James Martin Yeager.

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5. Mary Gertrude Green was married to General J.
M. Aguirre of Central America. Gen. Aguirre died Dec.
29, 1904.

7. Harrie Nelson Green was married to Miss Lillian
Xeal Monroe. Oct. 28, 1881. They had two children, Win-
nie and Lela Monroe ; the first born died in infancy.

Lillian Green, wife of Harrie Green died at Philadel-
phia Sept. 11, 1890.

Harrie Xelson Green died at Pueblo, Colorado, Sept.
5, 1895, and is buried at Colorado Springs, Col. The sur-
viving daughter, Lela, died at Sigourney, Keokuk Co., Iowa,
March 17. 1891.

Hughes Dedicates Arch

Monument to Wayne's Victory at Stony Point

Stonv Point, X T . Y., Oct. 2, 1907 — A monument to the
victory of "Mad Anthony" Wayne, the Revolutionary gen
eral, who led a successful attack against apparently hopeless
odds on Stony Point, held by the British 130 years ago, was



dedicated here today as one of the opening- affairs of the up-
state Hudson-Fulton celebration. The monument, a me-
morial arch built of rough stone, stands on an eminence of
the rugged promontory where the battle took place. The
site is now a state park. The arch is the gift of the Daugh-
ters of the Revolution.

Governor Hughes was the principal speaker today. He
said in part :

We celebrate today the madness that makes histories
and empires; the madness that has given us the American
Republic and will cause it to endure ; the madness that must
permeate the American people and rescue them from the
pitfalls of their overwhelming prosperity.

( )n this spot occurred one of those rare exploits in
which strategy and bravery reached their highest level of
attainment. No finer exhibition of unflinching courage and
of supreme devotion to the cause of liberty has been given
to the world. In a materialistic age it might well seem mad-
ness. It would indeed seem madness to a man who would
exchange honor and loyalty and faith for gold. I hit it was
no madness to Wayne. He made it simply the performance
of a task assigned to him, and yet withal the expression of a
fine individuality in an act of supreme courage which we
honor because of its unconsciousness of self. It is the mad-
ness that America must have if the nation would retain in
their purity the institutions which "Mad Anthony" Wayne
helped to found.

We lose the meaning of occasions such as this if we
regard them as the exclusive property of any one state or
section or period. The whole nation is here today brought
face to face again with its obligations and its privileges.
As a nation we are trying to work out before the world the
great new problems of institutions recognized equally before
the law. Let us go forth resolved to win as Wayne won.
effacing self and fearing not the odds against us. Let us
go forth resolved that in our day and generation the fort-
resses of avarice and selfishness and covetousness shall be
taken and the nation realize to a larger degree the ideals of
human brotherhood.

Mrs. Zeb Mayhew, state regent of the Daughters of the
Revolution, presented the memorial to the state on behalf
of the society; Francis Whiting ITalsey, as a trustee of the
American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, cus-
todians of the park, accepted the custody of the arch, and


addresses were made by Mrs. Frank E. Fitz, president gen-
eral of the Daughters of the Revolution, and Henry K.
Bush-Brown, designer of the arch.

After the ceremony Governor Hughes went to New
York on a special train.


T II /: // F F M A N F A M I L Y

The Palatines

These early German settlers on the Western continent
were honest , laborious men, who had once been thriving
burghers of Manheim and Heidelberg, or who had cultivated
the vine on the banks of the Xeckar and the Rhine. Their
ingenuity and their diligence could not fail to enrich anv land
which should afford them an asylum.

— Lord Macaulav.



The Hoffman Family

Among the earliest settlers of the Wieonisco Valley was
John Peter Hoffman, great-grandfather of T. M. Yeager of
Yeagertown, 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, ar-
riving at Philadelphia in September of that vear. He first
located in Perks Comity. During the early Indian troubles
on the frontiers, he served some time as a soldier in the Pro-
vincial forces. About the year 1750 he came to the end of
Short Mountain in Lvkens Yallev, 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 was the contem-
porary of Andrew and John Lycans, Ludwig Shott, John
Rewalt and others, and with them was driven off by the
Indians in their marauds in 1756. It was subsequent to this
period that he brought his family to the valley. Here he fol-
lowed farming, and died in 1798 at the age of eighty-nine
years. His remains, with those of his wife who had de-
ceased previously, were interred in the field near the present
house on the old farm, now owned by Mr. Romberger, before
named. He left issue among others as follows : John, born
1746, married Miss Kauffman ; John Nicholas, born 1749,
married Margaret Harman ; Christian, born 1752, married
Miss Deibler ; Catharine, married Andrew Reigle ; Parbara,
married George Puffington, a soldier of the Revolution, and
the head of the family of that name; Elizabeth, married
Ludwig Sheetz, the head of a large family by that name.


