MG 410 - Hummel Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains mainly the papers of David Hummel, 1784-1860, and his mother Mary Hummel, 1764-1858, wife of David Hummel, Sr. A few items mention Joseph, Albert, Frederick and Emma Hummel. Two later items dated 1875 and 1882 came from the estate papers of Rebekah Hummel. The collection is comprised of agreements, drafts, receipts and business letters, many of which pertain to David Hummel as executor of estates.

Nine papers relate to the Downington, Ephrata and Harrisburg turnpike of which David Hummel was manager.

Contains, also, twenty-one business papers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Harrisburg for the years 1845-1850.

Additional items include a receipt book of Joseph Hummel, 1875, and a borough collector's tax record for 1882.


The Hummel family settled in Dauphin County in the early years of the eighteenth century. The founder of the Hummel family in America was Frederick who came to the area in 1738. He took up a large tract of land where Hummelstown is now located and in 1762 laid out a portion of his tract as a town, naming it Frederickstown. The name was changed to Hummelstown upon his death.

David Hummel, b. 1784, d.1860, was the son of David and Mary (Toot) Hummel and grandson of Frederick and Rosina Hummel. He served as commissioner of Dauphin County and married Susanna Kunkel, daughter of Christian Kunkel. They had eleven children.

Date(s): 1789-1882

Extent: 1 box, 8 folders, 89 entries, 211 enclosures