Hoffman Lutheran Church Cemetery,
Jenner Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania


All Tombstone Inscriptions in above named Cemetery, were copied August 1, 1955,
by Laura Hay Braddock (Mrs. James S.) And Charlotte Hay Beard (Mrs. R. Edward).

Excerpted from Tombstone Inscriptions of Cemeteries,
Somerset County, Pa. McKeesport, Pa.: 1977
Typescript, no copyright statement

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]




HOFFMAN LUTHERAN CHURCH

Hoffman Lutheran Church, near Jenner Cross Roads, was organized November 20, 1814, Rev. Ernst Heinrich Tiedemann, Pastor. The original members were:
  • 1. Michael Cover.
  • 2. Peter Friedline.
  • 3. Jacob Hoffman.
  • 4. Philip Hoffman.
  • 5. Conrad Keyser.
  • 6. John Kummer.
  • 7. Simon Shaffer.

The Pastors have been:
  • 1. Rev. E.H. Tiedemann.
  • 2. Rev. D. H. Kieffer.
  • 3. Rev. J. H. Rababach.
  • 4. Rev. P. Schumucker.
  • 5. Rev. F. Heyer.
  • 6. Rev. D. Heilig.
  • 7. Rev. H. Haverstick.
  • 8. Rev. P. Rizer.
  • 9. Rev. S.B. Lawson.
  • 10. Rev. J.T. Williams.
  • 11. Rev. J. K. Miller.
  • 12. Rev. P. Salm.
  • 13. Rev. John Tomlinson.
  • 14. Rev. J. J. Welch.
  • 15. Rev. J. Ryder.
  • 16. Rev. A.K. Felton.


The first church aas built in 1814, and cost $75.00. The present church, erected in 1871, cost $3500.00. The present membership of the church is 67 (1884), and of the sabbath school, 77. The congregation formerly belonged to Friedens charge. In 1875 a new charge was formed, embracing Stoyestown, Horner and Hoffman congregations.

The above quoted from History of Bedford, Somerset & Fulton Counties, 1884, by Waterman-Watkins & Company, page 509. (The cemetery is or the opposite side crf the road from the Church.)

Hoffman Cemetery Jenner Twp., Somers Co., Pa.

ROW 1. Beginning at rear fence, right of entrance.
  • 1. HOFFMAN
    • Jacob, b. Feb. 1, 1841, d. Nov. 17, 1900. "Father" 1861-1865 Metal Marker with Flag.;
    • Sarah "Mother", b. Oct. 10, 1843, d. Jan. 28, 1922.;
    • Evelyn D., b. Oct. 4, 1877, d. Jan. 23, 1954.
    • Harry C., b. Feb. 2, 1877, d. Nov. 11, 1942.
    • Emma H., b. Oct. 25, 1867, d. Sept. 25, 1874.;
    • Infant, d/o J. & S.J.;
    • Annie E., b. Apr. 18, 1840, d. Dec. 23, 1862.;
    • Nancy w/o A. (Stone in ground; cannot read dates).
    • John W., b. Mar. 21, 1849, d. Apr. 1, 1857.
  • 2. LAPE, Rebecca, Consort of John W., d. May 18, 1867, aged (34-4-0).
  • 3. WELLER, Mary w/o John H., d. Feb. 19, 1837, aged (31-11-14).
  • 4. LAPE, Effie R., d/o J.T. & R., d. Apr. 27, 1868 (1-0-21).
  • 5. HOFFMAN, Harvey A., s/o Alex & Susan, d. July 7, 1887 (12-2-11)
  • 6. HOFFMAN, Nettie M. Hoffman w/o H.E. Shaffer, d. May 30, 1899, aged (29-4-6).
  • 7. LAPE, John W., d. Oct. 7, 1873, aged (46-1-0).
  • 8. LAPS, Charley C., s/o J. & C., d. Mar. 13, 1873 (2-4-9).
  • 9. HOFFMAN, Infant, d/o H.J. & S.S.
  • 10. HOFFMAN
    • Susan, b. Mar. 7, 1989, d. June 12, 1933.
    • Alexander, b. Aug. 12, 1824, d. Feb. 21, 1906.
  • 11. FRIEDLINE, Annie Orphy, d/o J., & H., d. Oct. 11, 1865, aged (0-3-2).
  • 12. DICKEY, William, d. June 16, 1865, aged (37-3-27).
  • 13. HOFFMAN, Arthur M., b. Nov. 26, 1883, d. May 3, 1923. Odd Fellow Marker.
  • 14. HOFFMAN, J.H. Fend, s/o W.H. & A.R., d. Sept. 28, 1872, aged (2-2-22).
  • 15. HOFFMAN, Herbert A., s/o W.H. & A.R., d. Nov. 21, 1882, aged (1-2-13)
  • 16. HOFFMAN, William H., d. Mar. 7, 1884, aged (37-11-15).
  • 17. HOFFMAN, Amy R., b. Feb. 10, 1854, d. Aug. 26, 1931. "Mother."
  • 18. HOFFMAN, Ada S., d/o W.H. & A.R., d. Jan. 2, 1896 (19-7-5).
  • 19. RISHEBERGER, William, d. Oct. 20, 1870, aged (58-9-17).
  • 20. RISHEBERGER, Catherine, d. Jan. 6, 1888, aged (84-1-22)
  • 21. BOWMAN
    • D. Lavan Bowman, 1857-1922.
    • Sarah S. Bowman, 1857-1952.
  • 22. COLEMAN, Arline E. Coleman, Aug. 28, 1928.
  • 23. SMITH, Edgar J., b. June 26, 1973, d. Apr. 23, 1979.
  • 24. SMITH, William H., b. Dec. 31, 1967, d. Feb. 54 1902.
  • 25. SMITH
    • Jacob J., b. June 22, 1831, d. Mar. 27, 1899. Civil war Marker with Flag.;
    • Catherine, His wife, b. Feb. 13, 1835, d. Jan. 1929.
  • 26. DANIELS, Wm. F. Daniels, 1853-1919.
  • 27. DANIELS, Louise C. (or G?) w/o William F., b. Nov. 22, 1861, d. Nov. 13, 1897.
  • 28. DANIELS, Infant, s/o W.F. & G., d. Nov. 22, 1861, aged 2 yrs.
  • 29. DANIELS, John Earl, d. Oct. 13, 1952, aged (62-10-24)
  • 30. MURRAY, Mary Belle, b. Nov. 25, 1871, d. Sept. 13, 1911. "Mother"
  • 31. MURRAY, Mary Belle b Dec. 24, 1911, d. Jan. 31, 1912.


