Huff/Hough Newsletter 


Volume 1 Number 2 January 10,1993


Response to the Initial Mailing!!!

As of this date (1/10/93), I have sent out 135 copies of the first issue. The mail list came from the Family Register, my own files and submissions by other persons. I have received 32 paid subscribers and 15 letters were returned with expired forwarding addresses. That leaves about 88 persons not heard from. I expect to hear from a few more this month. as they recover from the Holidays. Actually the count is about what we guessed when Tom Huff & I discussed starting the Letter but I believe we will pick up other subscribers as we get going. An ad will be placed in the Genealogical Helper soon and that will get some results. In the meantime, this issue will feature the names of the Subscribers and the Lines they are researching. Please save this issue for the names, address and phone numbers of these persons. I probably won't publish that complete list more than once or twice in a year.

A number of subscribers sent in Queries and those are listed in this issue. Please respond directly to the person if you have information or are working on the same Line. I think we may have some instances of persons working on the same Lines who were unknown to each other before now.

This issue is being written a little early to compensate for my travel plans. I will be out of the Country for the last two weeks of January and I wanted this issue to be out by 1 February. The next issue should be ready by early April.

A list of those who responded to the initial mailing, and the Lines they are researching:

Rethabel Huff; 24988 C.R. 20; Rocky Ford, CO 81067 - 719-254-3150. LINE: Archie R. Huff of TN (?) and Clay Co, TX

Kenneth Kinman; P O Box 1377; Hays, Ks 67601 LINE: George Huff/Hough of Loudoun Co, VA & Coshocton Co, OH

Beth W. Ballantyne; 6425 Vickers Dr; Riverside, CA 92504 LINE: Peter Huff of Cocke Co, TN (1782), MO & IA

Wayne Kinion; 9451 Foxford Rd; Chanhassen, MN 55317 LINE: James Boy Huff of Muskingum Co, OH & Davis Co, IA.

Philip D. Huff; 9443 Arrowhead Dr; Sun City, AZ 85351 LINE: Reuben Burton Huff of NY & Fulton Co, IL

Gene Wheeler; 5111 Solitude Dr.; Rockford, IL 61114 -815-877-0873- LINE: John Huff of NJ ? & Lycoming Co, PA

Richard F. Locke; 1559 St Andrews Dr.; Redding, CA 96003-9799 916-243-8970 LINE: Maria Catherina Hoff, b. Germany, ca 1755-60 ,m. George Hench 1781 in Chester CO, PA

Nancy Pendelton Goodwin; 7401 E. Sabino Vista Dr.; Tucson, AZ 85715-2222 LINE: Joseph Huff, Sr. of York Co, ME

Allan D. McFarland; PO Box 15829; West Palm Beach, FL 33416 LINE: David Decauter Huff of MI, IA, MN & OR

Arlene L. Ackermann; 1311 Laurel Dr.; Idaho, ID 83404-6272; 208-529-8804 LINE: Eliza Huff of Kennebunk, York Co, ME & Kennebeck Co, ME

Harmon R. Clark Jr.; 229 So Washington Ave.; Dunellen, NJ 08812-1645 908-968-6811 LINE: Paulus Dirckse Hof of Holland, NY, NJ & PA. Hof and Huff Desc.

Charles A. Huff; 111 N Hampton Rd.; Leesburg, GA 31763 912-436-8713 LINE: Brothers Wm & Daniel Huff of Brunswick Co., VA. & Hancock Co. GA

Doris Vanderscors; 717 New Hampshire; Marysville, MI 48040 313-364-8344 LINE: Phoebe Huff, of Northumberland, Co. PA. m. David Bly of White Deer Valley, PA

Lyle Orem; 303 S.W. Arthur Ave.; Bend, OR 97702 503-382-3456 LINE: Benjamin Huff of PA.,IL and Crawford Co., IA..

