Aerial Photo of Cemetery,
When members of the Franklin County Genealogical society recorded the Jackson Township cemeteries in the 1980s they mentioned this tiny graveyard, but were unable to locate it. The grave site was set apart when it was located by the builder of an industrial park that was being constructed. This is the final resting place of Revolutionary War veteran, Private John Hoover. Now he has a military gravestone and the place where he, his wife and an infant (possibly a daughter) are buried is a well cared for oasis alongside busy Gantz Road. A boulder with a commemorative plaque has been placed outside the newly fenced and landscaped graveyard, under an old cedar tree. Private John Hoover helped create the nation whose spotlighted flag waves over his grave twenty-four hours a day. A Grove City Boy Scout troop is responsible for the care and upkeep of the graveyard.
John Hoover was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He moved from there to Cynthiana, Kentucky before finaly settling in Jackson Township, Franklin County, Ohio in 1807. His was one of the pioneer families of Franklin County along with families such as Gantz, Alkire, Smith, Sullivant, Seeds, and others who settled the area that has become Grove City and surrounding area. The farm was in an area that is now known as Ziner Farm, a community of homes and condominiums. Mr. Ziner was a distant cousin of John's and only recently died. The Hoover farm remained in the hands of relatives until it was sold after Mr. Ziner's death.
Personal note: Many thanks to Judith L. Hoover (a direct descendant of John and Margaret (Smith) Hoover) and her friend, Mary Conaway for bringing this cemetery to my attention and for the information on this page. You can E-mail Judith at .
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