The Hock (or Hoch) Family

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HOCK (sometimes spelled Hoch) was the name of my great-great-grandfather, Frank Hock (1831-1904). Frank came to the America as an infant, and his family settled somewhere in Erie County, New York.

At this point, we have various information about Frank Hock's immigrant family, but not quite enough to link it all together. On this page, I will present a survey of what we do know.

Claudius, Andrew, and Frank Hock

From various census and church records, we have three key male members of the Hock family:

Each of these men appear together in church records. But what is there relationship? Are they brothers? Is Frank the son of Claudius?


Grosswallstadt (or "Großwallstadt" in German script) may be the village of origin of the Hock family. We have seen it mentioned in two places:

Grosswallstadt is a village in Germany. It is in Bavaria, in the present-day region named Unterfranken (Lower Franconia), in the county of Miltenberg, right on Bavaria's border with Baden. It is in the Diocese (Bistrum) of Wurzburg.

The microfilmed parish records of Grosswallstadt are available in the Diocese office in Wurzburg. I have found no evidence that they are available through the Family History Library. So in order to push the Hoch family tree back in the way we've done with our Alsatian ancestors, we may need to travel to Germany or get paid help from an overseas researcher.

Brig Ann and Emilee, 1833

The Brig Ann and Emilee is the ship which may have brought the Hock family to America. It arrived 09-Jul-1833 in New York, having departed from Bremen.

From the passenger list on microfilm:

Census Records

1840. In the 1840 census of Amherst, there are four Hock households:

Unfortunately, the 1840 census does not name family members nor give precise ages.

1850. In the 1850 census of Amherst, there are two Hock households:

St. Mary's Cemetery in Lancaster

I have found several Hock tombstones in the cemetery of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster, New York:


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