15 October 2009

Herbert Hoover's Ancestor Is Mine, Too

After visiting the Hoover Presidential Library & Museum as well as the National Historic Site, I did a little research on President Hoover's maternal ancestors (genealogy here). His mother, Hulda (Minthorn) Hoover, was born in Norwich, Canada and I was actually just checking to see if the Minthorns lived near any of the Canadian families in my family tree (they didn't).

However, according to this online family tree, President Herbert C. Hoover is a descendant of Edward Winn. Edward Winn is also one of my ancestors.

My lineal descent from Edward Winn (Part 1) through John Backus and (Part 2) John Backus to me (I'm #166 "Living" in the database). Ann Winn, Edward Winn's daughter, married Moses Cleveland; I descend from that line.

President Hoover's "Winn" line ended with Endymia Winn who married Thomas Sherwood. Their daughter, Lucinda Sherwood, married John Minthorn and was the mother of Theodore Minthorn. Theodore Minthorn married Mary Wasley and were the parents of Hulda (Minthorn) Hoover. The lineal descent from Edward Winn to Herbert Hoover can be found here.

Additional Information About President Hoover's Family:

Herbert Clark Hoover's parents in 1870 Census
Springdale Twp., Cedar Co., Iowa
Hoover, Justice [Jesse], 24, blacksmith, b. OH, married in March
", Hulda, 23, keeping house, b. Canada
Jesse Hoover died in 1880; Hulda died in 1884. After living with relatives in West Branch, Iowa (where he was born), young Bert Hoover went to live in Oregon with his maternal uncle, Henry John Minthorn here.

President Hoover's grandfather, Theodore Minthorn, in the 1851 Canadian Census:

Name: Theodore Minthorn
Gender: Male
Age in years: 34
Estimated birth year: 1817
Birthplace: Canada
Province: Canada West (Ontario)
District: Oxford County
District number: 27
Subdistrict: Norwich
Subdistrict number: 262
Page: 13
Line number: 11
Library and Archives Canada film number: C_11745
Collection: Canada Census 1851

The death record of Ellen (Minthorn) Marshall, daughter of Theodore & Mary (Wasley) Minthorn (and sister of Hulda Hoover), stated that she was born in New Market, Canada and died in Surrey Co., North Carolina. The Marshall family lived in Iowa in 1900; Huldah Marshall was the informant for Ellen's death record and there's a Huldah Marshall with Ellen & Murlin Marshall in the 1900 IA Census.

This Quaker family from Canada, the Minthorns, had roots in New England, going back to an early settler of Woburn, Massachusetts, Edward Winn, and was a family that produced President Herbert Clark Hoover.

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