Samuel Stover & Annie Hoover's story is very short, simply because their lives were tragically short.
Anna was the eldest of 9 children of Daniel Hoover & Fanny Reesor, born Mar. 18, 1833 in Pickering Twp., York Co.
Samuel was born on Sept. 3, 1836 in York Co., the 4th of 11 children of John Stover & Hannah Leibeck.
The 1866 marriage register of York Co. shows Samuel S. Stover of Pickering, son of John, marrying Anna Hover, daughter of Daniel. No marriage date is given. Samuel & Annie's married life did not last long.
Their only child, Ethleen, was born on Nov. 15 in either 1866 or 1867. (Different sources have different birth years for her.)
In 1868 Samuel took ill with consumption, which was generally caused by tuberculosis. Samuel died on June 22 at age 31. His wife Annie survived a few months longer, lasting until Oct. 10. She presumably died from the same disease. Ethleen was orphaned before age 2.
Remarkably, young Ethleen survived. She was raised by her Aunt Elizabeth (Hoover) Nighswander, a young widow and mother herself. Elizabeth was a sister of Ethleen's mother Annie.
Ethleen married Ananias Shantz on Mar. 25, 1896 in Markham. They had 6 children, one being adopted. Ethleen died in Kitchener on Oct. 7, 1940, almost 72 years after her own mother's death.
Samuel & Annie are buried at the Reesor Mennonite Church Cemetery in Markham.
Last updated May 14, 2004