Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Isaac E. Hoffman

Isaac E. Hoffman[1, 2]

Male 1835 - 1898  (62 years)

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  • Name Isaac E. Hoffman 
    Born 8 Mar 1835  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Merchant 
    Religion 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    EA 
    Business 1867  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cabinet Ware, Sash, Doors, Blinds, Flooring 
    Isaac Hoffman Business 1867 Advertisement
    Isaac Hoffman Business 1867 Advertisement
    image from Waterloo Directory 1867
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Merchant and Cabinet Mfgr. 
    Religion 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Evang. Assoc. 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Manufacturer 
    Waterloo-Hoffman,Wegenast&Co-Furniture-Undetaking-1879Advert.jpg
    Waterloo-Hoffman,Wegenast&Co-Furniture-Undetaking-1879Advert.jpg
    Religion 1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Evangelical 
    Elected Office 1884  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Councillor - Waterloo 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Bookkeeper 
    Religion 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Methodist 
    Eby ID Number 00055-3800 
    Died 20 Feb 1898  [3
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I2066  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Father Jacob Hoffman,   b. 18 Sep 1809, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1864, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Veronica Eby,   b. 8 Mar 1817, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1876, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Family ID F661  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Caroline D. Herlan,   b. 26 Sep 1835, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1923  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Carolina Magdalena Hoffmann,   b. 26 Dec 1857, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Franklin Henry Hoffman,   b. 13 Apr 1860, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1863, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     3. Emma Sivina Hoffman,   b. 11 Oct 1862, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1944  (Age 81 years)
     4. Sarah Martha Hoffman,   b. 30 Jan 1865, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1932, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     5. Dr. John Wesley Hoffman,   b. 29 Sep 1867, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Phoebe Priscilla Hoffman,   b. 13 May 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1932, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     7. Alexander Franklin Hoffman,   b. 23 Feb 1873, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Lillie Josephine Hoffman,   b. 2 Sep 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Waterloo-LogSchool-00002.jpg
    Waterloo-LogSchool-00002.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Isaac Hoffman, "the eldest, was born March 8th, 1835. He is married to Caroline, daughter of Rev. Francis and Caroline Harlen. She was born September 26th, 1838. Mr. Hoffman was, for many years, engaged in the manufacturing business but of late years he withdrew from all business and at present resides in Waterloo. To them was born a family of eight children"


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE

      An interesting meeting took place the Saturday before last in the old log cabin in Waterloo Park.

      This house was, of course, the first schoolhouse in this area and stood originally on the school-house square at the corner of King and Church Streets in Waterloo. It was built in 1820 and served its purpose until 1842, when it was torn down and a 1-storey stone house was constructed on the site. The dismantled log house was erected again in Greenbush and served as a residence for a long time for the coloured man, Mr. Carroll and his family. In the course of this year, the Waterloo Park Commissioners purchased the house, moved it to their park and furnished it again as it was when it was a school-house.

      At this gathering, in addition to many other ladies and gentlemen, the following (male and female) former pupils attended, took their places on the benches, and were called to order by the 82-year-old teacher, Benjamin Burkholder, who held the scepter, or rather, the switch, from 1831 to 1842 in the old log-house: Joel Guth, 80 years old; Abraham Scherk, Blair, 79; Jakob Bricker, Waterloo, 77; Sarah Burkholder, nee Erb, Bridgeport, 75; Amos Weber, Berlin, 73; John C, Bricker, Hawksville, 71; Maria Erb, nee Quickfall, Norwich 69; David B. Eby, Waterloo, 69; Wendel Baumann, Woolwich, 68; Henry Stauffer, Erbsville, 67; Simon Beatty, Elmira, 67; Jakob Ratz, New Hamburg, 67; Israel Baumann, Berlin, 65; George Elbert, Moorefield, 63; George H. Baumann, Elmira, 63; John Devitt, Waterloo, 62; Richard Quickfall, Bridgeport, 62; Isaak Hoffmann, Waterloo, 61; Robert Barkwell, Peel, 60; Diana McMahon, nee Dekay, Berlin, 60; Thomas Quickfall, Floradale, 60; Benjamin Devitt, Waterloo, 60; Isaak Devitt, Floradale, 58; John Longmann, Peel, 57. In addition, to these, the teacher read the names of 25 pupils from the roll; they were, however, absent.

      Mr. Burkholder gave an interesting talk about the history of the old school-house, and after him, Rev. J.A. MacLachlan, Rev. J. McNair, Mr. J.E. Baumann, M.P., and Mr. Jakob Ratz spoke about the old days which brought many things out of the past to mind again. School was, as a rule, only in session in winter and the costs were borne by the parents of the children. There were few subjects taught, namely: Reading, Writing and Sums. The children heard little about language, and geography; no child had more than 2 or 3 books. The predominant language was German. The pupils learned to read and write English, but didn't understand a word of it. Among the teachers in the old school-house from 1820-1842, with the exception of Mr. Burkholder, were the following whose names are still recognized: Jephtha DeKay, Joseph Guth, John Herringer, Peter Otto, John Dobbin, Elias Eby, Robert Barber, & Joseph Eby.

      After those present, on hearing the various speeches felt themselves transported back to the past, the school was closed at four o'clock and the pupils were gathered together in front of the school and photographed as a group. On their return into the school, they found it had been transformed into a dining room with heavily-laden tables, which the old-timers thoroughly enjoyed. After everyone had chatted cordially for a while longer, the gathering broke up. The company will not meet again in complete numbers, nor in such a way.

      Berliner Journal September 26, 1895 Page 4 Column 4

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 802.

    2. [S2897] aaaVit - ON - Marriage Registration, 018760-03.
      Robert H. Harrison, 27, Occ. Salesman, b. Hamilton, Res. Toronto, son of George Harrison and Jennie Strattin married Lillian Hoffman, 27, b. Berlin, Res. Waterloo, daughter of Isaac Hoffman and Caroline Herlare (S/B Harlen), Witness(s) M. Hoffman of Detroit Michigan and C.W. Schiedel of Waterloo, 24 June 1903 in Waterloo

    3. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Isaac E. Hoffman/ born Mar. 8, 1835/ died Feb. 20, 1898/ aged 62 yrs. 11 mo./ 12 days

    4. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 12.

    5. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 69.

    6. [S302] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1881, Waterloo Village 1881 Div. 1 Page 19.

    7. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 3 Page 26.

    8. [S2418] aaaa CensusTown of Waterloo 1891 Sect. 3, Section 3 Page 44.

    9. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), 16 Apr 1856.
      15 Apr 1856 On Tuesday morning, the 15th inst. At the bride's residence, by the Rev. A. Smith, Wesleyan Minister, of Berlin, Mr. Isaac Hoffman, Berlin, to Miss Caroline Herlan, eldest daughter of the Rev. Mr. Herlan, of the same place.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Mar 1835 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Apr 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - EA - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Cabinet Ware, Sash, Doors, Blinds, Flooring - 1867 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant and Cabinet Mfgr. - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evang. Assoc. - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo - 1884 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bookkeeper - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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