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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ENOCH HOFFMAN, deceased. The subject of this memoir was born in Perry Co., Penn., Sept. 9, 1809, and was a son of Philip and Anna M. Hoffman, natives of the above State, where Philip died, after which his wife came to Ohio, where her remaining days were passed. They were parents of ten children, four living. Our subject was reared on the farm, and, when old enough, served an apprenticeship in tanning, which business he followed for forty-three years, and to within a few years of his death, which occurred Aug. 23, 1873. Feb. 21, 1833, he was married to Catherine Gilbert, by whom he had five children, three living— Salome, Minerva and Sarah C; the deceased, Jacob G. and Mary E. They removed to Ohio in 1837, and to West Milton in 1839, which has since been their home. Mr. Hoffman has been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty-seven years; he was a leading member and a consistent Christian gentleman. Mrs. Hoffman is a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Gilbert, who were born in Pennsylvania, in which they lived and died, he at the age of 82, she when in the 41st year of her age. They were the parents of six children, four living. Mrs. Hoffman has been an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years, and sustains a Christian character above reproach; she was born Aug. 30, 1812.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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