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Offor family

Journal by annepauline

The furthest back I have got with this name is the late 1600's. George Offor born 1787 died 1864. A bibliographer, who translated bibles from greek, hebrew etc. His wife Sarah Ann Holloway had 9 children. Georges first wife Elizabeth died of consumption. He collected a large library of books in his home in Gorve House Hackney. When he died they went up for auction at Sothebys. Some of the books went back to Caxton. The sale was to be for 7 days, the value huge. After the first days sale the auction house caught fire, and Georges books were destroyed and the Offor legacy. George is buried in Abney Park cemetary in a tomb which house his wife and daughters and sons in law. He was a J.P. had owned a book shop and published. His brother John went after the death of his wife to Tasmania where he married and had a further 4 children, having left two behind in England. This is another story!!! Georges son George also had 9 children one being Beatrice who was one of the first women to study at Slade School of Art. Her work can be seen in Bruce Caslte Museum, Tottenham. A sad life, losing two babies, a husband, William Farran Littler, and then committing suicide herself. Still researching her life, so any help would be greatly appreciated, please see www.beatriceoffor.com.au for more information. The Offor name is an old english name. Where from is a mystery. It was once thought it was connected to King Offa, but this cannot be proved. It is most likely to have come from Suffolk,Essex, or Norfolk. The french meaning for the name is given as a gold merchant. This Offor name is not to be confused with the Nigerian Offor which by coincidence is exactly the same spelling.

Surnames: HOLLOWAY LITTLER. OFFOR
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on 2007-12-30 18:48:06

annepauline , from Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Dec 2007. is researching the following names: GODDARD, BALLS, TULLETT and 7 other(s).

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