Ruth O. “Kate” Hocker passed away Friday morning, the 12th of February, at her home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Born on 22 August 1920 in Lescontes Mills, she was the daughter of Clyde L. Hoover and Nora M. Houdeshell. In 1941 she married William H. Hocker in Harrisburg, who predeceased her. She is survived by her children, grand children and two great grandchildren.
Based on deed and last will & testament records, I was able to create a simple outline of the family. Now I want to flesh out Abraham Huber’s family a bit with information from census records. Follow along.
In my last post, we learned that John and Christian Huber were tenants in common on a tract of land, containing about 55 acres. Abraham Huber purchased this land in 1892 from the Orphans Court, though John and Christian left wills. What, if anything, can those wills tell us about Abraham’s ancestry?
When you think of deeds you probably think of land transactions, right? So-and-so sold someone land in this place on that date. And why not? That’s what deeds are supposed to record. But there have been many times when I’ve been surprised by just what else deeds record. What can I learn about Abraham Huber’s (1847-1910) ancestry from a deed?
Genealogy fun & games: Two degrees of separation. How far back in time can I go with ancestors two degrees of separation from me?
In a previous post, I wrote about the problem of determining how many Henry Hoovers there were in Martic Township. In this post, I plan to go into more detail on how I used deeds and other records to distinguish between multiple men of the same name who lived in the same area at the same time.
Thanks to the sleuthing of some family members on the ground in Pennsylvania, I believe we finally know where Christian Hoover’s farm was located. Turns out, I wasn’t too far off in my guessing!
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.
On 21 September 1745, Hans Hoober sold 200 acres to his son Jacob in “Martick” Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Here’s a transcription of the deed.