J. P. HOFFMAN, a highly respected retired farmer of Salem Township, Jefferson COunty, Ohio, owns 163 acres of fine land situated in Section 1, and 100 acres of this is cleared and under cultivation. He was born at St. Omer, Ind., May 10, 1839, and is a son of Alexander S. Hoffman, and a grandson of Henry Hoffman.
Alexander S. Hoffman was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, Ohio, but his parents were born and married in Germany. They had six children: Joseph, William, James, Henry, John and Alexander S. After coming to America and to Jefferson County, Ohio, Henry Hoffman settled on Peach Bottom Creek and for some years conducted the ferry there. Alexander S. Hoffman attended Jefferson Academy at Canonsburg and then went into business as a merchant at St. Omer, Ind., but a few years later moved to Belmont COunty, Ohio, and went into the furniture line at Bellaire. When he removed from there it was to settle on a farm that he purchased near Powhattan Point, and there he passed the remainder of his life pleasantly engaged in tilling the soil. He lived to the age of seventy-five years and his wife was one year older at the time of her death and both were interred in the cemetery adjoining Two Ridge Church, of which they were members. Mr. Hoffman married Cassandra Plummer and they had four children: J. P., Myra, Jane E. and Matilda I., the last named being the wife of William Thompson, of Harrison County, Ohio.
J. P. Hoffman attended the Powhattan Point schools for awhile in his boyhood, after which he worked on the farm and then spent several years on the river. When the Civil War broke out he was one of the early volunteers from his section and became a member of Co. A, 35th O. Vol. Inf. He was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga and was captured by General Morgan's forces but was paroled. Subsequently he returned to his regiment and with it served until the close of the war. Many years of peace have followed but Mr. Hoffman can well remember when war and soldiery were topics on every tongue. He did his full duty in every instance and was honorably discharged. He is a member of Stanton Post, G. A. R., at Steubenville. Since the close of his military life, Mr. Hoffman has lived on this farm, on which he has made all meeded improvements and built the present residence. He is a Democrat from conviction, never having accepted any public office. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.