Charles M. McCool III
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The earliest definite record for this family line is the 1860 Saline County
Arkansas census. A summary of the information appears as follows:
Hood Pleasant 54 VA
Hood Sarah 53 NC
Hood Green 24 NC
Hood Jane 35 NC
Hood Balcus 32 NC
Hood Eliza 17 TN
The census date was 5 June 1860. The last piece of information is the state of
birth. Incidentally, the complete information can be viewed
Balens Hood age 25 and James A. Shockley age 27, married 25 Nov 1860
Jane Hood age 42 and Lot Quinn age 62, married 16 Dec 1866
Given that Balcus Hood from the 1860 census and Balens Hood from the marriage record
are the same person, then it is hard to explain the 7 year age difference. The
1880 Saline census
shows that she (name is now Princess) is 46 years old. That would make her year of
birth 1833 or 1834. Also, an LDS record (film #1985261) shows that Balcus was born
in 1828 in NC to Pleasant Hood and Sarah Hood. I believe Balcus, Balens, and Princess
are all the same person. More research will determine exactly when she was born.
A Pleasant B. Hood appears on the 1860 Haywood County NC census. He also appears as
enlisting as a CSA on 29 Jun 1861 in Haywood County (he was 35 years old then). He
may have been the oldest son of Pleasant Hood and Sarah; and did not move with them
to Arkansas. Pleasant B. Hood may have also been born to Pleasant Hood and another wife.
An LDS record (film #1903735) shows that Pleasant Hood married Sarah Hood about 1835 in
NC. My guess is that there was another wife of Pleasant Hood before Sarah, since there
are a couple of children that were born before 1835. Pleasant B. Hood also could have
been born to another family, perhaps the brother of my Pleasant.
Listings for "Pleasant Hood" on other census records, include:
1830 Amelia County VA
1830 Caswell County NC (Pleasant S. Hood)
1840 Caswell County NC
1850 Haywood County TN
Pleasant S. Hood on the 1830 Caswell County NC census is 20 to 30 years old. That is the
same age range as the Pleasant Hood that later appears in Arkansas. This Pleasant S. Hood
had two males under 5, one female 5 to 10, and one female 20 to 30 in the household. Three
households away was Abraham Hood, who was 70 to 80 years old. It is likely that Abraham
Hood was the father of Pleasant S. Hood.
Abraham Hood was listed on the 1820 Caswell County NC census as being 45 or over. His
household also had males 16 to 26, 16 to 18, and 10 to 16 (2), along with females 45 and
over, 16 to 26, and 10 to 16. Abraham Hood was earlier listed on the 1800 Dinwiddie County
VA census as being 26 to 45 years old and seven other people in the household. Two other
Hood families were near: John Hood and David hood. Both were over 45 years old. Quite
possibly, one of them was the father of Abraham Hood.
Pleasant Hood was born around 1805. An LDS record lists that he was born 1806 in Virginia.
The 1820 census index for Virginia lists three HOOD families in Amelia County: Chesley,
Elisha, and Solomon. Pleasant was likely the son of one of them, if not Abraham.
The Pleasant Hood from the 1860 Saline census appears on the 1870 Pope County Arkansas
census as a 67 year old (as is his wife, Sarah). Also in the household is his daughter
Eliza (24, b. TN) and John E. Panet (20, b. MS). A couple of dwellings away is the
household of Thomas J. Hood (age 47, b. NC) with wife Martha and seven children (including
another Eliza). It is unknown if Thomas is another son of Pleasant. Further research,
especially of the 1850 census records, should answer this question.
Note that there are records of other people named "Pleasant Hood" from the same time
period. Many records exist for a Pleasant Hood from Allen County Kentucky. It is unclear
if there is any relation between them. A Green W. Hood enlisted as a CSA soldier in Monticello
Arkansas on 20 Jan 1864. Green Hood, perhaps the same person, appears on the 1880 Johnson
County Texas census.
As with any history endeavor, there are bound to be errors,
omissions, and discrepancies in this document. Please inform me
if you have any corrections or additions to this data. If we
share any of the same ancestors, I would love to hear from you.
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