Settlers XXIV: Joseph Hoagland: Dutch Pioneer in Sullivan County

Settlers XXIV: Joseph Hoagland: Dutch Pioneer in Sullivan County

The origins, beliefs and values of the families that settled Sullivan County can be found in many countries and times. Most of us are aware of the Irish and German emigrants who came to farm and build large families in the forest wilderness, then became the lumbermen and railroad workers of the 1880s to 1920s. Many of us know about the Russian, Polish, Italian, Ukrainian and Eastern European workers in the mines, forests and trade professions at the end of the nineteenth and turn of the twentieth centuries. But there were others who came to the forest from England, Wales, France and Canada. Here we present the story of a Dutch family, the Hoaglands. In the early seventeenth century, they left the commercial hub of Amsterdam to enter the world of New Amsterdam, the Dutch colony in what is now metropolitan New York City. Their children then spread to New Jersey and on to the wilds of northern Pennsylvania. Follow the Hoaglands as they find their place in the New World and as Joseph Hoagland carves out a home and farm in what is today Fox and Shunk Townships in Sullivan County.

The material and photographs presented here were contributed by Kathryn Heilman unless otherwise indicated. She can be reached at Kathryn Heilman. The Sullivan County Settlers Web Page is grateful to Kathryn for this unique contribution to the history of our county.

Note: A condensed version of this historical collection was previously published in the Muncy Historical Society"s Now and Then, December 1994. You can also find excerpted material from this history along with other local lore and information in the Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners Association Newsletter for April/May 2005.

Editor's Note: In May 2013, Lyle Rockwell contributed Three Hoagland Families, a record of the Hoagland families that migrated from Sullivan County to the nearby East Canton area of Bradford County in the 19th century. Subsequently, Audrey Campbell Watkins provided more information and photos on the Hoagland, Crofut and Wright family relationships in the East Canton area. Her findings proved that the Hoagland families that moved to East Canton maintained ties with their cousins who stayed in the Bucks County and greater Philadelphia area. Both lines originated in the Flatbush area of New Amsterdam, then relocated, first, to New Jersey, then to Bucks County, PA, north of Philadelphia. All have a common ancestor in Derrick ("Durck") Hoagland ("Hogeland") who lived in New Amsterdam (now New York) at the end of the 17th century and early 18th century. We will point out on this page and in Lyle Rockwell's sidebar history where these connections occurred.

Brotzman Farm, Laceyville, PA
August 26, 2017
Photo by Carol Brotzman


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The Hoagland (Hoogland, Hoogelandt, Hooglant, Hoogelande, Hoochlandt, Hoochland, Hooglante, Hogland, Hoglin) name probably originates from the name of a locality in Holland or Prussia. Haagelant, a district of Brabant, Holland, is derived from the Dutch word haage meaning a hedge or thicket. A family of viscounts and governors has been recorded in that area. Hocherland (Oberland) was a district of ducal Prussia translated as highland, with the Dutch equivalent being hoogeland. In the thirteenth century and again in 1525, a number of residents fled from Hocherland to avoid the anger of the Teutonic Knights and settled in the Netherlands. These emigrants became known as van Hoogeland, or, from Hoogeland. There was also a village in the province of Utrecht, Holland that was called Hoogland.

From 1638 to 1658, four men with the Hoogland surname emigrated to New Netherlands: Cornelis Dircksen Hoochlandt of Amsterdam in 1638; Christoffel Hooglandt of Haarlem in 1655; Dirck Jansen Hoogland from Maerseveen in 1657; Cornelis Andrieszen Hoogland of Hague in 1658. Whether any of the four were related is unknown. It is believed that Cornelis Andrieszen Hoogland returned to Holland in 1664. Joseph Hoagland probably descends from the line of Dirck Jansen Hoogland from Maerseveen.

While searching for a northern passage to the Orient in 1609, Henry Hudson, in the service of the Dutch East India Company, sailed up the Hudson River and laid claim to New Netherlands for Holland. New Netherlands encompassed an area covering part of New York, Connecticut and northeastern New Jersey. The Dutch East India Company received a three-year charter in 1614 from the States-General of the Netherlands, giving them permission to trade in America. Fort Nassau was erected as a fort and trading post south of present day Albany. In 1617, the fort was badly damaged by a flood. The charter was not renewed for the Dutch East India Company.

The Dutch West India Company was chartered in 1621 with exclusive trading rights in the western hemisphere. Fort Orange was built near Albany in 1624. To ensure ultimate possession of the country, thirty Dutch and Walloon (inhabitants of the frontier between Belgium and France, or, possibly any Huguenot of that era) families were sent aboard the New Netherlands to the province to colonize and provide agricultural goods for the traders. Eighteen of these families settled at Fort Orange; two families and eight men settled at the second Fort Nassau, located on the Delaware at present-day Gloucester City, N.J.; two families and six men were sent to the mouth of the Connecticut River; eight men settled on Manhattan Island.

