MARTHA BREWSTER HOFF
Posted By: JOHN SCOTT HOFF (email)
Date: 7/3/2006 at 02:13:50
Obit. of MARTHA BREWSTER HOFF ((1802 NY - 1892 IA), Widow of Powell Hoff (1801 VA -1870 IA).
Died 27 Jan 1892,at the home of her son, POWELL HOFF, Jr.near Grimes, Mrs. Powell Hoff, aged 89 years and 8 months.
"The funeral services, which occurred the following days, were attended my numerous relatives and friends from this city and the surrounding country. The remains were interredin the Hoff Settlement Graveyard.
The deceased who was borm MARTHA BREWSTER and was a descendant of NATHAN BREWSTER and HANNAH PARKER and was a settler of New York state. In May of 1824,she was married to "Uncle" POWELL HOFFat marietta, Ohio, who in the speing of 1855 (the couple and their children) migrated to Dallas county and the state of Iowa where they purchased and cleared the land and established what would later be known as the "Hoff Settlement" lying between Grimes and Dallas Center.
"Aunt Martha" was familiarly known to the people of the farming community and was universally loved and esteemed by all who know her, as a devoted wife and mother and a devoted Christian lady.
Althought upon the eve of her there were and tenth year Mrs. Hoff had until quite recently enjoyed good health. Within the past three or four years, howver she has met with a most unfortunate affliction. By degrees her eyesight has faded finally leaving her in total darkness. Her hearing, however, had now bee in the least impared, and up to the day of her death, she retained her usual strength and vigor of mind.
Her loss is keenly felt by her relatives, who have the heartfult sympathy of all their friends in their deep bereavement.
(This obit. notice was taken from a bad photocopy made from the local paper of the time, and transcribed by JOHN SCOTT HOFF,(b: 1946 DSM), the 2XG grandson of MARTHA BREWSTER & POWELL HOFF, via their son, JOHN H. HOFF (1830-1909), and his son, JOHN CASSIUS HOFF (1875-1960), and his son, JOHN RICHARD HOFF (1909-1970). I welcome any direct contact at or in Chicago at (312)346-8111.
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