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Alice Viola Benedict

Born Born 09 Oct 1881 Warren, Litchfield County, Conn
Married Married 26 Jan 1901 Frank Matthew Hoffman Sr New York City, Manhattan, New York
Died Died 05 Jun 1971 Torrington, Litchfield County, Conn

Parents:

Children:

  1. Hoffman, Frank Matthew Jr 1901-1982
  2. Hoffman, Leroy 1902-1960
  3. Hoffman, Wesley Bert 1907-1972
  4. Hoffman, Stanley Henry 1909-1947
  5. Hoffman, Ethel Irene - Twin 1911-2003
  6. Hoffman, Katherine Helen - Twin 1911-1979
  7. Hoffman, Robert Bird/Byrd 1912-1994
  8. Hoffman, Alice Viola 1916-1999
  9. Hoffman, Marjory Frances 1918-1993
  10. Hoffman, Warren Harding 1921-1999
  11. Hoffman, Allyn Benedict 1924-1957

Frank Matthew Hoffman Sr and Family

Frank was b 11Jan1878 in Buffalo, Erie County, NY. He d 9Oct1968 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. He was buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Frank was the only surviving son (3 were born, 2 dy) of John Hoffman(n) b 25Mar1857 Buffalo, Erie County, NY, d 26Jun1906 Buffalo, Erie County, NY, son of the immigrants Francois Hoffmann b 20Apr1845 Carling, 57490, Moselle, Lorraine, France, d 8Jan1889 Buffalo, Erie County, NY and Marguerite Kirchman(n)b 5 Jun1820 Carling, 57490, Moselle, Lorraine, France, d 8Sep1904 Buffalo, Erie County, NY. John and both of his parents, sibs, etc are buried United German & French Cemetery, Cheektowaga (Buffalo), Erie County, NY, Section LL. They immigrated to Buffalo in 1854. Franks father John d 26Jun1906 Buffalo, Erie County, NY. Franks mother was Sarah Gibson b ca b 1861 Buffalo, Erie County, NY. Sarah's parents were Hough Gibson b ca 1834 Ireland, and Mary ? b ca 1834 Scotland. John and Sarah were divorced 1891 Buffalo.

Frank's grandfather, Francois/Franz/Frank married Marguerite Kirchmann. His brother Samuel married Marguerite's sister, Catherine Kirchmann. The Hoffmann's were found in the mid 1500's in Ittersdorf, Sarre, Allemagne(Saarland/now Germany), ca 1787 migrated to Carling, 57490, Moselle, Lorraine, Germany/France (depending upon which country won which war) This is the Alsace Lorraine Region.

Chd of Francois aka Franz aka Frank Hoffman(n) and Marguerite aka Margaret Kirchmann:

  1. Marguerite b 13Nov 1848 Carling, Moselle, France, d 28Feb1921. m 16Apr1874 Henry Wex, b ca 1852 Hesse Darmstedt, Germany, d bef 1900 Census. Buffalo, NY
  2. Catherine b 7Oct Carling, Moselle, France, m Christian Michael b ca 1853 NY
  3. Madeleine aka Amelia b 11Feb1853, Carling, Moswelle, France, d 16Jun1911 Buffalo. m 5Jul1877 John Wolf b 26Jun1853, d 26Apr1902 Buffalo, NY
  4. Christina aka Maria aka Mary b 1855 Buffalo, d 4Sep1866 Buffalo
  5. John was b 25Mar1857, Buffalo, d 26Jun1906 Buffalo
  6. Mathias aka Frank was b 29Jan1859 Buffalo, d bet 1818-1820. m 14Apr1885 Mary Ball b ca 1864 NY
  7. Anna Maria aka Emma was b 9Dec1861 Buffalo, m 13Aug1890 Buffalo, Jacob Klein.
  8. John Baptista aka Edward B b 28Apr1864 Buffalo, d 7Feb1888 Buffalo
  9. Michael b 22Nov1866 Buffalo, d 1938, m ca 1891 Katherina b 1869 Canada

1880 US Census: Film T9-0830, Pg 132B, 783 Genesse Street, Buffalo, Erie County, NY. Dwelling No 9, Family No 12, Pg 2, Supervisors District 11, ED 143, line 19, 1Jun1880.

  • Hoffman, John, head, age 23, Peddler, married, born NY, father and mother born Lothringen
  • Sarah, wife, age 19, keeping house, married, born NY, father and mother born Scotland
  • Frank, son, age 2, born NY, father and mother born NY

Frank Sr was my great grandfather. Grandpa told me that - while concentrating hard on his past life, at about age of 80, that once, when he was a young man, he decided to walk to California, that he got as far as Louisiana, and decided to return home, walking back. He also told me he had delivered a team of horses to Boston for his father, then walked back home. This probably accounts for his missing years. He was refering to the 'father' that raised him, not his biological father that died in 1906. Have not as yet been able to determine which 'uncle' took him in to raise, or how he got to Brooklyn from Buffalo, NY. There were 4 Frank Hoffman's in this related family.

Notes: an avid fan of baseball. Wrote poetry. Family Story: His father, mother, and brother all died when he was 5 years old. A grandmother took him in, she died when he was 8 years old. He then lived with various family until becoming the age of majority. This all proved to be absolutely false, except mayhaps one uncle/cousin named Frank also

On Franks death cert, he is listed as born in New York, his father as Frank Hoffman (sb John Hoffman). His headstone states b. 1879, death cert states 1878, 1880 census for Buffalo, NY states 1878.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Record Date of Registration: Sept 12, 1918

Name: Frank Matthew Hoffman. City: Not Stated, County: Litchfield, State: Connecticut, Birth Date: 11 Jan 1878, Race: White, Roll: 1570617, DraftBoard?: 20, Years in age: 38 Permanent Home Address: Warren, RFD Cornwall Bridge, CT. White, Native Born, Occupation: Farming, Employers Name: Edward Carter, Employed: Warren, Litchfield Co, CT. Nearest Relative: Alice V Hoffman, address: RFD Cornwall Bridge, CT. Height: Medium, Build: Medium, eyes: Dark, Color of Hair: Black (incorrect, his eyes were very blue)

OBITUARY: WARREN, LITCHFIELD COUNTY Newspaper:

Warren Man Dies at 99 (sb 90)

WARREN-- Frank M. Hoffman, 99 (sb 90), Route 44 (sb 45), died Wednesday morning at his home after a short illness.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. Jan 11, 1869 (sb 1878), son of the late Frank and Margaret Hoffman (Frank and Margaret were his grandparents, sb John and Sarah (Gibson) Hoffman). He had been a resident of Warren for the past 55 years. He was formerly employed by the State Highway maintenance department, retiring some 20 years ago.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Alice (Benedict) Hoffman of Warren; four sons, Frank of Waterbury, Wesley of Warren, and Warren and Robert of New Preston; four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Sullivan of Warren, Mrs. Catherine French of Ohio, Mrs. Lawrence Jennings of Kent, Mrs. Leslie Kilmer of River Plains, NY, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, with the Rev. N. J. Whitehead of the Warren Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in the new Warren Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight after 7.

