died / At Pineville, Mo. / Jan. 27, 1898.

  2. No marriage record found; based on age and location on1850 U.S. census, District 24, DeKalb County, Alabama, population schedule, p. 394 (stamped), dwelling 284, James Hooper household.
    – James Hooper, age 26, farmer, born in Tennessee
    – Levinia Hooper, age 18, born in Tennessee

  3. Dade County, Missouri, Deeds, vol 6, p. 395, John and Rebecca Steele to James C. Hooper, 20 May 1854. Consideration $250. 40 acres.

  4. 1860 U.S. census, Polk Township, Dade County, Missouri, population schedule, p. 52, dwelling 352, James C. Hooper household.
    – James C Hooper, age 36, farmer, born in Tennessee
    – Lovinia H Hooper, age 26, born in Tennessee
    – Montraville Hooper, age 6, born in Missouri
    – Adulia Hooper, age 4, born in Missouri
    – Britton F Hooper, age 7 months, born in Missouri
    Also,
    1870 U.S. census, Walker Township, Conway County, Arkansas, population schedule, p. 1 (stamped), dwelling 6, J.C. Hooper household.
    – J. C. Hooper, age 46, farmer, born in Alabama
    – Lovina Hooper, age 39, born in Tennessee
    – Mantroville Hooper, age 16, born in Missouri
    – Adula Hooper, age 14, born in Missouri
    – Britton Hooper, age 10, born in Missouri
    – Mary Hooper, age 4, born in Tennessee

  5. Benton County, Arkansas, Marriage Record, vol. B. p. 2, M. M. Hooper–Emma D. Rife, 4 Nov 1877.

  6. Benton County, Arkansas, Marriage Record, vol. B. p. 407, M. M. Hooper–Martha Hall, 4 Nov 1877.


    Also, 1900 U.S. census, Eureka Springs Ward 2, Carroll County, Arkansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 36, sheet 135A dwelling 2, Mant Hooper household.
    – Mant Hooper, age 36, born Dec 1853 in Missouri, married 16 years, occupation restaurant
    – Martha Hooper age 44, born May 1856 in North Carolina, married 16 years, wife
    – Essey Grace Hooper, age 17, born Sept 1882 in Arkansas, single, daughter
    – Byrl B. Hooper, age 15, born Feb 1885 in Arkansas, single, daughter
    – Angess B. Hooper, age 11, born Jan 1889 in Missouri, single, daughter
    – Jessie C. Hooper, age 7, born in Jan 1893 in Missouri, single, daughter
    – Levinia Hooper, age 67, born Jan 1833 in Tennessee, 4 children born 4 children living, widowed, mother
    – B. T. Hooper, age 40, single, born Nov 1859 in Missouri, single, brother
    Also, 1940 U.S. census, Wikiwa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 72-43, sheet 46 B, dwelling 28, Martha Hooper household.
    – Martha Hooper, age 83, widow, born in North Carolina
    – Byrl Hooper, age 54, divorced, born in Arkansas

  7. 1940 U.S. census, Wikiwa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 72-43, sheet 46 B, dwelling 28, Martha Hooper household.
    – Martha Hooper, age 83, widow, born in North Carolina
    – Byrl Hooper, age 54, divorced, born in Arkansas

  8. Oklahoma State Department of Health, Vital Records Division Index, Tulsa County, Martha E. Hooper, 20 May 1945.
    Also, Find A Gravememorial 77165044, Martha Eugene Hooper (1853–1945), Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma; memorial created by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).

  9. Find A Gravememorial 37631883, Addie Sears (1856-1940), Hazelgreen Cemetery, Boulder City, Newton County, Missouri. Headstone reads: Addie / May 4, 1856 / July 29, 1940 | J. C. / May 3, 1849 / Mar. 6, 1936 / Sears.

  10. Faulkner County, Arkansas, Marriage Certificates, vol. A, p. 16, James Sears–Adrula Hooper, 12 Oct 1873.

  11. Texas Department of Health, certificate of death, no. 35499, Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Mrs. Addie Sears, 29 July 1940. Widow. Birth 4 May 1856, Tennessee. Father: J C Hooper, born in Alabama. Mother: Spurgeon, born in Tennessee. Burial: Neosho, Missouri, 30 July 1940.
    Also Find A Grave, memorial 37631883, Addie Sears (1856-1940).

  12. Brit Finley Hooper,” obituary, The Pawnee Chief (Pawnee, Oklahoma), 4 Mar 1954, p. 12, col. 7.

  13. Find A Gravememorial 14861680, Blanche Belle Woosley Hooper (1859-1954), Terlton Cemetery, Terlton, Pawnee County, Oklahoma. Headstone reads: Hooper / Brit F. / 1859 – 1954 | Blanche B. / 1877 – 1955.

