Find Me Friday – Bob Hooker

Hello Everyone, this Friday I will be doing my Find Me Friday a bit different. Instead of posting a picture of an unidentified photo, I will be posting an identified photo of Bob Hooker. My 3rd great grandmother was Mary George Hooker Herring Bickley and this photo was in her belongings and copied by me from Butch Harris, and Martha Harris Horn who are in possession of the original photo.

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It is my hope that I can find out who Bob Hooker is, and how he relates to Mary George Hooker Herring Bickley.

Also, since I know I got a few snickers out of the surname “Hooker” I thought it would be wise to let you know at this time, how it is believed prostitutes came about being called Hookers. (Thanks to my cousin Debbie for pointing this out to me!) During the civil war there was a man by the name of Joseph Hooker, a major general of the Union Army, also known as “Fighting Joe”. Fighting Joe was defeated by General Robert E. Lee at the battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. His troops were poorly disciplined and famous for running off to socialize with “working girls”. Hooker having a reputation for a hard-drinking ladies man and being widely known for his parties and gambling at his headquarters, allowed the prostitutes to set up shop in his camps. Thus, keeping his men in place and very happy. Any woman questioned as to what she was doing there would reply, “I’m one of Hooker’s girls.” Eventually this was shortened to just “Hooker” and while it can be said that the word “Hooker” appears in print some twenty years prior to the civil war in regards to prostitutes, it is believed by many that the events of the civil war regarding “Fighting Joe” Hooker’s girl’s and activities it popularized the term, cementing it in place, even still today.

Now, I know your next question is if I am related to Major General Joseph Hooker, and I must reply that no southern lady would ever admit to such a thing as that!

~Susie~

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2 comments on “Find Me Friday – Bob Hooker

  1. I know my part of the Hooker family had an Arkansas connection but don't know much about them. Too Many Johns and James but would like to see if they are familiar with anyone. Great granddad: John Henry Hooker (1876 Hempstead Co Ark - 1968 Nashville, Howard Co Ark) his father: James Lafayette Hooker (1852 Jefferson Co AL - 1922 ARK) He came to Ark around 1870 with his father: James Hooker (1829 Jefferson Co AL - 1875 Howard Co Ark) It's said that they owned land that Birmingham AL sits on top of now. Any long lost cousins have any information for me?
  2. Thank you for commenting, I will email you a print out of my Hooker line, and I will also try to get in touch with a cousin that is our main Hooker researcher. Hopefully, she can make a connection for us. Susie

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