I was able to rescue an old Family Bible that apparently belonged to Josiah Hoff's daughter, Florence Thomas (printed in 1872) with the following newspaper clipping pasted inside:
Josiah White Hoff was born December 10th 1822, in Harrison County, Virginia.His father, Cornelius Hoff, was one of the first ordained Baptist clergymen to settle in what is now West Virginia, where he spent his entire life as a preacher, and was widely known for his ability as a preacher and his dovotion to the church of his faith.Josiah Hoff prepared in college for the profession of a civil engineer, and successfully passed the entrance examination for admission to West Point, but on account of his age, was rejected, and the appointment was afterward given to Stonewall Jackson, a friend of his.Because of the lack of work in civil engineering at that time, Dr Hoff elected medicine for his life work and began its study in the office of a physician in his home town, and then went to Jefferson Medical college in Philadelphia.He began practice in a small town in Virginia, in 1846, but moved to Wirt Court House, Va., in 1848, where he practiced until the Civil War caused him to move to Ohio in 1861.He practiced in Pomeroy, O., until 1907, when he moved to Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dr. Hoff always had a large and exacting practice.He was an unusually careful reader and student of medicine.He had the highest ethical ideals, and was a devoted member and constant attendant and the American Medical, and the Ohio State Medical association, as well as many other local and district medical societies.He was devoted to the practice of his profession and no call for his services that he could possibly attend was ever neglected, no matter how difficult the case nor how unpromising the compensation.He was known as an acurate diagnostician and a skilful therapeutist by his confreres.Few men have enjoyed so long and successful a medical career.His advancing age and failing health caused him to quit practice, which he could only do by moving away from his home, and which he did in 1907, coming to Ann Arbor to live.
He was a devoted Christian, practically as well as professionally, and it may be said of him that he ministered to the spiritual as well as to the physical welfare of his patients.He was an earnest minded man with broad sympathies for, and deep interest in all public affairs, and during his life was several times called to administer public functions.
His wife, Sarah Hopkins Hoff, died two years ago in this city.He leaves three daughters, Lulu Hoff, Florence H. Thomas, of Ann Arbor, and Helen H. Howell, of Detroit; and four sons, Dr. N. S. Hoff and H. O. Hoff of this city, Frank J. Hoff of Cleveland, and Dr. E. R. Hoff of Brooklyn, N.Y.Burial at Forrest Hill Cemetery at 4 p. m. Tuesday.