Showing posts with label Hoffman-Huffman. Show all posts
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hoffman-Huffman Family :: Index to Posts

An Index Post is how I keep track of all of the blog posts that have been written on a family line. It helps keep me organized and allows visitors to easily find information on that family. This post will be updated as new blog posts are written on the family. Please contact me at kinexxions@gmail.com if you are researching this family or have additional information on them.

Susannah Huffman (my 3rd great-grandmother) was born on March 9, 1804 and was the 2nd of eleven children born to John and Catharine (Coy) Hoffman. Her obituary states that she was born in Columbiana County, Ohio but census records from 1850-1870 show that she was born in Pennsylvania.

According to family Bible Records and her obituary, Susannah was married to John D. Berlin on February 16th, 1826 (probably in Columbiana County, Ohio although no marriage record has been found for them). They would become the parents of ten children and would move to Portage County, Ohio in 1846 and 18 years later to Elkhart County, Indiana where they would live for the remainder of their lives. See Berlin Family :: Index to Posts for information on their family.

Susannah's parents, Catharine Coy and John Hoffman were married October 24, 1801 in Washington County, Maryland. Sometime between 1804-1806 they moved to Columbiana County, Ohio where they raised their family of eleven children.

Dietrich and Susannah (Alder) Hoffman came from Franklin County, Pennsylvania (which borders Washington County, Maryland) to Columbiana County, Ohio at the same time as John and Catharine. Evidence suggests that “my” John is the son of Dietrich and Susannah but complications arose when I discovered that there was more than one man named John Hoffman residing in Columbiana County at the same time. Update June 2012: John Hoffman who married Catherine Coy is definitely the son of Dietrich Hoffman.

Going on the presumption that Dietrich was indeed the father of “my” John Hoffman, I continued research on that line which led to Michael Hoffman of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The question now (April 2012) is whether Michael was married once or twice with both wives named Anna Maria...

John and Catherine (Coy) Hoffman (my 4th great-grandparents)
  • The Huffman-Hoffman Kinexxion :: John & Dietrich - - March 06, 2012 - - Discusses the fact that there was more than one man named John Huffman/Hoffman living in Columbiana County during the same time period, 1808-1860, and attempts to make the case that “my” John Hoffman is the son of Dietrich.
  • The 1913 Hoffman Family Reunion - - June 17, 2012 - - A long article in The Mahoning Dispatch on Friday August 15, 1913 provides some hints and clues for future research.
  • The Hoffman Family Reunion of 1914 - - June 19, 2012 - - A second article in The Mahoning Dispatch provides additional information on the children of John Hoffman and Catherine Coy.
  • One "loose end" wrapped up! - - June 25, 2012 - - Confirmation that John W. Hoffman is the son of John Hoffman Jr. and thus the grandson of John and Catherine (Coy) Hoffman.

Detrick and Susannah (Alder) Hoffman (my 5th great-grandparents)
  • The Huffman-Hoffman Kinexxion :: Detrick - - March 08, 2012 - - Provides documentation and information about Dietrich/Detrick Hoffman's life and estate file, including a list of heirs who filed a Petition for Partition of his real estate. Also lists the available evidence indicating the possibility that “my” John is indeed the son of Dietrich.
  • Another Piece of the Puzzle - - November 3, 2012 - - An entry in a Common Pleas Journal provides an answer to a question as well as confirmation of heirs.

Michael Hoffman and his wife or wives (Michael is my 6th great-grandfather)
  • Questioning the Status Quo :: Oh, Maria! - - April 10, 2012 - - It appears that Michael Hoffman was married twice. This post presents the possibility that the maiden name of Michael Hoffman's second wife was Schedler and that Engel is one of her given names rather than her surname. Marriage records and baptismal records provide the basis for this theory.
  • Baptism Records :: Four Children of Michael Hoffman - - April 13, 2012 - - Baptism records from the New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran congregation (in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) for four children who were not mentioned in the 1777 estate records for Michael. They are presumed to have died, without children, before the estate entered probate.
  • The Old Trappe Church - - October 27, 2012 - - The marriage of Michael Hoffman and Engel Schedlerin was recorded in records of the Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trappe in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Built in 1743, it is the oldest unchanged Lutheran church still in use in the United States
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Becky Wiseman, "Hoffman-Huffman Family :: Index to Posts," Kinexxions, updated November 8, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/03/hoffman-huffman-family-index-to-posts.html : accessed [access date])

Originally Posted on March 25, 2012 :: Last Updated on November 8, 2012

Post date adjusted December 29, 2012 so that when a search for the surname is done on the blog this post will appear first the search list.


Berlin Family :: Index to Posts

An Index Post is how I keep track of all of the blog posts that have been written on a family line. It helps keep me organized and allows visitors to easily find information on that family. This post will be updated as new blog posts are written on the family. Please contact me at kinexxions@gmail.com if you are researching this family or have additional information on them.

Johann Jacob Berlin (aka Jacob Berlin) is my 6th great-grandfather and is one of my Immigrant Ancestors. Born December 17, 1716 in what is now Niederbronn, France Jacob arrived in Philadelphia on November 9, 1738 on-board the Charming Nancy with two younger brothers, Frederick and Abraham. Jacob died April 7, 1790 in York County, Pennsylvania. He was the father of five children, one of which was John Frederick Berlin (1742-1836). Frederick and his wife (reportedly Susan Wagner) were the parents of four children. Their son, John Frederick (1771-1843) and his wife (reportedly Juliana Dietzler) were the parents of nine children, the eldest being John D. Berlin.

John D. Berlin (my 3rd great-grandfather) was the eldest of nine children of John Frederick Berlin whose wife was reportedly Juliana Dietzler. He was born on December 8th, 1792 near Abbottstown in York (now Adams) County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Susannah Hoffman on February 16th, 1826. She was born March 9, 1804 in Columbiana County, Ohio and was the second of eleven children of John and Catherine (Coy) Hoffman.

