I have in my
posession a book entitled,"John Hood of Lynn, Mass. and some
of his descendents", by Mrs. Jennie Hood Bosson, printed by
the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass. in 1909. I have also
donated a copy of this book to the Public Library of Johnson
County and Smithsfield, Smithsfield, N.C.
According to this book, John Hood was born about 1600; his parents were
John and Anne Hood of Halsted, England. He came to America with his
father and was living in Lynn, Mass. before 1650. He married Mary
Newhall. They had 13 children born in Lynn, Mass. Their 10th child and
4th son was Nathaniel, born 9 June 1669. This Nathaniel married Joanna
Dwinnell of Topsfield, Mass. Their first son was named Nathan and their
second son was named Nathaniel. There is no birth date given for either
of these two sons. Nathan Hood married Elizabeth Palmer 6 March 1731,
at Rowley, Mass. They resided at Topsfield. She died 10 June 1782 in "a
very sudden manner. "They had 13 children children born at Topsfield;
two of the children died at childbirth. Their oldest child was named
William; he was born 26 Dec. 1731. They did not have a son Nathaniel,
but they did have a son Nathan who was born 10 January 1739-40. None of
their children were named Bold Robin or Britton. Their youngest child
was born 17 June 1754. Since Elizabeth Palmer was born in 1710, she
would have been 57 years of age when Bold Robin was born in 1767, if
she were his mother, which is unlikely because of her age alone. Nathan
Hood married second, Lydia Corliss, of Salem, N.H. He was a
housewright, a surveyor of highways in 1738, and a Constable in
1756. He died 4 May, 1792.
One concluding remark about this book - there is no mention in the book
of anyone by the name of Bold Robin Hood or Britton Hood.
I think it is safe to say concerning Bold Robin Hood that we do not
know anything about him prior to his living in N.C. As indicated above,
there has been no proof developed linking him with the Hoods of
Mass. or Vermont, but the family tradition is so strong that he must be
descended from them.
In May 1981 I discovered at the Johnston Co. Library a copy of some
pages of a Hood Family Bible. This copy revealed that Bold Robin Hood
was born5 Dec. 1767, the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Hood, and that
he died in Barbour Co. Ala. in 1838.
This Bible is now in the possession of Mrs. Mary Miller, RD 1, Box
46, Corsicanna, Tex.
January 2 February
NATHAN to NATHAN 2nd to HARVY
P. ( H. P. Hood Milk Company )
On 17 February 1763 Nathan's six child Nathan 2nd married Mary
Perkins. Nathan 2nd and Mary had five sons, one of which was
Enos, born 26 May 1767. Enos married Gillen Lane on 29 September
1791. Enos and Gillen, in turn, had a son, Harvy, born 1 June
1798. Harvey married Rebecca Smith 23 September 1821. Living in
Chelsea, Vermont, on 6 January 1823, Harvey and Rebecca bore a
son Harvy P. In 1850 Harvey P. married Carolyn Corwin and moved
to Derry, New Hampshire. In Derry, Harvy P. founded the H.P.
Hood dairy which became the largest independent dairy industry
in New England.
NATHAN to NATHAN 2nd to AMOS
Among the children of Nathan 2nd were twins Thomas and Amos.
While Thomas's record is unclear, in 1792 Amos, also known
as "carpenter Amos", married Sally Ramsdale and moved to Chelsea
Vermont. Amos and Sally bore sons Amos R. and Ira. Amos R. was a
druggest in Chelsea. Amos R. married Abigail Calley of
Turnbridge, Massachusetts in 1836. Among their children was
Charles I. who was later to achieve medical fame in Lowell,