JAMES P. HOFFMAN, a well known farmer of Salem township, Jefferson county, was born at Indianapolis, Ind., May 10, 1848, the oldest of four children all now living, of Alexander Hoffman. His father was born in Belmont county, Ohio in 1807 and died in 1889 and his mother was born in Maryland on the south branch of the Potomac River in 1820. His grandparents were natives of eastern Virginia and Maryland. Mr. Hoffman received a good education in his youth in the common schools and at Powhattan college in Belmont county, and then taught school for one year. At the end of that time he enlisted in the Union army and served in the Twelfth and Thirty-fifth Ohio regiments until he was mustered out at the end of four years, in November 1865. He participated in many engagements, notably, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge and Hill Spring and marched with Sherman to the sea. During his service he was wounded three times. Returning home after the war he engaged in farming at his present residence, and has prospered in this vocation. Mr. Hoffman is highly esteemed as a citizen and neighbor. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Hays' Chapel and of the G. A. R. and the Odd Fellows fraternities.
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