“Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania”
Editor: John W. Jordan, LL. D.
Illustrated. Volume 2.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1913
Pgs. 777, 778
HOFFMANN – The interesting point that would be immediately observed by one reading a record of the HOFFMANN family herein chronicled is the continued use of the name GEORGE for the eldest son of the each generation. Another fact that is unusual throughout so long a period of time is that in each case the eldest child has been a son, so that the first born of each generation has been a GEORGE. The GEORGE with whom this record begins is GEORGE VON HOFFMANN, who held the title of major in the army of Napoleon I. In the host of that commander he had risen from the rank of private and held an honored position, standing high in the estimation of his leader. He was one of the vast army of more than half a million men who invaded Russia under Napoleon’s command, and penetrating as far as Moscow were there compelled by famine and suffering to retrace their steps, more than ¾’s of the gallant band that had so boldly set out upon what they were confident would be a continuation of their successful campaign failing by the wayside, victims either of exposure or the deadly attacks of the Cossacks. GEORGE VON HOFFMANN was one of the survivors of this disastrous retreat, and died in Bavaria, his birthplace.
GEORGE (2) HOFFMANN, son of GEORGE (1) VON HOFFMANN, was born in Germany, as was his wife, and there lived until 1845, when after his marriage he came to the U. S., settling in Allegheny City (Pittsburgh, North Side), Pa. He later moved to Monongahela City, Washington County, Pa., coming there in 1858, and there died in 1898, aged 81 years, his wife’s death occurring in that place five years later. He married BARBARA HOFFMANN, in all probability a relative of his. Among their children was GEORGE ANDREW, of whom further.
GEORGE ANDREW HOFFMANN, son of GEORGE (2) and BARBARA (HOFFMANN) HOFFMANN, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1845, died in Pennsylvania in 1893. He was educated in the public schools, Wesleyan College, of Delavan, Ohio, and at Washington and Jefferson College. After receiving his degree from the latter institution he creditably passed the examinations for admission to the bars of Allegheny and Washington counties, and from that time until his death steadily gained in prestige and reputation among his legal brethren, two years prior to his death, 1890-91, filling the position of district attorney. He supported the Republican Party, and belonged to Henry M. Phillips Lodge, No. 645, Free and Accepted Masons. He married MARGARET AUGHINDOBLER, born in Germany, now living in Monongahela City, Washington County, Pa., Pa., at the home of her daughter, MARY ELIZABETH. She is a daughter of ADAM and ELIZABETH (ZEH) AUGHINDOBLER, both natives of Bavaria, Germany, who came to the U. S. in 1852, settling in Washington County, Pa. In that place he was a farmer, in 1872 making his home in Monongahela City, Washington County, Pa., where he died in 1908, aged 78 years, his wife’s death occurring in 1913, when she had attained the unusual age of 93 years. Children of ADAM and ELIZABETH (ZEH) AUGHINDOBLER: 1. MARGARET, of previous mention, married GEORGE ANDREW HOFFMANN. 2. JANE, married JAMES DICKEY, of Monongahela City, Pa. 3. ANNA, married JOHN STARB, of Monongahela City, Pa. Children of GEORGE ANDREW and MARGARET (AUGHINDOBLER) HOFFMANN: 1. GEORGE ANDREW, of whom further. 2. JOSEPH ADOLPHUS, a resident of Monongahela City, Pa. 3. MARY ELIZABETH, married DR. GEORGE H. MURPHY, a physician of Monongahela City, Pa.
GEORGE ANDREW (2) HOFFMANN, son of GEORGE ANDREW (1) and MARGARET (AUGHINDOBLER) HOFFMANN, was born in Monongahela City, Washington County, Pa., Nov. 5, 1877. His public school education was completed in 1896, when he was graduated from the Monongahela High School, after which he enrolled at Curry University, of Pittsburgh, where he took a business course. Finishing this course of study he prepared at Pittsburgh Academy for entrance at Washington and Jefferson College, later matriculating at that latter institution. He never received his degree from Washington and Jefferson, being compelled to leave the college and enter business. His first venture was in the hardware business in Monongahela City, in partnership with a cousin, where he remained for three years, then accepted a position with the Crucible Steel Company of America. After two years’ service with this company he identified with the Valley Electrical Company, now operating under the name of the Beaver Valley Light Company, being thus employed for a period of nine years. His next field was the automobile business, and since his retirement therefrom he has not associated himself with any other venture, living free from all business cares at his home on River Avenue, a handsome residence which was completed for his use in 1903. MR. HOFFMANN affiliated with Rochester Lodge, No. 229, Free and Accepted Masons, later having his membership transferred to Woodlawn Lodge, No. 672. In that fraternity he holds the thirty-second degree, belonging to Pennsylvania Consistory, Valley of Pittsburgh, receiving that degree Nov. 17, 1905. He is also a member of Woodlawn Lodge, No. 1221, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. With his wife he a communicant of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of Aliquippa.
He married, in 1899, FLORENCE McDONALD, born in Woodlawn, Pa., Aug. 7, 1879, daughter of CAPTAIN DAVID ALEXANDER and MARY FRANCIS (WOODS) McDONALD, of Beaver County, Pa. Children of GEORGE ANDREW and FLORENCE (McDONALD) HOFFMANN: 1. GEORGE ANDREW, JR., born March 25, 1900. 2. JOHN KENNETH, born Jan. 15, 1907.
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