A native of Ohio, was born May 7, 1840, of parents, Justice and Mariah (McClain) Hoard, deceased. He was married March 6, 1873, in Hillsdale county, Mich., to Magdalena Knecht, who was born in France June 30, 1852; her parents, both of whom have been called to their reward, were Christian and Saloma Knecht. One child was the issue of this union, Fred. When the war was declared between the North and South, our subject was engaged in farming; he was 24 years of age when he was enrolled from Detroit, Mich., Sept. 22, 1864, as a private in Co. D, 1st Mich. V.I., 1st Brig., 2d Div., 14th A.C. In the spring of 1865 he was detailed as guard at Brig. Hd. Qtrs. for two weeks. He also took part in the battles of Black Run and Bentonville besides considerable skirmishing, and was honorably discharged July 17, 1865, at Detroit, Mich. His wife had two brothers in service, Christian and Frederick, the latter was wounded at Fredericksburg; her father served in the French army. Comrade Hoard is a member of G.A.R.; he is a farmer by occupation and his address is Bronson, Mich.