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Rufus B. Hoy

Born - November 6,1850

Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio

Married - December 24, 1879

 Died - September 14,  1943

 Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois

Buried - Mount Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 50854633






Rufus B. Hoy Biography and Photograph

Courtesy of Celia Snyder

And Illinois Genealogy,

 Champaign County, Illinois On-Line Genweb Project



Rufus B. Hoy

A resident of Champaign County almost forty years, Rufus B. Hoy after a brief visit, determined that this county should be his permanent home, and here his industry has borne fruit and his name is one that is spoke with honor and respect.

Mr. Hoy was born in Hancock County, Ohio, November 6, 1850, son of Abraham & Mary (Fellers) Hoy. His father was a native of Pennsylvania and his mother of Ohio and both their ancestors several generations back came from Germany. Abraham Hoy and  wife had twelve children, six sons and six daughters, Rufus being the youngest son. These children were educated in a district school known as the Hoy School, situated on a corner of their father's farm back in Ohio.

Rufus B. Hoy was twenty eight years of age when he came to Illinois for the purpose of working one summer on the farm of his brother, Abraham, located east of Urbana and known as the old Cook farm. The country and its people had a special charm for the young man and he prolonged his visit indefinitely. He worked at various farms in the county, and at the age of thirty he laid the foundation of his own home by his marriage to Miss Martha J. Arrington.

Mrs. Hoy, who has stood behind her husband in all his work and in the ordering of her home and the training of her children for the past thirty five years, was born in Hancock County, Indiana, daughter of Samuel and Matilda (McDuffey) Arrington. Her parents were natives of North Carolina and were early settlers in Indiana, whither they went with their only child. Their other children were all born in Indiana. The McDuffey ancestry originated in the land of hills and heather, Scotland. The six children of the Arrington's comprised four daughters  and two sons. both sons dying in infancy. Martha was the youngest daughter and the only one still living. She was educated with her sisters in the Wright district school. In 1860, the Arrington family moved to Champaign County and settled near Mayview.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoy after their marriage began farming on rental land a mile and a half south of Mayview. Possessing young, enthusiasm, energy and ambition, they made each year count for something definite in their scheme of life and in the matter of progress, and in the course of time were able to buy out the other heirs to the Arrington estate, and while they lived there they added many improvements to that beautiful farm. They now have 340 acres in Illinois and 640 in Missouri.

Two sons and three daughters were born to their marriage, named Jesse F., Bertha M., Gertrude May, Fred and Lucy F. These children were well educated both at home and in the district school known as Willard School. Bertha graduated from Brown's Business College at Champaign, fitted herself for work as a teacher and taught in the College Corner School and the Kirkpatrick School. She is now the wife of A. N. Duvall, and they live in Rantoul, where Mr. Duvall is a postal employee. Their one child is named Gladys Bernice.  Gertrude, the second daughter, was educated in the University of Illinois at Champaign and was a teacher of public schools in Champaign County. She taught the Allen and York Schools, spending two years at each place. She married Earl Swartz, and they live at Matthews, in New Madrid County, Missouri, where he is a grain dealer. Fred is a farmer on his fathers place in Mayview. He married Opal Lockwood, and their two children, one died in infancy,  and one still living being Marjorie. Jesse, also a farmer on one of his fathers places south of Mayview,  married Mary Brooks and has a daughter, Lavinia. Lucy F. graduated from Urbana High School and took the full college course at the University of Illinois. She is a cultured and capable young woman, still at home with her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoy have always been interested in every work for the upbuilding of the social and religious community in which they have lived. Early in life he accepted the doctrines and principles of the great Republican party and has found that organization most expressive of his mature convictions and experience in the regulation of political affairs. He is an ardent Mason, having joined that order back in Ohio when a young man and is a charter member of the Court of  Honor.

Thirteen years ago, having seeing their efforts duly rewarded, Mr. and Mrs. Hoy left their farm and came to Urbana, where he bought a pleasant and attractive residence on Elm Street. Here this worthy couple have surrounded themselves with the comforts of life and live in the enjoyment of their family and their numerous friends.

