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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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G. W. HOFFMAN, merchant, Noblestown. His ancestry in colonial times were scattered through Berks and Chester counties. G. W. Hoffman (grandfather of the subject of this sketch) and his brother, Isaac, came west shortly after the war of 1812, and located in Williamsport (now Monongahela City), Pa. Isaac afterward removed to Trumbull county, Ohio; G. W. remained at Williamsport until his death, which occurred shortly after his arrival. His widow, Rebecca, with her three children, G. W., Jefferson and Matilda, removed to Noblestown, and subsequently she married Joseph Johnston. Grandfather Hoffman had a title to about 240 acres of land patented by George Valandingham, adjoining the eastern line of the Noble tract, from which Noblestown took its name. His son, G. W., was born Nov. 29, 1805, and was married Jan. 25, 1827, to Mary Link, born Jan. 25, 1804, and their children were as follows: Daniel, born Sept. 24, 1827, married March 21, 1850, to Nancy E., daughter of William Tidball (now resident of Burgettstown, Washington county; had three sons and four daughters, all living); Rebecca, born Dec. 5, 1828, married March 1, 1860, to John Goist (she died Jan. 2, 1869, leaving three children); Jefferson, born Sept. 7, 1830, married Ruth Morris Oct. 18, 1855, and has two children living; Elizabeth, born Sept. 19, 1832, died June 3, 1852; Matilda E., born Feb. 5, 1835, married to William Johnston Oct. 23, 1856, reside at Burgettstown, have three daughters living; G. W., born Aug. 5, 1837, married Sept. 23, 1867, to Elizabeth Hagerty (reside in Noblestown; have four children); Benjamin W., born Nov. 21, 1839, married to Sarah Bell Jan. 31, 1867 (reside at Castle Shannon, have three children); Mary I., born March 14, 1842, married to Richard Sharp Jan. 23, 1861 (resident of Allegheny, have six children); Nancy, born Dec. 29, 1844, died May 19, 1852; Sarah Ann, born May 13, 1848, married to Frank Keiffer May 31, 1865; died Feb. 13, 1872, leaving two children. The father of this family had his arm torn off by a thrashing-machine Feb. 17, 1854, and on the following morning he died, in the forty-eighth year of his age; his widow died Feb. 24, 1870, aged sixty-six.

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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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