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Rev. Simon Peter Hoy
Born - June 16, 1837
Fairfield County, Ohio
Married - August 23,1860 - Ohio
Occupation In 1870 - Minister
Occupation in 1880 - Book Agent
Occupation in 1900 /1910 - Solicitor of Life Insurance
Died - June 20, 1916
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
Rev. Simon Peter Hoy
Photograph Courtesy of Janice (Courtright) Reed
Wife - Amanda F. (Morris) Hoy
Born - June 1841 - Ohio
Died - February 11, 1901 - Illinois
Parents - Nathaniel and Eliza (Fisher) Morris
To This Union 7 Children Were Born
Simon Peter Hoy Story
Simon P. Hoy is now district agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life
Insurance Company, with headquarters at Decatur. Many years of his life were devoted to the active work of the ministry and his influence therein was of no restricted order. His career has been such a one as makes the world better for his having lived and his influence is ever given on the side of right, the true and the beautiful. Decatur numbers him among its valued and representative citizens, and his many friends in Macon county will receive gladly this record of his career.
Simon P. Hoy is a native of Fairfield county, Ohio, his birth having there occurred on the 16th of June, 1837. He comes of New England ancestry.
His father, Peter Hoy, was born in Pickaway county, Ohio,
and there he spent a portion of his early life. He was a farmer by
occupation and was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
He possessed considerable musical talent - a characteristic of the
Hoy family - and had a splendid voice. He died early in life, however,
passing away on the 13th of August, 1837, his death being the
result of a fall in crossing a stream on his return from church.
He was a most devoted Christian gentleman,
zealous in behalf of the church and its harmony with his professions.
Although small in stature he possessed great strength.
He married Miss Mary Stump, a daughter of Joel Stump,
who removed to Ohio from Pennsylvania when a young man,
first settling in Pickaway county. He spent the remainder of his life in the Buckeye state. He was a man of great moral worth,
of unquestioned honor and integrity and of high ideals as to family life.
He was of German lineage and was a member of the Lutheran
church which was also the faith of his ancestors.
His daughter, Mary Stump, after losing her first husband
was again married in 1839 to David A. Hoy, a brother of her first husband.
By him she had ten children who reached years of maturity,
namely; John B., who served in the Civil War
as a member of Company H. Forty-first Volunteer Infantry;
Joel W., who was also a defender of the Union during the Civil War
for three months; Adam M., who belonged to Company H, Forty-first Regiment of Illinois Volunteers;
Katherine E.; David W.; Jacob M.; Joshua; Albert; Mary E.;
and Julia, the wife of John W. Jinks.
All of this family are living.
Simon P. Hoy at the usual age entered the public schools and
therein pursued his studies until he has mastered the
common branches of learning. he afterward spent five months
as a student in the seminary at Shelbyville, Illinois,
under Professor Jerome, and later he engaged in teaching in the district schools of Shelby county for three years. When twenty-one years of age, while in Hancock county, Ohio, he was converted and became
a member of the United Brethren church, joining the
conference in the fall of 1860 at Lexington, Illinois,
that he might devote his life to the work of ministry.
The church organization was known as the Illinois Annual Conference
of the United Brethren church. His first pastorate was the
Broadwell mission, over which he had charge for a year. He was next appointed to the church in Decatur, Illinois, where he served
for one year, largely advancing the cause of Christianity
through his zealous and earnest efforts here.
He then located in Shelby county, where he again
engaged in teaching school for one year.
On the expiration of that period he re-entered the ministry and filled
the pastorate of the church at Washington, Illinois, for two years.
At the annual conference in the fall of 1866 he was elected presiding
elder of his district, his territory covering ten fields of labor.
He was the youngest man in the ministry of this district,
but he proved most capable in his labors as presiding elder,
and under his guidance the churches did effective work.
On the expiration of his term of service in that office he continued in the active work of the ministry, preaching at the new
Pana mission and afterward at the Macon mission.
During this period of his ministry his labors were greatly blessed with accessions in membership. Two churches were also built
during his labors in the ministry, one at Wheatland at a cost of
three thousand dollars, and the other at Blue Mound,
which was also erected at a similar cost.
Later Mr. Hoy served the Locust Grove circuit of Shelby county
for one year and was then elected presiding elder.
At the next annual conference the central Illinois conference
was formed and he was given charge of the church at
Lexington, Illinois, this being 1871.
Later he was once more chosen presiding elder and continued
to serve in that capacity for two years, following which time
he was stationed at Streator, Illinois, for one year,
and while pastor there the new church building as completed.
In 1860 Mr. Hoy was united in marriage to Miss Amanda F. Morris,
a daughter of Nathaniel and Eliza (Fisher) Morris. She died in her
sixtieth year on the 11th of February, 1901.
