I’ve come to the realization lately that in my zeal for researching the Hacker/Hockers and Huber/Hoovers, there are quite a few of my family lines that I haven’t done much work on. This weekend one of those lines opened up.
It’s funny how a record that you dismissed as irrelevant—because it did not pertain to the person you were researching—can abruptly become relevant with additional research.
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. They, in turn, transferred this land to their fellow immigrants. John Taylor surveyed 210 acres from this warrant for Jacob Huber on either 24 or 28th January 1733. The survey… read more
If you’re familiar with William O. Wingeard’s A German-American Hacker-Hocker Genealogy, you might have read the chapter on George Hocker (Frederick4, Johan Adam3, Christoph2, Stephen1). In it Bill freely admits that he had trouble continuing the family line from George and his wife Elizabeth. I’m not afraid to admit that he’s causing me some consternation,… read more
In my last post, “From Deed to Land Warrant and Back Again,” I found that John Huber had patented 25 acres in Conestoga in right of Michael Hess and surveyed a 110-acre tract that he had purchased from Jacob Eshleman. My next step was to determine what happened to this tract. Did John sell it… read more
In reviewing some information on John Hoover (Ulrich1), I came across the following: “May also be the John [Hoover] who had 50 acres surveyed on May 10, 1768, in York Co. called “Timber Hill.” It sounded familiar, so I looked it up. The tract was warranted to Andrew Hershey on 24 October 1738 and patented… read more
It’s always great to find an photo or image of an ancestor or relative. This one was an unexpected find… and delight!
Another family mystery, yet another man named Christopher (or Christian)! This time I’m trying to trace Christopher Hocker, son of Johan George and Anna Margaretha (Weidman) Hacker of Erdenheim, Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Census records are an invaluable source of information for family historians and genealogists. They are a go-to, record-of-choice for me when I start new research. However, they only occur every ten years. That leaves a lot of time uncovered. Even if you’re lucky and your research location includes state census records, there are still going… read more