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Catherine Smith Hoffman (Driscoll)

Birthdate: (90)
Death: August 14, 1873 (90)
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Adam Driscoll and Mary Driscoll
Wife of Col. William Hoffman
Mother of Brev. Brig. Gen. William Hoffman; George W. Hoffman; Lieut Alexander Thompson Hoffman; Mary Ann Penrose; Col. Henry Hoffman and 1 other

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About Catherine Smith Hoffman

Catherine Hoffman March 17, 1783-Aug. 14, 1873

Niles Republican, Thursday, August 21, 1873, page 3, col., 6, microfilm Niles District Library

At the Scott House, Davenport, Iowa, on the 14th day of August, 1873, Mrs. Catherine Hoffman, aged 90 years, 4 mos. and 28 days, widow of the late Col. William Hoffman, U.S. A., who died at Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nov. 1845, having been an officer of the U.S. A. from 1813 to the period of his death. The life of Mrs. Hoffman was a very active one, necessarily so from her position as the wife of an officer in the army, and one stationed at frontier posts. Her husband was commissioned a Lieuteant in the Second Infantry, and immediately after the war of 1812 was stationed at Sackett's Harbor, on Lake Ontario. A portion of his regiment was, in 1812, transferred to Sault de Ste. Marie, Michigan, then on the very verge of civilization. From the Sault she removed to Fort Niagara, later to Mackinaw, and still later to Green Bay. After a while the regiment of Capt. Hoffman was ordered to Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the midst of the Indian country, then in an uproar on account of the Seminole war. Like a true and faithful wife, she insisted on accompanying her husband. When the "Army of Observation" moved down into Texas her husband was made Lieutenant-Colonel of the Seventh Infantry, commanded by Colonel Zachary Taylor. At Corpus Christie, Texas, Colonel Hoffman died. The remarkable courage and devotion she evinced in sharing all the rigors of frontier and campaign life with her husband was the subject of much remark and admiration about her acquaintances.--Gen. Scott once said of her that "her quarters were always ready for inspection and all knapsacks packed ready for marching orders." The most eminent trait of her character was a devout Christian spirit. By her example and her prayers she led all her children to believe that the Savior whom she trusted, and gained the reverence and did much to further the teachings of Christianity in the communities in which she resided. Mrs. Hoffman was the mother of six sons and four daughters, and counted among her descendents at the time of her death 28 grand children and 29 great grandchildren. For more than sixty years her life was a beautiful exemplification of the true Christian, full of faith and good works.--Detroit Free Press. The deceased was a resident of his city from 1836 until six years ago, when she removed to Davenport with her daughter, Mrs. Penrose. Mrs. Hoffman was the happy possessor of all the Christian graces, and her life was one continuous sermon, full of correct precepts, timely admonitions, and noble examples. She was buried in Silver Brook Cemetery on Saturday last, where also rest the remains of her husband and deceased children.

Obit obtained from Friends of Silverbrook website.

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Catherine Smith Hoffman's Timeline

March 17, 1783
Age 21
New York, United States
December 2, 1807
Age 24
New York County, New York, United States
October 20, 1809
Age 26
New York County, New York, United States
March 8, 1810
Age 26
New York, United States
December 20, 1812
Age 29
New York, United States
April 1822
Age 39
New York
August 14, 1873
Age 90
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, United States
August 14, 1873
Age 90
Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, United States