Such people as Mr. and Mrs. Hoy are counted among the builders of a county, always interested in every good work for the promotion of the good of the community socially and religiously. Converted in early life in 1891, they both took their place in the home church at Mayview, the Methodist Episcopal, as earnest, conscientious members, and have found their deepest source of joy in working in the interests of the Man of Galilee. The day of their conversion was a milestone in their lives and they always pleasantly refer to that time which with devout Christians is the day of all days. This decision came early in their lives, and has influenced and regulated all their subsequent actions and has proved fruitful in deeds of kindness so that the name HOY is wreathed with pleasing memories. On moving to Urbana Mr. and Mrs. Hoy united with the Methodist Church there and have been liberal supporters of its every cause, and Mr. Hoy is now serving as a church steward. 






The June 24, 1860 Jackson, Hancock County, Ohio Census -

Lists the following:

Abraham (56) Living with his wife Mary  (46) and their 10 Children,

Epsham (26), Jacob (24), William (22), Nancy E. (19), Malinda (17), Alexander (14), Abraham (12),

Rufus (8), Delilah (6) and Lucy A. (4).


Per the June 22, 1880 St. Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois Census,

Rufus Hoy (29) and his Wife Martha Hoy (28)

are Living with her parents, S.D. and Matilda Arrington



Wife - Martha J. (Arrington) Hoy

Born - November 30,1850

Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana

Died - January 1920

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 50854748

Parents - Samuel D. and Matilda (Mc Duffey) Arrington


To This Union 5 Children Were Born


Son - Jesse F. Hoy

Born - November 1880 - Illinois

Married - March 1907

Champaign County, Illinois

Died - 1936

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63288149

Wife - Mary Ann (Brooks) Hoy

Born - February 22, 1886 - Kentucky

Died - December 12, 1987

Marin County, California

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63288142

To This Union 2 Children Were Born

Daughter - Lavena Hoy - 1910 - Illinois

Daughter - Frances Hoy - 1918 - Illinois


Daughter - Bertha M. (Hoy) Duvall

Born - August 1882- Illinois

Husband - A. N. Duvall


Daughter - Gertrude Mae "Gertie" (Hoy) Swartz

"Mae Swartz"

Born - February 9,1884

Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Married -  September 17.  1909

 Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois

Died - January  27, 1971

 Americana Nursing Center, Champaign, Illinois at age 86

 Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois

Buried - January 30,  1971

Mt. Hope Cemetery, 

Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 79303325


Husband - Earl William Swartz

Born  - March 1883

Mt. Hope Cemetery, Urbana, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 79303467

