HOCKER, GEORGE, farmer, was born February 9, 1848, on the old homestead, in Swatara township, and is a son of George and Catherine (Cocklin) Hocker. The Hocker and Cocklin families were both of German descent. The paternal grandfather, Adam, was a native of Dauphin county, and was a farmer by occupation. He had a family of seven children, all of whom are deceased. The maternal grandfather was also a farmer, and reared a family of seven children, none of whom are now living. The father was born in Dauphin county, January 21, 1794, received his education in the schools of Hummelstown, learned the trade of tailor, and subsequently engaged in the hotel business in Swatara township. Later he began farming on the old homestead, where George was born. He was married, first, to miss Magdalen Landis, by whom he had two children, both deceased: Eugene and Levi. His wife died in 1824. He married, secondly, Catherine Cocklin, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Hoover) Cocklin, November 5, 1835. Their children are: Margaret, George, and David, deceased. Most of his life he was engaged in farming, until 1858, when he retired. He died November 6, 1873, and his wife died in November, 1881. Served as tax collector and school director, and was also a member of the Lutheran church.
George was educated in the public schools of Swatara township, and then began farming with his father, and until he was twenty-five years of age continued to do so. At that time he engaged in farming for himself. He was married, December 9, 1879, to Miss Edith A. Zimmerman, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Hawk) Zimmerman. Their children are: Catherine, Florence, Walter, and George. After farming for fifteen years Mr. Hocker retired for eight years, when he again returned to the farm. He is connected in church fellowship with the Lutheran denomination. Mrs. Hocker was born in 1858, and her parents were both natives of Dauphin county. Their children are: Solomon, Morris, Ellen, Ada, Samuel, Alice, Reah, B. L., deceased, and Katie, deceased. Her father died in May, 1882, and her mother still lives at Steelton, enjoying good health.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –