William Carver & Matilda (Jackson) Hooton
William Carver Hooton was a pioneeer settler of Hootontown, Missouri.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Hooton, great-grandson of W.C. Hooton)
Hooton researchers please email Valerie Hooton.
None of these Stone Countians have been identified. They are gathered at what looks to be the mouth of a cave which seems to be the source of a spring. Bill Hooton thinks that at least some of the people must be Hooton family members. If you recognize any of the people, or if you know where the cave is located, please contact Valerie Hooton.
(News clipping courtesy of Bill Hooton)
BENJAMIN HOOTON FAMILY
(First family of Hootonville)
This charming photo from the collection of Bill Hooton offers us a glimpse of a what must have been a refreshing treat for a pioneer family. Pictured from left: Rebecca Hooton; William Carver Hooton; the two little boys’ names are unknown; little girl-Louise Cochran (granddaughter of Rebecca & Benjamin); Benjamin Hooton (husband of Rebecca, & son of Wiliam);and an unknown friend of the family stands on the far right.
Benjamin Hooton was 13 years old when his father, William was a soldier in the Civil War. Benjamin told a family member that they were forced to hide in a cave to avoid Bushwhackers, and that his three year old sister died in his arms while they were hiding. Bill Hooton is the grandson of Benjamin and Rebecca.
JAMES & EMMA JACKSON HOOTON FAMILY
James W. Hooton was born December 1867 in Stone County. He was married to Emma R. Jackson, born September 8, 1873 the daughter of Gilbert and Dicie Coker Jackson. Both James and Emma are buried in Jamesville Cemetery, Stone County Missouri. Their children were Lula, William, Charles, Thomas, and twins Elva and Edith. The name of the elderly lady standing is not known. James was the son of Benjamin Hooton, who along with William Carver Hooton founded Hootontown. It is believed by family members that Benjamin and William were cousins. (Photo courtesy of Bill Hooton)
*Note by Jo Dunne: This photo was sent to me by Bill Hooton, great-grandson of William Carver Hooton, one of the first settlers of Hootontown. Bill believes the town was first called Hootonville. Though it is sometimes spelled Hooten, the original spelling was Hooton. My great-grandaunt Emmie Jackson was married to Jim Hooton, son of Benjamin Hooton. William Carver Hooton and Benjamin were cousins.
This wonderful collection of photos belongs to Bill Hooton, great-grandson of William Carver Hooton, founder of Hootontown, Missouri. William Carver and his cousin, Benjamin Hooton were pioneer settlers of Stone County. We are very grateful to Bill Hooton for sharing these treasured photographs with us. Hooton researchers may email Valerie Hooton (linked above).