From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901
Among the well-to-do and reputable agriculturists of Huntington county none occupy a more honorable position in the regard of his colleagues than the gentleman whose name heads this article. Mr. Hoover was born near Hagerstown, Wayne county, Indiana, May 23, 1846, and is a son of Alexander and Susanna (Munger) Hoover. In 1850 the parents moved to Lancaster township, this county, and entered eighty-seven acres of government land, the present home of Aaron Shideler. They put up a one-room log cabin, cleared off the timber and continued to live there during the remainder of their lives. They were well known in this county and were active workers in the German Baptist church.
Abraham Hoover was one of five children and an only son. He was but four years old when his parents located in this county and here he grew to honorable manhood. At the age of twenty-one he went out to work by the month, saving his earnings and living in the most frugal manner until he had a small sum with which to start in business. He then rented a farm, cultivating it diligently for two years, when he moved to his present farm, exercising the same care and self denial until he saw his way to prosperity. He has a fine property of one hundred and sixty acres, one hundred and thirty of which are under cultivation, all in Rock Creek township. The place has developed under his hand and taken on an appearance of thrift which is noticable, even among the well kept farms of Rock Creek township. His residence is the finest country residence in the county, and is modern and convenient in all its appointments.
Mr. Hoover was married January 23, 1868, to Miss Christina Heaston, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Crull) Heaston, and a granddaughter of Jacob Heaston, one of the first settlers of Jefferson and Lancaster townships, who lived to a ripe old age. Henry Heaston resides in Grant county, this state, at the present time, but came to this county one year before his father. Mr. and Mrs. Hoover are the parents of four children, viz: Henry, a farmer of Rock Creek township; M. E., who resides in Wells county; Emma L., wife of Albert Dehaven; and Katie, who is at home with her parents. Mr. Hoover has always been an adherent of Republican principles, and is a zealous member of the German Baptist church. He is one of the successful men of the county, and, although frugality and thrift was one of the rigid rules of his earlier life, is a liberal provider and enjoys his wealth only as it contributes to the comfort and happiness of his loved ones.
Mrs. Hoover had two great-uncles in the war of 1812. They were Daniel and David Heaston. The first that came to America was her great-grandfather. He crossed the Atlantic three times. They are of German descent. Her paternal and maternal great-grandparents both came from Germany. The Heaston family settled in Rockingham county, Virginia, and later moved to Montgomery county, Ohio, where he died. Jacob Goodlander, the maternal great-grandfather, settled in Pennsylvania, where the grandmother was born. They moved from there to near Dayton, Ohio, and later to Fayette county, Indiana, where he died.
The Hoover family come (sic) from Dayton, Ohio, and later to Wayne county, Indiana, thence to Huntington. The grandfather, Jonas Hoover, died in Wayne county. They were originally from Pennsylvania.