Walter T. (Tom) Huff; 5927 Jacksontown Rd.; Newark, OH 43055 614-323-1912 LINE: Gabriel & James Boy Huff of NJ, Northumberland Co, PA & VA

Gene P. Deasy; 907 Jasper; Cloquet, MN 55720 LINE: Joseph Huff of VA & MO

Debra Markowski; 1229 Equestrian Dr.; Henderson, NV 89015 702-566-6237 LINE: ?

Robert Gabbert; 7426 Cay Dr.; Port Richey, FL 34668 813-848-0947 LINE: ?

Eleanor Russel; 3700 Sargent Rd.; Jackson, MI 49201 517-764-3700 LINE:Engelbert Hoof/Huff

Lorna Rich; 4424 Ramona Dr.; Riverside, CA 92506 909-684-3782 LINE: Susanna or Barbara Huff of Berks Co PA.. m. Abraham Mensch

George L. Trigg; 75 Beaver Dam Rd.; Brookhaven, NY 11719 Ph 516-286-1262 Fax 516-286-3635 LINE: Engelbert Huff

Helen M. Jameson; R. 1; Canton, IL 61520-9801 LINE: Emmeline Bruner Huff, wife of David Huff of Newport IN.

Evelyn Vogt; P.O. Box 305; Upper Lake, CA 95485 707-275-2331 LINE: Thomas & Charles Huff, of VA, KY and GA.

James A. Hough; 2616 Abbot Kiney Blvd.; Venice, CA 90291-4733 LINE: Edward Hough Family of England, PA, IA and CA.

Mrs Joan C. H. Faunce; 18644 Bucknall Rd.; Saratoga, CA 95070 LINE: Edward Hough Family of England, PA, IA, and CA

Mrs Ellen S. H. Ross; RR 1, Box 373; Underwood, IA 51576 LINE: Edward Hough Family of England, PA, IA and CA

Esther Laughery; 106 Monroe Ave.; Newark, OH 43055 LINE: James B. & Gabriel Huff of NJ ?, VA and PA

Jerry L. Huff; 1588 SW Village Dr.; Topeka, KS 66604-2201 913-273-6862 Line: Valentine Huff of MD. VA & NC

Harry & Betty Brown; 2541 Houghton Ave.; Corning, CA 96021 916-824-0446 Thomas Huff of VA & GA

Madeline Huff; 1901 E. 21st; Des Moines, IA 50317 515-265-3088

Dr Lawrence Huff; 437 Floridian Dr.; Kerrville, TX 78028 210-896-3468 Valentine Huff of MD & NC

Rosemary Hollis; 2000 Cypress Pt Dr; Corona, CA 91720 909-734-3145 Powell Huff/Hoff of NJ & SC

Undelivered Mail


The following is a list of returned mail from the initial mailing.

My mailing list was compiled from The Family Register and from various persons, as active Researchers of our surnames. Most of the returns were marked "Forwarding Address Expired". If anyone has a current address of anyone on this list, please drop me a note . The city listed was the one used in the mailing.


Barbara Moore - San Antonio, TX

Shannon Gehret - Provo, UT

Jerry W. Daggett - Seattle, WA

Paul Montgomery - Tacoma, WA

Mrs Alfred Maner - Hendersonville, NC

Virginia Melton - Virginia Beach, VA

Edna Schirack - Greenville, OH

Dave O. Huff - Mt. Enterprise, TX

Betty M. Bellows - Wyoming, MI

Betty M. Bellows - Marqutte, MI

Karen E. Moore - Roswell, NM

Oliver R. Huff - Vancouver, WA

Virginia G. Anderson - Omak, WA

Cathy Magleby - Orem, UT

Carolee Ward - Independence, MO

Jane D. Wade Huntsville, AL



Hough/Huff/Hoff ???

For those that have not yet discovered the inter-relationship between the different spellings of our surname, I submit the following Last Will and Testament of Joseph Hough/Hoff/Huff of Lancaster Co., PA. It was written in his own hand in April 1816.

"In the NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Joseph Huff of Donegal Township Lancaster County of State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind and memory but weak in Body do make this my last Will and Testament, IMPRIMUS, To Almighty God, I resign my spirit believing and hoping through the entervention of A Blessed Redeemer to inherit Eternal Life. ITEM, I do constitute and appoint my Brother John Hoff and Joseph Shenk my executors and request them to fulfil this wished fares in their power may lye. To my Wife Elizabeth Hoff, I do give and bequeath during her natural lifetime the Interest arising from the one third of all that I may divest of " ---etc.

(signed) "Joseph Hough"

I find this a remarkable document, in that he spelled his own name both Hough and Huff while spelling his brother and wife as Hoff. There are several documents where a name is spelled two ways, but this may be the only one written in a person's own hand where he spells it three ways.


Jerry L. Huff - 1588 SW Village Dr - Topeka, KS 66604-2201 (and) Lawrence Huff - 437 Florian Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028 Valentine Huff First known in Fred. Co., MD. Then to Rowan Co. NC in 1776. May be Valentine Huf who Imm. to PA in 1744. Son Valentine Jr. mov to TN and son Henry mov to Jackson Co. GA. Need any early info on Valentine in PA or MD. Wife unknown. Ch: Esther,Elizabeth, Valentine Jr., Eve Rosannah, ?, Jacob & Henry.

Betty Jo Brown - 2541 Houghton Ave, Corning, CA 96021. Has extensive data on the family of Charles Huff Md Elizabeth Gunn, 1787, Brunswick Co GA. Ch; Thomas Huff (1788-1855), md Betsy Adams (1798-1872). Ch: Olivia, William T., Pheriba, Sarah L Jane, Margaret, Rebecca, Bethena, Jonathan G, Joel, Thaddeus Wilton, Betsy V, Lucy Ann, Mary Frances, and Jefferson Adams. (all born 1815-1842)

Rosemary Hollis - 2000 Cypress Point Dr., Corona, CA. 91720. Powell Huff / Hoff B. ca 1747 NJ; d. 1816, York Co, SC. Md. Prudence Sutton (1765-aft 1820). Ch; Jane Hoff (md Francis Carson) and Jonathan (md Agatha McCaw ?). Jonathan & Agatha's dau Permelia b. 1804, md. John Horsley, of York Co. Was Powell related to Powell Hoff ( 1750 Will in Hunterdon Co., NJ), son of Derrick Hoff of Hunterdon Co, NJ? Need info on Powell, Peter, James & Charles Huff who were in Prince William Co, VA in 1776.

Kenneth Kinman - POB 1377, Hays KS 67601 George Huff B. 1780, Loudoun Co, VA? Md Mary Mahoney 1807.Was he the son of Willis Huff (Rev War Soldier) or was he a Hough of the Bucks Co Houghs? His Marriage Rec. spelled HOUGH. Moved to Coshocton Co, OH in 1831. Ch: Charles Wesley Huff and Emily Eblin Huff.

Doris Vanderscors - 717 New Hampshire, Marysville, MI 48040.(Ph. 616-364-8344) Central PA Huffs Has extensive library of Huffs of White Deer Valley (Northumberland Co.) and Lycoming Co, PA. Ancestor was Phebe Huff, of White Deer Valley, who md. David Bly.

Rethabel Huff - 24988 Cty Rd 20, Rocky Ford, CO 81067 (Ph 719-254-3150) Archie Huff B. ca 1870, location unknown, (TN ?). Md 1892, Clay Co., TX, to Julia Ann Elliff, b. 1877 Springfield, MO , d. 1952 Las Animas, Bent, CO.; daughter of Samuel Wesley Elliff & Sarah Jane Gardner. CH:John Watson, Mary Jane, Ervin Dick, Thomas Jeroma & William Bent Need info on the family of Archie.

