I passed my 90th birthday last summer so I feel that each update of this site will be my last one and that I need to wrap up my work and find a way to preserve it for future generations. I have just completed going through all 12,000 plus people and checking for errors against my collection of data and what is available on the internet. If anyone is interested in these families and capable of taking over my research I would like to hear from them.
This work is an extension of my book, Descendants of John Hotchkin of Guilford, CT, which was published in 1995. While redoing the material, based on an additional 20 years of research; I added my deceased wife Cathy's, Edwards family, my mother ’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, and some errors found in Talma Hendrick data (there were not many)..
A lot of the early data was found, first hand, as we traveled 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 Michigan part of the family that I had so much material 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 following releases of my website, I have added the Henry Hotchkin family of Spalding England, which is not directly related to the John Hotchkin family. The descendants of Henry Hotchkin arrived in the United States about 1850 and lived primarily in Iowa.
There is one more group of Hotchkin's that have not 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 and Second Site 5. The material is extensive, 40 mega bytes of data, 12,326 people, 11,479 citations with 1,244 sources, 2,787 exhibits pages, 5,571 places 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 other Hotchkin families in the USA and Canada, or the black branch of the Hotchkins. See familytreedna.com for testing details. It is primarily 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.
This material is Copyrighted by the Compiler and may not be reproduced or copied in any manner without written permission of the Compiler. I welcome changes and additions and especially would like pictures and documents for the site.
Be sure and read the two diaries that I have in my Notable People Section. They are both very interesting and important pieces of history.