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Hoffman Surname

Hoffman is a fairly common German surname. Literally, the name means "courtier" or "manager of a cloister farm." Apparently it was used as a nickname to designate farmers who owned, rather than rented, their land. Our line was originally spelled Hoffmann. Our earliest members of this line were located in the area of Germany called Hanover, which is in northwestern Germany. It was only after our ancestors came to America that “Hoffmann” was changed in spelling to “Hoffman.”

Middle names are common in Germany, and it was common for German parents to give their children 2 or more middle names for their children. Many times these children chose one of their middle names to use as a given name.


1st Generation:

Johann Andreas Hoffmann was born circa 1750 in Germany.

He lived in Oedelum, Germany, and was married to Maria Dorothea Elisabeth Milius. They had a child: Heinrich (see next generation).
Johann Andreas married Maria Dorothea Elisabeth Milius. She died in 1786 in Germany.

They had at least two children:

1 Heinrich August Conrad Hoffmann
2 Sophia Caroline Hoffmann was born on September 27, 1782.

2nd Generation:

Heinrich August Conrad Hoffmann was born on about May 8, 1776 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany. He died on September 4, 1842 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.

Father: Johann Andreas Hoffmann
Mother: Maria Dorothea Elisabeth Milius

He was married in about 1800 to Ilse Marie Sophie Wolpers. They lived in Oedelum and had at least 2 children: Sophie Dorothee Marie Christine and Friedrich Behred Heinrich (see next generation). Heinrich’s wife Ilse died on May 3, 1842 and Heinrich died on September 4, 1842, both in Oedelum, Germany.
Heinrich August Conrad married Ilse Marie Sophie Wolpers circa 1800 in Hanover, Germany. She was born circa February 23, 1776 in Hanover, Germany. She died on May 3, 1842 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.

They had at least two children:

1 Sophie Dorothee Marie Christine Hoffmann was born circa 1801 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany. She married Johann Melchoir Ludolph Reinhard on October 4, 1827 in Oedelum, Germany.
2 Friedrich Behred Heinrich Hoffmann

3rd Generation:

Friedrich Behred Heinrich Hoffmann was born on February 22, 1807 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany. He died on February 27, 1870 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.

Father: Heinrich August Conrad Hoffmann
Mother: Ilse Marie Sophie Wolpers

Friedrich used his middle name Heinrich, which in English would have been Henry. Friedrich, or Heinrich, was married to Marie Christine Uepkendanz on October 31, 1828 in Gadenstadt, Germany. They were the parents of 9 children: Johanne Dorothea Maria Christina, Johanne Maria Sophie, Johannes Heinrich Wilhelm (see next generation), Johann Christoph Herman, Johann Heinrich, Frederich Christian Andreas, Johann Carl Julius, Johanne Sophie Elizabeth, and Johann Heinrich Wilhelm. Friederich B. H. Hoffmann died on February 27, 1870 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.
He married Maria Christina Uepkendanz on October 31, 1828 at Gadenstedt, Hanover, Germany.

They had nine children:

1 Johanne Dorothea Maria Christina Hoffmann was born on October 26, 1828 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany. She married Johann Heinrich Christian Borslum on November 14, 1851.
2 Johanne Maria Sophie Hoffmann was born on December 29, 1832 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.
3 Johannes Heinrich Wilhelm Hoffmann
4 Johann Christoph Herman Hoffmann was born on April 13, 1837 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany. He died on March 30, 1844 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.
5 Johann Heinrich Hoffmann was born on April 2, 1839 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany. He died on April 4, 1839 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.
6 Friedrich Christian Andreas Hoffmann was born on October 23, 1842 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.
7 Johann Carl Julius Hoffmann was born on November 21, 1844 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.
8 Johanne Sophie Elisabeth Hoffmann was born on July 10, 1846 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.
9 Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Hoffmann was born on September 10, 1850 in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany.

4th Generation:

Johannes Heinrich Wilhelm Hoffmann (Henry Hoffman) was born on June 4, 1835 (or 1836) in Oedelum, Hanover, Germany. He died on June 21, 1906 in Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 2. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.

