Thomas Hooker

#3118, b. circa 1592, d. before 1633
Mother*(--?--) Smithson d. b 1632
     Thomas Hooker was born circa 1592 England.1 He was the son of (--?--) Smithson. Thomas and Mary Pritchard were married 21 September 1619 St. Ann's, Blackfriars, London, England, Text: 21 Sep 1619 Thomas Hooker, Gent., of St Mary, Strand, Bachelor, 27, & Mary Pritchard, of same, Spinster, 26; consent of her mother, a Widow; at St Ann's, Blackfriars, London. Book: Burials. Collection: London: - Marriage Licenses, 1611-1828.2,3,4,5 Thomas Hooker died before 1633, England.
      "The same to Lord Treasurer Marlborough. Signifying his Majesty's pleasure that Hooker, the Tennis Court Keeper, be paid." [Minute, ibid.]

From: 'Charles I - volume 66: June 1-13, 1627', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1627-28 (1858), pp. 203-214. tennis.
Date accessed: 28 June 2008. He left a will on 4 June 1632

poor people of Hamersmith
wife Mary Hooker
Daughters Mary? Martha? Jana? Anna?
my soson Henry Duncombe
his daughter Mar
Margary " Bun?
Brother Edward, brother Athol wife Owen, Robert, Samuell Sambroke, Thomas Gil.. Robert O.'

32. Petition of Mary Hooke, keeper of the King's tennis court at St. James's, and John Hooke, her husband, to the King. Before the death of her late husband, Thomas Hooker, there was 3,000l. due to him in 1630, whereof he abated 1,000l. for renewing the lease of the tennis court, and by his will left the other 2,000l. for the portions of his children. In May 1633 petitioner received 1,000l., and for the King's play since 1630 to 2nd May 1636 there is due 632l. 7s. Prays a Privy Seal for 1,632l. 7s. [½ p.] Underwritten.

32. i. Direction to the Lord Treasurer to give order for a Privy Seal for payment of what is due. St. James's, 25th February 1636–7. [¼ p.] Annexed.

32. ii. Statement of the accounts of the above petitioners, initialed by the King. [1 p.]

From: 'Charles I - volume 348: February 23-28, 1637', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1636-7 (1867), pp. 457-478. tennis. Date accessed: 28 June 2008.6

The Tennis Court
The tennis court in St. James's Field was built between 1617 and 1619 by Gedeon Lozer. Lozer built the court and a dwelling house on a piece of ground in the south-west corner of the field which measured 140 feet along St. James's Street and 80 feet along the old highway (B on fig. 58). (PRO, LR1/56,f.226) The court itself measured 100 feet by 35 feet; it was built of brick, covered and paved with tiles, and on its east side was a lean-to or walk. (PRO, E317/Midd.42) In 1631 a reversionary lease of this property was granted to Thomas Hooker, keeper of the tennis court. (Cal. S.P.Dom. 1625-6, p. 577) By 1663 Hooker's lease had passed to Martha Barker, who in that year sub-let part of the house and the tennis court to Robert Havercampe, 'with the Curtaines and nets thereunto belonging together with the benefitt of the Rackets, balls, sockes and shoes belonging to the game of Tennis there exercised', and freedom to appoint 'the markers for the use of such as should play in the said Court'. (PRO, C9/31/67) When Pall Mall street was laid out along its present course the tennis court was left standing and projecting across the western end of the street; it was eventually pulled down about 1679 (see page 323).

from p 323:

Two such buildings were the old tennis court and the house attached to it (see page 25), which must have almost blocked the west end of the new street (B on fig. 58), and in 1664 the commissioners notified Martha Barker, the then owner of the Crown lease, that they 'thought fitt to have it [the tennis court] taken down to enlarge the said way'. She was offered £230 as compensation but was unwilling to accept, and her under-tenant, Robert Havercampe, claimed that satisfaction should be offered to him, as he had already lost custom to the value of a hundred pounds through rumours of the impending demolition of the court. (ref. 11) The tennis court was eventually cleared away in or before 1679, thus opening up the west end of Pall Mall. (PRO LRRO63/14, p. 72)
From: 'The Bailiwick of St. James', Survey of London: volumes 29 and 30: St James Westminster, Part 1 (1960), pp. 21-28.
URL: tennis. Date accessed: 28 June 2008.