ROW 2. Left to right from rear of Cemetery.
  • 1. KEYSER, Susanna, d. Aug. 19, 1875, aged (87(37?)-4-7).
  • 2. NOFTZINGER, Nancy, Consort of John, d. Mar. 1829, aged 78 yrs.
  • 3. HOFFMAN, "Our Father" Jacob Hoffman. No dates.
  • 4. HOFFMAN, "Our Mother" C.H. Hoffman. No dates.
  • 5. Field stone, not inscribed.
  • 6. HOFFMAN
    • "Father" John, d. Apr. 18, 1853, aged (56-6-11);
    • "Mother" Nancy, d. Jan. 24, 1889, aged (96-4-17).
  • 7. SHAFFER
    • Henry, d. Oct. 3, 1884, aged (65-3-16).;
    • Eliza, d. Feb. 11, 1886, aged (36-4-3).
  • 8. SMITH, Joseph J., d. May 7, 1830, aged (30-9-3).
  • 9. SMITH, "Mother" Susanna w/o Joseph J., d. Mar. 4, 1892, aged (30-6-5).
  • 10. SMITH, Susanna Shanfelt Smith, 1775-181.
  • 11. SMITH, Elizabeth, d/o J. & S., d. Jan. 6, 1837, aged (3-3-10).
  • 12. SMITH, George, s/o J. & S., d. Mar. 2, 1935, aged 3 years.
  • 13. SMITH, Eliza, d/o J. & S., d. Dec. 2, 1846.
  • 14. SMITH, Joseph I., b. Jan. 25, 1799, d. Sept. 11, 1868.
  • 15. SHAFFER, Lizzie S., d/o 4. A.E. & A., d. Sept. 7, 1873, aged (2-6-23)
  • 16. SHAFFER, Barton G., s/o A.E. & A., d. Feb. 19, 1874, aged (2-4-22).
  • 17. SHAFFER, Albert W., s/o A.E. & A. d Apr. 11, 1879, aged (0-7-23).
  • 18. FLECK, "Our Mother" Elizabeth w/o Peter, d. Oct. 20, 1876, aged (79-0-25).
  • 19. FLECK, Peter, b. Dec. 6, 1791, d. Aug. 19, 1840. War of 1812 with Flag.
  • 20. WALTER, Henry, b. Mar. 13, 1832, d. Sept. 30, 1834.
  • 21. FLECK, Henry, s/o J. & M., d. Feb. 5, 1853, aged (2-3-23).
  • 22. FLECK, Peter, s/o Jacob & M., d. Oct. 16, 1860, aged (6-6-2).
  • 23. FLECK, Sonorah, d/o J. & M., d. Mar. 12, 1861 (1-3-0).
  • 24. FLECK, Jacob, d. Apr. 10, 1869, aged (50-5-0).
  • 25. FLECK, Mary w/o Jacob, d. Apr. 26, 1880, aged (60-6-29).
  • 26. WILLIAMS
    • "Father" James E. Williams, 1864-1939.;
    • "Mother" Minnie J. Williams, 1870-1932.
  • 27. WILLIAMS, Edgar Williams, b. Feb. 14, 1892, d. Feb. 10, 1954. Pa. Pvt. Cen. Officers Tug. Sch. World War 1. Marker with Flag.

