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.