Huff/Hough Newsletter 


Volume 1 Number 3 March 20,1993


Some Revolutionary Soldiers from New Jersey

By G. W. Hough


Benjamin Huff: S39746. Private in Col. Dayton's Regt. Pensioned in Warren Co., PA July 21, 1819. Born 1749, son of Anthony and Anna Huff of Hunterdon Co., NJ. Lived in Lycoming Co., PA in 1789. Descendants in Erie, Warren & Venango counties, PA.


Nicholas Huff: S 28023. Served from Somerset Co., NJ in militia under Col Peter DeVroom. Wounded at Germantown and disabled. Pentioned in 1808. In July 1822, lived in Ovid, Seneca Co., NY where he had moved about 1794. In 1832 he made affadavit for his brother Richard Huff of Seneca Co. who was also Rev. Soldier. 1800 census for Cayuga Co (Seneca was formed from Cayuga) shows family heads James Huff, Nicholas Huff, Richard Huff, and William Huff.


Richard Huff: S23719. Served 13 months under Col. Frelinghysen in militia from Somerset Co. Served with Capt. Conrad Ten Eyck at age 17 in Hillsborough Township. Born 1754, moved to Ovid, Seneca Co., NY about 1794. Brother to Nicholas Huff.


Isaac Huff: Served as a private under Capt Probasco & Col Quick in NY Line for 17 months. Pensioned in 1831. Born 1749 in Franklin Twsp., Somerset Co., and lived there during the war. Moved to Hillsborough Twsp about 1798 till 1832. Died 2 Dec 1833. Ann Huff, widow of Isaac applied for pension from Green Co., NY in 1837, stating she married Isaac Feb 14, 1771. Brogun Van Doren attested she was Ann Hoagland and m. Isaac Huff while she was a housekeeper for his father; and when he, Brogan, was 13 or 14; and that this was in 1772/1773. In 1837 Brogan Huff of Green Co., NY attested Ann Huff was widow of Isaac and that she had moved to NY about 1835. One source says that Nicholas, Richard and Isaac were all sons of Borgon Hoff, who was a son of Peter Hoff and Catherine (Brokaw) Hoff.


Moses Hough: Served from Somerset Co., NJ under Col Hunt, Maj. Lynn and Capt Wm. Logan. Was at Monmouth, Morristown, Hackensack and other points of defence. Moved to Loudoun Co., VA, then to Franklin Co., KY, Bullitt Co., KY , then to Spencer Co., KY. Born June 16 1759 in Somerset Co., NJ. Died in KY.


James Huff: Born Sep 15, 1759 in Hopewell, Mercer Co., NJ. Served in VA under Capt. George Bell, Capt. James McLusky and Col. Merriweather. Was at the seige of Yorktown. Lived in VA after the War. Moved about 1792/95 to Elbert Co., GA, then to Perry Co., AL in 1819, where he died after applying for a pension. James may be a son of Peter and Elizabeth Hoff of Hunterdon Co., NJ, who later moved to Prince William Co., VA and then to Wilkes Co., GA. where he died in 1801. Peter is likely a descendant of Paulus Dirkse who took the name Hoff. James had a son Mathias, b. 1789 VA and d. after 1860 in Perry Co., GA.


Peter Huff: S1762. Served in Capt Hawkerson's Company, Col. Taylor's Regt. in NJ. Born in Leyden Twp, Hunterdon Co., NJ and served from there. Lived there until 1794 when he moved to Mercer CO., KY. Died Nov 11, 1840. Served under Capt. Stillwell, Capt. Hawkerson, Capt. Early and Capt. Wilmot. Moved to KY with a Dutch Reformed congregation which included Isaac Huff/Hoff and Abraham Huff/Hoff; almost certainly cousins or kin. They moved to Butler Co., OH about 1803.


Abraham Huff: Served as a Pvt in NJ under Capt. Peter Vrom in the Hillsborough militia. Received certificate No.632 for the depreciation of his Continental pay. Born 1737 in Somerset Co., NJ. Md. Neltje Vanderbilt, b. 1742 Brunswick Co., NJ. Children: Frances (11/23/1762); Dennis (8/7/1765); Bergon ( 4/17/1768); Abraham (9/10/1770); Teunis (6/20/1774) and Sarah (Sally) ( 11/7/1776). Abraham died Somerset Co., NJ July 4, 1831.



