Peter Hoffman, a farmer of Addison Township, is a native of Germany, where he was born June 7, 1826, being the next eldest in a family of six children born to John and Margaret (Gillman) Hoffman, who were also natives of Germany, where they always lived. Our subject grew to manhood in his native country, receiving a common school education. At the age of twenty-seven years, in 1854, he emigrated to the United States, coming direct to Indiana, and first settled in Franklin County, but only remained there about two months, when he came to Shelbyville, living here for a
period of ten months, when he removed to the country, but has always resided in Addison township.
In May, 1854, his marriage with Margaret Soltong was solemnized, and to their union seven children were born, these four now living; John, who married Ellen (Worland) Fessenbeck; Margaret, now Mrs. Henry Gordon; Lizzie, widow of William Houston, and Katie. March 16, 1887, Mr. Hoffman suffered the bereavement of losing his beloved wife. His occupation
has always been farming, and he has been very successful. He now owns 115 acres of well-improved
land. He belongs to the Presbyterian Church. In politics, he is a Democrat, although in voting for local officials he does not allow party prejudice to control him.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Addison [Township]
Sketches," Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 593.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming