This blog is about the research of my direct ancestors, the Hummels.
When I started this blog, I named it after my then earliest-known ancestor, Jacob Hummel, born February 4, 1778, who settled in Robeson Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
This blog is to publicly record my findings and thoughts, in the hope that others in our extended Hummel family around the country, will find this and also join in.
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:
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
§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