Facts and Events
From "Germanna History", Notes: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~george/johnsgermnotes/germhs58.html
Nr. 1439: Continuing with the family of Michael Thomas, Margaret was a daughter who married Everhard Hupp. Some say the marriage took place about 1768, probably in Culpeper County, Virginia. The will of Philip Hoop (Hupp) is recorded on pages 264-5 of Will Book A of Culpeper County. It was dated in April of 1761 and proved in the fall of that year. The executors of the will were the wife, Elizabeth, and Henry Aylor. Henry married a daughter of John Thomas, Sr., and Anna Maria Blankenbaker. Michael Thomas was a son of Anna Maria Blankenbaker Thomas. About 1770 several members of the Hupp family moved to southwest Pennsylvania in the general vicinity of Redstone Fort. One fix on the time they moved is that Everhart and John Hupp deeded away land in Culpeper County in 1769.
The moves of the (Michael) Thomas family and the Hupp family to northern Augusta County in Virginia, later to be a part of Pennsylvania, were probably connected. The Hupps were among the earliest recorded settlers in the Ten Mile Creek area. Another family from Culpeper that moved about this same time was George Bumgarner. Some say that the Bumgarners were in the area about 1766. Early road petitions mention Everhard Hupp’s mill.
It is said that Margaret Thomas, the wife of Everhard Hupp, was the first white woman west of the Monongahela River. Even under the difficult circumstances of life there, Everhard and Margaret had eleven children. Everhard and Margaret did not move to Kentucky, but lived their lives at Ten Mile Creek. The region at first was shared by both the white man and the Indian. In five generations, from Matthias Plankenbühler of Gresten, Austria, members of the family had moved to western Pennsylvania along the route, Neuenbürg, Germany, to Virginia, and on to Pennsylvania.
It was with some surprise, when I was looking through the church records for Neuenbürg, Germany, that I encountered the name Hepp. In a village not too far away from that, in Eppingen, I met the names Hepp, Hopp, and Hupe. One starts to wonder if it was an accident that there was a Thomas and Hupp marriage in Virginia. Perhaps the experience of the Thomases had something to do with the Hupps being in Virginia.