My name is Roberta Wright
Liames and below is a brief history of some of my ancestors.
Christian Hostetler was
born about February 1743/44 in Upper Bern Twp, Berks Co., Pa.
He was the son of Jacob Hochstetler and Miss Lorentz who both
were born in the highlands of Switzerland along the Rhine.
While a young boy, he was captured by the Indians in a raid
for his home. His mother, a sister and brother were killed
and Christian, his father and two brothers were taken
captive. His father escaped and returned to his home but the
sons were held in captivity until "the end of the war" or
"until peace" could be restored.
His brothers were released before Christian. Jacob remained
in Pennsylvania until about 1795. Shortly thereafter, he
migrated to Shelby County, Kentucky with his family.
Christian was a preacher in the Tunker [correct spelling]
which later was the Dunker Church and later the Christian
The arrival of the family in Shelby County was prior to 1797.
Christian Hostetler removed from Shelby County, Kentucky
because he felt that there were too many people who did not
speak German. He came to Montgomery County, Ohio where he
died and is buried.
The children of
Christian Hostetler and Barbara Rupp Hostetler:
1. Abraham Hostetler born Dec. 19, 1770 in Lancaster Co., Pa.
died September 1, 1846 in Orange Co.,
Indiana. He married Agnes Hardman on April 1789.
2. Adam Hostetler born May 1, 1775 in Lancaster Co., Pa. d.
September 1, 1826 in Clark Co., Indiana. He
married on June 20, 1797 in Shelby Co., Kentucky to Hannah
Hardman. The marriage record for Adam
spells his last name as "Houghstatler" and Hannah's name
was spelled as "Hartman." Adam was a
preacher in the Christian church as was his brother
3. Barbara Hostetler b. July 21, 1778 in Somerset Co., Pa. and
d. Jan. 22, 1850 in Orange Co., Indiana. She
married Christian Leatherman on August 4, 1798 in Shelby
4. Anna Hostetler born Feb. 9, 1787 and died in Spencer Co.,
Ky. She married Jonas Snider in June 1801.
5. Christian Hostetler b. Sept. 18, 1788 in Somerset Co., Pa.
died in Natchez, MS. He married Elizabeth
Hardman on August 31, 1806, in Shelby Co., Ky.
6. Elizabeth Hostetler b. abt 1790, married Jacob Leatherman
in Shelby Co., Ky.
7. Jonas Hostetler m. Eulila Hoglan and Elizabeth Wilcoxen.
Not only were some of my
Hostetler family were in Shelby Co., Ky. but also Anthony
Hardman born in 1719 in Germany. The Hardman girls listed
above were his descendants. Anthony Hardman's will was
probated in Shelby Co., Ky. Nov. 4, 1803. The Anthony Hardman
and some of his male descendants were preachers like the