Revolutionary War Patriot John Hoover Memorialized – Grove City, Ohio
On Sunday, October 18th, the Hocking Valley Chapter assisted the Ohio Society SAR Color Guard in the first anniversary commemoration of the John Hoover Chapter DAR in Grove City, Ohio at a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Private John Hoover, the only known Revolutionary War patriot buried in Jackson Township, Franklin County. The weather was sunny, but windy, and well-attended by local citizens and politicians, state and local DAR members, and four descendants of John Hoover, including two from Arizona.
The “Westerville Irregulars” provided fife and drum music, and a reception was held at the Jackson Township Administration Building after the ceremony concluded.
John Hoover was born in 1755 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He spoke broken English, but in 1776 he volunteered for the Pennsylvania militia and served three months in Captain Thomas Copenhover’s Company. He then reenlisted and served in Captain Frederick Stover’s Company. After the war he married Margaret Smith and they had nine children. The family came to Ohio in 1807 where he purchased 200 acres of land for $400 in the township where he is now buried. He died in 1840. A major road in Grove City bears his name.