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JOSEPH HOOVER, Biography / Henry County, OH

File contributed for use by Ohio Biographies Project
by Janet Wilkinson Schwartz (
January 2003

History of Henry and Fulton Counties, Ohio. Lewis Cass Aldrich, ed. Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1888.

HOOVER, JOSEPH, Liberty, Liberty Centre p.o., one of the early pioneers of Liberty township, was born at Clear Creek, Fairfield county, O., in 1808, and was a son of JACOB and MARY (HOOVER) [sic], natives of Lancaster county, Pa. JOSEPH was married in 1827 to MARY SOCKRIDER, of Pickaway county. She died in 1837 leaving a family of eight children--MICHAEL, CATHARINE, ANNA and ELIZABETH (twins), ISAAC, SUSANNA, JACOB and LYDIA ANN were triplets [sic]. JOSEPH then married for his second wife, MARY NEFF, of Fairfield county, in 1840. They had five children, three of whom are now living--ABRAHAM, EMELINE and SARAH ELLEN. MARY died in 1872. He married for his third wife, Mrs. MARY ARCHIBALD, widow of ROBERT BABCOCK. They were married in September, 1879. She had by her first husband, a family of nine children. Mr. BABCOCK settled in Henry county in 1848, and became engaged in farming. Two of his sons enlisted and served in the War of the Rebellion. JOHN, who served in the 124th, died at Knoxville, Tenn., hospital. ISAAC served in the 99th Ohio, was wounded and now receives a pension.

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