I found the following in RootsWeb Review Vol. 4, No. 50, posted 12 Dec 2001:
"John HOOFMAN is more usually spelled John HOFFMAN or HUFFMAN. He was among a group of 12 men and their families brought from Germany to Virginia in 1714 by Governor Alexander Spotswood to work iron ore deposits. They formed the colony called Germanna. John HOFFMAN probably spoke (and read and wrote) only German all his life. The Bibles were surely written in the German language. In one of John's Bibles was written (in German):
"This Bible was sold to me as part of my paternal inheritance, which I received from Eysern in Nassau-Siegenschon. My brother Wilhelm HOFFMAN bought it in for me, and I paid him the same amount, namely, 10 Thaler of the Realm from my Inheritance." (Genealogies of Virginia Families v. IV, from Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1981, p. 61).
The chapter in the above reference on John HOFFMAN was writtenby one of his descendants, Dr. John W. WAYLAND, one of Virginia's most productive historians. Four pages including the above paragraph and Bible engtries of family births, deaths, and marriages were copied from one of the Bibles by an intermediate descendant, and Dr. WAYLAND had it translated fromthe German.
My husband is a descendant of John HUFFMAN's youngest child. I have a copy of the willas recorded in Culpeper County, Virginia. As is very common in documents and letters of earlier centuries, capitalization is haphazard and incorrect by today's standards. For example, the recorded will says: 'I Give my two Great Bibles amongst my
nine Sons as I have by my last Wife Mary . . . '. In this context, it is quite likely that "Great Bibles" referred to their size, as in "large Bibles." The capitalizations may or may not have been in the original will -- all that is available today is what the county clerk copied into the
John HOFFMAN did marry twice, as was surmised. One son and one daughter from his first marriage and all 12 children (9 sons followed by 3 daughters) of his second marriage were all alive and in the area when John HOFFMAN wrote his will. His 10 sons were listed by name (and eachingerited several hundred acres) but, as mentioned, the will later says the Bibles were to rotate among his "nine" sons. Why he did not include his oldest son (by his first wife) is unknown, and it is safer not to speculate." -- Ruth Dunlap
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