Jacob W., son of Abram Vanderhoof, was born in the town of Manchester, New York, September 23, 1834. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at Macedon Seminary. He began his business career as salesman for the Boston Lightning Rod Company. In 1858 he became bookkeeper and buyer of wheat for his uncle who had a flour mill at Gypsum, New York, and remained there for two years. In 1861 he became bookkeeper and salesman in a store at Canandaigua. He resigned this position and returned to the homestead two years later and since then has been engaged in farming. He is one of the most successful and prominent farmers of this section. For nineteen years he has been on the board of election inspectors of the town. He has been active in the fire department and marshal upon various occasions such as county musters of firemen and military organizations. He married, November 23. 18J7, Elmira M., born 1833, daughter of Daniel W. and Irene Bissell, of Allenshill, New York.