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.
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.
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 […]
In a previous post I wrote about connections some of my Hoovers had with the Shockey family of Washington County, Maryland. In reviewing the PDF file of Maryland Historical Magazine, volume 13, number 3, I found reference to the Shockeys again. This time in relation to counterfeit money during the Revolutionary War. I’d read about […]
I was recently going through the stacks of materials distributed around my “office” when I came across a document I’d ordered from PERSI—”Proceedings of the Committee of Observation for Elizabeth Township District [Washington County]” from the Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 13. I had ordered this because copies I had made at the Pennsylvania State Library […]
I received an email a while back from a woman who was looking for information on a Jacob Hoover of Maryland and wondered if we were related. The short answer is “Yes,” but not as initially thought.
In genealogical research we are told to “research the relatives, neighbors, and associates” of our family member in order to learn more about them and hopefully take our family line back another generation. However, when does an apparent series of coincidences become a connection?
I’ve created a personal map on Google Maps of some of my research places. I find it very helpful to see the locations I’ve found in my research on a map. It gives me a better idea of the distances between places and also shows me the surrounding villages/town. Proximity can make a good case […]
If you’re researching your family history, deeds can be an excellent source of information, placing a family member at a specific place at a specific time. They can sometimes provide clues to where a person came from or went to. And, if you’re lucky, they can also provide information on family relationships.
Here is a partial index to some deeds for HOOVERs in old Frederic county, Maryland in the late 1700s.
In 1786, Henry Hoover of Fayette County, Pennsylvania finalized a deed for two tracts of land in Washington County, Maryland between his father Andrew Hoover’s estate and Jacob Shank of Washington County, Maryland.1 These tracts were purchased by Andrew in 1779 from Francis Deahnis and William Deahnis Jr. of Montgomery County, Maryland as part of […]