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    Jacob I , born about 1775, was one of the children of Johannes (John) Hoobler. Jacob's marriage to Anna Margaret Brown took place on June 10, 1794 at Trinity Church in Tulpehocken Township, with Rev. William Hendell performing the ceremony. During the latter part of that year, there was a migration of German settlers (now Americans), to central Pennsylvania. John Hoobler, his sons, and their families, the Browns and others of our ancestral lines including the Reeds and Dices, left the Tulpehocken (Berks County) to seek better farmland in central Pennsylvania. By 1795, the Browns and Hooblers were in Toboyne Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania, which is now called Perry County, near Harrisburg.
Ten children were born to Jacob I and Margaret, and then tragedy struck. Jacob died suddenly, leaving no will. The last child, Michael, was born the year Jacob died, in 1813. Jacob had been a farmer; his widow was assessed 125 acres of land in 1820. Court records, including the inventory of the estate, the letters of administration to widow "Rebecca" Margaret Hoobler and her brother, Peter Brown, and the division of the estate are available. Each child was to receive $105.46, with an additional $54.65 to be paid upon the death of the mother. The estate was settled in late 1822, and then Margaret and the Browns joined in the movement to Ohio. Both Adam and Michael Hoobler and their families had left for Ohio the year Jacob I died. Jacob was buried in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

    Several of Margaretís children were now married. The families went to Taylorís Creek (West of Cincinnati) then on to Fountain County, Indiana, to a bend in the Wabash River called "the forks of Coal Creek". The history of the United Brethren Church reveals many details of her life. In that area, a two story log cabin home was built for the widow and her family. Her eldest son, Rev. John Hoobler,  organized the first United Brethren Church in western Indiana in May 1827. The 17 charter members included his mother, brothers, sisters, and their families. Preaching services were held in her log cabin home for 11 years.

    The second session of the Indiana Conference was held in the home of the Widow Hoobler on the forks of Coal Creek from August to September 5, 1831. During the entire time, she and her family fed the 16 preachers and took care of their horses. Half of the cabin was used for living quarters; the other half as the church. In 1838, a log church was built in the old town of Chambersburg (now Veedersburg). The log cabin was still standing in 1917 when an auction took place to dispose of its contents after the death of her last grandchild.

Children of Jacob I and Margaret:

  1. Catherine Hoobler       1795
  2. Sarah Hoobler               1797
  3. Elizabeth Hoobler        1799
  4. John Hoobler                 1801
  5. Anna Maria Hoobler    1803
  6. Jacob Hoobler II            1805
  7. William Hoobler           1807
  8. George Hoobler            1809
  9. David Hoobler              1811
  10. Michale Hoobler           1813