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Jacob Hoffmann (1815 - 1891)

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Jacob Hoffmann
Born in Alsweiler, Preußenmap
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Husband of — married 12 Sep 1841 in Rochester, Monroe, New York, USAmap
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Died in Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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Jacob Hoffmann was born in the German village of Alsweiler in 1815.[1] In June of 1836, when Jacob was 20 years old, his father gave him 60 Prussian thalers to use as he wished. Jacob travelled to Le Havre, France, and boarded the ship Rockingham, bound for America.[1] The Rockingham landed at New York City on 17 August 1836,[2] and Jacob made his way thence to Buffalo, then Dansville, New York, and on to Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania by the end of September.[1]

In 1841, Jacob was married to Mary Reiter in Rochester, New York. They moved to Jefferson County, Pennsylvania in 1842, settling at first in Warsaw Township[1] and later in Brookville.[3] The Hoffmanns also lived in the nearby townships of Rose[4] and Pine Creek.[5][6] They had 12 children together; all but one lived to adulthood.[1][7]

While he lived in Pennsylvania, Jacob was crippled by a leg injury sustained in the construction of a dam. He used his convalescence as an opportunity to study the English language, and afterward taught in local schools for some years.[7] He was ill for three and a half years, and bedridden for much of that time, before his death on 29 April 1891 at his home near Brookville.[7]

Research Notes

Jacob's birthplace of Alsweiler changed hands many times in the early nineteenth century. After the Peace of Paris of 1814, it was held by Prussia.[8] In June of 1815, the Congress of Vienna set aside a district in the former Sarre department to be divided among several German princes, including the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.[9] This provision was fulfilled in September of 1816;[10] in the meantime, the territory was held under provisional administration by Prussia.[11] Saxe-Coburg-Gotha sold this territory, known as the Principality of Lichtenberg, back to Prussia in 1834.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bible of Jacob Hoffman. Date unknown. Images uploaded to by Kate Micco. Contains biographical notes handwritten in German.
  2. "List or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the ship Rockingham. 17 August 1836. Page 3. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,"
  3. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Isaac Hoffman, Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 948, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), Jacob Hoffman, 1860.
  5. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Jacob Hoffman, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 23, family 167, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,851.
  6. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2017), Jacob Hoffman, Pine Creek, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 195, sheet 148C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1136; FHL microfilm 1,255,136.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Death of Jacob Hoffman." Jefferson Democrat (Brookville, PA), May 7, 1891.
  8. "A Map of the Eastern Boundary of France to Illustrate Article III in the First Peace of Paris, 30th May 1814." In The Map of Europe by Treaty by Edward Hertslet, vol. I, facing p. 28. London: Butterworths, 1875. Internet Archive.
  9. Article XLIX of the Vienna Congress Treaty. In Hertslet, vol. I, pp. 241–242.Internet Archive.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Treaty Between Prussia and Saxe-Coburg, for the Cession of Lichtenberg to Prussia." In Hertslet, vol. II, p. 945.Internet Archive.
  11. Article L of the Vienna Congress Treaty. In Hertslet, vol. I, p. 242. Internet Archive.


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On 31 Aug 2016 at 05:15 GMT Chris Hoult wrote:

Hoffmann-448 and Hoffmann-447 appear to represent the same person because: Clear Duplicate

Rejected matches › Johan Jacob Hoffmann (1815-1890)

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