Biography of James A. Hover
Allen County, OH Biographies

JAMES A. HOVER, farmer, P. O., Lima, was born near Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, April 1, 1828; son of Joseph and Caroline (Adgate) Hover, natives of Pennsylvania, who were married February 7, 1809. Joseph Hover located in Trumbull County, Ohio, in 1802 and in 1833 came to this county, settling in Shawnee Township. on the farm now occupied by our subject, and here lived and died. Joseph and Caroline Hover had eight children: Eliza M., deceased wife of Rev. John Alexander, a missionary in this county in the interest of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1833-34 (she died May 27, 1852, aged forty one years), Josiah C. (died September 24. 1834. aged twenty six years), Julius A. (died June 29, 1843, aged twenty seven years), Joshua B., Cyrus H., William U., James A. and Joseph O. (died April 23, 1851, aged twenty years). The paternal grandfather of our subject was Manuel Hover, a native of New Jersey, of German descent, captain of a company during the war of the Revolution, and a pioneer of Trumbull County, Ohio, where he lived and died; the maternal grandfather of our subject was John Adgate, also a pioneer of Trumbull County. Ohio. James A. Hover was reared in Shawnee Township, this county, from five years of age and was educated in the country schools. He has resided on the old homestead since 1833, with the exception of two years spent in Lima, Ohio, (in which city he was engaged in the milling business) and two years in California, where he went in 1849, and while there was engaged in mining. He has been twice married, his first wife, whom he married April 6, 1852, being Isabel K., daughter of Thomas and Catharine (King) Ferguson, of this county, and by this union were born three children: Ida A. (Mrs. W. H. Breese, born April 29, 1853), Alma A. (Mrs. D. C. Ford, born March 16. 1856). and Cyrus A. (born August 27, 1860). His second wife. to whom he was married, March 8, 1865, was Nancy, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth (McKibben) Dobbins, of Lima, Ohio. and by her he has one child, Alfred C., born December 23, 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Hover are members of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican.

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