From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, page 715-716
The gentleman, to a review of whose life these lines are devoted, comes from far-away Germany, where his birth occurred on the 17th day of January, 1838. His parents, Jacob and Mary (Netrouer) Hoffman, with their family, immigrated to the United States in 1850, making the trip in a sailing vessel, which was on the water sixty-nine days before reaching its destination. Landing in New York, Jacob remained two years in that city, and in 1852 accompanied the family to Huntington county, Indiana, located on a farm in Jackson township, where he grew to manhood. At the early age of twenty-three he began life for himself as a farm hand, and was thus employed until 1861, when he was married to Miss Annie E. Francis, of Medina county, Ohio, daughter of William and Sarah (Palmer) Francis, both natives of that state.
Immediately after his marriage Mr. Hoffman leased his father's farm, and for a period of six years operated the same with encouraging results; then purchased a place of his own in the township of Lancaster. After residing on the latter three years he disposed of the same, and the succeeding eight years farmed on rented land in Allen county. Returning to the county of Huntington at the expiration of that time, he bought an eighty-acre farm in Lancaster township, which was his home three years, when he traded it for eighty acres of land in Lafayette township, Allen county, where he resided until 1890; he then traded for his present place of one hundred and fifty-one acres in the township of Jackson, Huntington county. While Mr. Hoffman has moved several times since setting up a domestic establishment of his own, every change has been to his advantage. He now has under cultivation one hundred and twenty acres, and his improvements, including dwelling, barn, outbuildings, fences, etc., rank with the best in his neighborhood and mark him as an agriculturist familiar with all the details of his calling. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman's family consists of two living children, Jacob E., a farmer of Jackson township; and William F., who lives on the home farm.
Mr. Hoffman is a Republican in politics; in religion a member of the Progressive Brethren church. He is not a politician, yet holds strong convictions as to true political duties and those questions of morality which more or less enter into politics. He possesses strong religious feelings, and by a life void of offense toward God and man, endeavors to uphold the faith which he professes. In his boyhood he attended school in a small building over a mile distant from his father's home, and while not educated in a thorough knowledge of books, he is nevertheless a well informed man, and, in point of intelligence, ranks with the best people of his neighbors and township. While entertaining fond memories of his birthplace in the dear old Fatherland, he is a loyal citizen of his adopted country, respecting its institutions and believing in its ultimate destiny as the greatest government ever vouchsafed to man. He is a gentleman who strongly attracts the best elements in a community, and when he makes friends they are sealed to him for a lifetime.