Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Edmund Lee HOFFMAN


         Edmund Lee HOFFMAN, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Pamelia (Willson) Hoffman, was born February 25, 1839, on the farm of Edmund I. Lee, 5 miles south of Martinsburg in Berkeley County. His father moved to Berkeley County from Jefferson County, in 1833. During the Civil war, Edmund Hoffman joined the service of the State of Virginia on April 18, 1861, as a sergeant in the “Berkeley Border Guards,” and was ordered to Harpers Ferry. There he was assigned to Company D., 2nd Virginia Regiment, attached to the “Stonewall Brigade,” Jackson’s command, and participated in the fighting under that famous general. He was made third and then first lieutenant and was wounded at Kernstown. After three months in the hospital, he rejoined his unit and participated in more battles. In 1864, Lieutenant Hoffman was assigned to detach duty, serving as assistant adjutant-general at the post of Staunton, Virginia. At the close of the Civil war, he was paroled, having served the Confederacy four years and six days.

         In Arden village, Berkeley County, on April 12, 1866, Edmund Lee Hoffman married Isabella Chenowith, daughter of James W. and Ann B. (Walker) Chenowith, both natives of Berkeley County. They had eight children: Anna Elizabeth Hoffman; Frances Belle Hoffman; Charlotte Pendleton Hoffman; Randolph Tucker Hoffman; Ida Virginia Hoffman; Lester Chenowith Hoffman; James Garland Hoffman; and Maxey Gregg Hoffman.

         Edmund Lee Hoffman was a farmer in the Mill Creek district, served six years as school commissioner and trustee in that district, and was a member of the State legislature of West Virginia for the term of 1877-1878. His mailing address was Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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