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UPDATED WITH PODCAST Biography: Charles Hooks born February 20, 1768 Revolutionary War Soldier

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(1768- 1843)

Montgomery County, Alabama

Charles Hooks is buried in Montgomery county, about twenty miles from the city of Montgomery, in a family burial ground on his plantation. It is now known as the “Old Moulton Place.” on Laurel Hill. His services in the Revolution in North Carolina are mentioned in Wheeler’s History of North Carolina, and Mrs. Ellet’s Women of the Revolution.

There is an interesting chapter in the latter book, called “Mary Slocomb,” which gives a delightful account of the beautiful home and patriotic deeds of Mary Hooks Slocumb, elder sister of Charles Hooks Her husband was Lieutenant Ezekiel Slocumb, who raised a troop of light horse to watch the enemy and punish the Tories. In April 1781, just after the battle of Guilford Court House, the British colonel, Tarleton, made his headquarters at the Slocumb home in Wayne county. Charles Hooks, a lad of thirteen at the time, was away with his brother- in-law, Lieut. Slocumb, in hot pursuit of some Tory marauders. They narrowly escaped being captured upon their return, as they were ignorant of the fact that a thousand men were in possession of their home, but the warning of a faithful slave enabled them to retreat with safety.

Charles Hooks was born in Bertie county, North Carolina, February 20th, 1768, and died in Montgomery county, Alabama, on the 18th of October, 1843. He was the son of Thomas and Anna Hooks and was married three times, first to Betsie Williams, January 1, 1789; second to Kitty Dickson, March 29, 1795, and third to Mary Anne Hunter on Nov. 15, 1796.

By his first marriage, it appears from the records that he had the following children: James Hooks, born March 2, 1790; Thomas Hooks on November 16, 1791, and Charles A. Hooks, September 18, 1793.

He and Kitty Dickson had only one child by his second marriage, Dickson Hooks, born January 20, 1796.

After the Revolution he married Mary Anne Hunter; she was the daughter of Isaac Hunter and Priscilla——–, and granddaughter of Isaac Hunter of Chowan, N. C., who died in 1752, and whose will is on file among the records at Edenton, N. C.

They had the following children;

Marshall H. Hooks, born December 1797 who married Tabbie Fitzpatrick sister of Gov. Fitzpatrick. They lived in Tuskeegee, Alabama where they died and had three daughters;

  • Catherine Hooks, who married John Campbell—they had five children, Dick Campbell, Kate Campbell, Lizzie Campbell Sallie Campbell and James Campbell.
  • The next child of Marshall H. and Tabbie Hooks, was Betsy Jane Hooks, who married Judge William K. Harris of Tuskegee, Alabama and by their marriage had the children as follows: Willie K. Harris, married A. B. Vandergrift of Birmingham; Betsy Jane Harris, who married 1st Frank L. Wadsworth 2nd Charles H. Molton, and lived in Birmingham in 1911. Next child, Mary Harris, who married Robert Y.Ware, Jr. and they resided in Autauga county, Alabama in 1911. Other children who died young belonged to this couple. Betsy Jane Hooks Harris married second E. W. Story, by whom she had no children.
  • Sarah Hooks, the next child of Marshall and Tabbie Hooks married David Graves Fitzpatrick and they had two sons, Marshall and Charles Fitzpatrick, who lived in Bessemer, Alabama, and had several children who died when young

Eliza Jane Hooks, born December 9, 1799, who married a Mr. Hatch, died October 9, 1820, and was buried on her father’s plantation in Duplin County, North Carolina in the same grave with an infant. The grave is covered with a large marble slab and was in good condition in 1908.

Catherine Anne Hooks, born October 31, 1801, married Maj. Thomas Molton in Duplin County, N C., They moved to Montgomery, Alabama in 1826. Her husband died November 1, 1845, leaving her with a large family, five sons and four daughters, all of them except one being under age, and the responsibility of raising and education so large a family rested upon her. She proved equal to the occasion and conditions surrounding her in every way, surviving her husband 27 years. Major Thomas Molton was born in N.C. August 1, 1786, and died November 1, 1845, on his plantation in Montgomery (now Elmore) county, Alabama. He was married twice; first to Miss Julia Ward daughter of Gen. Charles Ward, of Duplin County, N.C, and they had two daughters, Sarah Molton and Eliza Molton, both of whom married Templeton Reed, of Montgomery, Alabama. His second wife was of course, Catherine Ann, daughter of Charles and Anne Hooks, a niece of his first wife.

