Name: John Hoover?
Died: after 1840
The parents for Ruth Hoover are, in fact, not close to
being proven. At this point, we must entertain the possibility that her
father wasn't a Hoover but that her mother was. In any case, she was almost
certainly a granddaughter of Michael Hoover, Sr.
It's been speculated that Ruth's father was Sebastian (c1792-1839) but
that family has taken shape and she doesn't fit in. The notion that she was
the daughter of Michael Jr is easily disproved because Michael had a
daughter born only six weeks earlier. I have lately been inclined to
believe that John Hoover was her father, but evidence is suggesting that he
had a different family from that listed here. In any event, the following
women are generally thought to be Ruth's siblings, but we cannot established
even that much with any degree of certainty. See Ruth's
article for more information.
|Mary A Hoover
||Born in Virginia. Married Richard Stanton, Vigo co
IN, 1834. Michael Hoover Jr's son, Williamson, was living with her on
the 1860 census, Mercer co IL. This alone gives sufficient cause to
suggest that she was of this Hoover family.
|Elizabeth Jane Hoover
||Born Ohio. Married George W Shaunce, 1841.
Findagrave memorial 10334680.
|Ruth Ruema Hoover
||Born Champaign co OH. Married Charles William Southern.
Findagrave memorial 10351548.
||Born in Indiana. Appears on the 1850 Mercer co
census in the same household as Mary and Ruth.
At least three John Hoovers of this family, born in Virginia in about
the 1780s, married Sarahs:
- John Hoover (1787-1866) m Sarah Harholt, 1817 (Pendleton County, VA) -
He is found with his son Eli in 1850, Pendleton County, VA, and may be the
same man with Catherine (second wife?) in 1860. He is said to have died in
Pendleton, 12 April 1866.
- John Hoover (-1840+) m Sarah Jones, 1813 (Pendleton County, VA)
- John Hoover (1787-1871) m Sarah Likens, 1810 (Hardy County, VA)
A Job Hoover, discussed below, son of a John and Sarah, was born in
Virginia in 1811. Based on the marriage dates alone, he seems most likely
to have been of the Hardy County Hoovers. His father's trail appears to
lead to the 1850 census for Miami County, Indiana, and beyond. If the
following is correct he'd have had sons Job, born 1811 in Virginia; and
George, born 1813 in Virginia.
1810 readings for John Hoover
There were six John Hoover household emumerated for the 1810 Virginia
John Hoover 231-12 (New Haven, Rockingham County, Virginia)
John Hoover 1201-1002 (Elizabeth, Ohio, Virginia)
John Hoover 20101-2 (Frederick, Virginia)
John Hoover 11101-1111 (Franklin, Pendleton, Virginia)
John Hoover 0011-4001 (Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Virginia)
Jno Hoover 2001-3001 (Monongalia, Virginia)
What's now left of Ohio County, Virginia is found on the present-day West
Virginia panhandle. The 1810 census for Ohio was lost.
John Hoover's family in Champaign County, Ohio in 1820:
John Hoover 10001-1101
1 male 0-10
1 male 20-45 (John b c1796, age 24)
1 female 0-10 (Mary b c1815)
1 female 10-16 (b 1804-1810)
1 female 26-45 (John's wife)
If John was married in 1813, the female, 10-16 is not consistent as a
1830 > INDIANA > MADISON > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M19 Roll: 26, page 338
Sebastian Hoover 100001-20001
1830 > INDIANA > MADISON > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M19 Roll: 26, page 342
John Hoover 11000010-12110100
1 male 0-4
1 male 5-9
1 male 40-49 (John)
1 female 0-4 (Rachel?)
2 females 5-9 (Elizabeth? Ruth?)
1 female 10-14 (b c1816-1820 or Mary?)
1 female 15-19 (Mary or b 1811-1815?)
1 female 30-39 (John's wife)
But there are two John Hoovers! This one looks like the family found on
the 1850 Miami County, Indiana census.
