Hoy, Francis H., was born in Manayunk, Philadelphia county, Pa., June 30, 1845, son of Robert M. and Mahola (Thomas) Hoy. The father was a native of Belfast, Ireland, and the mother, of Yorkshire, England. The father was superintendent of a large cotton factory in Philadelphia county for many years. Robert W. Hoy, the grandfather, was an instructor in one of the colleges in Ireland, and master of six languages. W. H. Thomas, the maternal grandfather, was professor of music and languages in his native city. The father died in Philadelphia, January 6, 1854. His wife is still living and resides at Portsmouth, Ohio. Francis H. was the only child and was reared in Philadelphia up to his thirteenth year, when he removed to Schuylkill county, and in 1860 came to Harrisburg. His education was obtained in the public schools of Philadelphia, and the Boy's grammar school of Manayunk, from which he was transferred to the high school after his removal to Schuylkill county, after which he learned the barber's trade. In 1862 he enlisted in company A, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, First City Zouaves of Harrisburg, and served nine months; and re-enlisted in company C, Two Hundred and First regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers. He was promoted to corporal, then to sergeant, and then to color sergeant of the regiment, and then to a field position on January 21, 1865, and assigned to detached duty. After the war he worked at his trade for one year, and was then employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company for several years, in various capacities from brakeman to locomotive engineer. After this he was with the Pennsylvania Steel Works for a time, and then resumed his trade at which he worked until 1891, when he was elected to the office of coroner of Dauphin county, in the administration of which office he proved to be one of the most popular officers in the State. After the death of Sheriff S. F. Keller, he served as sheriff, until the assistant was named by the governor. In his politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Hoy has been the commander of Post No. 58, G. A. R., and is now aide-de-camp on the staff of the chief commander of the State. On July 5, 1866, Mr. Hoy was married to Mary M. Kammerer, daughter of George Kemmerer, native of Germany, resident of Harrisburg. His children are: George K., Robert W., Francis H. Jr., and Sarah F. The family are members of the Presbyterian Church. The eldest son served as president of the Society of Christian Endeavor. The second son is foreman of the Harrisburg Electric Light Works.
Hoy, Francis H., p. 320 & 321
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10 Nov. 2000
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