John Levi Hoffecker

Source: "Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania Vol. 1", Gilbert Cope and Henry Graham Ashmead, The Lewis Publishing Co., New York, NY, 1904, p. 549
"JOHN LEVI HOFFECKER, known throughout East Vincent township as an energetic and successful farmer, and an active and worthy citizen, is a grandson of John Hoffecker, a merchant of Berks county. He married, and subsequently moved to Chester county, where his descendants still reside.
John Levi Hoffecker, son of John Hoffecker, was born September 30, 1834, in Berks county, and about 1840, was taken by his parents to Chester county, where the remainder of his life was passed. He learned the trade of a stone mason and cooper, but never practiced it much, preferring to devote himself to farming, in which he engaged successfully for many years, combining with his agricultural labors the trade of a butcher. For several years he was a director of the Famers' National Bank of Phoenixville, and was all his life a man who took an active interest in local affairs, consenting to serve as both a member of the school board and as tax collector. He was prominently identified with the order of American Mechanics. His political principles and theories were those of an earnest Democrat. He was a member of the Reformed church.
Mr. Hoffecker married Rachel, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Ricksleir) Hazzard, the former a farmer of Chester county. Mr. and Mrs. Hazzard were the parents of two daughters, one of whom, Margaret, married Benjamin, son of Samuel Buckwalter, a member of an old Chester county family, and was the mother of three children. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Buckwalter married Jacob Keiler, a Chester county farmer, and in his latter years, an undertaker. Mr. and Mrs. Keiler were the parents of one son, Hosea, who is a carpenter in Spring City, married a Miss Loomas, of Pottstown, and has no children. The other daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hazzard was Rachel, born in East Vincent township, and mentioned above as the wife of John Levi Hoffecker. There was also one son, Samuel T., who is now an undertaker in Philadelphia.
The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hoffecker: S. Ella, who is the wife of Thomas Buzer, a teamster of Philadelphia; Alvin, who is a farmer in East Coventry, and married Ada, daughter of Joseph Johnson, a farmer of East Vincent township; Annie M., and JOhn Levi, mentioned at length herein- after. Mr. Hoffecker, the father of the family, died in 1896, and his widow now resides with her daughter, Annie M., on the old homestead.

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