On Monday, October 20th, 1845, Elizabeth Shearer and Elizabeth Bodine went to the office of the Register of Wills for Philadelphia County and swore that they witnessed George Hocker’s verbal will. Here’s what was recorded.
Now that FamilySearch has starting making Pennsylvania deed books available online, I was able to search for Jacob Wolf of Allentown in the indices. And guess what I found? The names of Jacob’s children.
Are you familiar with estate records in Pennsylvania? If your ancestor left a will, would you look in the Orphan’s Court records? Here are five reasons why you should check the Orphan’s Court records even if your ancestor left a will.
Previously, I evaluated conflicting information from several sources and concluded there wasn’t enough information to determine an exact date of death. I was only able to estimate a broad period. Now, with new information, I’ve narrowed the estimate considerably.
I hypothesized the Jacob and Catharine (___) Snyder of Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania were the parents of Henry Snyder (1792-1860) in a previous post. What have I learned since then? Come find out.
Have you ever wondered what is included in an intestate probate record? Part Five of Vita Brevis’ probate record series starts their coverage of intestate records.
In my last post about the Greulich farm, I compared the metes and bounds from two documents and determined that there was a significant overlap between the two tracts of land. In searching for a photo to use for the post, I found additional deeds. This post examines what I learned from those deeds.
Recently, I was going through Dauphin County Orphans Court books researching those of a specific surname. I was hoping to locate the family of a many times great grandmother. What I found was the maiden name of another many times great grandmother.
I was scanning some gravestone photos the other day to add to Findagrave and became intrigued with two—Mary Ann Hocker and Solomon Hocker—that I had photographed, but that didn’t ring any bells. Additional information from two atypical sources helped to identify the parentage of Mary Ann Hocker.
In trying to trace my Deisher ancestors, I followed a path to Jacob Teysher (aka Deischer) of Maxatawny Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He wrote his last will and testament on 17 December 1803 and it was proven on 6 January 1804. Here is a transcript.