Once again it’s time for Surname Saturday. I’ve finished all my great great grandfathers, so it’s time to move back a generation This week I’m writing about my 3x great grandfather, Samuel Krehl Leedy, father of my 2x great grandmother Lillian Ainsley (Leedy) Hocker.
Fever struck Harrisburg during the early 1790s. Many of the town’s inhabitants blamed the disease on the stagnant water at the local mill. In 1795, they decided to do something about it. This is the story of the Landis mill dam incident.
Henry Landis of Derry Township wrote his last will and testament on 26 April 1785 and it was proven on 29 November 1785. It was written in German. I found this translation in Dauphin County Will Book A, page 34. The translation from the German of the last Will & Testament of Henry Lands In… read more
I found a deed that shows an association between Henry Landis Jr., son of Henry Landis of Swatara Township, and Benjamin and Martin Hocker. Could it be that this is the Henry Landis who married Martin’s daughter Christianna Hocker?
George Hocker, son of Martin and Christiana (Beinhauer) Hocker, was born 18 June 1806 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He died 31 October 1886, likely in South Hanover Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and was buried in Union Deposit Cemetery.
If you’re familiar with William O. Wingeard’s A German-American Hacker-Hocker Genealogy, you might have read the chapter on George Hocker (Frederick4, Johan Adam3, Christoph2, Stephen1). In it Bill freely admits that he had trouble continuing the family line from George and his wife Elizabeth. I’m not afraid to admit that he’s causing me some consternation,… read more
I was recently contacted by a reader who is in possession of Adam Hocker’s family bible. I’m hoping to put him in touch with a living descendant.
When I first considered writing the Hocker book, my vision seemed fairly simple. Since then it’s expanded… and expanded.