Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Don't Tell Mrs. Hoover

This item appeared Wednesday in a Florida newspaper:

Daisy Garlock, a direct descendant of President Herbert Hoover, was joined by relatives, friends and fellow Bay Village residents in a gala celebration of her 103rd birthday.

She was born Jan. 8, 1905, in Birmingham, Ala. into a family with four brothers and four sisters. In 1926 she graduated from Howard College (now Stanford University) with degrees in English and botany. [Link]
Hmm... According to every source I can find, Herbert Hoover had two sons (born 1903 and 1907) and no daughters. I don't think Daisy's even an indirect descendant of the guy.

And, by the way, Howard College is now Samford University—not Stanford, from which university (ironically) Herbert Hoover graduated in 1895.

Drew Smith

Daisy Hoover's father was Claude V. Hoover, who was born in Minnesota (according to the later censuses) or Indiana (according to the 1900 census) about 1874, and *his* father was born in Ohio or Indiana. His father may be Jessee B. Hoover, who was in Clay, Pike County, Indiana at the time of the 1880 census.

Perhaps this Jessee was confused with Herbert Hoover's father, also a Jesse.

Kaisa Kyläkoski

Supposing that her maiden name is Hoover, a likely censusu record in 1910 is "Census Place: Birmingham Ward 13, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T624_19; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 84; Image: 1123." If so, considering the ages and grandfather's birth place, Daisy's father might have been Herbert Hoover's first cousin.


More than 500 Hoovers are listed on Welfley's Descendants of George Steele. My name wasn't added to that genealogy until it was updated around 1960. Many of those Hoovers were distantly related to the Herbert Hoover born in Iowa. But when that genealogy was originally compiled in 1909, Herbert was just another Hoover who wasn't on the list. There were, however, about 300 Studebakers.


I don't think Mrs. Hoover has anything to worry about - sounds like wishful genealogical thinking, possibly mixed with a grain of semi-truth. Maybe there were Hoovers in the family who assumed they were related to Herbert.

My mother was always hoping that the 'descended from Sir Ellis Hicks' fiction was true of our Long Island Hickses, which has long sine been proven to be a lot of codswallop.


My theory is that an overeager reporter wanted an interesting angle on the story, and misinterpreted a comment by a family member. Or didn't understand the meaning of the word "descendant."

Andy E. Wold

The article is full of errors.

Daisy Hoover Turner did marry Lyle Seaver Garlock on 22 Sep 1975, which meant that she was only 70 when she married him, not 85.

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