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1794 On 5 November, George Hassler's baptism to parents Abraham and Christina Hassler, at Fissel's (Jerusalem) Union Church in Shrewsbury Twp, York County, was sponsored by Ludwig Bortner and Elisabeth Bortner. [1] Another source reports the birth on 3 November 1794 in Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania. [2]

1798 On 20 July, Maria Catharina Rohrbach was born and she was christened on 19 August, with parents Samuel and Margaretha Rohrbach, at St Jacobs Stone Lutheran Church in Brodbecks, York County, Pennsylvania with sponsor (grandmother?) Catharina Rohrbach. [3]

1800 George Hosler and Maria Rohrbach's parents lived in Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania. George Hosler's father, Abraham Hosler, and Maria's father, Samuel Rohrbach, were listed on adjacent pages of the census. [4][5]

1803 George Hosler's father died when George was age 9, leaving many minor children.

1804 On 26 June, Christina Hassler, widow of Abraham Hassler deceased, applied to appoint Dewalt Schneider guardian over the persons and estates of Christina, Hassler (age 12), George Hassler (age 10), Catharina Hassler (age 8), and John Hassler (age 9), all minor children of the deceased. Elizabeth Hassler (age 16) prayed that Dewalt Schneider be named her guardian. The court agreed. [6]

1810 Samuel Rohrbaugh and family lived in Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania. [7]

1814 On 31 October, George Hosler enlisted as a private under Captain May and Major Shauck (Pennsylvania Militia). George enlisted from York County, Pennsylvania at age 18. He was discharged on 22 November [8]. Photocopy, George B Hosler pension record, War of 1812. In 1850, George Hosler of Richland County, Ohio declared that he was the same person. The claim stated that George weighed 150 pounds, was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had gray eyes at the time of enlistment and that Catherine's maiden name was Rohrbaugh.

1815 On 8 or 11 April, George Hosler and Maria Catharina Rohrbach were married in York County, Pennsylvania [9]. A summary of proof of pension for the War of 1812 records the marriage date as 11 April, although the widow knew no surviving witnesses and had no written proof of the marriage at the time of her declaration (she was age 79). Son Henry was born in 1816, son Abraham in 1818, and daughter Leah in 1819.

1820 The 1820 census for Codorus Twp, York County is difficult to read. There are two entries on the same page that could be George Hosler (lines 7 and 15). Line 15 corresponds to George Hosler [Hassler] with two males under age 10 (Henry and Abraham), one age 26-45 (George), one female under age 10 (Leah) and one age 26 to 40 (Maria) [10]. Here are two more versions of this difficult to read census: Photocopy, 1820 census A [ancestry.com], Photocopy, 1820 census B.

1820 Son Samuel Hosler was born.

1825 Daughter Elizabeth Hosler was born.

1830 George Hosler [Hassler] age 30-40 lived in Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania with males ages 20-30 (?), 15-20 (Henry?), 10-15 (Abraham), 10-15 (Samuel), females ages 30-40 (Maria), 10-15 (Leah), and 5-10 (Elizabeth). Nearby were Jacob, John, and Michael Bortner; Christian Rohrbach; George Garverich; Adam Hoffman; Elizabeth Rhule; John Snyder; and Jacob Bortner families. Phillip Snyder, George Garverich, George Snyder, and Henry Rhule were on adjacent pages. Several of these families later moved to Ohio at the same time. [11] Photocopy, 1830 census: George Hosler [ancestry.com].

1832 Daughter Catherine Hosler was born. Catherine Hosler has not been found in later censuses and may have died young.

1832 In May 1832 George Hosler moved from York County, Pennsylvania with his family, his sisters, and his 74 year old mother and settled ½ mile northwest of North Woodbury, a town with 3 log cabins in Morrow County, Ohio near Johnsville. Also moving with him were the Snyder (no known ancestral relation but likely an in-law through George's sister Magdalena), Ruhl, and Garverick (no known ancestral relation) families. George was a carpenter and then a farmer. He became a township trustee, was one of the founders of St. John's Lutheran Church, and taught singing in both German and English. He purchased 60 acres of land from Jacob Baker, and built a cabin. George was a minister of the Albright faith. [12][13]

