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Hofmann/Hoffmann St. George in the East/Whitechapel /Stepney/ c.1850-c1950
Posted by: Rose Oglesby (ID *****7821) Date: April 09, 2003 at 03:33:06
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Is anyone researching a family called Hofmann living in the Whitechapel area of London (Middlesex) in the second half of the 19th century.

Johann Heinrich (John Henry) was born in Ottersterd, Germany c.1841. I believe he came to this country to work in the Sugar baking industry and was working as a sugar baker in 1873 when my grandfather was born.

1881 census shows family living in Backchurch Lane, London, Middlesex;
John Henry, Head, age 40, born Ottersterd, Dock Labourer
Hannah, wife, age 42, born St.George in the East
Christina Hannah, daughter, age 12, born St.George in the East
Aguste Henry, son, age 7, born St.George in the East
John Clements, son, age 5, born St.George in the East
Eliza, daughter, age 2, born St.George in the East

John Henry Hofmann died in January 1901 aged 59. I have no other information about Hannah (maiden name Day) or other members of the family.

The ages of Aguste and John should have been reversed as my grandfather John Clements was born on 20th October 1873, when the family were living at 33, Grove Street. He went into the British army and fought in WW1. He married Annie Houghton who I believe was born on 1st December 1875, and was living at Bakers Row, Whitechapel. Their children were born mainly abroad, my father being born in 1910 in Egypt. After leaving the army the family lived in Brent Road, Canning Town.

If anyone has come across this family or have members in their family tree I would be grateful if they could get in touch. I am especially trying to get a copy of my grandparents marriage certificate and Annies birth certificate.

Many thanks.

Rose Oglesby

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