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The Montfort Family 1624: A Narrative

Hortincy Voris Hogan descendants
In the beginning
The Roots Deepen
Moving Inland
Into the Wilderness
The Low Dutch Colony
New Venture
Who Were the Shakers?
Rachel Montfort Voris family
Hortincy Voris Hogan descendants
Eight Generations in America
Six Children, Twenty Four Grandchildren and Eleven Great Grandchildren
The Italian Connection
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Descendants of Hortincy Voris Hogan

In researching the family of Rachel Montfort Voris [John], I found her daughter, Hortincy, as having left the Shakers, married to a Hogan, moving to Texas and dying by 1846.  I add this chapter to prove that she not only didn't die by 1846, but lived to the ripe old age of 91 and does have descendants still in Texas.  I include information on her marriage to John D. Hogan in Illinois, her death in 1902, names and information on her children, along with my sources.  It is my hope that one of the descendants might be looking for their family history and stumble on this site and learn all about their interesting ancestry.    

Hortincy Voris Hogan, youngest daughter of John and Rachel Montfort Voris, was born in 11/22/1810 in Mercer County, Kentucky, likely at the Pleasant Hill Shaker village, as her parents had joined the society early in 1810. She was the twelth child of Rachel and John Voris and a great granddaughter of the patriarch of the Low Dutch Colony, Hendrick Banta 3rd and his first wife, Rachel Brower,.

The Shaker records say she left the society in 1829, but does not give a month and day in the records. I believe she left with one of her brothers. Samuel left March 23, 1829 and Francis left August 25, 1829. Patsey Thomas [Martha], the daughter of Elisha Thomas, left the society October 8, 1829 and would marry Francis Voris, Hortincy's brother.

I checked the census for Illinois and Indiana for 1830 and they are not there....though I believe they may have made a stop somewhere in Indiana as they moved towards Illinois. There is a Francis Voris in Kentucky in 1830 with

two males between the ages of 20-30,

one male between 30-40,

one female under the age of five,

two between five and ten,

one female between 20-30

one female between 30-40

There is also a much older Francis Voris in 1830 both in Mercer County. I don't know if the younger Francis is the one who left the Shakers...he would have been about 39 in1829 when he left the Shakers, if his 1790 birthdate is correct. Samuel would have been 23 when he left the Shakers in 1829 and Hortincy about 19 when she departed in the same year. According to Larry Voreis, Francis Voris married Patsey Thomas on January 30, 1830 in Shelby County, KY, so the female listed as between 30-40 must be Patsey, but who is the female under 5? It may be well that it is the daughter of Francis and Patsey who did not live into adulthood.

Both Francis and Samuel show up in the 1840 census of Peoria, Illinois. Francis has a son under the age of five and possibly a daughter, but by 1850, only the son is living with him and Patsey. The son is Henry B, age 14 at the time of the census. He is not found after this date however, so must presume he has died. In Larry Vories book on the Low Dutch [OUR LOW DUTCH HERITAGE], Francis and Patsey adopted Henry. Francis provided for his wife, Patsey, in his will and that she provide for Henry. A large portion of his estate went to his nephews, sons of his brother, Peter.

I think it is likely that Hortincy left the Shakers with her brother Francis in August of 1829 and then moved with him to Indiana and from there to Illinois where she married John Devonport Hogan on September 15, 1835. [source: Illinois marriages online] On her license she is listed as Hortensia Goodrich Voris.

John D. Hogan was a physician, and with her, would move to Bastrop County, TX. They were there by the 1850 census which lists four children. Frustratingly it only gives the youngest. F.V. , age 11, a son born in Missouri; then S.A. who was born in MO and was 9 at time of the census of 1850. The boys are followed by their only sister, C. who was four at the time of the census and born in Texas...followed by John born in Texas and only 4 mos old at the time. Later census would show that the oldest boy was Frank...probably Francis Voris and the next son was Shields Alexander. The girls name has not been found and nothing else is known about her at this time.

The 1850,1860, and 1870 census does not show the Hogans but since they are found in Bastrop County, TX in 1880, it is assumed they were there all that time but missed the census taker unintentionally or on purpose. It does show in Texas Civil War records online that John as well as both his sons, served in the Civil the Confederate Army. The boys were part of the 17th TX Infantry, Company F.

Shields Alexander Hogan married Mary E. Lytle by January 1, 1865, when their first son was born. He was named Montfort E. Hogan...though some census give the middle initial as S. His death certificate and marker at the cemetery where he was buried, give his name as Montfort E. Hogan.

Shields and Mary would have a daughter, Mary Zepha in 1866 and another son in 1877 named Hardway. He apparently died young as he is not listed after this 1880 census anywhere in Texas records or anywhere else. Mary did not marry and died January 15, 1884.

In 1880 Shields and his family are living in Waco, TX [McLennan County] where he is listed as a herdsman born in MO. By 1900, he is living in the same town and county but his occupation is now lawyer...and gives his birthdate as October 1843. Mary was born November 1847 in Texas. Shields was living in a boarding house in 1910, listed as age 57 and a lawyer, it also states he had three children and only one living. He was lodging with J. Green and there was a young girl with him or it appears she is with him...named Elizabeth Hogan age 15.

