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  • ID: I00003
  • Name: Jacob Hoots , Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Name: Jacob Hoots 1
  • Birth: 1745 in Bladen (Forsyth) County, Colony of North Carolina
  • Birth: ABT 1745 in Surry (now Forsyth) County, Colony of North Carolina 1
  • Death: 1801 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
  • Death: 1801 in Surry (now Yadkin) County, North Carolina 1
  • Note:
    Jacob Hoots, Sr., is the great-great-great-grandfather of Rodney Nelson Hoots, the compiler of this web site.

    This version of the Jacob Hoots' history is that of Rodney Nelson Hoots. The commonly accepted version is contained in a book by Carl Casper Hoots entitled "Descendants of Jacob Hoots."

    - Carl concluded that the immigrant ancestor, Johann Jacob Huth, arrived in America single, migrated through Virginia to North Carolina, and some time during that period married a woman named Margaret with whom he had nine children. In Virginia his name evolved to Hutts and in North Carolina to Hoots.

    - * Rodney thinks that Johann Jacob Huth was accompanied to America by a wife, Maria Margaretha Andrae, who he married in Germany. Rodney further believes that Johan Jacob Huth went directly to North Carolina after arriving in America, had a son by Maria in 1745 who was named Jacob Hoots (Sr.), and that Jacob Hoots, Sr., was the one who married Margaret and had nine children.

    The details of Carl Casper Hoots and Rodney Nelson Hoots' research are in "The Hoots Family" web site at:

    Rodney's version of the family tree is at:


    On 20 November 1778, Jacob entered a claim to the State of North Carolina for 200 acres of land on Harmons Creek in Surry (now Yadkin) County. Apparently he was farming this land as early as August 1778 because, according to the records of a George Bates, "Anthony Betts enters 200 acres of land in Surry Co. on Harmons Creek above Jacob Hutts."

    On 8 March 1780, Jacob entered a claim for 100 acres "On the waters of Harmon Creek."
    Grant 231, to Jacob Hutts, was issued on 3 April 1780 by the North Carolina Land Grant Office, Raleigh, North Carolina. The land was surveyed by Anthony and William Betts and the survey approved by Henry Speer, Surveyer of Surry County (Henry Speer was also the Hoots family lawyer).

    In 1783, the Continental Congress authorized the Paymaster General of the Continental Army, John Pierce, to settle unpaid military pay for veterans of the Revolutionary War. He completed the task in 1785 and issued a record of the pay certificates called "Pierce's Register." On page 386 of Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution, under "Sundry Names," it is noted that Jacob Hoots, Militia, Salisbury District, was issued voucher 4651, apparently for back pay. The town of Salisbury, North Carolina, was and still is located about 30 miles south of the site of Jacob's farm. In the first census of the United States in 1790, Jacob's family is shown as being in the Salisbury District.

    On 1 June 1784, Jacob entered a claim for 200 acres "On the waters of Harmon Creek." Grant 989, to Jacob Hutts, was issued on 9 August 1787. The land was surveyed by Jacob's sons John and Jacob, Jr., and approved by Henry Speer.

    1790 The first Federal census of the United States was conducted. The census of Surry County, North Carolina, shows Jacob Hootts, head of household, including 3 Free white males of 16 years and upwards, 5 Free white males under 16 years, and 3 Free white females.

    1790 Surry County tax lists (Captain Colvard's District) shows Jacob with 500 acres.

    On 5 April 1787, Jacob entered a claim for 250 acres on "S. side of Harmon Creek." Grant 1573, to Jacob Hutts, was issued on 24 December 1792. The land was surveyed by George Bates and Jacob, Jr., and approved by Henry Speer.

    As noted above, Jacob started to claim land in 1778 and by 1792 had 750 acres along Harmon Creek, about three miles south of what is now Yadkinville, the County seat of Yadkin County. Deeds for these lands can be found in the Surry County Registry. The land was given in and taxes paid under the name Jacob Hutts until 1794. After 1794, the spelling was changed to Jacob Hoots. He willed the land to his sons. The excerpt below, from the "Yadkin County Historical Documentation" map (available from the Yadkin County Library), shows the Yadkin River (on the right), Shallow Ford, Deep Creek, Harmon Creek, and the route of "The Great Road" (or Great Wagon Road, or Philadelphia Road). Although this map shows Jacob "Hutz" land on the south side of Harmon Creek, he also had land on the north side, where the Hoots families lived for five generations.

