Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey
by William C. Armstrong
Hendrick Hover – “In the year 1761 Hendrick Hover was living in Wallpack township, Sussex County, East Jersey. There is no reason to question the accuracy of that statement. But tradition in some lines of descent place the coming of the Hovers to Wallpack much earlier than 1761. Whence the Hovers came we know not; neither do we know the time. Hendrick Hover was of Dutch lineage but that does not imply that he was born in Holland and was an immigrant. He may have been born in New Jersey. Wallpack was in the beginning a Dutch settlement.
This pioneer household consisted of Hendrick Hover, his wife whose name is not known, and their four grown-up children: John, Henry, Susannah and Emanuel. All these children were old enough to be helpful in pioneer days. John was 24 years old (estimated), Henry was 21, Susannah was 17 and Emanuel was 13. The older ones were beginning to think of establishing homes of their own; Susannah married within a year or two.
Four children of Hendrick Hover:
- John, born about 1738, killed by the Indians in Pennsylvania, not married.
- Henry, born April 4, 1740, captain of militia during the Revolutionary War, married, descendants of his have for several generations dwelt at Huntsville, Logan Co., Ohio.
- Susannah, born 1744, died Nov 30, 1791, buried at Newton, N. J., married Captain Henry Johnson, their descendants have been prominent in Northern New Jersey.
- Emanuel, born 1748, captured by the indians at the time when his brother was killed, but he returned home. He married in 1769 or 1770 Mary —— during the Revolutinary War.
Hence the descendants of Hendrick Hover may be classified into three groups: Group one, Henry’s, Group two, Susannah’s (the Johnson’s), and Group three, Emanuels.”
Henry was probably Hendrick, Jr., at first, and then the name was gradually softened to Henry as the English speaking element in the community became dominant.
Henry was an officer in the Sussex County militia during the Revolntionary War. I quote from Snell’s History of Sussex and Warren, page 69: “Henry Hover, lieutenant, Third battalion, captain ditto, captain Second Regiment.”
The Sussex County Committee of Safety held sessions at the courthouse in Newton on the 10th and 11th days of August, 1775; Gen. William Maxwell was chairman and Thomas Anderson was clerk. Three delegates were present from the township of Sandyston, namely, Samuel Westbrook, Abaham Brokaw and Henry Hover. See Benj. J. Edsall’s Centennial Address; quoted in Snell page 51. Emanuel Hover, Henry’s younger brother, also attended the sessions of the County Committee of Safety mentioned above as a delegate with others from Wallpack township.
The records of those patriotic services, both military and civil, have been allowed to perish. Joseph Gaston was paymaster to Sussex militia during the Revolutionary War. His final settlement with the state for moneys paid to the troops is extant. It is dated March 24, 1784, and shows an order in Gaston’s favor for 1500 Pounds. We cull this item.
On April 25, 1780, Captain Hover with 31 men served in Minisink in the Third Regiment under Col. Rosecrans. The amount paid to these men for their services on this expedition was 44 Pounds 12s 11d. The record does not show whether it was Henry or Emanuel that rendered this service.
Henry Hover and Timothy Symmes as Chosen Freeholders represented Wallpack township on the County Board during 1778; and Henry Hover and Isaac Van Campen were the Chosen Freeholders during 1779.
As before state, descendants of Capt. Henry Hover now dwell at Huntsville, Logan County, Ohio.
We give one line of descent by generations beginning with the New Jersey pioneer.
(a) Hendrick Hover of Wallpack, N. J., the pioneer.
(b) Henry Hover, member of Committee of Safety, Freeholder, officer in Sussex militia, went west.
(c) George Hover was in Westmoreland County, Pa. He traveled from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati by flat boat possibly about 1808. He settled first in Mill creek Valley near Cincinnati, Ohio. He afterward moved northward and settled on what is now known as Little Darby in Madison County, not far from London, Ohio.
There his son
(d) Samuel Hover was born Jan 6, 1812. About 1820 the family migrated to Logan County, Ohio; here at Hunstville, George (c) and Samuel (d) died.
John C. Hover, a grandson of Samuel, lives at Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Susannah Hover, 1740-1791, married Capt. Henry Johnson, born Oct 5, 1737, died Jan 25, 1826, at Frankford, Sussex Co., N. J., buried in the old yard at Newton; son of Coart and Charity (Lane) Johnson. Eight children of Henry and Susannah (Hover)Johnson:
i. Henry Johnson, Jr., born Apr 20, 1763, died May 22, 1814, aged 51 years. He was a merchant at Log Gaol; while he lived there the name Log Gaol fell into disuse and the village in his honor was rechristened Johnsonburg. He married Rachel Goble who was born April 22, 1770, and died July 31, 1819, daughter of Gershom and Anna Roy Goble.
ii. David Johnson, no record.
iii. Jonathan Johnson, a twin of David; he died Feb 14, 1842.
iv. John Johnson, born Sept 5, 1764, died Feb 8, 1829. He was clerk of Sussex County 1805-1815, and also a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 1816-1825. He was thrice married. His first wife was Hannah Roy; his second wife was Catherine Schaeffer; his third wife was the widow of Thomas Anderson, Esq. He had children by his first two wive.
v. Samuel Johnson who married Rebecca Heanor and removed to Muncy, Pa., about 1840. Their children were Broadhead, Henry, Ann (Mrs. Heman Cummins), Laura (wife of Dr. Wood), Josephine and Sarah.
vi. William Johnson who married a Miss Bray of Lebanon, Hunterdon County, N. J., and had Theodore T., of New York City who was connected with the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.
vii. Miss —– Johnson who married Van Tile Coursen
viii.Miss —– Johnson who married John Van Deren.
(Note: After the death of Susannah (Hover), Capt. Henry Johnson married in 1795 Ann Van Est; they had a daughter Susannah Johnson, who married John Hover and removed to Ohio.)
Five children of Henry and Rachel Goble Johnson Jr.:
i. William Henry, born Feb 6, 1796, died July 6, 1863, married in 1827, Ann M. Couse born May 20, 1798.
ii. Elizabeth Ann, born Jun 16, 1800, died March 18, 1837, first wife of Daniel Griggs.
iii. John A., born Jan 19, 1803, died Feb 7, 1873, married Lydia A. Drake, daugther of Azariah.
iv. Samuel, born Jan 27, 1806, died Nov 12, 1843, married Mary Trusdell, who was living at Newton in 1881.
v. Emiline J., born June 22, 1813, married as second wife Daniel Griggs.
Five children of William Henry and Ann M. Couse Johnson:
i. William W., born Oct 21 1828, at Mattawan, N. J.
ii. John Couse, born Oct 28, 1828, married Ann L. Howell, and had an only child Sara Alice who died unmarried in 1934. Dr. John C. Johnson was Blairstown’s beloved physician.
iii.Catherine H., born March 28, 1831
iv. Samuel, born April 19, 1833
v. Mary A., born June12, 1836.