Relationship=Grandfather of Geraldine Getrude O'Malley.
Last Edited=1 Jul 2005
He and Rebecca O'Flaherty emigrated about 1850 from Ireland.
According to information provided to me by a distant cousin, Owen John Hooks was the father of Mary "Molly" Hooks. Molly Hooks was the mother of my grand-mother, Geraldine O'Malley. The Hooks emigrated from Ireland in the late 1840's and originally settled in upstate New York. I have found the following Owen Hooks and family in the US Census of 1850 living in Windham township, Greene county, New York (pg 12); however there are both age and name problems with this being a match: H: Owen Hooks, 38, Farmer, Ireland; W: Mary, 35, Ireland; S: John, 10, New York; S: William, 8, New York. According to my source, Owen Hooks was a tanner by trade and that the hemlock trees in upstate New York produced a sap that was vital in tannery. Due to the abundance of or lack thereof of hemlock trees in a particular region, the family moved a number of times between c. 1850 and c. 1870. I did find the family in the US Census of 1860 in Constantia township, Oswego county, New York (pg. 432): H: Owen Hooks, 34, Farming Laborer, Ireland; W: Rebecca, 31, Ireland; S: Thomas, 13, Ireland; D: Catherine, 11, NY; S: John, 10, NY; D: Mary, 6, NY; D: Rebecca, 2, NY; D: Elizabeth, 2 mos., NY; S: William, 4 yrs., NY. This is consistent with the information that I have that Mary (Molly) was born about 1854 and that the family arrived in New York some time between 1847 and 1849. According my source, sometime after the Civil War Owen Hooks made an arrangement with associates in New York to stake him in a move to the state of Minnesota. Following the Civil War the Sioux tribes had been pacified and Minnesota was opened for settlement from the east. The Hooks family settled in the area around Rochester, Minnesota. According to my source, Owen and Rebecca Hooks bought property (40 acres) in Milton township, Olmsted County, in the "Irish Settlement", 4 miles south of Pine Island and about 4 miles north of Byron, Minnesota. "That is where all the Irish people had settled." Milton is in the north-west corner of Dodge county, near Olmstead county and the village of Rochester. I found the Hooks family in the US Census of 1880, in Milton township, Dodge county, Minnesota: H: Owen Hooks, 60, Farmer, Ireland; W: Rebeka, 50, Keeping House, Ireland; D: Ann, 13, NY; D: Agnes, 12, MN; U: Mike Callehan, 23, Farm Hand, Mass. This would seem to indicate that family arrived in Minnesota some time around 1866. There is a Owen Hooks and family that appears in the US Census of 1850 in Windham, Greene Co., New York however the names and ages do not match what is known regarding this Owen Hooks. The listing is as follows: Owen Hooks a. 38, Farmer, pob Ireland, Mary a. 45, pob Ireland, John a. 10, pob NY, and William a. 8, pob NY.2
Children of Owen John Hooks and Rebecca O'Flaherty
- [S248] John Dalby, Minnesota Burials (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc, 2003).
- [S237] 1850 United States Census (Free Schedule), Greene Co. New York Washington: National Archives And Records Administration,.
- [S138] 1860 United States Census (Free Schedule), Constania, Oswego, New York (Washington: National Archives And Records Administration) ,.
- [S139] 1870 United States Census, Rochester, Olmsted Co., Minnesota (Washington: National Archives And Records Administration) ,.
- [S140] 1880 United States Census, Milton, Dodge Co., Minnesota Washington: National Archives And Records Administration,.