Among the settlers at Fort Orange was Joris Jansen de Rapelje, who came from New Rochelle, France and was probably a sailor. Just prior to sailing or during the voyage, he married Catalina Tricot, who was the daughter of George Tricot and was born in Paris, France in 1605. They became the parents of the first white child born in the colony. Their daughter Sarah Rapelje was born at Fort Orange June 9, 1625.

Joris and Catalina had the following children:

  1. Sarah b. June 9, 1625; m. 1st, 1639, Hans Hansen Bergen; 2nd, Tunis Gilbertse Bogert; d. ca. 1685.
  2. Marritie (Maria) b. 11 Mar 1627; m. Michael Vandervoort
  3. Janetje (Jane) b. 18 Aug 1628/9; m. Rem Vanderbook
  4. Judith b. 5 July 1635; m. Peter Van Nest
  5. Jan (John) b. 28 Aug 1637; m. Maria Frederickse (Lubertson); d 1662
  6. Jacob b 28 May 1639; shot by Indians
  7. Catalina b Mar 1641; m. Jeremias Westerhout
  8. Jeronimus b. 25/27 Jun 1642/3; m. Anna Denise
  9. Annetje (Anne) b. 8 Feb 1646; m. 1st, 1663, Marten Ryerson; 2nd, Joost Franz (Joseph Francis)
  10. Elizabeth b. 28 Mar 1648; m. Dirck Hoogland (Richard Hoogeland)
  11. Daniel b. 29 Dec 1650; m. Sarah Klock

Marriage medal given to Sarah Rapelje in 1639
Upon her marriage to Hans HansenBergen
Medal Later Inserted by Descendant into Lid of Tankard
Tankard donated in 1926 to Brooklyn Museum

Gold Clasp with Initials of "C R" for its owner, Catalyntje Rapalje
Inherited by son Daniel and passed down through the family

Additional emigrants arrived on Manhattan in 1625 and 1626. In the summer of 1626, Director General Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan Island from the Indians for trinkets worth approximately $24.00. Then, in September of that same year, a fort was established at the lower end of the island, and the eight families were brought from Fort Orange to settle at Fort (New) Amsterdam. For the next twenty-two years, Rapelje owned a house and lot adjoining the south side of the fort on the north side of present-day Pearl Street; the patent for the land was received March 18, 1647.

In 1633 Hans Hansen Bergen, a ship’s carpenter originally from Bergen, Norway, emigrated from Holland to New Amsterdam. He married Sarah Rapelje in 1639. For a number of years, they lived on a lot adjoining the Rapelje lot on Pearl Street next to Fort Amsterdam; the patent for the land was received March 13, 1647.

As early as 1638, Hans cultivated tobacco on a plantation of Andries Hudden on the North River of New Netherlands, near what is the 9th ward of Greenwich. In addition to cultivating tobacco, he farmed and continued in his original trade as a shipwright.

In early 1643, the River Indians were attacked by the Mohawks and fled to the area of the Dutch settlements for protection. Director General Willem Kieft allowed an expedition against the River Indians with the result that 120 Indians were slaughtered. Fearing reprisal and the possibility that the Long Island Indians would form an alliance with the River Indians, five settlers of Long Island -- one of whom was Hans Bergen -- petitioned Kieft for approval to attack the Brooklyn Indians. The petition was refused, but permission was given "in case they evince a hostile disposition, every man must do his best to defend himself."

Map of New Amsterdam at Time of Hans Hansen Bergen and Sarah Rapelje

Interpreting this statement very broadly, a secret expedition was carried out, in which three Indians were killed and two wagonloads of corn were stolen. As a consequence, the Long Island Indians did form an alliance with the River Indians against all the Dutch settlements. The settlements were destroyed and the settlers had to flee to New Amsterdam for protection. Not until spring of the following year, when the Indians were preparing to plant corn, did peace return.

On March 30, 1647, Hans received a patent for land on Long Island near Newtown, adjoining that of his father-in-law, Joris Rapelje and his brother-in-law, Remmert Jansen Vanderbeek. (Relatives grouped together in the same area so they could help one another.) Hans probably was in possession of his land prior to the patent because, as early as 1640, the patent for land received by Abraham Rycken mentions that the land is bounded by that of Hans Hansen.

According to family tradition, while cultivating his plantation, Hans was chased by Indians and hastily climbed a tree. When he was discovered by the Indians and thought his last hours on earth were near, he began to sing in a very melodious voice the Dutch version of "In my greatest need, O Lord." The Indians were charmed by the beauty of his voice and allowed him to go on rejoicing. Supposedly, this proves that "music hath charms to soothe the savage beast."

