1. Michelle Hedgepeth

    I am looking for John Charles Hoover, b. 1901 in Indiana.
    He was living in Santa Barbara, CA in 1931 and is listed as father of my aunt, but missed the 1930 census there. He married (can’t find any proof) to my grandmother, Emily Elizabeth Griffin from Arizona. He left the family when my mother was small.
    He was my mother’s father and we can’t find him. I have 2 pictures of him.
    Any ideas? Are you missing anyone in that time frame?

    1. Michelle,
      I don’t have any information on a John Charles Hoover. Most of my research in to the Hoovers is from the 18th century (1700s) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

      Do you have any other information on him? How about the names, ages, and birth locations of his children? Do you know where Emily was living prior to the marriage? Often you’ll find the marriage record in the bride’s home area. If not, perhaps the marriage took place in one of the birth locations of his children.

  2. UPDATE: I’ve also learned that descendants of Johannes and Maria Magdalena (WATSON?) HUBER located to Muskingum County, Ohio. Johannes was the son of Gregor Jonas and Anna Maria (KREUTZER) HUBER of Ellerstadt, Pfalz, Germany and brother of Andreas HUBER, my immigrant ancestor of 1754.

    NOTE: Andrew Hoover, ancestor of Pres. Herbert Hoover, has been wrongly (I strongly believe) recorded as being the Andreas from this family in Ellerstadt.

    However, research by Annette K Burgert in her Eighteenth Century Emigrants (Northern Kraichgau) research indicates that other occupants of the ship Two Sisters in 1738 were from Ittlingen, but none were from Ellerstadt or its vicinity. I’ve looked at the Ittlingen records available in the FamilySearch.org Records Search pilot and the individuals she names – Joh. Gottlieb Bräuninger, Joh. Martin Bräuninger, Joh. Michael Oesterlin, Dietrich Benedict, Hans Peter Sailer, and Pleickerd Dietrich Sailer – are indeed from Ittlingen.

    Additionally, this Andrew married the daughter of an immigrant from Rohrbach, a village near Ittlingen. Since the Germans tended to migrate and settle as groups, this is a strong indication that President Hoover’s ancestor was not from Ellerstadt, but from Ittlingen. (I hope to write a longer article on this topic at another time.)

  3. UPDATE: I believe the John Hoover of Madison Twp in 1840 is John H. Hoover, the possible grandson of John Hoover of Franklin/Newark Twps (1820-1830).

  4. UPDATE: “Ohio Marriages” includes a record of a marriage between Samuel Hoover and Anna Boyd on 8 Oct 1816. I believe that the Anna Hoover in the 1850 census for Monroe Township is the widow of Samuel Hoover. Whether or not Samuel is a member of the Fayette Co., PA -> Licking Co., OH Hoover clan is still TBD. If I can find some of his children in the 1880 census, it may provide a clue to his birthplace.


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