John D. and Susan would become the parents of ten children. They would move to Portage County, Ohio in 1846 and 18 years later to Elkhart County, Indiana where they would live for the remainder of their lives.
  • Bible Records - January 23, 2011 - Transcription and images of pages from the family bible giving dates of births, marriages, and deaths.
  • Introduction to The Letters – January 24, 2011 - Information on a group of 35 family letters discovered at the Nappanee Public Library. Photograph of John and Susan Berlin.
  • The Cast of Characters – January 25, 2011 - A list of the people mentioned in the letters as well as information regarding the people who wrote the letters and those who received them.
  • List of The Letters – January 26, 2011 - Includes the date of the letter, the location where it was written, who wrote the letter and to whom it was sent as well as a link to the individual blog post for each letter.
Originally Posted on July 04, 2011 - Last Updated: June 13, 2012 

Post date adjusted December 29, 2012 so that when a search for the surname is done on the blog the post will appear first the search list.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Estate of Dederick Hoffman :: The Sale Bill

Sale Bill, page 1
Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011
The cover page shows that the sale bill was filed July 1st 1826.
A List of the property Sold on the 15th day of May 1826 by the Administrators of the Estate of Detrich Hoffman late of Columbiana County Deceased with the amount that the Articles was Sold for to wit
Samuel Hoffman one Shue hammer & chisel - - 20
George Holderreed a hammer wedge & pinchers - - 38
Christian Betz one Square and hog tongs - - 16
John Beevers Mull rings and wedge - - 38
Christian Betz 2 hay forks - - 58
John Hoffman Dung fork & Shovel - - 47
Saml Hoffman Dung hook - - 50
Susanah Hoffman one Spade - - 12 1/2
Jacob Keckly one Matick - - 41
John Hoffman one axe & Bell - - 27
Saml Hoffman one bell - - 75
Thomas Minor on Do 01 00
Saml Hoffman one drawing knife - - 25
David Gearinger a lot of Augurs - - 25 1/2
Christain Betz one inch Augur - - 40
Saml Hoffman one hand Saw - - 50
Abraham Hoffman one axe 01 06 1/4
Jacob Stauffer one mans Saddle 01 01
Saml Hoffman one flax hackel - - 39
Christian Myr a curry comb - - 06 1/2
Thomas Kitch Jr one Grind Stone - - 46
Henry Bricker Jr one pair of hems [?] - - 40
Saml Hoffman one cow chain - - 14
Do Do Do Do - - 28
Do Do Do Do - - 25
Thomas Minor a halter chain & coler - - 94
Wm Baker one lot of traces chains - - 62 1/2

Sale Bill, page 2
Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011

D C
Henry Bricker Jr Skillet & lid - - 74
Saml Hoffman one Griddle - - 30
David Gochaneur one pot - - 90
John Hoffman one Dutch oven 01 00
Frederic Betz one Dough tray - - 06 1/4
Abraham Mumert one churn - - 32
John Fry one barrel 00 04
David Gocheneur one Spinning wheel - - 79
Do Do two chairs - - 35
Saml Boots a lot of upper leather 01 02
Wm Baker one chest 01 50
Jacob Stauffer Jr one feed trough - - 26
Henry Miller 2 tow [?] bags - - 63
Saml Hoffman 2 turilled [?] bags - - 56
Abraham Mumertt Do Do - - 72
Frederic Betz one Jack Screw 03 50
Saml Hoffman one half Bushel - - 18 3/4
Jacob Roller one Riddle - - 25
John Hoffman one 12 gallon Kettle 03 12 1/2
Saml Hoffman Do Do Do 02 65
David Gocheneur one meet tub - - 57
George Holterreed one log chain 02 00
Henry Miller a lot of tin ware - - 06 1/4
David Gearinger a lot of Spoons - - 20
Henry Miller a coffee pot dish - - 14
Abraham Mumert one pair of Sheep Shears - - 37 1/2
Abraham Hoffmann a German Sermon book - - 25
Abraham Mumert a pewter Dish - - 22 1/2
Abraham Hoffman 2 German books - - 27
Saml Hoffman a German Bible - - 75

Sale Bill, page 3
Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011

D C
Jacob Roller 8 knives - - 30
Henry Miller a tea Kettle - - 27
Christian Meese cups and Saucers - - 12 1/2
Do Do a lot of plates - - 12 1/2
Do Do a tin pan - - 18 3/4
Andrew Altman a lot of pewter - - 59
Henry Bricker Sr 7 yds of Shirting linnen 01 57 1/2
Henry Miller Do Do Do 01 82
Abraham Hoffman 8 Do Do Do 02 40
Isaac Baughman 10 yards of tow 01 82 1/2
John Hoffman 4 yds of Woollen cloth 03 00
Abraham Hoffman one coggshell - - 38
Saml Hoffman one Steelgavel 01 04
Abraham Hoffman one Rifle gun and exutrmer [?] 09 25
John Hoffman a clock and case 05 80
Micheal Frederic a Dresser 02 87 1/2
Saml Hoffman a pot tramel 62 1/2
Abraham Hoffman one mare 40 37 1/2
Christian Halderman one Sow and pigs 03 07
Henry Bricker Sr one Barrow 01 92
David Gocheneur one ew and lamb 01 94
Do Do one Do 01 31
Do Do DoDo 01 45
Samuel Hoffman one cuting Box - - 75
Jacob Keckly one windmill 05 15
George Holterreed one pidea [?] Steer 05 03
Do Do one black Do 05 00
Johnathan Tyler on Cow 10 14
John Hoffman one heiffer calf 03 25
Wm Betz two crocks 00 14

Sale Bill, page 4
Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011

D C
Wm Betz two crocks - - 14
Wm Betz two crocks - - 12 1/2
Henry Bricker 6 lbs flax yarn - - 96
Do Do Do Do - - 96
Frederic Swarts one lot of rye 01 80
Jacob Roller Do Do 01 89
Micheal Frederic 3 yr Bushels of buckwheat - - 56
Do Do 2 crocks - - 07
Philip Houtz 10 bushels of wheat 02 60
Joseph Frederic Do Do Do 02 90
Henry Bricker Jr Do Do Do 03 20
Frederic Betz Do Do Do 03 12 1/2
Henry Hoffman Do Do Do 03 12 1/2
Joseph Frederic Do Do Do 03 12 1/2
Christian Meess 3 Do more or less 00 90
Frederic Swarts 10 bushels of oats 01 40
Saml Fox Do Do 01 40
Do Do Do Do 01 40
Do Do Do Do 01 40
Henry Bricker Senr one bed and beding 06 00
Frederic Betz 10 lbs of Sugar - - 75
John Sheets Do Do Do - - 70
Do Do Do Do Do - - 75
Do Do to Sugar - - 12 1/2
Saml Hoffman one cag - - 25
Henry Miller 35 lbs of Becon 01 57 1/2
Do Do 32 lbs Do 01 12 1/2
John Hoffman 22 lbs Do - - 70
Do Do 13 1/4 lbs Do - - 67 1/2

Sale Bill, page 5
Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011

D C
John McConner one lot of beef - - 84
Frederic Swarts one gig - - 10
Frederic Betz one Barel - - 12 1/2
Samuel Butz one chisel - - 07
Saml Hoffman one third of a lot of rye in the ground 06 85
   Do  Do one third of a lot of wheat in the grnd 08 00
I do certify that the above is a correct list and amount of property Sold at the sale before mentioned.    
                     Jacob Roller Clk [crossed out]
                     John Hoffman
                     Samuel Hoffman
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Becky Wiseman, "The Estate of Dederick Hoffman :: The Sale Bill," Kinexxions, posted November 14, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-estate-of-dederick-hoffman-sale-bill.html : accessed [access date])

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The Estate of Dederick Hoffman :: Property Widow Kept at Appraisement

In addition to the Widow's Allowance provided for Susannah Hoffman by the administrators of the estate of Dederick Hoffman, she also took a few items at the time the estate was appraised.