According to the records of the Protestant Reformed Church in New York, Hans and his wife Sarah Rapelje had the following children:

  1. Annetje, baptized 22 Jul 1640; m. 1st, 17 Jan 1661, Jan Clerq; 2nd, 8 Oct 1662, Dirck Jansen Hoogland
  2. Breckje, baptized 27 Jul 1642; m. Aert Anthonisze Middagh
  3. Jan, baptized 17 Apr 1644; m. Jannetje Nyssen Denyse
  4. Michiel, baptized 4 Nov 1646, m. Femmetje Nyssen Denyse
  5. Joris, baptized 18 Jul 1649; m. Sarah Strycker
  6. Marretje, baptized 8 Oct 1651; m. Jacob Ruthzen
  7. Jacob, baptized 21 Sept 1653; m. Elsje Fredericks Lubertsen
  8. Catalyn, baptized 30 Nov 1653, probably died young


Walnut chair belonged to Sarah Rapalje
Now property of Museum of the City of New York

Dirck Jansen Hoogland was twenty-two years old when he arrived in New Netherlands in 1657. On October 8, 1662, he married Annetje Hans Bergen, widow of Jan Clerq of Midwout. Dirck provided a certificate from Flatbush, N.Y., attesting to the fact that banns had been published there for three weeks prior to the wedding. He had evidently been living in Flatbush where a number who came from Holland in the same year had settled.

On May 26, 1663, Dirck and two of Annetje’s brothers received permission from Governor Stuyvesant to found a new village that came to be known as Bedford. On May 15, 1664, they received patents for the lands -- 20 morgens each, or, approximately 40 acres.

Over the years, Dirck acquired several more plots of land in Flatbush and Bedford. He became known as " Little Dirck" to his fellow Dutchmen, possibly indicating that he was of small stature.

Annetje Hans Bergen died prior to 1677 and Dirck married Annetje Fedden. He probably lived to be at least ninety-eight years old because his son Jan stated in a deed in 1721 that his father "now lives" on the property. Dirck was the father of at least eight children, the first three by his first wife. A record in the Flatbush Church shows that one of his daughters died in 1706 and he paid 6 guilders for a shroud for her.

His children were as follows:

  1. Annetje, b. 1663 Bedford, Long Island; m. 1684 Hendrick Wagenen
  2. Jan, b 1666, Bedford, Long Island, N.Y.; m., before 1690, Jacoba Ryerse; died before 1765, Amwell, Hunterdon Co, N.J.
  3. Willem, b 1669
  4. Cornelius, b. 1677
  5. Hendrik, b. 1679
  6. Sarah, baptized 7 Aug 1681, Flatbush, N.Y.
  7. Lysbeth, baptized 21 Mar 1684, Flatlands, N.Y.
  8. Neeltje, baptized 11 Jun 1686, Flatlands, N.Y.


Jan, the oldest son, was probably born at Bedford, Long Island in 1666, before his father moved to Flatbush. He supposedly lived on his share of the property owned by his father until after 1698. In 1687, he, his father, and brother Willem with other Dutch settlers of Flatbush took an oath of allegiance to the English king -- required because Governor Donegan feared war with the French Canadians and distrusted the Dutch support.

The Dutch had been forced to surrender New Amsterdam to the English on September 8, 1664. The names of New Amsterdam and New Netherland were changed to New York, and Fort Orange became Albany, in honor of James, Duke of York and Albany, to whom King Charles II had granted the province of New Netherland. Under the terms of surrender, Dutch land titles were confirmed and a certain amount of religious tolerance was allowed. The Dutch recaptured New York in 1673, but returned it to the English under the Treaty of Westminster in 1674.

Because of its strategic location, New York was involved in the various wars between Great Britain and France in North America. In 1688, Dirck Jansen provided two horses for Governor Donegon’s expedition to Albany. Jan petitioned to be discharged from his bond with regard to being a trooper in the expedition to Albany. He petitioned again in 1692; then on August 7, 1706, he was ordered to help cut sods for fortifications.

Sometime prior to 1690, Jan married Jacoba Ryerse, who in some way was related to Adrian Ryerse and his wife, Annetje Schenck, but there is no proof to indicate that she was their daughter. Adrian and his brother, Martin, emigrated from Holland to Flatbush, Long Island in 1646. Adrian became one of the leading citizens of Flatbush. His wife Annetje Schenck was a descendant of an old and noble family of Holland.

