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Son of Gottlieb Hoffmann and Johanne nee Wunsch of Schwiebus. The religiously-charged name Gottlieb (= "god's love"; cognate with Greek Theophilus) derives from the Lutheran pietist tradition. He appears to have been known within the family by his middle name Adolf, although many church records also refer to him as August. It was very common for people to be christened with religious names but be known by other names (sometimes multiple children were christened with the same first name, so it became a necessity).
His death registration states his age was 62yrs 1month 24 days, suggesting his birthday was 14th June 1833.
He married Auguste Florentine Gottliebe Scholz sometime before 1858 (no record of a marriage found - Church records from Schwiebus are very incomplete). The couple had 4 known surviving children between the years 1858-1870, and a stillborn son in 1876. Each of the known children was born in Schwiebus, Brandenburg (now Swiebodzin, Poland), a town historically associated with the trade of clothmaking, and located on the railyway line between Berlin and Warsaw.
Civil records from Schwiebus (1876, 1883) state his occupation was Tuchmachermeister (Master clothmaker) and the religion was recorded as protestant "evangelisch" (Evangelical Lutheran.) Later documents record Adolf's occupation was Bahnbeamter (railway official).
He is listed in address books for Schöneberg (Berlin) between 1883-1893 at Bahnstrasse 15 (today: Crellestrasse) and Brunnhildstrasse 17, Schöneberg.
Clearly, he considered being a clothmaker to be a lifetime vocation, not merely a means of earning a living, and he was still described as a Tuchmachermeister in Schwiebus in the marriage record for son Theodor in 1890, despite most other records suggesting he was employed by the railways by that time. Obtaining a position as a Beamter for the railway was in itself a privilege in Germany, as it brought with it a guarantee of a job for life, as well as a certain social and economic standing.
By 1900, the year of daughter Auguste Emilie Florentine's second marriage, the certificate named Adolf's occupation as Tuchfabrikant (cloth manufacturer) but states he was deceased.
Son Paul's second marriage certificateconfirms Adolf was deceased by 1923, with the occupation recorded as "Railway Employee."
Adolf died at Brunnhildstrasse 17, in Schöneberg on 6. August 1895.
It is known through DNA testing of g-g-grandson James at 23andme.com that Adolf was of the paternal haplogroup E1B1B1C1 (E-M34).
Sterberegister der Berliner Standesämter 1874-1920. Digital images. Landesarchiv, Berlin, Deutschland, Nr.543 Gottlieb Adolf Hoffmann
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