Last week I posted a photo of Levi F. Hocker from his days in the Pennsylvania cavalry during the Civil War and mentioned that his brother Benjamin W. Hocker had supported his injury claim in his request for a pension in 1892. Going through the records I have on Benjamin W. Hocker, I realized that I’m missing a couple of census records—amongst other records—for him, including the 1900 and 1920 census enumerations. Fortunately, I was able to locate one of those records.
In 1880, Benjamin and his wife Margaret were living in Middlesex Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.1 This household included:
- Benjamin W. Hocker, age 33, Farmer
- Margaret Hocker, age 32, wife, Keeping house
- Minnie S. Hocker, age 11, daughter
- Adam S. Hocker, age 9, son
- Lora L. Hocker, age 7, daughter
- Helen A. Hocker, age 3, daughter
- Frank Hocker, age 6 months (born Feb), son
- Adam Hocker, age 77, father
I haven’t found Benjamin in 1900, but his wife Margaret and three of their children—Mary [Minnie] S., Helen A., and Morris G.—were living with her brother Frank Beltzhoover in Carlisle.2 In 1905, Benjamin received a patent for 160 acres in Berlin, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma and he can be found living there in 1910, working as a stock trader.3 He allegedly died in Berlin in 1925, but I did not find him there in the 1920 census.
Another check of the Bureau of Land Management records showed that Benjamin received a patent for 480 acres of land in Brown County, Nebraska on 13 April 1914.4 The land was located in the “south half of the southeast quarter of Section twenty-two, the east half of Section twenty-seven, and the west half of the southwest quarter of Section twenty-six in Township twenty-five north of Range twenty-two west of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Nebraska.” I looked at a map for the county and, based on the BLM’s plat map, determined that this land was likely in Chester or Calamus townships. Scrolling through the 1920 census for these precincts yielded a successful result:
B.W. Hocker is listed as a 73 year-old rancher on line 84. He was born in Pennsylvania, owned his own home, and was widowed.5 His youngest son was living in nearby Blaine County, Nebraska in 19106 and 1920.7
Still looking for his 1900 census record. I’ve located his wife and all his children and he’s not with any of them. I haven’t found him through any of the census indices, so who knows how his name is indexed—if it is. I guess I need to locate all his siblings in 1900. He didn’t receive his land in Oklahoma until 1905, so it’s possible he’s still in Pennsylvania in 1900.
- Benjamin W. Hocker household, 1880 United States Federal Census, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Middlesex Township, enumeration district 72, page 176D, dwelling 233, family 245; image, Internet Archive, “Population schedules of the tenth census of the United States, 1880, Pennsylvania” (http://archive.org/stream/10thcensus1122unit#page/n154/mode/1up : accessed 27 Sep 2013); citing NARA micropublication T9, roll 1122. ↩
- Frank Beltzhoover household, 1900 United States Federal Census, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Carlisle borough, enumeration district 3, sheet 5A, page 49A; index and image, FamilySearch, “United States Census, 1900” (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3S9-21B : accessed 28 Sep 2013); citing National Archives micropublication T623, roll 1400. ↩
- Benjamin Hocker household, 1910 United States Federal Census, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Berlin, enumeration district 234, sheet 15A, dwelling 277, family 278; image, Internet Archive, “13th census, 1910 (microform) : population (schedules) : Oklahoma” (http://archive.org/stream/13thcensus1910po1272unit#page/n51/mode/1up : accessed 28 Sep 2013); citing NARA micropublication M624, roll 1272. ↩
- Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital image, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ : accessed 29 Sep 2013), Benjamin W. Hocker entry (Brown County, Nebraska), homestead patent no. 397956. ↩
- B.W. Hocker household, 1920 United States Federal Census, Brown County, Nebraska, population schedule, Chester Precinct, enumeration district 29, sheet 5B, dwelling 14, family 14; image, Internet Archive, “14th census of population, 1920.” (http://archive.org/stream/14thcensusofpopu981unit#page/n68/mode/1up : accessed 29 Sep 2013); citing NARA micropublication T625, roll 981. ↩
- George M Hocker household, 1910 United States Federal Census, Blaine County, Nebraska, population schedule, Brewster precinct, enumeration district 4, sheet 1B, dwlling 24, family 24; image, Internet Archive, “13th census, 1910 (microform) : population : Nebraska” (http://archive.org/stream/13thcensus1910po839unit#page/n860/mode/1up : accessed 29 Sep 2013); citing NARA micropublication T623, roll 838. ↩
- George M. Hocker household, 1920 United States Federal Census, Blaine County, Nebraska, population schedule, Brewster precinct, enumeration district 8, sheet 5B, dwelling 90, family 90; image, Internet Archive, “14th census of population” (http://archive.org/stream/14thcensusofpopu980unit#page/n578/mode/1up : accessed 29 Sep 2013); citing NARA micropublication T625, roll 980. ↩