Three Hollenbacks & 4 Hollenbecks have been DNA tested.
Two of the 3 Hollenbacks are connected to Thomas who lived in Hampshire Co., VA by 1775, maybe before. He was b abt 1735-1745. He died 1805 Hampshire Co. Thomas had 14 children. We tracked down many of them, but is our paper trail correct? Some descendants’ spelling changed to Hollenbeck. Are we all related regardless of spelling?
In nearby Berkeley Co., and Frederick Co., VA there were Hollenbacks. To date we haven’t been able to find a paper connection to any of them.
• John b abt 1719 d 1793 Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., VA [old obit]
• Johann George served in the militia in Frederick Co. 1758. [militia list] One by this name also married the widow of Jacob Rothgeb by 1753 and lived in South Shanado and was there through 1762. [Chalkley]
• George was in Berkeley by 1774, sold his real estate 1780 and seems to have moved to Monongalia Co., VA. His wife was Hannah. [Berkeley deeds]
• Martin b abt 1738 & Daniel b abt 1740 were brothers. A court document states this. Daniel died in Winchester 1808, but his obit says he was from Harper’s Ferry. Martin moved 1st to Newberry Co., SC, then to Cabell Co., VA. He died after 1820 census. [census, land grant]
• John II, for identification purposes only listed on the 1850 census in Wyalusing Co., PA as age 74, thus b abt 1776, born VA.
There were a number of Hollenbacks/becks/bachs who settled in Pennsylvania and New York early. Are these families related to those in Virginia? To each other?
Only DNA can tell us for sure now. Spellings have changed through the years: Hollenbaugh; Hollenbach; Hollenbeck, Holloback, to list a few. Old records are difficult to find with many destroyed by courthouse fires and during the Civil War.
I urge any male with any Hollenback varient to submit DNA for testing. If anyone has an interest in being the DNA project manager, please let me know. I’ll arrange a contact with the two I know who have already taken the test.
You may contact me through this forum or at LSpyres1 [the last is a numeral] at suddenlink dot net.