Death Cert: State of CT, Warren, Litchfield County, CT: Frank M Hoffman, res: Rt 45. b 11Jan1878 Buffalo, NY, d 9Oct1968. Occ: Maintenance Dept. Conn State Highway. Date of Burial 11Oct1968. Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure, enduring 3y, Arterio scherotic heart disease 20y duration. Fathers name: Frank Hoffman (incorrect, was John Hoffman), mother unknown. Informant: Mrs. Alice Hoffman

Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001

Name: FRANK M HOFFMAN Death Date: 9 Oct 1968 Death Place: Warren, Litchfield, Connecticut Age: 90 Years Birth Date: xxxYOB Marital Status: Married Spouse: ALIC State File #: 21327 RESIDENCE: Warren, Litchfield, Connecticut Gender: Male Race: White

Note: CT State Employees did not have Social Security Tax's witheld, they were exempt.

Children Of Frank and Alice:

  1. Hoffman, Frank Matthew Jr 1901-1982. b 28Nov1901 Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. d 23Feb1982, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. Buried Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. Per NY Birth Records: b 28Nov1901, reported 1902 in the Borough of Manhattan, NY. Birth Cert No. 2883. Per DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH for the CITY OF NEW YORK: Frank Hoffman, age 7 years, address: 323-2 W Fleet, Floor 4 was vaccinated for Virus No: 1810, signed by the medical inspector.

Mil: US Marine Corp. PFC, Steamfitters Helper. Accepted for Marine Corp 26Jan1920, at Bridgeport, CT. Enlisted Parris Island, SC 3Feb1920. Promoted to Private 1st Class 15Mar1921. Honorable Discharge 28Jan1922. Awarded Good Conduct Medal No. 16509. Discharge Records recorded Waterbury, CT, Vol 2, Page 649, Town Clerk. Foreign service: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 7Mar1920 to 6Jun1921. 65 ˝ inches high, blue eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion. Unmarried. No sea service, battles, or wounds.

Connecticut State Guard. PFC Co G 3 Bn 1st District C.S.G. Enlisted 25Mar1941 at Waterbury, CT. Honorably Discharged 17Dec1941. Reason for discharge was: S.O. #86, Convenience of State. When enlisted he was 40 years of age and by occupation a Mechanic. Blue eyes, Black hair, Fair complexion and was 5 feet, 6 inches in height. Prior Service: U.S. Marine Corps 2/3/20 to 3/18/22, Co E102 (Juf) (?) C. U.G. 5/22/30 to 7/17/39.

Frank Jr m 1st: Rose Barbara Koch, 28Nov 1923. St. John Episcopal Church Waterbury, New Haven County, CT, dau of Heinrich Norbert and Kathrine (Eyman) Koch of Waterbury, CT. (Henry Koch immigrated from Prussia ca 1890) (The Eymann Family immigrated from Gaildorf, Germany 1881), Germany. Rose b 24Dec 1900, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. d 23Mar 1968, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. Buried Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, CT. Section G, Lot 127. Cause of death was cancer of the bone. St Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT. One Child born: Frank Matthew Hoffman III. b 12Jul1924 Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. d 26Jun1999 Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. Cause of Death: Arteriosclerotic cardiovascular Disease, other significant conditions: diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary. Buried Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, NV, Section J, Lot 0616. Cremation, buried on his 75th birth date. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record Name: Frank M Hoffman Jr (sb FMH III)Birth Year: 1924 Race: White, citizen Nativity State or Country: Connecticut State: Connecticut County or City: New Haven Enlistment Date: 16 Mar 1943 Enlistment State: Connecticut Enlistment City: Hartford Branch: No branch assignment. US Army, 101st Airborne Division/Tec 5, E Company 2/502 PIR. WWII. Served in England 5Jun1944 prior to the midnight jump from a C-47 into Normandy, France - 12 miles from Utah Beach, behind German enemy lines. His group of about 35 men worked their way back to the beach laying wire for communications, blowing up telephone lines and transformers, taking out Germans at crossroads. The main mission was to take out big field guns. On 8 June, now a group of 100 men worked their way back to the beach, taking 2 days to get there. Of the 135 men who went in with Company E, 90 came out. On 10Jul1944 they were evacuated from Normandy. He often said that he spent his 19th birthday in the hull of a ship going back to England. However, they left Normandy on 10Jul1944, and on 12Jul1944, furlough papers were issued granting leave to visit Ramsgate, England. On 12Jul1944, he was 20 years old, not 19. On 17Sep1944 Frank jumped into Holland, fighting in the Battle of Bastogne, and the Ardennes. One of the “Battered Bloody Bastards of Bastogne”, they were surrounded by Germans, not likely to make it - when Gen. George Patton’s forces arrived in time to save them. Frank completed 13 jumps in the Airborne, 2 in combat missions. Awarded Bronze Star for Meritorious Service Beyond the Call of Duty for retrieving their radio equipment that landed in the middle of a German nest. Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Badge with two Bronze Stars and two Arrowheads, Rigger Badge, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf and numerous campaign medals. Also received a French Croix de Guerre with Palm, a Belgian Croix de Guerre and a Belgian Fouragere and Netherlands Orange Lanuared. Meritorious Military Service Distinction, Purple Heart (he was never wounded) and all of the awards made to the 101st Airborne Division. Additionally, participated in Battles of Arnhem and Alsace, as well as the clean up of Berchtesgaden - Aldershorst (Hitler's Eagle’s Nest), among other sites. Honorary Discharge. Active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member No. LM0508, 101st Airborne and 82nd Airborne Associations, alternately serving as president, vice president, and secretary of the 101st. He was an officer on the first board of the 101st Airborne Southern California Division Association. He was on the committee for the reunion in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and worked diligently with the 50th reunion in Holland. His headstone does not have the III after his name. His military papers had him listed as Jr. - his father was Jr. m 1st 16Jan1943 US Army, 101st Airborne Division/Tec 5, E Company 2/502 PIR. WWII. Frank III m 1st 16Jan1943 Columbia, Lexington County, SC Violet Margaret Sprano b 28Nov1924, Oakville, Litchfield County, CT. still living 2008. Divorced. Chd: A) Sandra Rose Hoffman (the source of all of this information, SandeeToo?) b 27Dec1946 Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. Res Tulsa, Tulsa County, OK 2008. B) Eileen Margaret Hoffman b 19Sep1948, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. Res Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, CA 2008. C) Frank Matthew Hoffman IV b 23Jan1960 Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, res Canyon Country, Los Angeles County, CA. Frank III m 2nd 2Feb1967 Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, CA Patricia Greco. no children born. he m 3rd 15Dec1985 Los Angeles County, CA Felicitas "Phyllis"(Rojas). no children born.

Frank Jr m 2nd Edith Saunders, widow of Weaver and Leonard. 4Nov1972 Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. St Francis Xavier Church, Baldwin St. Waterbury, New Haven County, CT.