1830 > INDIANA > MADISON > NO TWP LISTED
Series: M19 Roll: 26, page 337
John Hoover 0013001-11100101
1 male 10-15 (?)
3 males 15-20 (George, Job, and ?)
1 male 40-50 (John)
1 female 0-4 (Ruth)
1 female 5-10 (Elizabeth)
1 female 10-15 (Mary)
1 female 30-40
1 female 50-60 (Sarah Jones?)
John's brothers, Sebastian and Michael, are on the same record. John and
Sebastian bought land in Sangamon county IL:
Hoover John W2SE 24 16N 05W 3 12/27/1825 Sangamon
Hoover John E2NE 30 16N 04W 3 01/04/1826 Sangamon
Hoover Sebastian E2NE 12 14N 08W 3 09/09/1830 Sangamon
Hoover John E2SW 24 16N 05W 3 05/21/1831 Sangamon
Hoover Sebastian SWNE 12 14N 08W 3 04/03/1833 Sangamon
Hoover Sebastian NENW 12 14N 08W 3 08/15/1834 Sangamon
Hoover Sebastian SENE 28 04N 03W 4 11/17/1836 McDonough
Hoover Sebastian SENW 27 04N 03W 4 11/17/1836 McDonough
John Hoover of Peru, Indiana
Here we find presumed brothers Michael and John listed next to one
1840 > INDIANA > MIAMI > PERU
Michael Hoover 1011001-0001001
John Hoover 00004001-000111001
This can be broken down, thus:
1 male, 0-5 (son William would have been 1)
1 male, 10-15 (son James would have been 12)
1 male, 15-20 (son John would have been 17)
1 male, 40-50 (Michael would have been 40)
1 female, 15-20 (daughter Mary would have been 16)
1 female, 40-50 (wife Mary Bodkin)
It's a near perfect fit except that Ancil (6) and Margaret (11) are not
represented in the above. The following four young males help to tie John
to the second John of 1830.
4 males, 20-30 (Job, George, and Jonas)
1 male, 50-60 (John)
1 female, 10-15 (Rachel would have been about 10)
1 female, 15-20 (Ruth would have been 15)
1 female, 20-30 (Eunice ?)
1 female, 50-60
These census records might be for the same John Hoover family, but
they're not as consistent as one might expect. As we know from other
records, such as the Stanton / Hoover family on the 1850 census, related
families would often come together under the same roof. In any case,
there's nothing here that contradicts that these are the families of John
Hoover of Pendleton.
A John Hoover was appointed to the Miami County Grand Jury in 1834.
There was a John Hoover at the same place in 1850, but this family
doesn't look to be a good fit:
1850 Peru, Miami County, Indiana
John Hoover M 62 Virginia
Sarah Hoover F 62 Virginia
George Hoover M 37 Virginia
Job Hoover M 39 Virginia
Eunice Hoover F 32 Virginia (Job's wife)
John Hoover M 4 Indiana (Job's son)
Elizabeth Attmore F 26 Ohio
And there's a Jonas Hoover, born 1818 in Virginia. Might he be one of the
young males in 1830 and 1840? He married Elizabeth Alexander there on 19
1850 Peru, Miami, Indiana
Jonas Hoover M 30 Virginia
Elizabeth Hoover F 29 Ohio
Charlotte Hoover F 10 Iowa
Margaret Alexander F 65 Pennsylvania
Mary A Alexander F 27 Ohio
Jonas and Elizabeth are still living in Peru as of the 1880 census. He
and bother parents were born in Virginia. He's living with his niece
Catherine Julia Austin in Kansas in 1900. (Her parents were Samuel J.
Heltzell and Mary Ann Hoover, evidently Jonas's sister.) Again, the census
entry says Jonas was born April 1818 and that both parents were born in
Virginia. Mary Ann Hoover Heitzell died in Holt, Missouri, 1867, which
appears to put us back in John Hoover territory. However, evidence suggests
John was her uncle and that her father was John's brother Peter Hoover.
Peter is believed to have died before 1850 in Randolph County, Indiana.
