Daniel Hoover was born Dec. 23, 1764 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. Of the few known children of Ludwig & Margaretha Hoover, Daniel was the youngest. From tax records, we know Daniel spent his early years in Strasburg Twp., Lancaster County, and his teen years in Londonderry Twp., Dauphin County. It was in the latter county he met his future wife.
Anna Stauffer was a New Year's baby, beginning her life in Dauphin County on Jan. 1, 1770. Not much is known about her parents Christian & Veronica (Poorman) Stauffer, but we know Anna had at least one older brother named John.
Both Daniel and Anna grew up on farms, and both their families appear to have moved around over the years.
We don't know when or where Daniel & Anna were married, but we do know that on May 9, 1795 they had their first child, Veronica. One source states Veronica was born in Washington Co., Maryland, but if the family was living there at that time, they seem to have returned to Pennsylvania soon afterwards.
At least four other children were born to them in Pennsylvania: Samuel, born Aug. 3, 1796; Christian, born Oct. 11, 1798; Elizabeth, born Mar. 1, 1801, and Anna who died at age 8. A Markham history book states that one of their children drowned in the mill pond in Pennsylvania, so it may have been Anna.
In 1804, at age 40, Daniel and his brother Martin decided to pack up their growing families and take the long journey to Upper Canada. They settled with other Mennonites in the Markham area, north of what is now Toronto. It is not clear what prompted them to move, nor why at this particular time. Typically Mennonites left Pennsylvania because farmland was getting scarce and expensive, and/or because they sought better protection of their religious liberties from the British government than what they were seeing from the new American government.
Daniel & Anna settled on Lot 25, Concession 8 of Markham Twp., near the former village of Milnesville. It is near the modern intersection of Major Mackenzie and Hwy. 48. They stayed on this farm for the remainder of their lives, and apparently were even buried on this farm. Their tombstones have not survived to present day.
Last updated September 27, 2007