1834 G. R. Hosler is the fourth son of George B. and Catherine (Rohrbaugh) Hosler. [14]

A biography of son George R Hosler describes George B Hosler, from his move to Morrow County to his death: "His parents came from York Co, Penn., in the month of May, 1832, and made their settlement one-half mile northwest of the site of North Woodbury, which only contained three log huts at that time. Here his father, George B. Hosler, bought sixty acres of land of Jacob Baker, and built a cabin. He was a carpenter and cabinetmaker. And as the early pioneer, becoming weary with the burden of years and toil, passed into that dreamless sleep that knows no waking, his handi-work furnished the burial casket, and with his four-horse wagon instead of the plumed hearse of today, they wended their sorrowful way to the silent cities of the dead. He was a soldier in the war of 1812 under Captain May and Major Shauck. He was Trustee of his township and an influential member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, being one of its founders, and for many years Deacon and Elder. He and George Rule taught singing in English and German, often attending these concerts on Sabbath barefooted. He raised six children Henry, Abram, Samuel, Leah, Catherine and G. R. He died Sept. 23, 1863, aged 69 years, and the mother still lives with our subject, aged 84 years." [15] "Rev. Mr. Hosler (of the Albrights) was one of the early preachers of the township, and is the first one remembered in the west part of it, where he used to preach every two weeks at the house of Peter Ferrestermaker." [16]

1834 The Hosler land plot was shown on the original town map near the center of Johnsville, Ohio [17]. Photocopy, Map of Johnsville in Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio, 1834. George B Hosler lived at household 10.

1835 George Hosler was the founder and builder of the Lutheran Church at North Woodbury, Morrow County, Ohio. "The Evangelical Lutheran Church, situated a few hundred yards north of North Woodbury, was organized more than forty years ago. As early as 1835-36, a few persons met out of doors near the site of the present church, among whom were George B. Hosler, Martin Bechner, Samuel Hoffman, Henry Sowers, Sr., Peter Baker, John Snyder, Henry C. Buhl, Henry Sowers, Jr. and others. They were members of the German Reformed and the old Lutheran Churches. In 1836, they employed Rev. Samuel Leiter, of Mansfield to preach for them. He was of the German Reformed Church, and administered the sacrament to the members of the new congregation. About this time, Peter Baker donated one acre of land, upon which, during the summer of 1839, they erected a frame building 35x40 feet. Rev. Mr. Myers preached the sermon at the laying of the corner stone. During the summer of 1840, Rev. Barney Hoffmann preached to them. He was from Pennsylvania and was of the Evangelical Lutheran. In December, a protracted meeting was held, when the society was organized into an Evangelical Lutheran Church, and increased to over one hundred members before the close of winter." [18][19] "The first (Woodbury) cemetery was laid out by George B. Hosler, and Elizabeth Ruhl was the first person buried in it." [20][21][22]

1836 George B Hosler was taxed in Perry Twp for 2 horses and 5 cattle. [23]

1838 George Hosler was a founder of the Lutheran church [24]: "The Lutheran Church is located at the crossroads, half a mile north of the village of Woodbury. The commencement of the two societies which built the first church dates back to 1838, and, in 1841, the Lutherans and German Reformed jointly completed a building. George Leiter, a Lutheran minister, and his brother, Samuel Leiter, a Reformed, supplied the preaching for the two societies. The first protracted effort by the Lutherans was conducted by Barney Huffman, a missionary sent from Pennsylvania. The leading original members were Henry Sowers, George Ruhl, George Hosler, Peter Baker, Martin Buckner, John Broadbeck, John Snyder, Adam Bechtel and their wives. The Reformed Society is extinct. The number of members in 1879 was 145. The house now occupied is brick, and was erected in 1861, at a cost of $4,000. Rev. G. M. Heindel is now Pastor. The Sabbath school was commenced about 1850, with George Ruhl acting as Superintendent. William Huntsman filled the position in 1879. The average attendance was about fifty-five.

A short time before the first protracted meeting by the Lutherans in the new church, a number of the people of the locality attended an Evangelical meeting. Among the number who embraced religion was Adam Bechtel. He was not, however, fully persuaded, and, after the meeting was ended, he prayed for a sign to confirm him. One night while in bed, soon after, he heard a noise, and, arising to ascertain the cause, he discovered his family Bible was moved from its accustomed place on the shelf by an unseen power, and fallen to the floor. He picked it up, and, on opening it, the first passage of Scripture on which his eyes rested, read like this: "He brought me up also out of a horrible pit." He was convinced. The revelation was noised abroad, and, in a short time a meeting was commenced which continued till the following noon. In the afternoon, an effort was made to secure a place to hold a meeting but without success. The next morning, subscription papers were started to get funds to build two new churches. They were completed in 1842. One is the property of the Evangelical Association, and the other of the United Brethren. The latter society continued to exist till 1862, when sectional strife regarding the rebellion became so strong as to disband it, and, in 1866, their house of worship was sold to the Evangelical Church."

