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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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FRANK W. HOFFMAN, a prominent merchant of Pottstown, was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1865. He is the son of Ephraim and Mary Ann (Wein) Hoffman.

Ephraim G. Hoffman (father) lived in Berks county for many years, and later removed to Montgomery county. He was an iron worker, but afterwards entered the mercantile business in which he is still engaged in Phoenixville. His wife died in 1899, and was buried at the Pottstown cemetery. Mr. Hoffman is a Lutheran in religious faith, while his wife belonged to the Reformed church. In 1898 there was a photograph taken of the entire family, all the children being grown. The children of Ephraim G. and Mary Ann Hoffman: William, resides in Wissahickon, Pennsylvania, married Miss Ayers, and they have several children; he is a merchant; Amanda, married Augustus Smith, who is employed in Pottstown, they having five children; Frank W.; John, married Miss Freas, and they reside in Spring City, where he is a merchant; they have several children; Catharine, married George Rushong, and they reside in Pottstown, where he is a carpenter, they having four children; Howard, married Ida Gebhard, and is a merchant in Pottstown, where they reside, they having no children; Charles, married Lulu McAfee, and is a merchant in Boyertown, they having no children; Edward, married Elizabeth Shoup, and is in business with his father in Phoenixville, they having five children; Ammond, married Sallie Rhoads, and they live in Spring City, he being a miller, and they having no children; Albert, unmarried, is employed by his father at Phoenixville; Annie, married Calvin Eberhart, a painter and contractor in Phoenixville, they having no children.

Samuel Hoffman (grandfather) lived in Berks and Montgomery counties all his life, and was buried at Boyertown. He and his wife were farmers and died in middle age. He was a Democrat in politics. William Wein (maternal grandfather) married Christina Gilbert, and lived in Berks county and later in Pottstown. They died there at an advanced age, and were buried at Swampton cemetery, Boyertown, Berks county. He was a carpenter and wheelwright. In politics he was a Democrat, and the family belonged to the Reformed church.

Frank W. Hoffman left school when he was fourteen years of age, and went to work in the Iron Works at Pottstown. He remained there for about eleven years and then started the business which he has conducted since that time.

August 15, 1885, Frank W. Hoffman married Elizabeth Yocum, daughter of George Yocum, of Pottstown. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman: Minnie, born in 1886; Bessie, born August 15, 1891; Rebie, born August 9, 1894.

Mr. Hoffman is a Democrat in politics. He bought the property where he conducts his business four years ago.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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