Johannes Michael Hoblit (1755-1796) and Anna Katraina Weigel (1751-1820) were the parents of Elizabeth Hoblit (1771-1839) who was the mother of Keziah Bennet (1804-1876) who was the mother of Charles Edward Bright (1841-1931) who was the father of Clarence Eugene Bright (1882-1956) who was the father of Vernon Neil Bright (1919-2012) who was the grandfather of Curt Bright.
Excerpts from a post by Jane Curci
August 22, 2008
Johannes Michael HOBLIT (HOBLITZELL OR HOBLÜTZEL) was born between 1745 and 1755 in Alsace Lorrain, Germany. He died May 3, 1796, Woodford Co. KY.
Anna Katrina VAN VEIGLE (WEIGLE) was born between 1751 and 1759 in Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1820, in Clinton, Ohio. Anna’s parents were Sebastian Weigel (1732-1807) and Catherine Leib (1736- ?). Katrina named her oldest son Sebastian after her father, but he shortened it to “Boston”. In most records he is shown as Boston Hoblit.
Johannes and Anna were married in 1780, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Their children were:
Elizabeth HOBLIT b: 2 Feb 1771 in , Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
Sebastian “Boston” HOBLIT b: 13 Feb 1774 in , Fayette County, Kentucky, United States c: 22 Mar 1774
Christopher Samuel HOBLIT b: ABT 1776 in Kentucky
Mary Magdalena HOBLIT b: 25 Oct 1778 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
John HOBLIT b: from 16 Mar 1781 to 22 Mar 1781 in Siwickle, Greensburgh Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania d: 28 Dec 1781 in Siwickle, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Margaret HOBLIT b: 1782 in , Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, or Kentucky
William HOBLIT b: 19 Mar/May 1783 in , Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Katherine or Catharine HOBLIT b: from 25 Feb 1777 to 1785 in , Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Sarah HOBLIT b: 4 Jun 1786/1794 in Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States
David HOBLIT b: 8 Dec 1787/1792 in Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States c: 28 Jun 1789 in Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Johannes Michael Habultzel was listed as “Johan Michael Habtügel” when he sailed on the ship, CHANCE, from Holland, arriving in Philadelphia, August 8, 1764. He served in the Revolutionary War in the rangers and was listed as Michael Hopel, or John Hoblet. His DAR records listed him as Johannes Michael Hoblit. His cousin, Adrian Hablutzel, who came over on the ship SALLY, also served in the Revolutionary War, and his DAR records are listed as Adrian Hoblitezell.
Thomas Lucas’ wife Sarah Hoblit‘s parents, Johannes Michael Hoblit or Haplitz (1730-1796 – original spelling of the surname was probably Hablutzel) and Anna Katherine Weigle or Van Veigel (1750-1820) had married in western Pennsylvania around 1770, and then emigrated to Kentucky around 1771 (several years before Daniel Boone opened up the wilderness road), and they lived there until 1782, then returned to Pennsylvania for a time. They traveled by raft on the Ohio river. This river, which flows out of western Pennsylvania in a southwesterly direction, forming the southern boundary of the state of Ohio with West Virginia and Kentucky, is a natural emigration corridor which was much used in early times, although it was still very dangerous, and many emigrants were killed by Indians.
Michael Hoblit was said to be a potter, born about 1730 in Germany, who had come to America probably in the early 1750’s. It seems that his ancestors, the Hablutzels, had lived in the area around Zurich, Switzerland, but had moved to Germany some time before Johannes Michael came to America and shortened his last name to Hoblit. Both Abraham Lucas and Michael Hoblit served in the Revolutionary War, primarily as Indian scouts or rangers along the western frontier of Pennsylvania and Kentucky. After the revolutionary period, the Hoblit family moved back to Kentucky again about 1789, this time in company with several Lucas families and others, and settled in Mason County, Kentucky, near the south bank of the Ohio River. Later Michael Hoblit moved further west again, to Woodford County, Kentucky, where he died in 1796.
From “Hoblit Genealogy” by W.C. Hoblit of Bureau County, Illinois, written in 1878/1879, comes some conflicting information regarding the wife of Johannes Michael Hoblit: “Michael Hoblit was born in Germany and came to America in 1750 and married Catharine Cuffran and settled near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. He was a Potter by trade. Michael Hoblit and Catharine his wife had ten children, five boys and five girls; the names of the children are as follows: Boston, Mary, John, Catharine, William, Elizabeth, David, Sarah, Samuel, and Margaret. Here Michael Hoblit died and was buried near Philadelphia. It is believed that this was the only Hoblit that came to America [at this time]. Catharine Hoblit, the widow of Michael Hoblit, moved to Kentucky in 1791, and then in about 1799 she moved with nine children to the American Bottoms southwest part of Illinois, it being sickly there, after raising one crop, moved back to Kentucky near Lexington, her former home. And then she moved to the state of Ohio near Wilmington, Clinton County, and married William Cochran, a shoemaker, and in years after she died and was buried near Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio. She was a very large, strong woman weighing about 300 pounds.”
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