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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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PHILLIP HOFFMAN, blacksmith, McKeesport, was born in Germany Aug. 30, 1834, a son of George Hoffman. He was reared and educated in his native land, and served an apprenticeship of one year at the blacksmith’s trade. In 1852 he came to America, located in Pittsburgh, and in the latter part of the same year in McKeesport, where he finished his trade. He then worked as a journeyman in Mifflin township five years; then started a shop of his own in the same township, which he successfully conducted until 1875, when he removed to McKeesport, where he has since remained, engaged in business. In 1855 he married Caroline, daughter of Paul and Caroline (Spangler) Wilhelm, of Mifflin township, and has nine children living: Philip, George, Henry, Frederick, John, Charles, Edward, Caroline and Annie. Mr. Hoffman is a member of the G. L. Church and F. & A. M.; in politics he is independent.

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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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