John Hooser Estate Settlement
On which is the following Endorsement to wit:
Filed for Record December 4th 1872 at 12 O'clock M
J. A. Bagby Clk
Recorded December 4th 1872 at 3 O'clock PM
J. A. Bagby Clerk
The State of Texas }
County of Red River }
Know all men by these presents that we Barsheba Hooser, William B. Hooser, Mary J. Lawson, Daniel M. Hooser, Thomas H. Hooser, M. C. Hooser, Julia A. Walker, William C. Hooser, Mary D. Mason, and Lucretia J. Mason being at law of the Estate of John Hooser Late of said County deceased. We the above named parties do hereby consent and agree to divide the homestead containing one hundred and forty four acres of land to be divided as follows: That Barsheba Hooser have ten acres off of the North end of the Prairie Tract | and that M. C. Hooser have the next ten acres joining | and that Mary J. Lawson have the next ten acres joining | and that Thomas H. Hooser have the next ten acres joining | and that W. B. Hooser have the next ten acres joining | and that Mary D. Mason have the next ten acres joining | and that Lucretia J. Mason have the next ten acres joining | and that W. C. Hooser have the next ten acres joining | and that Daniel M. Hooser have the next and last ten acres of the said Prairie tract and that the Timber tract containing forty acres be equally divided between each one of us.
To all of which we agree and assign our names this the 19th day of November AD 1872.
The understanding is that Barsheba Hooser is to have control and use of the building she now resides in and also the house that George W. Walker lived in recently said buildings being on the ten acres allotted to M. C. Hooser.
M. C. Hooser
I. H. Lawson
M. D. Lawson
G. W. Walker
J. A. Walker
T. H. Hooser
W. B. Hooser
W. B. Hooser for John and M. D. Mason
W. B. Hooser for James and L. J. Mason
W. B. Hooser for W. C. Hooser
Source: Book S, pp. 605-606, Red River County, Texas
The county clerk made several errors in this document:
Using "Lucretia" instead of "Lucinda" for Lucinda Jane Clapp Mason. (Her mother, John's daughter, Martha Anne Hooser Clapp, is not listed because she was deceased when the document was executed; thus, her share went to her daughter, Lucinda.) Unfortunately, this error has given rise to the theory that John had an additional daughter named Lucretia.
Using "M. D." instead of "M. J." for Mary Jane Hooser Lawson.
Omitting the signature for Daniel Marion Hooser.
Son Alexander Hooser was not included in the settlement because he died at age 22 without issue, but why son Newton W. Hooser or his children are not included is a mystery.
This table summarizes the parties' relationships to John Hooser.
|Signatory||Full Name||Relationship to John Hooser|
|Barsheba Hooser||Barsheba [Unknown]||Last wife|
|M. C. Hooser||Mordecai Clinton Hooser||Son|
|I. H. Lawson||Isaiah Hampton Lawson||Husband of Mary Jane Hooser|
|M. D. [sic] Lawson||Mary Jane Hooser Lawson||Daughter|
|G. W. Walker||George W. Walker||Husband of Julia Anne Hooser|
|J. A. Walker||Julia Anne Hooser Walker||Daughter|
|T. H. Hooser||Thomas Hardin Hooser||Son|
|W. B. Hooser||Williamson B. Hooser||Son|
|W. B. Hooser for John and M. D. Mason||John Mason, Sr.
Mary D. Hooser Mason
|Husband of Mary D. Hooser
Granddaughter (daughter of Unknown and Newton W. Hooser, deceased).
|W. B. Hooser for James and L. J. Mason||James W. Mason
Lucinda Jane Clapp Mason
|Husband of Lucinda Jane Clapp
Granddaughter (daughter of Martha Anne Hooser Mason, deceased, and John Clapp, Sr.)
|W. B. Hooser for W. C. Hooser||William Cain Hooser||Son|
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Last updated February 1, 2005.