Father: Friedrich Behred Heinrich Hoffmann
Mother: Maria Christina Uepkendanz

As was customary, Johannes did not use his first name and instead went by one of his middle names. While in Germany, he was called "Heinrich" and after moving to America it was Anglicized to "Henry." Henry was raised in Germany and as a youth he decided to come to America. His reasoning for this is unknown, as he is the only member of his family known to have made the trip. In about 1855 to 1857, Henry made the voyage over the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. He went out west and settled in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. There, he was married on October 18, 1859 to Sophia Streu, also a recent German emigrant. They lived together near the village of Greenfield in Franklin Township, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. In the year 1871, Henry and his family moved again, this time to Blue Earth County, Minnesota. There, they began farming in Mankato Township, just outside of the city of Mankato.

Henry lived in Mankato Township for the rest of his life. Eventually, he owned his land and became quite successful. He also appears to have owned land in nearby Lime Township, Blue Earth County. Henry and his family were Lutherans. Henry wrote his will on January 29, 1906, and left his estate (valued at about $19,500) to his 12 surviving children and 3 grandchildren (children of his deceased daughter Ida). He died on June 21, 1906, at his home in Mankato Township, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He was 70 or 71 years old at the time of his death. He was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Mankato. His widow afterwards moved to the city of Mankato, where she died in 1922.

Henry married Sophia Maria Christina Streu on October 18, 1859 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin 1.



