I wrote about Michael Frantz of Lower Paxton Township in an earlier post, regarding his estate in 1797. Based on that research, I posited that Michael possibly had two brothers—Jacob Frantz of Manor Township and Christian Frantz of Manheim Township. So, I set out to learn more about Michael, Jacob and Christian to see if I could prove a family connection.
This week’s 52 ancestors post is about my 3x great grandfather, Jacob Walker (1833-1915) of Centre County, Pennsylvania.
I came across a newspaper article entitled “Hocker Family Meets in Reunion” from the Harrisburg Patriot about the first annual Hocker family reunion that was held 7 September 1911 in Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This article mentions a number of Hocker family members—most of whom I immediately recognized. But there were several names that I didn’t know. I decided to do a little research to find out who they were.
I was scanning some gravestone photos the other day to add to Findagrave and became intrigued with two—Mary Ann Hocker and Solomon Hocker—that I had photographed, but that didn’t ring any bells. Additional information from two atypical sources helped to identify the parentage of Mary Ann Hocker.
Anna (Frantz) Hocker, widow of Levi Hocker, died on 3 February 1918 in Pennsylvania.1 Her death certificate began my research into her family. What did I learn from this death certificate? Anna died at 102 Tuscarora Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Anna was a widow. Anna was born 13 September 1828. Anna was 90 years, 3 months […]
I don’t believe I actually have a full list of my direct ancestors anywhere on my site. So, for Surname Saturday, I thought I’d do an ahnentafel report of my ancestral lines as I have them in my family database.
Martin Weidman, my 7x great-grandfather, was born in 1698, in Gräben, Baden-Durlach. He died prior to 11 October 1768 in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Martin wrote his last will and testament on 6 June 1766 and it was proven on 11 October 1768.1 [page 301] Martin Weidman dec’d In the name of God Amen […]
I’ve been able to trace my ancestry back to Michael Frantz and his wife Feronica “Fanny” Nissley, through their son Michael and his daughter Anna, who married Levi Hocker. Fanny, I’ve determined, was the daughter of John Nissley of Donegal Township, who died before 19 July 1789 in Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
When I went to Pennsylvania several weeks ago for my great-aunt, Betty Jean (Hocker) Wingeard’s memorial service, I had the good fortune to find my Grandmother on a talkative day. So, I took advantage of her good mood, asking questions and prompting her reminiscences of her childhood.
Yesterday was a sad day for my family. My grandfather’s last surviving sibling—Betty Jean (Hocker) Wingeard—passed away at the age of 90 years 4 months and 3 days. Betty Jean was born 3 November 1923 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was the third daughter and fourth child (of five) of William Howard and Isabella Aitken (Smith) […]