I recently ordered Werner Hacker’s Auswanderungen aus Baden und dem Breisgau through Interlibrary Loan. I’ve wanted to check it out for a while, so I was really excited when my library notified me it was in. But that was nothing compared to the excitement to come.
I was kind of excited when I first found an entry for Christopher Hocker on Find A Grave. Uncle Bill determined through his research that Christopher, son of Adam Hacker, settled in Lycoming County. Could this entry give us a death date and burial place for him?
In 1831 William L. Breton painted a water color, entitled “The Hocker Farm.”1 Breton was an Englishman, a self-made artist of the nineteenth century who painted Philadelphian scenes.2 The question, I have, is whose farm was this? Johann George Hocker, the immigrant, moved his family to Whitemarsh Township about 1763. He died in 1821 and […]
I’ve been using the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 to locate records for my ancestors. I keep running into the same error in the index for some of these records—specifically the early baptismal records for Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, also known as the Warwick Congregation in the 18th century. Here’s an […]
A Little Saturday Research Delight: Were Barbara Hocker, Daniel Smith, and Mary Ann Beinhower related? I decided to find out.
I’ve been thinking about my ancestor Johann Adam Hacker’s emigration from Germany to Pennsylvania. Could he have been a Redemptioner?
Although Adam Hacker was the first Hacker family member from Rußheim, Baden-Durlach (now Baden-Württemberg), Germany to immigrate to North America, he wasn’t the last.
I’ve been data mining the Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963 on Ancestry.com for records for Hockers (and Hackers). So far, I’ve compiled a collection of 691 death certificates for Hockers (male and female) and their children. Since genetic disease has been on my mind a lot lately, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to […]
Martin Weidman, my 7x great-grandfather, was born in 1698, in Gräben, Baden-Durlach. He died prior to 11 October 1768 in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Martin wrote his last will and testament on 6 June 1766 and it was proven on 11 October 1768.1 [page 301] Martin Weidman dec’d In the name of God Amen […]
George Hocker of Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, wrote his last will and testament on 13 September 1873 and it was proven one month later on 14 November. Here is a transcript of that will.