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Cornelius A. Hochlander – Emergency Man from Wiconisco

Posted By on April 14, 2016


Cornelius A. Hochlander is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Memorial as a Private who joined the Heilner Post in Lykens after it was organized.

Hochlander, who is sometimes found in the records as Hocklander, was born in November 1844, the son of George Hochlander, a shoemaker, and Mary Adaline Hochlander.  The family is found in the 1850 and 1860 Census of Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

The only military record found for Cornelius Hochlander is as an “Emergency Militia Man” in 1863.


The record from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) indicates that on 15 June 1963, Cornelius, at age 18, enrolled in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D, as a Private, thus answering the call of Governor Andrew Curtin to defend the State from the impending invasion by Gen. Robert E. Lee.  He was mustered into service at Harrisburg and immediately was sent to the area around Gettysburg.  His emergency regiment remained there on the perimeter of the battle, and eventually, by 30 July1863, they were discharged in Harrisburg.


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For his role in the Gettysburg Campaign, Cornelius is named on a plaque on the Pennsylvania Memorial.

After the Civil War, Cornelius A. Hochlander remained in the Lykens-Wiconisco area as is evident from both the 1870 and 1880 Censuses where he reported his occupation as an engineer.

However, in 1890, he appears in Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.


Cornelius died on 3 August 1921, and a brief note appeared in the Wilkes-Barre Record, 6 August 1921:

Under G.A.R. Auspices — The funeral of Cornelius A. Hochlander, which takes place to-day at 2 p.m. from his home on South Main Street, will be under the auspices of Conyngham Post, G.A.R.  It is desired that all members of the post turn out as a tribute to the comrade.


The Death Certificate of Cornelius A. Hochlander (shown above, from Ancestry.com), indicates that he died in Wilkes-Barre of apoplexy.  His occupation at the time of his death was “retired.”

Sometimes a great deal of family information is found in unusual places.  For example, the following article from the Wilkes-Barre Record of 10 March 1900 describes the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius A. Hochlander.  In addition to the guest list, including their residences, the article gives the names of the children.

Guests from Wiconisco included the Hon. H. C. Keen and wife; Mr. and Mrs. John H. Keen; Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Hochlander; Mrs. George Hochlander; and Mrs. Andrew F. Kimmel.  From Tower City, Dr. & Mrs. E. F. Phillips….

The living children named were:  Francis Marion Hochlander, who served on the U.S.S. Samoset under Admiral Sampson during the Spanish-American War, at Key West, Santiago, and Guantanamo; Florence Hochlander, cashier at I. E. Wells’ store; Abbie Hochlander, a student at the Central High School; and Mabel Hochlander, 10 years of age.

And, it also reproduced the wedding announcement as it appeared in the Tamaqua Courier in March 1875.

“On Sunday afternoon, 7 March 1875, at the parsonage of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Tamaqua by the Pastor J. F. Bayer, C. A. Hochlander of Wiconisco, Pennsylvania, to Miss Lizzie Acker of Port Clinton, Pennsylvania.  We wish our kind friend Conrad a life of the brightest sunshine that falls in the lot of man.  May their larder and their purse be always full, their sleep refreshing, their waking hours made up of moments of satisfaction and pleasure, and may all the little Hochlanders be goodlanders likewise.  Their Ackers accumulate and their stores increase until they and theirs shall pass to a great hereafter.”

The complete article is pictured below.



News clipping from Newspapers.com.



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