Some Early NJ Marriages


Daniel Hoff of Burlington & Mary Worley 3/4/1741.

Janathan Hough of Burlington & Elizabeth Bryan 5/30/1741.

John Hoff of Monmouth & Helen Stout 5/2/1758.

Daniel Hoff of Hunterdon & Laura Titus 9/19/1769.

Isaac Huff of Burlington & Mercy Leeds 12/2/1771.

William Hough of Bucks Co., PA & Rachel Beans 6/22/1775.

Charles Hoff Jr. of Huntington & Hannah Tuttle 9/5/1778.

Moses Huff & Eliz. Handley 4/16/1780.

Joseph Huff of Monmouth & Jemina Baldwin 11/21/1781.

Isaac Huff of Hunterdon & Kettine Waldron 10/4/1783.


Some Early PA Marriages

Michael Hauff of Phil. & Mary Magdalen Schwab 8/13/1769.

Valentine Hauff & Magdalen Amsperger, in Phil. 6/27/1763.

Angelicia Huffe & David Vincent of Northumberland Co. 3/3/1778.

Susanna Huff of Snyder Co & Jacob Mather 1/9/1838.

Angeline Huff , Snyder Co, & Peter Ritter, E. Buffalo, 2/14/1832.

Peter Huff, Snyder Co, & Sarah Knoll, 2/7/1833.

Sarah Huff, Freesburg, & Oscar Dunkelburger, 10/12/1875.

Benjamin Huff, Warren Co, & Mary ___, 4/11/1763.

Joseph Huff , Milton, & Ida Tate, 10/1/1881.

Sallie Huff & Henry Tate, White Deer, 12/17/1881.

James Huff, White Deer, & Eliz. Cooker 3/7/1832.

Oscar Huff, WHite Deer, & Ida Harrison, 9/7/1887.

Sallie E. Huff, White Deer, & Henry Piper, 1/4/1882.

Lorentz Huff, Milton, & Anna Margaretha Muschlerin, 10/24/1749.

Phillip Peter Huffl, Milton, & Maria Eliz. Wagnarin, 1/29/1753.


Editor's Note: We are up to 50 Subscribers now and I have received more new names of Huff/Hough researchers from Granville Hough & George Trigg. They will all receive Issue #1 to see if they are interested. The next issue is due in early June. Any Comments???

Max K. Huff - 713-461-8718 (after hours). Compuserv 72160,501.


Queries and Submissions


Submitted by: Mrs R. L. Vanderscors; 717 New Hampshire; Marysville, MI 48040.

DATA: Funeral records from Jersey Shore, Lycoming Co., PA: (1) Lewis Huff b 3/18/1853 Balt., MD, d. 3/2/1908. Father Valentine Huff, mother Dora Shaffer. (2) Eliza Miller b. 12/3/1825, d. 8/23/1909. Father Jacob Huff. Husband Jacob A. Miller. (3) George E. Huff b. 6/18/1849 Balt., MD, d. 10/10/1923. Father Valentine Huff (b. Ger.) and Doretta Shafer (b. Ger.). (4) Susanna Harris b. 6/10/1843, d. 2/17/1928. Dau of Valentine and Dora.

QUERY: Bly, Huff, Roads, Stephenson, Elder, Crawford & Rogers. Need parents of David Bly and wife Phoebe Huff of White Deer Valley, PA. Children: Capt John Bly, b. 1814, m. Lydia Roads. Katherine Bly m. Stephenson. Eliz. Bly m. (1) Alex. Elder & (2) Samuel Elder. Joseph Bly b. 1818 Uniontown, m. Priscilla Crawford (my line). Mary Bly, b. 12/1/1822, m. Richard Rogers. Charles Bly b. 1825. Sarah Bly b. 9/23/1828, m. John B. Huff. (may be a VA connection).


Submitted by: Betty Hadley; 172 S. CR 225 E.; Danville, IN 46122.

