Ever wonder what kind of ship Ulrich sailed on in 1749? It seems the most common type of ship in the seventeenth century for emigrants to America was a Northern European merchant vessel called by the Dutch a “Hoecker”, by the French a “Houcre” or “Hourque” and by the English a “Hawker” or “Hooker”. The vessel was described as having bluff rounded bows and sterns, with a high rudder and tiller fitted over the bulwarks. Some hoekers had pole masts, while others had the more usual separate mainmast with tops, shrouds and the rest. Here is an engraving to give you an idea of how crowded the ship must have been with all those emigrants on board.
Update Mathew Hofstatter gravesite
Background: Mathew’s grave was located by Ray Huffstutter in the Knupp Cemetery, Wayne County, Ohio in August of 2012. After much grass cleaning and some dirt removal with his bare hands Ray revealed the headstone for Mathew as well as establishing the graves for two of his daughters buried a few yards away.
New information on the markers at the Knupp Cemetery in Wayne County, Ohio was recently shared by Pat Houglan whose great-grandmother Jane Hoffstatter, married Abraham Weldy or Welday. Pat visited the cemetery and was able to dig around a few of the barely visible stones near Mathew’s marker.
Pat wrote: “I spent yesterday at Knupp’s!! and I found Matthew’s grave. What a pretty stone, ornate…I dug at the other two stones too. The one closest to Matthews was broken with no inscription, possible it was upside down? I could not lift it to see. The last stone was only the base for a stone. Matthew is there with at least two daughters and three grandsons.”
Now, all of us are curious about the heavy stone Pat was unable to lift and turn over. Who is buried there?
Thanks Pat for your efforts and this new information.