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1794 On 5 November, George Hassler was baptised to parents Abraham and Christina Hassler, at Fissel's (Jerusalem) Union Church in Shrewsbury Twp, York County. Ludwig Bortner and Elisabeth Bortner were sponsors. [1] George Hosler was reported born on 3 November 1794 in Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania. [2]

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

1800 The parents of both George Hosler and Maria Rohrbach 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, Abraham Hassler, died, when George was age 9. [6][7]

1804 On 26 June, George's mother, Christina Hassler, widow of Abraham Hassler, 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 Abraham Hassler. Elizabeth Hassler (age 16) requested that Dewalt Schneider be named her guardian. The court agreed. [8]

1810 Maria Rohrbaugh's father, Samuel Rohrbaugh, and family lived in Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania. [9]


1814 Record of service of George B Hosler, 1878 Pension Application. On October 31, 1814, 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 [10]. In 1850, George Hosler of Richland County, Ohio declared that he was same George Hosler who had enlisted in 1814. The 1850 claim stated that George weighed 150 pounds, was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had gray eyes at the time of enlistment and that wife Catherine's maiden name was Rohrbaugh. [11][Photocopy, George B Hosler pension record, War of 1812.]

1815 On 8 or 11 April, George Hosler and Maria Catharina Rohrbach were married in York County, Pennsylvania [12]. 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).

1817 Son Henry R. Hosler was born. [13]

1818 Son Abraham Hosler was born. [14]

1819 Daughter Leah Hosler was born. [15]

1820 The census for Codorus Twp, York County is difficult to read. 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?). [16][17][18]

1820 Son Samuel Hosler was born. [19]

1825 Daughter Elizabeth Hosler was born. [20]

1830 George 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 Bortner, Rohrbach, Garverich, Hoffman, Ruhl, and Snyder families. [21][22][23] Several of these families later moved to Ohio, about 1850.

1832 In May 1832 George Hosler was reported to have 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. [24][25]

1834 Son George R. Hosler was born [26], in Woodview, Ohio [27].

A biosketch, of son George R Hosler, described George B Hosler [28]:

His [George R Hosler's] 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.

A history of Morrow County, Ohio reported [29]:

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.

1835 George Hosler was the founder and builder of the Lutheran Church at North Woodbury, Morrow County, Ohio. A history of Morrow County, Ohio reported [30][31]:

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.

A history of Morrow County, Ohio reported [32][33][34]:

The first (Woodbury) cemetery was laid out by George B. Hosler, and Elizabeth Ruhl was the first person buried in it.

1836 George B Hosler was taxed, in Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio, for 2 horses and 5 cattle. [35]

1838 A history of Richland County, Ohio reported that George Hosler was a founder of the Lutheran church [36]:

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 was mentioned in several of the accounts above, could have been an uncle of son 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 in a household with males ages 20-30 (Henry), 15-20 (Samuel), 5-10 (George), and females ages 40-50 (Maria), 20-30 (Leah), and 15-20 (Elizabeth). [37]

1843 Arrangements were made for the estate of George's father, Abraham, in York County, Pennsylvania. 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. [38]

1847 George B Hasler was taxed in Perry Twp, Richland County, Ohio [for land in Range 19, Township 19] and for lots in Woodbury town. [39]

1849 George B Hosler was named, in Morrow County guardian records, as guardian of Susan and Catherine Hoffman, perhaps the daughters of George's recently widowed daughter Elizabeth Hosler Hoffman. Accounting of the guardianship continued through 1859. [40][41]


1850 Bounty land claim of George B Hosler for service in War of 1812. On November 5, 1850, at Richland County, Ohio, George Hosler, age 56, of Morrow County, Ohio, filed a Bounty Land Claim as a surviving officer. 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 initially 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 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 could be their daughter Elizabeth, widow of Jacob Hoffman, who was remarried to Jacob Steffey.]. [42]

1851 On 3 March, 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. [43]

1855 On 1 December, George B Hosler purchased 20 acres of land in section 18, twp 19, range 19, in Morrow County (formerly Richland County), Ohio from Conrad Stock. [44]

1855 George B Hosler lived in Morrow County, Ohio. [45]

1857 On 14 August, George Hosler purchased land in section 18, twp 19, range 19 in Richland/Morrow County, Ohio from Jacob Baker. [46]


1857 George Hosler had land in section 18 of Perry Twp, Morrow County, Ohio. An map of Morrow County, Ohio, showed G. B. Hosler with 61 acres in section 18 of Perry Twp. G.B. (no last name) also owned a separate 20 acre tract, to the west, in section 18. [47]. The cemetery was on his land and the Evangelical Church was across the street. Henry Ruhl (possibly George's nephew) had land in section 19.

