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Jacob Hochstetler

Immigrant of 1738


Jacob Hochstetler immigrated to Philadelphia in 1738 on the "Nancy" with his wife and three sons.  The name of his wife is not known.  He settled in Berks County, PA.  In 1757 his wife and two of the now five children were murdered in an Indian Massacre in 1757.  My line is through his oldest son John who migrated to Somerset County, PA.  Over several generations the family migrated to Holmes Co, OH and then to Lagrange Co, IN where my grandfather Noah was born.


    Noah and Lizzie (Eash) Hostetler with their five children

     (L-R) Wilbur, Sylvan Jay, Lloyd, Goldie, Jonathan





My father wrote a book about Noah entitled "Papa was an Entrepreneur" which explains it all.  "He was first a farmer....he was a thresher, a saw mill operator and lumber man, a merchant, a post master, the owner and operator of a livery barn.  He was a mechanic and operated a garage.  He owned a hotel and movie facility.  Then he was a taxi driver for the Shipshewana base ball team, because he had an automobile when others didn't."


This picture of Noah, driving his 1911 Reo in downtown Shipshewana, still hangs on the wall of the Hostetler Drug Store.








My brothers and I grew up in the parsonage at the Canton, OH Mennonite Mission.

Ca 1940, my family looked like this:




     Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler, Rev Harvey Hostetler, DD, Reprinted and Eli J Hostetler, 1977

    Hochstetler, Update Volume I, John R Showalter, 1998

    Index of Unnumbered Persons, Jacob Hochstetler Family Association, 1993

    Descendants of Noah H Hochstetler, J Virgil Miller, 1972

    Papa was an Entrepreneur, Jonathan J. Hostetler, private printing