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Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

115 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2004.

The four W's of family history are Who did it?  What did they do?  When and Where did they do it? These four W's are covered in detail in HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West for the states listed below.  This book is not a family history, as such, for any specific HOSHAW or HUSHAW family, but most assuredly could provide some missing links to your particular HOSHAW, HUSHAW, or related families.  As a matter of fact, relationships can be found for almost every HOSHAW and HUSHAW found in this book as these people disbursed across the country.  This material was gathered by the Lee's during a ten-year search throughout the Western United States (from Indiana to the Pacific Ocean) for information on the names HOSHAW and HUSHAW.  This book is the next best thing to actually going to each of  hundreds of county courthouses to research the records yourself.                         
LaVonne Lee's mother was a HOSHAW.  In 1987 she and her husband, Bill Lee, began traveling from county to county in the Western states doing research and trying to create calendars and a timeline on a number of family names, HOSHAW among them.  It soon became evident  that the similar  name of  HUSHAW  was sometimes  interchanged for HOSHAW (or vice-versa).  As a matter of fact, LaVonne's HOSHAWs still, even to this day, pronounce their name HUSHAW.  Consequently, the Lee's included the name of HUSHAW in their project.  The end result of this research is an unbelievable amount of information gathered on the two names. Wishing to share this information with others who are interested in the history of HOSHAWs and/or HUSHAWs, the Lee's have prepared this book and are now offering it to interested persons.

The HOSHAW/HUSHAWs were among the earliest settlers in Ohio and Indiana. Records for them can be found in Fountain County, Indiana, in the early 1830s.  LaVonne's particular branch settled in Noble County, Indiana, in the 1850s, coming from Ross County, Ohio, via Shelby County, Ohio, to Noble County.  From there they continued their westward trek, some going to Elkhart and Lake counties in Indiana, others to Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and Idaho.  Of course, like most families, some even turned up in California.  HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West follows these migrations through public records in the states listed below.

Records in this book include, literally, every county in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Only selected counties in Indiana were searched, but a large amount of the information in the book does come from Indiana. Information in California includes only records furnished in the California State Health Department Marriage and Death Registries for the period of 1940 to 1992. Only a few counties were searched in the states of Oklahoma and Illinois.
Included in the book are thumbnail sketches of over 1000 public records from the areas described, including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths, military discharge recordings, cemetery records, directory listings and interesting articles from newspapers and local histories. Every name in the book is indexed - more than 4000 names involved with the HOSHAWs and HUSHAWs including nearly 2000 HOSHAWs and over 300 HUSHAWs. A MUST FOR ANY HOSHAW/HUSHAW RESEARCHER.

Be sure to inform other HOSHAW/HUSHAW researchers who would like to benefit from this easy to use, informative book, and keep in mind that HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West would make an outstanding gift for any HOSHAW/HUSHAW family tree researcher.

The cost of HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West  is $21.95, including shipping and handling.



                                                                                                                      BILL and LaVONNE LEE

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LaVonne's mother was a HOSHAW. In 1987 she and her husband, Bill Lee, began traveling from county to county in the western states, doing research on a number of family names, HOSHAW among them.  In addition to HOSHAW, the Lee's also included the name HUSHAW in their research.  There is a definite relationship between HOSHAW and HUSHAW.  As a matter of fact LaVonne's HOSHAWs still, to this day, pronounce their name HUSHAW.  A prominent family history researcher, the late John HOSHOR of Savannah MO, made a strong argument for inclusion of his name of HOSHOR, as well as several other similar names, into the HOSHAW/HUSHAW family.  Although the Lee's found no strong evidence tying these names together, there does seem to be a relationship between LaVonne's HOSHAWs and a HOSHOR family that moved from Indiana to Woodford County in Illinois.  Consequently, these few HOSHORs are included in this work, as are a few similar names found in the records of Indiana.  With these few exceptions, HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West contains mostly information for the names HOSHAW and HUSHAW.

The end result of this research has been a great deal of information accumulated on the HOSHAWs and HUSHAWs from county records, libraries and directories.  Wishing to share this information with others who are interested in HOSHAW and HUSHAW, we have published this indexed book.

In gathering information for HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West we have searched for records involving these names in literally every county in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.  In these states we searched marriage records, civil and criminal court records, probate records, birth & death records (where available and open to the public) and military discharge recordings for any occurrence of the names HOSHAW or HUSHAW.  In any of the states listed above, if a county is missing it is missing because we found no HOSHAW or HUSHAW records there.

In California we used records furnished on microfiche by the State Department of Health for death information from 1940 to 1988 and for marriage information from 1960 to 1988.  We supplemented this death information with Social Security records provided by the federal government.  (Aren't the so-called public and private record laws a joke as one wanders from one jurisdiction to another.)  Even though the California state-provided records are only skeletal in content, the full records are available at the respective county recorder's offices, and open to the public, depending upon each county's administrative procedures and rules.  One California county is an exception.  In Fresno County we searched the marriage, birth and death records in their entirety and found a wealth of HUSHAW information on an Iowa family that moved there in the early twentieth century.

In Oklahoma and Illinois only a few counties were searched, so information from these states is sparse, at best.

Then we get to Indiana where a large portion of the information in HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West was gathered.  In Indiana we searched marriage, court, probate, birth and death records for HOSHAWs and HUSHAWs in Brown, Carroll, Dubois, Elkhart, Fountain, Henry, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lake, Noble, Parke, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, Wayne and Whitley counties.  Once again if any of these counties is missing from the book it is because we did not find any HOSHAW or HUSHAW records there. Information from any Indiana counties that are not listed above probably came from the WPA record extracts made in the 1930s and is only skeletal in nature.

