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.
My 3x great grandmother Susan L. (Mulhollan) Force was the daughter of John and Emily (Boileau) Mulholland. She was allegedly the granddaughter of Rudolph and Mary (Weirham) Mulhollan, who left Pennsylvania in 1832 and settled in Ohio. This post shows what I found when I went looking for them.
I’ve heard family stories about an ancestor who fought on both sides during the Civil War, but I didn’t really believe it. Two brothers fighting on opposite sides? Yeah, okay. But one man fighting for both sides over the course of the war? Seemed a little far-fetched. And yet, I think that’s exactly what my great great grandfather James Benjamin Houdeshell did.
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.
At the age of 85 years, George Walker [died] at his residence at Marsh Creek, on Friday of last week. He was the father of twenty-six children. The funeral took place on Sunday.
Happy birthday, Lovina (Force) Houdeshell! “Lovey” was born 28 Jan 1872 in Pine Glen, Burnside Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania to Jefferson and Susan (Mulhollan) Force. She married George W. Houdeshell 20 Jun 1890. She died 28 Oct 1964 in Pine Glen and was buried with her husband in Advent Cemetery. She was my 2x great grandmother through my paternal grandmother’s mother. ∞