The following obituary for Enoch Hoff, oldest son of Sophia [Susan] Moffit and Daniel Hoff, was found in the "Western Spectator" for 15 May 1812. The Hoff family came to Washington County in 1805 and settled in Lawrence Township.

The “Western Spectator” is on Microfilm and held by the Ohio Historical Society Archives Library, Columbus, Ohio.


"It is a general rule that death is accompanied by grief and perhaps to his mother this might be true. But last Thursday at Cow Run, Enoch Hoff died of fever and it would take a strange man indeed to mourne his passing. Although his mother is a gentle and kind woman, this was not passed on to her son who made his living through the miseries of other human beings. Catching run-away slaves and selling them back to their owners was how he spent his time to a point where he was known throughout the Cow Run region as a - - catcher. He also caused trouble in other ways and only the high regards for his mother prevents us from exposing them here.

It must prove that a man does not get his life's tendencies from his parents and other close relations since even through dying in Prince Williams County, Virginia, about a decade ago, his sire was Reverend Daniel Hoff, a farmer and a man of God in that region as well as his native New Jersey. There, according to his wife, Sophia, Hoff's father was John Hoff, also a Christian man who lived in a rural area near a village of the Family. The violence of the war near this region caused Reverend Hoff and his family to move to northern Virginia. Also the late Enoch's other grandfather, William Moffit, was a Christian minister who followed the Hoffs group to Ohio along with other residents including the well-known Dye family.

Thus, God moves in mysterious ways and the 39 years of Hoff"s life does nothing but substantiate this. He will not be missed by his neighbors who have had the strength of character to tolerate his nefarious activities. Our only sympathies go to his family who deserve more"