George Bernhard Hoffman

Brief Life History of George Bernhard

When George Bernhard Hoffman was born on 27 January 1830, in Ernsthofen, Dieburg, Grand Duchy of Hesse, his father, Johann Ludwig Rößel, was 33 and his mother, Anna Barbara Hofmann, was 29. He married Anna Maria Spangenberg about 1848, in Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860 and Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years.

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George Bernhard Hoffman
Anna Maria Spangenberg
Marriage: about 1848
Louis Bernhard Hoffman
John William Hoffman
Anna Elisabeth Hoffman
Catharine L. Hoffman
George Henry Hoffman
Martha Elizabeth Hoffman
William Henry Hoffman
Henry Hoffman
Clara Emilia Hoffman

Sources (7)

  • George B Hoffmann, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Georg Bernhard, "Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898"
  • George Bernhard Hoffman, "Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1852 · The Book of Mormon Published in German

On May 25, 1852, the Book of Mormon is published in German.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Hoffmann or Hofmann and a variant of the Jewish name. Compare Hofman 2.

Dutch: variant of Hofman 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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