The following is from a letter from Mariyn A. Crum, dated May 27, 2008, to Marvin Mueller of Liberty Center:
The following information is from Ron’s Aunt, Meridath Crum – Carpenter- Heyerman and her grandmother, Eva May Fredrick – Hoffman’s Bible. In her Bible were several newspaper obituaries as well as family tree connections. Some of the information was duplicated on Ancestery.com, as well, but bits of the information on Ancestry .com didn’t jive with what was in the Bible so I left those portions out.
Her given name was Alitha Elitha Hoffman but was called Lida by the family.
She was bom 19 March 1860 in Liberty Center, Henry, Ohio.
She married John Estep 14 June 1897.
(John Estep was bom 15 June 1851 in Virginia, the son of Samuel H. Estep and Elizabeth Tusing. He was a widower with 2 sons at the time of their marriage. His first wife was Sophronia Harlan 1859 -1896 Kosciusko, Indiana. She was the daughter of William Harlan and Elsie Susan Boggs. They had been married 25 December 1876 in Indiana. Their sons were Walter Harlan Estep 01 January 1880 and William Leonard Estep 23 November 1885 both bom in Kosciusko, Indiana.
Lida died 21 September 1912 in Kosciusko, Indiana
Her parents were Noah Stucky Hoffman (05 October 1827 Clear Creek Township, Fairfield, Ohio – 02 February 1882 Clear Creek Township, Fairfield, Ohio) and Louise Leist (25 November 1835 Pickaway, Ohio -16 July 1888 Clear Creek Township, Fairfield, Ohio)
Her father’s nickname was “Stickey” as he was tall and thin as well as a take off on his middle name of Stucky, his mother’s maiden name.
She had six siblings;
- Edward Edwin Hoffman 1853 Ohio — married Emelius or Emeline
- Daniel Stanton Hoffman 1855-1934 Ohio — married Lydia Gudzell
- Jemina Jennet Hoffman 1856 Ohio
- Harriet Marie Hoffman 1862 Ohio ——– married Martin Rodgers
- Mary Teressa Hoffman 1864 Ohio
- Lovina Clare Hoffman Apr 1866 – 1938 Ohio
Lida is buried near her sister Lovina in Young’s Cemetery Liberty Center, Henry, Ohio.
Her grandparents were; Daniel Stanton Hoffman1790 Berks, Pennsylvania – 28 December 1848 Clear Creek Township, Fairfied, Ohio and Margaret Stucky 1800 Berks, Pennsylvania – died in Ohio date unknown
Her great grandparents were; Johann Jacob Hoffman 06 March 1752 – Zuzenhausen, Heidelberg, Baden, Germany -13 March 1839 Clear Creek Township, Fairfield, Ohio and Catherine Keasey 1756 -1790 Dauphin, Pennsylvania. She died following the birth of Daniel Stanton Hoffman. She is buried in Pennsylvania. His father, Johann Jacob Hoffman then married Susanna Kissinger in 1891 and upon her death he married his second wife’s sister-in-law, who was widowed, Catherine Jung- Kissinger. He moved the family to Ohio in 1800 coming by several oxen wagons. It was said to have been a long and arduous trip taking several months.
Her great, great grandparents were; Johann Andreas Hoffman 05 May 1831 Zuzenhausen, Baden, Germany – 01 July 1799 Dauphin, Pennsylvania and Anna Eva Schnabel 07 February 1725 Hoffenheim, Heidelberg, Germany and died in 1763 in Zuzenhausen, Baden, Germany. She died several months before Johann Andreas Hoffman and family immigrated to America and settled in Dauphin, Pennsylvania. She is buried in Germany.
Her uncle was Andrew Stanton Hoffman. He was called Andy by the family and was brother to her father Noah Stucky Hoffman. He was bom 15 taarch 1831 Clear Creek Township, Fairfield, Ohio – 30 May 1910 Liberty Center, Henry, Ohio.
He was married four times.:
First wife was Eliza Cossel 1835 — 1859 married in 1854. She and their son Andrew Daniel, bom in 1858, died of some kind of fever in the spring of 1859 Fairfield, Ohio
Second wife Rebecca Leist 1839 -1863 married 19 January 1860 Pickaway County, Ohio. She died in childbirth along with the child. Both are buried in Pickaway County, Ohio.
Third wife was Charity R. Pontious daughter of William Pontious March 1823 – 07 October 1908 and his first wife, Christina Neff December 1830 – 18 August 1859. Her mother died 3 months after delivering her 6m child —Opha N. Pontious. She was 28 years and 9 months old at the time of her death. Charity and Andy were married in 11 May 1865. They had eight children.
- Stanton Daniel Hoffman 07 May 1867 – 04 November 1943 – married Eva May Fredrick (28 February 1869 – 25 November 1957) 04 November 1888, daughter of John Fredrick and Sarah E. Andrews. Both died in Napoleon, Ohio and are buried at Young’s Cemetery.
