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Sarah Albaugh Hoover, 1816-1905
Posted by: Kathy Benedict Date: April 18, 2000 at 18:39:14
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The following was written by James Levi Hoover (1897-1989) about his grandmother Sarah Albaugh Hoover (1816-1905). It was found in Jamesí lock box.

My Grandmother
Her maiden name was Sarah Albaugh. She was born in 1816 in pioneer days when they had no free schools. So a few years later free schools were opened. Grandma was then 21 but she determined to get an education so she entered school. She said they made pot hooks like they had to hold kettles over the fire place. Then they learned to read and write. She could read and write good, which helped her so much. She read her bible every day.
She was married to Levi Hoover in 1846 and had 6 children. Then he was called to the service for the war and she was left to care for the children and as all men were called to the service, the pioneer women all had to work hard cutting wood for the fireplace, raising food to eat. Most food was raised at home but sometimes they walked for several miles for some things. The woods were full of Indians at that time but grandma was good to them and they didnít harm her. She used to watch them make maple sugar.
Her husband was then permanently wounded in the army, was an invalid for life, so you see grandma didnít have a very easy life. She was left a widow in 1886 and stayed with the children. She had quite a few grandchildren and we used to watch for grandma to be coming down the road. We ran to meet her for she had a long pocket in her dress and we knew it was always full of candy for us. She loved to walk, lived to be 89 and never had a doctor only once when she had diptheira and that was an Indian Dr.


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