- The Hoffstatter Family History by Barbara Norris Smith states: On November 23, 1883, Elias S. Hoffstatter filed a petition as guardian of his two grandchildren, James Elmer and Bertha May, who were minors. Their mother (daughter-in-law of Elias) had died in June 1883.
Many of Elias' children preceded him in death. When he died in 1903 only four of his children were still living.
Bob Strock's book shows Elias' birth date as 11 Mar 1825 and death 11 Feb 1904.
Elias went to Iowa and settled at Montrose, Lee County in 1842 at age 14. Montrose is just south of Fort Madison on the river. He was a carpenter and a cooper. From there he moved to Farmington in Van Buren County, where he married. A descendant, Sandra Hoffstatter Savage found the marriage license for Elias and Leuann in the Clark County, Missouri records. They were married by A. W. Harlan, a J.P. Farmington, Iowa, where they lived, is right on the Missouri/Iowa border. Leuann's name was spelled Lueann Birdbybee.
Elias was one of the pioneer settlers of Wapello County, Iowa, having taken a claim near Bladensburg and was for some time deputy county sheriff under W. H. Williams. His name was one of which his relatives and friends could be proud, for he was in all his transactions with his fellow men, scrupulously honest. Before his death, he confessed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized by Rev. Marshal of the M. E. Church at Floris, Iowa. He died at his home in Floris, Davis county, on a Tuesday, January 20, 1903, at age 74 years 10 months and 9 days. His funeral was conducted from the home on Wednesday, January 21st. Rev. Hastings and Rev. Marshal officiated, after which the remains were taken to the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Floris where they were laid to rest to await the all of the master.
Film No. 981,932, History of Wapello County, Iowa, Ed. & Cop. Capt. S. B. Evans, 1843-1900, Biog. Publ. Co., Chicago 1901, : P. 142: The oldest known plot of the town of Agency is dated Nov. 10, 1848. The charter of the town was granted by County Judge J. H. Flint 6 Jan 1839. the application for incorporation was signed by a committee composed of . . . E. F. Hoffstatter (Elias Solomon) . . . .
Film 1,022,205, 1852 Census Iowa Pleasant Township Elias Huffstatter 2 males, 3 females, 1 voter, 1 militia.
Film 1022,027, 1853 Census Agency City, Iowa, E. S. Hoffstatter, 3 males, 3 females.
Film 979,676 Court Records Wapello County, Iowa: E. S. Huffstutter 1862 vs. Wapello County Box 26.
1856 Census, Iowa, Elias 29, married 10 years, Iowa, born Ohio, carpenter, 1 male (females?) all born Iowa. Susan is 6, Z.E. 4, R.M. 2 This does not comport with the ages of the children. Check again.
1870 Census Lick Creek Twp., Davis County, Iowa, the name is spelled Huffsteter and lists him as a farmer with real estate valued at $400 and personal property at $100. Five of his children are listed: Laura Y. (Zarahy E.) age 18, Robert W. age 16, Florence H. age 14, Ida M. age 11, and Elmer age 1, all born Iowa.