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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HOFFMAN, JOHN, farmer and merchant, and stock raiser; Sec. 7; P. O. Liberty; was born in New Jersey, in 1831; came to Adams county in 1838, where he has resided ever since; was married in 1844 to Jane Hunsaker. She was born in 1852*, and died in 1870; had eleven children: Alexander, Marcus, Harvey, Sophena, Angeline, Albert, Giles, Henry, and Rosa; three dead. He then married Elizabeth Higley, in 1872. She was born in New York. They have four children by this marriage: George, Arlow, Alfred, and Russell. Owns 597 acres of land in McKee township, worth $12,000. Mr. H. also carries on a store, and has for twenty years supplied the surrounding country; keeps a general assortment of goods necessary to supply the trade. Democrat.

(*birth date is obviously wrong but this is the way it was printed in the 1879 book).

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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