biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
D. A. HOFFMAN. M. D., of Oskaloosa, was born at Jackson, Jackson Co., Ohio, Sept. 28, 1824. He attended the common schools at that place until 1838, when he entered his father's store as salesman, and there re- mained until the fall of 1841. He attended the Ohio University at Athens for two years, and then commenced the study of medicine at home, but in the fall of 1844 he went to Athens, Ohio, and continued his studies for a period of two years un- der the direction of Dr. William Blackstone. He attended lectures at Cleveland, Ohio, during the sessions of 1846Ä47 and 1847Ä48, graduating Feb. 24, 1848. He practiced in the State of Ohio at Jackson and Logan until May, 1861, when he re- moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he has been en- gaged in active practice ever since. Since April, 1883, he has associated with him in his practice his son, R. C. Hoffman, M. D. Dr. Hoffman was married, Nov. 16, 1848, to Emily Smith, of Logan, Hocking Co., Ohio. They have four children: Edgar B., living eight miles west of Oskaloosa on a farm; John A., attorney at law, Oskaloosa; Effie L. was married to J. F. Rog- ers, in 1880, and removed to Kansas, where he died in August, 1883; since then she has been living with her parents; Mrs. Rogers has one child living. The youngest son, Ripley C., is a physician and sur- geon, and is in partnership with his father. Beside attending to their professional business Drs. Hoff- man have accumulated the finest private cabinet in the State and a very fine library of medical, mis- cellaneous and scientific books. Daniel Hoffman, father of the subject of this sketch, was born at Woodstock, Shenandoah Co., Va., Jan. 18, 1790. He learned the trade of gun- smith with his father, and removed with the family to Ross County, Ohio, in 1806. He was a private soldier in the War of 1812, and at its conclusion went to Harper's Ferry, Va., where he worked a short time in the armory. In 1814 he engaged mercantile pursuits at Circleville, Ohio, and ten years later removed to Jackson, where he lived until his death in 1861. During this period he held many important offices, among them that of County Commissioner, Clerk of the Courts, and member of the Legislature of Ohio. He was the father of six children, as follows: Col. John Garnett, of Kansas; Ripley C., attorney at law at Columbus, Ohio; David A. is the third son; Charles B. died in infancy; Cornelia V., now Mrs. J. L. Long, lives at Jackson, Ohio; Daniel W. was an attorney, and practiced at Ottawa, Kan., until his health failed, when he returned to Circleville, Ohio, and died Dec. 31, 1875; the eldest son, John J., was Captain of a company of infantry in the three months' service, and afterward Lieutenant Colonel of the 2d Virginia Cavalry. Daniel W. was Major of the 2d Ohio Heavy Artillery. Julia James, wife of Daniel Hoffman, was born on what is now called Neal's Island, in the Ohio River between Marietta and Parkersburg, W. Va., April 10, 1800. They were united in marriage in the year 1818, and lived happily together until his death. She died in 1863, at Jackson, Ohio. Her father. John James, came to Ohio from Connecticut, in 1787, six months after the first settlement of Mar- ietta by Gen. Putnam. The subject of this sketch is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been Worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge, High Priest of the Chapter, and was the first Eminent Commander of Command- ery No. 6, of Oskaloosa, which latter office he held for five years. The Doctor has been a Mason since 1846, and an Odd Fellow since 1847, and is also a member of the Knights of Pythias.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy