Andreas “Andrew” Hoover (Huber, Hubner), possibly the son of Gregor Jonas and Anna Maria (Kruetzer) Huber, was born 1 Jan 1723 in Ellerstadt, Bad Dürkheim, Germany and baptized 7 Feb 1723/5 in Ellerstadt, sponsored by Andreas Hartman. 1,2 He died sometime between 25 May and 24 Jul 1784 in Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.3
Andrew married Catharine (___) probably about 1743, in Germany and quite possibly in Ellerstadt or a nearby village. Some family researchers have given her family name as Waymire, but I have seen no evidence to prove this and it’s possibly a confusion with the wife of another Andrew’s (1738, Two Sisters, Ittlingen) son Andrew, who married a Waymire.
Andrew Hoover emigrated—and likely his wife and several children—to the United States in 1754 aboard the ship Edinburgh, captained by James Russel from Rotterdam to Philadelphia. He took the oath of allegiance on 30 Sep 1754 at the Courthouse in Philadelphia.4 There was also a Johannes Huber on the Edinburgh, but at this time no relationship is known.
By Feb 1755, Andrew had obtained the “Cousins Obligation” in old Frederick County, Maryland near present day Leitersburg. He and his wife, Catharine, raised their family there until 1763, when Andrew sold this property to Jacob Retter.5 Andrew was a co-executor of the will of Jacob Leiter, founder of Leitersburg, in 1765, so likely remained in the area even after selling his property in 1763. On Nov 24 1772, Andrew purchased from John Snavely “Warm Weather” a tract of 28.5 acres.6 In 1776 Andrew witnessed the will of Leonard Stephen.7 On 28 Sep 1779, Andrew bought 140.5 acres from Francis and William Deahnis, a tract called “Resurvey on What You Know.”8 These latter two tracts were sold to Jacob Shank after Andrew’s death in 1784. Henry, Andrew’s “son and heir-at-law” and co-executor of his estate, completed this sale from Fayette County on 24 Feb 1785.9
Andrew and his family were possibly Mennonites and were therefore religious objectors during the Revolution. In 1776 Andrew and several members of his family (as well as several other Hoovers) were fined for not serving in or contributing to the war effort by the Committee of Observation for Elizabeth Town District (now Hagerstown).10 Fines were as follows:
John Hoover, 2 shillings (likely Andrew’s son)
Henry Hoover, 2 shillings (likely Andrew’s son)
Andrew Hoover, not fined, over 50 years (Andrew)
John Hoover, not fined, over 50 years (probably Hoover/Sweeper line)
John Hoover Jr., 2 shillings (probably Hoover/Sweeper line)
Jacob Hoover, 2 shillings (probably Hoover/Sweeper line)
Oulerich Hoover, 6 shillings (probably Hoover/Sweeper line, Ulrich)
Christian Hoover, 5 shillings (probably Hoover/Sweeper line)
John Huntzaker, 5 shillings (likely Andrew’s son-in-law)
Nicholas Huntzaker, 5 shillings (John’s brother)
Additionally, a gun was confiscated from five-year-old George Hoover. It’s possible—maybe even likely—that this George was the son of Henry and grandson of Andrew. A Henry Hoover “non associator” had a “Musket delivd to Captn Samuel Hughes” in 1777.
About 1769, one of Andrew’s sons went west to land newly opened to settlers in Western Pennsylvania. Jacob was definitely in the area by 1770 as he had a settlement of 400 acres, as well as possibly another of 1000 acres on Dunkards Creek, Monongalia County, Virginia, adjoining the lands of Nicholas Shinn. Jacob was given this land by Virginia in 1781 (based on the 1770 settlement).11 An early deed in “Youghiogini County,” Virginia named that county as the place Andrew Hoover [Jr.] lived.12
It is not known exactly when the other members of the family moved to Fayette County, but it was likely sometime around 1779. Andrew Hoover bought about 212 acres of land from John Waller on the Redstone Creek (possibly to the east of Uniontown) on 5 Nov 1779. His son Andrew Jr., millwright, and son-in-law John Huntzaker purchased 28 acres of land from John Waller close to Andrew Sr.’s land. Also, these two men received lots in Uniontown during a lottery in 1776.
