The information below was supplied to me by the church coordinator at the Opequon Presbyterian Church, Robert MacGregor. In his email, he writes "Unfortunately, there are no church records extant for Opequon during its first hundred years of existence leaving a void regarding births, marriages, deaths, burials, etc. I have seen no other record of Hoge burials in this cemetery. Hogue Creek is the creek that I began fly fishing on last year. Last June I received an e-mail from another Hoge doing genealogical research on the Hoge family. He is in California and his e-mail address is email@example.com You might want to contact him. Incidently, the Hogestown referred to in the attachment is still there. It is just off I-81 in Cumberland Co. between Carlisle and Harrisburg, PA." ************
Source: “Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendents” by T K Carmeldated 1963; Call number 975.599 at Handley Library, PO Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
p 411-412William Hogue (Hoge) was of the Joist Hite party which moved to the valley from Pennsylvania. William Hogue settled on a branch of the Opequon (pronounced Oh-peck-un) and called it Hogue Run. The homestead was due west from the Opequon Presbyterian Church and in full view. William was living in Chester Co, PA in 1734 and settled on his grant about 1735 independent of Hite. Five sons: John, William, Alexander, James and George. John remained in PA and died at Hogestown, 9 miles west of Harrisburg. The other sons and daughters accompanied their father to VA. William J married a Quakeress and settled in what is now Loudoun Co. and left many descendants. James settled near Middleton, VA. Alexander became a lawyer, lived near Winchester, was a member of the first Constitution of the U. S.James, the 4th son, was the father of Rev. Moses Hoge, who was the direct ancestor of several preachers of that name – found afterwards in many parts of the country – notably Rev. Moses D Hoge, D.D. of Richmond, VA.Rev John Hoge, first regular pastor of Opequon Church, was the son of John. One of the daughters, Margaret, married Dr. Robert White a surgeon in the British Navy.
_______ Deed Book # 1, p 275, dated 19 Feb 1745 of Frederick County, VA describes the burying ground donated by William Hoge, Sr (1660-1749) and his wife Barbara Hume
---------- LDS Library Microfische 6050977(1) William Hoge (1660-1749) emigrated from Scotland to America in 1682, settling first in New Jersey. He married Barbara Hume (1670-1745), also from Scotland. They later moved to Delaware and then, before 1735, to “the Opeckin settlement”in old Frederick County, VA. (Note: it was then called Orange County, VA and before that Spotsylvania County) They located 2-3 miles south of Winchester, on the Great Wagon Road (now Rt 11), in or near what is known as Kernstown. Their land extended toward North Mountain and a creek was named after the Hoge family.
Source of the following is two pamphlets prepared by C. Langdon Gordon , historian for Opequon Presbyterian Church.One is “A Historical Sketch of the Five Burying Grounds of Opequon Presbyterian Church” published in 1996. The other is “A sketch of the historic Opequon Presbyterian Church” published in 1984.
Worship services are believed to have been held in 1732 by the German and Scotch-Irish who settled in the area. The church was organized in 1736 when the first log meeting house was erected on land donated by William Hoge. Tradition holds that he built the first log meeting house at his own expense. He also donated an additional two acres of land for a burying place. The Hoge family is suppose to be buried just inside the entrance gate of what is now called Burying Ground # 2. Association of the congregation with the Presbyterian Church began in 1736 or 1737. By 1755 the congregation had become quite large and a second log meeting house was built. In that year, the Rev John Hoge, grandson of William Hoge, became the first settled minister at Opequon. In addition to Indian problems, times were hard and on many occasions there was not enough money to pay the preacher. After 18 years of service, Rev Hoge’s pastorate here was dissolved, at his request, “on account of none payment of salary.” Opequon Presbyterian Church is known as the “Mother Church of the Valley.” When the Civil War erupted the church was caught directly in the line of fire. There were three or four battles in the area and the church was heavily damaged. It was used as a stable during the war and many gravestones were destroyed or pulled up for use by Union troops. Burying ground #1 is completely lost and is now the front lawn of the present church. There is a low tablet monument just at the entrance to the burying grounds that is inscribed as follow:
IN MEMORY OF 1660- WILLIAM HOGE – 1749 AND HIS WIFE 1670 – BARBARA HUME HOGE – 1745 PIONEER SETTLERS BORN IN SCOTLAND – DIED IN KERNSTOWN WHO LIVED IN THIS LAND – GAVE OF IT FOR THIS CHURCH AND CEMETERY AND ARE BURIED HERE