ROW 3. Beginning right of Entrance.
  • 1. BERKEY, Daniel, b. Jan. 25, 1779, d. May 6 1843.
  • 2. BERKEY, Susanna, b. Oct. 4, 1782, d. Nov. 27, 1845.
  • 3. PETERSON, Mary, d. May 13, 1869, aged (41-8-8).
  • 4. LUDY, Christian, d. May 8, 1872, aged (75-5-29).
  • 5. LUDY, Eva w/o Christian, d. Apr. 23, 1888, aged (33-9-23).
  • 6. LUDY, George, d. Jan. 21, 1894, aged (60-3-22) "Father" 1861-1865, Civil War Marker with Flag.
  • 7. GARDNER, Mary M. d May 22, 1878, aged (76-3-15).
  • 8. LOHR, Mary W/o Jacob, d. Feb. 18, 1890, aged (65-7-10).
  • 9. LOHR, Old Style Monument.
  • 10. LOHR, "Our Father" David, d. Feb. 7, 1877, aged (62-2-5).
  • 11. GARDNER, Elizabeth, b. Nov. 22, 1822, d. May 19, 1903.
  • 12. KRING, Mary M., d/o M. & C., d. Mar. 19, 1855 (9-10-17).
  • 13. HOFFMAN, Barton W., s/o W.H. & E., d. Aug. 22, 1878, aged (0-4-8).
  • 14. HOFFMAN, Reuben W., s/o H.H. & E., d. Dec. 21, 1873, aged (0-7-1).
  • 15. HOFFMAN
    • Henry H. Hoffman 1849-1940, Veteran 61-65 Marker with Flag.;
    • Elizabeth C. Hoffman, 1844-1900.
  • 16. HOLDER, s/o I. & G., d. Aug. 26, 1900 (0-9-25).
  • 17. HOLDER, Mary D., d/o Isaac & Cerelda d May 1, 1902, aged (19-5-5).
  • 18. HOLDER
    • Isaac b May 2, 1855 d Feb. 27, 1912.;
    • Cerelda, His wife, b. Oct. 2, 1860, d. Aug. 29, 1940.
    • Small stones "Father" & "Mother"
  • 19. to 21. Graves marked with box artificial Flowers.

ROW 4. Beginning right of drive.
  • 1. GOHN, Corp. David, d. Jan. 16, 1866, aged (25-5-13) Member of Co. 1, 112th Reg. Pa. Vol. Civil War Veteran Marker with Flag.
  • 2. GOHN, Sarah, d. Mar. 3, 1865, aged (17-9-23).
  • 3. GOHN, John Sr., d. Oct. 4, 1864, aged (46-5-11).
  • 4. RAY, Nancy, d. Mar. 15, 1854, aged (17-9-25).
  • 5. GOHN, William, s/o J. & S., d. June 26, 1849 (10-6-11).
  • 6. GOHN, Michael, s/o J. & S., d. Sept. 13, 1849 (7-2-23).
  • 7. GOHN, Sarah, Consort of John Sr., d. Aug. 22, 1849 46 yrs.
  • 8. LOHR, "Our Mother" Elizabeth w/o David, d. Nov. 12, 1852, age illegible.
  • 9. GOHN, John Sr., d. Aug. 23, 1846, aged (31-3-3).
  • 10. COLEMAN
    • "Sister" Orpha N. Coleman, 1862-1941.;
    • "Father" David Coleman, 1836-1929.;
    • "Mother" ? ? ---- 1843-1925.;
    • Edwin D. Coleman, 1885-1836.;
    • Jacob W. Coleman, 1869-1870.
  • 11. RHAY, Annie Rhay, 1852-1939.
  • 12. RHAY, Nettie Grace, d. Sept. 13, 1895, aged (0-1-26).
  • 13. RAY, Odie B., s/o J.C. & A.M., d. June 24, 1889, aged (3-6-3).
  • 14. RHAY, Denny E. Rhay, 1894-1950.
  • 15. ODESTARE, Dora, d. July 22, 1895, aged (0-3-19).
  • 16. RAY, Irwin Benton, s/o J.D. & A.H., d. June 19, 1899, aged (19-10-3).
  • 17. DEIST, Anna Deist, 1917-19----.; Joe M. Deist, 1900-1950.
  • 18. BUZZARD, Sherman Herbert, s/o E.S. & S.S., b. May 28, 1909, d. Sept. 19, 1909.
  • 19. SHAFFER, Helen E., d/o S.F. & H.F. Sept. 13, 1910.