OBITUARY: WATERBURY REPUBLICAN 1982. FRANK M. HOFFMAN JR. Frank M. Hoffman Jr., 81 of 142 Atwood Ave., died suddenly Tuesday at St Mary's Hospital. Dr. Joseph E. Daly, medical examiner, attributed death to natural causes. Mr. Hoffman was born in Brooklyn, NY., 28Nov1900, son of the late Frank M. and Alice (Benedict) Hoffman Sr. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War I, having served in the Philippine insurrection (incorrect, served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba). Mr. Hoffman was employed by the NY, NH, & Hftd. Railroad as a supervisor of signal maintenance for many years, retiring 20 years ago. He leaves his wife, Edith (Weaver) Hoffman of Waterbury; one son, Frank M. Hoffman III of Bell, Calif; two stepsons, Edward Weaver of Pasadena, Calif., Austin Weaver of Enfield; two stepdaughters, Mrs. George (Leila) St Germain and Mrs. James (Dorothy) Sirignano, both of Waterbury; two brothers, Robert Hoffman of New Preston and Warren Hoffman of Warren; three sisters, Mrs. Daniel (Ethel) Sabia of Goshen, Mrs. Alice Jennings of Kent, and Mrs. Marjorie Killmer of Wassaic, N.Y.; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10a.m. at the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 1581 East Main St., with the Rev Peter Stebinger, curate of St. John Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be in old Pine Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 7-9pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the 101st Airborne Association Monument Fund, PO Box 101, Parchment, Minn. (Grandpa did not die in the hospital, he dropped dead on the city street while on his way to see if he could get his job as a security guard reinstated)

Death Cert: Frank M Hoffman Jr b 28Nov1900 (sb 1901) Brooklyn, NY, age 81, d 23Feb1982 Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. St Mary's Hospital (DOA). Last Spouse: Edith Weaver, res: 142 Atwood Ave, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. Usual Occupation: Supervisor Signal Maintainence NY, NH & Hftd RR. Veteran of WWI, US Marine Corp. Son of Frank M Hoffman Sr and Alice Benedict. Informant: Frank M Hoffman III, 18046 Walker Ave, Apt 0, Bell, CA 90241. Cause of Death: Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease. Burial: Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, CT. Edward J Odonnell Funeral Home, Waterbury, CT.

Name: FRANK M HOFFMAN JR Father's Surname: HOFFMAN Death Date: 23 February 1982 Death Place: Waterbury, Connecticut Age: 81 Years Birth Place: New York Birth Date: 28 November xxxYOB00 Marital Status: Married Spouse: EDITH State File #: 04243 Occupation: SUPERVISOR SIGNAL MA Industry: N.Y. N.H.&HTFD R.R. Residence: Waterbury, Connecticut Address: 142 ATWOOD AV , 06705 Gender: Unknown Race: White

Buried Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, CT. Behind Mill Plain Union Church, Section G, Lot 126 with 1st wife, Rose Barbara (Koch)

  1. Hoffman, Leroy aka Roy 1902-1960. b 10Oct1903 Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. d 9Apr1960 Bantam, Litchfield County, CT. Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorage. He m ca 1927 Charlotte Evelyn Peters b 1Mar1905 Patterson, NJ, d 10Apr1987 Bantam, Litchfield County, CT. She is Buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. They were divorced. Roy and Charlotte had one child: Joan, b ca 1928 in CT m George Fitzgerald. one son born.

OBITUARY: Leroy Hoffman dies in Bantam (Special to the Republican) Bantam - Leroy W. Hoffman, 56, died Saturday evening at his home, Main St., Bantam, after a short illness. He was born in New York City, Oct. 10, 1903, a son of Frank M. and Alice (Benedict) Hoffman. He had been a resident of Bantam for the past 30 years, where he worked as a caretaker on various estates. Mr. Hoffman was a member of St. Paul's Lodge of Masons, Litchfield, and the Bantam Fire Department. He is survived by his mother and father of Warren; a daughter, Mrs. George Fitzgerald, Darien; four brothers, Frank of Waterbury; Wesley of Warren; Robert, and Warren of New Preston, four sisters, Miss Katherine Hoffman, Ohio; Mrs. Daniel Sullivan, and Mrs. Leslie Killmer, both of Warren, and Mrs. Lawrence Jennings, Kent; a grandson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2pm from the Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford, with Rev. Edgar Flory, paster of the New Preston Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in the new Warren Cemetery, Warren. Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home tonight after 7pm. St. Paul's Lodge will conduct services tonight at 8 at the funeral home. (hand dated 4-8-60, Friday)

  1. Hoffman, Wesley Bert 1907-1972. b 21Apr1907 Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. d 25Aug1972 Albany, Oregon. Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Wesley was a finished carpenter, received his training from sister-in-law Rose (Koch) Hoffmans brothers, building and finished carpenters in Waterbury, New Haven County, CT. Wesley stayed with brother Frank and Rose in Waterbury while learning his craft. Wesley m 1st Abigail (Wilcox) White b 29Apr1900 Barkhamsted, CT, d 12Jun1949 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Sudden Heart Attack at the home of Frank and Alice Hoffman. Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. No children born. Wesley m 2nd 6May1950 Chester, New Haven County, CT, Louise Judith Mondani, dau of Paul and Rosa (Laoezzoli) Mondani. Louise was b 6May1918 Haddam, Middlesex County, CT, d 19Aug2008 Salisbury, Litchfield County, CT, Buried St Joseph Cemetery, Chester, Middlesex County, CT with her parents. They had no children. After Wesley passed, Louise remarried, Robert J Graham b 27Aug1904 Northern Ireland, he d 16Feb1996 Cornwall, Litchfield County, CT.

Wesley and Louise lived on RT 45, Warren where Wesley kept bees and hives. They later bought an old barn, built in 1850 and the land around it at 99 Warren Hill Road, Cornwall Bridge, CT. As they were both into antiques, they turned the antique barn into an antique shop, The Brass Bugle. Wesley modified the barn a bit to include living space for themselves. The business was very successful. HOFFMAN-MONDANI Troth Announced Announcement has been made of the engagement and coming marriage of Miss Louise Judith Mondani, daughter of Mrs. Rose Mondani, Chester, to Wesley B. Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoffman, Warren. Miss Mondani was graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Hartford, and engaged in industrial nursing in Deep River. Her fiance is employed by the H.H. Taylor Co., New Milford. The couple plan a May wedding.

OBITUARY: CORNWALL BRIDGE, LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT Newspaper:

CORNWALL BRIDGE - Funeral services for Wesley Hoffman, owner of the Brass Bugle Antique Shop, will be held Tuesday at 2 pm in the Warren Congregational Church, with the Rev. Marshall Whitehead, officiating. Burial will be in the New Warren Cemetery. Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford, today from 2 to 4 and after 7pm. (hand dated 8-28-72)

OBITUARY: WATERBURY SUNDAY REPUBLICAN, August 27, 1972

CORNWALL BRIDGE -- Wesley Hoffman, 65, owner of the Brass Bugle Antique Shop, died suddenly Friday night in Albany, Ore. while visiting friends. (they were visitying his cousin Roy Walter Benedict1906 and his wife Althea "Blanch") Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman were enroute home from an Alaskan trip. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 21, 1907, a son of the late Frank M. and Alice (Benedict) Hoffman. He spent the greater part of his life in Warren where he worked as a carpenter until he recently entered the antique business. Besides his widow, Louise (Mondani) Hoffman, of Cornwall Bridge, he is survived by three brothers, Frank of Waterbury, Warren and Robert of New Preston; three sisters, Mrs. Dan Sabia (Ethel), of Goshen, Mrs. Lawrence Jennings (Alice), of Kent, and Mrs. Marjorie Killmer, of Wassaick, N.Y. Funeral services are in charge of the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford. Funeral arrangements are to be announced.

  1. Hoffman, Stanley Henry 1909-1947. b 6Mar1909 Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, d 7Mar1947 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Asphyxiation, attack of epilypsy. Stan was living with his parents. When he did not get up one morning, his mother Alice went to check on him. She found he had died during the night. Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Stanley never married.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record Name: Stanley H Hoffman, Birth Year: 1909, Race: White, citizen, Nativity State or Country: New York , State: Connecticut, County or City: Litchfield

Enlistment Date: 19 Jun 1942 Enlistment State: Connecticut, Enlistment City: Hartford, Branch: Branch Immaterial, Grade: Private

Stanley was excused from the US Army due to his epylipsy. He did not serve overseas. Member of the American Legion. Not listed in the Connecticut Death Index.

OBITUARY: WATERBURY REPUBLICAN, By Special Correspondent. Warren, March 7 - Stanley Henry Hoffman died suddenly Friday at home in Warren. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 6, 1909, the son of Frank and Alice (Benedict) Hoffman. He spent his entire life in Warren. He was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the Warren Congregational Church. (he had enlisted, stationed at Ford Devens MA) He is survived by his parents; four sisters, Mrs. Hezekiah French, New Britain; Mrs. Daniel Sullivan (Ethel), Warren; Mrs. Leslie Killmer (Marjorie), Warren, and Mrs. Herbert Davis (Alice), South Kent; six brothers, Frank, Watertown; Ray, (sb Roy) Bantam; Robert, Northfield; and Wesley, Warren and Allen, all of Warren. Services will be from the Warren Congregational Church Sunday at 2pm. Rev Cooley will officiate. Burial will be in the new Warren Cemetery. The Lillis Funeral Home will be open Saturday evening for convenience of friends and relatives.

OBITUARY: WARREN, LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT NEWSPAPER. *MILITARY RITES HELD FOR S.H. HOFFMAN - WARREN Warren, March 15 - Military funeral services for Stanley Henry Hoffman of Warren were held recently from the Warren Congregational Church. Rev. G.L. Cooley, the pastor, officiated. Leslie Killmer, senior vice-commander of Bates-Schnell Post, American Legion of Warren, was in charge of military services. The color bearers were Warren Chappius and Keith Mosman and the color guards, Clyde Massey and Morey Willet. The firing squad, under direction of Frederick Flaton, included Anthony Johnson, James Weeks, Harry Weeks, Thomas Zoivell, Richard Cables, Norton Ives, Robert Woodey and Eugene Engles. At the close of the service at the church Mrs. Arthur Tanner, organist, played the National Anthem. The bearers, all members of Bates-Schnell Post, were Felix Florio, James Lundjeberg, Frederick Lundjeburg, Willis Tanner, Nathan Strong and James Curry. Burial was in the family plot in new Warren Cemetery where a volly was fired by the firing squad and Taps sounded by Allan Murphy.

  1. Hoffman, Ethel Irene - Twin 1911-2003. b 23Feb1911 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. d 31Ocdt2003 Goshen, Litchfield County, CT. Buried St Bridgets RC Church Cemetery, Cornwall, Litchfield County, CT with 2nd husband, Daniel Sullivan. Ethel m 1st Unknown. m 2nd Daniel F Sullivan b 18Nov1894 Kerry, Cork County, Ireland, d 3Apr1967 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Buried St Bridgets RC Church Cemetery, Cornwall, Litchfield County, CT. m 3rd 12May1968 Goshen, Litchfield County, CT. Daniel b 12Jan1897 Avigliano, Italy, d 9Nov1991 Torrington, Litchfield County, CT. Buried Old St Francis Cemetery, Torrington, Litchfield County, CT with his 1st wife. Ethel had no children with either husband.

Per LDS 1517090, Vol 4, pg 13: Ethel Hoffman b 23Feb1911. (no middle name in this record) Frank Hoffman, laborer born Buffalo NY, age 31, mother Alice Benedict, born Warren CT, age 29, both of Warren. H.G. Stevens MD. One of twins

  1. Hoffman, Katherine Helen - Twin 1911-1979. b 23Feb1911 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. d 25Jan1979 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Cardiovascular Decompensation, Atherosclertic Heart Disease. Buried Gatewood Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. m 27Dec1930 New Britain, Hartford County, CT Hezekiah French, son of Charles Edward and Constance A. (Sezki) French. He b 12May1912 New Britain, Hartford County, CT, d 20May1984 Northampton, Hampshire County, MA. Cause of Death: Complications of Alzheimer's and Pneumonia. Buried St. Mary's Cemetery, New Britain, Fairfield County, CT. Divorced. 2 daughters born A) Constance Alice b 3Jan1932 New Britain, Hartford County, CT. d 28Sep2002 Coldwater, Branch County, MI. Cause of Death: Dementia, COPD. Buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Branch County, MI B) Katherine Helen b 3Jan1934 New Britain, Hartford County, CT. Katherine m 2nd Donald Garmer, they res St Louis, St Louis County, MO. no children born.

Note: A) Constance Alice was m 3 times, had 7 children, and there are in 2008 40 known descendents in her line, most living in MI and northern IN.

Per LDS 1517090, Vol 4, pg 13:* Katherine b 23Feb1911. (no middle name in this record). Father laborer born Buffalo NY, age 31, mother Alice Benedict, born Warren CT, age 29, both of Warren. H.G. Stevens MD. Two of twins

*Per LDS 1517090, Item 4, pg 8: m 27Dec1930 New Britain, Hartford County, CT. Hezekiah F. French, age 18, bookkeeper m Katherine H. Hoffman, age 19, telephone operator. 1st marriage for both. New Britain, Hartford County, CT, Harry A. Studwell Pastor.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. Record about Harry F French, Name: Harry F French, Birth Year: 1912, Race: White, citizen, Nativity State or Country: CT, County or City: Hartford

Hezekiah changed his legal name to Harry French Harry was career Army. Enlisted 14Jun1940 US Army, retired Staff Sergeant from Fort Dix, NJ. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star along with 14 other medals during his service years. Member of the VFW in New Britain, Hartford County, CT. He was in the Normandy invasion in WWII, wounded 19Jul1944. Military records show duty stations in Algeria, French Morocco, Ardennes (Belgium), Central Europe, Normandy, Rhineland, Sicily, Panama, Korea.

  1. Hoffman, Robert Bird/Byrd 1912-1994 b 14Jan1912 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. d 24Jan1994 New Milford, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Accidental fall, subdural hematoma, COPD. Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Robert m 29Aug1937 New Preston, Litchfield County, CT Natalie Bell Whittlesey b 15Dec1916 Washington Township, Litchfield County, CT Still living 2008. They had 3 chd: A) Judith Ann b 25Apr1940 Torrington, Litchfield County, CT B) Virginia Carol b 24May1942 Torrington, Litchfield County, CT. C) David Robert b 29Apr1949 Torrington, Litchfield County, CT. Robert and Natalie res Bantam, Litchfield County, CT.

