This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on HOFFMAN. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
There are no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Hoffman family.
There are 14 first-name entries for Hoffman in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Hoffman neighbors in 1890:
Edward, 23, clerk--105 E. Logan Minnie H. Clyde 5 mos. Harper, 25, nailer--118 E. Logan Ida William 5 Fred 3 Jennette
BOGGS Township:Theodore, 17, laborer--Milesburg
HOWARD Township:Daniel, 32, laborer--Mt. Eagle Mary Lizzie Anna Martha
MILLHEIM Borough:Milton 4
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Abraham, 30, cigar manufacturer Frank, 29, cigar manufacturer--Front St. John C., 33, merchant--2nd St. Emma May Irene Frederick 1
RUSH Township:John, 30, clerk--Philipsburg Nancy C. William 7 Herman 4 Viola Peter 62 Catharine
SPRING Township:John D., 10--Bellefonte Cora M. Florence B. William P., 40, farmer--Bellefonte Mary E. William C. 13 Emma E.
WALKER Township:Charles F., 76, laborer--Hublersburg Sophia Mary A.