A list of the property with Its value that the widow kept at the appraisement.
Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011

A list of the property with Its value that the widow kept at the appraisement.
Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011

  D   C
one twelve gallon kattle - - - - - - - -   02 50
one ten plate Stove and pipe - - - - -   11 00
one German Sermon book - - - - - -    01 50
one lot of Flax - - - - - - - - - - - - -    00 40
one Table - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   00 75
one bed and beding - - - - - - - - - -    06 00
one lot of flax and tow - - - - - - - -    00 75
one Reel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   00 25
one lot of lether - - - - - - - - - - - -    01 00
one Spider frying pan pot tramel and
coffee mitt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
  02 00
one fat hog - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -    03 00
one chest - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -    01 00
one Side Saddle - - - - - - - - - - - -   06 00
three chairs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       75
$42 00
The above is an Inventory of the property that the Widow kept at the apprased value
May 15th 1826
Samuel Hoffman
John Hoffman
Administrators of the Estate of Detrick Hoffman Deceased
The total as calculated by the appraisers was $42.00 but their addition was off a little as the amount adds up to $41.90 which is the amount shown in the final settlement papers.

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Becky Wiseman, "The Estate of Dederick Hoffman :: Property Widow Kept at Appraisement," Kinexxions, posted November 8, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-estate-of-dederick-hoffman-property.html : accessed [access date])

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Estate of Dederick Hoffman :: Widow's Allowance

Dederick/Detrick Hoffman and his wife Susannah are my 5th great-grandparents. Descent is through their son John who married Catherine Coy and their daughter Susannah who married John D. Berlin.

Estate of Dederick Hoffman (Packet 805) Columbiana County, Ohio
FHL film 2032459 accessed June 8, 2011
A Schedule of the provisions and other property allowed to Susannah Hoffman Widow of Detrich Hoffman late of Salem Township Columbiana County Deceased for her Support for one year by us the Subscribers duly appointed appraisersers to the Estate of the Sd Deceased to wit: 
one lot of meat, one hog, a Small lot of Kitchen furniture, one Cow, twenty Bushels of wheat, five Dollars in money, eight Bushels of oats, three lbs of Wool, one bushel and a half of Salt, a lot of Soap, twenty lbs of Sugar, two twiled bags
We the Subscribers do certify that the foregoing is a correct Schedule of property allowed to the above named Widow given under our hands this 12th day of May 1826.
George Urick, John Yoder, Andrew Altman } Appraisers

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Becky Wiseman, "The Estate of Dederick Hoffman :: Widow's Allowance," Kinexxions, posted November 7, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-estate-of-dederick-hoffman-widows.html : accessed [access date])

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Another Piece of the Puzzle

On my visit to the Columbiana County Archives and Research Center in Lisbon, Ohio last month I was given two more documents relating to the descendants of Dietrich Hoffman, my 5th great-grandfather. A previous visit (in July 2011) had garnered an article on the legal publication of the Petition for Partition for a portion of the real estate.

Published on September 29, 1832 on page one of The Ohio Patriot, the article lists the heirs of Detrick Hoffman and states that 27 acres in the north west quarter of section 12, township 15, range 3 were involved. Although there were 10 heirs named, the petitioner was requesting his “one-sixth part of said land” indicating that there were only 6 children of Detrick Hoffman still living or deceased with children. (A full transcription can be found in this post).

The parties involved in the Petition were John Hoffman, Samuel Hoffman, Daniel Coler and Elizabeth his wife, John Swarts and Margaret his wife, Henry Hoffman, Samuel Hoffman, Jacob Hoffman, Abraham Hoffman, Samuel Fox, and Edward Rhodes and Sarah his wife.

Through evaluation of various records and information from another researcher, we thought the relationships of the individuals listed in the above Petition were:
  • John, Samuel, Jacob, and Abraham - children of Detrick
  • Elizabeth wife of Daniel Coler, Margaret wife of John Swarts, Henry Hoffman, and Samuel Hoffman - children of Michael & Mary (Coy) Hoffman
  • Samuel Fox and Sarah wife of Edward Rhodes - children of Phillip and Susanna (Hoffman) Fox
One of the things that puzzled me about the above Petition was that only 27 acres of land were being sold. Detrick was in possession of 81 acres of land when he died in March 1826. The answer lies in the documents below...

Columbiana County, Ohio - Common Pleas Journal #6, page 165
August Term AD 1828 1st day 18th

John Hoffman & Jacob Hoffman vs Michael Hoffman, Samuel Hoffman, Abraham Hoffman, Abraham Fox, Samuel Fox, Sarah Fox & Susanna Huffman } Petition for Partition
"The Petition of John Huffman & Jacob Huffman by Mr. Blocksom their attorney presented their Petition for partition of 81 25/100 acres of land being a part of S12. T15. R3. in Columbiana County & produced satisfactory Proof that due & legal notice has been given the parties interested by Publication in the Ohio Patriot. A. W. Loomis Esq is appointed guardian ad litem of for Abraham Fox[,] Samuel Fox & Sarah Fox defendants in this case & Minors, who appears and receives notice and consent to the grantings of the prayer of the Petition, whereupon the Court grant the Petition [smudged word] that a writ of Partition [illegible word] to the Sheriff to proceed and apart [?]..."
It seems there may be a little more to the case on the next page, which I neglected to get... at any rate, the document shows us that Michael Hoffman was still living in August 1828. It also names three minors: Abraham, Samuel and Sarah Fox. The published petition of 1832 listed Samuel Fox as well as  Sarah wife of Edward Rhodes. There was no mention of Abraham. It is likely that he died sometime between the time of the two documents (August 18, 1828 and August 23, 1832). So, it seems, that our original "assessment" regarding the heirs of Detrick Hoffman was correct!

Columbiana County, Ohio - Common Pleas Journal #7, page 53
April Term 1829, 3 day

John Huffman etal vs Michael Huffman etal }
"The Sheriff of the County made return of a writ of sale issued in this case with his proceedings thereon from which it appears that after giving notice as required by the statute of the time & place of sale by advertising & putting up written advertisements he sold the land in said writ mentioned at the Court House in said County on the 26th of January 1829, Except the widows dower mentioned in the writ, to John Fry for Seven Hundred ten dollars & that he brought the money into Court for distribution & thereupon the Court order the said Sheriff, after deducting the costs & expenses, to distribute the money aforesaid to & amongst the parties entitled to receive the same in lieu of their shares & proportions of said land according to their just rights. And said Sheriff here acknowledges in open Court a deed for said land so sold as aforesaid to said Fry."
It appears that John Fry would have purchased 54 acres, with the 27 acres mentioned in the 1832 published Petition being the Widow's Dower.

