She was the daughter of John Hoffman and Maria Sabina Folg.
She married Henry Back, the son of Johann Heinrich Bach, around 1775. Johann Heinrich Bach had changed the spelling of his name to John Henry Back, after he immigrated.
Elizabeth and Henry had at least seven children. (Please see the memorial for Henry, for a list of their children.)
Elizabeth and Henry lived on the 150 acres that she had inherited from her father.
Henry died in 1808. The following year, she sold the farm and then she moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, to live near her sister Margaret, who was also a widow.
Elizabeth's son Aaron and her two daughters went with her to Rockingham County. She bought 100 acres of land along Wolf Run, near her sister Margaret.
Elizabeth was seen in the 1810 Census Report, living in Rockingham County, with her son Aaron and her two daughters. Living right next door was Henry Hammer. Aaron would marry his daughter, in 1811.
Elizabeth and Aaron were listed together in the land tax lists, as owning that land along Wolf Run, and also in the personal property lists, from 1810 until 1815. This means that Aaron and his wife lived on her land as well. Elizabeth must have died in late 1815 or early 1816. She was probably buried on her farm along Wolf Run.
Aaron and his wife left Rockingham County in 1816 and moved to Ohio. (They later moved to Indiana.)
∼She was the daughter of John Hoffman and Maria Sabia Folg.
She married Henry Back, around 1775, the son of Johann Heinrich Bach (John Henry Back), who was an immigrant from Thuringia, Germany. Her sister Margaret married Henry's brother John.
Elizabeth's date of birth, July 13, 1746, was written into her father's Hoffman Family Bible (see attached to this memorial, and on his FAG memorial #167919529), as well as in her husband's Bach (Back) Family Bible (see attached to this memorial), which was first owned by her husband's father. Because her name, and her EXACT date of birth were written into both Bibles, that proves that Elizabeth Hoffman Back, the daughter of John Hoffman and Maria Sabina Folg, married into the family of Johann Heinrich Bach (John Henry Back), and NOT the family of Hermann Bach (Harman Back) . The entry into the Bach (Back) Family Bible also proves that Henry Back was NOT a son of Hermann Bach (Harman Back).
Like her sister Margaret, Elizabeth inherited 150 acres of land from her father. And so, she and Henry moved onto that land. But when Henry died, around 1808, she decided to sell the farm and move to Rockingham County, to live near her widowed sister Margaret. She sold the farm on Sept. 28, 1809, to her neighbor Ephraim Fray for $900.
When Elizabeth moved to Rockingham County, her son Aaron, and two of her daughters, went with her. She bought 100 acres along Wolf Run, near her sister Margaret. The land was not far from Harrionsburg. Elizabeth was seen living in Rockingham County, in the 1810 Census Report, with her son Aaron, her two daughters, and an unknown young girl. (That 1810 Census Report is attached here.)
Elizabeth paid taxes on that land from 1810 to 1815. She was listed on the 1810 Land Tax List and the 1810 Personal Property Tax List, in Rockingham County. Both listings also named her son Aaron. (One of those 1810 Tax Lists is attached here.)
When Elizabeth's son Aaron got married in 1811, he moved out of her house, and so he was not seen living with her, in the 1815 Land Tax List. (The 1815 Tax List is attached here.)
Elizabeth died, shortly after the 1815 Land Tax List was taken. She was buried on her farm along Wolf Run.
It is important to know that there was only one man in early America with the name of Aaron Back, and that was Elizabeth and Henry's son. That is another piece of proof that, after Henry died, Elizabeth moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, because she was seen living there with her son Aaron. In addition, her widowed sister Margaret was also known to already be living there, as proven by the Tax Lists (1811-1830) and the Census Reports (1820 and 1830), in Rockingham County.
Some people incorrectly claim, and without any proof, that, after Elizabeth's husband Henry died, she suddenly packed up and moved all the way down to the dangerous and unsettled frontier of southeastern Kentucky, where she had never been before, and where she knew nobody. That is ridiculous. Those same people also incorrectly claim that her husband Henry was the son of Hermann Bach (Harman Back).
Now, there was a woman named Elizabeth Hoffman Back who moved to southeastern Kentucky in 1791, with her husband Joseph and their children. Her full name was actually Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back, and she was married to Joseph Back. (Her parents had died when she was young, and her neighbors, the Maggard family, raised her and her sister Mary.) Joseph was a brother to Henry Back, who died in 1808 and was married to THIS Elizabeth Hoffman Back (daughter of John Hoffman and Maria Sabina Folg). Joseph Back and his wife, Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back, established the Back (Bach) family in southeastern Kentucky, not Elizabeth Hoffman Back. Elizabeth Hoffman Back, the wife of Henry Back never went to Kentucky, which has been well-documented and proven.
When Elizabeth Hoffman-Maggard Back died, she was buried in what later became known as the Maggard Cemetery, because she had been raised by the Maggard family, after her parents died. But many years after she died, some people removed her gravestone, threw it over the hill (yes, that's true), and then they replaced it with a gravestone that said she was Elizabeth Hoffman Back, the wife of Henry Back. That incorrect gravestone is still there, in the cemetery. It is really sad.
ELIZABETH HOFFMAN BACK (BACH) Wife of Henry Back Sr. and daughter of John and Marie Sabina (Folg) Hoffman of Germany. She was born July 13, 1746 in Orange (now Madison) Co VA. She joined Oven Fork Regular Baptist Church in 1823. She died near Colliers Creek in Harlan Co KY after Dec. 12, 1831.
1742 – unknown
Elizabeth Hoffman Back
Margaret Hoffman Back
Mary Hoffman Hanback
1751 – unknown