From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana page 785:
Daniel Hoffman was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, March 6, 1825, and when
a child removed with his parents to Trumbull County. He is a son of
Jacob and Mary M. Hoffman, who were among the first settlers of Trumbull
County, and remained there till their death. In 1849 Mr. Hoffman came
to Indiana and settled in Wells County, where he was married to Margaret
Osborn, a native of Trumbull County, Ohio, born in 1831, a daughter of Jacob
and Elizabeth Osborn. Her father died in Ohio, and her mother is a
resident of Pennsylvania. She came to Indiana with her brother Levi
in 1850 and was married in October of the same year. Mr. Hoffman settled
on an unimproved farm in Wells County, entering 160 acres in 1849.
He improved his land and amde of it a fine farm, living on it till 1866.
In 1865 he came to Steuben County and bought 100 acres of land, eighty acres
lying on the east half of the northeast quarter of section 26, and twenty
acres on the north half of the southeast quarter of the same section.
In April, 1866, he moved his family to their new home. He is engaged
in general farming and stock-raising, devoting considerable attention to
raising short-horn cattle. He is an enterprising, progressive farmer,
and is one of the representative citizens of Steuben Township. Mr.
and Mrs. Hoffman have had ten children, eight of whom are living -- Jacob
A., of Cheyenne County, Kas.; Mary Elizabeth, wife of Ezekiel Harlan, of
Paulding County, Ohio; Elias O., of St. Louis County, Mo; John Charles, of
Steuben Township; Lydia A., wife of James A. Renner, of Paulding County,
Ohio; Margaret E., wife of Edward Teeters, of Steuben Township; Hannah Lois,
and James L. Amanda Jane died at the age of sixteen years, in 1874, and Daniel
W. was drowned in Maserva Lake, Steuben Township, while bathing, July 15,