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HOCHSTETLER, Elisabeth

HOCHSTETLER, Elisabeth

Female 1830 - 1905  (74 years)

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  • Name HOCHSTETLER, Elisabeth 
    Born 28 May 1830  Shanesville, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Feb 1905  Coal City, Owen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Beech Cemetery, Coal City, Owen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Died Feb 1905

      From Mr. and Mrs. Dan A. Hochstetler 4185 S 500 W R 2 Topeka, IN 46571

      The Hochstetler Massacre

      "On the evening of September 19, 1757 the young people of the neighborho od gathered at the home of Jacob Hochstetler to assist in paring and slici ng apples for drying. After the folks departed the family retired; and ju st about the time they were sound asleep the dog awakened Jacob, the so n, who opened the door to see what was wrong when he received a gun shot w ound in his leg. He realized in a moment that they were being attack ed by Indians and managed to lock the door before the Indians could ente r. In an instant all the family were on their feet. The Indian s, 7 or 10 in number with 3 French scouts, were seen standing near the out door bake oven in consultation. There was no moon that night. There bei ng no light in the house, those inside could not be seen. There were seve ral guns and plenty of ammunition at hand. The two sons, Joseph and Chris tian, picked up their guns to defend the family. Two or three could be sh ot and the guns reloaded before the Indians could enter; but their fathe r, firmly believing in the doctrine of nonresistance, remaining faithf ul in the hour of sorest trial, could not give his consent for defence .. In vain they begged him; he told them it was right to take the li fe of another even to save one's own life. What a night of horror this go d-fearing family must have spent the last hours; while the timber wolves w ere howling and the owls chattering their calls to the other; with the d og barking and seeing their fate outside at the hands of the savage Indian s. At daybreak the birds began singing their songs of peace. But with t he Hochstetler family there was no peace. Joseph ever afterwards claimed the family could have been saved had fath er given his consent, as they were both good marksmen (their father was al so) and the Indians never stood fire unless under cover. At daybreak the house was set afire as the Indians watched. As things g ot too hot in the house and they thought the Indians left the family was c ompelled to leave by the basement windows to save their lives, but for thr ee who were killed and scalped, the rest were taken prisoner, all but Jose ph who escaped. A son John and his family lived on the hill close to the homestead, le ft the home and hid in the heavy underbrush and watched the whole affai r. There were over two hundred murdered in this section of Berks County a nd practically all farms destroyed by fire.

      A drawing is included with this narrative. The text above the drawing sta tes:
      On the evening of September 19th or 20th at early morning, as the ho me was set afire by the Indians under the command of three French Scou ts and possibly seven Indians. In the distance is the son Jacob who was w ounded in the leg andr Cning ho me to the wooded hills; while their mother who was trying to escape throu gh a small cellar window, being on the stout side she became stuck, a nd an Indian named Tom Lions stabbed her in the back with a butcher kni fe and she was scalped. The rest were either killed, taken prisoner or es caped.
    Person ID I264  oldham
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2011 

    Father HOCHSTETLER, Jacob,   b. 7 Dec 1801, Elk Lick, Sommerset County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1861, Stockton, Greene County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother MILLER, Veronica Frances "Fanny",   b. 27 May 1803, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1879, Stockton, Greene County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Family ID F167  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KERCH, Ludwig Lewis,   b. 24 Jun 1831, Civil, Gangloff, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1903, Coal City, Owen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1852  Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. KERCH, Lucinda J.,   b. 15 Feb 1853, Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1927, Owen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. KERCH, Sarah Ann,   b. 7 Aug 1854, Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1918, Hickory County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     3. KERCH, Emma,   b. 23 Apr 1856, Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. KERCH, Mary E.,   b. 1859, Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. KERCH, John H.,,   b. 10 May 1862, Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. KERCH, William Sherman,   b. 8 Feb 1866, Clay Twp., Owen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1940, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. KERCH, Charles E.,   b. 2 Nov 1870, Clay Twp., Owen County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Photos
    Cochran<br>  Ludwig 'Lewis' and Elizabeth Hochstetler Kerch
    Cochran
    Ludwig "Lewis" and Elizabeth Hochstetler Kerch

    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 May 1830 - Shanesville, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Apr 1852 - Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Feb 1905 - Coal City, Owen County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Beech Cemetery, Coal City, Owen County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Cochran<br>  Ludwig 'Lewis' and Elizabeth Hochstetler Kerch
    Cochran
    Ludwig "Lewis" and Elizabeth Hochstetler Kerch


  • Sources 
    1. [S1680] Cemetery Records.

    2. [S1682] William T. Johnson Genealogy Repor t.