    From "Surry County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts - Book E (1789-1793)," by W. O. Absher: #154 and #155, 12 Nov 1791 Henry Speer to Jacob Miller 50 pds 125 ac waters Hammons (Harmons) Creek adj John Miller and Hoots; witnesses Henry Patillo, Daniel Keller, James Campbell; signed H. Speer.

    From "Surry County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts - Book F (1793-1797)," by W. O. Absher: #298, 29 Oct 1795 George Bates to George Riley Junr 55 pds 100 ac Harmons Creek adj Jacob Hooas; witnesses Thomas Cooper and Gottfied; signed George (X) Bates." (Writer's note: George Bates is George Baity, Sr. and Jacob Hooas is Jacob Hoots).

    From "Surry County, North Carolina Wills, 1771-1827," by Jo Linn White: "The 1786 Surry County tax list of Captain Sanders shows Jacob Hoots with 500 acres, 1 white poll. Surry County Deed Book (SCDB) D:91, 9 August 1787, North Carolina grant to Jacob Hutts 200 acres on Harmons Creek adjoining another 100 acre tract surveyed for said Hutts; 100 acres on Harmons Creek adjoining Humphrey and Hutts. SCDB E:98, 24 December 1792, North Carolina grant to Jacob Hutts, 240 on south side Harmons Creek adjoining George Bates." (Writer's note: George Bates is George Baity, Sr).

    1800 Federal census of Salisbury Township, Surry County, North Carolina, shows Jacob Hoots
    as head of household:
    One free white male 10-15: Daniel
    Three free white males 16-25: Peter, Henry
    One free white male 45 and over: Jacob, Sr.
    One free white female under 10: Margaret, Jr.
    One free white female 10-15: ?
    One free white female 26-44: Mary
    One free white female 45 and over: Margaret, Sr.
    Son Anthony is listed two lines below Jacob, Sr.

    According to "Descendants of Jacob Hoots," by Carl Casper Hoots, Jacob is buried in the Old Hoots Cemetery (Farmington Quad - 36 degrees 04' 30" Latitude; 80 degrees 37' 06' Longitude), Yadkin County, North Carolina. Rodney Nelson Hoots, the compiler of this web site, was taken to the "cemetery" while a boy by Carl (his uncle) and his father. All that remained were two grave size depressions in the ground in a forest of medium size trees. This would have been about 1939.
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    JACOB HOOTS' WILL*

    Record of Wills, Book 3, p. 45 (or 43), Dobson Courthouse, Surry County, North Carolina

    This Nineteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one I Jacob Hoots of Surry County and State of North Carolina being of a perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament Touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this Life which I give devise and Dispose of in the following manner in the first place it is my will that all my just debts and Funeral charges Be paid.

    Secondly I lend unto my beloved wife one Hundred acres of Land where on I now live with the Dwelling Houses and all out Houses with the House & kitchen furniture induring her being my widow and after her decease the Hundred acres of Land to go to my Son Daniel Hoots also one Horse Two Cows four Sheep and four Hoggs of her own Choosing also one womans Saddle and Bridle & after her Decease it is my will that my Daughter Mary Hoots Shall have one feather Bed furniture and also Marget Hoots one feather bed and furniture and the Rest of the House & kitchen furniture to be Equally divided Between my daughters Mary & Margaret Hoots one Iron Pot to said Mary Hoots & one Kettle to said Margaret Hoots to them and their heirs for Ever.

    Thirdly Item I give unto my son John Hoots one Hundred acres of Land whereon he formerly lived and whatsoever he has of mine in his possession to him and his heirs for Ever.

    Fourthly Item I give unto my Son Anthony Hoots one Hundred acres of Land whereon he now Lives and also whatever he hath of mine in his possession to him and his heirs for Ever.