George Rule, who is named in several of the accounts above, was likely an uncle of Henry Hosler (son of George Hosler, the subject of these notes) through Henry's wife Lydia Hoffman. George Ruhl was the son-in-law of Lydia's grandfather Henry Ruhl.

1840 George B Hosler (age 40-50) lived in Richland County, Ohio with males ages 20-30 (Henry), 15-20 (Samuel), 5-10 (George), females ages 40-50 (Maria), 20-30 (Leah), and 15-20 (Elizabeth). No entry for daughter Catharine was shown, so she might have died by this time. Nephew Henry H. Ruhl lived nearby. [25]

1843 Christina Bortner Hassler's brother, Michael Bortner, discharged the dower which had been placed in 1805 on the old Hassler farm in Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania. The discharge was dated October 11, 1843 and was signed by all the living heirs of Abraham Hassler including wife Christina, and children: Jacob, George B., Magdalen, Catherine and the children of Elizabeth, who died in 1835 and who had married Jacob Ruhl. A release of the estate of Abraham Hassler to Michael Bortner was recorded 4 January 1848. [26]

1847 George B Hosler [Hasler] was taxed in Perry Twp, Richland County, Ohio [for land in Range 19, Township 19] and for lots in Woodbury town. [27]

1849 George B Hosler was named as guardian of Susan and Catherine Hoffman, likely the daughters of George's recently widowed daughter Elizabeth Hosler Hoffman in Morrow County guardian records. Accounting of the guardianship continued through 1859. [28][29]

1850 On 5 November, at Richland County, Ohio, George Hosler, age 56 of Morrow County, Ohio, filed a Bounty Land Claim for surviving Officers. He declared that he was the same George Hosler who was a private in the company commanded by Captain May in the detachment of the Pennsylvania militia commanded by Major Shock in the War of 1812 and that he was drafted at York County Pennsylvania in 1814 for a term of 6 months and was honorably discharged at Little York, York County. After being rejected for lack of written discharge papers, the claim was finally granted.

1850 George B Hosler (age 55), a farmer with estate valued at $3,000, lived in Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio with his wife Catherine Hosler (age 51) and son George Hosler (age 6). Living next door were Jacob (age 26 born PA) and Elizabeth Staffer (age 25) with children Susan Hoffman (age 6) and Catherine Hoffman (age 5). This is their daughter Elizabeth, widow of Jacob Hoffman, who was remarried. [30]

1852 George B Hosler and Catherine Hosler sold land in Congress Twp, Morrow County [section 13 of Twp 18] to Henry R Hosler (their son) for $800.

1855 George B Hosler lived in Morrow County, Ohio. [31]

1856 George B Hosler, perhaps this George Hosler, was granted land in York County, Pennsylvania by Jacob Henney. [32]

1857 George B Hosler had 61 acres in section 18 of Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio [33]. The cemetery was on his land and the Evangelical Church was across the street. A Henry Ruhl (possibly George's nephew) had land in section 19. Photocopy, George Hosler had land in section 18 of Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio, 1857.

1859 George B Hosler, acting as guardian to the minor heirs of Jacob Hoffman, sold land in Woodbury, Morrow County, Ohio.

1859 On 11 November, George B Hosler filed a settlement and resigned as guardian of of Susannah and Catherine Hoffman. [34]

1859 On 19 December, the Morrow County Orphans Court reviewed the final settlement for the guardianship of Susan and Catherine Hoffman by George B Hosler, with a balance of $125.45, which was to be divided between Catharine and Susannah Hoffman [35].

1860 George Hosler (age 66) lived in Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio with his wife Catherine. His son George (age 25) lived next door. Son Samuel lived in Noble County, Indiana. Son Abraham had moved to Kansas. Daughter Elizabeth Hoffman Steffey and her family lived in Indiana. [36]

1863 George B Hosler and Catherine sold 20 acres land to son Henry R Hosler in section 18 in Twp 19 of Morrow County, Ohio. No price was named.

1863 On 22 September, George B Hosler died and was buried at North Woodbury St John's Lutheran Cemetery Morrow County, Ohio [37][38][39]. Catherine and son George R Hosler were administrators of the estate [40]. The estate was appraised on 8 October, 1863 and a sale was held Dec 7, 1863.

