Tuesday, September 29, 2015


As I've blogged previously, a long time ago, Jacob Hummel had 13 children.  I descend from Jacob's son Daniel. I've discovered family members previously from Jacob's son David, who settled in MO.

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:

Todd Hummel
7 Red Tail Ct. 
Hamburg, PA 19526

I hope to hear from you.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Interesting 1900 Census

The 1900 Census, enumerated June 1, 1900, can look confusing to one who is not completely familiar with this family.  First, a look at the Census record:

There are two inaccuracies with this Census: 

1.       At the time of this Census, while this was his official residence F. Pierce Hummel was a fugitive from justice.  He was missing from December 1899 to September, 1900, when he was captured in Allentown.

2.       Pierce’s wife, Bertha (Kepner) Hummel, is not listed.  She was in fact living in the home at the time.

Also missing is Wayne Hummel, Pierce’s son, Annie’s husband, “Charles” father, and George’s brother, making it look as if George S. was Annie’s husband.  According to this census Wayne was in Berks County Prison at the time.
It is interesting that A. Monroe Moser and his daughter, Irene were boarders in the Hummel household: 5 years later Bertha divorced Pierce and married Monroe Moser.
Among other points-of-interest in this Census lies this point: 

This Census indicates that Wayne Errol Hummel was originally named Charles Pierce Hummel. 

The person in question here is my granduncle Wayne Errol Hummel.  Wayne was my Pop-Pop’s older brother, born March 19, 1900. No Wayne E. Hummel shows in this census, though.  Nor has there been any other record of a Charles P. Hummel.  What’s up with that?
There are clues, though, to be found in the census records:
§  First, Annie, his mother has been married 1 year
§  Annie has had 1 child; there are no twins
§  Annie’s 1 child is living
§  This child’s name is Charles P. Hummel –the middle name is probably Pierce, named after both grandfathers, Charles Snyder and Pierce Hummel
§  The child was born March 1900
Since no other mention of a Charles P. Hummel can be found, and since every other record for a Hummel boy born March 1900 is Wayne E. Hummel, either of two things can be safely assumed that Charles was renamed Wayne.