About a year ago, quite out of the blue, I received a phone call. The person on the other end asked if I am Todd Hummel; I answered yes (I was thinking I was talking to a customer). The person then asked if I am the one who writes this blog! He had my attention. His name is Jeff, he's about my age (not telling...), and he is a descendent of another of Jacob's sons, Isaac.
Isaac Hummel was the last surviving child of Jacob Hummel, of Robeson Township, Pennsylvania, he settled in, and died in, Stephenson County, IL, in 1904. Daniel Hummel, my 3rd great grandfather, was the second-to-last surviving child, passing December 9th, 1899. Jeff and I are 5th cousins.
Thus began a dialogue, starting with a letter Jeff had to share, written by Daniel to Isaac's son, Daniel's nephew, Benjamin Franklin Hummel.
Earlier this week, Jeff was able to come across the country, to make a pilgrimage to the site of Jacob's farmstead, from whence this great Hummel Family spread across the country, and to pay his respects to Jacob at his final resting place.
Proud of my Hummel Family, it was a privilege for me to spend the day with my cousin, to show him sites of historical family interest, and then to invite him to my dad's place for a family party. The last known contact between these two branches of the family was about 130 years ago, when Daniel wrote that letter to Benjamin Franklin.
Both of us share a vision of finding more family, and hopefully, not too many years hence, have a big Hummel Family Reunion, the kind of vast family reunions that used to be not uncommon.
Are you a member of this Hummel Family? If you are, I'd like to invite you to join the conversation. Please feel free to contact me:
I hope to hear from you.