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.
Going through a stack of documents to file, I found an administration account I wanted to scan. Lo and behold there were actually two documents—I’d forgotten that I’d ordered the second. It was the administration bond for Jacob Huber of Martic Township. Here’s a transcription of the document.
On 11 October 1791, Henry Huber of Martic Township married Barbara Huber also of Martic Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Barbara’s ancestry was documented in Harry Huber’s The Huber-Hoover Family History, but who was this Henry Huber and how does he relate to the Hoover families who resided along Pequea Creek?
Mailing lists can be a great tool for collaboration with other researchers in your area of interest. They can also be a great source information. But you don’t necessarily need to be on a list in order to benefit from it.
During genealogical research, it is common to come across terms which you may not understand—either because they are legal terms or because the context doesn’t fit your understanding of the word(s). This can create difficulties in interpreting a document and fully understanding its implications for your ancestor and their family. Robert Baird (Bob’s Genealogy Filing […]
Here’s a new addition to my series “Along the Pequea,” tracing land ownership of the earliest settled tracts in Lancaster County. This entry features the Abraham Smith tract.
Samuel Boyer’s 115-acre tract in Conestoga Township on Pequea Creek was warranted to Martin Kendig and John Herr as part of a larger 5,000 acre warrant. This post traces it as it changes hands through the late 1780s.
On 22 November 1717, Martin Kendig (Kendick, Kendrick, Cundigg) and John Herr (Heer) were warranted 5,000 acres in Lancaster County by the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania.1 On 10 October 1731, John Taylor surveyed 381 acres, 50 acres of which had been surveyed on 20 June 1719.2 This property was adjacent to tracts of Christian Prennaman, Henry […]
I found a deed today that I believe relates to Henry Hoover of Strasburg Township who died before 18 Dec 1833, leaving heirs in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. According to one deed, Henry had eight brothers and sisters. I was able to determine four of them, but I am still looking for the others. I may have found three of them.
Here’s a new addition to my series “Along the Pequea,” tracing land ownership of the earliest settled tracts in Lancaster County. This entry features the John Smith tract. Some of his neighbors included: Jacob Behm, Hugh Patten, John Hoover, Jacob Hoover, John Line, and Jacob Gochenour.