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The "Rock Barn" on Rock Barn Rd, Conover, NC

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Re: The "Rock Barn" on Rock Barn Rd, Conover, NC

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I have several pictures of the Rock Barn. One is from 1903. I also have the Hoke Genealogy which also has another picture of the Rock Barn, though not of good quality.

Among my notes is the following:

Frederick went to North Carolina with brother Henry or came shortly thereafter. Land records reveal Frederick purchased land from Henry ca. 1785-1786. He was noted for taking a pipe organ with him from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. He settled on Liles Creek, Upper Lincoln Co. N.C. His home was only about 2 or 3 miles from St. John's Lutheran Church, Conover, the cemetery in which he was buried.

In latter life Daniel Roseman and Anna, his wife, dau. of Frederick, purchased the Frederick Hoke plantation, where they lived until their deaths. The plantation consisted of 700 acres and was passed to their two sons, Capt. D. Frederick and Marion L. Roseman. The large rock barn, built by Frederick, was still the original in 1896. The mansion had undergone renovations by that time.

Frederick's will is recorded in Catawba Co. Court House Jan. 12, 1844, naming his widow, Rebecca. As soon as Frederick's sons grew to maturity and married, he gave each a plantation. Since there were few physicians located in the thickly populated area in which he lived, and Frederick was known for his kindness and generosity to the poor plus having a limited knowledge of medicine, he doctored, even bleeding people and extracting teeth. He raised grain on his plantation fixing the price of corn at $.50 per bushel. No matter what price it was on the market he took no more, no less. In time of crop failure in other areas, when men came to buy from him, they would be asked how many in their family and how much stock they fed; thereby, he would determine how many bushels they might have at $.50 per bushel. Not only was he in agriculture, but he was also interested in politics, having a precinct on his plantation. When the illiterate voters were asked how they were planning to vote, they replied, "However Hoke's boys vote", for they were trusted and respected men. Frederick was musically inclined, having taken with him from Penn. to N.C. a pipe organ. (According to Margaret Dellinger, a descendant of John & Sabina Hoke, musical ability is common in this Hoke line of N.C.) Frederick had 10 children by his first wife, Catherine Hafer, and 1 child by his second wife, Elizabeth Lorrence.
Will dated 7 Jun 1843 and probated in Jun 1844, names wife "Rebecca," sons
Daniel, Peter, Frederick, and John; daughters, Catherine, Sabina, Susanne,
Elizabeth, Anna, Ann (Amele), and Rhoda; and, heirs of son Henry deceased.

In some entries, he is addressed as "Squire."
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