Biography of John S. Hoffman
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Hoffman, John Smith, son of William, was born in Southport, July 2, 1811, and in early life became a hatter. In 1837 he formed a copartnership with Nelson W. Gardiner, which continued until 1843. Hats were nearly all made by hand in those days. Mr. Hoffman married, first, on September 28, 1836, Minerva Kirtland, who died July 18, 1838. They had one daughter, Frances M., who married Charles A. Northrup. Forhis second wife Mr. Hoffman married, February 2, 1842, Lydia Logan, of Elmira., whobore him two children, of whom one died at the age of twelve years and one, Eloise E., survives. Mr. Hoffman was supervisor for eight years, was assessor three years, town clerk two years, and for many years conducted a large lumber trade. He retired from active business in 1881. Mrs. Hoffman died in 1890. Mr. Hoffman's father, one of the sturdy pioneers of Chemung County, first came to Newtown from Northumberland, Pa., in 1799, and located here in 1800. In a recent article on the old citizens of Elmira the author of this volume says: "William Hoffman was the noblest Roman of them all." He married, first, Peggy Smith, by whom he had one daughter, Margaret, and second, Sally Smith, who bore him six children: John S., Jacob, William, jr., Joseph, George W., and Henry C.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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