  14. Oklahoma State Department of Health, Vital Records Division Index, Pawnee County, Brit F. Hooper, 27 Feb 1954. Also,
    Find A Gravememorial 14861685, Brit Hooper (1859-1954), Terlton Cemetery, Terlton, Pawnee County, Oklahoma. Headstone reads: Hooper / Brit F. / 1859 – 1954 | Blanche B. / 1877 – 1955.

  15. Headstone reads: Mollie / Jan 15, 1866 / July 6, 1916. Find A Grave, memorial 7637270, Mollie Green (1866-1916), Hazelgreen Cemetery, Boulder City, Newton County, Missouri.

  16. McDonald County, Missouri, Marriage License Record, vol. G, p. 131, R. B. Green–Mollie Hooper, 4 Oct 1898. Also, Find A Grave, memorial 102217695, Rufus Byron Green (1866-1916), Hazelgreen Cemetery, Boulder City, Newton County, Missouri.

  17. Missouri State Board of Health, certificate of death, no. 25242, Neosho, Newton County, Mary Shelby Greene, 6 July 1916. Married. Age: 50 years, 6 months, 22 days. Father James Hooper. Burial Hazel Greene Cemetery, 8 July 1916.

  18. Dade County, Missouri, Deeds, vol. 8, p. 13-14, James C. and Lavina H. Hooper to William G. Elder, 31 May 1861. 120 acres. Consideration $800. Recorded 8 June 1861 with dower’s release.
    Also,
    Mary was born in Tennessee in 1866, 1870 U.S. census, Walker Township, Conway County, Arkansas, population schedule, p. 1 (stamped), dwelling 6, J.C. Hooper household.
    Also,
    1880 U.S. census, California, Faulkner County, Arkansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 56, p. 657 C (stamped) 15 (penned), dwelling 1371, James C. Hooper household.
    – James C. Hooper, age 56, farmer, born in Tennessee
    – Levina Hooper, age 46, wife, born in Tennessee
    – Mantraville Hooper, age 27, son, farm laborer, born in Missouri
    – Britton Hooper, age 20, son, farm laborer, born in Missouri
    – Mollie Hooper, age 13, daughter, born in Tennessee

  19. Headstone reads: Col. J. C. Hooper / Born / Jackson Co. / Ala. / Oct. 27, 1827 / Died / At Pineville, Mo. / Jan. 27, 1898. Find A Gravememorial 183755078, Col James C. Hooper (1827–1898), Pineville Cemetery, Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri,.

  20. 1900 U.S. census, Eureka Springs Ward 2, Carroll County, Arkansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 36, sheet 135A dwelling 2, Mant Hooper household.
    – Mant Hooper, age 36, born Dec 1853 in Missouri, married 16 years, occupation restaurant
    – Martha Hooper age 44, born May 1856 in North Carolina, married 16 years, wife
    – Essey Grace Hooper, age 17, born Sept 1882 in Arkansas, single, daughter
    – Byrl B. Hooper, age 15, born Feb 1885 in Arkansas, single, daughter
    – Angess B. Hooper, age 11, born Jan 1889 in Missouri, single, daughter
    – Jessie C. Hooper, age 7, born in Jan 1893 in Missouri, single, daughter
    – Levinia Hooper, age 67, born Jan 1833 in Tennessee, 4 children born 4 children living, widowed, mother
    – B. T. Hooper, age 40, single, born Nov 1859 in Missouri, single, brother
    Also,
    1910 U.S. census, Neosha Ward 2, Newton County, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 129, sheet 15 A, dwelling 356, R. B. Green household.
    – R B Green, age 55, born in Tennessee
    – Mollie S Green, wife, age 42, born in Tennessee
    – Bertha S Green, daughter, age 16, born in Missouri
    – Rufus H Green, son, age 15, born in Missouri
    – Tressa L Green, daughter, age 8, born in Missouri
    – Levina H Hooper, mother-in-law, age 77, born in Tennessee

  21. Missouri State Board of Health, certificate of death, no. 6214, Neosho, Newton County, Lavina H. Hooper, 2 Jul 1913. Birth 15 Jan 1835, Alabama. Father: James Spurgeon. Burial Hazel Green Cemetery, 4 Feb 1913. Also,
    Headstone reads: L. H. Hooper / Jan. 18, 1833 / Feb. 3, 1913.
    Find A Grave, memorial 11427023, Lavina H. Hooper (1833–1913), Hazelgreen Cemetery, Boulder City, Newton County, Missouri.

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