I’ve heard family stories about an ancestor who fought on both sides during the Civil War, but I didn’t really believe it. Two brothers fighting on opposite sides? Yeah, okay. But one man fighting for both sides over the course of the war? Seemed a little far-fetched. And yet, I think that’s exactly what my great great grandfather James Benjamin Houdeshell did.
For some reason, I’ve been thinking about my great grandmother Nora (Houdeshell) Hoover a lot recently. I never had a chance to meet her, but from the few stories I’ve heard, I think I would have loved her. So, I thought I’d start my 52 Ancestors series writing about her.
Can a writing challenge spur me to research and write about an ancestor a week—every week—for 2014?
Now that 2013 is almost over, it’s time to look back and reflect on the year past. Here’s a list of the top 10 most viewed posts for this year.
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Happy birthday, Lovina (Force) Houdeshell! “Lovey” was born 28 Jan 1872 in Pine Glen, Burnside Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania to Jefferson and Susan (Mulhollan) Force. She married George W. Houdeshell 20 Jun 1890. She died 28 Oct 1964 in Pine Glen and was buried with her husband in Advent Cemetery. She was my 2x great grandmother through my paternal grandmother’s mother. ∞
Happy birthday, George Hocker! George was born 21 Jan 1794 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, a son of Johan Adam and Anna Maria (Hershey) Hocker Jr. He died 6 Nov 1873 in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He was my 4x great grandfather. ∞
Happy birthday, Levi Hocker. Levi was born 17 Jan 1824 in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, son of George and Maria Magdalena (Landis) Hocker. He died 31 Oct 1876 and was buried at Churchville Cemetery. ∞