QUERY: Need info on Elijah Huff, b. ca 1805, OH; m. Mary, b. ca 1804 VA. Children: William, b. 1833 OH; Elizabeth, b. ca 1834, m. Christian Hiller 4 Apr 1851, d. 9/11/1852; Susanna, b. ca 1839; Mary I., b. ca 1843; Rebecca E., b. ca 1845; Deborah, b. ca 1847; Richard, b. ca 1851.


Submitted By: Susanna E. Desort; 29 Amble Rd; Chelmsford, MA 01824.

QUERY: Welcome Correspondence from descendants of George H. Huff, b. 1830 Ontario, d. 1902 NY, and Elizabeth Ann Spencer, b. 12/1839 Ontario, d. 1931 NY. Married 1/24/1860. Also George's father Barnabus Huff, bapt. 10/27/1796 Fredericksburg, Ont.


Submitted By: Marlene A. Groves; 16 Traverse St.; Rockland, ME 04841.

QUERY: Seeking parents of Eunice Huff or Hough, b. 6/9/1812, Norridgewock, ME., d. 9/3/1877, m. (int. 12/16/1832 Fairfield, ME) 2/9/1833 to Increase Robinson, b. 11/20/1801 Buckfield, ME, d. 1/30/1857 Norridgewock, ME. They resided in Fairfield and Norridgewock.


Submited By: Ruth L. Dunning; 330 W. Armour, #220; Kansas City, MO. 64111

QUERY: Looking for origin of Michael Amos Huff, b. 1850, possibly in Danville, IN. Md. Ruth Hadley 4/16/1871; d. 10/12/1920 Holton, KS. His parents were James & Margaret (McKengee or McGee ?) Huff. Other children were Asbury, Serepta, Libb and Mary.


Submitted By: Debra Markowski; 1229 Equestrian Dr.; Henderson, NV 89015

QUERY: Looking for info on Aaron Huff, b. 1793 PA, d. 6/27/1858 OH and his wife Sarah Berrington, b. PA, m. 12/12/1818 Franklin Co., OH., d. 8/28/1856 OH. Both bur. Sandusky Co., OH. (Editor's Note: 1850 Census, Sandusky Co., OH, Pg. 103, Scott twsp.: Aaron Huff (1793 PA), Sarah (1800 PA), and Margaret (1833 OH). In the same twsp. were Elisha Huff (1824 Unknown) and Robert Huff (1819 OH) and their families.)


Submitted By: Verland Huff; 530 Joe Wright Rd.; Klamath Falls, OR 97603

QUERY: Any info on Benjamin Huff, b. 1718 Loudoun Co., VA.


Submited By: Barbara Moore; Rt 12 Box 378; New Braunfels, TX 78132-2194.

QUERY: Exchange info on Leonard Huff, b. ca 1730, probably VA. Who were his parents, wife, and where born? I have a lot of Huff info & will exchange.


Submitted By: Louise Pietruszkiewicz; 14394 Carnegie Rd.; Magalia, CA 95954.

QUERY: Searching for parents of Felix Grundy Huff, b. 1825 TN, d. 1878 Cedar Co., MO. Mother Nancy m. (1) to ? Huff in TN, (2) to Alexander Blair in Polk Co., MO in 1840.

QUERY: Felix Grundy Huff m. Martha Simmons in Polk Co., MO 2/12/1847, dau of Jehu & Catherine (Wood) Simmons, formerly of Orange Co., NC. Children: John R., Mary Jane, William, Martha, Thomas, Nancy, Squire S. and Henry. I need the children's spouses and children.


Submitted By: Vernie E. Huff; 5704 53rd Ave; Barrhead; Alberta T7N 1C2; Canada.

QUERY: Need info on Nicholas F. Huff, b. 1805 MD; m. (1) Ruth Megehe (2) Rachel A. & (3) Margaret. Children: Mary J. (1835 VA), Washington (1838 VA), Henry Boyd ( 1842 IL), Wm. Hiram (1845 IL), Margaret E. (1850 IL), Cathaline (1852 IL), Joseph (1855 IL) and Wilson ( 1859 IL). Resided White Co., IL from before 1850 till d. in 1883.


Submitted By: Charlote St. Clair; 2714 Ave. M; Fort Madison, IA 52627.