Seven children had been born of this union: Edward M., who is a druggist
of Springfield, Illinois; Mollie, who is the wife of Frank J. Hodgins;
Charles D., who is bookkeeper for the firm of Linn & Scruggs, of Decatur; Josie E., who is the wife of Harry Lathrop; Ira B.,: and two who are now deceased. These are Alice M., the first born, and Carla L.,
the third of the family.
In reviewing the life history of Mr. Hoy it seems that special
providence has watched over him and guided him.
When he was but an infant of six months his mother was carrying
him in her arms on horseback, when the animal stumbled and fell
and the mother and babe were thrown to the ground with great force,
but Mrs. Hoy shielded her child by striking upon her own elbows,
and though her arms were lacerated in a fearful manner the babe was uninjured. During his pastorate at the Broadwell mission rather
than miss an appointment for religious service that he had made,
Mr. Hoy forded the Sangamon river on horseback at great peril
of his own life. It was in 1861, at the time of high water. The fording of the river was a very dangerous operation, but he made it in safety, and his compensation for that service was but a dollar and a quarter. On another occasion Mr. Hoy was crossing a stream in a buggy with his wife and child when the bridge cut loose from its fastenings and started to float down the stream. Quick as a flash he urged his horse on and
plunging into the stream it quickly brought them
forth in safety to the shore. Other proofs of the care which the
Creator has for his children and which Mr. Hoy has specially
received might be given. In his own work in behalf of the church he has greatly promoted moral development. He was a strong forceful speaker, energetic and zealous and willing to make an effort or sacrifice
to keep his appointments. No task was too arduous for him,
and his labors were attended with splendid results,
many additions being made to the church during his various pastorates.
" Past and Present of the city of Decatur and Macon County Illinois",
The S. J. Clare Publishing Co., 1903
S. P. Hoy,
Veteran minister, dead
Resident of Decatur for past
Rev. Simon P. Hoy, next to the oldest minister in the Illinois
conference of the United Brethren church, died at
4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the residence of his daughter,
Mrs. Frank Hodgins, 776 East Lincoln Avenue.
Seventy-nine years old. He had been a resident of
old residents of the city and county.
JUST PAST BIRTHDAY
Mr. Hoy had been in good health for a man of his age, up to last
Thursday, when he suffered a bout of acute indigestion. He was
seventy-nice years old Friday and plans had been made to
celebrate his birthday by a family reunion and birthday dinner
and supper at Fairview Park, but the illness of Mr. Hoy
prevented that. His condition grew steadily worse and all day
Tuesday, it was known he could not recover. Mr. Hoy had planned
to attend the annual conference and was preparing an address
that he intended to deliver.
BORN IN OHIO
Mr. Hoy was born in Fairfield county, June 16, 1837. He was a son
of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hoy. He came to Illinois when a boy. After
attending the common schools he attended the seminary, at
Shelbyville for five months. After that he taught district schools in
Shelby county for three years. He united with the United Brethren
church in Hancock county when he was twenty one years old and
immediately began studying for the ministry, and was ordained a
minister at the annual Illinois conference of the church at
Lexington Illinois in 1860. His first charge was the Broadwell
mission. He had charge of this for a year. The following year he came
to Decatur and had charge of the church here for a year. Then he
returned to Shelby county and taught school for a year at the end
of that time accepted a call to the church at Washington, Illinois.
He remained in charge of that church for two years. In the fall of
1886 he was elected presiding elder.
Mission AT PANA
He was then the youngest minister in the district. After his term as
presiding elder expired he had charge of the mission at Pana and
the Macon church. During his ministry a new church was built at
Wheatland and another at Blue Mound each costing $3,000.
Later he served the Locust Grove circuit in Shelby county for a
year and was again elected presiding elder. In 1878 he had charge
of the church at Lexington, Illinois. Later he again was again
elected presiding elder, serving two years. The following year he
had charge of the church at Streator and a new church was built
there during his pastorate.
He came back to Decatur in 1874 and located permanently. For a
number of years he sold the American Encyclopedia. He entered the
employ of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance company in
1883 and later became district agent. He continued in the life insurance
business until a few years ago, having his office in the Millikin building
for many years. He was frequently called to preach after coming to
Decatur and often supplied pulpits in neighboring towns. He was a
forceful speaker and a willing worker. He experienced all the
hardships that attended the pioneer minister who like doctors at
that time made their round on horseback fording streams when
necessary to reach their destinations. He always felt that a special
providence watched over him as he had many narrow escapes
from death or injury. When he was only six months old his mother
took him in her arms and started on horseback to visit a neighbor.
The horse fell with them. The mother shielded him by breaking
the fall with her arm. She was badly injured, but he was unhurt.
In the spring of 1861, while the Sangamon river was high he forded
the stream and came near being swept away. He had an appointment
to preach and was bound to keep it. The amount he received for
that days labor in the church vineyard was $1.25. Some time later
while he with his wife and child were crossing a bridge in a buggy,
the bridge was washed away. As it swung near the bank, Mr. Hoy
urged the horse into the water and the animal was able to pull the
buggy to the bank. All got wet but were unhurt.
