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. Her death certificate began my research into her family. What did I learn from this death […]
The Census Bureau has created an interactive map that shows the geographic center of United States population as of each census, starting in 1790, through the last census (2010). The […]
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 circa 1712, probably in Durlach (or Graben), Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He died prior to 11 October 1768 in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. […]
Lately, I’ve been feeling constricted by the limitations of my genealogy software. For me, the biggest drawback is the inability to create relationships or ties between people who are unrelated or who may be related, but I don’t yet know how.
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.
In 1801 David Huber of Upper Canada assigned an attorney to receive his inheritance from his father’s estate in Martic Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I believe I’ve found evidence of him petitioning for land in Upper Canada in 1803—with a wife and seven children.