Lyle Orem - 303 SW Arthur Ave, Bend, OR 97702. (Ph 503-382-3465). Benjamin Huff Born PA ca 1815/1816, Md 1837 to Lydia Smith. Living in Monroe Co., PA in 1850. Later moved to IL in 1864 and on to Crawford Co, IA by 1872. Need info on parents of Benjamin ( possibly in Central PA ?).

Arlene L. Ackermann - 1311 Laurel Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404-6272. (Ph 208-529-8804) Eliza Huff Born ca 1795, Kennebunk, ME, d. 1859 Bath, Sagadahoc, ME. Md. 1813 to Ellison Brown (1788 Kennebec, ME - 1866 Lincoln, ME), son of Andrew and Mary (Polly) B. Brown. Ch: Ellison, Benjamin F, Melinda W and Mary Elizabeth. Need info on the parents of Eliza Huff. Have Group Sheets on all of the above Brown children.

Allan Mc Farland - POB 15829, West Palm Beach, FL 33416. David Decauter Huff B. NY ca 1814. Md. Marie Young, b. NY ca 1816, in Washington Co, MI in 1832. Later moved to IA, MN, WS and to OR by 1880. Had seven children. Became Postmaster in Louis OR. Need family info on David Decauter and Ann Marie.

Nancy Pendelton Goodwin - 7401 E. Sabino Vista Dr, Tucson, AZ 85715-2222 Joseph Huff Of Phillipsburg, ME. Filed intention to marry Sarah/Sally Berry 17 Dec 1798 at Pepperell borough, Saco, York Co, ME. Children: Eunice 1799, John 1801, Samuel 1804, Thomas 1806, Cotton 1808, Joseph Jr 1810, Edward B. 1813, Benjamin C. 1815Sarah B. and John B. 1819. (All b. Saco, York, ME. Sally d. Saco 1837. Who were Joseph's parents. When and where born? When and where died?

Beth W. Ballantyne - 6425 Vickers Dr., Riverside, CA 92504 (Ph 714-688-0180) Peter (Bartholomew ?) Huff B. 29 Sep 1782 Cocke Co, TN. D. 9 Nov 1856 Saline Co., MO.; son of Isiah Huff. Md. Elizabeth Gwinn (1785 or 1790-1860), dau of Almon and Nuraney (Mullins). Ch; Mary 1805, William 1806 Susan, Athalia 1812, Bartholomew 1813, Elijah or Eliza 1814, Almon 1819, Bartlett 1823, Peter H. 1825 and John 1828. All b. Cocke Co, TN except Peter and John in Saline Co, MO. Need info on Isiah Huff of TN.

Walter T. (Tom) Huff - 5927 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, OH 43055. (Ph 614-323-1912) -AND- Wayne Kinion - 9451 Foxford Rd., Chanhassen, MN 55317 Gabriel Huff & son James Boy Huff Gabriel b. ca 1774, Northumberland Co., PA. Some records indicate he was the son of Joseph Huff (Rev War Vet) of NJ. Others indicate Gabriel was son of Charles, who was son of Joseph, of NJ. Gabriel died in war of 1812 near Fort Niagara, although gravesite is unrecorded.James Boy Huff, son of Gabriel, b. 1776 (?) in PA. Family moved to VA 1800. Joined VA Militia in 1812. Md Mary Thomas Berry (1803-1879)in 1819. Moved to Muskingum Co,IA by 1830 and on to IA in 1847. Sons Austin and William, plus dau's Mary & Nancy remained in Ohio. Need any early info on James Boy and anything on Gabriel that may point to his origins.

Phillip D. Huff - 9443 Arrowhead Dr., Sun City, AZ 85351 Reuben Burton Huff B. 1812 NY, Md ca 1832, Lucinda Freeman (dau of Urana b. 1777), Saratoga NY. Reuben was probable son of Reuben Huff/Hoff (born 1770) who resided in Saratoga Co in 1830. A Reuben also resided earlier in Columbia Co.