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. [48]

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 [49].

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. [50]

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 recorded.

1863 On 19 May, George B Hosler and wife Catherine sold land in section 18, twp 19, range 19 to George R Hosler. [51]

1863 On 22 September, George B Hosler died and was buried at North Woodbury St John's Lutheran Cemetery Morrow County, Ohio [52][53][54]. Catherine and son George R Hosler were administrators of the estate [55]. The estate was appraised on 8 October, 1863 and a sale was held December 7, 1863.

1864 On 6 September, Henry R and Lydia Hosler, Catherine Hosler, and George and Elizabeth Hosler sold land in section 18, twp 19, range 19, Morrow County, Ohio to Henry Sowers. [56]

1865 On 18 March, the first partial account, of the estate of George B. Hosler, was presented by George R. Hosler with a balance of $1403.68 and cash of $122.02 [57]. The estate was finalized on 26 Oct, 1865. The final settlement was presented at probate court on 21 December 1865 [58]. A supplementary account was made on December 30, 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 [59]. [60]

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. [61]

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. [62][63]

1878 Catharine Rohrbach [Rorbaugh] Hosler, widow of George B Hosler, resided at Shauck post office, Morrow County, Ohio. [64][65]

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. [66][67]

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


1863 George Hosler's gravestone, Morrow County, Ohio. [68] [69]


1888 Catherine Hosler's gravestone, Morrow County, Ohio. [70]

A biosketch of son Samuel Hosler [71][72] reports:

Samuel R. Hosler was born November 10, 1820, in York County, Penn., and is one of 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 1831, he and family moved to Morrow County. Ohio, where Mr. Hosler died.

See also, [73][74]

Research Notes:

1856 George B Hosler, perhaps this George Hosler, was granted land in York County, Pennsylvania by Jacob Henney. [75]


Footnotes:

[1] 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] Helen Hassler Dempsey, Hasler Families and where They Came from (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing Company, 1946/97), 180, [Google_Book].

[7] Charles Henry Glatfelter, George Bortner of Codorus Twp, York County, Pennsylvania and His Descendants (1949), 36, [HathiTrust].

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

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

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

[11] NARA Microfilm Publication M313, War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815, 00409, [Ancestry_Record], [Ancestry_Image].

[12] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 840477, [FamilySearch_Record].

[13] Find A Grave Memorial 25465039, [Find_A_Grave].

[14] Find A Grave Memorial 42822296, [Find_A_Grave].

[15] Find A Grave Memorial 89216913, [Find_A_Grave].

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

[17] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1820, [FamilySearch_Record].

[18] US census, 1820, [Ancestry_Record], [Ancestry_Image].

[19] Find A Grave Memorial 41707138, [Find_A_Grave].

[20] Find A Grave Memorial 27867708, Obituary, [Find_A_Grave].

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

[22] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1830, [FamilySearch_Record].

[23] US census, 1830, [Ancestry_Record], [Ancestry_Image].

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

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

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

[27] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1984637, [FamilySearch_Record].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[43] Morrow County, Ohio Deed 5-450, [FHL_Catalog].

[44] Morrow County, Ohio Deed 9-258, [FHL_Catalog].

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

[46] Morrow County, Ohio Deed 11-045, [FHL_Catalog].

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

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

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

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

[51] Morrow County, Ohio Deed 15-362, [FHL_Catalog].

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

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

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

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

[56] Morrow County, Ohio Deed 17-147, [FHL_Catalog].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[65] War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815, [Ancestry_Record].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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