Monday, August 29, 2011

A Tribute to George William Hummel, 1921-2011

Another generation begins its passing into history.

Today I attended the funeral service of my dad's cousin, George William "Cousin Georgie" Hummel. Georgie was the oldest of my dad's generation of the descendants of Jacob Hummel, though his son Daniel.

George was born September 14, 1921, and died August 20, 2011.

I finally got to meet him in January this year. At that time I shared with him what I have learned about our ancestors, and gave him a folder with some brief information on the preceding Hummels. His daughter told me today that he was very thankful for the knowledge, and spoke of it often.

I learned from him that when his father left his mother when he was young, my grandfather, Monroe Hummel, became a father figure to him. He died 24 years -to the day- of my Pop-Pop's death.

His obituary is as follows:

George William Hummel, age 89 of Douglassville PA, died on Saturday August 20, 2011, at the Keystone Villa at Douglassville, Amity Twp., PA. He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Zeleski) Hummel, who died in March of 2011.

Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Wayne and Mary (Stewart) Hummel.

Mr. Hummel was an Army Veteran serving his country during World War II. He worked for the Dana Corp. as a machinist for 37 years.

He enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Survivors include two daughters: Jo-Ann, wife of Stephen Pronchick of Douglassville, PA; Barbara Ann Gable of East Greenville, PA; five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Playwright

Today, searching in Google, I came across a forgotten treasure:

In 1888, F. Pierce Hummel, my great great grandfather, wrote a play! I found it in the Open Library.

The URL is

The play is titled "A Knight of Labor, or The Master Workan's Vow."

I can't wait to read it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Another Lead Turns Up

I know I previously blogged about a hunch that maybe the reason that I can't find Jacob's parents, Michael and Mary (Ziegler) Hummel, is because Jacob may be the ancestor that came over from Germany. However, I can't get past the fact that in every census Jacob is reported to be born in Pennsylvania. Since I have found that the US Census is pretty accurate, I've reconsidered.

I have learned that Jacob Hummel's funeral was officiated by the Reverend Aaron Leinbach. It was Rev. Leinbach who recorded Jacob's parents as being Michael and Mary (Ziegler) Hummel.

So, the search for Jacob's father, Michael Hummel who settled in Pennsylvania, goes on...

In the search for Michael Hummel, I found another lead to follow. On I found a record for a Michael Hummel I have not found before, this one down in Lancaster County:

An Index to the Will Books and Intestate Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1729 - 1850.

Name: Michael Hummel
Year: 1792.

If this is him, it may explain how Jacob was able to buy a 57-acre farm in 1798, when he was only 20. Just guessing, but it may be that his father was a well-to-do farmer, just as Jacob had become, and when he died Jacob may have received a sizable inheritance. Being only 12 at the time, his inheritance would have been in the care of someone else, perhaps his mother, until he came of age.

Next will be to contact the Lancaster County Register of Wills to see what I can turn up. I also had been adivsed by an older genealogist to research the Pennsyvania Archives, Volume 3, to see if I can find a Michael Hummel.

Here's hopeing this lead turns into something.