Hoover Surname Study
In genealogical research we are told to “research the relatives, neighbors, and associates” of our family member in order to learn more about them and hopefully take our family line back another generation. However, when does an apparent series of coincidences become a connection?
Jacob and Anna Maria (___) Hoover both died in German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania in 1800 and 1808, respectively. Their children can not be found in the township after 1816. Where did they go?
Researching an individual is particularly difficult when they have a common name. It is even more difficult if there is more than one person of the same name in the same general location at apparently the same time. Such is the case with Christian Hoover of Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.
An examination of Martic Township, Lancaster County tax lists available for the years 1751 through 1772 shows the following Hoovers in the township.
Jacob Huber of Martic Township, Lancaster County wrote his will on 6 Nov 1808; it was proven 30 Nov 1810. Here is a transcription of his last will & testament.
Henry Huber of Martic Township wrote his will on 7 Aug 1757; it was proven on 17 Jan 1758. Here is a transcription of the document.
Abraham Huber of Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania signed his last will and testament 23 Jul 1817; it was proven 9 Jun 1827. He named as his sons John Huber and Abraham Huber as his executors. This is a transcript of his will.
Jacob Hoober of Martic Township, Lancaster County wrote his last will & testament on 13 Mar 1788. It was proved 9 Jun 1788. Here is a transcription of the document.
Christian Hoover of Heidelberg Township, York County wrote his last will & testament on 15 Feb 1771; it was proven on 21 Mar 1771. His wife Mary was his executor. This is a transcription of his will.
So, just how many Henry Hoobers were there in the Conestoga (now Pequea)/Martic (now Providence)/Lampter/Strasburg township area of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? If you’d asked me that question yesterday, I’d have said one. Now today, I’m not so sure… According to the township warrantee maps, there were 5 tracts either warranted to or patented to Henry… read more