Hoff, Judge Gershom A.

Hoff, Judge Gershom A.

Male 1839 - 1902  (63 years)

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  • Name Hoff, Gershom A. 
    Prefix Judge 
    Born 16 May 1839  Livingston County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 29 Jul 1870  Xenia, Clay, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1 Jun 1880  Flora, Clay, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 7 Jun 1900  Flora, Clay, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 29 Oct 1902  [1
    Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Flora, Clay County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I771  Sackett
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2015 

    Family VanNess, Cornelia,   b. 14 Jun 1847, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1909  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1864  Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Children 
     1. Hoff, Cora Lydia,   b. May 1865, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1948, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 May 1839 - Livingston County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Jul 1864 - Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Hoff, Cora Lydia - May 1865 - Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 29 Jul 1870 - Xenia, Clay, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Jun 1880 - Flora, Clay, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 7 Jun 1900 - Flora, Clay, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmwood Cemetery, Flora, Clay County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • of Flora, Ill.

  • Sources 
    1. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 3), 9 Nov 2015.
      From Find A Grave Memorial# 29361772
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29361772
      Gershom A. Hoff
      Birth: May 16, 1839
      Death: Oct. 29, 1902

      Judge Gershom A. Hoff, lawyer, Flora, Ill., was born in Livingston County, N. Y.,May 16, 1839. His father, Jonathan Hoff, was born in Freehold, N. J., in 1796. He was reared to manhood in New York, and served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and in 1816 was married to Euphemia Pullis. She was born in the year 1800 in the city of New York. They emigrated to Illinois in 1843, settling that year in Washington County near Nashville, on what is known as the Dry Arm of the Looking Glass Prairie. There, in 1846, Mrs. Hoff died, leaving five children who grew to maturity, viz. : Peter, Jane (wife of J. Van Emburg, of New Jersey), Ann P. (wife of Capt. J. G. Owens, of St. Louis, Mo.), Gershom A. and Frank Hoff. From Washington County, the father removed to Clinton County in 1846, settling at Aviston, where he subsequently was married to a Widow Clark, and where, in 1853, he died, having devoted his life to the pursuit of farming.

      After the death of his mother, G. A. Hoff became a member of the family of his uncle, C. Pullis, of St. Louis, where he remained until he was fourteen years old, when he went to the city of New York. He remained there five years, in the meantime adopting the trade of brick-mason. In 1861, he went to Nevada, and until the close of 1863 was successfully engaged in the mining interest.

      He then went East, and in March, 1864, came to Clay County, Ill., and purchased a tract of land of 380 acres in Oskaloosa Township, returning the same year to New Jersey, where, in July, he married Miss Cornelia Van Ness. She was born June 14, 1 847, in New Jersey. They then moved upon the farm in this county, where they remained until 1869, when Mr. Hoff exchanged his farm for a stock of merchant goods in Xenia, where he was in business until 1873.

      He began the study of law in 1868, doing the preparatory reading under the Hon. G. V. Henry, of Louisville, Ill. He was admitted to practice in January, 1872, since which time he has been a member of the Clay County bar. He was originally a Pro-Slavery Democrat, but supported the administration during the war and until 1872, when he used his influence in support of Horace Greeley, and that year received the unanimous nomination of the Fusion ticket for the office of County Clerk.

      In 1875, he was elected to the office of State's Attorney, serving two years, and then in 1875 received a unanimous nomination for the office of County Judge at the hands of the Democratic party. The ability with which he performed the functions of this important office is evidenced by the fact that after an incumbency of five years, he was again nominated by a unanimous vote of the convention to the same office, which he is now filling to acceptance, in connection with which he still engages in the active practice of his profession.

      He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His family consists of Cora L., born April 5, 1865; Alonzo G., April 23, 1869; and Cornelia G. Hoff, July 3, 1880.

      Excerpt from "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois 1884 "

      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Cornelia VanNess Hoff (1847 - 1909)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Elmwood Cemetery
      Flora
      Clay County
      Illinois, USA

      Created by: Lady In Black
      Record added: Aug 27, 2008
      Find A Grave Memorial# 29361772

    2. [S501] 1870 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 9 Nov 2015.
      1870 Census, enumerated 29 Jul 1870 in Xenia, Clay County, Illinois, United States
      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      G A Hoff M 31 New York
      Carolina Hoff F 23 New York
      Cora Hoff F 5 Illinois
      Alonzo Hoff M 1 Illinois
      Chris Webber M 16 Canada
      Elizabeth Luik F 16 Illinois

      "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M64V-4BG : accessed 9 November 2015), Cora Hoff in household of G A Hoff, Illinois, United States; citing p. 20, family 155, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,695.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S960] 1880 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 24 Nov 2015.
      1880 Census, enumerated 1 Jun 1880 in Flora, Clay County, Illinois, United States
      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Gersham Hoff Self M 41 New York, United States
      Cornelia Hoff Wife F 32 New York, United States
      Cora Hoff Daughter F 15 Illinois, United States
      James Owen Other M 23 Missouri, United States
      Maggie Harmon Other F 23 Ohio, United States
      Elonzo Hoff Son M 11 Illinois, United States

      "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXN8-9DX : accessed 24 November 2015), Cora Hoff in household of Gersham Hoff, Flora, Clay, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district 152, sheet 340B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0182; FHL microfilm 1,254,182.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    4. [S960] 1880 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 24 Nov 2015.
      1900 Census, enumerated 7 Jun 1900 in Flora, Clay County, Illinois, United States
      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Gresham Hoff Head M 61 New York
      Cornelia Hoff Wife F 52 New York
      Vinnie Hoff Daughter F 20 Illinois
      Clare Hoff Son M 15 Illinois

      "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSSX-SNW : accessed 25 November 2015), Gresham Hoff, Harter Township Flora city Ward 1-3, Clay, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 6B, family 152, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,242.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    5. [S1036] New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985, (FamilySearch.org) (Reliability: 3), 24 Nov 2015.
      Name Gershom A. Hoff
      Birth Date 1839
      Age 25
      Spouse's Name Cornelia Van Ness
      Spouse's Birth Date 1847
      Spouse's Age 17
      Event Date 31 Jul 1864
      Event Place City Of Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey
      Father's Name Jonathan Hoff
      Mother's Name Eupherina Hoff
      Spouse's Father's Name Jno. B. Van Ness
      Spouse's Mother's Name Cath. M. Van Ness
      Marital Status Single
      Spouse's Marital Status Single

      "New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZP8-R4H : accessed 25 November 2015), Gershom A. Hoff and Cornelia Van Ness, 31 Jul 1864; citing 584,579

      Researched by Ted Smith


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