There's another John Hoover, born 1818 in Virginia, his family living
with Samuel Glassburn in Clay, Miami, Indiana, 1850. The 1900 census for
the same man, same place, states that he and both parents were born in
Virgnia. There's a death record for him, but I need to look at the image.
Someone has suggested that his parents were John Hoover and Sarah Larkins,
which could easily have been transcribed from Likens. It's increasingly
likely that this John Hoover of Peru, was the John who married Sarah Likens
Furthermore, there's a John (1760-1831) and Sarah (Burkett) Hoover
(1767-1843) buried in the West Branch Cemetery in Miami County, ancestors of
President Hoover. Their son, John Hoover (1804-1867 m Mary Carroll), is
buried in the same cemetery. There are other Hoovers of this family found
in the county, apparent descendants of Andrew Hoover (1723-1794), born in
Germany. I see no linkages between these Hoovers and the John Hoover born
But perhaps of particular interest is Michael Hoover Sr's daughter Rachel
Hoover. She married John Hiner. The couple and their family resided in
Peru, Indiana from at least 1850. It seems probable, then, that John Hoover
of 1850 Peru was her brother and that he, therefore, was the son of Michael
John Hoover of Holt County, Missouri
Whether or not this John Hoover is the John Hoover of Champaign County,
Ohio, the Johns of 1850 Peru, Indiana and of Holt County, Missouri were
certainly the same man.
1860, Benton Township, Holt, Missouri, page 8
George Hoover M 47 Virginia
John Hoover M 71 Virginia
Job Hoover M 49 Virginia
Eunice Hoover F 45 Virginia
John Hoover M 14 Virginia
Sarah Hover F 70 Virginia
F Nicholson M 11 Iowa
Dorothy Hoover married William Nicholson on 22 January 1846. It's
probably safe to assume that the boy (born about 1849) was Dorothy's son.
The couple appears on the 1850 census in Miami County.
1870, Benton Township, Holt, Missouri, page 47
John Hoover M 81 Virginia
Sarah Hoover F 58 Virginia (probably 78)
George Hoover M 58 Virginia
Job Hoover M 60 Virginia
Eunice Hoover F 55 Virginia
John Hoover M 24 Indiana
George Nicholson M 30 Indiana
Saloma Nicholson F 23 Indiana
Job and Eunice's son, John Hoover appears on the 1900 census for the same
place. His wife's name is Irene and they have two sons, Harry (12) and
John Hoover died 27 Sept 1871 age 83 years, 9 months and 13 days. (That
would make him born 14 December 1787.) He's buried in Mound City Cemetery.
Sarah died there 23 Feb 1879. The gravestone says she was 101. And their
son George died 16 Jan 1876. According to his stone, he was born 20 Sep
1812, which was several months before the marriage of John Hoover and Sarah
Jones in Pendleton. This might indicate that we have the wrong
family and followed the wrong trail.
Nevertheless, this is worth pursuing. John's findagrave memorial is
135303278. His wive's, probably Sarah Likens, is 135303299.
The Probate Office for Holt County informs me that there are no probate
records for John or his wife.
Putting together the clues above, we can be pretty certain that these are
among their children:
|Job Hoover||1811-||Married Eunice
|George Hoover||1812-1876||Died Holt County, MO
|Jonas Hoover||1818-1900+||Last seen in Kansas
|John Hoover||1819-||Married Elizabeth Ann Hobaugh
|Dorothy Hoover||1828-||Married William Nicholson
Daniel Bly says, "I am pretty sure was a daughter of John and Sarah Likens
Hoover who married in Hardy Co. in 1810 - this John was probably son of
Peter Hoover, son of Sebastian of Rockingham - later Pendleton County (WV).
By 1850 Samuel and family were in Miami Co. IN as were John Hoover 62,
Sarah, 62, sons George, Job, Jonas - others - all born in VA. Then by 1870
they were all together in Holt County, Missouri. Job Hoover was married to
Eunice - and then Samuel Heltzel and Mary named a daughter Eunice also a son
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