I have entered some Nocho surname burials to findagrave at Chestnut Grove Annex in West Chester, Pa (probably related, but contemporary) and St. John's Episcopal Church Compass (on the Chester/Lancaster County borders.http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=30...
Two Nocho burials at Chestnut Grove Annexhttp://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=30...
A couple of Nocho and Clara Nocho Hillery
From what I have read in the thread, I don't think anyone has mentioned African descent.
Fred Kelso just did a wonderful presentation on African American residents of West Caln Township, Chester county, Pa.
I have his power point presentation if you send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
. This presentation details the Nocho family and you may pick up some information there.
Because there are many responses in this thread, I hope everyone interested in the Nocho name will respond.
A sample of one slide:
In 1850, there were five NOKER men in Salisbury Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. Jacob, John and Hiram were all living in Edward’s household in 1850 as young single men; Edward was married with a family; Samuel was married with a family and also living in the township; all five were listed as laborers and as “mulatto”. I’m assuming all five were brothers; in the 1860’s Hiram and Samuel owned property in close proximity near Limeville in Salisbury Twp. , where John was a quarryman, and Hiram was a farm laborer with $400 worth of real estate.
Their surname has been spelled various ways in the official records—the earliest census record I have found for them (1820) lists the name as NOKA, but the various records eventually settled on NOCHO. I am guessing, because many of the variants have a hard “k” sound in the middle, that the family pronounced their name “Noe-koe”, rather than “Noe-choe”.
The parents appear to have been John and Mary. In the 1820 U.S. census for Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, PA, John NOKA is listed as a Free Colored Person (FCP) engaged in manufacturing, age 27-45. The rest of his household were also listed as FCPs:
1 adult female: age 27-45
4 males under 14
1 male 14-26
2 females under 14
It is my limited understanding that native american and free Blacks lived relatively uninhibited in the Welsh Mountains.
Dan Lindley email@example.com