From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 511-512, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Jackson C. Hoffman was born in Lexington, Virginia, February 14,
1826. His father, Joseph Hoffman, was born in 1801 at the same place,
but his grandfather, David, was born in Germany and came to America at
the close of the Revolutionary war and settled one mile west of
Lexington, Virginia. His occupation was that of a farmer and tanner,
which he continued as long as he lived, dying at the age of eighty-nine
years. He was a great temperance man and advocated his doctrines upon
any and all occasions. His mother's name was Elizabeth Windel, born in
Lexington, Virginia, and dying in Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of
fifty-six. She left five children, three of whom are still living.
Mr. Hoffman started out to carve his own fortune one year after
the death of his father in Lexington, Virginia, and worked there until
nineteen years of age. He then volunteered for the Mexican war and
served twelve months. The regiment was detailed for guarding train
provisions from Camargo to Monterey. It was discharged at the former
place and Mr. Hoffman returned to Frankfort, Kentucky, where he
remained for two years. He then built a mill on Camp creek, in Estill
county, Kentucky, and carried it on as a saw and gristmill for a time
and then moved to Irvine and worked at his trade for about two years
and then moved to Madison county, Kentucky, near Clay county. Here he
remained for four or five years. He then moved from there to Clark
County, Kentucky, near Winchester, and there ran a sawmill for two
years. From there he moved to Armistead, Blackwood's place, the same
county. After that he went to Mt. Sterling and followed his usual
occupation of carpentering. He remained there six years and then
removed to Cooperstown township, and there remained six years, then
went to Missouri and farmed for one years, and then returned to
Versailles, where he has since remained.
He was married in Kentucky, to Margaret Eads, born in Estill
county, Kentucky, about 1825, and is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman
have five children: Elizabeth, Charlton, Matilda, Joseph and Mary Ann.
Mr. Hoffman has held the office of Magistrate and School Trustee and
has belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church for seventeen years.
Politically he is a Democrat, and a member of the I.O.O.F., and for
eighteen years has held all the offices of a subordinate lodge. He has
twenty-eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is the owner
of a well improved farm of forty acres.