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The History of Warren County Ohio Part V. Biographical Sketches Deerfield Township (Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1881, Pages 978 & 979 Available online at http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Warren/Warren1881Index.htm also at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohwarren/Beers/V/dft/0978hoff.htm
"REUBEN HOFF, retired farmer; P. O. Mason; was born in Huntington Co., N. J., July 26, 1803; he is a son of John and Ruth (Fields) Hoff; he was born in 1775; she, Dec. 2, 1778; they were married in their native State in 1800, and, in 1804, with their family of two children, came to Ohio and settled in what is now Union Township, which at that time was Deerfield Township. John Hoff, Sr., was a shoemaker by occupation, but at the time of his settlement he bought 12 acres of land, which, when his sons became old enough, was attended to by them. In the place he settled, they lived till their death, his occurring Nov. 12, 1853; she departed this life Dec. 1, 1857; to them were born seven children, three now living, viz., Catharine, Amelia and Reuben. The deceased are Enoch, Sliesman, John and Eliza. When Mr. Hoff [Sr.] first came, he and his brother William built a saw-mill on Turtle Creek, which they operated for a time, then disposed of their property and returning to their respective pursuits. Our subject was raised on the farm, and his education was received in the subscription schools. In 1830, he was married to Deborah, daughter of Albert and Nancy (Stout) Monfort, by whom he has had ten children, nine living, viz., Ruth, John, Ellen, Eliza J., Rosetta W., Margaret, Phoebe, Elbert M. and Reuben A. Martha, deceased, aged 9 months. After his marriage, he located where he now lives, renting the land for a time, and eventually bought 87 acres, to which he has added and now owns 163 acres of choice farming land. Albert and Nancy Monfort, parents of Mrs. Hoff, were born in New Jersey and came to Ohio in 1816, locating in this township, where they lived till death; he died in 1830; she, in 1874, at the age of 80 years. They were the parents of five children, three living, viz., Andrew S., Ellen and Deborah; the deceased, Margaret and Eliza. Mr. Monfort was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mrs. Hoff was born in New Jersey in 1811."
Reuben Hoff, Sr. "Reuben Hoff, sr., who lived between Mason and King's Mills, died last Saturday at the age of eighty-eight. The grip was the cause of his death. The deceased was the father of ten children, seven of whom are living. His wife preceded him to the grave about a year ago. Two years ago Mr. hoff and his wife celebrated their sixtieth marrige anniversary. The funeral was held Tuesday and the burial took place at Mason."
"MASON Reuben Hoff, an aged farmer residing south of Mason, died Saturday night. He was one of the oldest citizens in this vicinity, and had he lived a few months would have been eighty-nine years old. The funeral took place at his home on Tuesday."
Source: The Lebanon Gazette, 4 February 1892 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society] available at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohwarren/gensoc.htm .
1850 Census Deerfield Twp, Warren, Ohio Huff, Reuben 47 abt 1803 Male New Jersey Huff, Deborah 39 abt 1811 Female New Jersey Huff, John 18 abt 1832 Male Ohio Huff, Eleanor 17 abt 1833 Female Ohio Huff, Eliza J 14 abt 1836 Female Ohio Huff, Rosetta 12 abt 1838 Female Ohio Huff, Margaret 10 abt 1840 Female Ohio Huff, Phebe 9 abt 1841 Female Ohio Huff, Albert 5 abt 1845 Male Ohio Huff, Reuben 3 abt 1847 Male Ohio
1880 Dist 69, Deerfield, Warren, Ohio Hoff, Reuben W M 76 retired Farmer NJ NJ NJ Hoff, Deborah W F 68 wife keeping house NJ NJ NJ Brown, Ann W F 37 servant servant OH OH OH