On 13 Mar 1842, my 3x great grandfather James Benjamin Houdeshell was born in Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia) to Adam and Mary (Sine) Houdeshell.
It occurred to me recently that I’m the first Hocker in my direct line (me > father > grandfather > g. grandfather > etc.) who wasn’t born in Pennsylvania since my immigrant ancestor Johan Adam Hacker arrived in the colony in 1749. Since both my parents were born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvanians, it’s true for… read more
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.
From Scotland to West Virginia Alexander Bonnington was born on 16 August 1875 in Durhamtown, Bathgate, Linlithgow, Scotland, the third son of Peter Purvis and Elizabeth (Buchanan) Bonnington. He grew up in the lowlands of Scotland between Edinburgh and Glasgow. His father died on 16 September 1891 when Alexander was 16 years-old. On 27 January… read more
Peter3 Purvis Bonnington (William2, Robert1) was born ca 1844 in Galashiels, Selkirk, Scotland, son of William and Margaret (Purves/Fairborn) Bonnington. Peter died in Mayburn, Loanhead, Lasswade Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 16 Sep 1891; he was 47. He was enumerated with his family on the 1851 census for Galashiels, Selkirk, Scotland, at age 8; the 1861… read more
From left to right: Gilbert Riddle, Hugh Riddle, Walter Riddle, Nora May Hoover, Jesse Riddle, Sherman Hoover, Robert Riddle The children of Ida Christine Watson and her first husband, Nathan Bragg Riddle, and her second husband, Simon Edward Hoover. Photo courtesy of: Beverly Christensen.
The children of Nora (Hoover) Rice. From left to right: Richard, Mary, John, Marjorie, Joseph, Beverly, William and David Photo courtesy of: Beverly Christensen.
Nora and Sherman Hoover were the son and daughter of Simon Edward and Ida Christine (Watson) Hoover. Nora was born in 1902 and Sherman in 1905, both in Davis, West Virginia. Photo courtesy of: Beverly Christensen.
A photo of my great-great grandmother Eliza Craig (Bonnington) Smith’s brother Alex.