HOFFER, Christian H., Esq., Middletown, Pa., traces his ancestry through Samuel (2), his father, Samuel (1), his grandfather, John, his great-grandfather, and Mathias Hoffer, his great-great-grandfather, who was born August 24, 1718, in the Canton of Basle, Switzerland. He came to America in the ship "Loyal Judith," landed in Philadelphia, September 2, 1743, and later settled near Manheim, Lancaster county, where he died in May, 1803. His son, John Hoffer, married Barbara Long, and lived in what is now Conewago township, Dauphin county, where he died December 4, 1837. His son, Samuel Hoffer (1), married Catherine Foltz, and settled in Conewago township, where he died November 4, 1878. He was an expert in land surveying, and served as deputy, and later as county surveyor of Dauphin county, and was also justice of the peace for thirty-four years. His children are: Samuel, of Bachmansville; George F., on the old homestead in Conewago township; Catherine, Mrs. John Snyder, of Paris, Ill., Mary, Mrs. Isaac Hoffman, of Derry township. Samuel, the grandfather, was a member of the German Baptist church.
His son, Samuel (2), father of Christian H., was born July 31, 1817, and married Barbara, daughter of Christian Hollinger. He was a farmer in Conewago township, and is now retired from active business. He also is a member of the German Baptist church. His wife died November 22, 1881. They had eleven children, nine of whom are living: Christian H., Samuel H., Mary Ann, Amos H., Elizabeth, Linneus, Harry H., Sarah, and Barbara.
Christian H. was born in Conewago township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 29, 1845. He was educated in the public schools and learned surveying with his grandfather. In 1874 he came to Middletown and the following year was appointed on the board of street commissioners. Later he was made borough surveyor and filled this office for nineteen years. In 1887 he was elected borough surveyor of Steelton, Pa., in which office he has since served with the exception of one year. At the first election held in the township after he attained his majority he was elected justice of the peace and served until 1871, when he removed to Lancaster county and remained two years. He returned to the township and was re-elected to the office of justice of the peace, succeeding Esquire Shatsman, and has since been continuously commissioned in this office. Mr. Hoffer was the instigator of the new addition to Middletown. He was married, in 1871, to Miss Mary, daughter of Henry Teghtmeyer, of Londonderry township, by whom he has one child: Gertrude. The family are members of the Bethel Church of God.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 15 Feb 2001
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