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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  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, I. B., president of the Iowa Home insurance company, P. O. Shenandoah; born in Germany April 28, 1838. Came with his parents to the United States in 1843, settling in Fairfield county, Ohio. In the following year both his parents died, and he was thrown on the world, dependent upon his own resources. Began to learn the blacksmithing business when eleven years of age, finishing the same at the age of fourteen. He subsequently went to Miami county, Indiana, purchasing a farm of eighty acres for $900, and at the end of the second year thereafter disposed of the same for $1,300. He then located in McDonough county, Illinois, purchasing a farm for $1,600. On this farm he labored for the following thirteen years, and then had accumulated the neat little sum of $39,000. Came to Page county in 1872, and owns over twelve hundred acres of the finest land in the county. Enlisted in company K, 46th Indiana volunteers, in October, 1861, and was mustered out in January, 1863, on account of disability. He is one of the prime movers in the business enterprises of Shenandoah.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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