QUERY: Need info on John J. Huff, b. 1826 OH. Moved to Clark Co., MO by 1850. May have had a sister Jane and mother Elizabeth. Also a brother William W. .Md. Susanna Stanley ( 1834 IL). Children: Wm. Henry (1853), Malissa Jane ( 1857-59), Joseph Silvester (1860), Elizabeth ( 1862), Rachel ( 1865), Nellie ( 1866), John E. (1869/70) & Susie ( 1873).


Computer Choices

All Genealogists are at some time faced with the questions: (1) should I buy a Computer, and (2) what should I buy?

The answer to the first is simple: Yes, you should have a Computer. The question of "what" will be addressed in this and following columns.

This column is addressed to those who have not yet purchased a computer and are not sure what they should buy. One of the most common reactions I hear is "I'm too old to learn computers." Nonsense!!! You don't have to understand how they work to use them. Anyone can learn to use the programs available today. You do however need some knowledge about the parts that make up a Computer. So, this first effort will attempt to define the least system you need to work on Genealogy.

First, let me lay out what I believe to be a minimum system. It should be a 286, with a 3.5 or 5.25 High Density Floppy Disk, a Hard Drive of at least 40 Megabytes, 1 Megabyte of memory, a color VGA Monitor, and of course a keyboard.

This system should only be considered if your budget will not allow a new system.

This system is perfectly adequate for running all genealogy software (except one or two that run under Windows) and is generally available in the used market for $350 to $600. This is a minimal system and should be purchased in used condition within the above price range. In Houston, this system would generally be advertised for about $450. If you intend to run any of the new Windows software or think that you might want to gradually upgrade the system, then make another choice upscale; to a 386SX or a 386DX.

Now, a brief explanation of the terminology used in describing the above Computer. The term 286 describes the computer's processor. A 286 was an upgrade from the first mass marketed computer, the IBM XT, which used an 8088 processor. A description usually says something like "286/12 or 286/16". the number after the slash is the speed of that particular processor. The 286 originally was made to run at 10 megahertz, but was later made to run at 12, then 16 and near the end of its production some were made to run at 20 MHz. The faster speeds are preferable, as they simply do everything faster.

The next consideration is Floppy Drives. They are used for storage of programs and data files. The original drives used on IBM Compatibles were 5.25 inches in diameter and stored 360K bytes (K = 1000, so 360K = 360,000 bytes, or words of information). Then came a smaller disk (3.5 inches) that held 720K bytes. Both of these are considered "Dual Density", or "DD", as they are described on the cartons. A couple of years ago they discovered how to put a lot more data on the disks and came out with "High Density" or "HD". These are available in both physical sizes; that is, the 5.25 disk which holds 1200K bytes and the 3.5 inch disk which holds 1440K bytes. These are commonly referred to as "1.2 Meg" and "1.44Meg" disks; or, as "5.25 HD" and "3.5 HD". You will use them for three purposes: (1) to "Load" programs into your computer, (2) to make extra copies of your data (Backups) and (3) to exchange data and programs with other persons.

The newer "High Density" disk drives are preferable. They store more data and are also able to read data from the older "Dual Density" disks. (The reverse is not true). Although having one each of the newer 3.5 and 5.25 "High Density" disks is desirable, you can get along with just one. Which one, will depend on your situation. That is, if you want to exchange data frequently with someone, you should have matching Disk Drives. The 3.5 disks are more durable, are safe to mail and will probably be around longer than the 5.25 disks.

A Hard Drive is a very important accessory. It is used for permanent storage of Programs and Data. They are rated by the amount of storage, which is measured in "Megabytes", or millions of bytes (words) of storage capacity. This is commonly abbreviated as "Meg" of just "M", as in "40 Meg H.D.". The originals were 10 Meg, which was thought to be sufficient. They were quickly superseded by 20Meg drives. In a very short time, a 40 Meg drive was offered in most every new system. The increase was needed to keep up with more and larger programs. Today, a 200 Meg drive is not considered overly large, and in fact is thought to be a minimum size for a serious Window's user. However, a 40 Meg drive is sufficient to hold several Genealogy programs, a Word Processor and several Utility programs. Hard Drives can be replaced with larger versions, and a second drive can be added to most systems, but it's not wise to do much upgrading to a 286 system.

