HOCKER, Joseph, farmer, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., February 19, 1839, and is a son of George and Mary Maria (Brubaker) Hocker. The father was born September 15, 1810, and died in 1872 ; the mother was born March 5, 1815, and died just one day after her husband. Their remains are interred in one grave at Crumís church cemetery. They had a family of twelve children : Annie Maria, born February 20, 1835 ; Lydia, born October 10, 1837 ; Joseph ; Martin, born November 10, 1840 ; Emanuel, born July 11, 1842 ; Wilhelmina Jane, born December 24, 1845 ; Mary Elizabeth, born June 12, 1847 ; Susan Emma, born August 16, 1849 ; George Benjamin, born October 17, 1851 ; Henry Harrison, born February 1, 1854 ; Samuel Augustus, born March 27, 1856 ; Lizzie Ellen, born June 7, 1859. Four of the children : Annie Maria, Emanuel, Susan Emma, and Wilhelmina Jane, are all deceased. Mrs. Hockerís parents are both deceased, the father died at the age of seventy-eight and the mother at the age of fifty-eight years. They had a family of eight children : Jacob, Elizabeth, Barbara, Samuel, Kate, Mary, Annie and Lydia. Annie and Barbara are deceased.
Joseph received his education in the public schools of Lancaster and Dauphin counties. He assisted on his fatherís farm until he was twenty-six years old, when he began farming for himself in Upper Swatara township. After living in various places for a few years he removed to the Paxtraia Hotel, on the Jonestown Road, where he remained ten years. In 1891 he purchased his present homestead. He was married, September 13, 1864, to Lydia (Keller) Hocker, daughter of Samuel and Katie (Shoop) Hocker. Their children are : George Albert, born April 14, 1869 ; Samuel Milton, born February 6, 1871; Joseph Edwin, born December 4, 1873 ; and Katie Florence, born July 31, 1888. In politics Mr. Hocker is a Republican. The family are members of the United Brethern church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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