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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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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ANTON HOFMAN, retired, McKeesport, was born in Baden, Germany, April 6, 1834, a son of Michael and Margaret (Kuhn) Hofman. He was reared and educated in his native country, and served an apprenticeship of three years at the shoemaker’s trade. He came to this country in November, 1854, and settled in Pittsburgh, where he followed his trade, as a journeyman, until July, 1855, when he came to McKeesport, and worked for William Hartman until February 1, 1858. He then embarked in business for himself, and carried on a shop until 1868, when he opened a shoe store, which he conducted successfully until 1886, when he retired from business. He has been married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Snyder, of McKeesport, and formerly of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, by whom he had seven children: Adolph, Annie (Mrs. Gustave Kunz), Charles, George, Lizzie, John (deceased) and Anton. His second wife was Mary, daughter of John Maser, of Wurtemberg, Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Hofman are members of the Evangelical Protestant Church. He is a director of the New Enterprise Building & Loan association; is a F. & A. M., and a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W.; in politics he is a democrat.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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