John Hoffman (John Peter), eldest son of John Peter
Hoffman, was a native of Perks County, horn in 1746. He
served in the war of the Revolution and commanded the
Upper Paxtang company in its expedition up the West
Pranch, in 1778, and participated in the Rattle of Muncy
Hill. Pfe resided near Hoffman's Church, on the farm now-
owned by George Willard. I le was a farmer, and served as
justice of the peace from 1771 until 1 83 1, the year of his
death, fie and his wife, a Miss Kauffman, are buried in
Hoffman's Church graveyard.

Children: Elizabeth, married John Hoffman; they re-
sided on the farm now owned by Ceorge Rowe.

Mary, married Joseph Xeagley.

Magdalena, married Thomas Koppenheffer. lie was
a captain in Col. Timothy Green's battalion and was at the
Battles of Long Island, Trenton and Princeton.

Catharine, married John Buffington. Mr. Buffington
was county commissioner from 1822 to 1824.

Barbara, born 1800, married John Specht.

John, married Miss Deibler.

Jacob, removed to Schuylkill Countv.

Daniel, married Miss Snyder.

John Nicholas EIoffman (John Peter) was born in
Tnlpehocken Township, Berks County, in the year 174W.
He settled on the farm now owned by Benjamin Rickert,
near Short Mountain, lie was the owner of a large tract
of land at present divided into a number of farms. I le dct^l-
ed land to the congregation of Hoffman's Church, for
church, school and burial purposes. He was a soldier of
the Revolution and participated in the battles of Brandy-
wine and Germantown. His life was an active, busy and
useful one. He was married. April 22, 1772, by Pastor


Kurtz of the Lutheran Church, to Margaret Harman, also
a native of Berks County.

Children : Catharine, born 1775, married Peter Shoffstall.
They resided near Gratztown and died at advanced ages,
leaving a large family.

Susanna, married Levi Btiffington, a carpenter. He
built the Hoffman Church.

Sarah, married Jonathan Snyder. They removed to
Stark County. Ohio, near Canton where they were both
living about eight years ago, upwards of ninety years of age.

Margaret, married Alexander Klinger, and removed
to Crawford County. Pa. She died a few years ago at the
age of ninety-eight

Peter, born September 22, 1778, married Miss Lubold.

Jacob, born 1782, married Catharine Ferree.

Daniel, born 1784, married Hannah Ferree.

Nicholas, born 1784, married

John, born 1780, married

George, born 1798, resides in Gratztown ; was appointed
justice of the peace in 1834, and at present holds that office.

Christian Hoffman (John Peter) resided on the old
homestead at the end of Short Mountain. He died in
Powell's Valley. He wat, a soldier of the Revolution, and an
active citizen in the "Upper End." He married a Miss
Deibler, sister of John's wife.

Children : Anna Mary, married John Pres, and left a
large family. They resided at Sand Spring, in the upper
end of Powell's Valley.

Susanna, married Philip Shott, and raised a numerous

Catharine, married Jonathan Novinger.

lohn B., born 1790, married Margaret Bowman.

Jonas was a farmer, and resided at the foot of Peter's
Mountain, where he died.



Peter was a farmer, married and resided near Fisher-
ville, where he died, leaving a large family.

Christian was a farmer, resided near Snyder's mill.
Lykens Valley.

Daniel G., horn 1795, was a farmer and resided near
Fisherville. Was a long time justice of the peace, and held
other offices.

Phillip, horn about 1800, was justice of the peace for
Jefferson Township.

John Hoffman (John. John Peter) resided near his
father was a farmer, and held the office of justice of the
peace until he received the appointment of steward of the
county almshouse in 1824. a position he held until 1838. when
he was elected register, serving until 1841. fie was mar-
ried four times, his first wife being a Miss Deibler, sister to
Laniel Deibler, Sr., and left a large family.

Daniel Hoffman (John. John Peter) married Miss
Snyder and had one son. Daniel, Jr., a distinguished civil en-
gineer, residing in Philadelphia, John R., a son of the latter,
also a civil engineer, in the employ of the Summit Branch
Railroad and Coal Company, resides at Pottsville. Daniel
Hoffman. Sr., died young in Lykens Valley, and his widow
subsequently married John Hoke.