Jan and Jacoba had the following children:

  1. Derrick, b. ca. 1690, Flatbush, N.Y. *
  2. Willem, b. ca. 1692; m., ca. 1725, Lena Andriessen
  3. Fytje, baptized 29 Mar 1696, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  4. Hendrick, b. ca. 1697; m. Anna Folkeese
  5. Annetje, baptized 9 Jan 1698, Flatbush, N.Y.
  6. Cornelius, b. ca. 1700

* Editor's Note: Here is the common ancestor for the families that moved to the East Canton area of Bradford County in the early 19th century and those who stayed behind in the Philadelphia area. In 1892, Isaac Hogeland married Louella Wright in Canton, PA. the line of descent is as follows:

Derrick Hoagland--also known as Derrick "Jurg", born in 1690 (other sites indicate 1698)
Daniel Hoagland, born in 1738--his brother Jacobus ("James") was the ancestor of the East Canton families shown in Lyle Rockwell's history (see link at head of this page)
Derrick Daniel Hoagland, born in 1762
Abraham Derrick Hoagland (Hogeland), born in 1793, married Mary Ann Fenton
Elias Hoagland (Hogeland), 1829-1917, m. Elizabeth VanArsdale
Isaac Hogeland, m. Louella Wright

Louella Wright was born in and lived at the time of her marriage in the East Canton area. She was the daughter of John and Ann E. (Williams) Wright. John Wright was the son of Joel Loomis Wright and Anna Marie Beardsley, his first wife. Due to the research and records found by Audrey Campbell Watkins, we know something about the John Wright famiily, including photos shown here.

The connecting event between the East Canton families and the branches that stayed in Bucks county was the marriage of Isaac Hoagland to Louella Wright as shown in the Bradford County Marriage Records: 1891-1899. There, the marriage is listed as taking place on September 7, 1892. He was age 27 and she was age 20. Both lived in the little town of Grover, PA, near East Canton and also near the Sullivan County line to the east. We believe they were introduced by other Hoagland family members. For example, just below their entry on the marriage list linked above is a marriage between Charles Wright and Adella Hoagland, daughter of Charles and Dolly (Bloom) Hoagland. This Hoagland family is one of the emigrant families that moved to the East Canton area--you can learn more about them at Charles A. Hoagland Descendants.

Thanks to Audrey Campbell Watkins, we have the following photos:

Isaac Hogeland (August 26, 1866-December 4, 1942)
Son of Elias and Elizabeth (VanArsdale) Hogeland ("Hoagland")
Photo Taken in Wilmington, NC
Where He was Living About 1900
Photo Courtesy of Audrey Campbell Watkins

Thanks to Lynn Franklin, we have acquired further information about the Wrights and this Hoagland family from census records. Isaac's Death Certificate shows that he was born and died in Southampton, Bucks County, PA. We know from census information that he and Louella lived with their children in North Carolina (1900), New Jersey (1905) and Chester County, Pennsylvania (1910) at different times, but eventually returned to Bucks County. He and Louella are buried there. They had several children: Anne E., Justus M., Donald R. and Elias W. up through 1910. Here is a photo of daughter Anne with her "Wright" cousins, taken around 1900 in Canton, PA:

Children of the Wright Sisters
Taken About 1900
Canton, PA
Anne E. Hoagland is top left in the photo
Others: Top right: Allie ("Ollie") Wetherbee, daughter of George and Lottie (Wright ) Wetherbee
Middle row: Maud and Paul Griswold, children of Harlan and Lelia (Wright) Griswold
Children at Bottom Unidentified
Photo Courtesy of Audrey Campbell Watkins

Louella Wright, wife of Isaac Hoagland, was one of three sisters born to John R. and Ann E. (Williams) Wright in Grover, PA. Ann died three months after giving birth to Louella in 1873, then John remarried to Ellen M. (Holcomb). Louella (May 25, 1873-December 25, 1960) is buried in Southampton, PA with her husband Isaac, as shown on her Death Certificate. Isaac and Louella, according to a family history written by several of their grandchildren, owned a large farm in Huntington Valley, PA, but moved to nearby Southampton after the Depression. He was a farmr, butcher and cabinet maker. She was a housewife with a passion for gardening. Here is a photo of the three Wright sisters, probably taken in the 1890s.:

The Wright Sisters
Daughters of John R. and Ann E. (Williams) Wright
Taken in Canton, PA
L to r: Lottie, Louella and Lelia
Photo Courtesy of Audrey Campbell Watkins

Let's return now to the main story, picking up the Hoagland ancestors when they moved to New Jersey.


In 1714, Jan purchased property in Freehold, Monmouth Co., N.J. By 1719, he had moved close to New Brunswick, N.J. Two years later, he lived in Raritan, Middlesex Co., N.J. and had sold the land received from his father to his brother Willem, for twenty-five pounds. By 1741, Jan was living in Amwell, Hunterdon Co., N.J., where he probably died prior to 1765. In the 1765 will of son Derrick, provisions were made for Jacoba, his elderly mother.

About 1717, Derrick married Mary, who may have been a member of the Van Kirk family of Flatbush. In 1721, they moved from Raritan, N.J. to an area along the Millstone River in Somerset Co., N.J. On March 2, 1741, he purchased 278 acres at Amwell, N.J., which he eventually deeded to two of his sons, William and Jacobus (James).

In Amwell, Derrick ran a public house. Family tradition claims that there were always "at least two generations of Hooglands under its roof and that from its doors none ever went away hungry." Derrick was the first to be appointed elder of the Amwell Presbyterian Church. He died sometime between August 21, 1765 – the date of his will – and October 5, 1765, when it was probated. Mary died in 1793.

