Solomon Hoffert Sr.

Solomon Hoffert Sr.

Woodsboro, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Death 4 Aug 1876 (aged 90)
Ohio, USA
Burial Logan, Hocking County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 33205530 · View Source
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Solomon was German Baptist and a farmer. In April 1810, in Muskingum County, Ohio, he married Margaret HENRICKS.

Their union produced ten children: Elizabeth, Catharine, Samuel, Elias, Mary, Adam, Solomon, Absolom, Philemon, and Christena.

At one time, Solomon owned over 900 acres in Fairfield and Hocking Counties in Ohio.

Solomon moved from Rockingham County, Virginia, to the Territory of Ohio in 1801. He purchased a quarter section of land two miles south of Bremen, Ohio, when bears, wolves, wild hogs, and turkey were plentiful and were the usual meat eaten then. Solomon had eventful experiences with the bears. They would come around his house after night and growl. His children were afraid to venture out. His cows came home one time unusually fast, and Solomon suspected that some enemy was after them. With gun in hand, he sought a convenient place, ready for the enemy. Soon, a bear came into plain view. Solomon clapped his hands; the bear stopped and sat up. Then the bear got the contents of the flint lock gun, and the bear was no more. It was difficult in those days raising hogs. Bears would steal away the young hogs by tearing down the heavily built pens. On another occasion, Solomon was taking grubs out and had no weapon except the grubbing hoe when he heard a bear coming. He heard and saw the bear. Then Solomon yelled in German: "Du Hund! Fort mit dir." In English, "You dog! Away with you!" The bear fled to the woods.

Another time, contemplating a journey to Zanesville, Ohio, 30 miles distant through forest, he secured two hogs in a pen and put heavy logs on top so that bears could not enter. His wife went to her folks while he was gone. When he returned, the pen was down and the hogs gone.

He built a large barn, the first part built in 1816. (Solomon's funeral services were held in that barn.) He built a house which -- by 1909 -- four generations had called home. He built a cider mill that survived until 1860. The main building of the mill was 60 feet long.

It was Solomon's grandson Franklin who edited and produced the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY. Solomon's information begins on page 9 of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY.


From HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD AND PERRY COUNTIES, OHIO, published 1883, compiled by A. A. Graham, at page 306, in the entry for Solomon's son Elias, comes the following:

Solomon Hoffert, son of Casper Hoffert, was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, June 16, 1786, and came to Ohio with his father, and some time afterward entered land where Philemon Hoffert now lives. Upon that farm Solomon lived to the time of his death in 1876, being in his ninety-first year. Solomon's wife, Miss Rebecca (Hendricks) Hoffert, was of German parentage, and was born in February, 1789, in Morrison's Cove, Pennsylvania; came to Ohio at an early day with her father, who probably entered land on Jonathan's Creek, Perry county, where he built one of the first flouring mills upon that creek, and where he lived out his allotted time. Mrs. Hoffert departed this life in 1861, in her seventy-second year. Solomon and Rebecca (Hendricks) Hoffert's children were ten in number, viz.: Elizabeth, Catharine, Samuel, Elias, Mary, Adam, Solomon, Absalom, Philemon and Christina.

NOTE: It is not known why that source lists Solomon's wife as "Rebecca." All other sources list her as "Margaret."


Hoffert, Solomon
The State of Ohio
Fairfield County
Be it Remembered that on the 18th day of August A.D. 1876 the following paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Solomon Hoffert late of the County of Fairfield and State of Ohio, was produced in Court of Probate for said County and offered for Probate to whit:

In the name of the benevolent Father of all, I, Solomon Hoffert of Fairfield County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last will and testament.

Item 1st: I give and devise to my children all the personal property belonging to me at my decease or the proceeds there of and the money that may remain unconsumed. It is my will that the same be divided equally among all my children or their heirs except my daughter Mary’s share I give and devise to her three Daughters viz. Margaret Culp, Christena Culp, and Elizabeth Culp.

Item 2nd: I give and bequeath to the Dunkard church and congregation of which I am a member Fifty dollars to be placed in the hands of my son Elias Hoffert and kept by him without paying interest thereon and paid out to the poor and needy of said congregation as occasion may require from time to time and in case the said Elias Hoffert shall remove from the bounds of said congregation before said money is expended by him as aforesaid then he is to deliver the amount unexpended to some member of the congregation to be expended as before directed.

Item 3rd: It is my will at my decease that all my wearing apparel shall be given to such of the poor which belong or are members of the Dunkard church.

Item 4th: I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Philemon Hoffert executor of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing and empowering him to do all things herein requested and also authorize my said Executor to buy a tombstone and erect the same at my grave out of the proceeds of my property after my decease and it is my desire that at my decease to have me buried in a common plain coffin.

I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.

NOTE: Is is not known why Solomon opted to give daughter Mary's share to her Mary's three daughters from her first marriage. When Solomon died in 1876, Mary was still living, and her three daughters from her second marriage also were alive. It may be that Solomon's logic was that the daughters from her first marriage had no father, that their father had died when they were quite young, and that they therefore needed the additional help.



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