Peter Hoffman (John Nicholas, John Peter) was born
on the 22d of September. 1778. lie was a farmer, and own-
ed the farm now in the occupancy of William Hawk; was
a soldier of the War of 1812, and died in [864, aged eighty-
six years. He married a Miss Lubold, sister of Frederick
Lubold. They are both buried in the Hoffman Church

Children: Daniel, married Miss Rissinger and removed
to Crawford County, Pa., where his son Josiah now resides.


Another son, Jonas, a carpenter, resides at Lykens. Daniel
died a few years ago, aged seventy-three years.

John Peter, was quite a politician, and died a few-
years ago in Lykens, where his widow and children now re-

John Peter, born 1806, married Elizabeth Umholtz,
daughter of J. Philip Umholtz ; is a farmer residing near
Short Mountain. Their son, Henry P., was an aid on the
staff of Gov. Pollock with the rank of colonel, and repre-
sented Dauphin County in the Legislature, sessions of 1806,
1867 and 1869; resides at Harrisburg. Another son. John
P., resides in Powell's Valley.

Catharine, married Daniel Reigle. Mr. Reigle was
county commissioner, 1852-54.

Elizabeth, married Philip Reiser. Their son Daniel
was a member of the Legislature, 1863-4.

Hannah, married Samuel Thomas.

Jacob Hoffman (John Nicholas, John Peter), born in
1782, purchased his father's farm. He was a w ? ell-in formed
farmer, and was exceedingly popular. He filled several
local offices, and in 1834 served in the Legislature. He was
quite prominent in the church, and a zealous Christian. He
married Catharine Ferree.

Children: Amos, born 1809, married Amanda, daughter
of the late Gen. Thomas Harper ; was for a number of years
steward of the almshouse and at present resides at Berrys-
burg. At one time he had five sons in the Union army, Col.
Thomas \Y., Capt. Jacob F., John H., Edwin A., and Henry.

Jacob B., resides near Williamstown.

Hannah, married John Romberger.

Sarah, married Michael Forney.

Catharine, married Abram Hess.


Daniel Hoffman (John Nicholas, John Peter), was
horn in 1784; was a farmer and served as a soldier in the
War of 18 1 2. He died in 1830 at the age of forty-six years.
He married Hannah Ferree.

Children : David Ferree, was a merchant and justice of
the peace. He died and is buried at Berrysburg. His son.
Daniel C, became superintendent of a Kentucky and Ten-
nessee railroad, and died of yellow fever in 1878, at Louis-
ville, Ky.

Jacob D., was a county commissioner and twice sheriff;
resides at Harrisburg.

Daniel, is a miner, and resides at Lykens.

Joseph, resides at Hummelstown.

Hannah, married Isaac I'hler. a miller.

Elmira, married John S. Musser, who was county com-
missioner, 1860-62; resides at Millersburg.

Nicholas Hoffman (John Nicholas, John Peter), was
horn in 1790; a farmer, and served in the War of 1812. He
died in 1874, at the age of eighty-four.

John Nicholas, was director of the poor; resides in
Washington township,

Isaac, was count}' commissioner. 1867-70.

Sarah, married Sheaffer; their daughter

married William 15. Meetch, present register of the county.

lames, resides on the old homestead.

fOHN I'). Hoffman (Christian, John Peter), horn in
1790, was a blacksmith by trade; served in the War of 1812,
in which he was promoted a lieutenant-colonel. He filled a
number of responsible official positions, and died in 1875,
aged eighty-five years. He married Margaret Bowman, and
left a large family, most of whom reside in Tow ell's Valley.


John B. Hoffman (John Nicholas, John Peter) born
t 794, was a soldier in War of 181 2 ; and resided near Berrys-
burg where he died. He left a large family. Several,
George, Daniel and Henry married daughters of John Kat-

What is remarkable in the foregoing record is the great
age the heads of the different families reached, few dying
under four score. Several who are yet living have passed
that finger-board of time, and are as hale and hearty as
many who have not passed their sixtieth birthday. Industry,
sobriety and pure morals no doubt have produced this extra-
ordinary general longevity.