- Reuben Elmer Hoffman 24 June 1869 – 21 February 1932 – married Margaret Teressa Leitner 30 September 1884
- Adeline Sophrona Hoffman 25 June 1871 -1945 – married George William Graner 27 March 1896 son of Charles William Graner and Alice
- Harlie H. Hoffman 03 may 1875 -15 July 1878 buried at Liberty Chapel Cemetery.
- Maude B. Hoffman 27 January 1878 – 1956 – married George Ivan Taber 02 October 1890, son of George Washington Taber and Mary Elizabeth Wise.
- Pearl Charity Hoffman June 1880 – 20 July 1968 – married Roy Hardy in 1900 son of Jacob Hardy and Harriet Bortel
- Florence Hoffman 28 December 1887 – 28 August 1974 – married Paul William Henry Bemicke in 1907.
- Alfred Hoffman 19 May 1888 -12 August 1888 buried at Liberty Chapel Cemetery.
Charity Hoffman is also buried at Liberty Chapel Cemetery, Liberty Township, Henry, Ohio along side her sons, Harlie and Alfred. This cemetery is also where her parents,as well as aunt and uncles are buried.
Fourth wife was Elizabeth Bolender – Imes a widow with two grown sons. They were married in 1901.
Stanton Daniel Hoffman was Lida’s first cousin. He and his wife Eva May had only one child, a daughter, Laura Ethel Hoffman 26 February 1890 -11 March 1912. She married Floyd Stadden Crum (19 December 1883 – 22 January 1950) – 25 September 1907 son of John William Crum and Ida May Gruber. In Liberty Center, Henry, Ohio They had two children Dahrel Stadden Crum 11 May 1908 Liberty Center, Henry, Ohio – 04 January 1998 Plant City, Hillsbrough, Florida. He was raised by his father Floyd and his grandmother Ida May Gruber-Crum following his mother’s death in 1912. He married Elizabeth Lucille Beilharz (31 October 1907) 17June 1931 daughter of Herbert Lester Beilharz and Lillian May Russell.
Meridath Louise Crum 05 October 1911 Liberty Center, Henry, Ohio – 29 October 2007 in Aurora, Illinois. She was raised in Napoleon, Ohio by her maternal grandparents, Stanton Daniel and Eva May Hoffman following her mother’s death in 1912 of Typhoid fever. She married Raymond Harold Carpenter (03 December 1910 Defiance County, Ohio – 06 August 1977 St Charles, Illinois) 15 March 1935 in Alexandra, Virginia. He was the son of Lyman Franklin Carpenter and Altie May Davis. His favorite name for her was Sugar later shortened by family members to “Aunt Sug.” They adopted one child, Thomas Raymond Carpenter 04 July 1947 Findlay, Ohio – 25 April 2008 St Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida.
She married her backyard neighbor, Lester Henry Heyerman (17 July 1918) 22 November 1980 son of August Julious Wilhelm Heyerman and Lillian Kimmell. His first wife, Doris Louise Reid had died of cancer several years earlier.
She is buried next to her first husband, Raymond Carpenter, in Young’s Cemetery Liberty Center, Ohio.
Obituary found in Hoffman Bible (Stanton and Eva May Fredrick Hoffman):
Mrs. Margaret Hoffman
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Hoffman, 65, of Liberty Center, O., who died Saturday in Toledo hospital after an illness of a month, will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Herber church, Liberty Center. Burial will be in Youngs cemetery.
Surviving are sons, Clarence and Vernon, Liberty Center; Harry, Stryker, O.,; Arnold, Montpelier, O.; and Jay, Toledo; daughters, Deloris Hoffman and Mrs. Pearl Raymond, Toledo, and 10 grandchildren.
[Handwritten with obit: Margaret Tressa Leitner, born 20 Jan 1872 in Ohio, died 27 Nov 1937 in Toledo, Lucas Co, Ohio, married 30 Sept 1884, Henry County, Ohio.]
Obituary found in Hoffman Bible (Stanton and Eva May Fredrick Hoffman):
Reuben Elmer Hoffman, son of Andrew and Charity Hoffman, was born June 24, 1869, departed from this life at the home of his son Clarence, February 21, 1932, age 62 years, 7 months and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Margaret Leitner September 30, 1884, and to this union were born nine children, one son died in infancy. He leaves to mourn three daughters, Ethel, Pearl and Delores and five sones, Clarence, Harry, Arnold, Jay and Vernie, eight grandchildren, one brother Stanton and four sisters, Mrs. George Graner, Mrs. Ivan Taber, Mrs. Roy Hardy, and Mrs. Paul Bernicke and a host of other relatives and friends. Reuben was a devoted christian and a faithful member of the Christian Union Church while health permitted. He was a kind and loving father and will be sadly missed in the circle of his many friends.
[Handwritten with obit: born 24 June 1869 in Liberty Twp., Henry Co., Ohio, died 21 Feb 1932, Fulton Co., Ohio.]