William Hovious. Believed to have been born in 1774, in Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, a son of Johan Theodor HOFIUS and Nancy BAKER. Married (1) c. 3 Aug 1795, in Green County, Kentucky, Sarah HARDING, [born after 1774, died 1812?, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Harding] Married (2) c. 4 Nov 1813, Kitty CARREL, [born 1797, daughter of Peter and Rebecca Carrel.]
William Hovious seems to have died in 1826. For more about William's life, see below.
Children by Sarah HARDING:
More about William Hovious: In relative terms, a fair amount of documentation is available about the life of William Hovious. The main sources of these records are Kentucky tax records, and the records of Pitman Creek Baptist Church, of which William was a member. The first document known to exist mentioning William is the marriage bond he took out on 3 August 1795 in Green Co., KY, and which is signed by him. Period tax records show that William Hovious paid taxes almost every year between 1799 through 1820. He paid taxes in Green County except for the period between 1809 through 1812, when he paid in Adair County. William apparently did not leave Kentucky during the War of 1812. After all these years of unfailing regularity, William is not listed in the tax rolls after 1820, and two of his youngest sons, William and Silas, were bound as apprentices by the county in 1821. William is also absent from the 1820 census; which, however, shows 2 young boys in his son John's home. At present one hypothesis is that after 1820 William was too sick to work and owned no horses, and therefore dropped off the tax lists; once William's older male children left the area, William Jr. and Silas were bound out by the county. The order describes them as poor boys, not orphans.
William's estate was described in the tax lists as including up to 75 acres of land and up to 4 horses, although records are unclear as to whether he actually got title to the land.
William Hovious comes across as having a combative personality in the Pitman Baptist Church records. He is mentioned in the context of an argument with one Martin Hazard in September 1803, and in relation to having drank too much at a road cutting in 1804. He is also cited for having offered to fight someone else in December 1808.
Renewed thanks to Paul Hofius, Virginia Meeker, Betty Hollowell, Mark Phillips and Bobbie Callahan for their contributions to researching William Hovious.