Parents -  Benjamin Franklin and Minnie Elgin (Schuknecht) Swartz

To This Union 1 Child Was Born

Son - Earl William Swartz

Born -  Piatt County, Illinois

Died -  June 24.  1932

 Mathews, Missouri

 Buried -   June 26,  1932

 Mt. Hope Cemetery, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois


Son - Frederick Hoy

Born -  June 10,1885 - Illinois

Married - January 1, 1910

Died - March 13, 1966

Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63483875


Wife - Opal D. (Lockwood) Hoy

Born - September 16, 1887, Illinois

Died - April 7, 1929

Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63483904

Parents - David & Sarah E. (Woodard) Lockwood

To This Union Were Born 5 Children


Daughter - Marjorie Helen Hoy 

Born - November 19, 1912 - Illinois


Son - Donald Frederick Hoy

Born - March 28, 1913 - Illinois

Died - September 12, 1913 - Illinois

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63484039


Daughter - Martha Hoy

Born - 1916  - Illinois


Son - Howard E. Hoy

Born - January 5, 1920, Illinois

Died - December 18, 1944

Urbana, Champaign County,, Illinois

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63483955


Daughter - Lola E. Hoy

Born - January 11, 1923, Illinois

Died - July 4, 1928

Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois

Buried - Mt. Olive Cemetery

Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63483994


Daughter - Lucy Frances Hoy

Born - December 4, 1887 

Urbana, Champaign County,, Illinois

1911  Graduated From The University of Illinois

Died - December 1981

Urbana, Champaign County,, Illinois

Buried - Mount Olive Cemetery

 Mayview, Champaign County, Illinois

Find-A-Grave Memorial # 63484187



Brother - Jacob John Hoy

Born - July 15, 1837 - Ohio

Married - February 18, 1868

St. Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois

Died - March 12, 1885

St. Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois

Wife - Anna Rebecka (Rohrer) Hoy

Born - December 14, 1840 - Virginia

Died - October 29, 1927

Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Indiana

Parents - John Henson and Rebecca (Samsel) Rohrer

To This Union 4 Children Were Born


Brother - William Henry  Hoy

Born - February 27, 1838

Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio

Wife - Charlotte "Lottie" (Crane/Crayne) Hoy


Sister - Nancy Elizabeth (Hoy) Houck Waltermire

Born - May 14, 1840

Findley, Hancock County, Ohio

1st Husband - Adam B. Houck/Hauck

2nd Husband - Thomas Alva Waltermire


Sister - Malinda (Hoy) Sampson 

 Born - April 17, 1842 - Ohio

Married - October 15, 1863

Hancock County, Ohio

Died - March 19, 1935

Husband - David Sampson

Born - September 11, 1838

Mt. Blanchard, Hancock County, Ohio

Died - October 4, 1899

Hancock County, Ohio

To This Union 8 Children Were Born


Brother - Alexander Hoy

Born - March 1844 - Ohio

1st Wife - Calista Jane (Orwick) Hoy

2nd Wife - Sebila (Laudenslager) Pontious - Hoy


Brother - Abraham J. "Abe" Hoy Jr.

Born - November 1847 - Ohio

Wife - Sarah Catherine (Koch) Hoy


Sister - Delilah or Delila (Hoy) Engle

Born - 1854

Hancock County, Ohio

Husband - Elijah B. Engle


Sister - Lucy A. (Hoy) Sampson

Born - December 19,1856

Hancock County, Ohio

Husband - Eli Albert Sampson

Child of Abraham S. and Mary (Bogart) Hoy


Half - Brother - Ephraim L. Hoy

Born -  June 16, 1833 - Ohio

Died - February 10, 1864

Buried - Bishop Cemetery - Arlington,

Hancock County, Ohio

Wife - Martha Jane (Fahls) Hoy

Son - Elliott Ellsworth Hoy

Born - June 17, 1863

Died - July 24, 1864

Buried - Bishop Cemetery - Arlington,

Hancock County, Ohio



Children of Abraham S. & Rachel Hoy


Step-Brother - William Foster Strayer

Born - March 7, 1851

Fairfield County, Ohio

Died - December 13, 1917

Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio

Buried - Clymer Cemetery, Mount Cory,

Hancock County, Ohio

Wife - Elizabeth (Clymer) Strayer


Step-Sister - Elnora E. (Strayer) Hoy

Born - 1858 - Ohio


Half - Brother - David  E. Hoy

Born - September 27, 1863

Died - September 16, 1865

Buried - Bishop Cemetery - Arlington,

Hancock County, Ohio


Half - Brother - Sherman Hoy

Born - April 21, 1865

Died - November 25, 1870

Buried - Bishop Cemetery - Arlington,

Hancock County, Ohio


Half - Sister - Etta M. (Hoy) Grover

Born - 1867 -Ohio

Father - Abraham S. Hoy

Mother - Mary Magdalena "Polly" (Fellers) Hoy

1st Wife - Mary (Bogart) Hoy

3rd Wife - Rachel (Rudolph) Strayer-Hoy

Grandfather - Phillip Penn Hoy

Grandmother - Elizabeth (Eyer) Hoy


Great Grandfather Johann Philip (Heu) Hoy

Great Grandmother - Barbara Hoy



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