    Fifthly Item I give unto my Son Peter Hoots one Hundred acres of land lying ajoining the lines of George Batts & Jacob Garner on Harmons Creek and also what Ever he hath of mine in his possession to him & his heirs for Ever.

    Sixthly Item I give unto my Son Henry Hoots one Hundred acres of Land part of the old (tract ?) and also whatsoever he hath of mine in his possession to him and his heirs for Ever.

    Seventhly Item I give unto my Son Daniel Hoots one young Black Horse Saddle & Bridle to him and his heirs for Ever.

    Eighthly Item I give unto my three Grandsons Viz David Hoots & Jacob Hoots the sons of Jacob Hoots Dec. and Jacob Hoots the son of Philip Hoots Dec. one Hundred and fifty acres of Land Joining Peter Hoots Hundred acres to them and their heirs for Ever.

    Ninthly Item my will is that my Waggon and Gears and the Residue of my Cows Hoggs and Sheep one mare and Two Colts one Loom one Duch fan and also all of my plantation tools Smiths Tools Viz to Henry Caul, John Hoots, Anthony Hoots, Peter Hoots, Hen. Hoots, Daniel Hoots, to them be Equally divided.

    Tenthly Item I give unto my beloved wife Margaret Hoots the Indian corn now in the Crib the grain now in the field to be Secured by my Sons and to give my wife the Third Part of the Crop.

    And Lastly I do Constitute make and ordain Frederik Shore John Hutchens my whole Executors of this my Last will and Testament utterly disallowing all my former will made in Testimony I have hereunto Sett my hand and affixed my Seal the day and date above written Signed Sealed and published in the presents of us.

    (hand drawn seal)

    James Todd his
    Jurants Jacob (+) Hoots
    her Mark
    Rachel + Todd
    Mark
    ________________________________________

    Will Book 3, Page 46, Surry County Court House, NC.

    State of N.C., County of Surry,August Session 1801
    James and Rachel Todd the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Jacob Hoots (deceased) and made oath that they saw said Hoots sign publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament that he was of sound mind and disposed mind and memory which was ordered to be recorded.
    Recorded accordingly by per
    Jo Williams C.C.

    _________________________________________

    The will was settled on 8 February 1805, and the following document issued:

    8th Day Feby 1805

    The Estate of Jacob Hoots Dec.

    To Fredrick Shores Executor...............(Illegible)

    To the Clerk...............(Pound sign) 0..7..6 **

    To Paid James Todd.......................0..2..6

    To my Attendance at Court............ .0..10..0

    To Paid Welch (?)............................0..10..0

    To my Attendance at Sun(?)times....3..10..0
    In settling with the Legeties.......5..0..0

    (?) by the Legeties a sum set for.....5..0..0

    by Antoney Hoots Note for 10
    10..0..0
    by Henry Hoots Note for 10

    State of N. Carolina
    Surry County We your Committee appointed
    To Settle with Frederick Shores as
    Executor of Jacob Hoots Dec. Find that the Executor
    Has fully Settled with the Legeties all Except
    Ten pounds Which is in his Hand to be Paid
    to the Heirs of Jacob Hoots Juner Dec:
    as Witness our hands and Seals this 8th day of Feby A.D. 1805

    H Speer (Hand drawn Seal) ***

    Jon. Haines (Hand drawn Seal)
    * This version of Jacob's will differs in some details from that published in "Descendants of Jacob Hoots," by Carl Casper Hoots. The primary difference is in the "Tenthly item," where Carl shows "I give unto my beloved wife Margaret Hoots the Indian canoe in the creek ..." This version reads "I give unto my beloved wife Margaret Hoots the Indian corn now in the Crib ..." In addition, there are many small changes in spelling , capitalization, etc. The changes were derived from a thorough examination of a copy of the original document by Rodney Nelson Hoots, a fourth great-grandson of Jacob, and John Barnes, a fifth great-grandson. Two implementing documents have also been included.

    ** In the document an English pound sign is used and it is assumed that this means 0 pounds, 7 shillings and 6 pence

    *** Henry Speer. On 27 January 1779, as Surveyer of Surry County, Henry signed the survey of Jacob Hutts first land grant of 200 acres on Harmons Creek. The grant was approved on 30 November 1780.

