HOFFER, JACOB, Steelton, was born in Lebanon county, Pa., in September, 1824; son of John Hoffer. The parents had eight children, two of whom are living: Catherine, widow of William Williams, of Harrisburg, and Jacob. Their deceased children are: Samuel, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth, John, and Joseph. The father was one of the first settlers on what is now Steelton. Jacob came with his father to Dauphin county, and received his education in the common schools of that county, and subsequently engaged in farming. He lived in Hanover township for many years and in Hummelstown and near Paxtang for some years. In 1846 he engaged in farming on the land now occupied by the Pennsylvania Steel Company, where he lived for a number of years. In 1862 he was drafted for service in the army and was attached to company C, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, under Captain John F. Peck. In 1863, at the end of his nine months’ service, he was discharged and returned to his home. In the following spring he moved to the farm owned by Henry Kelker, which he conducted for six years. In 1870 he moved to what is now known as Steelton and built the house in which he has since resided. The same year he entered the employment of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, in which he remained for ten years and has since lived retired from active work on account of old age and ill health. Mr. Hoffer was married, in 1859, to Miss Traver, daughter of David and Sarah Traver, of York county. They have no children. David Traver, father of Mrs. Hoffer, died in York county in 1853, aged fifty-nine years. His wife was born in 1803 and died in 1873.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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