From Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania:
Martin Hoch. father of Dr. Albert Martin Hoch, was born in Germany,
in 1820, died in Chicora, Butler county, Pennsylvania, in 1888. He was
reared and educated in his native land, and in young manhood emigrated
to the United States, locating in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, prior to his marriage.
Subsequently he removed to Chicora, Pennsylvania, where he was
the owner of a brewery, later engaged in the hotel business, and for many
years before his death led a quiet life, retired from active business pursuits.
He was a member of the Lutheran Church, and a Democrat in
politics. He married, in Chicora, Pennsylvania, Catharine Gephart. born
in Germany, February 28. 1822, died June 7, 1914, in Chicora, aged ninetytwo
years. Mr. and Mrs. Hoch were the parents of four children : Adolph,
a resident of Chicora, Pennsylvania; Augustus, who died March 22. 1914;
Catharine, a resident of Chicora, Pennsylvania: Albert Martin, of whom
Name: "Martin" Georg Johann Martin /Hoch/
Given Name: "Martin" Georg Johann Martin
A Given name was found in addition to a first name in the NAME tag.
Place: Hemphill Cemetery, Donegal Township (Rt. 68, southwest of Chicora) Butler Co., Pa
Place: Member of the 1854 permanently organized St. Paul German Evangelical Lutheran Church
Place: Goenning, Wurttemberg, Germany
Note: 1. According to the emigration records in Stuttgart, Martin Hoch leftGermany in 1850 - the same year as his brother Gottlieb/Gottlob.However, since records and articles from Butler Co., PA show himestablishing the brewery, "together with Martin Reiber", in 1849, it isbelieved that he left Germany without permission. Possibly to avoid thedraft of the 1848 rebellion. It is very probable that the "Martin Hoch"listed in the Stuttgart Archives was really Martin and Gottlob's fatherJacob emigrating under false name. Or.......the "Martin" Hoch listed inthe archives as having emigrated in 1850 could have been Jacob's firstborn, Jacob Martin Hoch, who died in Louisville, KY in 1859.
2. 1870 Census Millerstown Borough, Butler Co., PA
Hoch, Martin, 50, Wirtemberg, Hotel Keeper, $4000,$800
Catharine, 46, Wirtemberg, Keeping house
Catharine, 06, PA, At home
Albert, 04, PA, At home
Dunn, James, 28, PA, Physician
Dunlap, Samuel, 30, PA, Manufacturer of ???, $150,$1800
Frederick, Catharine, 13, PA, Domestic servant
3. 1880 US Census Millerstown Borough, Butler Co., PA
Catharine, wife, 58, Wurt, Wurt, Wurt, Keeping House
Catharine, dau, 16, PA, Wurt, Wurt
Martin A., son, 14, PA, Wurt, Wurt
4. "History of Butler County, Pennsylvania", R.C. Brown & Co., 1895,
a) page 964
"Martin Hoch was born in the City of Genningen (should beGoenningen), Canton of Tuebingen, Wurtemburg, Germany, February 15, 1818,son of Jacob Hoch. He grew to manhood in his native land, and in 1847,after a few months sojourn in England, he came to New York, journeyedwestward by canal to Erie, thence to Pittsburg, where he found employmentin the iron mills. By industry and economy he accumulated sufficientcapital to start in business for himself, and invested his savings in theerection of a brewery at Millerstown. He at once wrote for his brother,Gottlieb Hoch, an experienced brewer, to join him, and together theyconducted the business for many years. Martin finally sold his interestto his brother, and in 1855 opened a hotel in a small building on thesite now occupied by the Central Hotel, conducted by his sons, HochBrothers. On September 7, 1848, Mr. Hoch was united in marriage withCatherine Gebhardt, a native of Wurtemburg, Germany, born in the City ofGiengen, Canton of Heidenheim, February 28, 1822, who alone and without aprotector had come to America in 1847. This union was blessed by fivesons and one daughter, viz.: Adolphus A.; Augustus; Jacob, and Martin,both deceased; Albert M., a physician and Catherine Pauline. Mr. Hochdied at his home in Millerstown, December 18, 1888. During his longresidence in that borough he was actively identified with its growth andprogress, and was one of its most respected citizens."
