Most Honakers in America are descended from Swiss immigrant Hans Jacob Honaker, who sailed to America in 1749. Perhaps his best known son was Abraham the gunmaker, an artisan of magnificent rifles. Colonial Williamsburg says that Abraham's 1825 rifle in their collection is one of the first four or five rifles ever made entirely in America. Abraham was the first American-born in your line.
If you would like to see a sample Honaker Family Newsletter, price list of our merchandise (including a $4 photocopy of views of an Abraham rifle), send your mailing address and I will drop it in the mail to you.
From the CD-ROM supplement (950 pages) to Honaker Family in America (1998, 1,437 pages):
158.i. James Edward Honaker (James Perry, William Baxter, James A., Abraham[l]). Born 16 Apr 1913 in Dorothy, W.Va. Died 7 Apr 1990 in Pine Knob, W.Va. Buried Honaker Cemetery, Pine Knob.
Charleston [W.Va.] Gazette, 19 Apr 1990: James Edward Honaker, 76, of Pineknob, Raleigh County, died April 7, 1990. He was a veteran of World War II and retired from [Bell] & Howell Corp., Chicago. He was a former miner. Surviving: wife, Maude; daughter, Janette Woodard of Naoma; sons, Donald of Icard, N.C., Ronald of Chicago; sisters, Ruth Anderson and Pat Drake, both of Crossville, Tenn., Garnet Roysdon of Covington, Ky., Mary Lawrence of Alabama; stepsisters, Edith Chambers of Elyria, Ohio, Juanita Jarrell of Ashland, Ohio; brother, Herbert of Sundial; half brothers, Harry David and Johnny, both of Ameagle, Jerry Richard of Garrison; stepbrothers, James Douglas of Ameagle, Ray Douglas Jr. of Beckley, Charles Douglas of Ashland, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Freewill Baptist Church, Pineknob, with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Burial will be in Honaker Cemetery, Pineknob. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the Honaker residence. Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.
He married Maude Coon. Born ca. 1921. Died 14 Dec 1990 in Beckley, W.Va. Buried in Honaker Cemetery, Pine Knob.
Charleston [W.Va.] Gazette, 12 Dec 1990: Mrs. Maude Honaker, 69, of Pineknob, Raleigh County, died Dec. 14, 1990, in Beckley Hospital of an apparent heart attack. Surviving: daughter, Janette D. Woodard of Naoma; sons, Donald E. of Connellys Springs, N.C., Ronald E. of Naoma; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Service will be noon Sunday at the Honaker residence with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Burial will be in Honaker Cemetery, Pineknob. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the residence. Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.
ii. Jeanette Dorothy. She married Unknown Woodard.
iii. Donald Edward.
iv. Ronald Eugene.
We would sure appreciate birth & death dates & places for the four children above, and information about your dad & yourself so we can connect you to us. Did your mom have a middle name?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cousin, Tom Hanlin, volunteer, Honaker Family Assn., P.O. Box 3636, Alexandria VA 22302-0636, 703-751-7321.