Memory for a 286 is not too important for the minimal genealogy programs, but 1 Megabyte is desirable. Actually, 640K bytes is all that is absolutely necessary for any program. More memory will enable your computer to do some tasks faster, but the computer must be especially configured to use the extra memory. Configuring memory is not something you would want to tackle until you become a lot more advanced in the technology. A shop can handle that task for you.

The Monitor is a very critical component in any system. It is what you look at constantly, and it is something you should not compromise. Insist on a Color VGA monitor with a "Dot Pitch" not larger than .28 millimeters. That is today's standard, and you should not accept less. Anything less will not be acceptable after you have used it for a while. These only cost $225 to $300 new, and most everyone has upgraded their monitor to this type. The older "CGA and EGA" monitors are simply not acceptable anymore. They have poor resolution and some newer programs will not run on anything less than a standard VGA monitor. Be careful on the ".28" specification. There are some out there that are as gross as .52mm, and they are very inferior. The monitor is one area where you could upgrade, as you can take it with you if you later decide to purchase a new system. A VGA monitor with the .28 specification will work on any current IBM compatible system.

Keyboards are also important as they all have different touch characteristics. Most all are compatible, but watch the type of connector if you purchase a new one - there are two types in use. They are very inexpensive, around $30 to $50. So, if you don't like the one that comes with a system, they are easily replaced. Most of them available today are of the 101 Key or "Enhanced" type.

Let me emphasize, that a 286 computer is perfectly adequate for Word Processing, note keeping (database), Genealogy, and 90% of all other software currently available. It just simply runs slower than a 386 or 486. It also had a problem with new Windows software. For those reasons, it should not even be considered in a new computer. They are still available, mostly from discount mail order houses and at what seem to be very attractive prices. If you see one that fits the above specifications - and within the stated price range- then maybe it would be worthwhile. Personally, I would stick to the used market for a 286, as you will get a lot more for your dollars. The negative side, of course, is that you have no warranty. These computers are amazingly reliable however, and you have to consider the amount of money you are investing.

Later articles will explore the 386 and 486 processors; along with peripherals such as Printers, Mice and Modems.



Camp In The Fields

Company "M", 5th Penna'Cavalry

December 7, 1864


Dear Mother and Sisters:

This is a damp and dreary day, and as drill has been dispensed with for the day I seize upon this opportunity of penning you a few lines. About eleven o'clock last night we were aroused from our beds and ordered to draw two days' forage and rations and be prepared to march at a moment's notice. The night, however, passed away without any move; but I think it will come before long. It may perhaps prove nothing more than a short scout into the enemy's country.

What think you? The good people of the North - God Bless Them - sent us soldiers quite a Thanksgiving-day dinner - Turkeys, guess, ducks,

chickens, etc, which we devoured with a gusto seldom witnessed in Civil life. The portion allotted to our tent made us two very excellent meals. This act of kindness on the part of the patriotic people of the North, brought forward to the soldiers mind fond reminiscences of bygone years, when youth and vigor bloomed forth in his countenance; and the religious instruction instilled into his mind by kind and religious parents and friends guided his daily deportment. Days when all would assemble to sing praises to the Lord for his bounteous blessings to us as a people and a nation, when peace and happiness reigned throughout our blessed land, and one and all, both rich and poor, found succor under the folds of the glorious Stars and Stripes! But alas! those days are gone! We fear not to return, - if not for us, we feverently pray that those who follow us may be blessed with an undivided country, with the glorious "Stars and Stripes" aloft, guarded by the all protecting arm of Him who reigns supreme.

I want Mother and Anna to tell me how they enjoyed their visit to the country; and I want Lucetta to tell me how her health is; and I want to know how Livy is. Give him my love.

Tell Livingston I want him to write to me. I would also like to hear from Charles Spencer occasionally - my respects to the family.

Mother, when this war is over I will settle down with you and we will all live happily together, but until this war is settled I will not be able to content myself out of the Army.

