Bio: Hoffman, Joseph D. (1812 - 1894)

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Surname: Hoffman, Deval, Brow, Darnce, Dabary, King, Vanhorne, Vanhorn, Van Horne, Wilson, Wescott, Shaw

----Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin

Joseph D. Hoffman (14 Sept 1812 - 27 Mar 1894)

JOSEPH D. HOFFMAN, hotel and farmer. Hixton, was born in Lycoming Co.. Penn., Sept. 14, 1812. Came to Wisconsin in 1856. and settled at Hixton, Jackson Co., on the place where he now lives, which contains 200 acres. Being anxious to see his country improve, he donated a piece of land on the Trempealeau River, to James Deval and Sidney Brow, who erected a mill in 1858, according to agreement. This mill has since been destroyed by fire. Mr. Hoffman has been a member of the Town Board for three years, and is also a member of Congregational Church, at Hixton, said church being built in 1876, Mr. Hoffman being a liberal contributor to the erection thereof. Was married to Miss Susan Vanhorne, in Nov. 3, 1844; she was born in Pennsylvania, May 14, 1818. Their family consists of six children—Margaret A., now Mrs. Darnce; Charles C. (b. 18 Aug 1847, Williamsport, PA), Dabary, now Mrs. Joseph King; Willard C (b. Cascade Twp., Lycoming Co., PA); Norah B., now Mrs. G. Shaw. They have lost four children, Mary E., died in 1870; William F., died in Pennsylvania, 1851; Samantha, died 1871; and Eliza D., died in 1875.

*Joseph D. Hoffman and Susannah Van Horn married 3 Nov 1836 in Pennsylvania, the Son of Phillip Henry Hoffman and Elizabeth Reamer; Brother of Samuel Hoffman, Elisha Hoffman, Elijah Hoffman, Peter Reamer Hoffman and Jacob Hoffman. At various times he was employed as a farmer and a Hotel Keeper /Proprietor of the Railroad House, also known as the Hoffman Hotel. Joseph was also a member of Hixton town board and served a term as Jackson County Sheriff, and was. He is buried at Trinity Rest, Hixon, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Marriages

John W. King
bride's name: Deborah E. Hoffman
marriage date: 26 Oct 1862
marriage place: Hixton, Jackson, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: John King
groom's mother's name: Mary Ann Wilson
bride's father's name: Joseph D. Hoffman
bride's mother's name: Susan (Susannah) Vanhorn

Family Notes

Note: 1850 Census, Cascade, Lycoming Co, Pennsylvania: Joseph age 38; Susan age 33; Margaret age 12; Mary age 12; Deborah age 6; Charles age 3
1880 Census, Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin: Joseph D, age 66, working as a farmer and hotel keeper, Hixton, Jackson Co, Wis., both parents born in Pennsylvania. Susan, wife, age 56, born in Pennsylvania, both parents were born in Pennsylvania. Children: Charles, age 33, born in Pennsylvania; Jane, age 26, born in Pennsylvania; Nora, age 20, born in Pennsylvania; M.D. Shaw (Nora's husband); Persis Shaw, age 2 months, granddaughter. 2 others in household: Dewitt Wescott and John W. Clark.

Children of Joseph and Susannah
Margaret A, born about 1838 in PA, died 1911 in Hixton, WI
Mary E, borht about 1842 in PA, died 1870
Deborah, born about 1845 in PA
Charles C, born about 1847 in PA, died 1930
William F, born in PA, died in 1851 in PA
Rebeccah J, born about 1851 in PA (Jane ?)
Willard C, born 11/6/1855 in Lycoming Co., PA
Eliza D, born about 1858, died 1875 in Hixton, WI
Nora B, born about 1860
Samatha, died 1871



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