Just wanted to share my initial search results into my paternal OCHS genealogy...
My earliest ancestor (My Paternal Great x3 Grandfather) is listed in the 1880 US Census as William H. Oaks, born October 1831 in Germany and working at a hat factory in Bethel borough, Fairfield, Connecticut. His wife is Bridget Oaks, born October 1832 in Ireland.
Their children are listed as follows:
William H.Oaks b 1859(My Paternal Great x2 Grandfather) Eliza Ochr b 1861 John F. Ochr b 1863 Julia E. Ochr b 1865 Mary A. Ochr b 1867 Martin J. Ochr b 1869
Note the spelling difference is the children from "Oaks" to "Ochr"
In the 1900 US Census, (also in Bethel, Fairfield, Conn) the name changes again, with William H. Ocho born October 1859 married to Alice M Ocho born May 1862 in Connecticut.
Their children are: William H Ocho b Jul 1884 Winnie E Ocho b Jul 1883 John A Ocho b 1888 Julia A Ochs b 1890 Charles Ochs b Aug 1891 (My Paternal Great Grandfather) Joseph Ochs b Dec 1894 Harold T Ochs b Jul 1897 Ruth E Ochs Oct 1899
Here, the chid names change again from Ocho to Ochs.
Also found "William H. Ocho's" naturalization record, indicating he was naturalized March 24th, 1863 (Age 4) in Danbury, Conn. Country of birth or allegiance is listed as: Duke of Hesse Cassel.This tells me our OCHS lineage comes from Hesse Kassel, Germany.
In the 1930 US Census for Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts:
Charles A Ochs (b 1891) married to Margaret E Ochs (b 1887) Children: Margaret E Ochs b 1921 Charles D Ochs b 1922 (My Paternal Grandfather) John W Ochs b 1923 Alice M Ochs b 1925 Harold F Ochs b 1929
My father isPeter D. Ochs (b Jul 1948 in Pittsfield, MA), only son of Charles D Ochs (b 1922) and Retha Talbot (b 1919 in MA)
And I am Peter R. Ochs (b May 1970 in Pittsfield, MA), son of Peter D Ochs and Linda M. Dupuis (b 1949 in Pittsfield, MA).
Curious to learn more about the lineage and find OCHS relatives out there.Would be interested to find the connections back to Hesse Kassel and trace the family back to Germany!