John J. Paul Hoye Jr. was born on May 31, 1982 in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, the son of John J.P. and Louisa (Minerd) Hoye Sr. He was the first child born after his parents had migrated to Dunbar from Oakland, Garrett County, MD.
Little is known of John's life. He is known to have worked at the Dunbar Furnace circa 1902.
During the decade of the 1900s, John migrated to the West Coast. He resided in Oregon, where he was employed in Portland as a "stationery engineer," and in Washington State.
In the winter of 1920, he traveled back to Dunbar for a visit with family. His sister Arona Cole was deathly ill with bronchial pneumonia and influenza and died on Feb. 11, 1920. John "went to Pittsburgh to take charge of the body," said the Connellsville Daily Courier. He escorted the remains back to Dunbar for the funeral, held at the home of their sister Anna Bunting, and led by a distant cousin, Rev. David Ewing Minerd.
According to the 1942 book, The Hoyes of Maryland, authored by Capt. Charles E. Hoye, John "later farmed near Smithfield," PA.
John passed away in 1947, and is buried beside his parents in the Franklin Cemetery in Dunbar. His grave marker was still legible when photographed in 2003.
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