I'm having trouble separating (apparently) two different George Hoffmans, one of whom married Rosetta Clark in 1849 and went west to Iowa, and the other of whom seems to have stayed behind and married in 1885 and 1900 in Vigo County.
IGI records (notoriously unreliable) state that the George Hoffman who married Rosetta Clark died in Vigo County in 1911 and is buried in the Burnett Cemetery in Nevins Township.I do not seriously doubt that a George Hoffman died in 1911 and is buried in the Burnett Cemetery.However, George and Rosetta were in Boone County, Iowa in 1860 and 1870, and in 1880 Rosetta was married to a man named David Ross, and living in Holt County, Nebraska; in 1900 they were in Cherry County, and in 1915 she was again widowed and living with her daughter, Isabel Coleman.I do not believe that she was divorced out in Iowa before 1880, and that George returned to Indiana.
The George Hoffman in Vigo County married Rosina (confusing, isn't it) Binder in 1885 and Isabel Price in 1900.I found birth records for Pauline R. Hoffman in January 1886 and Ida Hoffman in November 1888; the 1900 census shows one daughter, "Jenette," born in March of 1887 (confusing, isn't it).
One of these George Hoffmans seems to be the son of Jacob Hoffman and Mary Croy (or should it be Croix?), but from where I am (West Virginia) I cannot hope to sort them out very well.I have not even identified the other George Hoffman's parents, or found him in the census prior to 1900, unless he is the widowed one in Barbour County, Kansas in 1880.
I think that the one who married Rosetta Clark is the son of Jacob and Mary, because they also had a son, Jefferson Hoffman, who lived in Boone County, Iowa in 1870.George and Rosetta Hoffman's son Alexander Hoffman lived next to them that year, and next to their son Matthias in Nebraska in 1880.Jacob's younger brother, Abraham Hoffman, married Rosetta's sister, Hannah Clark.However, the other George Hoffman is also probably related to this family, and may also have been a nephew of Jacob and Abraham Hoffman.
Are there any clues to these folks in Vigo County records or histories?Maybe the Burnett Cemetery inscriptions can yield additional clues about the "other" George Hoffman's family.I do not even have the dates of those inscriptions, so I cannot tell which of two possible sets of dates belongs to which George Hoffman.
I really would appreciate any help with this problem.