As part of the Lost Colony project, we're reconstructing the various Hatteras Island families. Hatteras was part of Currituck, Hyde and Dare Counties. If you descend from a Hooper family from this area, please contact me. Here's some info about the earliest families found there.
In a 1993 obituary of Carson Hooper, a descendant of Ezekiel Hooper, it says that he is a descendant of William Hooper who signed the Declaration of Independence. While this sounds like a tall tale, it is certainly a possibility.
The first Hooper found in Curratuck County was indeed Ezekiel who was found in 1779 on the list of tithables indicating he would have been born before 1760.
Hubert Price found in the Virginia Magazine Vol IV pages 316-318 on records in the NC state archives that, "Around 1635 is the first Hooper in our part of the country. Charles Hooper at Charles City County, Virginia, later called Prince George County, just East of Petersburg." This record also says Edmund Scarborough was in Accomac County (Virginia) on Maggetie (handwriting difficult to read) (Midgett) Bay in 1635 (on the Eastern shore).
Several records show the migration of various Hooper men into the North Carolina area. By the 1790 census, there were 3 Hooper men in North Carolina.
• Ezekiel Hooper, page 20, in Currituck County, at present Avon.
• George Hooper page 193 in New Hanover County
• William Hooper, wife Ann, New Hanover County. He signed Declaration of Independence and in 1770 lived at Masonboro Sound. Was a native of Boston and a graduate of Harvard.
Indeed further research could well uncover a link between Ezekiel and William Hooper.
Ezekiel died in Currituck County between 1827/1828 and left several sons and daughters by two wives. His first wife is unknown. He married Comfort Williams about 1805. His children were Cyrus, Rowan, Davis, Ezekiel, W.W. (probably William), Jeremiah and 2 sons who were unnamed, daughter Christian (who married a Gray) and another daughter unnamed.