    Rodney Nelson Hoots
    Arlington, Virginia
    _______________________________________________________________________________

    * The above conclusion concerning the birth of Jacob Hoots in 1745 was fostered by an item on page 171 of "Descendants of Jacob Hoots," by Carl Casper Hoots, included completely out of context with other material in the book and without comment. The item was furnished to Carl by a Mr. Adrian Elarth Allen of Jerome, Idaho, in 1975: "Family sheet information on the Jacob Hoots family, obtained from Surry Co, NC and other records: Jacob Hoots, b. about 1745, will probated Aug. 1801; wife, Mrs. Margaret Hoots, b. about 1748." Mr. Allen and two other contributors also had this information entered in the records of The Church of the Latter Day Saints. Rodney Hoots obtained copies of Mr. Allen's "Family Record" submissions to the Church but they did not contain documented proof of the entry pertaining to Jacob Hoots. The investigation continues.

    Notes on Adrian Allen's Family Record sheets:

    - Jacob and Margaret were married 10 March 1792 - Bondsman John Miller. (Note by Rodney Nelson Hoots, compiler of this family tree: In June 2003 I wrote to the North Carolina State Archives requesting a search for any documents pertaining to the alleged marriage of Jacob Hoots and Margaret. The response, dated 27 June 2003, said "We have searched various spellings of all names and combinations of names and initials in the Statewide Index to North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, without finding Jacob Hoots and Margaret, probably in Surry County, ca. 1792.")

    - Sources: Letter from (Mrs.) L. A. Poteet (great-granddaughter, Route #1, Louisburg, Kansas); Family Bible of Claude Hoots; News and clippings (?) from C.A. Gilbert; County records of Washington County, Illinois; County records of Surry County, North Carolina.

    - (Jacob's) Will abstracted 19 February 1801, probated August 1801.

    Notes on Adrian Allen's Family Record sheets that pertain to other family members:

    - "I have abstracts of marriage bonds from Surry County, North Carolina, showing Jacob Hoots married Mary Renniger 16 October 1819 - John Renniger, Bondsman. I cannot determine if above name is the son of Jacob, son of Jacob, or whether he is the son of Philip, son of Jacob. I am convinced he is the grandson of Jacob Hoots, whose will was probated August 1801 in Dobson, Surry County, North Carolina."

    - "Other abstracts of marriage bonds from Surry County, North Carolina: Jacob Hoots and Polly Carver, 11 January 1791 - George Zeglar, Bondsman; Philip Hoots and Mary Morgan, 10 March 1792 - John Miller, Bondsman; John Hoots and Frances Taylor, 2 March 1795; Henry Hoots and Ann Groce, 13 January 1803 - Simon Groce, Bondsman."

    - "I have carefully approximated the order of birth of this family from comparing the will and marriage bonds."

    - Sources of information: Clerk of Court, Surry County, North Carolina; Mrs. Matta
    Nance; Jacob Hoots' will; Abstracts of Will and Marriage Bonds, Surry County, North Carolina.




    Father: Johann Jacob Huth b: 1719 in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Palatinate
    Mother: Maria Margaretha Andrae b: ABT 1721 in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Palatinate

    Marriage 1 Margaret (wife of Jacob Hoots , Sr. b: MAY 1750 in Virginia
    • Married: ABT 1765 in Rowan (Forsyth) County, North Carolina
    Children
    1. Has Children John Hoots b: ABT 1765 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
    2. Has Children Jacob Hoots , Jr. b: ABT 1766 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
    3. Has Children Phillip Hoots b: ABT 1768 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
    4. Has Children Peter Hoots b: ABT 1773 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina
    5. Has Children Mary Hoots b: ABT 1774 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
    6. Has Children Anthony (Tom) Hoots , Sr. b: ABT 1774 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
    7. Has Children Henry Hoots b: 1780 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
    8. Has Children Daniel Hoots , Sr. b: ABT 1785 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina
    9. Has No Children Margaret Hoots , Jr. b: ABT 1790 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, North Carolina

    Sources:
    1. Title: Allen FTM.FTW
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: 27 Mar 2001

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