Johannes Hoffmann, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), his wife Dorothea Elisabeth, and children (Dorothea Sophia, age 14; Katharina Sophia, age 10; Johann Joachim, age 1) are recorded on the 1767 census of Jost in Household No. 40. They had settled there on 16 August 1767.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Hoffmann came from the German village of Schwerin in the Mecklenburg region.
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