1865 On 18 March, the first partial account was presented by George R Hosler with a balance of $1403.68 and cash of $122.02 [41]. The estate was finalized on 26 Oct, 1865. The final settlement was presented at probate court on 21 December 1865 [42]. A supplementary account was made on 30 December naming widow Catharine Hosler with distribution $344.83 and other heirs with distribution $54.47 each: Jacob Steffy, Samuel Hosler, Henry R Hosler, Abraham R Hosler, Isaac Ruhl and wife Leah [43]. [44]

1870 (Maria) Catharine Hosler (age 73) lived in the household of son G.R. Hosler (age 35) a dry goods merchant at Lexington post office, Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio. Daughter Leah lived in the township. Daughter Elizabeth Hoffman Steffey and her family lived in Kansas. [45]

1880 Catharine Hosler (age 82) lived in Johnsville, Morrow County, Ohio in the household of son George R. Hosler (age 45). George R Hosler was the census taker. Daughter Leah lived in the township. Daughter Elizabeth Hoffman Steffey and her family lived in Kansas. [46][47]

1878 Catharine Rohrbach [Rorbaugh] Hosler, widow of George B Hosler, resided at Shauck post office, Morrow County, Ohio. [48][49]

1888 On 20 April, Catherine Hosler died. Her death was reported to stop her pension payments from the War of 1812, under pension file 17259. Catherine, widowed housewife, died of anemia on April 20 in Johnsville, Morrow County, Ohio. [50][51]

George and Maria Hosler were buried at a cemetery located near St. John's Lutheran Church

Catherine Hosler's gravestone, Morrow County, Ohio, 1888.

George Hosler's gravestone, Morrow County, Ohio, died 1863. [52][53][54]

Research Notes:

See also, [55][56]

A biosketch of grandson William H Hosler reports [57]:

William H. Hosler Resides in Orange township in one of the most beautiful and palatial homes found in the rural districts of Noble county, Ind., and is numbered among the prominent men of the county and one of its most successful farmers. Mr. Hosler was born in Morrow county, Ohio, April 22, 1846, to Samuel Rorhbaugh and Barbara (Keifer) Hosler, both natives of Pennsylvania, he of York county, where he was born November 10, 1820, and she of Lebanon county, born August 15, 1823. They resided in what was then Morrow county, Ohio, until the spring of 1850, when they moved to Indiana, stopping in Albion for a short time and then locating in Rome City. While living there the father worked at his trade, which was that of a carpenter, and two years later moved to their farm in Orange township, where they still reside. Five children were born to them, namely: John H., who resides in Reedsburg, Wis.; William W., of this sketch; Mary C, wife of Thomas L. Imes; Minerva L., who died in infancy; and Ella B., wife of William A. Imes. The paternal grandparents of William H. Hosier were George and Catherine (Rorhbaugh ) Hosler, the grandfather being a skilled carpenter. The family is of German descent and the name was originally Hasler.

A biosketch of son Samuel Hosler [58][59] reports:

Samuel R. Hosler was born November 10, 1820, in York County, Penn., and is oneof six children born to George and Catharine (Rourbaugh) Hosler, who were both natives of Pennsylvania. George Hosler, father of our subject, was a carpenter, but during the latter part of his life engaged in farming. In 1881, he and family moved to Morrow County. Ohio, where Mr. Hosler died.


Footnotes:

[1] Ancestry.com, York County, Pennsylvania Church Records to 1800, [Ancestry_Records].

[2] Helen Hassler Dempsey, Hasler Families and where They Came from (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing Company, 1946/97), 186, [Google_Book].

[3] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1414855 of Pennsylvania births and christenings, [FamilySearch_Record].

[4] US census, 1800, Reel 0044, Image 193, page 1362, line 6 from bottom, [Internet_Archive].

[5] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1800, p 1362, [FamilySearch_Record].

[6] Lancaster County Pennsylvania Orphans' Court I-47, [FamilySearch_Image].

[7] US census, 1810, Reel 0057, Image 226, page 1138, line 9, [Internet_Archive].

[8] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 840477 of United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, [FamilySearch_Record].

[9] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 840477 of United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, [FamilySearch_Record].

[10] US census, 1820, Reel 0114, Image 61, line 15, [Internet_Archive].

[11] US census, 1830, Reel 0160, Image 659, line 8 from bottom, [Internet_Archive].

[12] Charles Henry Glatfelter, George Bortner of Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania and His Descendants (1949), 37, [HathiTrust].

[13] Helen Hassler Dempsey, Hasler Families and where They Came from (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing Company, 1946/97), 186, [Google_Book].