They had the following children:
1 Bertha Sophia Hoffman was born on February 28, 1861 in Greenfield, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin. She died on January 8, 1938 in St. Clair, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. She is buried in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, McPherson Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
She married Henry Gusso on May 8, 1880 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (He was born on August 24, 1859 in Wisconsin and died December 11, 1933 in St. Clair, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He is buried in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, McPherson Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had no children.
2 Amelia Marie Johanna Hoffman was born on October 25, 1862 in Greenfield, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin. She died on December 7, 1945 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. She is buried in the Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lyme Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
She married John Felber on November 22, 1887 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (He is buried in the December 12, 1857 in Ohio and died on April 14, 1914 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He is buried in the Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lyme Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
Amelia Bertha Felber (1888-1960)
md. Edwin Ernest Lehnert
Elizabeth Sophia Felber (1890-1977)
Mathilda Marie Felber (1891-1974)
md. John William Laube
Anna Barbara Felber (1893-1975)
md. 1st. William Frederick Kindler
md. 2nd. Gustave William Lehnert
Bertha Anna Felber (1897-1971)
md. Albert Emil Seefeld
John Alfred Felber (1898-1990)
md. Lyda Lillian Hanel
3 William Henry Hoffman was born on October 18, 1864 in Greenfield, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin. He died on September 29, 1932 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Lena Henriette Funk on January 31, 1889 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (She was born on February 12, 1869 in Minnesota and died on October 23, 1944 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
They had the following children:
Grace Ida Hoffman (1889-1953)
md. Oscar Seltenreich
infant Hoffman (1889-1889)
Martha Amelia Hoffman (1891-1984)
md. Julis Herman Arthur Seltenreich
Sarah Mary Hoffman (1894-1986)
md. Fred A. Seltenreich
Jennie Louise Hoffman (1896-1986)
md. Delbert Chauncey Edwards
Nora Elsie Hoffman (1899-1994)
md. Ivan Alfred Macbeth
Elmer William Hoffman (1903-1962)
md. Mildred Ethel Edward
Edna Leona Hoffman (1910-1993)
md. Robert Karl Miller
4 Henry Jacob Hoffman
5 Elizabeth Minnie Hoffman was born on January 3, 1869 in Greenfield, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin. She died on March 5, 1945 in Fairmont, Martin Co., Minnesota.
She married Frank LaValle Graham on July 1, 1888 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (He was born on December 30, 1863 in Wisconsin and died on March 22, 1939 in Fairmont, Martin Co., Minnesota.)
They had one child:
Laura Jane Graham (1895-???)
md. Herbert Conrad Schweppe
6 Herman Jacob Hoffman was born on January 26, 1870 in Wisconsin or Minnesota. He died on May 11, 1940 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Magdalena Barbara Mock on November 6, 1894 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota (She was born on November 26, 1871 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota and died on October 31, 1961 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
Joseph Leo Hoffman (1895-1958)
md. Agnes Caroline Antonson
Leo John Hoffman (1897-1965)
md. Celestine Ann Thissen
Alfred John Hoffman (1899-1977)
md. Mildred Carmen Moore
Clarence Hoffman (1902-1902)
Arthur Phillip Hoffman (1903-1955)
md. Lydia Caroline Bartsch
Robert Henry Hoffman (1909-1989)
md. Julia Emogene Horan
7 George Jacob Hoffman was born on July 11, 1871 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He died on October 11, 1946 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Ella Sarah Polzin on December 6, 1905 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (She was born on June 18, 1883 in Minnesota and died on January 29, 1947 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had one child:
Seth Walter Hoffman (1915-1972)
md. 1st. Dorothy Marie Smithson
md. 2nd. Helen Louise Lindoe Minor
8 Ida Amelia Hoffman was born on February 17, 1872 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 5. She died on March 8, 1899 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 5. She is buried in the Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
She married Fredrick William Lamm on December 9, 1890 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (He was born on July 12, 1866 and died on July 30, 1958 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He is buried in the Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
Rudolph Fred Lamm (1891-1977)
md. Marcella Ann Bregel
Julia Sophia Lamm (1893-1977)
md. George Frederick Cords
John Henry Lamm (1896-1967)
md. Eleanor Gre. Strand
infant Lamm (1898-1898)
9 Infant daughter Hoffman was born and died on February 17, 1872 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
10 Alfred August Hoffman was born on August 10, 1876 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He died on January 13, 1930 in Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Mary Elizabeth Jane Haslip on May 3, 1905 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (She was born on January 13, 1886 in Minnesota and died on January 19, 1960 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She is buried in the Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
Roy Harold Hoffman (1906-1999)
md. Olga Clara Etta Flitter
Glen Allen Hoffman (1911-1995)
md. Catherine Margaret Reitz Lenertz
Mildred Jane Hoffman (1915-1996)
md. Conrad Wilhelm Johnson
Deloris Ruth Hoffman (1921-2001)
md. Richard Laurence Miller
Living Hoffman
Aldean Maybelle Hoffman (1925-1962)
md. Percy M. Anning
11 John Phillip Hoffman was born on August 12, 1878 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He died on April 3, 1954 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Theresa Mary Macho on November 24, 1908 in New Ulm, Brown Co., Minnesota. (She was born on October 8, 1879 in Vienna, Austria and died on July 29, 1941 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
Harold Matthew Hoffman (1910-1982)
md. Harriet Elizabeth Schunamen
Walter Nick Hoffman (1911-1989)
md. Marjorie Eleanor Gronquist
infant male Hoffman (1913-1913)
Clifford John Hoffman (1915-2002)
md. Jimmye Vee Lowe
Marcella Marie Hoffman (1919-1994)
md. Albert Lawrence Paffrath
Lucille Mary Hoffman (1926-2001)
md. James Thomas Crager
12 Rudolph Henry Hoffman was born on December 22, 1879 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He died on January 10, 1968 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Mary Catherine McCall on August 22, 1906 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (She was born on August 22, 1881 in Minnesota and died on October 31, 1962 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
John Clarence Hoffman (1907-1980)
md. Magdalena Pauline Vermeersch
Henry Bernard Hoffman (1913-1972)
md. Velma Elizabeth Mathwig
Rosemary Catherine Hoffman (1916-1945)
md. Frank Charles Wenner
md. Frank Wenner
Margaret Lucille Hoffman (1919-2004)
md. Harry Frederick Stanke
13 Edward Peter Hoffman was born on February 26, 1882 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He died on December 30, 1972 in Arlington, Sibley Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lyme Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Minnie Paulina Ernestine Kindt on November 20, 1912 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (She was born on July 18, 1892 in Erfurt, Elslenben, Germany and died on January 18, 1952 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She is buried in the Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lyme Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
Edward Henry John Hoffman (1914-1978)
md. Alice Irene Pearson
Living Hoffman
Lorraine May Hoffman (1918-1995)
md. Stanley Edwin Plumb
Living Hoffman
Living Hoffman
Living Hoffman
Gerald Ralph Hoffman (1931-2002)
md. Margaret Anne Jensen
Joanne Lugene Hoffman (1934-1993)
md. James R. Klaseus
14 Laura Catherine Hoffman was born on April 14, 1884 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. She died on April 14, 1923 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. She is buried in the Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lyme Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
She married Robert Thomas Boyd Haslip on November 21, 1905 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (He was born on February 13, 1880 in Minnesota and died on August 3, 1954 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He is buried in the Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery, Lyme Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had the following children:
Lester Clifford Haslip (1907-1958)
md. Viola Esther Lamson
Erma Esther Haslip (1909-1991)
md. Roy Elmer Lamont
Richard John H. Haslip (1910-1979)
md. 1st. Eleanor Theresa Resner
md. 2nd. Darlene
Dorothy Henrietta Haslip (1912-1993)
md. Leland Whitney Ford
Edith Amelia Haslip (1913-1969)
md. George Thomas Baumgartner
Edwin Hale Haslip (1914-1985)
md. 1st. Evelyn Addelman
md. 2nd. Leona Muenchow
Living Haslip
Ervin Thomas Haslip (1918-1984)
md. Evelyn Mary Addleman
Audrey Sophia Haslip (1920-1995)
md. Joseph John Funfsinn
Marjorie Lorraine Haslip (1922-1994)
md. Eldo William Merritt

