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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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PHILIP HOFFMAN, who is connected with the business interests of Raubsville, Northampton County, as a member of the well known firm of Hoffman & Co., wholesale and retail butchers of this place, has spent his entire life in Pennsylvania, and was born in this county on the 10th of May, 1852. He is the son of Jacob and Christiana (Schneider) Hoffman, natives of Bavaria, Germany, who emigrated to the United States and settled in Northampton County, and here established a permanent home. The father remained in this locality until his death. The mother, who is still living, is now more than sixty years of age, and is a resident of Raubsville.

In the vicinity of his present home our subject was reared to manhood, fitted, by careful training at home and in school, for the active management of business affairs. After the age of fourteen he attended school only during the winter months, being obliged to work in the summer seasons. For a short time he was employed on the Delaware Division of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Canal. When sixteen years of age he began to learn the butcher’s trade, at which he was employed in Kintnersville for one year, and afterward for a number of years was similarly engaged at Easton.

Embarking in the business at Raubsville in 1883, our subject took his father into the concern as a partner, under the firm name of Hoffman & Co. The latter was connected with the enterprise until his death, August 31, 1886, since which time the old firm name has been continued. It is due to the enterprise of our subject that he has gained such creditable success in his undertakings. In addition to a good wholesale business in pork and beef, which is conducted mainly during the fall of each year, he has two wagons on the road retailing meats.

The marriage of Mr. Hoffman united him with Miss Susan Morritz, who is a daughter of Josiah Morritz, late of Easton, Pa., but now deceased. They became the parents of five children, four of whom are living: Edith M., Philip, Jr., Susan and Christina. At the present time Mr. Hoffman is serving as Judge of Elections of the Eastern District of Williams Township. He has filled other local positions, in which he has rendered faithful service to his fellow-citizens. He exercises his elective franchise in favor of Democratic-principles and candidates.

In religious belief Mr. Hoffman is identified with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Raubsville, in the good work of which he is active, as well as in all philanthropic measures. Socially he affiliates with the Masonic order at Riegelsville and the Knights of Pythias at Easton. He is also identified with Fairview Grange in Williams Township. The success which he has attained is the result of his own exertions, as he started in business with little capital, but through perseverance has gained a place among the solid business men of Raubsville.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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