Dauphin County PA

The Martin Hocker homestead in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pennsylvania about 1896. Photo courtesy of Jessica Bell

I’m looking for information on my Smith family relatives—William Smith (1892—?), aka John Norwood, and James Smith (1885—1905?). Nothing like setting yourself difficult task, I know. Please help!

The family of John and Sarah (Beinhower) Hocker is another on that was inappropriately attributed as belonging to John and Christianne Catherine (Steirling) Hocker. Like Adam Hocker, John and family lived in the correct place to belong to John’s family line, but subsequent research proved that they did not. I am searching for any information […]

Christian Millard Hershey married Sarah Frances Hocker, daughter of Henry Landis and Mary A. (Shenk) Hocker on 15 Sep 1910 in Hockersville, Derry township, Dauphin county, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Jessica Bell

Sometimes during your research you come across families with the same surname you’re researching, but you don’t know how or if they fit into your family. The family of Adam and Eve (HAMAKER) HOCKER is one such family. Originally, William Wingeard attributed Adam as a son of John and Christianne Catharine (STEIRLING) HOCKER—primarily, I believe […]

Barbara (Smith) Hocker was the second wife of Martin Hocker, son of the immigrant Johann Adam Hacker and his wife Maria Elisabetha (Weidman) Hacker. Martin and Barbara married about 1809 and the couple had 9 children, including a set of twin girls Anna and Barbara. Photo courtesy of Jessica Bell

Martin Hocker, son of Johan Adam and Maria Elisabetha (Weidman) Hacker, was born 21 Oct 1768 in Cocalico township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania and died 25 Apr 1862 in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pennsylvania. Martin came to the Harrisburg area from Lancaster county about 1787. Hockersville in Derry township was named in his honor. “In addition […]

Willia Hocker Sr., son of Albert Curtin and Lillian (Leedy) Hocker, and his (future?) wife Isabella Aitken Smith, daughter of William and Eliza Craig (Bonnington) Smith, possibly at the Hocker family farm in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.