Per LDS 1517090 Warren, Litchfield County, CT Item 4, pg 14: Robert Bird Hoffman, 7th child born, 14Jan1912 to Frank Matthew Hoffman, laborer, age 35 of Buffalo and Alice Viola Benedict, age 33 of Warren. G.H. Stevens MD

Per CT LDS 1517090 Warren, Litchfield County, CT Item 4, pg 9: Robert B Hoffman of Warren, laborer, age 23 m. Natalie Whittlesey of Washington CT, nursemaid, age 20y. William A. Christain Jr. Minister

Robert Bird Hoffman m. Natalie Belle Whittlesey (dau of Bernard and Ella (Ohmen) Whittlesey) 29Aug1937, William A. Christain, Jr., Pastor New Preston Congregational Church, New Preston, CT. Pg. 92, Warren VS

Robert Byrd Hoffman d 24Jan1994 New Milford Hospital, New Milford, Litchfield County, CT. Age 80. 2pm. Cremated, buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, CT. Immediate Cause of Death: Presumed accident, Presumed fall 25Dec1994, Subdural Hematoma -Left -30 day duration, Due to Accidental Fall, 30 day duration, due to or as a consequence of Advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (Emphysema), duration: years. Significant Conditions: Cacheria and Congestive Heart Failure. Pronounced dead 24Jan1994, 5:50pm. Medical Examiner Case 94-01321. Mountain Grove Crematory, Bridgeport, CT. Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford, CT. License No. 1953. Edward L. Ferdagast Jr. MD. State File No. 01862.

Notes: MN is Bird on his birth certificate. Bob worked for 35 years at Plume and Atwood Mfg Co. in Thomaston, CT. Retired 1976. Lived in Washington, CT from 1950-1993. Member of Warren, CT Prime Timers, a senior citizen organization. He was not a veteran.

  1. Hoffman, Alice Viola 1916-1999 b 7Apr1916 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. d 14Jan1999 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Hemorrhagic Strokes. Burial: Cremation, Ashes scattered Macadonia State Park, Kent, Litchfield County, CT. Alice m 1st 30Nov1940 New Milford, Fairfield County, CT Herbert John Davis of New Milford, Litchfield County, CT. son of Raymond and Katherine (Bingham) Davis 30Nov1940. pg 102. Elwyn K. Jordan, Clergyman. Pg. 102 Warren VS. Divorced. No children born. Alice m 2nd 8Apr 19xx, Laurence Allen Jennings son of Clarence W b Oct1894 CT and Lucy (Seeger)Jennings. Lucy b 25Jan1892 Kent, Litchfield County, CT. They res South Kent, Litchfield County, CT. Laurence buried Good Hill Cemetery, Kent, Litchfield County, CT. 2 Chd: A) living, B) living. no grandchildren born.

  1. Hoffman, Marjory Frances 1918-1993 b 19Oct1918 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. d 30Sep1993 New Milford, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Colon Cancer. Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. m 6Sep1941 Warren, Litchfield County, CT Leslie Morris Killmer Sr b 1916/17 Willeston, NY, he d 26May1978 Danbury, Litchfield County, CT. Divorced. Leslie was senior vice Commander of Bates-Schnell Post, American Legion of Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Occ: Fire Chief, Warren, CT. Elected second selectman of Kent, Litchfield County, CT. Veteran WWII, Pacific Theater of Operations. Contracted Malaria during WWII. 1 son born, still living 2008.

  1. Hoffman, Warren Harding 1921-1999 b 23Jul1921 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. d 25Oct1999 New Milford, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Asperation Pneumonia (he also had Parkinsons Disease and had surgery to ease his swallowing problems the day before he passed. Additionally, he developed a neurological condition that he could only see from the top part of his eyes). Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. m 27Jan1953 Danbury, Fairfield County, CT Mary Catherine Halpin, (dau John and Mary (McGowan?) Halpin of Chicago, IL (who had moved to CT) b 18Sep1921 Chicago, Cook County, IL, d 3Feb2003 New Milford, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Intra abdominal catastrophe, additionally had Parkinsons Disease and COPD. Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. no children born. They were m St Josephs Catholic Church Rectory, Rev Daniel J. Foley, in Danbury, CT. pg 103 Warren VS.

Per LDS 1517090, Warren, Litchfield County, CT, Item 4, pg 17: Hoffman, Warren Harding b 23Jul1921. Father Frank M Hoffman, farmer, age 42y, mother Alice Benedict, age 40y. Child No 10. H.G. Stevens MD of New Milford, CT

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record Enlistment Date: 22 Dec 1942, Enlistment State: CT, Enlistment City: Hartford. Name: Warren H Hoffman, Birth Year: 1921, Race: White, citizen, Nativity State or Country: CT, State: CT, County or City: Litchfield. His wife did not know he had been to Europe and served there in WWII. She thought he was always at the TB Hospital in Denver. Not until Warren died did she find out his war history, the Funeral Home kept it all in their files, only releasing the information at time of death.

Per LDS 1517090, Item 4, pg 17: Hoffman, Warren Harding b 23Jul1921. Father Frank M Hoffman, farmer, age 42y, mother Alice Benedict, age 40y. Child No 10. H.G. Stevens MD of New Milford, CT

Notes: Member of the Warren Prime Timers, Morris Chapter of AARP. He had a superb gift with gardening and grounds keeping. Throughout the years, he mowed the lawns at his parents house every Saturday. After his mother passed, he and Mary bought out the family home, refurbishing and remodeling, upgrading to current building codes. They resided there until their passing. An avid reader. Very quiet, reserved by nature. After completing the 8th grade, he started High School, but being shy by nature, and it being a new environment, he quit within 2 weeks. His father wanted him to continue his education, and when he came home from school and told his mother he quit, she put a pipe in his mouth, a hat on his head, and said to him “now you are a man” go out and get a job”. When his younger brother Allyn got older, Warren was his primary 'physical care provider' washing, shaving, etc. Throughout all of their married years, Warren and Mary never spent a single night away from their own home. No extended vacations, road, trips, etc. They made day trips, but were always in their own house come evening.

occupation: Litchfield County Road Maintenance. Gardening Services. Shipping Clerk, Rapid Electric Co. in Brookfield, CT. 25 years. Retired 30Sep1986.

d. 25Oct1999 New Milford Hospital, New Milford, CT. buried New Warren Cem., Warren, CT. Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford, CT. License: 1953 Cause: Asperation Pneumonia. 8:12pm. Kenneth F. Marici, MD, New Milford, CT.

Physical: 2 ˝ pounds at birth, he was kept in a padded shoe box, warmed on the open door of the wood burning stove. 5’9”, black hair, blue eyes. He had a small spot of lung cancer in his left lung, surgically removed, and then a small spot on his right lung, also surgically removed the following year. He never told any family members about this. A life long pipe smoker, one day he layed the pipe down, never picking it up again.

