Christopher HOOVER is also giving me some trouble. According to family “legend,” Christopher came to Pennsylvania with seven brothers. However, according to his sons’ census records, Christopher was born in Pennsylvania. While I have been able to locate Christopher’s sons – Reuben, Samuel Thomas, Simon Edward, and George from 1870 to 1920 – and his wife Caroline KINNARD in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania in 1860 in census records, so far there’s been no sign of Christopher.
I have been “collecting” Hoovers from the 1850 census. Unfortunately, since I do not know the names of Christopher’s parents or siblings or his approximate date of birth, this has not proven fruitful.
UPDATE: With estate records for Thomas KINNARD of Armstrong county, I’ve been able to tie my ancestress Caroline KINNARD to both the Caroline in Jefferson county and to Thomas’s family. According to these records, Thomas’ daughter, Caroline, was married to Christopher HOOVER and the couple was in Jefferson county ca 1865. This gives me hope that I’ll be able to tie Christian/Christopher to the family of Philip HOOVER, also of Armstrong county.