Thomas and Catherine Anne (Hooks) Molton had nine children:

  1. Narcissa Jane Molton, born December 3, 1821, died April 3, 1900;
  2. Charles Hooks Molton, born August 18, 1825 – died October 3, 1871;
  3. William Peacock Molton, twin brother of Charles Hooks Molton born August 18, 1825, died October 9, 1902;
  4. Thomas James Molton, born December 12, 1827- died March 3, 1896;
  5. Julia Amanda Molton, born November 24, 1829 -died October 5, 1873;
  6. Robert Hogan Molton, born August 1833- died in 1873;
  7. Catherine Ann Molton Glover born July 18, 1833 – Oct 5, 1873
  8. Marshall Harris Molton, born December 13, 1835, died after 1911;
  9. Sarah Eliza Molton born July 26, 1838- died June 29, 1862.

Catherine died September 27, 1872. Her remains were interred in a vault in the Montgomery City Cemetery.

Narcissa Jane Molton, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Anne Molton, born December 3, 1821, in Duplin County, North Carolina, moved with her parents to Montgomery County, Alabama in 1826; married 1st John Henley, and by this marriage, she bore the following children:

  1. Thomas Molton Henley, born in Montgomery County, Alabama December 3, 1839-died in Bibb county April 4, 1888; Catherine, born February 22, 1841- died September 9, 1842;
  2. John Charles Henley, born in Montgomery County, Alabama September 29, 1842-died in Birmingham, Alabama, May 15, 1909;
  3. Michael H. Henley, born March 18, 1844-died May 19, 1854;
  4. Narcissa Jane Henley, born July 28, 1846-died November 12, 1848;
  5. Annie Julia Henley, born March 8, 1848-died July 6, 1849;
  6. Robert Walter Henley, born August 11, 1850- died January 9, 1864.

John Henley, the first husband of Narcissa Jane Molton was a native of Ireland, born December 12, 1809-died October 10, 1853. The second husband of Narcissa Jane Molton was Judge Hugh W. Watson of Montgomery, Alabama. They had no children.

Colonel Charles Hooks Molton was born in Duplin County, N. C. August 18, 1825, to Major Thomas and Catherine Anne Hooks Molton. Col. Charles Molton moved with his parents to Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama in 1828 from North Carolina. He died at the old Molton homestead in Montgomery (now Elmore) County, Alabama on October 3, 1871, and was buried in the cemetery in the city of Montgomery. Both his parents Major Thomas Molton and Catherine Hooks Molton died in Montgomery, Alabama.

Col. Charles Hooks Molton married Julia Anne Hunter in 1846 and they had nine children: as follows;

  1. Son died in infancy in 1847;
  2. Lizzie Whitfield Molton, born in Montgomery County, Alabama, July 20, 1849-died in Jefferson County Alabama December 31, 1905;
  3. Sallie Collier Molton, born in Montgomery County, Alabama April 24, 1851-died in Birmingham, Alabama October 21, 1878;
  4. Thomas Hunter Molton, born in Montgomery County, Alabama November 15, 1853;
  5. Julia Molton, born in Montgomery County, Alabama March 24, 1856-died MAY 24, 1857;
  6. Charles Hooks Molton, born in Montgomery County, Alabama August 9, 1858-died after 1911;
  7. Annie Julia Molton, born in Montgomery County, Alabama March 2, 1861-died after 1911;
  8. William Forrest Molton, born in City of Montgomery, Alabama June 3, 1863-died after 1911;
  9. Robert Marshall Molton, born at old Molton place, Elmore County, Alabama January 20, 1866-died after 1911.

William Peacock Molton and his twin brother Charles Hooks Molton resided together until the death of Charles. He never married and the latter years of his life, lived with his brother

Robert Hogan Molton He died October 9, 1902, and his remains were interred in the vault with his mother in the City Cemetery at Montgomery, Alabama.

Thomas James Molton was born in Montgomery County, Alabama, December 27, 1827-died in Montgomery County, March 3, 1896, buried in City Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. He married Mary W. Ware, daughter of Dr. Robert J. Ware, of Montgomery County, Alabama.

They had three children:

  1. Zennie Ware Molton, born Oct 17, 1853-died Oct 3, 1859;
  2. Robert Ware, Molton born in 1855-died after 1911 in Macon County, Alabama;
  3. Thomas James Ware Molton, born ca. 1870- died ca. 1888.

Julia Amanda Molton, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Anne Molton, born November 24, 1829-died of yellow fever at Tuskegee, Alabama Oct 5, 1873. She married Robert Y. Ware and they had the following children:

  1. Ann Ware, born October 16, 1848-died August 10, 1850;
  2. Kate Ware, born ca. 1850-died of yellow fever in Montgomery, Ala in October 1873;
  3. Mary Ware, born December 10, 1852-died February 6, 1900;
  4. Robert James Ware, born August 28, 1853-died January 9, 1854;
  5. Robert Y. Ware, born March 30, 1855-died after 1911;
  6. Julia Ware, born ca. 1856-died when 10 or 12;
  7. Molton Ware, born ca. 1858-died ca. 1884;
  8. Walter Ware, born ca. 1860-died young.

Capt. Robert Hogan Molton, son of Thomas and Catherine Anne Molton, born Aug. 1831 in Montgomery County, Alabama-died August 8, 1895. He married Rachael Haywood Moore.

Their children were;

  1. Mary Lizzie Molton, born February 9, 1850-died June 18, 1863;
  2. Kate Haywood Molton, born November 17, 1854-died May 19, 1855;
  3. Lillie Belle Molton, born August 13, 1856-died March 5, 1873. After losing his own children, he took into his home and raised two youngest orphan boys of his brother Charles and the orphan son and daughter of his sister Catherine Glover

Catherine Anne Molton, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Anne Molton, was born in 1833 in Montgomery County, Alabama. She died October 5, 1873, of yellow fever at Tuskeegee, Alabama. She married Allen Glover, of Green County, Alabama. They had the following children;

  1. Molton Glover;
  2. Kate Allena Glover;
  3. Allen Walton Glover, born September 3, 1864-died June 10, 1903, never married;
  4. Minnie Glover , born 1867-died after 1911;
  5. Robert O Glover twin to Minnie, died in infancy.

Marshall Harris Molton, son of Thomas and Catherine Anne Molton, was born in Montgomery County, Alabama, December 13, 1835; married Julia Toombs Dubose. They had two children.

  1. William E. Molton, who died at the age of five years, and
  2. Kate Julia Molton, wife of Joseph R. Smith, Jr., born about 1858-died in Birmingham, August 31, 1907.

Sarah Eliza Molton, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Anne Molton, born July 26th 1838-died June 29, 1861. She married Dr. B. F. Blount, of Chambers County, Alabama and they had one child Sallie, who died when about five years of age. Dr. Blount was a prominent physician, afterward the proprietor of a large drug store in the city of Montgomery, where he lived for many years. He finally moved to Memphis Tenn., where he died of yellow fever in 1873.

Narcissa A. Hooks, born May 22, 1803, married Peter Coffee Harris, died May 27, 1864, at her home in Tuskegee Alabama. She is buried in the Tuskegee city cemetery.

Amanda Anne Hooks, born April 16, 1807, died in childhood.

David I. Hooks, born November 10, 1812, married and lived on his plantation near Shreveport, LA., till 1859. He then moved twenty miles below Shreveport on Red River, where he died soon after the Civil War. He had three daughters, one a Mrs. Meriwether. The latter lived on Red River twenty miles below Shreveport. Mrs. Meriwether had one son. He moved from that section in 1884 and his address was unknown. One daughter of David Hooks was Mrs. Kate Renison. She had a son, James Hooks who was living in New Jersey in 1885. David I. Hooks died in the year 1865, leaving the two children Ann Hooks and Kate Hooks. Ann Hooks married —-Merriwether, first, —-Bush second, died in 1887. Kate married —-Renison as her first husband and —-Jordan as her second husband. —-Jordan after the death of his wife, Kate Hooks, married his wife’s niece, Mary Merriwether, and moved to Montgomery, Alabama. Ann Hooks’ second husband was —-Bush and by him had one son who was living in Texas in 1911.

Sarah Amanda Hooks, born April 30, 1817, married George James Forrest She died in the city of New York, January 24, 1854. She had children as follows: Anne Kate Forrest, who married Rev. George Zabriskie Gray- both died before 1911; Charles Robert Forrest, married Harriet Chanler – both living in 1911 in Hartford, Conn; Molton Hooks Forrest, married Emma Louise Safford, —he died but his wife was living in 1911 in Philadelphia; Sarah Florena Forrest died white quite young.

Col. Charles Hooks became a man of distinction. He went to the legislature from Duplin county in 1802-03-04 and again in 1810- 11. He served seven years as a member of Congress in 1816-17 and again from 1819 to 1825. He moved to Alabama in 1826 where he died on October 18, 1843. His memorial is in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama. (Actual burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Elmore Co, Alabama.)


  1. Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Alabama By Annie R. White Mel 1904
  2. The personal and family history of Charles Hooks and Margaret Monk Harris By James Coffee Harris 1911
  3. Find A Grave Memorial# 78345773 # 78352431 # 78345753 # 102240541 # 78352467 # 78352495 # 105911030 # 105911146 # 78430578  78352531 # 105902877

This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume VI

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