Cook County, Illinois Birth Index, 1916-1935. Name: Mary Halpin Birth Date: 18 Sep 1921 Birth Location: Cook County, IL File Number: 6044481 Archive collection name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Births) Archive repository location: Chicago, IL Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk

1930 US Federal Census: Res: 1737 North Lotus Ave., 169, Family 222, Cook County, Chicago, IL, 37th Ward, Block 92, ED 16-1251, 4th Supervisors District, Sheet 10b, 11Apr1930

  • Halpin, John, head, rent, 55mo, radio, male, white, age 35, married at age 24, did not attend school, able to read and write, b NY, father b NY, mother b NY, electrician, electrical contractor, worker, not employed, veteran of WW
  • Halpin, Mary, wife, female, white, age 35, married at age 24, did not attend school, able to read and write, b Ill, father b Ireland, mother b Irish Free State,
  • Halpin, Mary, dau, female, white, age 8, b Illinois, father b NY, mother b Illinois
  • Halpin, John, son, male, white, age 5, b Illlinois, father b NY, mother b Illinois
  • Halpin, William, son, male, white, age 3, b Illinois, father b NY, mother b Illinois
  • Halpin, Robert, son, male, age 0/12, b Illinois, father b NY, mother b Illinois
  • NEXT DOOR
  • McGowan?, Thomas, head, male, white, age 30, married at age 27, did not attend school, able to read and write, b Illinois, father b Irish Free State, mother b Irish Free State, employed, laborer, veteran WW
  • McGowan?, Helen, wife, rent, female, white, age 19, did not attend school, able to read and write, b Illinois, father b France, mother b Illinois, not employed
  • McGowan?, Patricia, dau, female, white, age 2 9/12, b Illinois, father b Illinois, mother b Illinois
  • McGowan?, Mary, mother, female, white, age 59, widow, married age 20, did not attend school, able to read and write, b Irish Free State, father b Irish Free State, mother b Irish Free State, immigrated 1905, naturalized, not employed

Mary Catherine Halpin d. 3Feb2003 11:30pm. Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Parkway East, New Milford, CT 06776. Age 81. Buried next to her husband Warren in New Warren Cem, Warren, CT. 24May2003. Cause of death: Intra abdominal catastrophe, lasting 48 hours. Doris Worthington RN attested the time of death. Jeffrey C. Tyler MD of New Milford, CT. certified death. Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford, CT. License No. 1953. Informant: Barbara Halpin, Sister In Law, 229 Grant St., Bettendorf, Iowa 52722.

Mary (Halpin) Hoffman Member of Kappa Delta Pi, Connecticut Chapter of the American Association for Retired Teachers, the Morris Chapter of the American Association of Retired Teachers, President of the Garden Club, Member of the Warren Prime Timers. Awarded Teacher of the Year. An avid reader, and a serious collector of antiques. In December of 2001 Mary realized she could not live alone with her declining health, and chose to move into Candlewood Nursing Home in New Milford, CT. Warren and Mary dated 7 years prior to marrying. They both wanted a home of their own to move into before they would marry. They both worked and saved, purchasing the house on Baldwin Hill Road in New Preston before being married in St Josephs Catholic Church Rectory, by Rev Daniel J. Foley, in Danbury, CT. After the ceremony, they went to their own home to begin their married life. Warren was not Catholic, a church wedding not allowed at that time.

  1. Hoffman, Allyn Benedict 1924-1957 b 26Aug1924 Warren, Litchfield County, CT. d 20Feb1957 New Milford, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of Death: Acute Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, and an allergic reaction to penicillin. d 20Feb1957 1pm. New Milford Hospital, New Milford, CT. Age 32. buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Cause of death: Acute Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, 24 hours between onset and death (he had an allergic reaction to a shot of penicillin), mental deficiency. M.H. Denslow, MD, Edward B. Crohn MD, Kent, CT. pg 200 Warren VS. Funeral Services at Warren Congregational Church, Warren, CT. Joseph Tillis funeral director, License No 987. State File No. 03119. Allyn was born with Downs Syndrome. He was lively and active, and although his mother did not cater to him, she did care very deeply for him. Her diaries thru the years always mentioned his birth and death anniversaries. He had no education, special programs had not been developed for the handicapped at this time in life. (Penecillian was the new miracle drug at this time. Alice treated him at home, the doctor making many home visits. His sister in law, Louise (Mondani) Hoffman, wife of his brother Wesley made daily visits to tend to him. When his health became dire, he was transfered to the hospital, where the new wonder drug, penecillian was administered in an attempt to save his life. Allyn had an allergic reaction to penecillian, and died from the dosage. Allyn was a cheerful person, with his own innocent brand of humour, communicated easily with a combination of sounds and 'hand talk', could be 'mischevious and quite a tease.)

Per LDS 1517090, Warren, Litchfield County, CT Item 4, pg 18: Allyn Benedict Hoffman b 26Aug1924. Child No 11. Alice Viola Hoffman of Warren, age 43y and Frank Mathew Hoffman of New York, laborer, age 45y. M.H. Denslow MD

OBITUARY: Warren, Litchfield County, CT newspaper. SUBURBAN DEATH Allyn B. Hoffman- Warren, Feb 21 - Allyn B. Hoffman, 32, died yesterday afternoon at New Milford Hospital after a short illness. Born in Warren, Aug 26, 1924, he was the son of Frank and Alice (Benedict) Hoffman. Surviving in addition to his parents, are five brothers, Frank of Waterbury: Roy of Bantam, Wesley of Warren; Robert and Warren both of New Preston; four sisters, Mrs. Catherine French, Liverpool, Ohio; Mrs. Lawrence Jennings of Kent (Alice); Mrs. Daniel Sullivan (Ethel)and Mrs. Leslie Kilmer (Marjorie) both of Warren. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2pm at the Warren Congregational Church with Rev. George Cooley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the New Warren Cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of the Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford. (hand dated 2-20-57)

Census Records

1900 US Federal Census: T623_1061, ED 391, Pg 12A, 8Jun1900, 311 Monroe St., Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, 23rd Ward, Supervisors District 2. Line 38, Dwelling No 145. 8Jun1900

  • Moss, Levert k, head, white, male, b Jun1862, age 37, married 15 years, bank clerk, own home, with mortgage, able to read, write, speak english
  • Moss, Ida, wife, white, female, b May1864, age 36, m 15 years, mother of 2, 2 children living
  • Moss, William D, son, white, male, b Aug1888, age 11, at school
  • Moss, Lambert H, son, b Jun1893, age 6, at school
  • Benedict, Alice, servant, white, female, single, b May1880 (sb 1881), age 19, single, b CT, father and mother b CT, able to read, write, speaks english (_sb mother b NY)

1910 US Federal Census: T624, Roll 970, Part 2, Supervisors District 2, Ward 22, ED 531, pg 111A, 15Apr1910, 240 6th Street, Borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Line 4, House No 240, Dwelling Number 2, No of families visited 2:

  • Hoffman, Frank, head, male, white, age 31, married 1st, married 10y, teamster for contractor, born CT, father and mother born CT (incorrect, all were born Buffalo, Erie County, NY)
  • Hoffman, Alice, wife, female, white, age 28, married 1st, married 10y, born CT, father and mother born CT (incorrect, mother Ellen Gilmore b NY)
Hoffman, Frank, son, male, white, age 9, single, born NY, father and mother born CT (_sb NY) Hoffman, Roy, son, male, white, age 7, single, born NY, father and mother born CT (sb NY) Hoffman, Wesley, son, male, white, age 3, single, born NY, father and mother born CT (sb NY) Hoffman, Stanley, son, male, white, age 1, single, born NY, father and mother born CT (sb NY)

