The following is from a new book, "Hooley-Yoder-mishler by John F. Murray
The Hooley name was originally spelled “Holly” (pronounced Hul-lee) and also spelled Hoelly, Holley and Holi by tax collectors and other historians. The Holly’s are of Swiss origin, but took refuge in the Palatinate region of southern Germany because of persecution against the Swiss Brethren (Anabaptists) who were later called Mennonites after the Dutch Reformer, Menno Simons. This denomination was founded in 1525 by Conrad Grebel in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Amish group began in the Palatinate region of Germany in 1693 when Jacob Amman, a young Mennonite minister, wanted a more strict discipline and opposed Jacob Reist, the Bishop of that area. Among the names of ministers who signed with Bishop Jacob Reist for more patience and love for those who differed was a minister named Christian Holly. (Page 50) A letter from Ulli Ammann dated 1698 says that Christian Holly had died. (Page 92) He was probably an uncle or grandfather of the Hollys who came to America in 1750.
In America the Amish retained their strict discipline and way of life. The Amish-Mennonites who were more liberal in their views merged with the Mennonites. In Indiana this merger took place in 1916. For a fuller understanding of these religious groups one may read the Mennonite histories listed in the Bibliography.
The Hollys who came to America in 1750 were three brothers Andreas HL1, Michael and Johannes HL2 who were born in the early 1700’s, married in Europe. Their father was most likely named Johannes as both Andreas and Johannes had eldest sons named Johannes. They with their families arrived in Philadelphia November 3, 1750 on the Ship Brotherhood.
Andreas Holly HL1 (Chart 1 #16): Andreas settled first in what is now Bethel Township, Lebanon, County that is about five miles west of where Johannes Mast MS2 settled in Pine Grove Township, now Schuylkill County. His neighbors were Hans Kauffman KF1, David Troyer and his son Michael Troyer TY who married Magdalena Mast. It appears that Andreas married David Troyer’s widow after 1756 as David, Michael and Andreas are still in the 1757 tax list. They also moved out of that area in 1757 due to Indiana raids in the French and Indian War.
All Americans now bearing the name of Hooley are descendants of Andreas’ son John Holly. Enos and Joseph Y. were sons of Joseph, son of John, son of Peter, son of John, son of Andreas. (Chart 1)
According to an unfinished letter written by his son John, Andreas Holly had four children. One son and one daughter died unmarried. One daughter, probably the first wife of Yost Yoder YR26, married and died leaving two children. In his unfinished letter John also mentions a stepsister who died single. Perhaps she died just before he wrote the letter. So we know that Andreas was married twice with all his children from the first marriage. Michael Troyer in his will written in 1807 also mentions money he was to receive from his sister. It appears that John Holly’s stepsister and Michael Troyer’s sister are one in the same person. This agrees with the Seth Troyer story in The Wayne County Ohio History that Michael Troyer had a stepfather named Holly but Seth did not give his first name. I also have a copy of an unrecorded deed conveying land to Michael Troyer in Salisbury Township and witnessed by John Hooley HL13.
John married Catherine Blank, daughter of Dr. Hans and Magdalena Blank. (See section on Blanks) They lived first in Salisbury Township Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. About 1791 they moved to Mifflin County where John died October 5, 1805 at the age of 64 which means he was born about 1741. Catherine died January 21, 1812. Both are buried in the Hooley Cemetery about 2 miles west of Reedsville, Pennsylvania. The cemetery is located on John and Catherine’s farm which was willed to his youngest son, David, whose descendants still own the farm.