Captain John Peter Hoffman in

French and Indian War

. The French and Indian War, in which John Peter Hoff-
man participated, was that part of the Seven Years War
fought in America, and the last of the series of conflicts
fought on this soil between France and Great Britain. Both
the French and the English claimed control of that region
west of the Alleghenies.

The French nation, being in possession of Canada and
Louisiana, attempted to confine the English to the Atlantic
Coast district while they were preparing to occupy both the
land of the Ohio basis and that surrounding the Great Lakes.
No permanent settlement had been made in this territory by
either country. The Governor of Virginia, having organ-
ized a provincial force to protect the western frontier, this
expedition set out on March 15, T754, which was the be-
ginning of hostilities, and the first engagement of this war


was fought a few weeks later, when General Washington
attacked a French force near Jumonville.

The year hefore the French had established Fort Du-
quesne on the site of the present city of Pittsburg. When
Washington met the French at Great Meadows he was re-
pulsed and compelled to surrender "Fort Necessity" and re-
turn to Virginia. "The firing of a gun in the woods of
Xorth America," it has been said, "brought on a conflict
which drenched Europe in blood."

Tn T/55 an army of regulars under General Braddock,
assisted by Washington and a detachment of Virginia
troops, undertook an expedition for the capture of Fort
Dnquesne, which the French had built at the junction of
the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. A large body of
Indians assisted the French, and the English commander,
being unused to Indian warfare, and not being willing to
take Washington's advice, was disastrously defeated, and he
himself mortally wounded. Benjamin Franklin says of
him : —

"This general was. I think, a brave man, and might
probably have made a good figure in some European war.
But he had too much self-confidence, too high an opinion of
the validity of regular troops, too mean a one of both Amer-
icans and Indians."

England did not formally declare war until May 18.
1756. At first she met with nothing but reverses, but when
William Pitt became the head of the British Ministry, he
infused new life into the war, and one victory following an-
other for the British arms, including the surrender of Que-
bec, the abandonment by the French of Ticonderoga and
rown Point, and the British capture of Fort Niagara, the


war finally coming to an end on September 8, 1760, with the
surrender of Montreal to General Amherst.

By the treaty of Paris in 1763, closing the Seven Years'
War, Canada became a part of the British Empire, and the
French at last retired from the North American continent.

Jacob D. Hoffman

(Harrisburg Daily Telegraph, May 30, 1887)

After a long illness from general debility Jacob D. Hoff-
man. Esq., one of Dauphin county's best known citizens,
died at seven o'clock this morning in his 75th year. Mr.
Hoffman was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county,
July 3d, 1812.

He was a lineal descendant of John Peter Hoffman, a
native of Germany, who, with others of his family and
friends, came to America in 1739. His ancestor was among
the soldiers of the Provincial army in the wars with the In-
dians. In 1750 he came to the end of Short Mountain, in
Lykens Valley, where he built a small house and where his
descendants reside at this day.

Mr. Hoffman was third in direct line from John Peter
Hoffman, was born on the farm on which the latter settled,
and on which, after the death of his father, he resided until
1855. He was married to Eve, daughter of Adam Rom-
berger, on May 19, 1836, who died September. 1876. They
had four sons and five daughters, all of whom survive him,
save the youngest son and oldest daughter. He followed
the vocation of a farmer on the old homestead until 1850,
when he took charge of the large Elder & Haldeman farm
in the immediate vicinity, at the end of Short Mountain.

In his early manhood he was elected and served in many
of his native township offices with acceptability. In 1848 he
was elected county commissioner for an unexpired term and
in 1849 was re-elected for a full term of three years. In
1854 he was elected sheriff; in 1866 he was again elected

The education he received was at the township school,
but added to a native talent, a keen, quick perception and a
thorough knoweldge and judgment of men and events, it


Jacob D. Hoffman

a former Commissioner and High Sheriff of Dauphin County. Great-
grandson of John Peter Hoffman.



placed him at the front when matters of importance were
to be transacted in the county, and until within the last three
or four years he has been one of the most influential county
leaders of the Republican party.

Within the past two years he has failed rapidly in health,
but through it all he kept his cheerful demeanor and happy
disposition. He knew that he was going to die, and fre-
quently spoke of death without a fear, referring to it as a
welcome relief from pain and suffering.

His death will be regretted in every portion of the comi-
ty. Universally known, he was highly esteemed by all who
knew him, and who will sympathize with his relatives over
his demise.