Andrew and Catharine (___) Hoover had children, as follows:
- John2 Hoover, born ca 1744, Germany; married Mary (___); possibly moved to Licking County, Ohio sometime after 1810?
- Jacob Hoover, born ca 1746, probably Germany, died bef 8 Sep 1800, German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; married Anna Maria (___).
- Henry Hoover, born 1/4 Dec 1748, probably Germany, died 23 Sep 1823, Johnstown, Licking County, Ohio; married Eve Hamline.
- Maria Catharine Hoover, born ca 1750, probably Germany, died Maryland or Ohio; married >John Harbaugh before 1777 in Maryland
- Elisabeth Hoover, born 10 Jun/Sep 1752, probably Germany, died 18 Apr/May 1791/2 by Indians on Hunsaker’s Knob, near Dunkard’s Creek, Monogalia County, Virginia; married John Hunsacker.
- Andrew Hoover Jr., born ca 1755, old Frederick County, Maryland, died possibly before 1800 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania; married Maria Hans, daughter of Heinrich Hans of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- George Hoover, born ca. 1766, old Frederick County, Maryland, and died 20 May 1847 in near Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He married Rosannah (___) about 1796/7, presumably in Fayette County.
- Anne Hoover, born in old Frederick or Washington County, Maryland, died sometime after her father’s Will was recorded in Jul 1784; no more is known.
The birth order and birth dates is fairly speculative. Andrew’s Will deeded his Union Township land to his three sons John, Jacob and George, stating that John, “being the elder of the three,” should have first choice. His other children are listed in this order: Henry, Andrew, Elizabeth Hoontzacker, Catherine Herbach, and Anne Hoover.
I find some of the birth dates of Andrew’s grandchildren to be problematic—their parents having to have become parents as teenagers. But that’s a story for another post. I’ll include more information as I post data about Andrew’s children. If you’ve got questions or—please, God!—additional information on this family, please let me know.
- Kiesel, Karl A., Passing Through Germany (Unknown: Read Books, 2006); the IGI lists 1 Jan 1723, 23 Jan 1722/3 or 29 Jan 1723 as birth dates for Andreas ↩
- There is much confusion between this Andrew and the Andrew (1738, Two Sisters, Ittlingen) who was the ancestor of President Hoover, especially regarding their origins in Germany. I won’t get into it here, but I believe the Andrew of Ellerstadt to be this Andrew. I plan to write another post on the issue laying out the evidence. ↩
- Fayette County Will Book, Vol. 1:24 ↩
- Pennsylvania German Pioneers (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1966), Volume 1, 1727-1775, page 618 ↩
- Frederick County, Maryland Deed Book, Liber H: 635 ↩
- Frederick County, Maryland Deed Book Liber P: 515 ↩
- Washington County, Maryland Will Book, Liber A: 17 ↩
- Washington County, Maryland Deed Book, Liber B: 176 ↩
- Washington County, Maryland Deed Book, Liber D: 649 ↩
- Maryland Historical Magazine (Baltimore, Maryland: Maryland Historical Society, unknown), Vol. 12, pages 262-265 and Vol. 13, pages 244-247. ↩
- Reports on Claims to Unpatented Land, Monongalia, Yohogania, Ohio Counties, Virginia-West Virginia, page 159; also Wiley, Samuel B., History of Monongalia County, West Virginia, From Its First Settlements to the Present Time; With Numerous Biographical and Family Sketches. (Kingwood, West Virginia: Preston Printing Company, 1883) ↩
- Hoover, Luella Schaumburg, “Some Descendants of Andrew Hoover” (typescript; State Library, Pennsylvania), page 8. ↩