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George W., John L., and Jacob Hoover, Jr.

Genealogy of

Jacob Hoover and Elizabeth Rosier

of Logan County Ohio and
Fayette County Iowa

Jacob Hoover, son of Jacob and Susan (Garver) Hoover, was born about 1797, probably in Virginia. He died December 9,1888, in Dover Township, Fayette County, Iowa, and is buried in West Union Cemetery in that county. The inscription on his tombstone states he was born in Lincoln County Virginia. Since there was no Lincoln County Virginia, his place of birth is uncertain. We do know that his parents lived for a time in Greenbriar County Virginia, so Jacob may have been born there.

Elizabeth Rosier, daughter of Lawrence Rosier and Esther (Hester) Kayser, was born March 1815, probably in Virginia. She died September 20, 1853, in Fayette County Iowa at the age of 38 years, 5 months, and 28 days, and is buried in West Union Cemetery in that county.

Jacob Hoover and Elizabeth Rosier were married in Shelby County, Ohio, on October 2, 1834, and lived in Logan County, Ohio, following their marriage. In 1849, they left Ohio to settle in Fayette County, Iowa, arriving there on July 10, 1849. A newspaper account of their arrival states, ". . . there was not a single resident in the town (West Union). However, signs of life of white men were not wholly lacking, for as the family drove through they saw on the present site of the courthouse a pole carrying the American flag, left to mark the spot of the first Fourth-of-July celebration by the early settlers, held six days earlier." The land on which Jacob and Elizabeth Hoover first lived in Fayette County had previously been occupied by Elizabeth Hoover's brother, William Rosier, who drowned in the Volga River in early June 1849.

Jacob and Elizabeth Hoover had seven children, the youngest being only two years old at the time of her mother's death. Their children were:

John Lawrence Hoover

Born August 1, 1835, in Ohio; died September 1, 1922, at Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana. Married, first, Mary Ann McCalaster and had one child, Alice I. Hoover, born about 1863, who married Augustus Koehler.

Married, second, Barbara Tope, and had one child, Edith Caroline Hoover, born November 16, 1869, in Fayette County, Iowa. Edith Hoover married Jesse Edwin Philips.

George W. Hoover

George W. HOOVER married Viola Alvesta CROSBY.

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Amanda Hoover

Amanda Hoover was born about 1841. She was shown as age 19, living in her father's household on the 1860 U. S. census. She married Frederick Julius Mittlestadt and had one child, Elizabeth, who is shown as age 8 on the 1870 census in the household of her father and stepmother. Amanda Hoover Mittlestadt died December 17, 1864, of typhoid fever, and is buried in the West Union Cemetery, Fayette County, Iowa. Her daughter, Elizabeth, married George Perry Johnston on September 16, 1880. Elizabeth was mentioned in the will of her grandfather, Jacob Hoover, as Lizzie Johnston.

Susan Hoover

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Susan (Susannah?) Hoover was born October 10, 1842 in Ohio, probably in Logan County. She married George W. Tope on February 28, 1860. At the time of the 1880 Federal Census George and Susan Tope were living in Dover Township, Fayette County, Iowa. Their children were listed as Jacob W. TOPE, age 19; Martha Y. TOPE, age 17; Clara M. TOPE, age 14; Edith A. TOPE, age 12; Elizabeth TOPE, age 7; Sidney B. TOPE, age 2; and Minnie A. TOPE, age 2, the last two being twins.

The following excerpt is from the West Union Gazette newspaper dated January 18, 1888. "George W. Tope, who was run thro' a thrashing machine last fall and had an arm ruined, had his house burned down the other day. His clothes and goods consumed, his lame arm was seriously hurt, his wife's feet badly frozen, and his children barely escaped with their lives. . . . ."

George W. Tope died in 1892 and Susan Hoover Tope died April 8, 1926. Both are buried at West Union Cemetery. Her obituary states she was survived by four daughters and two sons; Mrs. T. W. SWALE, Mrs. C. A. LOWER, Mrs. G. PETERSON, Mrs. G. SOWARD, S. B. TOPE, and H. TOPE. Additional Tope genealogical information is available.

Permelia Jane Hoover

Permelia is listed as "Jane" in her father's household on the 1856 Iowa State Census. She is shown as 11 years of age, born in Ohio. She is also on the 1860 Federal Census and is shown as age 17. Her stone at West Union Cemetery reads, "Permelia Jane, Daughter of E. and J. Hoover, died 1860." The story passed down through the generations is that Permelia accidentally drank poison.

Jacob Hoover Jr.

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Jacob Hoover, Jr., was born August 4, 1847, in Ohio, probably in Logan County. He is listed on the 1856 Iowa State Census as age 8, living with his father in Dover Township, Fayette County. He is still listed with his father in the 1860 and 1870 Federal Censuses.

Harriet JOSLIN Hoover was born May 9, 1854, at Maysville, Kentucky, to Barbara TOPE and Ralph JOSLIN, sometimes spelled as Joslyn or Joslien. Her mother, Barbara Tope, later married John L. Hoover, brother of Jacob Hoover, Jr. Harriet Joslin is listed in their household on the 1870 Federal Census of Fayette County, Iowa. She is shown as a "domestic servant," age 16, born Kentucky.

Marriage license for J. W. Hoover and Harriet Joslin was issued in Fayette County on May 7, 1874. They had ten known children: Lewis E. Hoover, EvaLena Hoover, Delbert Jacob Hoover, Grace Hoover, Barbara Ellen Hoover, William Henry Hoover, Melvina, Hoover, Ruth Hoover, Charles Alvin Hoover, and Raymond Ralph Hoover.

Jacob Hoover, Jr., died December 24, 1930. Harriet Joslin Hoover died March 16, 1938. Both are buried at West Union Cemetery. Harriet Hoover's obituary states this couple had twelve children and that seven were living at the time of her death. The obituary also states that she was survived by 31 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren, and one great-greatgrandchild.

Mary E. Hoover

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Our first record of this person is the 1856 Iowa State Census where she is listed as age 3, born Iowa, in the household of her father. She is also listed in the 1860 Federal Census and is shown as age 9. She is not shown with her father in the 1870 census so it is assumed that she married prior to that census. Other researchers state that Mary Hoover married William Alexander JOHNSTON. An 1880 Dover Township,Fayette County, Iowa, census does contain an entry for a W. A. Johnston with wife Marry E, age 29, born Iowa. Children are named as Clarence, age 10; Jacob H., age 8; John W., age 6; and Evrett E., age 4. These names agree with a family group sheet received from the other researcher. Other children listed on that family group sheet are: Martha, Alice A., Morton, Inez Hazel, Ethel Claire, Brynes William, and Sanford Perry. The names are said to have been taken from a probate record of Sanford Johnston. Nothing further is known of this family.

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