Derrick and Mary had the following children:

  1. John, baptized 5 Apr 1719, New Brunswick, N.J., in the Dutch Reformed Church
  2. William, baptized 9 Oct 1720, New Brunswick, N.J., in the Dutch Reformed Church; m. Rachel ______; d. in late 1799 or early 1800
  3. Jacobus (James), baptized 7 Dec 1722, New Brunswick, N.J., in the Dutch Reformed Church; m. ca. 1746 Mary Newman; d. 1770
  4. Derrick, baptized 28 Jan 1725, New Brunswick, N.J., in the Dutch Reformed Church; married Abigail Howell; d. 1763
  5. Hendrick, b. 13 May 1726 near Millstone, N.J.; m. 2 Apr 1749, Leah Sutphen; d. before 1765
  6. George, b. ca 1729; m. Mrs Margaret Probasco; d. ca. 1791
  7. Abraham, b. ca. 1731
  8. Joseph Caderus, b. 11 Dec 1737
  9. Daniel, b. 1738
  10. Amos, b. 21 Aug 1741
  11. Sarah m. Denys Tunison
  12. Mary m. _________ Quick
  13. Siche or Fytje, m. 1st, Mr Van Vliet; 2nd, Joseph Leigh

Derrick Hoagland’s Home in Hunterdon, NJ
House located on Rte. 179 was owned in 1976 by Mr. & Mrs.Robert Schmidt
Source: A History of East Amwell, 1700-1800
East Amwell Bicentennial Committee, 2nd edition, page 46, Flemington, NJ
Hunterdon County Historical Society, 1979

Jacobus (James) was baptized at the Dutch Reformed Church in New Brunswick, N.J. on December 7, 1722. About 1747, he married Mary Newman. In 1760 he sold to his brother William the land which he had received from his father. It is believed that he moved to Bucks Co., PA. Letters of administration for his estate were issued to Mary on October 30, 1770 in Sussex Co., N.J.; Samuel Carpenter and Henry Vanover of Hardwick Township, Sussex Co., N.J. were fellow bondsmen for the estate worth 81 pounds, 19 pence, 8 shillings.

The following are probably the children of James and Mary:

  1. James, b. 1747
  2. Amos, b. 17 Apr 1748; m. Ruth Carpenter; d. 15 May 1814, Oxford Twp., Sussex Co., N.J.
  3. Joseph, b 23 Jul 1754, Amwell, Hunterdon Co., N.J.; m., ca. 1772, Hannah Carpenter; d. 4 Dec 1845, Fox Township, Sullivan Co., PA.
  4. Joris (George), baptized 4 Aug 1770, Churchville, Bucks Co., PA.

Joseph Hoagland was born July 23, 1754 in Amwell, Hunterdon Co., N.J. Around 1772, he married Hannah Carpenter, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Carpenter. Joseph’s brother Amos had married Ruth, Hannah’s sister.

As early as 1774, Joseph’s name appears on the tax list for Muncy, Lycoming County (now Sullivan County), PA. By 1777, Joseph and his family had settled in Indian territory on the west side of Lycoming Creek. In fact, there is evidence that Joseph and family were in the area as early as 1774. What you see below is a copy of the 1774 survey showing Joseph Hoagland's property (Hogland's Improvement) above John Carpenter's land in the Muncy area of current Lycoming County, PA, then part of Northumberland County. Joseph and his family lived there before settling later in Shunk in Sullivan County, PA. A friend of Kathy Heilman who is curator of the Muncy Historical Society was able to purchase the original survey at auction for her. She made a copy and gave the original to the Society where it is currently located.

Joseph Hoagland's Improvement
Muncy Area
Note: The Hoagland land is labeled upside down in the handwritten record as "Hoagland's Impt".

The second item is a surveyor's map of the tracts of Muncy Township, Lycoming County, PA. This land is in the Pennsdale area, purchased by Joseph and Hannah Carpenter Hoagland, and Amos and Susannah Carpenter Hoagland, in 1794. Unfortunately, the map is not a great copy. The original must have had some water damage and the text is blurred. The accompanying description reads as follows:

Surveyed the above named tracts of land on the 11th and 12th days of the third month 1794 in pursuance of their warrants dated the 21st of first mo. 1794. Situate adjoining Jeremiah Jackson's land and vacant land in Muncy Township -- fifteen of which contain 436 3/4 acres each and the other Viz. Isaac Kitely's contains 409 1/2 acres and allowance of six per cent.

