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Family Roots of Elaine K. Hooley

Updated May 21, 2005

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The Hooleys in my family tree are descended from Andreas and Johannes Holly, who were of Swiss origin and were also, very likely, brothers. According to Hermann Guth, author of _The Amish-Mennonites of Waldeck and Wittgenstein_, Holly was spelled Hohli in Switzerland. The Holly brothers may well have emigrated from Germany, instead of Switzerland, since many Hollys were members of the Anabaptist movement, and Anabaptists often moved to escape religious persecution. We know that Anabaptists were persecuted in Switzerland and that there were Hollys that moved to Germany. Andreas and Johannes immigrated with their families and arrived in Philadelphia in 1750 on the ship _Brotherhood_. The surname Holly was changed to Hooley in America.

Each of my grandparents is a descendant of Christian Miller and Christina ???. I will distinguish this Christian Miller in the InterneTree by naming him "Deacon" Christian Miller, his position of leadership in the church.

Other lineages with the "Miller" surname trace back to "Wounded John" Miller, Christian Miller, and Abraham Miller. Hugh Gingerich and Rachel Kreider, well-respected genealogists of Amish and Amish Mennonite family history, presume that these three men were brothers and that they may have had a sister who was married to Benedict Lehman, another member of my family roots. Gingerich and Kreider believe that the father of the siblings may have been a Christian Miller because five of the presumed brothers had eldest sons named Christian, and the other two presumed brothers had younger sons named Christian. Since the name of this "Christian" is uncertain, I will put a ? after his first name when it appears in the InterneTree. He appears in the lineages of my grandparents, Amy M. Yoder, Claude Miller, and Edna Miller a total of ten times.








 
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