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Rev Johann Jacob Hoke (Höck)

Birthplace: Blieskastel, Saarland, Germany
Death: before June 21, 1766
Manchester Twp, York Co, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Georg Hoke and Anna Maria Hoke
Husband of Susanna Margaretha Hoke and Anna Margaretha Hoke
Father of Johann George Hoke; George Hoke; Susanna Hoke; Samuel Hoke; Eva Dorothea Hoke and 13 others

Occupation: German Reformed minister, weaver
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About Johann Jacob Hoke

 According to the "Hoke Family" book, it is assumed that Johann Jacob Hoke arrived in the U.S. on the ship "Mortonhouse" Aug. 24, 1728. The ship's list does not give the names of the females and children, but everything is consistent with this assumption.  He must have married and had children in Germany before moving the family to America. 
 Letters written by his great great grandson (Edward Hoke) state that Johann Jacob emigrated from Manheim, Germany around 1727.   Another source (a published book) says he arrived in Philadelphia on Aug. 24, 1728. 
 The first records in the US are of the birth of daughter Eva. His first wife (name unknown) must have died after that. He then married Anna (last name unknown).   
 He was in the Lancaster, Pa. area in 1730-1746. 
 He was of the Evangelical faith. A decendent (Robert Frederick Hoke) states that Johann Jacob was one of the pioneer ministers. Records indicate that he was the first minister of the First German Reformed Church in Lancaster, Pa. founded in 1736. A historical introduction to the church in a document written by John Jacob Hock, says the teacher and preacher or pastor for the first service was Johann Jacob "Hock".  [The name may have been "Hoch" originally (German for "high"). ]
 He was a weaver by trade. He purchased his land in Baltimore, Md, in 1746. After a border settlement between Md. and Pa., it became part of York Co., Pa. 

"He was quite well to do for his time."

 He had 16 children, 5 by his first wife (1722-1730) and 11 by his 2nd wife (1733-1760) : George (c1722), Susanna, Samuel, Jacob, Eva Dorothea, Andreas (1733), Maria Clara (1737), Peter (1739), Johannes (1742), Casper (1744), Anna Margaretha (1746), Conrad, Frederick (c1750), John Phillip (1752), John Heinrich (1755), Catherine (c1760).

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Johann Jacob Hoke's Timeline

March 20, 1695
Blieskastel, Saarland, Germany
December 1, 1718
Age 23
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland
Age 26
Age 30
Mt Pleasant, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 32
Manheim, Germany
July 14, 1730
Age 35
New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 20, 1733
Age 38
New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 39
Lancaster, York, Pennsylvania, USA