The Hoagland Tract
Surveyor's Map of the Muncy Area

A descendant of Joseph recounted the following family tradition:

My grandfather Joseph’s father, my great-grandfather, was also Joseph; of course you can see, he was my great-grandfather, as I just said … He lived in this state at a place which afterwards was called Hoagland Run. It was at the time of the Revolutionary War … While at this point, the Indians lived all around them. Perhaps, you know that the British hired the Indians to scalp the white people, and paid them so much for the scalps. That is the way they took to get rid of the white people. One of the Indians had become quite friendly with my great-grandfather which I am telling you about because they had befriended him. So one day this Indian told Great-Grandfather that the Indians had set a time at which they were going to scalp all of the white people. Joseph came to the house and told his wife that it would be a good time to visit her parents who lived in Muncy, PA. It was forty miles away. It was on a Monday and she had done her washing. He did not want to tell her at first because she was nervous and he did not want to frighten her by telling her what the Indian had told him. So he said he would have to make it plainer or more direct. He said, "I’m afraid the Indians are going to make trouble." Then she said, of course, they had better go. They then buried their cooking utensils and tied up their bedclothes in a sheet and carried them and the little child or perhaps led the child part of the way for she was about four years old. They had no mode of transportation so they had to make the distance on foot.

The story may not be very accurate. Joseph and Hannah would have had at least two, if not three, children at that time. By the 10th of June, 1778, Joseph was at Muncy, as evidenced by the appearance of his signature on a petition requesting the Executive Council to provide assistance against the Indians. The signatures of Samuel Carpenter, Joseph Carpenter, Amos Hoagland and John Carpenter also appeared on the petition. Amos Hyland, Joseph Hyland, John Carpenter and a Mary Hoagland appear in the Muncy Township assessment list for early 1778.

In continuation of the previous story, another source indicates that Joseph and his family took refuge in Wallis’ Fort upon arrival at Muncy. Joseph, a weaver by trade, supported his family by weaving during the day and well into the night when he worked by the light of pine roots. When he became tired, he would lie down on the loom bench, rest for a short time, then start again.

At the time of the Great Runaway, Joseph, his family and the Carpenters settled in Maiden Creek Township, Berks Co. and lived there until the end of the war. Joseph continued to support his family by weaving. Joseph’s brother Amos moved his family back to Sussex Co., N.J. and never returned to Pennsylvania.

At the end of the war, Joseph with his family and the Carpenters returned to Muncy. If any squatter could prove settlement prior to 1780 on land located between Lycoming Creek and Pine Creek, he could submit a preemption application for purchase. The applications were limited to 300 acres, with the purchase price to be paid no later than May 1, 1785. Joseph never returned to his land on the west side of Lycoming Creek but agreed to sell the property to John Hays of Berks Co. On July 16, 1785, Joseph received from Hays 39 pounds, 18 shillings and four pence for the land; two days later the deed was recorded. On August 12, 1785, Hays submitted a preemption application which reads as follows:

John Hays applies for three hundred acres of land … the west side of Lycoming Creek to include the mouth of a run and including an improvement made by Joseph Hogeland … Before me the subscriber one of the justices of the peace in & for the county aforesaid came William Hall who after being sworn according to the law saith that in the year 1777, he was at Joseph Hogeland’s improvement on the above described tract of land & at different times saw wheat & rye growing and afterward stacked and the said Hogeland had Indian corn & had in the ground, and lived with his family on said place till he was drove off by the Indians & further saith not. Sworn & submitted the 5th day of August 1785. William Hall. According to another preemption application, Joseph’s land evidently adjoined a tract improved by the Kyle family.

The log cabin that John Hays built near Hoagland’s Run still stands near the Perryville Bridge along Route 973 in Cogan Station. It was built the year the land was acquired. An historical marker announces that the cabin was built in 1780, but John Hays didn’t acquire the land until 1785.

In the 1787 tax records for Northumberland County, Joseph appears as owning no acreage, but 2 horses and 2 cows. According to the Pennsylvania Archives, Joseph received a warrant for 200 acres on October 24, 1792; then, Joseph and Hannah each received warrants for 400 acres in Muncy on January 21, 1794, but never received the patents. John Carpenter, Enos Lundy and Rachel Carpenter Lundy, and Joseph Carpenter owned land at present-day Pennsdale. Joseph Carpenter’s land included the three acres that he and his wife deeded in 1797 to trustees as the site for a Friend’s Meeting House and burial ground.

North of the Carpenter and Lundy properties from the crest of the hills, was the forest area known as " Hoagland Improvement." Joseph and his sons logged the area and carried the logs out by sled.

Joseph’s name appears in the day book of the Muncy Farms for purchases charged either "at the store, mill and farm", or "counter-charges for services, such as spinning, weaving, carpentry, surveying, farm labor, connected with the conduct of a large estate."

In 1800 an Englishman named Phineas Bond purchased a large tract of land in present-day Sullivan County. He offered 100 acres of land to the first twelve families who would settle there and an additional 300 acres to anyone who would erect a grist mill on the land. Within one year of settlement, a substantial log house had to be built and, within five years, ten acres had to be cleared and improved. Only one family was allowed to settle on a tract - - 400 acres - - and could buy the additional 300 acres at $2.50 per acre. Joseph and his sons were among the first twelve to apply for the grant; Joseph agreed to build a grist mill to obtain the grant for an additional 300 acres.