He was generous, kind-hearted and forgiving. No one
in distress ever appealed to him in vain. His money and his
time were always at the command of his friends, and dur-
ing his life few had more or firmer friends than he. His fu-
neral will take place at Millersburg, where Mrs. Hoffman
lies buried, on Wednesday morning at 1 1 o'clock. There
will be funeral services for friends in the city on Tuesday
evening at 8 o'clock at the residence of his son-in-law, J. C.
McAlarney, Escj., 216 North Second street.

Isaac W. Hoffman

Isaac W. Hoffman, fourth in direct line from John
Peter Hoffman, was born in Lykens, now Washington town-
ship, Dauphin county. Pa., March 5, 1837, and is a son of
Jacob D. and Eve (Romberger) Hoffman.

Isaac W. Hoffman received his primary education in
the district schools. At sixteen or seventeen years of age
he attended the Berrysburg Academy for one term, after
which he was ureed by the school board to take one of the
schools in his native township. This was in 1854, when the
system of county superintendence first went into effect. Mr.
Hoffman yielded to this request and taught a six months'
term. After this he studied one term at the Harrisburg
Academy in Cumberland county, and teaching the winter
ship, spending the next term in study at the White Hall
Acadamey in Cumberland county, and teaching the winter
school at Stauffer's school house in Lower Paxton town-
ship. The next summer found him at the Freeland Academy,



Isaac W. Hoffman



Montgomery county. Pa., after which he taught a regular
term in the Berrysburg Academy, and in the following win-
ter taught the regular term of the district school of that place.
He spent the next summer at the State Normal School, Mil-
lersville, Lancaster county, and in the following winter
taught the Elder school, in Swatara township, Dauphin

Mr. Hoffman now determined to try another branch of
business, and accepted an agency for the Osborn Reaper
and Mowing Machine Company, of New York, in which he
was active for one season. In the following winter he did
important service at Halifax, where he taught the borough
high school, and was instrumental in establishing the grad-
ing of the schools ; so fully was he appreciated that he was
retained for two terms in the superintendency of the Halifax
schools. On September 5, 1859, Mr. Hoffman received from
the county superintendent a county certificate for profes-
sional teaching. In 1861 he was appointed route agent in
the United States railway mail service. This position he
held until November 30, 1865, when he was appointed agent
of the Northern Central Railway Company, at Millersburg,
Pa., and later was made agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company at the same place, which position he satisfactorily
filled until March 31, 1907, when he was retired on age

Isaac W. Hoffman was married, November 6, 1866, to
Sarah Frances, daughter or Dr. H. G. and Elizabeth Mar-
tin. Their children are: Roscoe White, born September 5,
1867; Jacob Odin, born August 5, 1869, married Elizabeth
Crawford ; and Pauline, born December 4, 1871. Mrs. Sarah
F. Hoffman died December 17, 1874, sincerely mourner' by
her relatives and friends, and by all who knew her lovely
character and unselfish life. She was a true Christian woman,
conscientious in the discharge of duty, and doing good to
all about her. Mr. Hoffman was married, the second time.
November 6, 1879, to Mari n, daughter of Jacob E. and Cath-
erine (Bollinger) Meek. Their children are: Dean Meek,
born November it, 1880; Herbert Spencer, born January
24, 1882; Margaret, born March 27, 1889. died December
7, 1 89 1 ; Lois and Marie, twins, born June 26, 1893.

Mr. Hoffman has served as director of the First Na-
tional Bank of Millersburg, was one of the organizers of
the Standard Axle Works, and the treasurer of that com-


pany for a year ; he was also among- the organizers of the
Millersburg Building Association, of which he served as
secretary during the whole term of its existence. He holds
a prominent place in the International Association of Ticket
Agents, and is also active in fraternal organizations, being a
member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 183. I. O. O. F., of
Millersburg, of which he has been secretary for twenty-five
years; Dauphin Encampment, No. 10, I. O. O. F., of Har-
risburg; a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A.
M. ; Perseverance Chapter, No. 21, R. A. M. ; Pilgrim Com-
mandery. No. 11, K. T. ; Llarrisburg Consistorv, 32 , S. P.
R. S., of llarrisburg; Lulu Temple', A. A. O. N. M. S., of
Philadelphia; Syrian Commandery, No. 133, A. & I. O. K.
of M. of Millersburg. Mr. Hoffman is a Republican. He
has served on the borough school board for twelve years,
having been its secretary during all that time. He is a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church.



Woodside Memoranda

Born Mar. 9, 1760.

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