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1727 Joseph Wenger's father, Christian Wenger, came to America from Switzerland on 30 September and settled in what is now known as Groffenthal, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

1747 On 8 August, Joseph Wenger, son of Christian Wenger and Eve Grabiel, was born in Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [1][2][3]

1748 Barbara Hoover was born in 1747 or 1748 near New Holland, Pennsylvania. Her parents were John and Margaret Huber. [4][5][6][7]

1765 Joseph and Barbara (Hoover) Wenger were married on Nov 22, 1765. [8][9][10][11][12] Thirteen children were born to this couple.

1771 Joseph Wenger, perhaps this one was taxed in Brecknock Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 20 acres and 2 cattle.

1784 Joseph Wenger (perhaps this one) and many other Lancaster County residents signed a petition about enlarging the market in Philadelphia. [13]

1785 Joseph Wenger moved from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to 6 miles north of Harrisonburg, then Rocktown, Rockingham County, Virginia with his brother Henry Wenger, who settled a few miles south of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Henry Wenger married Barbara Hoover's sister, Anna. Joseph Wenger bought between 500 and 600 acres of land between Edom and Linville in Virginia, nearly all timber, for $1700 in silver, which at that time was the only current funds. His buildings were placed near a good spring. Joseph Wenger built a barn sometime between 1785-1795, which was used for over 100 years until it burned in 1898. Joseph Wenger was a Mennonite farmer and lived in Edom, Rockingham County, Virginia. [14]

1789-1803 Land tax tax records for Rockingham County, Virginia records listed Joseph Wenger's brother, Henry Wenger. Joseph Wenger [Wanger] first appeared in the tax records in 1791 (although he did not appear in the Virginia Tithables list for 1792). Joseph (with 196 or 169 acres) and Henry (with 500 acres) appeared every year thereafter through 1803. Another record for Joseph Wenger (with 310+1 acres) also started in 1791. Peter Burkholder and Jacob Hoover [Huber], Barbara's brothers-in-law through sisters Margaret and Anna also first appeared in 1791. This suggests that these four families moved to the Rockingham area at about the same time. (records later than 1803 have not been examined).

1792 Barbara Hoover Wenger died. [15][16]

1793 On 1 December, Joseph Wenger and Anna Hockman were married. Five children were born to this 2nd marriage. [17]

1810 Joseph Wenger and one female age 45+ and 5 males and 3 females age less than 25 lived in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia. Joseph Good is listed on the same page. Benjamin Winger, perhaps Joseph's son, age 25-44 lived in the same township. Brother Henry lived in New Haven Twp with 2 males age 45+ listed. Next to Henry is Ann Winger age 25-44. [18][19]

1810 Joseph Wenger [Winger] was named as executor in brother-in-law Martin Huber's will in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

1812 Joseph Wenger died in April or May. [20][21]

Joseph and Barbara Wenger were buried at the Lindale Mennonite Church Cemetery, Linville, Rockingham County, Virginia. [22][23][24][25]

Part of Joseph Wenger's farm later became the property of his youngest son Henry. It was in the possession of father and son for about a hundred years. Later it became the property of Henry's daughter Kate Wenger Miller, and son John D. Wenger, who owned it as of 1903. This tract of 500-600 acres included the farm owned by Kate Miller, and son, that of Jacob Geil Sr., the former John H. Beery farm, also the north part of the old Jesse Ralston farm and the east part of the Isaac N. Beery farm. In the spring of 1902 the grandchildren and their descendants placed a plain but beautiful white marble marker with inscriptions, showing the resting place of these dear old people. They were members of the Mennonite Church, and both are buried at the Brenneman Cemetery, now located and known as the Lindale Mennonite Church, about a mile north of Edom, Rockingham County, Virginia. [26]

1847 On 17 November, Anna Hochman Wenger died and was buried at the Lindale Mennonite Church Cemetery, Linville, Rockingham County, Virginia. [27][28]


Footnotes:

[1] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44.

[2] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 22, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[3] Samuel S. Wenger, The Wenger Book, A Foundation Book of American Wengers (1997 reprint), 161.

[4] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com, Huber B2141.

[5] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44, person 19.

[6] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 22, reports birth year 1747, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[7] Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry with Mitchell, Dennis, and Martin, Our Hoover Ancestors (1975?), 5.

[8] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44, person 19.

[9] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com, Huber B2141.

[10] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 22, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[11] Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry with Mitchell, Dennis, and Martin, Our Hoover Ancestors (1975?), 5.

[12] Samuel S. Wenger, The Wenger Book, A Foundation Book of American Wengers (1997 reprint), 171, C9.

[13] H. H. Schenk, "Lancaster County Petitions, etc, to the Supreme Executive Council 1784 1790," Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society 25 (1921), 67-86, at 78, petition 12, middle column, [HathiTrust].

[14] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 22, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[15] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44.

[16] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 22, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[17] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 22, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[18] US census, 1810, Reel 0067, Image 190, last line, [Internet_Archive].

[19] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1810, [FamilySearch_Record].

[20] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44.

[21] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 23, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[22] Find A Grave Memorial 57873575, [Find_A_Grave].

[23] Find A Grave Memorial 57874152, [Find_A_Grave].

[24] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 44.

[25] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 23, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[26] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 23, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[27] Find A Grave Memorial 57874609, [Find_A_Grave].

[28] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 22, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].


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