In 1802 or 1803, Joseph Hoagland moved with his family to Fox Center, Fox Township, in present-day Sullivan County. They loaded their goods on a wood-shod sled drawn by a yoke of oxen, and traveled up the Genesee Road from Muncy over the mountains to Huntersville, by Highland Lake, on to Loyalsock, up Elk Creek to Lincoln Falls, and finally to Fox Center - - present-day Shunk. For approximately ten miles, there were no roads and they had to cut the brush and trees as they traveled.

In May, 1803 Joseph signed a petition requesting that the Genesee Road be improved for public travel from Muncy to the Genesee lake country. The Genesee Road was the road that Joseph and his family followed before cutting their way overland to Shunk. The road continued on through Eldredsville to Towanda and New York. The road to Shunk veered off to the left from the Genesee Road above Lincoln Falls.

Below where the present-day bridge crosses the Hoagland Branch at Shunk, Joseph built a crude log grist mill. According to an account by W. H. Egle:

The grain, after being ground, was carried in bags up a flight of stairs and emptied into a hopper from which it fell into the bolt and this bolt was turned by hand. As difficult of access as this mill was, and the length of time it took the settlers to obtain their grist, it proved one of the greatest benefits to the surrounding country. We find by reference to the history of Leroy township, Bradford county, the settlement of which began about the same time as that of Fox township, that for many years this mill was the nearest place the settlers had to get their grist ground. Prior to its construction they were frequently compelled to pound out their corn in a hollow stump.

Sources indicate that Joseph and Hannah joined the Quaker Church in 1804. Since, prior to that date, Hannah’s family was extremely involved with the Quaker Meeting House in Maiden Creek Township and Pennsdale, it is difficult to believe that they weren’t members earlier. One account indicates that religious meetings were held by the Quakers at Joseph Hoagland’s home when the area was first settled.

Meetings were held in private homes until 1828 when a log meeting house was erected northwest of Eldredsville in Elkland Township. This log structure was a "one story building containing two windows and a door with clumsy stone chimney and fire place for warming;" it was used until 1850.

Joseph and Hannah had the following children:

  1. Amos, b. 6 Aug 1773; m. ca. 1795 Hannah _______ in Columbia Co., PA; d. before 1820 when killed by a falling tree
  2. Susannah, b. 3 Apr 1775; m. 4 Dec 1799 Mark Widdifield at Muncy, PA; d. in Canada
  3. John, b. 28 Apr 1777; m. 3 Mar 1802 Susannah Battin ** ; d. 1846
  4. James, b. 7 Dec 1779; m. Jan 1800 Elizabeth Sebring; d. 9 Mar 1857 in Genoa Township, Delaware Co., OH
  5. Elizabeth, b. 1 Sept 1782; d. 19 May 1848 in Elkland Twp., Sullivan Co., PA; m. Charles Mullen
  6. Joseph, b. 3 Dec 1784; m. May 1806 Hannah Mullen in Langhorne, PA; d. 24 Mar 1856
  7. Jonathan, b. 7 Oct 1786; m. 26 Sept 1809 Rachel Patterson; d. 3 Nov 1855, Fox Township, Sullivan Co, PA
  8. Mary B., b. 30 Dec 1788*; m. 27 Mar 1809 Marshall Battin ** ; d. 1 Dec 1887*
    Editor's Note: Gloria Wilson has this birth date as 1778; however, that would make Mary 109 years old when she died! A more likely source is Thomas Ingham's History of Sullivan County, which places her birth and death as December 30, 1779 and December 2, 1880, respectively.
  9. Samuel, b 18 Aug 1791; m. 6 Oct 1818 Lucy Parkhurst; d. 9 May 1874, Bradford Co., PA

** Editor's Note: You will note the Battin family introduced in the preceding paragraph. Through this family, the Hoaglands would become intermarried with several other original families in the area. You can learn more about one such example at The Frey Lineage from Joseph Hoagland and Hannah Carpenter. This line was descended from Marshall and Mary B. (Hoagland) Battin.

On February 28, 1835, Joseph Hoagland, the elder, wrote his will in which he agreed to bequeath all his personal property and real estate to his son Jonathan, who, in return, would support him for the remainder of his life and pay his funeral expenses. Since his wife Hannah is not mentioned, she probably had died earlier. He died December 4, 1845. Joseph and Hannah are buried in unmarked graves in the old Quaker cemetery on the hill above Hoagland’s Branch at Shunk. Two years later in 1847, Sullivan County was organized with fewer than fifty taxable individuals living in Fox Township.