[14] William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, History of Morrow County and Ohio (Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., 1880), 809, right column, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[15] William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, History of Morrow County and Ohio (Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., 1880), 809, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[16] William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, History of Morrow County and Ohio (Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., 1880), 394, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[17] O. E. Brenneman, The 150th anniversary of Johnsville, Ohio (Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Department, 1953 or 1984), 39, [Google_Book].

[18] William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, History of Morrow County and Ohio (Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., 1880), 487, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[19] Abraham J. Baughman, Robert Franklin Bartlett, History of Morrow County Ohio, a Narrative Account, Vol. 1 (1880), 428, [HathiTrust].

[20] William Henry Perrin, J. H. Battle, History of Morrow County and Ohio (Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., 1880), 490, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].

[21] Abraham J. Baughman, Robert Franklin Bartlett, History of Morrow County Ohio, a Narrative Account, Vol. 1 (1880), 431, [HathiTrust].

[22] Harwood & Watson, surveyors, Map of Morrow County, Ohio, from actual surveys (Philadelphia: Woodford & Bartley, 1857), [Library_Congress].

[23] The Pastfinder, Ashland and Richland County Chapters, Ohio Genealogical Society, N3, 19(2000):55, [Ohio_Pastfinder].

[24] A. A. Graham, History of Richland County, Ohio (1880), 553, [Google_Book].

[25] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1840, [FamilySearch_Record].

[26] York County, Pennsylvania deed 3U-217.

[27] The Pastfinder, Ashland and Richland County Chapters, Ohio Genealogical Society, N2, 13(1994):36, [Ohio_Pastfinder].

[28] Morrow County Ohio Guardian dockets (1848-1864) Vol 1-22, image 31, [FamilySearch_Image].

[29] Morrow County Ohio Guardian dockets (1848-1864) Vol 1-124, image 85, [FamilySearch_Image].

[30] US census, 1850, Reel 0716, Image 154, family 1056, [Internet_Archive].

[31] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 840477 of United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, [FamilySearch_Record].

[32] York County, Pennsylvania deed 3Y-414, location recorded as P of A.

[33] Harwood & Watson, surveyors, Map of Morrow County, Ohio, from actual surveys (Philadelphia: Woodford & Bartley, 1857), [Library_Congress].

[34] Morrow County Ohio Journals 2A-10, [FamilySearch_Image].

[35] Morrow County Ohio Journals 2A-17, [FamilySearch_Image].

[36] US census, 1860, Reel 1017, Image 479, family 251, [Internet_Archive].

[37] Find A Grave Memorial 89220958, [Find_A_Grave].

[38] citing United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, [FamilySearch_Image].

[39] St. John's Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio, [USGenWeb].

[40] Morrow County Ohio Journals 2A-251, [FamilySearch_Image].

[41] Morrow County Ohio Journal 2A-395, [FamilySearch_Image].

[42] Morrow County Ohio Journal 2A-512, [FamilySearch_Image].

[43] Morrow County Ohio Journal 2A-515, [FamilySearch_Image].

[44] Probate Records, Ohio, Morrow, General index Vol 1-217, image 127, cites records not seen, [FamilySearch_Image].

[45] US census, 1870, Reel 1247, Image 353, family 158, [Internet_Archive].

[46] US census, 1880, Reel 1053, Image 665, family 12, [Internet_Archive].

[47] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1880, [FamilySearch_Record].

[48] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 840477 of United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, [FamilySearch_Record].

[49] Ancestry.com, [Ancestry_Record].

[50] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 388730 of Ohio deaths, [FamilySearch_Record].

[51] citing United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, [FamilySearch_Image].

[52] St. John's Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio, [USGenWeb].

[53] Find A Grave Memorial 89220958, [Find_A_Grave].

[54] Find A Grave Memorial 69671846, [Find_A_Grave].

[55] Helen Hassler Dempsey, Hasler Families and where They Came from (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing Company, 1946/97), 181, 186, 187, [Google_Book].

[56] Lewis Bunker Rohrbaugh, Rohrbach Genealogy (1970), 35.

[57] Samuel E. Alvord, Alvord's History of Noble County, Indiana (Logansport, Indiana: 1902), 272, [Internet_Archive].

[58] Weston Arthur Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, Counties of Whitley and Noble Indiana Historical and Biographical (Chicago: Battey & Co, 1882), 405, [Internet_Archive].

[59] Counties of LaGrange and Noble, Indiana: Historical and Biographical (Chicago: Battey & Co, 1882), 405, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust].


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