Also living in McLennan County, Waco, TX is their son, Montfort Hogan.

Montfort Hogan is listed as having been born Jan of 1865 in TX . His wife, Lucy, was born in Arkansas in February 1881. They are in the 1900 census of McLennan, TX.. They have one son, Luther, born in Texas in June of 1894. Lucy was a Robinson before her marriage to Montfort Hogan and was born according to TX death records and a cemetery record, in 1871. She died March 25, 1905. He is not found in 1910 census but in 1920 he is listed as living in McLennan County, TX at Waco with a second wife, Eddleta age 35 and her two sons from a prior marriage, Carl W. Stewart [18] and Frank Stewart [15].

The death of Montfort Hogan occurred August 30, 1931.

Texas deaths online and at USGENWEB for McLennan County, TX, give the following on this Hogan family:

S.A. Hogan died of an accidental gunshot wound to the source specifically says it was accidental. He was 75 years of age and the death happened on November 13, 1917 in McLennan County, TX. He was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, TX. [source: USGENWEB TX deaths]

His wife, Mrs S.A. Hogan had died on January 28, 1910 at the age of 63 and was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Shields Alexander Hogan died at the age of about 75 years in McLennan, TX with his occupation listed as lawyer on his death certificate. It gives his father as John D. Hogan, but mothers name unknown by the informant, M.E. Hogan of Waco. The date given is November 13, 1917. [*note, the M.E. is Montfort E. Hogan].

Montfort E. Hogan died on August 30, 1931 in Lake Waco, TX [McLennan County] and it gives his date of birth on the death certificate as January 1, 1865 and his mother as Mary Lytle. The informant is Harvey L. Hogan. I am going to assume this Harvey L. Hogan is the son of Montfort though I find no record of him in census records online. It is possible he is the same as Luther on the 1900 census and perhaps a misinterpretation of information given to the census taker or they called the son by the nickname Luther. I strongly suspect Luther in the 1900 census and later references to Harvey L, are one and the same. [see below]

1920 Galveston TX, finds Harvey L. Hogan age 25 and a butcher living with his wife, Hardee also 25. No children listed, but the Social Security deaths online lists a Harvey L. Hogan JR dying in Bowie County, TX on October 20, 1997.

Harvey Lytle Hogan died August 21, 1963 at the age of 60 in Wharton, TX, his residence at the time was Brazona, TX and he was buried in Houston. His death certificate gives his date of birth as June 4, 1894 in Texas...which lines up perfectly with the census taken in 1900 that gives the child,Luther, a birthdate of June 1894.

The following was found online at McLennan County, TX genweb site and was compiled by the Central Texas Genealogy Society.....

Oakwood Cemetery, McLennan County, Waco, Texas.

Dr John D. Hogan CSA 1810-August 7, 1890

Hortensia VORIS Hogan, wife of Dr J.D. 1811-February 6, 1902

Mary E. Lytle Hogan, 1847-January 28, 1910

S. A. Hogan 1843-November 14, 1917 [should read Nov 13 according to the sources]

Lucy Robinson Hogan wife of M. E. 1871-March 25, 1931

Montfort E. Hogan January 1, 1865-August 30, 1931

Mary Zepha Hogan daughter of S.A. and M. E. 1866-January 15, 1884

Harvey Lytle Hogan, son of S.A. and M.E. 1866-November 10, 1884

From the records of the Fall and Puckett Funeral home in Waco, TX compiled by the Central Texas Genealogy Society and online at McLennan County, TX genweb [USGENWEB] I found the following on the Hogan family:

Hortensia Hogan died February 6, 1902 at the age of 91, informant S.A. Hogan

Montfort E. Hogan age 66, died of acute dilation of the heart on January 1, 1865, charge of 358.25 goes to the estate for settlement. He died in Precinct 4 of Lake Waco and was living on Corsicana Road. He was a farmer and divorced.

S. A. Hogan died at age 75, charges of 57.00 no casket. His residence was Corsicana Road.

Mrs. S. A. Hogan died of apoplexy January 28, 1910

In addition I found online at McLennan County, Waco, TX from records of the WACO DAILY EXAMINER and compiled by the Central Texas Genealogy Society ......

Wed. January 16, 1884 Miss Zephie Hogan, daughter of Shels Hogan, died yesterday, age 17. The father is in Tyler. The funeral will be Thursday from the residence at 8th and Austin, with Mr J.D. Shaw officiating.

Wed, March 26, 1905 Mrs Hogan, wife of J.W. Hogan, died at Llano yesterday, ship remains to Waco. J.W. is the son of Judge S.A. Hogan, funeral Monday. [*there is a question mark after the name of Judge Hogan]

Wed March 27, 1905. Funeral of Mrs. Mont Hogan is from the residence 8th and Austin with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

[*I believe the question mark for the entry in the newspaper on March 26, is a misprint , and the name J. W. should be M. E. This is the date of his wife's death according to the Oakwood Cemetery records. Her name was Lucy Robinson Hogan and the entry for the paper on March 27, confirms that.]

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