I would really love to have info from before the marriage of Phillip and Mary's wedding on the Clendenin (as spelled in my book) lineage!I have a substantial Hockett lineage in my Raithel ancestry, pages and pages that my great uncle compiled. If anyone wants copies emailed I will be happy to do so. That being said, this is the foreward to the Hockett lineage of my family that goes back to 1804 that includes the story of Mary.
Our Hockett forebears are documented from the date of marriage of John Hockett on June 1, 1831 in Fayette County, ILL to Anna (Ann) Shafer (Shaffer), daughter of D.A.O. Peter and Rebecca Shafer. When and where John was born, his travels and later life is speculative, as no documented record is found. John had 8 children by Anna, and then vanished as far as any records can show. Reports that he drowned in a flash flood in Sugar Creek (which another forum reader has told me to be true), ILL on Jan. 4, 1847, or that he was killed in the Black Hawk War or Mexican-American War have not been verified by newspapers known of that period or the War Department Archives. John's estate was probated with letters of administration issued to his widow Anna on Aug. 0, 1850. Census records of 1840 and 1845 show he was living with his family then on the farm, but not in 1850. Anna subsequently remarried to Simon Morse on March 1, 1854 and divorced on Oct. 14, 1864, after two sons had been born of the marriage, and is interred in Sugar Creek Cemetery, St. Morgan ILL, a now non-existent town SW of Highland, ILL with no known family member.
John and Anna's children are documented in census and other records, including their son, John, our ancestor, who married Mary Louise Stephens in Platteville, WI where they both were teachers and later, farmers. Intensive efforts to identify the origin of Anna's husband, John, have been made, but are not conclusive. My conclusion is based upon circumstantial evidence, but the pattern fits. The Hockett family was originally named Hoggatt, and some other variations, but the family is traceable to about 1700 when Phillip Hoggatt, and English Quaker married a daughter of a member of the Royal Guard of the King of Scotland in Edinburgh. She had been captured during religious hostilities between Scotland and England, and sent as an indentured servant girl to Philadelphia where she married Phillip, an orphan, at Chadsford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The bride was Mary Clendinin, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Clendenin. Phillip and Mry migrated, finally settling in what is now Guilford Couty, NC. Their restored log home now stands in the Museum at High Point, NC. Our Hockett ancestors told their descendants they came from NC, generation by generation.
Phillip and Mary had 7 children: Phillip, David, Jean, William, John, Anthony and Joseph. Mary died at age 82 in 1780 and Phillip at 95 in 1783. Tracing the descendants is a meticulous task through publications of HINSHAW, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Generalogy, and the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by Willard Heiss, Indiana Historical Society. Coupled with their records, other records, such as census, local area records, bible records, and vital statistics reports, my opinion is Anthony, son of Phillip and Mary, above, was the father of our mystery John. Anthony and his wife, Mary Stanley, had among other children, a son Samuel, whose first wife, Charity, died shortly after birth of the only child, Charity; and whose second wife, Lydia, died with no children by Samuel, after six years of marriage. Three years later, Samuel, then age 37, on Jan 30, 1793 married Mary Pinson, age 18, daughter of Richard and Maacah Pinson of Stokes County NC. Eleven children were born to them, the sixth of whom was John Hockett, born Sept 7, 1805. Samuel's Will was probated in 1836 in Jefferson County, Tennessee where he and Mary then farmed. Samuel's Will left one dollar to children who apparently had been gone for a period, and most of them seemingly were traceable through Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio, and some into Illinois. It appears that most of them, including Jonh, followed their Uncle Moses, Samuel's brother, who preceded them to Indiana. John's brother, Nathan, was usually in the proximity of John until Nathan died, leaving two children, the only grandchildren given a dollar in Samuel's Will. Other siblings also traveled the same route. No record found in Illinois verifies this to be our John.