Huber/Hoover Family of Lancaster & York Counties, Pa. and Upper Canada

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Through years of research so much has been yielded by primary sources: wills; census; birth, death and marriage records; it seemed logical to add associated families. Hoping it may save someone a time consuming search I've also added documents to my Hoover database. Thanks to many who have given freely of information, to Ted Powell and Jay Hoover for sharing the Hoover Mill Books, and especially to Barbara Roadhouse who has spent years searching old records, and willingly shared.

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  • ID: I00005
  • Name: Jacob Huber
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 AUG 1728 in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Death: 6 FEB 1810 in Rainham Township, Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial: Hoover Cemetery, Hoover's Point, Rainham Township, Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada
  • Note:

    February 3, 1770 - Jacob Huber, Strausburg Township, Lancaster County, Pa. granted land in York County. (From Historical Society of York County, Pennsylvania, 1978: We have found evidence of a Jacob Huber, Strausburg Township, Lancaster County, Pa. being granted land in York County on February 3, 1770, October 22, 1785 and April 18, 1786 : and a Jacob Huber, Manchester Township, York County, Pa., Yeoman and wife Barbara selling the same land on April 30, 1792, April 4, 1793 and August 5, 1802. We believe this to relate to your Jacob Hoover.)

    In 1785 Jacob and Barbara Huber sold their land in Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and it's likely they moved to Manchester Township, York County at this time. Probably to join their older children who were already living and working there, and had been making the move gradually over the fifteen year period since the first land purchase there in 1770. They would do the same with the move to Upper Canada, making arrangements to buy land in 1791 and clearing land and building houses and barns until they were ready for the final move.

    Jacob and Barbara lived in Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 1758 Jacob Huber and his wife Barbara Schenk bought 132acres (half of her Grandfather Christian's land) from her Uncle Henry Schenk. This land was part of the Funk/Breckbill/Schenk tract at Strasburg. In 1770 Jacob & Barbara started purchasing land in York County, including two adjacent tracts from Christian Rathvon & Nathan Worley. They sold 210 acres in Springettsbury Manor to their son in law George Eyster in 1802, this being the last of their land in Pennsylvania, they having moved to Rainham, Ontario.

    From Hoover Ancestors: 1790 Census Manchester Township - Christian Huber 1-4-1; Jacob Huber 3-3-2; Henry Hoover 1-0-2; John Hoover 1-0-1 (This would be Jacob and his sons Christian and John, and either his brother or son Henry.)

    "The issue of the name of Jakob's father was resolved at the 1987 Hoover Reunion by the comparison of signatures. A photocopy of a 1757 document in which "Jakob Huber" had helped settle the estate of his father Ulrich had been obtained from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was believed, but not proven, that this was our Jakob Huber, patriarch of the Hoovers who first settled Selkirk.

    Luckily, another Hoover descendant had brought to the reunion an original indenture dated 1809 in which Jakob transferred land to his son Christian. The two signatures of Jakob, 52 years apart, were a perfect match, proving that our Jakob was the son of Ulrich. Jakob's signature on his 1807 will also matches the other two signatures.

    Ulrich's land was adjacent to parcels held by Barbara, widow of Jakob, and by John Huber, known to be her son. Ulrich's estate was settled in 1757 by "John Hoober, Jacob Hoober, John Hoober and Henry Shank." Jacob (ours) and one of the Johns were identified as sons of Ulrich. Henry Shank was his son-in-law. The extra "John Hoober" was almost certainly the one adjacent to Ulrich, and known to be a son of the late Jakob and his widow Barbara. The conclusion is almost inescapable: that the extra John was Ulrich's brother, which would mean that our Jakob was named for his grandfather (and coincidentally also married a Barbara).

    Apparently Jakob the elder and his family were in the first group (1717) of Swiss Mennonites to arrive in Lancaster Co. This Jakob died soon after his arrival, since his wife is referred to as "Widow Hoober" in early records. In fact the original grant of land to the family was given to her name by Wm. Penn's agents in 1717. She and her son John appear on the tax list of 1718. We are currently trying to link John, son of Widow Huber, as the older brother of Ulrich, father of our Jakob, and to confirm when Ulrich first appears on the tax list.

    Ulrich (our Jakob's father) is recorded in the earliest warrantee map of Old Conestoga Twp. showing the initial settlement (1715-1729).

    Supplementary findings: Ulrich's son John bought his father's farm from the other heirs and in 1758 John's brother, "our" Jakob (and wife Barbara) bought from his sister and brother-in-law Henry and Anna Shank half of their 260 acre parcel in Strasburg (about seven miles from his late father's land). There they raised their family and lived for 27 years. In 1770 they began to buy parcels in Manchester Twp. (York Co.) to the west, no doubt as future homesteads for their growing children. By 1785 they sold their Strasburg homestead and also moved to Manchester, perhaps to join their older children. By 1791 the family prepared for their migration to Ontario, probably because of an inclination to remain under English rule, and because of the opportunity to buy acreage at low prices in Upper Canada."