5th Generation:

Henry Jacob Hoffman was born on August 25, 1866 near Greenfield in Franklin Township, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin 6,7. He died on September 13, 1907 near St. Clair in McPherson Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 7. He is buried in the Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.

Father: Johannes Heinrich Wilhelm Hoffmann
Mother: Sophia Maria Christina Streu

Henry spent the first part of his life with his family in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. In 1871 (when he was 5 years old), he and his family moved west to Blue Earth County, Minnesota, where they settled on a farm in Mankato Township, just east of the city of Mankato. Henry spent the rest of his formative years in the vicinity of Mankato. It was while living there that he met and became engaged to Christina Kling who lived in the area. They were married on November 13, 1888 in Mankato Township.

Henry and Christina began farming on rented land in Mankato Township (they were renters in 1895 and 1900). They were probably living on land that Henry's parents owned. It was during this time period that their four children were born. They remained in Mankato Township until about November or December of 1904. At that time they moved to nearby McPherson Township where they lived in or near the village of St. Clair. Henry worked as a farmer during the summer and during the winter he worked for his brother-in-law C.W. Miller who was an ice man. It was while doing this during the winter of 1906-1907, that Henry was injured in his hand. He developed blood poisoning and became seriously ill. Although his demise was not immediate, he never fully recovered from his experience. Nearly a year later, on September 12, 1907, Henry died at his home near St. Clair, Minnesota from the effects of Bright's Disease. He was only 41 years of old. His widow never remarried and continued living in the vicinity of Mankato until her death in 1954.

Henry married Christina Margarethe Kling on November 13, 1888 in Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 12.



They had the following children:
1 Ernest Henry Hoffman was born on August 27, 1889 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 7. He died on January 2, 1966 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Woodland Hills Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Lydia Laube on November 17, 1914 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (She was born on April 6, 1882 8 in Minnesota and died on October 8, 1975 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. She is buried in the Woodland Hills Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had one child:
June Beanthany Hoffman (1920-1998)
md. Milo Eugene Gruber
2 Howard Christian Hoffman was born on January 7, 1891 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 7. He died on December 5, 1971 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. He is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
He married Clementine Etta Morrison on June 28, 1913 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (She was born on February 2, 1885 in Minnesota 4 and died on July 6, 1962 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. She is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
They had one child:
Betty Jane Hoffman (1920-1988)
md. William Dewey Carlson
3 Dora Sophia Hoffman was born on January 25, 1894 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 7. She died on October 13, 1975 in St. Clair, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota 4. She is buried in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Clair, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.
She married Roy Richard Hubmer on September 7, 1915 in Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. (He was born on March 17, 1894 in Minnesota and died on May 7, 1981 in Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota. He is buried in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, St. Clair, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota.)
They had two children:
Pershing Roy Hubmer (1918-1996)
md. Living
Living
4 Bertha Hoffman

6th Generation:

Bertha Hoffman was born on May 25, 1897 in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota 8,9. She died on March 8, 1995 in Oregon City, Clackamas Co., Oregon 8,9. She is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.