Warrant to pay to Thos. Hooker, Keeper of the tennis court at St. James's, 798l. 3s. 2d., for provision of balls and other necessaries, and for money lost unto him by his Majesty at play.

From: 'Appendix', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1625-26 (1858), pp. 533-582. URL: tennis. Date accessed: 28 June 2008.

22. Separate examinations of Dennis Lescaillon, a French gentleman; John Tisier, cook; William Lenwuy; Francis Taviley; John Fossey, barber; and John Solomon, shoemaker, respecting the escape of Antonio della Valle, an Italian, from the Gatehouse, all taken before Peter Heywood, justice of peace for Westminster. The witnesses all denied that they had any hand in the escape, or any knowledge of the means by which it was effected. On the 14th inst., at six o'clock, della Valle was found missing. On that day he had stated he had received letters with good news from Cardinal Barberini and from his father at Rome, and also (as one of the witnesses stated) from the King of Poland. Another of the witnesses stated that he had brought letters to della Valle from Signor "Gragoria" [Panzani ?]. From the course of the examination it would appear that "one Barsear, a French cook," who had been in the employment of Mr. Gibbons, who keeps "the tennis court in the Fields, unto whose house many noblemen resort and there eat," was suspected of having brought into the prison a collier's habit in which della Valle escaped, and that he had also gone away with him. [3 pp.]

From: 'Charles I - volume 312: January 21-31, 1636', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1635-6 (1866), pp. 174-203. URL: tennis. Date accessed: 28 June 2008.

90. Observations concerning the late King's servants and creditors, being a statement that, on orders prefixed of Council, 30 June, 1654, and of the committee of Council to whom the relief of the servants and creditors of the late King, was committed, 4 July,—that the trustees for their sale send in to the said Committee a list of the said goods which were reserved for the State, what has been delivered and the value, and what borrowed for the Navy—a list was brought in, and a committee of assistants appointed to examine the whole business.
The list is not authentic, for it speaks of goods brought into the Tower with the Scottish records which never were committed to the Trustees for sale of the late King's goods, and there are other mistakes.
The business is a close design, the contrivers of which, Mr. Oldisworth and Wm. Thomas, do not appear. Those who appear for the servants and creditors are Thos. Manley, clerk of the kitchen, who should not be admitted because he went to Oxford, but he pretends to be a discoverer; Mr. Jackson of the sequestration office, who has bought at a low scale many warrants of the creditors, &c; and Mr. Hooke, keeper of the Tennis Court, St. James's, who has had more than his due from the Committee for sale of goods, Mr. Rous being his kinsman.

From: 'Volume 73: July 1654', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1654 (1880), pp. 240-279.

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Francis Rous "aged" served as a Councillor to Cromwell from Dec 1653 to September 1658. Anthony Rous was never a member of the Protectoral Council.

"Kinsman"? "Anthony Rous" seems to have been the brother in law of had a daughter, Susannah Pym, married to Thomas Hooker, who was mother to Rev'd Thomas Hooker and said Rev Hooker was the famous Thomas Hooker who came to Connecticut. died in Hartford 21 April 1649. Does this make any sense?

No, try this. "Sir Henry Mervyn sold Branshott to John Hooke, who for some years had been a neighbour at Chiltlee and who had married Barbara Rous, daughter of the Eleanor mentioned in Sir Edmund Mervyn's will and thus Sir Henry's cousin.


Warrant to pay to Mr. Hookes 100l., out of the privy seal dormant for 10,000l., because of his present necessities, and for a debt owing by the late King for tennis play. [Ent. Book 7, p. 115.]

From: 'Charles II - volume 56: June 1662', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1661-2 (1861), pp. 396-426.

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Warrant to pay to Thos. Cooke 1,500l., for building a tennis court at the Cockpit, Whitehall.

From: 'Charles II - volume 70: March 21-31, 1663', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles II, 1663-4 (1862), pp. 81-96.

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Proceedings upon the petition of Captain Henry Baker. The petitioner has faithfully served the King since his accession. He has "a great family" to provide for. His salary as solicitor to the Treasury is very small, and obliges him to spend much money and time. The "grant" of his Majesty's tennis-court adjoining the Cock-pit has lately expired; and he prays a lease thereof, under conditions similar to those made to the last lessee. Referred to the Treasury. [Ibid. 238, p. 115.]

From: 'William III: March 1697', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: William III, 1697 (1927), pp. 46-84.

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Children of Thomas and Mary

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