John N. Hoff

John N. Hoff

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist John N. Hoff
Birth Name Johannes Johnsen
Other Names Johannes Johnsen Skonhovd, Johannes Hoff
Patronymic Name Johnsen
Lived 6 Oct 1813 - 14 Sep 1882
Birth Place Land, Vardal, Oppland
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Lower Coon Valley, Hamburg, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI
Company at Enlistment E
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 10 Dec 1861
Cause of Death tuberculosis
Death Location Jamesville Township, SD
Burial Location Bethlehem Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in Jamesville, block alley, grave K
Immigration 1847
Spouse Anne Olsdatter
Spouse Lived 1815-

John N. Hoff was born “Johannes Johnsen Skonhovd” on October 6, 1813 in Land, Vardal, Oppland, Norway. He married Anne Olsdatter, who had been born in Land in 1815. They had six children: Ole (1832), Marit (1835), Johannes (1838), Peder (1840), Elisa (1842) and Johan (1845). The family came to America in 1847 and settled in Coon Valley, Hamburg Township, Vernon County. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of his company called themselves "Odin's Rifles."

The army listed Hoff as living in Lower Coon Valley, Hamburg, Bad Ax (now Vernon) County, WI. He enlisted for three years on November 26, 1861 at La Crosse, WI along with his sons, Peder Hoff and Johan Hoff, and a son-in-law, Peter Johannesen Skonhovd. He mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Hof was sick at Nashville, TN on December 26, 1862. He was sent to Convalescent Camp in Stevenson, AL August 28, 1863. He was transferred to Invalid Corps (Veterans Reserve Corps) on September 1, 1863.

After the war, he moved to SD. He died in Jamesville Township, SD at age 69 on September 14, 1882 of tuberculosis. He was buried in Bethlehem Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in Jamesville, blockalley, grave K.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.74; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.304; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.480; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.292; Utvandringen til Amerika fra Biri/Snertingdal, Vardal/Gjovik, 1846-1915, Halvard Oudenstad, publ. Gjovik historielag, 1981,  p.367; “Coon Valley”, publ 1928 by Upper Coon Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church, Coon Valley, WI; WPA Veterans' Cemetery Gravesites (Yankton County), South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, SD;  Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Three 1847-1848, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2000, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 91, ID 1221; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_220.

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