Father: Henry Jacob Hoffman
Mother: Christina Margarethe Kling

Bertha spent the first years of her life on a farm in Mankato Township, just east of the city of Mankato. In 1904, she moved with her family to a farm near the village of St. Clair in nearby McPherson Township. It was while living there in 1907 that Bertha's father died, when she was only 10 years old. Sometime after this (between 1907 and 1909), Bertha moved with her mother and siblings to a farm in nearby Decoria Township. Bertha attended school at Kennedy Bridge School just over the township line in Mankato Township. She probably graduated from this school in about 1912.

Sometime between 1912 and 1914, Bertha moved with her mother to the city of Mankato where they purchased a house at 207 West Fourth Street. After moving to Mankato, Bertha began attending the Minnesota State Normal School in Mankato with the goal of becoming a teacher. She was a student at the school between 1912 and 1916, but apparently did not graduate from the program. After this, she began working as a school teacher. According to family history, she taught school at the one-room schoolhouse that she had attended as a child (probably the Kennedy Bridge School). In 1919, she was working as a school teacher. In 1920 though, she was doing "book work" for the Mankato Cement Works company. Meanwhile, Bertha became engaged to a young man named Neil Bixby. Neil Bixby was originally from the area but had moved with his family to Oregon in 1909. After his World War I service ended in 1919, he briefly returned to Minnesota where his brother and sister were living. It was probably in that situation that he and Bertha began dating and eventually decided to get married and move out west. Sometime between January and April of 1920, Bertha and Neil moved out west to Portland, Oregon and were married in April in Vancouver, Washington. During the first five years of marriage, they lived with Neil's parents in a rented house in Portland and also in rural Washington County, Oregon. Then, in about 1925 they purchased a house in the Parkrose neighborhood of Portland where they remained for about 20 years.

The Bixbys were financially comfortable and raised a loving family. In 1944, Bertha's only son Deane died fighting in World War II. His death was a tremendous loss to the whole family and especially to Bertha. In about 1945, they sold their Parkrose home and moved to a different house in Portland. Then in 1950, they sold their Portland home and purchased a new house in the town of Milwaukie in Clackamas County, Oregon. They were still living in this house in 1985, when Neil died. Bertha was then quite elderly and could not support herself in her house by herself. A few years after her husband's death (in about 1989) she moved into an apartment in Milwaukie. She lived there until about 1993, when she went to a nursing home in Oregon City, Oregon, where she spent the remainder of her life. Bertha died on March 8, 1995 in a hospital in Oregon City, Oregon. She was just two months shy of her 98th birthday.

Bertha married Neil Francis Bixby on April 19, 1920 in Vancouver, Clark Co., Washington 7,11.

For information on their children, see his page.

Sources:

1. Marriage Certificate of Henry Hoffman and Sophia Stroy, 1859, Milwaukee Co., WI
2. Obituary of Henry Hoffman, Mankato Free Press, June 21, 1906
3. Obituary of Sophia Hoffman, Mankato Free Press, March 23, 1922
4. Minnesota Death Index, Minnesota Historical Society
5. Tombstone Inscriptions, Tivoli Cemetery, Mankato Twp., Blue Earth Co., MN
6. Obituary of Henry J. Hoffman, Mankato Free Press, September 20, 1907
7. Genealogical dates and records, by Patricia Plymale, c. 1987
8. Social Security Death Index
9. Obituary of Bertha Bixby, The Oregonian, March 10, 1995
10. Information and research of Carole Hoffman at (no current e-mail address)
11. Marriage certificate, Clark Co., WA
12. Marriage certificate of Henry Hoffman and Christina Kling, Blue Earth Co., MN, 1888, Pg. 152