John Hoag, a well-to-do resident of Rock Run Township, is pleasantly located on a good farm on section 8. His father, Henry Hoag, was a native of New York State, and of Welsh descent. He followed farming, and was married in the vicinity of Albany, N. Y., to Betsy Smith. Mrs. H. was reared in Schoharie County, N. Y., and is of German descent.
Some years after marriage, Henry Hoag and his wife went to Susquehanna, Pa., settling on a tract of land in the forests there. This they rescued from its wild state, improving it until it became a well-cultivated farm, where they continued the remainder of their lives. In the meantime the father was seriously hurt by a falling tree, from which accident he never fully recovered. The mother survived her husband some years.
Our subject was the third in a family of eleven children, five sons and six daughters. Of these latter, Olive, Pattie and Sarah are yet living. John was born in Pennsylvania, Jan. 30, 1814. He was reared and educated in his native State, but in 1836, before he was twenty-one years old, he set out for the undeveloped West. He experienced all the hardships of the Illinois pioneer. He first located at Galena, and one year later came to this section, before Stephenson County was organized. He is consequently one of the first settlers of the county. He took up a claim in Rock Run Township and partly improved it, and afterward sold it. He now owns 205 acres on sections 8, 16 and 17. His home is located on section 8. The latter tract was slightly improved when it came into Mr. Hoag's possession, but he has since built a good brick house and fair out-buildings.
Mr. Hoag was married in Rock Run Township, near where he now lives, June 20, 1838, to Miss Margaret Rowe. Mrs. Hoag was born in Albany County, N. Y., Jan. 29, 1817, and is the daughter of Frederick Rowe, a native of New York State, and now deceased. He was a farmer by occupation, and married Maria Neivle, a native of the same State. They came West with their family in 1837, locating on the virgin soil and opening up a farm. The wife's parents lived here the remainder of their days. Mr. and Mrs. Hoag are the parents of nine children, two of whom are deceased: Henry is married and lives in Black Hawk, Iowa; Diana and Charles, the former of whom is married, live near Spirit Lake, Iowa; Olive is a resident of Black Hawk, Iowa; Alma and Daniel are at home; Dr. Edward J. lives in Winnebago County, Ill. The children deceased are Betsy and Alfred.
Mr. Hoag and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, wherein he has held the offices of Trustee and Steward. He has been Township Collector for some time. He is held in high esteem by his neighbors, and is a Republican in politics.
Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Ill. (1888), p. 407("Stephenson County Genealogy & History", n.d., p. xx-xx)"
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