John I. Hoffman (1841-1938)

The History of Barbour County, West Virginia, From its Earliest
Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time
by Hu Maxwell
The Acme Publishing Company, Morgantown, W.Va., 1899

Page 400

John I. Hoffman was born near the mouth of Laurel Creek in 1841, son of Israel Putnam and Anna (Black) Hoffman. On September 30, 1869, he was married to Elizabeth A., daughter of Andrew and Barbara (Marple) Trimble. Children, Lunetta, Barbara, Arthur D., Almeda Belle, Ida M., Delbert M., Okey, Irskene and Bliss. Mr. Hoffman is a member of the G. A. R., is a farmer and lives near Arden, which town he named. He spent seven years in the mercantile business, and six years of the time was postmaster. John Hoffman, his grandfather, was a German and came from Loudoun County, Virginia, and settled near Meadowville in 1797, when the father of the subject of this sketch was six or seven years old. Daniel Hoffman, brother of Israel, was in the War of 1812. John Black, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, on his mother's side, came from what is now Garrett County, Maryland, and settled near Meadowville. John Hoffman joined the Union army and fought with Averell in all his campaigns. At the battle of Rocky Gap, when the rebel bullets came like hail, Mr. Hoffman took shelter behind a stump, but immediately discovered that he was in a yellow jacket nest. The Confederates made the attack hot in front and the yellow jackets made a bayonet charge in the flanks. Mr. Hoffman had his choice: stay where he was and stand the yellow jackets, or get out and face the bullets. He was not long in deciding that he preferred bullets in front to yellow jackets in the rear, and out from behind the stump he came.


Death-Certificate (John I. Hoffman)

Death-Certificate (Elizabeth Trimble Hoffman)

 

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