Mr. Hoy is the second of eleven children to die. He was twice married.
His first wife was Miss Amanda F. Morris. She and Mr. Hoy were
married August 23, 1860. Seven children were born to them. Two
died in infancy, and Mrs. Hoy died February 11, 1901. In 1907, he
and Mrs. Olive Edgett were married and she with the following children
by the first wife survives. Edward Hoy of Springfield; Charles Hoy of
Los Angeles, California; Ira B. Hoy of Decatur; Mrs. Frank Hodgins
and Mrs. Harry Lathrop, also of Decatur. The following half-brothers
and half-sisters also live in this vicinity. Wesley Hoy; Joshua Hoy; and
Jacob Hoy of Assumption, Mrs. John Jinks of Bethany and
Miss Kate Hoy of Assumption; another half-sister, Mrs. Kate Carnell,
lives at Big Pine, California. Mrs. Jinks and her husband and the
three half-brothers arrived Tuesday before the death of Mr. Hoy.
The Decatur Review
June 21, 1916
Obituary Courtesy of Loretta Taylor
One of My Many Find A Grave Friends.
Daughter - Alice M. Hoy
Born - 1861
Died - Prior to June 9, 1900
Son - Edward M. "Eddie" Hoy
Born - 1863 - Illinois
Married - June 24, 1886
Wife - Linnie D. Dunnuck
Born - 1865 - Illinois
To This Union 2 Children Were Born
Son - Byron Earl Hoy
Born - January 13, 1888 - Illinois
Daughter - Helen C. Hoy
Born - April 1898 - Illinois
Daughter - Carla L. Hoy
Born - 1865 - Illinois
Died - Prior to June 9, 1900
Daughter - Molly B. (Hoy) Hodgins
Born - April 1868 - Illinois
Married - 1906
Husband - Frank J. Hodgins
Born - 1864
Shawville Clarendon Pontiac, Quebec, Canada
Died - January 22, 1934
To This Union 4 Children Were Born
Daughter - Mable C. Hodgins
Daughter - Frances A. Hodgins
Daughter - Mildred Hodgins
Daughter - Marjorie Lee Hodgins
Son - Charles D. Hoy
Born - April 1872 - Illinois
Married - November 30, 1898
At the Home of the Brides Parents
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
Wife - Nellie Maud (Werner) Hoy
Born - 1879 - Illinois
To This Union 3 Children Were Born
Daughter - Charlotte Hoy
Born - 1900 - Illinois
Daughter - Margaret Hoy
Born - 1902 - Illinois
Son - Werner McNeil Hoy
Born - January 8, 1903 - Illinois
Died - November 20, 1982
Orange, Orange County, California
Daughter - Josephine E. "Josie" (Hoy) Lathrop
Born - September 1875 - Illinois
Occupation in 1900 - Clerk in a Harness Store
Husband - Harry H. Lathrop
Born - May 1887 - Illinois
To This Union 2 Children Were Born
Son - Ralph W. Lathrop
Born - 1907 - Illinois
Daughter - Doris E. Lathrop
Born - 1910 - Illinois
Son - Ira Barnes Hoy
Born - August 31, 1878 - Illinois
Occupation in 1900 - Salesman, haberdashery
Wife - Lelia V. Dilldmut
Born - 1884 - Illinois
Simon Peter's 2nd Wife - Olive Hoy
Born - 1860 - New York
Married - 1907 - Illinois
On the June 30, 1870, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois Census, Simon Hoy (33)
is living with his wife, Amanda (29), and their children, Eddie (7) and Molly (2).
On the June 10, 1880, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois Census, Simon P. Hoy (44)
is living with his wife, Amanda F., (38), and their children, Eddie M., (17) and Molly B., (12),
Charles D., (8), Josie E., (4), and Ira B., (1).
On the June 9, 1900, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois Census, Simon P. Hoy (62)
is living with his wife, Amanda F., (58), and their children,
Josephine E., (24), and Ira B., (21).
Note: This Census also states that Amanda was the mother of
7 Children, 5 of whom were still living in 1900.
On the April 23, 1910, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois Census, Simon P. Hoy (72)
is living with his 2nd wife, Olive (50 - Born in New York),
and his Step-daughter, Helen E. Haynes (24 and Divorced - Born in New York).
Note: This Census also states that Olive was the mother of 2 Children, both still living in 1910
and that Helen Haynes was the mother of 1 Child, who was not still living in 1910.
Father - Peter Hoy
Mother - Mary Margaret "Polly" (Stump) Hoy
Step-Father - David Andrew Hoy
Grandfather - John Adam Hoy
Grandmother - Barbara Hoy
Great Grandfather - Johann Philip (Heu) Hoy
(Philip Hoy )
Great Grandmother - Barbara Hoy
Great Great Grandfather - Johann Carl (Heu) Hoy
Great Great Grandmother - Maria Eva (Schaurer) Hoy
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