Old Quaker Cemetery, Shunk, PA

In April 2001, Gloria Wilson provided to the Sullivan County Genealogical Web Site a further historical lineage of the Hoagland family that descends through Joseph, the younger, the son of Joseph Hoagland and Hannah Carpenter. Gloria's great-grandmother was Rosa Dell Hoagland, born in PA in 1872. She married William Thomas Keating and her daughter (Gloria's grandmother), Nina Doris Keating, was born in 1910 and raised in Fox Township in Sullivan County. Through her father and grandfather, and by reference to a filmed Bible at her local LDS Family History Center, Gloria was able to come up with the following extended genealogy. We are grateful to Gloria for her assistance.

Joseph Hoagland (b. 1784) m. Hannah Mullen. Their children were:

Martha Hoagland, b. 1807
Charles Hoagland, b.1808
Samuel Hoagland, 1811-1876
Hannah Hoagland, b. 1812, m. James Brenchley; this is the great-great-grandfather of William Brenchley who, in May 2001, placed a marker on their grave at West Hills Cemetery, Shunk, PA
Susannah Hoagland, b. 1814
Ellis Hoagland, b. 1826
Joseph Carpenter Hoagland, b. 1826 *
Mary Ann Hoagland, b. 1829
Nancy Hoagland **, b. 1831
*Editor's Note: Per J. B. Wilson of Beaverton, OR in April 2006: You have listed Ellis Hoagland and Joseph Carpenter Hoagland as both born in 1826. It seems possible that the birthdate for Joseph Carpenter Hoagland could be 1817, not 1826. Census enumerations from between 1840-1880 all point to Joseph Carpenter Hoagland's birthdate as being from between 1817-1820. I struggled with this for a long time before I finally got some info from another researcher, Janice Stott, suggesting that the dates may have been transcribed or typed incorrectly. She has Joseph Carpenter Hoagland, born September 17, 1817 , married to Jane Riggs, as the brother of Charles Hoagland, their parents are Joseph Hoagland and Hannah Mullen. She in turn obtained her information from The Joseph Hoagland Family Records by Jesse Williams..
**Editor's Note: Nancy became the second wife of George S. Vroman about 1858. You can learn more about the Vroman family at The Vroman and Bennett Lineage.

Samuel Hoagland m. Sarah Sally Wilcox (1823-1878) and they had the following children:

Lewis D. Hoagland (1844-1876) m. Eliza Agnes Teevan (1842-1928); he later married Minnie Fuller
Isaac Hoagland, b. 1842
Hannah Elizabeth Hoagland (1847-1937)
William Hoagland, b. 1849
Cynthia Jane Hoagland
Leuthena Jane Hoagland, b. 1857
Joseph Lincoln Hoagland, b. 1861

Lewis Hoagland and Eliza Agnes Teevan had the following children:

Rosa Dell Hoagland, (1872-1943) m. William Thomas Keating (1876-1932); their child was:
Nina Doris Keating, b. 1910, m Edward Earl Wilson, b. 1907
Sally Lizzie Hoagland (1864-1939)
Alice Lorinda Hoagland (1866-1866)
Mae Lorna Hoagland (1867 - 1958), m. Ed McBride
James Wallace Hoagland (1869-1963), m. May McBride

Nina Doris Keating and Edward Earl Wilson had the following children:

Earl E. Wilson, b. 1929, m. Kay Lofaro, b. 1917, and their son was Edward Earl Wilson, b. 1957; Earl E. later married Gertrude McCarthy, b. 1937, and their daughter was Gloria M. Wilson, b. 1969
William Wilson, b. 1930
Beverly Wilson (1932-1978), m. Alexander Krakowski; their children were:
Ann Marie Krakowski, m. Charles Curtis; their children are Christine and Danielle Curtis
Joseph Krakowski
Cynthia Krakowski
Gloria Wilson, b. 1936

Earl Edward Wilson m. Joy ______ and their daughter is Jennifer Lynn Wilson, b. 1974; Earl later married Sandra Baker and their children are Rebecca Ilene Wilson, b. 1981, and Donald Earl Wilson, b. 1983

Hannah Elizabeth Hoagland (1847-1937) m. James Hamm Campbell (1831-1911) and they had the following children:

Ambrose Earl Campbell (1863-1932) m. Clara Ferguson (1867-1956); their children were:
Harry Earle Campbell, b. 1890
Edgar Campbell (1892-1970)
Leslie H. Campbell (1894-1954)
Cora Bell Campbell, b. 1869
Sebra T. Campbell, b. 1871
Lucien Carpenter Campbell, b. 1875
George Thomas Campbell (1880-1918)

Joseph Hoagland and Hannah Carpenter Hoagland passed through here two hundred years ago, as evidenced by Hoagland’s Run at Perryville and Hoagland’s Branch at Shunk. Not much is known about his personal life, but what information does exist reveals a rugged individual who was a pioneer in every sense of the word. Few residents of the Hoagland surname live in this area today, but many of those with the surname Higley, Mullen, Shaffer and Heilman are direct descendants of Joseph Hoagland.


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