I don't know anything about the Hood family but did find brief references to Hood's Tavern in a journal written 1848 by my ancestor Paul Haralson.
"April 1st, 1848
...Here in this strange land I had met my widowed Sister whom I had not seen in Twenty Seven years. and upon this occasion I had feelings which I shall not attempt to describe, even if I had time to do so-. arrived at Independence about two o'clock & put up at Hoods Tavern. My sister having no acquaintance with Mr Graves & wife stopped at Tavern & afterwards went to see an old acquaintance of hers by the name of Mrs Taylor-. As soon as I could arrange my baggage, I went over to parson Graves. was met before I got to the house by his wife who recognized me. Found Henry L very sick with nervous headache & all the rest of the family well
Was told that Runnels had moved up the Brazos to Judge Longstreet's land, had built him some shanties & rented land, & was making a crop with all the negroes except Susan who was hired out in Town to Mrs Butler, as part payment of the board of Runnels children who were going to school at the place- Spent the evening very pleasantly, found the Rev Mr Huckins there. etc. In the evening walked over & brought my sister to Parson Graves' & introduced her. took tea at the Parsons & returned with my sister to the Hotel, & she to Mrs Taylors. - This Hotel, I should here simply remark, is not as fine a one, as the St Charles in New Orleans- or the Astor House in New York-..."
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