Gene Wheeler - 5111 Solitude Dr., Rockford, IL 61114 (Ph 815-877-0873) John Huff Birth unknown, Md Mary ?. Died in Lycoming Co., PA 1806. Recorded Will left all to Wife, dau Elizabeth (b. 1775), wife of David Hetherington; Agnes and Ruth ( both minors in 1807). Agnes later md. James Bennett. Also, later data indicates that dau Elizabeth was b. in NJ. Also needs further info on Hetherington family. (sometimes sp. Herrington).

Richard F. Locke - 1559 St Andrews Dr., Redding, CA 96003-9799 (Ph 916-243-8970) Maria Catherina Hoff Born Germany, ca 1760. Md George Hench (1754 Chester Co., PA - 1814 PA) April 1781 in Chester Co., PA. Ch: Peter, Henry, George, William, John ca 1778 (Md. 1st, Sara Paden & 2nd, Lettice Carson), Catherina and Teenie. All born Cumberland Co., PA. Need info on Catherina's family in Germany and U.S.

Helen M. Jameson - R. 1, Canton, IL 61520-9801. Emmaline (Bruner) Huff Md. David Huff, youngest of 10 children, of Newport, IN. Have not found any info on Emmaline's family in IN or KY. Need any Bruner data from this area.

Harman R. Clark Jr. - 229 S. Washington Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812-1645 (Ph 908-968-6811) Paulus Dirckse Hof Has extensive data on Descendants of Paulus, through Derrick Paulussen, Pieter,Brogun, Isaac, Abraham, Isaac and Sarah Jane. Needs Dates on Abraham, who md. Dorcas Cox in 1810. Also has data on early NJ Reed and Clark families. Data avail on disk.

Lorna Rich - 4424 Ramona Dr, Riverside, CA 92506. (Ph 909-684-3782) Barbara (Susanna ?) Huff Born Apr 1761 in Lehigh Co, PA. Md John Abraham Mensch Sep 1779 Bucks Co., PA. Died Lehigh Co., PA Apr 1833. Ch: Christian 1780, John Nicholas 1780, Eliz. 1782, Christianna 1785, Adam 1786, Catherine, Susan 1789, Sarah 1798, Barbara 1800 & Abraham 1890. Some records indicate Barbara may be Susanna Huff, of Huff's Church, Berks Co., PA.Need any info on a Barbara or Susanna Huff of that era in Central PA.

Eleanor Russell - 3700 Sargent Rd., Jackson, MI 40201. (Ph 517-764-3700). William Huff Descendant of Engelbert Huff/Hough, of Scandinavia and NY.William, b. Fulton Co, OH 1840, md. Josephine Grow, dau of Christian and Elizabeth (Myers) (b. 1807 PA) of Fulton Co., OH. Who were Elizabeth Myers' parents? William Huffs parents were Peter and Susan (Couch) (b. 1809 PA). Who were Susan Couch's parents?

Gene Deasy 907 Jasper, Cloquet, MN 55720 Joseph Huff B. 1810 in VA (?). Md. Ruth Finch ca 1810 in Nodaway Co, MO (dau of Humphrey & Frances).Died Jackson Co., OR aft 1880. Ch: Sarah, Mary Jane, Lydia, Virginia, Josephine and America. Need info on Joseph.

Granville W. Hough Granville wishes us all the best in this endeavor. We should all recognize the efforts this man has expended over 30 years in compiling an enormous amount of Hough/Huff/Hoff data. If you don't have his books in your library, you should get them!


For all the replies, contributions and encouragement. Many have asked questions that I just don't have time now to answer. Most were in the form of a query, which I have included in this issue. Some asked what I plan to do with the information I collect. It will be made available for everyone to use. The problem is how to enter and index all the Family info that I am collecting. Perhaps I can enlist some of you with PCs to help type the data into some form that can be easily accessed.

This issue is shorter than I had planned, but my time is limited for the next few weeks, so here is the shortened edition.

Published By:

Max K. Huff

1746 Maux

Houston, Tx 77043-3318