Was born in the state of Maryland in the year 1797, and in the year 1802 he moved with his father to the state of Kentucky, where he remained eight years. He then went to Indiana, where he remained one year, and then, in 1816, he emigrated to Illinois and settled in White county. He remained there until 1827, when he moved to Pike county, and settled on sections 8 and 9, Montezuma township, where he still resides.
In 1819 Mr. Hoover was married to Miss Mahala Greathouse, in White county, Illinois. The first cabin built on either section 8 or section 9 was built by Mr. Hoover, and occupied by him for several years. At that time Pike county was sparsely settled by whites, and there was no settlement or improvements of any kind within some miles of his house. Indians were numerous, but peaceable. Wild game was plenty, and all who could use the rifle experience no difficulty in keeping themselves supplied with meats.
Notwithstanding the wild state of the country, Mr. Hoover experienced many pleasures in his pioneer life. His leisure time was spent in the society of his family, in his log cabin. For forty-five years he has remained upon his farm, engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising, and today we find him surrounded with all the comforts of life, his large family of children all useful members of society, settled, and doing well. His youngest son, George, lives on the homestead, and, with his young wife, is doing everything to make his honored parents comfortable and happy in their old age.