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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. 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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HERMANN HOFFMANN, saloon-keeper, Bloomington; was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, July 19, 1847; came to America and landed in New York City about 1859; he first located in Newark, N. J., where he learned his trade as traveling-bag maker; he followed his trade about fifteen years, and was in the employ of T. B. Pettis, a large manufacturer in Newark, N. J., who is now a Member of Congress; In 1877, Mr. Hoffmann came West and located in Bloomington; here he commenced the saloon business, and has followed it ever since; has in his employ his brother, Valentine Hoffmann, who was in the late war, in the 13th N. J. V. I.; he did good service; was in the Army of the Potomac; also in Sherman’s campaign, and served over three years. Mr. Herman Hoffmann married Miss Sibela Wallrab, of Germany; they have three children, two girls and one boy.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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