ROW 5. Beginning at right of entrance across Cemetery.
  • 1. GOHN, Mary, b. Apr. 30, 1862, d. Jan. 7, 1979.
  • 2. FRIEDLINE
    • William, b. Apr. 12, 1850, d. Nov. 5, 1876.
    • Lydia, b. Jan. 9, 183, d. Sept. 3, 1914.
  • 3. BAUSH, Julianneh, d/o Wm. & R., d. Aug. 14, 1863 (19-10-23).
  • 4. WECHTENHEISER
    • John E., d. Oct. 26, 1833, aged (36-9-3).;
    • Annie E., d. June 6, 1873, aged (6-1-25).;
    • Mary A., d. June 7, 1873, aged (1-5-27).;
    • Lucy M. d June 9, 1873, aged (3-0-13).
  • 5. Small stone illegible.
  • 6. HOFFMAN
    • Rebecca C. w/o J.G., d. Dec. 11, 1877, aged (22-9-7).;
    • Ida R., d/o J.C., d. May 26, 1878, aged (1-0-26).
  • 7. KEYSER
    • Jonathan, b. Feb. 14, 1831, d. Dec. 19, 1861. "Father";
    • Henry, b. Apr. 14, 1833, d. July 3, 1852. "Mother" (sic);
    • Adam C., b. July 7, 1860, d. Mar. 21, 1861.;
    • William H. b Apr. 6, 1854, d. Apr. 7, 1857.
  • 8. KRING, George, d. Apr. 26, 1867, aged (77-3-28).
  • 9. KRING, Magdalena, Consort of George, d. July 29, 1860, aged (61-0-12).
  • 10. LAPE, Anthony, d. Apr. 26, 1832, aged (84-3-21).
  • 11. LAPE, Sarah, d. Sept. 7, 1869, aged (73-5-14).
  • 12. SIPE, "Mother" Elizabeth, d. Mar. 31, 1904 (79-5-25).
  • 13. LAPE, Edward K., s/o D.E. & S., d. Feb. 14, 1879 (0-3-4).
  • 14. LAPE, Celena (?)., d/o D. & S., d. Feb. 24, 1831 (17-11-10).
  • 15. LAPE
    • David, b. Apr. 22, 1832, d. Feb. 6, 1905.
    • Sarah, His wife, b. May 30, 1831, d. Sept. 1, 1904.
  • 16. GOHN
    • "Father" Josiah, b. Sept. 3, 1931, d. Aug. 5, 1893. Civil War Veteran Marker with Flag.;
    • "Mother" Susan, b. Mar. 29, 1836, d. Apr. 5, 1911.
  • 17. MOWRY
    • Milton B. Mowry, 1991-19----.;
    • Cora C. Mowry, 1876-1939.
  • 18. COLEMAN, Infant, s/o C.B. & M. June 9, 1893.
  • 19. SHAFFER
    • George W. Shaffer, 1879-1943.;
    • Catherine M. Shaffer, 1880-1900.
  • 20. WEIGHLEY, Infant, s/o M.L. & J.V., d. Oct. 6, 1897.
  • 21. HOFFMAN, Jacob J., s/o Ira J. & I.B., b. Aug. 18, 1909, d. Aug. 25, 1909.
  • 22. HEMMINGER, Dorothy, d/o P.B. & A., d. Feb. 14, 1916, age 1 day.
  • 23. WEIGHLEY, Infant, s/o M.L. & J.V., d. Apr. 30, 1894.

