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Biographical information about Hooker's immediate family: his parents, his first wife Frances, second wife Hyacinth, and his children.

Joseph Hooker's immediate family

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

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

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


Biographies

Hooker, Brian Harvey Hodgson

Fifth child, third 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.

Hooker, Charles Paget (1855-1933)

Third child, second son of Joseph and Frances Hooker; went into medical practice; married Sophie Hayes Evans-Lombe (1857-1931) in 1885; two sons, three daughters.

Hooker, Frances Harriet née Henslow (1825-1874)

Daughter of John Stevens Henslow (q.v.); first wife of Joseph Hooker, married 1851; four sons, three 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).

Hooker, Grace Ellen (1868-1953)

Unwilling to spend her life as a lady of leisure, Grace spent years of her life ministering to the less fortunate in Bloomsbury, Lambeth and Islington. In 1901 she became  a worker for the social reformer Octavia Hill.

Hooker, Harriet Anne  (1854-1945)

Second 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; one son, one daughter.

Hooker, Hyacinth, Lady née Turner (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; two sons: Joseph Symonds (1877-1940) and Richard Symonds (1885-1950).

Hooker, Joseph Symonds (1877-1940)

Eighth child, fifth 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; one son.

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).

Hooker, Maria Elizabeth (1857-1863)

Maria Elizabeth (known as Minnie) was just six years 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’.

Hooker, Reginald Hawthorn (1867-1944)

Sixth child, fourth 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; three sons, one daughter.

Hooker, Richard Symonds (1885-1950)

Ninth child, sixth son of Joseph Hooker, second child of Joseph's second wife Hyacinth; studied law; married Marjorie Peel (1880-1964) in 1912.

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

From Victoria, Australia; married Brian Hooker (q.v.) in 1888; three sons, one daughter.

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.

Hooker, 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).