Even though we recognize the genealogical value of these records, we did not include land records in the book because of the volume of this type record.  We also did not include court records from anything but the highest court in a jurisdiction.  Records in city courts and lower county courts are too voluminous and contain such things as minor (and some not so minor) traffic violations.  Not only does searching these records take an inordinate amount of time and book space, the maintenance of these records is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another, and are often not available.  However, the presence of HOSHAWs and HUSHAWs in a particular area can be determined from the records we have included in the book, and further research in a specific area can be performed if one desires.

The book is divided into four main sections.  The first section contains selected articles from local histories and newspapers (mostly obituaries).  These are copied verbatim except in a few instances where we felt compelled to correct atrocious grammar (ours isn't that perfect either, but occasionally we had to interfere) or obvious errors in content.  These articles are presented chronologically by date of publication.

The second section contains abstracts of county records from each county where we did research.  This section is in order alphabetically by county within state postal code, with the exception of California where we have abbreviated San to S and Santa to Snta, which confuses the record sequencing somewhat - but you can figure it out.  Within each county we have presented marriage records first, court records next, then probate records, military discharge recordings, births and, lastly, deaths.  Each group is in chronological order by date of occurrence or date of recording.  On occasion you will discover the same person married two or more times in the marriage records, then later in the book, the person's divorce in the court records.  Then still later his or her birth record.  Obviously, the birth occurred first, and the divorce actually happened between the two marriages that appeared earlier, but appears afterward because of the grouping of the records.

The next section of the booklet contains directory information - street address and phone number.  We make no claims that these names include every HOSHAW or HUSHAW living in the country, or that the names, addresses or phone numbers are current.  We only hope that the listings, which we took from on the internet, are relatively accurate.  This section is presented alphabetically by name within city within state.

The last section of the book is the index.  Our index is, literally, an every name index, and then some.  Every person in the book is indexed, including both the married name and pre-married name for brides, making the assumption that the bride has followed the traditional custom of taking the husband's surname.  We have also indexed the maiden name and married name of those women where both names are obvious.  Some examples:  Mae HOSHAW married Ray BUTT.  We indexed Mae under both HOSHAW and BUTT. Walter HOSHAW married Gladys E BLUE.  We indexed Gladys under both HOSHAW and BLUE.  Jacob HUSHAW's parents were Jacob L HUSHAW and Belle SUTTON. Belle is indexed under both HUSHAW and SUTTON.

A few words need to be said about research at county courthouses.  First, a researcher is totally at the mercy of the personnel working in the various courthouses.  Some counties have personnel who are both knowledgeable and helpful, while other counties have personnel who are neither.  The norm is somewhere between these two extremes.  We have been in courthouses that were so enjoyable we hated to leave, and in others where we were sorry we ever went.  Research of our public records is a challenge!  Secondly, the quality and content of county records vary widely from one jurisdiction to another and also over time.  In general, the counties included in this book had reasonably good records, but a marked difference can be seen in the content of marriage records from the earlier times to more recent times.  In a few cases we were denied access to records, some for valid legal reasons, others because of misinterpretation of a law or clerk indifference, or sometimes because the record in question could not be found.  These are indicated in the book.  One county in particular must be mentioned.  Fountain County, Indiana, had one of the worst systems for their old court records that we have encountered in our many years of research. Record drawers were stacked one upon the other in a dark, damp cellar.  In no particular sequence, these records were rotting from the wet conditions.  The indices to these records were in good condition and the court personnel were great to work with, but once it was determined there was a court case from the indices, it was impossible to find the case file in the stack of decaying records in the cellar.  This can be seen in the book where "Could not find the Case File" is indicated.  Credit must be given to the court's personnel, however. They at least let us look.

We have made every effort to report the data as we saw it.  However, some of the source material is sometimes in error, and other times difficult to interpret.  In some instances the same name is spelled differently on the same form, for instance HOSHAW and HUSHAW. It's easy to write HUSHAW for HOSHAW when the person giving a clerk information says HUSHAW. And it's not too hard to understand where an "R" could get slurred into a name to make it difficult to tell the difference between HOSHAW, HUSHAW and HOSHOR, or any number of different spellings for what is really the same name.

There are also times where we have introduced errors in transcription of the data, although we have attempted to minimize this type error.  Some of the records list a great deal of information, others very little.  We have attempted to report all the information contained in the original records.  Some of the court records are subject to individual interpretation.  We are not attorneys, and have only attempted  to summarize  the content of  the court cases. Any individual interested in more detail on any of these cases may find the case files available to the public(?) at the indicated county courthouse by requesting the specified case number.

As mentioned above, we have done a great deal of research on family names that have a connection to LaVonne's family.  The names on her mother's side of the family, and consequently, those somewhat related to the HOSHAWs are HAPNER, JUDAY and OTT.  We have a great deal of information on these names and have the books JUDAY and JUDY in the Pacific Northwest and HAPNER in the West available and are currently working on more JUDAY books.  In the future we will be compiling a book similar to HOSHAW and HUSHAW in the West for the name of OTT.  Anyone interested in these names should not hesitate to let us know and we will keep you informed of our progress on these exciting projects.  In the meantime, we thank you for your interest in our publications, and please let others know about us.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make this book possible.  First has to be the many fine citizens in the states covered who provided services to us during our travels.  Those people include RV park proprietors and employees, service station operators, restaurateurs, and, in general, all the fine people we had the privilege of coming in contact with.  And we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and those who were not quite as helpful, as well.  It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records.  These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.

                                                                                                    Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                    La Feria, Texas
                                                                                                    June, 2004

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