ROW 6. Beginning at right of entrance.
  • 1. WECHTENHISER
    • Henry E., d. Feb. 23, 1892, aged (37-10-11.);
    • "Father" Conrad, b. Sept. 29, 1816, d. Aug. 21, 1906.;
    • "Mother" Margaret, b. Mar. 19, 1826, d. June 6, 1833.;
    • "Sister" Elizabeth Wechtenhiser, b. June 23, 1857, d. Mar. 9, 1873.
    • Joseph R. Wechtenhiser, b. Sept. 17, 1861, d. Oct. 12, 1885.
  • 2. COLE, Jacob Cole - Civil War Marker with Flag.
  • 3. GOHN
    • Laura R., d. June 27, 1892, aged 2 days.
    • Infant son, d. May 17, 1893.
    • Children of J.A. & G.A. Gohn.
  • 4. FRTTZ
    • Alice N. Fritz, 1895-19----.;
    • Jay F. Fritz, 1894-1941.;
    • "Father" Alvin C. Fritz, 1868-1948.;
    • "Mother" Carrie M. Fritz, 1875-19----.;
    • Harry Alvin Fritz, 1926-1942.;
    • "Daughter" Virginia Fritz, 1925-1925.
  • 5. FRITZ, Harry J., s/o A.C. & C.M., d. Oct. 16, 1893, aged (0-4-10).
  • 6. SPANGLER, Margaret L., d/o G.S. & N.F., b. Jan. 26, 1913, d. Sept. 9, 1913.
  • 7. COLEMAN, FORSYTHE
    • G. Brinton, 1864-1942.
    • Margaret, His wife, 1869-1919.;
    • "Father" Harry A. 1871-1941.;
    • "Mother" Ida B., 1871-1943.;
    • "Daughter" 1903-1903.;
    • Margaret Forsythe Coleman, 1874-1954.
  • 8. GRIFFITH, John A., s/o J.W. & B.M., b. Oct. 26, 1900, d. Oct. 30, 1900.
  • 9. COLEMAN, Large Monument.
  • 10. DARR, Ella C. Darr, 1876-1914.
  • 11. HEMMINGER
    • Pierce B. Hemminger, 187)-1946.;
    • Ada C. Hemminger, 1874-1953.
  • 12. HEMMINGER, Dorothy, d/o Pierce & Ada C., d. Feb. 14, 1916, aged 1 day.

ROW 7. from rear, or Row 1. at right beginning inside entrance gate.
  • 1. GOHN
    • Georgia A. w/o John A., d. Mar. 23, 1900 (34-3-29).;
    • John A., b. Oct. 22, 1867, d. July 27, 1944.
  • 2. GOHN, "Father" Noah, b. Jan. 1, 1933, d. Feb. 14, 1924. Priv. Co. E. 171th Reot. P.V. Civil War Vet. Marker with Flag.
  • 3. GOHN, "Mother" Elizabeth A. w/o Noah, b. July 19, 1839, d. Jan. 9, 1912 (72-5-19)
  • 4. FRITZ
    • "Mother" Annie A. Fritz, 1974-1950.;
    • "Father" Harry G. Fritz, 1873-1955.
  • 5. FRITZ, Beautiful Monument.
  • 6. COVER, Silas J., d. Sept. 23, 1877, aged (47-5-19) "Father".
  • 7. COVER, Charles H., s/o S.J. & S., d. Apr. 6, 1859 - 3 days.
  • 8. COVER, Mary A., d/o S.J. & S., d. Nov. 23, 1860, aged 6 mos.
  • 9. KELLER
    • Warden, b. Aug. 15, 1906, d. Aug. 22, 1906.;
    • Warren, b. Aug. 15, 1906, d. Aug. 22, 1906.;
    • Walter, b. Aug. 15, 1906, d. Aug. 25, 1906.
        Children of J.E. & A.M., Keller.
  • 10. KELLER. Melvin, s/o J.E. & A.H., b. Jan. 10, 1905, d. Feb. 14, 1905.
  • 11. KELLER, Curtis C., s/o J.E. & A.M., d. Apr. 20, 1903, aged (2-2-3).
  • 12. KELLER, Lola R., d/o J.S. & A.M. Oct. 3, 1901 (0-4-28).
  • 13. KELLER, John C., s/o J.E. & A.M., b. Mar. 11, 1911, d. Aug. 1, 1911.
  • 14. KELLER, Infant, s/o J.E. & Anna M., d. Feb. 22, 1913.
  • 15. KELLER
    • "Mother" Anna M. 1878-19----.;
    • "Father" J. Edward, 1872-1947.
  • 16. SMUCKER, SHAFFER, John Smucker, s/o F.O. & M.B. Shaffer, b. Dec. 20, 1911, d. Feb 5, 1917.
  • 17. HESTZER, Brinton A. Hezer, b. Oct. 15, 1930, d. Apr. 9, 1950. Pa. P.F.C. 32nd Inf. World War 1941-1945 Marker with Flag.

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