All receive my kind love,

While I remain your

affectionate son & brother,

Silas C. Hough




Camp of 5th PA Cavalry,

Army of the James,

March 14th , '65

Dear Mother and Sisters:

I write in haste. Last night many of us, and particularly all the "Vets", were relieved from picket duty to immediately prepare for a march. We arrived at Camp about 12 o'clock and were very soon in readiness to be in our saddles at five minutes notice. We then rolled ourselves in our blankets for a light slumber, ready at any moment to answer the call of the bugle -"To Arms"- but as the bugle did not sound, we were allowed to slumber till day-light. We are even now while I write, expecting to be ordered to "Boots and Saddles" any moment. We are supplied with three days' rations and two days' forage. Our intended destination or direction of march we are entirely ignorant of. I am of the opinion our Column will march upon Richmond by way of White Oak Swamp, simultaneously with Grant on the South Side Road and Ord with the Army of the James on their side. Grant's object being to make a simultaneous movement of all his forces and attack Richmond at every point. Thereby preventing Lee from centering his forces upon the South Side Road, the now most important point of attack. How near correct I may be in my views is yet to be ascertained.

We are now about to enter upon the most bloody campaign of this war. Last Spring and Summer's Campaign was severe, but it's my firm belief we are now about to enter upon one that will outstrip for carnage, any in the annals of war. Many of our brave boys, now in the vigor of manhood, blessed with health, strength and happiness, will 'ere long bow to the decree of an all wise Providence, martyrs to liberty, both religious and political. God bless their future.

Should I be one of the number dropped from roll, I don't wish you to weep, but rather rejoice that I have gone in a good cause. I entered the service knowing its' dangers and with an inward resolve never to shrink from them in my line of duty, but to serve my Country even unto death if so ordered.

It is over six months since I reenlisted and we have not yet received any pay; for myself I care not, but how do you manage to live at home? This question often comes to me, but with so much pain I try to banish it from my mind. Try and do the best you can, - borrow money if you can and when we are paid I will send you every cent I receive over and above my expenses for necessities. I have not yet written to Livy - how and where is he? Give him my love , tell him to write to me.

Anna, I am pleased to learn you have been blessed with religion, and I caution you never to give way to the tempter even though at times you may find your path beset with thorns. The truly religious are looked upon with adoration and respect by all with whom they are brought in contact. I thank you for your kind intentions toward Livy and myself.

Cetta, I return you the picture of Miss Angell; she must indeed be a fine looking lady, of amiable disposition and stern resolution, traits much to be admired in a lady. I should like very much to form her acquaintance.

Perhaps you think I should write to her; in answer I can only say you are at present my only lady correspondents and I think will remain so until after this war.

Hoping you all enjoy good health,

I remain your affectionate Brother

Silas C. Hough






New Subscribers and their Research Lines

Vernie E. Huff

5704 53rd Ave.

Barrhead, Alberta T7N 1C2



Nicholas F. Huff of MD, VA & IL.


Ruth M. Truex

Box 24

Brownsville, OH 43721

Ph. 614-787-2727


Verland Huff

530 Joe Wright Road

Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Ph 884-9564


Louise Pietruszkiewicz

14394 Carnegie Road

Magalia, CA 95954

Felix Grundy Huff, b.1825 TN, and Cedar Co.,MO.


Barbara J. Moore

Rt 12, Box 378

New Braunfels, TX 78132

Ph: 210 885 2194

Leonard Huff, b. ca 1730, PA or VA?


Marlene A. Groves

16 Traverse St

Rockland, ME 04841

Eunice Huff/Hough of ME


Mrs Ruth L. Dunning

300 W. Armour Blvd. #220

Kansas City, MO 64111

Michael Amos Huff of IA


Chas. E. Huff

63 Monroe Ave

Newark, OH 43055


James & Gabriel Huff of NJ, PA & OH


Susanne E. Desort

29 Amble Rd.

Chelmsford, MA 01824

Barnabus & George Huff of Ont. & NY


Betty Hadley

172 S. CR 225 E.

Danville, IN 46122


Elijah Huff of OH


Virginia Lee Brown

3043 Shawnee Pl

Grand Junction, CO 81504

Paulus Dirckse Hof/Huff


Irene Taylor

1126 S. Hwy 71

Neosho, MO 64850



Paula Radwanski

RR 1, Box 416

Tunkhannock, PA 18657-9435

Pa. Huff Researcher


Faye Hogan

RR 2, Box 50

Sherburn, MN 56171


Wm & Ann Huff of Clinton Co., PA