    Will of Jacob Huber (Hoover)

    In the Name of God Amen. I Jacob Huber of Rainham Township in the County of Norfolk and province of Upper canada being old and weak in Body but yet of Good Health and of a Sound and Disposing Mind and Memory blessed be Almighty Good for the Same, Do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to Say)-

    First I give and bequeath unto my beloveth Wife Barbara Huber all my Housel and Kitching furniture and Impliments or Housel Goods of what kine or Nature they be all Whatsoever she tinks that she has need of and all our Beds and Bedsteads and all our Linen Cloth and Linen things and besides that the Sum of One Hundred Pounds of Good and Lawful Money of the State of Pennsylvania to be paid to her as soon after my decease as Conveniently can or may be and further my Said Wife Shall have for her Maintenance yearly and every year the Sum of fifty Pounds Lawful Money aforesaid which shall be taken or paid to her out of the Bonds which I have yet outstanding and my Will is that the Said Sum of Fifty Pounds shall be paid to her yearly During the time of her Natural Life.

    Item my Will is that then the Remainder of my Personal Estate what my Said Wife Doth not want for her use, that Shall then after my decease be Sold by way of publick Sale and then the Money there out arising and the remainder of my Personal Estate to be equally Divided between all my Children only observing that now Som is advanced in things and value received one before another, whereof they Shall all be Charged in their Share of Inheritance So that one Shall Inherit even like the other according to the account kept in my book aforesaid and further it is my Will that Wilst my son John have Departed this Life and only left one Daughter (or one Child) to Survive him, So his Share to go to his Said Child, and further Concerning the Lands which is yet under my Hand or Power I give and Devise the quantity of One Hundred and Twenty acres of land to my Daughter Ester now the Wife of Peter Stereman of that Tract of Land whereon they now Live to have the Same in use as long as one of them doth Live and to have the full use and benefit thereof also as long as one of them either my Said Daughter Ester or her now Husband Peter Stereman doth Live, but after their both decease the Said Lands Shall be Sold and the Money there from arising to be equally Divided between all their Childrings, Share and Share alike (that is to Say to go in equal Share among their Children) and further my Will is that by the time of my Decease Som more Lands Should be in my Hands or Possession my Will is that then after my Decease the Same Shall be Sold by my Executors here in after Named or by the Surviver of them I do also by this my Last Will and Testament Intitle and impower them or the Surviver of them to Execute, Signe, Seal and Deliver a Deed or Deeds of Conveyances for the Same to the Purchasor or Puchors thereof which I allow, Confess and Confirm to be as good and as Lawful as if I my Self has Signed Sealed and Executed the Same, and then the Money there from arising to go again in equal Share to all my Childrens or their Heirs to the meaning aforesaid.

    And Lastly I do here to appoint and Nominate my Two Trusty Sons Abraham and David Huber to be the Executors of this my Last Will and Testament here by revoking all former Wills by me made.

    In Witness Whereof I have here unto Set my Hand and Seal this First Day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seven (1807)

    Jacob Huber

    Signed, Sealed , published and Declared
    by the above named Jacob Huber to be his
    Last Will and Testament in the presence
    of us who have hereunto Subscribed our
    Names in Witness in the presence and
    on the request of the Testator

    Christian Hoover
    Benjamin Hoover
    David Hoover

    Each of Jacob's children, or their surviving heirs, received 307 pounds, 1 shilling, 7 pence in October of 1811, and approximately 120 Dollars in 1821, 1822 or 1823 after the death of Jacob's wife and their mother Barbara Huber on November 2, 1818. Jacob's Will is filed in the London District Surrogate Registry (Francis L. Walsh, Registrar) 1800 - 1839. Jacob Huber's Will is No. 25 Huber (Hoover) Jacob, and includes Receipts for Inheritance, Inventories of Jacob's Estate Sale and Account Book for a total of 120 pages. These pages also contain the signatures of all twelve children and/or their spouses.

    Father: Hans "Ulrich" Huber b: ABT. 1706
    Mother: Unknown

    Marriage 1 Barbara Shank b: 1735 in Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    • Married: ABT. 1755 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    1. Has Children Christian Hoover b: 12 FEB 1756 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    2. Has Children Henry Hoover b: ABT. 1758 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    3. Has Children John Hoover b: ABT. 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children Mary Hoover b: ABT. 1762 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    5. Has Children Anna Hoover b: ABT. 1764 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    6. Has Children Esther Hoover b: ABT. 1766 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    7. Has Children Susannah Hoover b: ABT. 1768 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    8. Has Children Christina Hoover b: 13 MAR 1769 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    9. Has Children Abraham Hoover b: 15 DEC 1771 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    10. Has Children David Hoover b: 29 JAN 1774 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    11. Has Children Benjamin Hoover b: 16 NOV 1778 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    12. Has Children Daniel Hoover b: 22 SEP 1780 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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    Most of this information has been taken from documents – Birth, Death, Marriage, Census, etc. - transcribed by myself, viewable through my subscription to “” Also the 1901, 1906 and 1911 Canadian Census are available from “Automated Genealogy,” the 1880 and 1881 Census are available through “Family Search,” and Mike Wingrove's site has the 1891 Farmer's Directories for Ontario. Other tidbits come from local and not so local histories.

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