Finding aid to the Felix Hargrett Papers of John Hook

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JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2311 MEMORIAL AVENUE
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA 24501
(434) 846-0501
FELIX HARGRETT (1902-1988) PAPERS OF JOHN HOOK
The collection includes two volumes of typed transcriptions of the papers of John
HOOK done by Felix HARGRETT. Also included are miscellaneous photostatic copies
of the papers, as well as correspondence and research notes of HARGRETT. The papers
cover the years 1760-1808 and are copies of the HOOK papers at Duke University in
North Carolina.
BOX 1 Transcriptions (2 volumes)
BOX 2

2-1 Miscellaneous papers 1763-1771
2-2 Miscellaneous papers 1771-1773
2-3 Miscellaneous papers 1773-1775
2-4 Miscellaneous papers 1775-1778
2-5 Miscellaneous papers 1777-1800
2-6 Miscellaneous papers 1801-1808
2-7 Miscellaneous papers
2-8 CALLAWAY vs. THOMPSON
2-9 HOOK vs. PICKLESIMON and WEST
2-10 KENNETT to BUFORD
2-11 Thomas Ludwell LEE to Richard Henry LEE
2-12 HOOK vs. ROSS
2-13 HOOK vs. SWINFIELD HILL and Company
2-14 Manuscript fragments
2-15 HARGRETT letters
2-16 Miscellaneous notes and references

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JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2311 MEMORIAL AVENUE
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA 24501
(434) 846-0501
JOHN HOOK (1745-1808)
John HOOK, the son of Henry HOOK, was born ca. 1745 in Glasgow, Scotland. He
emigrated to Virginia and arrived in Richmond in 1758 as an indentured apprentice clerk
and storekeeper for a firm in Glasgow. He later moved to Petersburg, where he worked
for the James and Robert DONALD Company.
John HOOK was later partners with William and James DONALD in a store at New
London in Bedford County, Virginia. Although the business opened in 1766, HOOK had
a difficult time since he was a newcomer. Crop failures in the area resulted in HOOK
accepting deeds of trust and mortgages for payment. He gradually acquired large tracts
of land in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia.
In 1771, he entered into a partnership with David ROSS, a leading exporter-importer
in Richmond and Petersburg. The partnership lasted until 1779. ROSS brought suit
against John HOOK for breach of partnership. The final settlement of the ROSS-HOOK
Company was made in 1850.
During the Revolutionary War period, John HOOK was prosecuted for making
treasonable comments against the new government in Virginia and for distributing
Loyalist pamphlets. He was finally jailed but was released. Later, under threat of being
tarred and feathered, he was taken prisoner and brought to trial. HOOK answered all the
charges against him and was released, with the understanding that he was to cease all
trade with England and was to sign an oath of allegiance.
John HOOK married 29 February 1772 Elizabeth SMITH, daughter of Col. John
SMITH, of Bedford County.
John HOOK died in 1808 in Franklin County, Virginia.
[Warren L. Moorman, "John Hook, New London Merchant," Journal of the Roanoke Valley Historical
Society, Vol. 11, No. 1 (1980), pp. 40-54.]

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JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2311 MEMORIAL AVENUE
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA 24501
(434) 846-0501
FELIX HARGRETT (1902-1988)
Felix HARGRETT was born 30 May 1902 in Georgia and was graduated with honors
from the University of Georgia in 1924. He was associated with the Home Insurance
Company of New York during his entire business career.
Felix HARGRETT served with the U. S. Navy during World War II, retiring in 1946
as Commander.
Following his retirement in 1967, HARGRETT moved to Roanoke, Virginia, where
he lived until 1983. He was a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and was a
founder and trustee of the University Botanical Gardens.
Felix HARGRETT discovered John HOOK's letter copy books and donated them to
Duke University in North Carolina. He had discovered them while spending the summer
at the Mons Hotel at the Peaks of Otter, in Bedford County, Virginia.
Felix HARGRETT died on 14 December 1988 in Lynchburg and was buried in the
Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke.
[Obituary, News & Daily Advance (Lynchburg, VA), 16 December 1988, Sect. B, p. 2 col. 2; Felix
Hargrett, "John Hook, Frontier Bookseller," Journal of the Roanoke Valley Historical Society, Vol. 11 No.
1 (1980), p. 55.]

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Title

Finding aid to the Felix Hargrett Papers of John Hook

Subject

finding aids
Hook, John
Hargrett, Felix

Description

Finding aid to the Felix Hargrett Papers of John Hook held at Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, Virginia. The papers are copies of the Hook Papers held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Creator

George M. Jones Memorial Library

Publisher

George M. Jones Memorial Library

Date

2023

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George M. Jones Memorial Library

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pdf

Language

English

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MS1221FA

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George M. Jones Memorial Library, “Finding aid to the Felix Hargrett Papers of John Hook,” Digital Collections, accessed July 20, 2024, https://digitaljones.omeka.net/items/show/245.