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Most of the information here is taken from Yaldwyn, John & Hobbs, Juliet, My Dear Hector: Letters from Joseph Dalton Hooker to James Hector 1862-1893 (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, N.Z., 1998), pp. 250-251. I would be grateful for additions and/or corrections.

Joseph Hooker

Joseph Hooker's father was Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) who married Maria née Turner (1797-1872), in 1815.

Joseph Dalton Hooker married: Frances Harriet Henslow (1825-1874) in 1851. They had 4 sons and 3 daughters:

William Henslow (1853-1942)

married Sarah Ann Smith (1863-1952) in 1914.

Harriet Anne (1854-1945)

married William Thiselton-Dyer (1843-1928) in 1877.

Charles Paget (1855-1933)

married Sophie Hayes Evans-Lombe (1857-1931) in 1885.

Maria Elizabeth (1857-1863)

 

Brian Harvey Hodgson (1860-1932)

married Sophie Catherine Willan (c.1863-1943) in 1888.

Reginald Hawthorn (1867-1944)

married Olive Marion Rücker (1878-1933) in 1911,

Grace Ellen (1868-1953).

 

Two years after Frances' death (1874), in 1876, Hooker remarried Hyacinth Symonds (1842-1921). They had two sons:

Joseph Symonds (1877-1940)

married Constance Bell (1881-?) in 1909.

Richard Symonds (1885-1950)

married Marjorie Peel (1880-1964) in 1912.

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Hooker, Brian Harvey Hodgson (1860-1932)

5th child, 3rd son of Joseph and Frances Hooker; studied at Royal School of Mines, London; further mining study at Clausthal and Freiberg, Germany; arrived Australia c.1885 and worked in gold-mining company in New South Wales before taking up government lectureship in Queensland; married Sophie Catherine Willan (q.v. as Hooker, Sophie Catherine) from Victoria in 1888; went into partnership with G.O. Kekewich (q.v.) in Queensland Minerals Exploration Company at Kilkevan; company appears to have failed and Brian went to New Zealand 1892 in search of work, leaving wife and children in Australia; Brian worked at Longwood Sluicing Company in Southland, company failed to thrive and he returned to work at Ivanhoe Gold Mining Company, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia 1894; went to Borneo 1900 for two years, then returned to Western Australia; worked as a government statistician in Melbourne 1911-27.

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Hooker, Charles Paget (1855-1933)

3rd child, 2nd son of Joseph and Frances Hooker; went into medical practice; married Sophie Hayes Evans-Lombe (1857-1931) in 1885; 2 sons, 3 daughters.

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Hooker, Frances Harriet née Henslow (1825-1874)

daughter of John Stevens Henslow (q.v.); first wife of Joseph Hooker, married 1851; 4 sons, 3 daughters: William Henslow (1853-1942), Harriet Anne (1854-1945), Charles Paget (1855-1933), Marie Elizabeth (1857-1863), Brian Harvey Hodgson (1860-1932), Reginald Hawthorn (1867-1944) and Grace Ellen (1868-1953).

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Hooker, Harriet Anne (1854-1945)

2nd child, first daughter of Joseph and Frances Hooker; sometimes called Henrietta by her father (see Hooker's letter 57 of 9 August 1870); at school in Berlin 1871-72; did some illustrations for Botanical Magazine; married William Thiselton Dyer (q.v.) 1877; 1 son, 1 daughter.

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Hooker, Hyacinth, Lady née Symonds (1842-1921)

daughter of Rev William Samuel Symonds (q.v.), and widow of Sir William Jardine (1800-1874); second wife of Joseph Hooker, married 1876; 2 sons: Joseph Symonds (1877-1940) and Richard Symonds (1885-1950).

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Hooker, Joseph Symonds (1877-1940)

8th child, 5th son of Joseph Hooker, first child of Joseph's second wife Hyacinth; referred to as Joey in his father's letters to James Hector; served in Boer War and Captain in Indian Regiment in 1914; married Constance Bell (born 1881) in 1909; 1 son.

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Hooker, Maria, Lady née Turner (1797-1872)

daughter of Yarmouth banker and botanist Dawson Turner (1775-1858); married William Jackson Hooker (q.v.) 1815; mother of Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911).

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Maria Elizabeth (1857-1863)

Maria Elizabeth (known as Minnie) was just six year’s old when she died. Hooker wrote to Darwin, whose daughter Annie had died a decade earlier, that ‘It will be long before I cease to hear her voice in my ears, or feel her little hand stealing into mine; by the fireside and in the garden, wherever I go she is there’.

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Hooker, Reginald Hawthorn (1867-1944)

6th child, 4th son of Joseph and Frances Hooker; trained as a mathematician at Cambridge; employed Board of Agriculture; sometime Secretary Royal Statistical Society and President Royal Meteorological Society; married Olive Marion Rücker (1878-1933) in 1911; 3 sons, 1 daughter.

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Hooker, Richard Symonds (1885-1950)

9th child, 6th son of Joseph Hooker, 2nd child of Joseph's second wife Hyacinth; studied law; married Marjorie Peel (1880-1964) in 1912.

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Hooker, Sophie Catherine née Willan (c.1863-1943)

from Victoria, Australia; married Brian Hooker (q.v.) in 1888; 3 sons, 1 daughter.

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Hooker, William Henslow (1853-1942)

eldest child of Joseph and Frances Hooker; Willy was sent to New Zealand for his health and lived with James and Georgiana Hector 1869-70; employed by India Office 1877; visited Iceland 1899; married Sarah Ann Smith (1863-1952) in 1914.

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Hooker, Sir William Jackson (1785-1865)

FRS, English botanist; Professor of Botany Glasgow University 1820 and Supervisor Glasgow Botanic Garden; appointed first Director Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 1841, a position he held until his death; edited the monthly Botanical Magazine 1826-65 and illustrated it from 1826 to 1834, when Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892) gradually took over preparation of the art work; father of Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911)

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