HL13 John Holly was a minister in the Amish-Mennonite Church. He and Catherine (Chart 1 # 8&9): had eleven children born between 1761 and 1791:
HL131 Magdalena md Christian Yoder YR146
HL132 Catherine md Isaac Garver GBB3
HL133 John md. Sarah Garver GBBb
HL134 Christian md Elizabeth Mast MS149
HL135 Barbara md Jacob Yoder YR162
HL136 Christiana second wife of Daniel Kauffman KF116 (Chart 1 #16)
HL137 Peter, second husband of Esther (Mast) Zook MS14b (Chart 1 # 4&5)
HL138 Elizabeth md John Lantz LZ32, md 2 Solomon King KG74
HL139 Mary md John Kenagy KY71
HL13a Fanny md Joseph Kenagy KY74
HL13b David md Catherine King KG67
HL137 Peter Holly and Esther (Mast) Zook (Chart 1 #4&5) had seven children:
HL1371 John b. 1803 d. Dec. 12, 1858 md Jemima Kauffman KF1166 (Chart 1 # 2&3)
HL1372 Daniel b. 1806 md Esther Yoder YR2565
HL1373 Lydia b. 1814 md Yost King KG612
HL1374 Magdalena b. 1816 md Joseph Stutzman ST442
HL1375 Catherine b. 1818 md Joseph Summers SU113
HL1376 Abraham b. 1823 md Abigail Hartzler HZ1117
HL1377 Samuel b. 1825 md 1 Nancy Grady md 2 Susanna Yoder YR23b41
The family grew up in Mifflin County, PA where they had moved with Peter’s father, John Holly. Later they moved to Wayne County, Ohio where Peter died. Esther then moved on to Middlebury, IN where she died on Dec. 6, 1867 at the age of 4 months, 7 days, 87 years making a birth date of July 29, 1780. She is buried in the Thomas Cemetery on Route 4 south of Middlebury and just west of State Rd 13 on the east side of the Fair Haven, Beachy Amish Church.
HL1371 John Hooley and Jemima Kauffman (Chart 1 # 2&3) had 10 children.
HL13711 Joseph b. Jan 13, 1929 d. Dec 24, 1868 (Chart 1 #1)md Rachael Yoder YRB1111 (Chart 2 #2) These are the parents of Enos and Joseph Y.
HL13712 David K b. 1831 d. 1908 md Lydia Zook ZK21155
HL13713 John b. 1835 d. 1857
HL13714 Peter b. 1837 md. Mary Erb ERB2b51
HL13715 Daniel b. 1839 d. 1922 md Barbara Kauffman KFB428
HL13716 Barbara b. 1843 md Christian Kauffman KF11556
HL13717 Jacob b. 1844 d. 1922 md 1 Mary Brown 2. Catherine Smoker SM11342
HL13718 Sarah b. 1847 md Jacob C. Mast MS36931
HL13719 Samuel b. 1847 d. 1848
HL1371a Jemima b. 1852 md Samuel C Mast MS36932
John Hooley HL1371 was born about 1803 in Mifflin Co. Sometime in the 1830s or 1840s they had moved to Lawrence County, PA. He died there and is buried in the Volant Cemetery. Jemima moved on to Cass County, Missouri with her daughter Barbara and her husband Christian Kauffman. She died on Sept. 15, 1884 and is buried in the Clear Fork Cemetery west of Garden City.
Johannes Holly HL2 (Chart 1 #22):: We are also descendants of Johannes Holly HL2, a brother of Andreas HL1 and Michael. He settled east and south of Andreas in Berne Township, Berks County where he had purchased two tracks of land. (see diagrams of his land)
The name Johannes is used in this work to distinguish him from John, son of Andreas. He always signed his name as Johannes Holly. His name was translated as John when the land deeds were recopied in the 1830s and recorded at Harrisburg, PA. The Department of Internal Affairs of Pennsylvania supplied photocopies of land surveys and warrants issued to Johannes Holly.
This land was surveyed under land contract dated March 22, 1750. Johannes was given six months from that date to claim the land, which he did late in November 1750 after arriving on the Ship Brotherhood November 3, 1750. The original land contract was probably drawn up in Europe by representatives of the Penns, proprietors of Pennsylvania, who were inviting Europeans to settle in Pennsylvania.
Johannes Holly was also listed as a first taxable in Berne Township, Berks County in 1752 when Berks County was formed from Lancaster County. On November 16, 1764 he with Jacob Mast, his son-in-law, purchased land from Samuel Martin in Conestoga Valley on the Berks County-Chester County line. On April 13, 1769 he deeded the land in Berks County to Jacob Mast, keeping the land in Chester County. He sold part of his land in Berne Township, Berks County in 1762. C. Z. Mast says that this Johannes Holly is John, son of Andreas, but he would have been only eleven years old, too young to buy land or sign the ship list of 1750. A boy needed to be sixteen to sign the ship list.
