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John Hochstetler, Sr
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Birth: unknown
Death: Apr. 11, 1805
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA

Original tombstone reads: "1805 H H 11 APRIL" (HH for Hans Hochstetler).

Born ca. 1735 in Europe, probably along the Rhine, son of Jacob Hochstetler. Immigrated to the US with his parents in 1738 on the ship Charming Nancy and settled in Bern Twp., Berks Co., Pa. As a young married man, he witnessed an Indian attack on his parents' home, where his mother, sister and brother were killed and his father and two other brothers were taken prisoner.

John was married to Catherine, daughter of Amish Bishop Jacob Hertzler, and eventually removed to Somerset Co., Pa. Father of Jacob, John, Catherine, Joseph, David, Henry, Daniel and Jonathan Hochstetler, Freni Yoder and Anna Miller. Married secondly to Anna Christner, widow of Uli Schrock.

John was buried on his home farm, one mile southwest of Summit Mills, Pa. The farm was owned by Joel Hershberger shortly before 1934 when a survey of the cemetery was taken and is generally referred to by that name. It is also known as the historic Hochstetler/Yoder Cemetery.

John's original tombstone was removed for safekeeping to the restored "Little House" (Grossdaddy Haus) on his home farm. When the house was destroyed by a tornado in 1998, the tombstone was recovered and saved. The present Memorial Marker was placed in 1978 by the late Paul V. Hostetler.

Photos from HHH Newsletter, Goshen, Indiana.


Note: The burial place of John's father, Jacob, is NOT KNOWN. There was some speculation that he may have been buried on his last farm, but that is unproven at this time. 
 
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 Parents:
  Jacob Hochstetler (____ - 1757)
 
 Spouses:
  Catherine Hertzler Hochstetler (____ - 1800)
  Anna Christner Hochstetler (1745 - 1824)
 
 Children:
  John Hochstetler (____ - 1813)*
  Jacob Hochstetler (1752 - 1813)*
  Anna Hochstetler Miller (1764 - ____)*
  Joseph Hochstetler (1768 - 1823)*
  Henry Hochstetler (1773 - 1846)*
  Jonathan Hochstetler (1779 - 1823)*
 
 Siblings:
  Unknown Daughter Hochstetler (____ - 1757)*
  Jacob Hochstetler (____ - 1757)*
  John Hochstetler (____ - 1805)
  Anna Barbara Hochstedler Stutzman (1732 - 1787)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Joel Hershberger Farm Cemetery
Elk Lick Township
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: #26 in Bender Survey (1934)
 
Created by: Zella
Record added: Aug 28, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15540776
John Hochstetler, Sr
Added by: Zella
 
John Hochstetler, Sr
Added by: Zella
 
John Hochstetler, Sr
Added by: Zella
 
 
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