Contributed by Janhowden, an ePodunk user.
March 29, 2007
my name is Jan Hoff & I live in Yorkshire England.
We are currently researching my husbands family name of Hoff. Marie Mathilde Hoff (born in Alsace Lorraine France in approx 1856), was his great grandmother who arrived in Louisiana in 1896(ish??). She settled in Lake Charles - Police Jury - Ward 4 & then later Ward 3.
In the 1900 census she was living with William Rickard, (born Germany approx 1847) & Blanche Hoff listed as a neice to William. Blanche was aged 12 at that time & listed as born in Germany.
We think Marie or Mathilde Hoff married her sister's husband Waldemar/ Waldeman Ruge - born Germany in approx 1846.
Marie had 2 illigitimate children back in England - Percy Eduard Frederick born Kensington London in 1877 - father unknown. The other one was Nina Victoria Sillitoe born in Walthamstow London in 1887. Nina's father was named but Marie Mathilde Hoff didn't marry him.
Anyone with a connection or just interested - we would love to hear from you!