Wednesday, September 7, 2016


PHILIP M. HOCKER was born October 2, 1827, where he now resides. He is a son of Philip, Sr., and Harriet (Redman) Hocker. The father was born in Montgomery County, Md., July 9, 1786, and when six years old was brought by his father to Kentucky, and located on the same farm where subject now resides. Mrs. Harriet Hocker lived to be ninety-four years old, and was a Methodist eighty-one years. Her husband, subject's father, died in October, 1851. They had seven children — all boys — who grew to manhood. Philip M. is the youngest, and remains at home with his parents. He owns 500 acres of land, partly improved, aside from town property and from a farm he gave his son; he also established another son in business. October 22, 1854, he married Dorcas E. Barrett, who died June 29, 1866, leaving two children: Lavega W. and John W.  June 15, 1868, Mr. Hocker married Minerva E. Williams. They have two children: Harriet A. and Sallie D.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Philip Hocker died January 18, 1893 and is buried in the Goshen Cemetery, Beaver Dam, KY.

GEORGE B. HOCKER was born in Ohio County, Ky., in 1832. His father, Nicholas Hocker, a native of the same county, is still living, engaged in farming. His mother, Clarissa (Cooper), died many years since, leaving eight children. The ancestors, both paternal and maternal, were from Maryland. It is a family characteristic to belong to the Methodist Church, and vote the Democratic ticket. Subject's first undertaking for himself was rafting and cutting staves and hooppoles, but soon after went to farming, to which he has given exclusive attention since, except a period of eight months in the mercantile business, in 1858, in Cromwell. His home farm consists of 185 acres, mostly cleared, with good residence, orchard and out buildings, all the result of the industry and frugality of himself and wife. May 13, 1855, he married Miss Louisa, daughter of John W. and Cynthia (Coan) Ford. They are both Methodists, he holding the position of trustee. They have three children; Laslie F. (whose wife was Miss Ada L. Barnett), Minor W. (who has traveled extensively throughout the southwest), and Ella (at home).

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note: George Hocker died after 1910 & is buried in the Hix Cemetery, Pettit, Daviess County, KY.

RICHARD P. HOCKER, son of A. R. and Susan M. (Barrett) Hocker, was born in this county September 30, 1845. The parents were born and reared in Ohio County, but their parents were from eastern Maryland, and came to Kentucky about 1792. Richard P. was reared on a farm and had very limited school advantages, but by diligent study evenings and leisure hours gained sufficient education to enable him to begin teaching school in 1866. He continued teaching eight winter seasons, farming during the summer, and at the same time by continual study gained a thorough literary education. In 1875 he was elected a member of the State legislature, and re-elected in 1879. In 1884 he was nominated by acclamation for sheriff, and at the ensuing election was chosen for the office. His political preferment has been more the general voice of the Democratic party than his own seeking. For several years he has been in mercantile business at Beaver Dam, managing at the same time his farm of 151 acres. He was married, June 14, 1877, to Miss Oma Baker, daughter of I. H. and Charlotte (Render) Baker. Mr. Hocker is a member of the Methodist Church South, and his wife of the Baptist Church. To them have been born two children: Virgie and Clarence.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note: Richard Hocker died 16 Dec 1899 in Beaver Dam, KY.  He is buried in the Old Liberty Cemetery, Ohio County, KY.

JAMES B. HOCKER, son of Henry Davidge Hocker, was born in Ohio County, Ky. His early life was passed on the farm, his education being limited to a short term each winter in such schools as were afforded under the shelter of the "old log schoolhouse" in his district. During the summer months he assisted in the farming operations at home. At the age of seventeen, he entered Hartford College, in which he graduated in the literary course, and at once entered the profession of teaching. His father, Henry D. Hocker, a native of Ohio County, married Harriet E. Coleman, October 1, 1858; they are the parents of nine children, of which number James B. is the third; born January 21, 1867. Henry D. Hocker is the sixth of a family of eight children bora to Nicholas and Clarissa (Cooper) Hocker, of Ohio County; Nicholas D. Hocker is yet living, at the advanced age of seventy-six years. Weaver Hocker and Henry Cooper, ancestors of our subject, were natives of Maryland, and settled in Ohio County at an early day; they were farmers. Weaver Hocker died about the year 1818, aged nearly seventy years. Henry Cooper died in 1863, aged about eighty years. Those of the Hocker family who profess religion are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Henry D. is a leader. All extend their influence to the temperance cause, both by precept and example.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note: James B. Hocker died 28 Dec 1947 in Daviess County, KY at age 80. He is buried in Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro, KY.

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