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Question by pennye

I am searching for a Hugh Hockery, born early 1800's. My great grandfathers name was henry hockery born pennsylvania Jan 8, 1833 died may 30, 1912 pennsylvania. It says per death record on familysearch his fathers name was hugh hockery born ireland. This is a complete dead end. I am at a wall and cant figure it out at all, not one clue. Any help with would be great.

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on 2011-12-28 13:02:44

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by janilye on 2011-12-28 16:24:51

I have never ever come across HOCKERY in Ireland. This could be a case of spelling it the way it sounds. 'augh' and 'ough' in Ireland sound like 'ock' as in McLaughlan. Maybe his name in Ireland was HAUGHEY or HAUGHERY.
But then, I think of Margaret HAUGHERY and she used to pronounce her name haw-a-ree. She was born Margaret GAFFNEY in Ireland and married a Charles HAUGHERY in the US and probably that's how he pronounced it, but in Ireland it would have been HOCKERY. In the Griffiths Land valuation records of Ireland I have come across HAUGHERY around Tyrone.
I think the spelling of names changed often depending on how they sounded to the one literate enough to write them down. I've seen the name Margaret written on a marriage certificate instead of Martha but everyone in the church except the absent minded priest was illiterate.

by pennye on 2011-12-28 17:04:08

I agree, I have pursued that Haughery and I still didnt dig up anything. Its a real bummer when you come across the unknown and cant get past it. When Hugh came here from ireland prior to 1833 he must have changed the name, I just wish I knew for sure what the orgiginal was. Thank you very much for your input. I appreaciate it.

by janilye on 2011-12-28 17:58:20

I was just thinking of all the possibilities. There's Haughrey too and then Hickery, Hickory, and Hackery (dickery dock) endless!
What about immigration records for Hugh? Or what about Henry's mother? I'd concentrate on her for now, forget about him for awhile. Were they married there or in Ireland. If she was Irish they were likely from the same county.
You know, your post in here just might get some positive response.

by pennye on 2011-12-28 19:22:25

This is the Only Document I have ever found on Hugh Hockery.
Henry Hockery was my great grandfather, I followed him thru some census, I am trying to find my irish roots. Henry had a sister I found Her Name was Mary A. fox she was born 1818 Phily, died 1890 Phily I was trying to find a line to see if her maiden name was other than hockery again, a dead end. Any Help would be awsome.
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 for Henry Hockery

Name: Henry Hockery
Death Date: 30 May 1912
Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race: white
Death Age: 79 years
Estimated Birth Year:
Birth Date: 1833
Birthplace: Phila., Pa.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: Hugh Hockery
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Name: Catherine Ilone
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Occupation: Plasterer
Street Address:
Place of Residence: Phila., Pa.
Burial Place: Phila., Pa
Burial Date: 01 Jun 1912

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