Johannes Holly’s wife was Frani (Veronica) who according to the Johannes Holly Bible died Feb. 19, 1769. The margin of the Bible also records Johannes death as 1783. Frani was no doubt a Miller as they brought with them an orphan boy named Nicholas Miller who appears on the Ship List right after Johannes name. He was perhaps a younger brother of Johannes wife Frani or her nephew. Nicholas married about 1752 and died in Somerset County in 1793. David Holly HL29, son of Johannes, was one of his executors.
HL2Johannes and Frani (Chart 1 #22 &23): had ten children. Three of them are known to be our ancestors. The family is as follows:
HL21Magdalena (Jan. 26, 1739-Oct. 26, 1820) md Jacob Mast (1738-1808), Amish Bishop in Berks Co. PA. (Chart 1 #10&11)
HL22 Barbara (Apr. 17, 1741-March 8, 1812) second wife of Christian Yoder Jr., (1726-Nov. 20, 1816), Amish Bishop in Somerset Co. PA. (Chart 4 # 20&21)
HL23 Frani b. Sept. 1, 1742 died young;
HL24Johannes b. Apr. 4, 1743 died young
HL25 Johannes b. Oct. 10, 1745
HL26 Jacob, b. Nov. 27, 1746
HL27 ? Hettie or ? Tinah b. July 27 1747
HL28 son b. & d. June 1751
HL29 David b. Dec. 12, 1754 md. Catherine Gindlesperger, and settled in Somerset County, PA.
HL2a Veronica, better known as Frany, b. March 27, 1757-December 15, 1833) md. Joseph Johns, the founder of Johnstown, PA (Chart 4 #14&15)
C. Z. Mast author of the Mast Family History wrote that the father of these children was Michael, brother of Andreas. But the Johannes Holly Bible proves otherwise. This Bible has been found in Holmes County, Ohio among descendants of Barbara, who probably inherited it from her father. The Bible passed to Barbara’s oldest son David who also recorded the birth of his children in the Bible.
Michael Holly, the brother of Andreas, lived in what is now Montgomery County, PA and died about 1781. Tax was paid on the Michael Holly estate in 1781-1782 in Philadelphia County. In addition to Michael’s names there was several Hollys listed in the tax list of that area who may be his sons. There are several families still living in that area bearing the name Holly, Hawley, Howley. These later spellings may be attempts to keep the original Swiss pronunciation of Holly. The name, Michael, is prominent among these families, as seen from official records in Norristown, PA.
Other Hollys came to America. A Bernard Holly came to Maryland as early as 1658. Some of his descendants may have moved north to the Philadelphia area where a Robert Holly lived as early as 1750. Michael settled near these Hollys around Norristown. But if they were of any relation, it is not known.
Peter and Katherine Holly settled in Butler County, Ohio in 1832. Peter’s ancestry has been traced back to an Isaac Holly; and Katherine’s ancestry to Jacob Holly born in 1710. Isaac and Jacob were brothers and lived in Hesse-Dormstadt, Germany. They were perhaps the sons of Christian Holly who served as a minister in the Amish Church in Germany from 1718 to his death in 1741. There is a tradition among the descendants of Peter that Isaac and Jacob were closely related to the Andreas, Michael, and Johannes who came to America in 1750. They were probably cousins. Peter G. Rapp, Fairfield, IL, a great-grandson of Peter and Katherine Holly, has kindly provided a photostatic copy of the Peter Holly Genealogy compiled in 1933 by his great-granddaughter, Otelia Augspurger Compton.
Peter Rapp writes, “This genealogy is published in a History of the State of Ohio, by Charles B. Galbreath, which was published in the year 1925 by the American Historical Society Inc. … There are now no living descendants of this Peter Holly family by the name Holly, although there are many descendants through the female lines.”
Information is from Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies by Hugh F. Gingerich and Rachel
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