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  • ID: I0261
  • Name: John Peter Hoffman 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1709 in Germany 1 2
  • Death: 1798 in Lykens Valley, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
  • Buried: Field near his farm, Lykens Township, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania
  • Occupation1: Carpenter
  • Note:
    [The following is from Egle's Notes and Queries] Among the earliest settlers of the Wiconisco valley was John Peter Hoffman, a native of Germany, born in 1709. With others of his family and friends he came to America in 1739 in the ship Robert and Alice, Captain Walter Goodman, arriving at Philadelphia in September of that year. He first located in Berks county, where he worked at his trade, that of a carpenter. During the early Indian troubles on the frontiers, he served some time as a soldier in the Provincial forces. About the year 1750 he came to the end of Short mountain, in Lykens Valley, where he built a small log house, just across the road from the present residence of Daniel Romberger. Sixty years ago this was used as a blacksmith shop. John Peter Hoffman the contemporary of Andrew and John Lycan, or Lykens, Ludwig Shott, John Rewalt, and others, and with them driven off by the Indians in their marauds of 1756. It was subsequent to this period that he brought his family to the Valley. Here he followed farming and died in 1798 at the age of eighty-nine years. His remains with those of his wife, who had deceased previously, were interred in the field near the present house on the old farm now owned by Mr. Romberger, before named.
    The above information is almost verbatim the same information that appears in Kelker's History of Dauphin County. An additional paragraph in that work reads: "John Peter Hoffman and his wife were the parents of the following children; as well as others whose names have not been preserved: Catharine, married Andrew Reigle, reared a large family, and lived to the age of four score in the upper end of the county. Barbara, married George Buffington, a soldier of the revolution, by whom she became the mother of several children. Elizabeth, wife of Ludwig Sheetz, and mother of a large family. John of whom later. John Nicholas, born 1749, married Margaret Harman. Christian, born 1752, married -------- Deibler."
    Kelker (History of Dauphin County, Vol. II, p. 774) also includes "Peter Hoffman" on a "List of the Taxable Inhabitants of Dauphin County, 1786, Upper Paxton, Upper District."

    Marriage 1 ? b: UNKNOWN
      1. Has No Children Catharine Hoffman b: UNKNOWN
      2. Has No Children Barbara Hoffman b: UNKNOWN
      3. Has No Children Elizabeth Hoffman b: UNKNOWN
      4. Has No Children John Hoffman b: 1746 in Berks County, Pennsylvania
      5. Has Children John Nicholas Hoffman b: 21 Mar 1749 in Tulpehocken Twp., Berks County, Pennsylvania
      6. Has No Children Christian Hoffman b: 1752

      1. Title: Notes and Queries Historical and Genealogical Chiefly Relating to Interior Pennsylvania.
        Author: Egle, William Henry
        Publication: First and Second Series in Two Volumes, Vol. I. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1970 [originally published Harrisburg, PA: 1894]
        Note: Akron-Summit County Library
        Media: Book
        Page: 211
      2. Title: History of Dauphin County Pennsylvania
        Author: Kelker, Luther Reily
        Publication: Vol. 1. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907
        Note: Akron-Summit County Library
        Media: Book
        Page: 305
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