b) Chapter 43, Millerstown Borough, page 516:
"The WILES House was the first tavern here. John F. WILES, whoremoved from the first building, on the site of the WESTERMANN store, toa new one which he erected on the site of the Central House prior to1838, carried on a tavern in connection with his grocery store. JohnMcKISSON leased the premises from him in the forties, but shortly afterSimon R. BARNHART became owner and converted the building into a grainwarehouse and tenement, renting a few rooms to Mr. STECK, a Lutheranminister. Later John BARNHART purchased the concern and returned it toits original uses, keeping store and tavern there, until Martin HOCHbecame owner in 1853. During the twenty succeeding years Mr. HOCHcontinued the hotel business. In 1873 he leased the lots to Dr. W. P.BOOK for ten years at $1,200 per annum. In the same year Dr. BOOK erecteda two-story frame building, and commanded an immense trade until April 1,1874, when a fire originated therein and destroyed the structure, as wellas the lives of four human beings, including Captain OLIVER and the headporter. Dr. BOOK rebuilt at once, making the new house a three-story one,which was burned in the great fire of December 6, 1877, when the propertyreverted to Martin HOCH."
c) page 522:
Martin Hoch was chosen as assistant burgess of the Borough Councilin 1876.
5. "History of Butler County, Pennsylvania", by C. Hale Sipes,published 1927, page 947
"Martin Hoch was born at Genningen (should be "Goenningen"),Luebingen (should be Tuebingen), Germany, February 15, 1820, the son ofJacob Hoch. In 1847 Martin Hoch went to England and after a short timecame to the United States. He journeyed as far west as Erie,Pennsylvania, and from there to Pittsburgh and Bradys Bend,Pennsylvania. He owned and operated a brewery at Millerstown,Pennsylvania, in partnership with a brother, Gottlieb Hoch, and in 1855disposed of his interest to his brother. Martin Hoch then came toChicora and for many years owned and operated the Hoch Hotel. He laterleased the hotel to Book brothers and retired from business in 1873. Hedied December 18, 1888, and is buried at Chicora. His wife died June 7,1914,
On September 7, 1848, Mr. Hoch was united in marriage with MissCatherine Gebhardt, who was born in Germany, February 28, 1822. She cameto this country in 1847. To Martin and Catherine (Gebhardt) Hoch wereborn six children, as follows: Adolphus A.; Augustus, born February 22,1852, deceased; Jacob and Martin, both deceased; Dr. Albert M., aphysician, deceased; and Catherine Pauline, married M. Robinson, lives atChicora."
6. Last Will and Testament of Martin Hoch, from Register of Wills,Butler, Butler Co., PA,
"In the name of God Amen. I Martin Hoch of the Borough ofMillerstown in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind, memory,and understanding, do make my last will and testament in manner and formfollowing.
I give, devise, and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Catharena Hoch,her heirs and assigns for ever, all my property, real, personal, andmixed, of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be atthe time of my death, and I do nominate constitute, and appoint my saidwife sole exceutrix of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I, Martin Hoch the testator have to this my willabove written, set my hand and seal, this twentyninth day of SeptemberA.D. 1886"
Witness (signed) Martin Hoch **Seal**
State of Penna Recorded in the office
Butler County for Recording Wills
in and for said County
in Will Book "J" Page 558
Given under my hand and official seal this 3rd day of January A.D. 1889
(signed) H. A. Ayres,
Note: (Source: email from Lyn Magill-Hoch/NM) Left Germany for England in 1847. After a couple months there, he came to U.S., down the Erie Canal, to Pittsburg, where he worked in the iron mills for a short while. He then went to Millerstown where he and Martin Raiber (who I believe may have been a step-cousin from Germany) opened a brewery. He then sent for his brother Gottlob/Gottlieb. Gottlob and their father, Jacob (mother was deceased) came to Millerstown. Martin Hoch and Martin Raiber sold the brewery to Gottlob in the early 1850s. Gottlob is listed in the Wuertemburg emigration records of 1850. The Hochs also had a livery and feed store, a hardware store and Hoch Bros. Hotel. As with most of the people in that part of PA at the time, there was also considerable dabbling in oil fields, drilling equipment and the oil business in general. I have some wonderful photos of the Hoch Bros. Hotel, including groups of gentlemen in bowler hats standing at the hotel bar hoisting a few. I'm not sure when it happened, but the Hotel burned down. The newspaper picture I have has no date.