I've recently found some records about Hollenbacks in all the above counties that makes me question a bit what we all thought we knew.
If the John who d 1793 in Martinsburg was from PA, he may have had more sons than earlier believed. He also arrived in VA earlier than I'd remembered.
I've worked on tracking descendants of Thomas Hollenback of Hampshire Co., WV. Then I found records for other Hollenbacks in the area, Frederick, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co. Some of Thomas' children married there. One Hollenback who had been in Berkeley migrated to Newberry Co., SC and eventually to Cabell Co., VA.
Now I believe it's time for Hollenbacks to participate in a DNA test, as that may be the only way to actually sort out this wandering brood. Three Hollenbacks have already participated at Family Tree DNA. Are there any science-minded descendants who would set up a Hollenback project there? I'll do what I can to help, but freely admit that I don't understand the science.
Are there any MALE Hollenbacks curious enough about our roots that you're willing to take the test? Perhaps there are persuasive, or nagging, female Hollenbacks who can get a male family member to participate.
I'm willing to share what I've found with anyone interested. You can reach me at LSpyres1 [the last is a digit] at suddenlink dot net.
LouAnn in NC
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