What these two documents also provide is a better estimate of the date of death of Susannah Hoffman, widow of Detrick. We now know that she was still living in January 1829 when the land was sold to John Fry but had passed away before August 23, 1832 when the Petition for Partition for the remaining 27 acres was dated.

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Becky Wiseman, "Another Piece of the Puzzle," Kinexxions, posted November 9, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/11/another-piece-of-puzzle.html : accessed [access date])

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Old Trappe Church

On July 2, 1750 Joh Michael Hoffman (widower) was married to Engel Schedlerin in New Hanover township in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The marriage was recorded in the records of the Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania.

If my theory is correct, Michael and Engel would be my 6th great grandparents. Regardless whether they are or not, one of the places I wanted to visit while in Pennsylvania was the Old Trappe Church. It is reportedly the oldest unchanged Lutheran church still in use in the United States.

According to information posted on the bulletin board outside the church, the congregation was organized about 1730 by John Caspar Stoever, Jr. (who happens to be one of my 5th great grandparents). Worship services were held in a barn loaned by one of the deacons. At that time Stoever was not a regularly ordained pastor but in 1732 he was ordained in the presence of the Trappe congregation. He remained there for a few years before moving on to Lancaster.

Stoever's departure left the spiritual care of the congregation in the hands of a series of self-styled itinerant pastors until late in 1742 with the arrival of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. In January 1743, members of the congregation began hauling stones to the site and the structure was erected through the spring and summer months. The first service was held in the unfurnished interior on September 12, 1743. The building was completed and dedicated on October 6, 1745. The congregation organized formally, adopting the name "Augustus Lutheran Church." By 1752, the interior of the church building was completed as it appears today.

In 1814, the exterior stone walls were stuccoed and painted to help preserve the building. A woodstove and wooden floor was also added to the interior. In 1860, a severe storm destroyed half of the roof of the Old Church and there was discussion of razing the building but funds were raised to pay for the repairs. In the late 1920s the interior was restored to the colonial appearance with the removal of the stove and the addition of a concrete and flagstone floor. It is now listed as a National Historic site.

In 1852 a new brick church was built a short distance away. The new building  is the current church building  used by the Augustus Lutheran Church.

The walkway leading to the Old Trappe Church is embedded with plaques from other Lutheran churches around the world. All photographs were taken on October 9, 2012.

I was fascinated by the shape of the church building.



The raised graves/crypts next to the church building are for members of the Muhlenburg family.

 Burials in the cemetery reportedly date from 1729. The oldest legible stone, which I did not find, is dated 1736.

 Some of the windows still have the old wavy glass, though I doubt that the panes are from the early 1700s.

Detail of the braces used to keep the shutters open. 

I had not pre-arranged for a tour, so was unable to go inside. Shots of the interior were taken by carefully holding the camera up against the window panes. The pulpit on the left side is the only piece of furniture that was not handcrafted by local craftsmen using native woods. It was made of European red walnut and imported at the time the church was dedicated. The top piece over the pulpit is a 'sound board' that amplifies the preachers voice. The offering bags on the far wall were used in the 18th century.

A portion of the concrete and flagstone floor is visible as is the staircase leading to the second floor balcony.



I am always amazed by the craftsmanship and engineering skills of the early builders. Even if this is not The Church of my Hoffman ancestors, it was an incredible feeling to walk around it and to be able to see this magnificent Old Church.

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Becky Wiseman, "The Old Trappe Church," Kinexxions, posted October 27, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-old-trappe-church.html : accessed [access date])

Monday, July 16, 2012

Quiet Time? Not Really!

It's been quiet here at kinexxions for the past two weeks. Not because I haven't had anything to blog about. Quite the opposite, actually.

The hunt for Hoffman descendants was "interrupted" somewhat by several inquiries from other researchers and the news that I'd be attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) the last week of this month.

A descendant of Christian Rupert shared his family information with me. I, however, had no additional information to give to him. Christian was listed in the 1820 census in Columbiana County, Ohio. Initially, I had thought he might be related to John Rupert (my 5th Great Grandfather) and he may well be, but we don't know how, though he is probably not a son of John since he wasn't mentioned in John's will. Christian Rupert married Mary Stuller in 1818 in Columbiana County. By 1832, they had moved to what would become Auglaize County, Ohio and by 1840 they were in Carroll County, Ohio.

Then there was a descendant of Christian Hoffman who contacted me, thinking that his Christian was the son of Michael Hoffman (my 6th great grandfather). This Christian was of the right age, had enlisted in "April 1776" in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment. A later deposition states that he enlisted in May or June of 1777 at Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment. In 1819, under the name of "Christian Hoofman" he filed a Revolutionary War Pension application (S38042) while living in Pendleton County, Virginia.

However, there was also a pension file for another Christian Hoffman who was also of the right age and who enlisted in "August 1775" in a company in the 12th Regiment Pennsylvania Line. This Christian Hoffman filed for a pension (S39752) in 1818 while living in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

According to The American Revolutionary War website, the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment was organized in June and July 1775 and consisted of 9 companies from Cumberland, Lancaster, Northumberland, Northampton, Bedford, Berks and York Counties.

The same site shows that the 12th Pennsylvania Regiment was authorized on August 23, 1776 in the Continental Army as the Northampton and Northumberland Defense Battalion, and actually organized between September 28th and December 18th 1776 at Sunbury and was to consist of 8 companies from Northampton, Berks, Cumberland and Northumberland Counties.

Since both men enlisted in Regiments from the same area of Pennsylvania and there was little personal information other than their ages and names of their wives, the pension applications provided few clues as to their nativity. Without additional research, there is no way of knowing if either man is a son of Michael Hoffman. Since Christian isn't my ancestor I didn't pursue the matter any further. Hopefully my correspondent will continue his quest and come up with a more definitive answer.

But the most recent contact was, for me, the most exciting. An email from a descendant of Jonathan Smith Dunfee who was the brother of my 3rd great-grandfather, William Hamilton Dunfee, didn't get me back any further on that line but it sure filled in some blanks on his branch of the family! He also shared some wonderful family photos - more on those in future posts - and I was, happily, able to give him some new information too.

I've also been reading the articles Dr. Jones sent for "prep" work for GRIP but really do need to spend some time STUDYING them. And since I'm going to Pennsylvania I'm hoping to be able to take a few days afterward for on-site research. However, I'm quickly running out of time....

Monday, June 25, 2012

One "loose end" wrapped up!

After posting Pursuing J. W. Hoffman :: Where's THE Book? yesterday, I was talking to my friend Cindy about what all had been found. She "does genealogy" too and we've had several discussions about the Hoffman research these last few days. It's quite nice to be able to "bounce things off" someone else sometimes.

Anyway, I mentioned that I was at the point where I needed to start looking for obituary notices and she says "I have a subscription to Genealogy Bank!"

In the May 5, 1931 issue of the Plain Dealer of Cleveland, Ohio we found a very brief notice of the death of John W. Hoffman. As was expected, he was the "beloved father" of Mrs. F. W. Curtis. And, as hoped, he was the brother of Mrs. Mattie Greasel and Curtis C. Hoffman! And, burial was at Washingtonville.

That means he really IS the son of John Hoffman, Jr.

Of course, this doesn't get me any closer to finding THE book or research papers of Mrs. A. J. Callahan but it is one "loose end" wrapped up. And so, the search continues.

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Becky Wiseman, "One "loose end" wrapped up!," Kinexxions, posted June 25, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/06/one-loose-end-wrapped-up.html : accessed [access date])

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pursuing J. W. Hoffman :: Where's THE Book?

About six weeks ago, I had made the decision to do no more new research until I had reviewed all of the documents and information I had obtained in Salt Lake City. But then an email arrived from my distant cousin Bob Hoffman regarding the Hoffman Reunions of nearly a hundred years ago. And, well, that "no new research" resolution fell by the wayside rather quickly!

I am now officially obsessed with Hoffmans. I have gotten virtually nothing done since last Friday except for hunting for information on the descendants of John and Catherine (Coy) Hoffman, my 4th great-grandparents. It's amazing what a few clues can do to boost knowledge of a family line! And those two reunion articles were chock full of clues and even outright "good" information!

It's been fun a fun week, frustrating at times too, but mostly fun. One of the things that really piqued my interest in those reunion articles was the mention of a book on the Hoffman family that was in the works. I wanted to know if a book had actually been published, by whom and when. And, if it wasn't published, what happened to the research files?

On Wednesday of last week I went to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne and (among other things) re-checked the shelves for Hoffman family history books. There were 15 or so volumes but they dealt with Hoffman families in the Carolinas and in New York but there was nothing on my Hoffman family from Ohio or Pennsylvania.

So then I thought that if I could locate a living descendant...

The 1913 Reunion Article stated "J. R. Hoffman and others interested and entertained the audience. Some of these talks were for the benefit of the family historian who is preparing a book of some 800 pages and dates the family tree to Germany in the 17th century, when Adam Hoffman and his brothers Michael and Robert sailed for America, locating in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania."

Then, in the 1914 article it told us who that historian was: "The late Mrs. A. J. Callahan, the family historian, had collected a fund of reliable history, biography and geneology [sic] which has since passed into the hands of her half-brother and successor, J. W. Hoffman of 5408 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, who will be pleased to communicate with any member of the family."

In a search of The Mahoning Dispatch at Chronicling America, I found this paragraph in the Washingtonville column published on October 16, 1908: "Mrs. A. J. Callahan of Salem was the guest Wednesday of her sister, Mrs. John Fitzsimmons, when here collecting the geneaology [sic] and scraps of history relating to the Hoffman family; this will be her portion of a book soon to be published. The family name is widely scattered over this country, from the Hoffman house and banking firms in New York, through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and the far western states."

The obituary of Mary Callahan was published on December 13, 1912 in The Mahoning Dispatch gave us the name of her children and confirmed the names of her siblings: "Mrs. A. J. Callahan died of internal tumor at her home in Salem early Tuesday morning, aged 65 years. Her maiden name was Mary Hoffman, the eldest daughter of John and Catharine (Koons) Hoffman, both deceased and late of Washingtonville, Ohio. She is survived by her husband and son Lawrence Callahan and a daughter, Mrs. Charles King, all of Salem. Also a sister, Mrs. J. C. Fitzsimmons of Washingtonville and three half brothers as follows: Oscar Hoffman and William Hoffman of Cleveland, and Joseph Hoffman of Indianapolis, Ind. Another half brother, L. E. Hoffman, lost his life a few weeks ago when his automobile slid off a narrow mountain road in Virginia. Funeral services for Mrs. Callahan were conducted from her late home at No. 38 Maple street in Salem at 1:30 this (Thursday) afternoon."

I still haven't found a "J. R. Hoffman" among the descendants but after this past week of research, I know that Mary Hoffman was Mrs. A. J. Callahan "the family historian" and her sister, Nancy, was Mrs. John C. Fitzsimmons. They were the daughters of John Hoffman, Jr. and his first wife Catherine Koons. Their half-brother, J. W. Hoffman, is John William Hoffman (who went by J. W., John, and apparently also William), was the son of their father by his second wife Tabitha Crane.

As stated in the 1913 Reunion article, John Hoffman, Jr. (son of John and Catherine Coy Hoffman) was married three times and was the father of eight children. By his first wife, Nancy Koons (whose middle name may have been Catharine), he had two children: Mary (1847-1912), wife of A. J. Callahan (aka Abner, Absolam, and Abraham) and Nancy (1849-1930), wife of John C. Fitzsimmons.

John Jr. had four children by his second wife, Tabitha Crane Zimmerman: Oscar Charles (1853-1927), John William (1858-????), Lewis Edwin (1859-1912), and Joseph F. Hoffman (1869-aft1920). By his third wife, Elizabeth Hess, he had two children: Mattie (1874-1938), wife of Grant Greasel, and Curtis Charles Hoffman (1877-1959).

Now, the one child of John Jr. that I was most interested in was John William Hoffman, primarily because he "inherited" the family history from his half-sister Mary Callahan. And wouldn't you know it, he turned out to be a "problem" child. I was able to find the other seven children through marriage records. I found them in nearly every census, and I have record of their deaths. For all except Lewis Edwin and John William, I know who their children were, and most of their grandchildren and even several of their great-grandchildren. Lucky for me they almost all remained in Ohio where marriage and death records are available online for the time period in question.

But what about my "person of interest" John William Hoffman?

In 1860 and 1870 he was living with his parents in Mahoning County. His mother Tabitha died on November 20, 1871 when John W. was 13 years old. Within a year or two his father remarried. In 1880, John W., age 22, was living on St. Clair Street in Cleveland with two of his brothers, Louis, age 21, and Oscar, 27. John and Oscar were brakemen on the railroad, while Louis was a jewelery salesman. Oddly enough, the youngest of the three, Louis, was listed as head of household. His brothers were listed as boarders.

I have not yet found a good candidate for John William in Ohio in the 1900 or 1910 census records. In 1920 John W. Hoffman was a lodger living at 5607 Euclid Street in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County. The page he was listed on (20A) is a "Supplemental" page and did not include the head of the household. There were eight other persons at that address. John W. was listed as age 62, divorced, and worked as a tool maker in a factory. I'm not positive that this is the "right" John W. but he fits as being the right age and he is in Cleveland. I haven't found a good candidate for him in the 1930 census yet either.

If that is the "right" John W. Hoffman, then he was married some time after 1880 and divorced prior to 1920. What was the name of his wife? Did he have children? Where the heck was he in 1900, 1910 and 1930?

On FamilySearch, in the "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953" I did find a record for a likely candidate. This John W. Hoffman was born January 11, 1858 in Washingtonville, Ohio. He died on May 4, 1931 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and was buried in Washingtonville. His street address was 1634 E. 70th in Cleveland. His occupation was machinist. John W. was widowed and his wife's name was Alice. However, his father was listed as John W. Hoffman and his mother's name appears to be Sarah Corg. Both were born in Washingtonville. The informant was Mrs. F.W. Curtis of Cuyahoga Falls, which is 30+ miles south of Cleveland and north of Akron in Summit County, Ohio. (Cropped portion of the death record of John W. Hoffman is on the right.)

This John W. Hoffman was of the right age, born in Washingtonville, died in Cleveland. His occupation of machinist "sort of fits" with John W. in the 1920 census who was a tool maker. But in 1920 John W. was divorced while this fellow is widowed. Then there is the matter of his mother's name, which should be Tabitha Crane. Who was Sarah Corg? And, who was Mrs. F. W. Curtis?

A search of the 1930 census in ancestry for anyone with a last name of Curtis in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio produced an entry for Fredrick W Curtis, age 51, with wife Ada, age 48, both born in Ohio. They were married about 1915 (when he was 36 and she was 33). Enumerated in the household was Fredrick's mother-in-law, Alice Hoffman. She was 66 years old, widowed, and born in Ohio.

Going back to 1920, I found the Curtis family residing in Cuyahoga Falls: Fredrick W. Curtiss was 40 years old, his wife Ada was 37 and living with them was his mother-in-law, Alice Hoffman. She was 56 years old, widowed, born in Ohio.

In the "Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records and Indexes, 1810-1973" on ancestry.com there is a record for Ada L. Hoffman, 33, and Frederick W. Curtiss, 36, who were married on August 31, 1915. That record gives her parents as Alice Snow and John W. Hoffman. No record has been found for their marriage in the databases at ancestry.com or FamilySearch.

Alice and Ada Hoffman were not found in the 1910 census but I did find them in 1900. They resided on Whitney Street in Ward 18 in Cleveland. Alice was born in Sept 1863. Her marriage status was "Dd" which I presume to mean divorced. She was the mother of two children with only one living. She worked as a Janitor. He daughter, Ada was born in July 1882, was single and worked as a Bicycle Clerk. (It should be noted that in 1900 Lewis Hoffman, brother of John William Hoffman, was living in Cleveland and "Bicycle Mfg" was his occupation. Also, in Lewis' obituary of November 22, 1912 it stated that "With his brother, J. W., he was the founder of the Hoffman bicycle business.")

This appears to be the former wife of John W. Hoffman who died in 1931, and his daughter Ada Curtis. The fact that Alice and John W. sometimes state that they are divorced and later widowed is a little confusing but really not all that unusual. I do believe, in spite of his mother's name being given as "Sarah Corg" that this is my "person of interest" and the son of John Hoffman Jr.

But it looks like I've reached a dead end (pun intended) regarding descendants of John William Hoffman. Ada Hoffman married Frederick Curtis when she was 33 years old. They do not appear to have had any children. Ada L Curtis was found in the index of Ohio Deaths on ancestry.com. She died on January 18, 1964 in a long-term care facility in Clark County, Ohio. Her place of residence was Akron, Summit County, Ohio.

And now I'm back to my original questions: Was the Hoffman family history ever published? If it wasn't published, what happened to the research files?

I will, of course, continue to pursue further research on the children of John Hoffman, Jr. (particularly obituaries) hoping to find a living descendant with information regarding the family history research done by Mary (Hoffman) Callahan. Future posts will highlight what has been found on them to date. If anyone reading this is related or has further information on any of these people, please contact me at kinexxions@gmail.com

And if you've made it this far, I congratulate you, and I thank you for reading...

Update June 25, 2012: See the post One "loose end" wrapped up! for the death notice of John W. Hoffman. Yes, he really is the son of John Hoffman, Jr!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Hoffman Family Reunion of 1914

This is the second newspaper article on Hoffman family reunions that was brought to my attention a few days ago by Bob Hoffman. The first article was on the 1913 Reunion. The articles were obtained from The Mahoning Dispatch, portions of which have been digitized on Chronicling America, the historic newspapers site. The Mahoning Dispatch was published weekly on Fridays in Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio beginning on May 4, 1877 with the last issue printed on April 26, 1968. The site currently has digitized issues available from October 2, 1908 through September 30, 1921.

The Mahoning Dispatch ~ Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio ~ Vol. XXXVIII

Washingtonville
Bright, Breezy Paragraphs Telling
The Happenings in the Village on
Mahoning's Southern
Border.
By Peter M. Herold.

                    The Hoffman Reunion.
Pursuant to adjournment last year, the Hoffman family and kindred assembled in the Washingtonville town hall last Saturday. As about everybody in town is directly or indirectly related, excepting the writer, they took me in so as to make the meeting unanimous as well as harmonious.

The attendance was fully as large as last year, some being here Saturday who were not here last year, and some were here last year that were not present Saturday. Everybody came in autos or by electric line.

The brief history of the family as published in The Dispatch last year need not be repeated here. The late Mrs. A. J. Callahan, the family historian, had collected a fund of reliable history, biography and geneology [sic] which has since passed into the hands of her half-brother and successor, J. W. Hoffman of 5408 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, who will be pleased to communicate with any member of the family.

The recently deceased members of the family are Mrs. A. J. Callahan, who died and was buried at Salem; L. E. Hoffman, who was killed in an auto accident in Virginia, and Mrs. Lucinda Yaggi.

There are no Hoffmans residing in this community, but the mother of all the Weikarts, their sisters and intermarried relatives, inclusive of the Bostons, the Bates', the Hilmans, Gilberts, Bosserts, Rollers, et al., was a Hoffman, and by this collateral process the neighborhood has been largely populated.

Another branch of the Hoffman family is holding a family reunion at Southern park today (Aug 13). The branch which met here last Saturday were descendants of Dietrich Hoffman. It is not our intention, however, to deal with family history, but to simply state that 150 persons were present and the reunion was a success.

Among the Hoffmans present were John Hoffman's sons by his second marriage, J. W. and O. C. Hoffman, of Cleveland; his widow by the third marriage, Mrs. Elizabeth Hess Hoffman, her son Curtis C. Hoffman and family of Chagrin Falls and his sister, Mrs. Mattie Hoffman Greasel of Cleveland.

At the noon hour Saturday, all being seated at the well filled tables, John R. Hoffman arose and pronounced a blessing upon all those present and returned thanks for the bounties spread before them. After dinner a vote of thanks was extended for the numerous bouquets of beautiful carnations furnished for the tables, and a motion carried to present the flowers to John A. Weikart, who be reason of illness was unable to be present last year and this.

After all had gratified the needs of the inner man, a business meeting was held and the same officers were re-elected for another year, the reunion to be held at Rockhill park on the second Saturday of August, 1915. Before adjournment the following program was rendered:

Piano solo, Miss Anna Hoffman, Homeworth; recitation, Dorothy Woods, Washingtonville; recitation, Ethel Weikart, Washingtonville; vocal solo, Thelma Bossert, Washingtonville; short address, Mrs. Mollie Norton, Niles (aged 75 years); recitation, Miss Helen Woods, Washingtonville; Piano solo, Miss Marie Weikart, Washingtonville; remarks, Mrs. Margaret Osborne, Alliance, (past 80 years of age); vocal solo, Mercedes Gilbert, Washingtonville; address, Rev. Cowgill, Salem; vocal solo, Mrs. Grant Greasel, Cleveland; invocation, Rev. Cowgill.

The officers elected are: President, Howard Hoffman, Homeworth; vice president and treasurer, James C. Weikart, Washingtonville; secretary, Mrs. Howard Hoffman, Homeworth; historian, Miss Yaggi, Salem.

The out of town guests were: Mrs. Johnson of Indiana, came to meet her sister, Mrs. Norton, and accompany her home for a visit, Rev. Cowgill of Salem, who brought the beautiful cut flowers, roses, carnations, etc., for table decoration.

The guests from Alliance and vicinity were: Mrs. Osborne, John Hoffman and wife, George Hoffman and wife, Madison Walker and wife, Howard Hoffman and family, Milton Hoffman and John R. Hoffman and their wives. The Cleveland guests were: O. C. Hoffman, J. W. Hoffman, Mrs. Lizzie Hoffman and her daughter, Mrs. Grant Greasel and son. From Chagrin Falls came Curtis Hoffman and family. Lisbon, Mrs. Lydia Burnap. North Lima, Ed Crook, wife and son Robert.


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Becky Wiseman, "The Hoffman Family Reunion of 1914," Kinexxions, posted June 19, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/06/hoffman-family-reunion-of-1914.html : accessed [access date])

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The 1913 Hoffman Family Reunion

This article (and a second one) was brought to my attention a few days ago by Bob Hoffman (see this post), courtesy of the two wonderful ladies who volunteer at the Columbiana County Archives and Research Center.

The Chronicling America website (part of the Library of Congress) shows that The Mahoning Dispatch was published weekly on Fridays in Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio beginning on May 4, 1877 with the last issue printed on April 26, 1968. The site currently has digitized issues available from October 2, 1908 through September 30, 1921. I haven't yet taken the time to go through all of the issues but a search for Hoffman and related surnames provides quite a few hits.

As a side note, there are two options for downloading the images - a high quality, large "jp2" file and a smaller pdf file of lower quality. After downloading the jp2 file I discovered that I didn't have a graphics program that would open the file! A quick search showed that Irfanview along with a JPEG2000 plugin will open the downloaded images.

The article consumes the entire first column of the first page and a small portion of the second column so it had to be "clipped" in sections. It includes quite a few surnames, some of which I recognized from information that was given to me in September 2004 by Stephanie Martin Shively. She is a descendant of Daniel Coy, half-brother of Catherine Coy who married John Hoffman. Catherine and John are my 4th great-grandparents.

Stephanie had some information on all of the eleven children of John and Catherine, more on some than on others. This article contains quite a bit of information on the family of John Hoffman, Jr., which is one of the children for which Stephanie had little information.

Since obtaining the article two days ago, I have found quite a bit more information on the family of John Jr. and have been able to trace all of his children and some of the grandchildren through census records from ancestry.com as well as marriage and death records from FamilySearch. but still have a few holes to fill in. Several passages have been emphasized in bold and will be discussed in future posts, as will other portions of the article.

The Mahoning Dispatch ~ Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio ~ Vol. XXXVII

WASHINGTONVILLE
Bright, Breezy Paragraphs Telling
The Happenings in the Village on
Mahoning's Southern
Border.
By Peter M. Herold.


Hoffman Family Reunion.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart
And hope to meet again.

The largest family gathering held in Washingtonville for many years assembled in town hall last Saturday, when the Hoffman family held their annual reunion and picnic. Other families have had larger gatherings, but they are held statedly in groves especially fitted up for the purpose; while that of the Hoffman family held last Saturday was all under cover and had the privileges of the town property and the school grounds.

The out-of-town members of the family came by electric line and automobiles from Cleveland, Chagrin Falls, Canton, Homeworth, Alliance, Freeburg, Paris, Salem, North Lima and Leetonia - the Washingtonville kinship being divided among the Weikarts, the Bostons, the Hilemans, the Fitzsimmons' and their intermarried relatives, so that when dinner was announced 138 relatives surrounded the tables and partook of a bountiful meal, which none can prepare and enjoy than persons of German extraction. Before adjournment everybody present was served with ice-cream and cake.

Order being restored, the meeting was opened with devotional exercises conducted by Rev. S. Z. Cowgill of Salem, whose mother was a Hoffman. Then followed the following program, conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Hoffman, president and secretary of the reunion: 
Piano solo..... Marie Weikart
Recitations by Willie Bowker and Ethel Weikart.
Vocal solo..... Thelma Bossert
Recitation........Helen Woods
Song - "Count Your Blessings," by Dr. H. K. Yaggie of Salem, whose mother was a Hoffman.
Recitation....... Mary Grim
Piano duet... Ruby and Marie Weikart
Recitations... Rose Woods and Glen Van Skiver
Piano solo......... Freeda Paisley
Recitation....... Dorothy Woods
Vocal solo..... Mercedes Gilbert

Short talks by Rev. S. Z. Cowgill, J. R. Hoffman and others interested and entertained the audience. Some of these talks were for the benefit of the family historian who is preparing a book of some 800 pages and dates the family tree to Germany in the 17th century, when Adam Hoffman and his brothers Michael and Robert sailed for America, locating in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Another branch whose paternal head is Didrich Hoffman (first son of Michael Hoffman) was born in Philadephia, Pa., and located in this part of Ohio. He owned the Cherry Valley farm now covered by the coke ovens. The brown stone marker in the Lutheran graveyard at Washingtonville bears the following inscription:

"In memory of Didrich Hoffman who was born June 23rd, 1751, and departed this life on the 10 of March A. D. 1826, aged 74 years, 8 months and 13 days."

His son, John Hoffman, sr., owned the Fairview farm north of town and his son, John Hoffman, jr., resided in Washingtonville; was thrice married, all of whom bore him children - Mrs. N. C. Fitzsimmons of this place being by his first marriage with Nancy Koons. His second marriage was to Tabitha Crane, whose sons were here from Cleveland at the reunion. Of his third marriage with Elizabeth Hess are Mattie and Curtis Hoffman, both married. Mattie Graduated from the Washingtonville high school in the class of 1890, and was afterwards married to Grant Greasel, now of Cleveland. Curtis was in the employ of the Brown-hoist Co of Cleveland and represented his company in Cuba for a while, then in Russia and in Egypt. Both were here Saturday.And inasmuch as many of the Hoffman family attended school here, A. L. Taylor of the school board opened the new school building, and all those in attendance went through the various rooms, and some from basement to bell tower. Curtis Hoffman was one of the Hoffman Bicycle Co. a few years ago, but now resides upon a small farm near Chagrin Falls. When going through the various school rooms on Saturday with his wife and three children he remarked to "Buck" Taylor that after all the carving he had done, getting his name and initials, upon the seats and benches in the old building, it was a pity to have all his labor destroyed by fire. So that it can be seen that C. C. Hoffman was much like the average boy of his day.

It should have been stated in the proper connection that the elder John Hoffman and his wife Catharine are also buried in the Lutheran grave yard with the following inscriptions:
   "Catharine, wife of John Hoffman died Feb. 10, 1857, aged 77 years."
   "John Hoffman died Feb. 8, 1869, aged 80 years, 3 months."

John Hoffman, jr., was buried in the Odd Fellows (or Oakland) cemetery west of town; his first wife having been buried in the Methodist grave yard. His third wife was at the reunion on Saturday and enjoyed the day's proceedings with her children and grandchildren.

A business session was held near the close of the reunion. The old officers were retained for the coming year and Washingtonville was unanimously chosen as the place of next meeting to be held the second Saturday of August, 1914. A collection was taken and enough money was raised to pay for the use of town hall and other incidentals, leaving $6 in the hands of J. C. Weikart, treasurer of the Hoffman Reunion.

Relatives visited both church yards after adjournment, and while they found the names and dates they sought for, they found neither grave yard in an inviting condition. They may get some needed attention before next year's reunion.

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Becky Wiseman, "The 1913 Hoffman Family Reunion," Kinexxions, posted June 17, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/06/1913-hoffman-family-reunion.html : accessed [access date])

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cousins Connecting, Contributing, Collaborating

Three months ago (March 2012) I began a series of posts on my Hoffman-Huffman Family of Columbiana County, Ohio and Berks County, Pennsylvania, which is one of my Maternal Grandfather's Lines: Becky Wiseman >>> Virginia Phend Wiseman >>> Rolland Victor "Vic" Phend >>> Susie Lula Yarian >>> Lovina Berlin >>> Susannah Huffman >>> John Hoffman >>> Dietrich Hoffman >>> Michael Hoffman.

In August 2011, prior to the publication of those posts, I had been contacted by Nick Hoffman, a descendant of Dietrich's son, Michael. At that time I hadn't really done any research on the Hoffman line - most of the information I had was from two other researchers and had been received several years ago. Then I went to Salt Lake City for a couple of months, concentrating on researching the lines for whom I had little information, one of which was the Hoffman family. That series of posts in March was the result of the information that had been found in Salt Lake City.

I contacted Nick to let him know about the blog posts. In the meantime, he had made contact with Mike Lies, a descendant of Barbara Hoffman Lies - sister of Dietrich. It was Nick who had sent the information on the 1750 marriage of a Michael Hoffman and Engel Schedlerin, which lead us to reconsider the "known" information regarding Michael's wife. (I wrote about that in Questioning the Status Quo :: Oh, Maria!)

As a result of the Hoffman-Huffman posts in March, I was contacted by Bob Hoffman, a descendant of Jacob Hoffman who is another son of Dietrich. Bob wasn't able to provide any additional information on Dietrich or Michael but did send along a nice report on Jacob's descendants.

Yesterday I got a very nice (to say the least!) email from Bob. Nice enough to that I let out a shout causing my friend Cindy (working in another room) to ask if I was okay ;-)

Bob and his brother, Tom, spent the day at the Columbiana Archives (Columbiana County Archives and Research Center). I know from personal experience that the two ladies working there - volunteers - are very nice and extremely helpful. While Bob and Tom were perusing the shelves, the ladies were on the computer doing some look-ups.

What the ladies found were two articles on Hoffman family reunions at Washingtonville, published in the Mahoning Dispatch - one on August 15, 1913 and the other on August 14, 1914 - both on the Chronicling America website.

The articles are a treasure trove of information that provide leads for further research. I'll be transcribing the articles and posting them here in the near future - primarily for 'cousin bait' since there are a lot of names given, but also just because the articles are interesting and give a little more insight into a different era, of the life and times of people of a hundred years ago.

One of the paragraphs really got my heart pounding:
"Some of these talks were for the benefit of the family historian who is preparing a book of some 800 pages and dates the family tree to Germany in the 17th century, when Adam Hoffman and his brothers Michael and Robert sailed for America, locating in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania."
There was a book published on 'MY' Hoffman family? Where? When? By Whom? I want it! And then there is that "Three Brothers" myth again. Oh, my!

But Bob had even more good news. He and his brother had found the grave markers for Dietrich and for "my" John and Catherine in the Washingtonville Cemetery. Bob says the stones are in terrible condition, broken and illegible but he's going to send me photos! (I hadn't been able to find the stones on my visit there last year.) Oh, and that first reunion article? It gives transcriptions of their stones! I had that from "The Henry R. Baldwin Genealogical Records" but it is confirmation of the inscription from yet another source.

Bob's email was definitely worthy of the 'happy dance' don't you think? And to those naysayers who think blogging about your genealogy is a waste of time - don't you believe them! I've lost track of how many times I've been contacted by other researchers as a result of blog posts. Most are inquiries and not 'exciting' but I appreciate each and every contact. You just never know what you'll find when you open your email! Yes, folks, blogging works!

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Becky Wiseman, "Cousins Connecting, Contributing, Collaborating," Kinexxions, posted June 15, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/06/cousins-connecting-contributing.html : accessed [access date])