1920 US Federal Census: T625_187, pg 3A, ED 224, Image 166, Warren, Litchfield County, CT. 15Jan1920

  • Hoffman, Frank M, head, own home, male, white, age 41, married, Occ: butcher and farming, able to read and write, born NY, father born NY, mother born NY, english spoken at home
  • Hoffman, Alice V, wife, female, white, age 38, married, able to read and write, born CT, father b CT, mother b MA, able to speak english, employed: housekeeping (sb mother b NY)
  • Hoffman, Wesley W., son, male, white, age 12, single, b NY
  • Hoffman, Stanley B, son, male, white, age 10, single, b NY
  • Hoffman, Katherine I, dau, female, white, age 8, single, b CT
  • Hoffman, Ethel H, dau, female, white, age 8, single, b CT
  • Hoffman, Robert B, son, male, white, age 6, single, b CT
  • Hoffman, Alice V, dau, female, white, age 3, single, b CT
  • Hoffman, Marjorie, dau, female, white, age 1, single, b CT

Discrepancies are as listed in the Census Records: 1930 Federal Census: Roll T626_269, Pg 3A, Image 1130, ED 44. Warren, Litchfield County, CT. 23Apr1930.

  • Hoffman, Frank M., Head, rent, $10, not on a farm, male, white, age 51, married, age 22 when married, did not attend school, able to read and write, born NY, father born NY, mother born NY, able to speak English, laborer, farm, employed, not a veteran
  • Hoffman, Alice V, wife, Female, white, age 49, married, age 19 when married, did not attend school, able to read and write, born CT, father born MA, mother born MA, able to speak English, not employed. sb father b CT, mother b NY
  • Hoffman, Wesley B, son, male, white, age 23, single, did not attend school, able to read and write, born NY, father born NY, mother born CT, able to speak English, laborer, State Roads, employed, not a veteran
  • Hoffman, Stanley H, son, male, white, age 21, single, did not attend school, able to read and write, born NY, father born NY, mother born CT, able to speak English, laborer, employed, not a veteran
  • Hoffman, Ethel I, dau, female, white, age 19, single, did not attend school, able to read and write, born CT, father born NY, mother born CT, able to speak English, not employed.
  • Hoffman, Katherine H, dau, female, white, age 19, single, did not attend school, able to read and write, born CT, father born NY, mother born CT, able to speak English, telephone operator, employed
  • Hoffman, Robert B, son, male, age 16, single, did not attend school, able to read and write, born CT, father born NY, mother born CT, able to speak English, employed, salesman gas station
  • Hoffman, Alice V, dau, female, white, age 14, single, attended school, able to read and write, born CT, father born NY, mother born CT, able to speak English, not employed
  • Hoffman, Marjorie F, dau, female, white, age 11, single, attended school, able to read and write, born CT, father born NY, mother born NY, able to speak English, not employed
  • Hoffman, Warren H, son, male, white, age 8, single, attended school, able to read and write, born CT, father born NY, mother born CT, able to speak English, not employed
  • Hoffman, Allyn B, son, male, age 5, single, did not attend school, born CT, father born NY, mother born CT.

The Life and Times of Frank Matthew Hoffman Sr and Alice Viola (Benedict)

They had a big house and about 100 acres of land on Cornwall Road, 2 houses toward the center of town from 189 Cornwall Road in Warren CT. Raised cows, chickens, grew food and did farming to supplement his income from the State Highway Department. They later moved to 189 Cornwall Road in Warren, where Frank passed.

"Whole Town" Turns Out To Fete Couple on 50th Anniversary. Warren (Special to the Republican)

Warren, Jan 26 (1951) - More than 150 persons honored Mr and Mrs Frank Matthew Hoffman Sr., Friday night in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. Rev. Frank Barber of the Hartford Seminary, Hartford, former pastor of First Congregational Church, spoke briefly.

After his wife had made a brief speech, Mr. Hoffman stated "The secret of a successful marriage is to take your wife's advice!"

A substantial purse was given to the couple by James B Perkins on behalf of the community and a bouquet was given by Mrs. Robert Swift, president of the Warren Garden Club. Mrs. Arthur Tanner, representing the Warren School Board, stated that Mrs Hoffman has been connected with the board since 1930.

The observance was a traditional Warren affair as the whole town customarily turns out to honor couples on their golden wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Hoffman is the former Alice Viola Benedict. Mr. Hoffman worked for the State Highway Department for 16 years and was retired two years ago. The couple was married in New York City by Rev. George Cummings.

They had 11 children, 10 of whom are living. They are, Wesley, Warren and Allyn of Warren; Frank of Waterbury, Roy of Bantam and Robert of New Preston; Mrs. Ethel Sullivan of Warren and her twin sister, Mrs. Katherine French, Springfield Mass.; Mrs Alice Jennings of Kent and Mrs. Marjorie Killmer, Warren; also eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (myself and my sister)

WARREN, LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT Newspaper:

Frank Hoffmans Celebrate Their 65th Anniversary

WARREN-- "It was cold but bright and sunny," said Mrs. Frank Hoffman when she was asked about the weather when she and her husband were married in Brooklyn, New York on a January day in 1901.

Sixty-five years later when they celebrated their anniversary, in the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hoffman, Route 45, the weather could hardly have been worse. Snow, wind and slippery roads had kept the town crew busy all night and all day.

In spite of this about seventy friends and relatives came to wish them well. All of their friends know of their love of flowers, so great bouquets filled their own home as well as their son's house. Telephoned regrets because of the weather came in all day long. Mail "poured" in, said Mrs. Hoffman.

Old friends from the State Highway Department, of which Mr. Hoffman was a long-time employee, stopped in, as well as members of the town crew.

Frank Hoffman, Jr., managed the hazardous trip from Waterbury in time to see "the bride" cut the cake about 3:30 pm.

Others who braved the weather and brought delight to the couple were former Warrenites, the Fred Lundenburgs and their three children from Bethel. (hand dated 1-23-65)

When 16 years old, my family made a trip back to CT from California to see the family. I asked a few simple questions of my great grandparents, when asked how she and grandpa met, Gramma got very 'tight lipped' then said that she was living with a sister in New York, and Frank was a neighbor boy, also an Alter Boy in the church. This is how I located the Hoffmann family in Buffalo, Erie County, NY - through the St Louis Roman Catholic Church Records, and that grandpa was Roman Catholic. When she made this simple statement, I knew not to ask any further questions. Alice was Congregationalist, Warren, Litchfield County Congregational Church.

At one point in time their sons, understanding their parents were getting on in years, conspired together, all showing up on a saturday morning, tools and supplies in hand, and added an indoor 'back house' for their parents. Gramma did not want this, she fussed, she stewed, she screamed...the sons all ignored her and completed the addition to the house in spite of her loud protests! They were primarily worried about the winter months, ice and snow being hazardous to bones.

Alice refused modern conviences. She continued to cook on her wood burning stove and had a pot bellied stove in the living room for heat. After she passed and the house was opened up again, the wood burning stove crumbled to pieces I remember the hand pump for kitchen water also. And cats, lots and lots of cats!

With 11 children, gramma ruled them with an iron hand, cutting not one of them any slack!

