From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 295-296
Jacob H. Kaufman is well known in Andrews and vicinity, where he has been identified with the growth and development in social, political and various affairs. He is of German ancestry, and his forefathers, upon coming to America, settled in Pennsylvania, where the family has been known for several generations. His parents, Benjamin and Mahala (Heaston) Kaufman, were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively, and were married in Wayne county, Indiana, in 1845, and two years later settled in Wabash county.
Benjamin Kaufman was a miller by trade, but after moving to Wabash county gave all his time and attention to farming, and there reared a family of two children: Jacob H. and Elizabeth. The latter, born February 28, 1851, married L. H. Curnutt, and resided in Lagro township, Wabash county, until her death, in 1878.
Jacob H. Kaufman, the subject of this review, was five months old when his parents settled in Wabash county and he was there reared as a farm boy, and obtained a good common-school education in the public schools of Lagro township. August 24, 1871, he led to the marriage altar Miss Martha H. Curnutt. She was born in Fayette county, Indiana, September 25, 1849, being a daughter of William and Nancy (Eyestone) Curnutt. She attended the common schools, and later taught several terms of school in Wabash county, thus surrounding herself with a large circle of friends. After marriage Mr. Kaufman settled in Lagro township where he resided until 1879, then moved to the village of Andrews, in Dallas township, where he has since resided. He is an ardent supporter of the principles of Republicanism, and is an active worker in the ranks of the party, having served as a member of political committees. In 1894 he was elected trustee of Dallas township, and served more than five years, performing the many duties of that important office to the satisfaction of his constituents and credit to himself. He has at all times been in favor of better schools and has made his influence felt as a member of the school board. He has also been a member of the town council of Andrews, and his counsel is frequently sought in matters pertaining to the public welfare.
Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman are the parents of two sons and five daughters, namely: Clara, born in 1872, and May, born in 1874, were graduated from the high school and also attended the Northern Indiana and State Normal schools, and are now numbered among the successful teachers of the county; Tracy, born in 1876, is a graduate of the high school at Andews, and is now a student of the Business University at Huntington; Herbert is also a high school graduate, and is now a student at Hiram College of Hiram, Ohio; Rosa Lee, born in 1882, is a high school graduate, has taught in the public schools and is now a student of the Indiana State Normal, at Terre Haute; Odessa, born in 1887, now a student of the high school of Andrews; and William T., born August 24, 1893.
Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman are worthy members of the Christian church, and Mr. Kaufman is superintendent of the Sunday-school. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, and is rightly numbered among the honorable and progressive citizens of Huntington county.