Transcribed from the book "History of Warrick County " by Goodspeed, Chicago: Goodspeed Bros., 1885, p. 160, submitted by Judy.
Rev. F. A. Hoff is a native of the Hessian Province, Germany, and was born December 1, 1828, being the elder of two children of John F. and Martha E. (Koch) Hoff. His father came to this country in 1847, landing in New York City August 27. He moved west to Troy , Mo. , and in the spring of 1848 returned as far as Poland, Clay Co., Ind. , where he lived until the fall of 1855. In 1852, his wife having died, he took up his residence with our subject, with whom he yet lives, at the age of eighty-three years.
Our subject received a fair education in the old country, and at the
age of fourteen learned the blacksmith trade, at which he worked until
he came to America . He worked at farming while in Clay County . In 1854
he moved to Ripley County , and in September, 1855, was ordained a
minister of the Methodist Church . His piety and worth are unquestioned.
For a short time past he has been engaged in the mercantile business in
Boonville. August 10, 1854, he married Catharine M. Sonnefeld, by whom
he has two children: Clara C. and Bertha E.
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