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HISTORY: JOHN & REBECCA HOOPER
HISTORY: JOHN & REBECCA HOOPER



 



JOHN THOMAS HOOPER (Snr)  &  REBECCA PAGE




John Thomas & Rebecca Page's 1849 marriage certificate - John's father given as James Hooper




St James The Less - Bethnal Green
Where John Hooper & Rebecca Page married in 1849

   John Thomas Hooper was born in Bethnal Green, London, England in 1826 to parents James John Hooper & Selina Banks.  John Thomas Hooper followed in his father's footsteps and became a plasterer by trade. John was living at 9 Gibraltar Walk, Bethnal Green when he married Rebecca Page on the 30th May 1849. John's occupation is listed as plasterer. The marriage took place at St James The Less, Bethnal Green. Witnesses for the marriage were William Page, Rebecca's father, a shoemaker, and William Samuel Eastman. John signed his name and Rebecca signed with her mark, an X.This indicates that Rebecca was unable to write which was not unusual for this era. Rebecca Page's address on the marriage record lists her as living at 12 Charles Street, Bethnal Green.



Bethnal Green c.1827

    The map above was created in 1827 and gives a good idea of the area of Bethnal Green (in part) that John Hooper and Rebecca Page were raised in. We know that Rebecca was born in Bethnal Green and we are assuming that John was also born there in1826 (age defined according to his age at death in NZ and by Poor Law records). The pink dot indicates Charles Street and this is where Rebecca's parents, William Page & Sophia Sifton, lived in 1831 when they had Rebecca baptized. The blue dot indicates Wellington Row where Rebecca & John's daughter, Sophia Rebecca Hooper, was born in 1850. The green dot indicates Castle Street where Rebecca was living at the time of her marriage to John in 1849 and John was living where the yellow dot indicates Gibraltar Walk. As can be seen they lived very close to one another for many years of their life. There were Hooper families that lived near Charles Street and Gibraltar Walk so it is easy to imagine that John & his father, James Hooper, were related to them in some way. If anyone can help please email jowarby@bigpond.net.au .



Rebecca Page's Baptism record 1831

  Rebecca Page was born on the 12th April 1831 and Christened on the 11th May 1831 at St Leonards, Shoreditch, England by her parents William Page and Sophia Sifton. The Page family lived within this district for most of their lives. Following the death of William Page (Rebecca's father) her married sister, Hannah and husband Thomas Poynter, moved into the Charles Street family home to care for her mother and remained living there for many years. In 1841 widowed Ann Johnson was living a few doors away from the Page family along with two of her sons. One of these sons, Edward Johnson, married another of Rebecca's sister's, Lydia Page. Living close by in New Street & Duke Street are other married members of the Page family in numerous census records. It is possible that John Hooper and Rebecca Page meet when John was visiting relatives that also lived in Charles Street and that they had known one another from childhood days.



Daughter: Sophia Rebecca's 1850 Bethnal Green Birth Registration

  John & Rebecca Hooper are known to have only two children in the UK and no other's in NZ. John, upon his mother, Rebecca's death in 1908 Carterton, New Zealand, is listed in a newspaper article as being an only son. A daughter Sophia Rebecca was born in 1850 in Bethnal Green, London. A family of this size is unusual for the time and very unusual if the Hooper families that followed are anything to go by. William had 14 children and his son had 16 in New Zealand. John and Rebecca, for unknown reasons, moved from Bethnal Green between 1851 and 1853. Son, William John, was born in Doddinghurst, Essex on the 8th January 1853. John became a shopkeeper in Doddinghurst as indicated on William's birth cerificate and is also listed as still being a Plasterer on the same certificate. Sometime around 1855 Rebecca & John made the decision to emmigrated to New Zealand.



The 'Ann Wilson' Passenger list showing passengers John, Rebecca, Sophia & William Hooper and Thomas Oliver.


  On the passenger list for the 'ANN WILSON' (click on link to see full story) that departed Liverpool, England on the 30th November 1856 arrived in Wellington New Zealand on the 29th March 1857 are John, Rebecca, Sophia and William Hooper. Also listed as a passenger was a Thomas Oliver and I am confident this is John's nephew by his sister Selina Oliver (nee Hooper) and James Oliver. The voyage was, by all accounts, a horrific one and little Sophia Rebecca Hooper died at sea. John, Rebecca and William have been difficult to track once they arrived in New Zealand until John Hooper applied for and was granted an allotment of land in Carterton, New Zealand. Son, William John Hooper took over the running of his father's farm, then his son John Thomas took over from him and John's son, also a John Thomas, then took over from his father. So the same Carterton allotment of land stayed in the Hooper family for many generations. John's sister Selina Oliver also emigrated to New Zealand after her husband James died and settled in Carterton where she remarried to John Stoodley in 1872, an old Carterton settler of many years.



This Newspaper clipping (above) indicates John Hooper also had Mill interests as well as his farming venture




Rebecca Hooper's 1908 NZ Newspaper death notice 

John Thomas Hooper died on the 16th March 1904 and Rebecca Hooper died on the 28th October 1908. Both John & Rebecca are buried together at the Clareville Cemetery in Carterton, NewZealand but only John is marked on the headstone.



John Thomas Hooper & Rebecca Hooper's grave at Clareville Cemetery - NZ


JOHN THOMAS HOOPER & REBECCA PAGE'S CHILDREN

1) Sophia Rebecca (1850-1956/57)
2)
William John Hooper (1853-1927)


FOR FURTHER FAMILY HISTORY

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HOOPER FAMILY TREE 
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PAGE FAMILY TREE 
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WILLIAM & CHARLOTTE HOOPER'S HISTORY 
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JAMES & ROSA HOOPER'S HISTORY 
visit ... our 
HOOPER PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM 
visit ... the 
'ANN WILSON' voyage pages
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HOOPER HEADSTONES & GRAVES

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