52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #52 John Hooton

Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme. This week the theme was Resolution. A resolution can be something that you resolve to do. It can also be the end or conclusion of something. What ancestor do you resolve to find more about in 2016? What ancestor have you resolved conflicting evidence about?

For many of the topics this year, I have struggled to decide on an ancestor (or relative) that fitted in with the theme for the week.  I struggled with this again this week, so I’ve decided to just do a post about an ancestor I haven’t covered yet.

I’ve decided to write about my ex-husband’s 3x great grandfather John Hooton.

John was born about 1811 in Nottinghamshire.  His father was Joseph Hooton, but his mother’s name is unknown.  I have not yet been able to find a baptism record for him.

John married Eliza Patchet on 16 January 1838 in Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, England1. Both John and Eliza were residing in Walker Street. John was a brewer. His father Joseph was listed as a labourer.

John and Eliza and son Henry migrated to Australia on the “John Bull”, arriving at the Port Phillip District in January 1840.  John was aged 29, from Western Nottingham.  Eliza was aged 30, a dressmaker, from Nottingham.  They could both read and write.  Henry was their son, 15 months old, from Nottingham.

After arriving in Australia, John and Eliza had 7 more children:

  • Emily born about 1841
  • Eliza born about 1842
  • Edmund born about 1845
  • John born about 1845
  • Mary Ann born about 1849
  • Selina born about 1851
  • Charles born about 1854

John died 21 July 1887 in Thomas Road Brighton East.  At the time of his death he was a gardener.  He died from morbus brightis, broncho pneumonia, 12 days.  His father was Joseph Hooten, a farmer, and his mother’s name was not known.  The informant was Henry Hooton, son, St Kilda.  He was buried 24 July 1887 at Brighton Cemetery.  The undertaker was John McDowell.  The minister was A Howard, Baptist.  The witness at his burial was Joseph Smith.  He was born in Western Nottinghamshire, England, and he had lived in Victoria for 47 years.