For some reason, I’ve been thinking about my great grandmother Nora (Houdeshell) Hoover a lot recently. I never had a chance to meet her, but from the few stories I’ve heard, I think I would have loved her. So, I thought I’d start my 52 Ancestors series writing about her.
It’s interesting what you can find online when you look. Here’s a photo of what was at one point Christian Hoover’s mill on Owens Creek near Graceham. For more information and images, visit Historic Thurmont Photographs.
Trying to find the descendants of a target person can sometimes feel like a game of “six points of separation” when you have to widen your scope to research family and friends. However, the indirect path can sometimes yield results—as in a series of deeds I found for John Funk of Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania which gave me the names of the grand-children of his sister Anna Maria (Funk) Hoover. This deed is one example.
When could you own land without truely owning your land? When you were an alien resident of the province of Pennsylvania. Read the act the granted the Lancaster Mennonites/Palatines all the privileges of a “natural-born subject of His Majesty’s said province.”
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.1 On 10 October 1731, John Taylor surveyed 381 acres, 50 acres of which had been surveyed on 20 June 1719.2 This property was adjacent to tracts of Christian Prennaman, Henry […]
I found a deed today that I believe relates to Henry Hoover of Strasburg Township who died before 18 Dec 1833, leaving heirs in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. According to one deed, Henry had eight brothers and sisters. I was able to determine four of them, but I am still looking for the others. I may have found three of them.
Here’s a new addition to my series “Along the Pequea,” tracing land ownership of the earliest settled tracts in Lancaster County. This entry features the John Smith tract. Some of his neighbors included: Jacob Behm, Hugh Patten, John Hoover, Jacob Hoover, John Line, and Jacob Gochenour.
Creating a diagram to visualize connections between associates of Ulrich Hoover provided insight into the relationships between those people, helped point my research in a new direction, and answered some of my questions along the way.
I‘ve just finished indexing my latest writing endeavor “The Huber-Hoover Families of 18th Century Lancaster County.” This book is a compilation of raw data I’ve gathered and includes deed abstracts, warrant and patent lists, and last will & testament transcriptions for Hoovers across Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in records from 1729 through 1800. It represents a […]
In researching Ulrich Huber of Adams and York counties, I’ve been looking for Philip Keller, husband of Ulrich’s daughter Magdalena. All I really knew about the couple was that Magdalena had died prior to her father’s death and that she and Philip had children: Eve, Catharine, Elisabeth and John.1 Today, I came across a possible […]