An American Family History

Sarah Catherine Smith Hoops

In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

Sarah Catherine Smith Hoops was born in December, 1871  in Lucas County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Josiah Smith and Sarah Pitts.  

She married John A. Hoops at the age of 22 on January 18, 1894. John was born about 1870 in Iowa. He was the son of John H. Hoops and Hester Ann Falls. Sarah's sister Ida married John's brother Charles. 

In 1900 they were living in Washington Township, Lucas County, Iowa. They were neighbors of their siblings, Ida and Charles. John was a farmer.

Their children were Tarvin A. Hoops (January, 1895-June 15, 1955) and Velma Hester Hoops Keagle. Velma was born about 1912. She married Bernard Sherman Keagle (about 1904-September 4, 1992) on March 12, 1920 in Billings, Montana. She died on September 14, 1992. 

Catherine and John appeared in the 1900 census in Washington Township, Lucas County, Iowa. 

By the time of the 1920 census, they were living in Powell, Park County, Wyoming. John was 49, Catherine was 48 and they were living with their twelve year old daughter. 

John died in March, 1953 and Sarah died in May, 1955. They are buried together at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell, Wyoming with their daughter Velma and son Tarvin.
Children of Josiah Smith, Sr.
and Sarah Pitts
  • Elizabeth Jane Smith Frank
  • Allison Woodrow Smith
  • Nancy Ann Smith Wilson
  • Mary Ellen Smith Widaman Dixon
  • David Henry Smith
  • Josiah Allen Smith
  • John Smith
  • George Washington Smith
  • William Smith
  • Ida Belle Smith Hoops
  • Sarah Catherine Smith Hoops
  • Charles Elmer Smith
  • Cora Edna Smith Downard
  • catherine

    Lucas County is in south central Iowa. It was founded in 1846 and the county seat is Chariton.



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