Born: 1795 Ireland, United Kingdom
Died: 1869-03-01 Menard County, Illinois
Flourished: Menard County, Illinois
William Hoey settled in Petersburg, Illinois during the early 1830s. In 1837, he was appointed postmaster of the town. As early as 1840, he and his brother James ran a general store on the town square in Petersburg. Hoey never married.
T. G. Onstot, Pioneers of Menard and Mason Counties (Peoria, IL: J. W. Franks & Sons, 1902), 177; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Menard County, IL, 230; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 286-87; RG 28, Records of the Post Office Department, Entry 69: Records of the Bureau of the First Assistant Postmaster General, Records of the Division of Postmasters, Records of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1930, vol. 12B (1832-1844), 578-79, National Archives Building, Washington, DC; Letters of Administration, 24 May 1869, Administrators Record, Book A (1868-1879), 23, Menard County Court, Menard County Courthouse, Petersburg, IL.