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The Looney Family Tree Genealogy

Sarah Elizabeth Looney (1803-1865)
4th Great Grandmother
Donald Scott Lee Looney Sarah Looney Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Marilyn Maxine Miller (1924-1996)
Jesse Jewel Heath (1905-1973)
Great Grandmother
Ella Maude Hopkins (1884-1976)
2nd Great Grandfather
George W. Hopkins (1853-1951)
3rd Great Grandfather
Robert L. Hopkins (1823-1900)
4th Great Grandmother
Sarah Elizabeth Looney (1803-1865)
Looney Family Ancestors and Genealogy
4th Great Grandmother
Sarah Elizabeth Looney(1803-1865)
Sarah was born on February 9, 1803 in Cumberland County, Kentucky.1 (or Illinois) Sarah married George Washington Hopkins (1799-1868) in Cumberland County (now Clinton County), Kentucky on October 17, 1822.2  Sarah died on July 26, 1865 and is buried in the Lowry Cemetery in Lowry City, St. Clair County, Missouri.3 Sarah’s father was Robert R. Looney.
5th Great Grandfather
Robert R. Looney (1774-1825) 10
Robert R. Looney was born in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, in 1774. Robert married Catherine Stover (1787-) on December 9, 1809, in Botetourt, Virginia.4  Catherine was 22 years of age as she was born on August 22, 1787. Catherine’s father was George Stover.9 Robert served with the Virginia Militia, 131st Regiment as a Corporal.5   Robert’s father was John Looney.
6th Great Grandfather
John Looney Sr. (1732-1817)
John Looney Sr. was born in Pennsylvania about 1732 to immigrants Robert and Elizabeth Llewellyn Looney. Some say that John was born on the Isle of Man and came with the family. About 1760, John Looney married Esther Renfro, probably in Augusta County, Virginia.  Esther was born about 1739 on the Roanoke River in the area designated to be Augusta County.  It is said that Esther was the first white child born west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and south of the James River.  Esther’s father was Stephen Renfro. (see inset). John spent time with Daniel Boone, about two years, in the Kentucky frontier.6
John served in 1780-1 in the Revolutionary War and was a Captain under Lt. Colonel Joseph Martin and Colonel Evan Shelby Sr. and also Colonel Arthur Campbell of Virginia.  Several sources claim he made it to the rank of Major. He was at the Battle of Boyd Creek in Tennessee and the Cherokee Expedition and likely at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  He traveled with Daniel Boone for about three years blazing the Wilderness Road and his name is inscribed on a stone at Boonesborough.  John was captured by the Indians in 1782 and held for six months.  See Botetourt County Virginia Heritage page 154.7 John died in 1817 in Botetourt County, Virginia. Esther, widow of John Looney, died on 26 February in 1821. She was 82 years old.
7th Great Grandfather
Robert Looney (1692-1769)
Robert was born in Ballagilley on the Isle of Man. He came to America from the Isle of Man, Great Britain, with their family, settling first in Philadelphia, Pa and later in colonial Maryland.  Soon after they moved west to the new frontier and settled in Augusta County, Virginia on the James River.  There on Looney Creek, Robert and his wife Elizabeth Llewellyn, raised their family and established the first ferry crossing on the James River. They built a grist mill, grew crops and raised livestock.  Due to the constant conflict between France and England, as well as the threat of Indian attacks a fort was built aroung 1755 around the Looney homesite.  The fort was named Fort Looney and was at the junction of Looney Creek and the James River.  Fort Looney was visited in 1756 by Colonel George Washington.
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John Looney 1732-1814
6th Great Grandfather
Botetcourt County, Virginia Heritage Book 1770-2000, pos. 153-4; Jayneman1 originally shared this on on 14 Oct 2009
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Robert Looney Gravestone
Robert L. Hopkins (1823-1900)
3rd Great Grandfather
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The Looney sons were frontiersmen and pioneers. Some fought and died with the British in the French and Indian Wars.  Some were killed by Indians during raids on settlers while others helped to explore and expand the frontier boundaries first into southwestern Virginia and eventually into the Tennessee Indian Territory. The Looney sons and grandsons fought against the British in the War of Independence.  
John Looney was wounded in the siege of Savannah, Georgia in 1779.  He was later granted a total disability pension of $8 dollars per month for this service by a special Act of Congress in 1837.  During the late 1780s, John and Elizabeth moved from Virginia into the Tennessee Valley where they raised their children.8

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References:  1)  1850 U.S. Federal Census; District 2, Clinton, Kentucky.  2) History of St. Clair County, MO, Volume 1; St. Clair County Historical Society, Hopkins Family, by Marie.  3) U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1660s-Current.  4) Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850.  5) U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815.  6) Botetourt County, Virginia Heritage Book 1770-2000, pgs 153-54.  7)  John Looney Revolutionary War Notes, posted 16 Mar 2013 by jayneman1 at  8)  Looney, posted by saponeko on 21 April 2008, on 9) Virginia Select Marriages 1785-1940. 10) John Looney’s will provides estimated dates of birth of his children.

Page Background Image Credits: Loch Promenade, Isle of Man. Photomechanical print; photochrom, color. Between 1890 and 1900. Image courtesy of BotMultichillT at Wikimedia Commons.
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