This work is an extension of my book, Descendants of John Hotchkin of Guilford, CT, which was published in 1995. While redoing the Hotchkin material, based on an additional 15 years of research; I added my wife’s Edwards family, my mother’s Smith family and what my great grandfather wrote, but never published on his Hendrick family. The only thing that I have added to the Hendrick material is citations that I added after searching the census reports.
In about 1980 my wife, Cathy and I were getting more free time as our boys were growing into running our real estate business and we began to take longer trips in our motorhome. A stop in Guilford, Connecticut on one of these trips really got me hooked on family history. In Guilford you can handle documents as old as 1650 and even find the cattle brands that our ancestors used. Joseph Hodgkin, born 1675, used a “hollow crop on the top of the near ear and a split in the top of the off ear.” From Guilford we followed the trail of Rev. Beriah to Prattsburg, NY and there met Elsie Hotchkin Moon the Town Historian. From Elsie we learned that Geoffrey Brown had written, John Hodgkin and his Descendants, but not a line on the part of the family that I had so much material on and knew so well. At this point, I knew that I must write a book covering my branch of the family. In doing the research I found that the southern group of the family that took the great “Trail of Tears,” into Oklahoma Territory and ministered to the Choctaw were even more interesting.
In this release of my website, I have added the Henry Hotchkin family which is not directly related to the John Hotchkin family. The descendants of Henry Hotchkin arrived in the United States about 1850 and lived primarly in Iowa.
There is one more group of Hotchkin's that have not yet been added to the website and they are the Black/Indian families that use the name variation of Hotchkins. These families are likely descendants of Ebenezer Hotchkin of Oklahoma and an unknown mother. They are listed on the 1885 Choctaw Freedmen- Doubtful Claims list as follows: Reuben Hotchkin/ E. Hotchkin, Missionary, (unnamed) Cherokee woman's children by Hotchkin; Silas, James, Sallie, William, Robert, Seah, Lottie, Joe Murry.
This information is prepared using TMG -- The Master Genealogist Ver. 9.03 and Second Site 5.3. The material is extensive, 38.3 mega bytes of data, 10,139 people, 10,331 citations with 637 sources, 669 exhibits pages and over 1500 files. It would have been nearly impossible to prepare it without these two software programs.
If you are a Hotchkin, please consider DNA testing to help in tracing our history. It would be great if we could finally find out if we have any relationship to the Hotchkiss family, the two Hotchkin families in the USA, or the black branch of the Hotchkins. See familytreedna.com for testing details. It is primarly male members of the family that are needed in the testing program. The Hotchkiss family already has a large bank of testing information
Please contact me if you have any additions or corrections to this data. I would very much like to get additional photographs or documents for the website.
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