Gramma was the president of the Warren Garden Club.

Sources

Per Benedicts to America Vol II, Pg 312

146. Eliakim Starr Benedict 7 (George 6, Eliakim 5, Thaddeus 4, Thomas 3, James 2, Thomas 1) b 29Feb 1813, Danbury, CT, m 1st Sophia Carey, m 2nd Ella Gilmore. He d 10May1894, Madison, CT. Chd by 1st m: I) Francis b 1850. II) Sarah. III) George Israel b 23May1853, m Laura Ingersol Hall, b 17Apr1835 in Warren, CT, d 10Feb1901. He d 9Nov1920 New Britain, CT. Chd: 1) Grace Ingersol b 9Jul1879 Warren, m 20May1902 William Louis Trappee. Chd: A) Elizabeth Louise Trappee b 22Oct1945. b) Florence Teresa Trappee b 4Feb1912 Mt, Carmel, CT, m 24Jun1937 Ralph H Buckingham. Chd: A) William Ralph Buckingham b 31Oct1939 Cheshire, CT. B) David Richard Buckingham b 8Jan1944 Cheshire, CT. C) Janet Hall Buckingham b 14Sep1949 Cheshire, CT. 2) Clarence Lewis b 10May1882 Warren, CT. m 1Jun1905 Anna Mabel Scheny, b 23Sep1877 New Britain, d 6Mar1957, he d 28Apr1957 New Britain, CT. Chd: a) Mabel Anna b 20Aug1911, m Richard Gordon of New Britain, CT. Res: 201 Harrison St, New Britain, CT. 3) Elizabeth Florence b 7Nov1886 Warren, CT. m 28Nov1936 Robbin Gilbert Spencer of Mt. Carmel. Res: 28 Feun Rd., Cheshire.

Chd by 2nd m: IV) Daughter, m Mr. Frank Hoffman. Res: RD Cornwall Bridge, Warren, CT V) Walter Francis b 7May1876, m Hazel Henrietta Lenhard on 30Aug1904. She b 29Aug1888 at Darwin, Minn. Chd: Roy Walter b 22Jan1906 Wilimar, Mandiyohi County, Minn., m 8Jan1948 Alta Blanche Chandler. Res: 12345 S West Parkway, Portland, OR. Chd: a) Patricia Ann b 11Jul1949.

Alice's Final Years

The last time I saw gramma, I was living in Kenai, Seward County, Alaska at the time, we visited family in CT in 1987. Great gramma's hands and fingers were gnarled with arthritis. Unable to maneuver buttons, she had her grey gingham dress closed with big safety pins..her fingers could manage those! Her children kept her in good clothes, but Alice only wanted to wear her simple house dresses. She shunned having her photo taken throught the years, but i do have several. To say gramma was 'feisty' is an understatement. and I can still see her clearly, standing in the door as we were leaving, in her grey gingham dress.

When Alice got to the point that she was not physically able to live alone, she moved in with her daughter Ethel and Daniel Sabia in Goshen, Litchfield County, CT. It's been said she really fought against it, but that was one battle she lost. She had broken her arm and when daughter-in-law Louise (Mondani) Hoffman wrestled her to the doctor, x-rays showed he had a previous fracture that had not been treated. When querried about it, tight lipped, she admitted she had fallen off of the wall when picking berries when she was 70 years of age!

When her health declined again, Alice was taken to the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Litchfield County, and after saying good-bye to all of her children, quietly passed.

OBITUARY: WARREN, LITCHFIELD COUNTY Newspaper: Mrs. Alice V. Hoffman WARREN--Mrs Alice V. (Benedict) Hoffman, 89, Route 45 died Saturday evening at the Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital, Torrington, after a short illness. Born in Watten (sb Warren) Oct 9, 1881, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Benedict (sb Eliakim Starr and Ellen (Gilmore) Benedict), she had lived in Warren all her life. and was a member of the Warren Garden Club, and the Warren Congregational Church. She is survived by four sons, Frank Hoffman of Waterbury, Wesley Hoffman of Cornwall Bridge, and Robert and Warren Hoffman, both of New Preston; three daughters, Mrs. Daniel Sabia (Ethel) of West Goshen, Mrs. Lawrence Jennings (Alice) of Kent, Mrs. Margery Killmer of Dover Plains, N.Y., 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild (my daughter). Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Fridge St., New Milford, with the Rev. Marshall J. Whitehead officiating. Burial will be in new Warren Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight after 7.

Full Name ALICE HOFFMAN SSN 049-22-1056 Death Date Year: 1971, Month: Jun, Day: Not Available, Last Residence State: CT., City: Cornwall Bridge, County: Litchfield

Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001. Name: ALICE B HOFFMAN Death Date: 5 Jun 1971 Death Place: Torrington, Connecticut Age: 89 Years Birth Date: xxxYOB Marital Status: Widowed State File #: 12868 RESIDENCE: Warren, Connecticut Gender: Unknown Race: White

Social Security Death Index Name: Alice Hoffman SSN: 049-22-1056 Last Residence: 06754 Cornwall Bridge, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States of America Born: 9 Oct 1881 Died: Jun 1971 State (Year) SSN issued: Connecticut (Before 1951)

Buried New Warren Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, CT

Footnotes

When visiting CT when I was 8y of age, I remember a wild bird flying into the open screen door. I told gramma a bird had flown in, she responded "it will get itself out" Also on that trip, I remember gramma rolling 2 one dollar bills into tight cylinders. She handed one to me, one to my sister (my brother had not been born as yet). as she handed them to us, my father looked her in the eye and said "gramma, no". she snapped at him 'mind our own business, I'll do as I please' my father shut up, he could not argue with his own grandmother, and when she handed them to us, I looked down, said thank you, but it was in defiance of what my own father approved of, and I was not comfortable. That is the ONLY time I ever have seen my own father defer to ANYONE! I never spent that dollar bill, it was kept sacred, and had been disapproved by my own father! I often wonder what becasme of that dollar bill. I had kept it in my jewelery box for years.

My father Frank Matthew Hoffman III spent summer vacations with Frank Sr and Alice (Benedict) Hoffman. His "uncle Warren, b only 3 years apart in age, were raised more like brothers, playing and growing up together.

Per Family recollections: at one point in time, Frank and Alice did have a Model-T Ford. All did not go well at all. Alice, with the car in reverse, knocked over the "Back House". Frank much prefered to walk, and walked to work 18 miles, winter and summer, to his job at the highway department.

Warren, Litchfield County is located in the upper NW corner of the State of Connecticut. Just east of the NY state line and south of Massachusettes. The town of Cornwall Bridge is just north of Warren, the home of the famous Cornwall Covered Bridge. It is very remote, quiet, and beautiful. This is the region of CT that is famous for the fall folliage. There is no industry, gas station or grocery store in this area. Local residents work elsewhere, returning home in the evening. Alice spent her working years as a domestic, a cleaning woman for the school board and then for the local nursing home.

Once, with a family visit from California to CT, we were at gramma's house when the phone rang. One of her sons had called and asked "Ma, is that you" " of course it's me she snapped! do you think the dog answered the phone? (they had no dog)

-- SandeeToo - 19 Nov 2008
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