Volume 1, Number 6 - 17 October, 1993
New Jersey 1880 Soundex - "Huff"
A. Alberta Huff, 8, granddaughter of Martha Brown. (Essex, Newark, 7-85-14-38)
Aaron Huff, 26, VA; Harriet, 21, Del; Frank 2; plus non-related Popes, Smiths, and Hearts. (Burlington, Cinnaminson, 2-20-9-9).
Addie G. Huff 31; Jamie G. 9; Florence 6; w/ Mercy Gardner.(Essex, Irv. 7-96-28- 15).
Andrew Huff 68; Sophia 67; Andrew Wesley 22; Almeda (Granddaughter) 18; Charles Warner (grandson) 9. (Sussex, Stillwater, W. (1836); Jacob E. (1837); Catherine (1838); Rachel A. (1840); Martha J. (1842); Sarah E. (1844); John (1846); Anjaline (1848); George C. (1850); Gemina (1852); and Mary D. (1855).
August Huff 40, Willemena 41, (Pasen); Rudolph 11; Wm.8; Bella 3; all of Baden. (Middlesex, Sayreville, 15-143-18-17).
Bergen B. Huff 38; Sarah J. 39; Wm. B. 15; Hattie 12; Dudley B. 11; Julia A. 9; Jeny A.3; Chas.S.1; (Essex, New. 5-28-10- 49).
Caleb Huff 24; Mary E. 19; Lidy G. 3; w/ Mary A. McGee. (Burlington, Smithville, 2- 22-23-2)
Calvin C. Huff 29; Amy R. 26; John W. 3; Ella M. 1. (Somerset, Hillsboro, 20-160-30-12)
(Lineage: Calvin C.; Peter; John P.; Peter; John; Pieter; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen)
Charles Huff 33; Jemmie M. 28; Anna A. 9; Minnie M. 7. (Somerset, Franklin, 20- 157-22-1)(son of William and Aletta Huff)
Charles Huff 30; Clara 27; Clarence 2. (Middlesex, Washington, 15-137-18-36)
Charles Huff 6; w/ John H. Lane. (Hunterdon, Readington, 13-74-9-22)
Charles Huff 56; Louisa J. 36, NY; Charles Van G. 2; Aaron C. 1; Frank 3/12. (Essex, Bloomfield 7-92-29-2)
Charles H. Huff 41; Mary A. 42; Roscoe A. R. 16; Nita 2. (Mercer, Trenton, 14-102-39-38)
Charles H. Huff 34; Anna 24; Edna L. 5/12. (Monmouth, Long Branch, 16-118-76-44)
Charles R. Huff 27; Sarah C. 26; David C. 3; Jessica 6/12; w/ David C. Huff 69; Abbie M. 63. (Hunterdon, Readington, 13-75-26-40)
Charles W. Huff 44; Berna 41, PA; Emmet 15; Louisa 13; Carrie 10; Lizzie 8; Alfred 7; Edward 5; Elberta 4; Sophiah 1; ( Sussex, Stillwater, 21-185-1-23) Son of Andrew Huff, listed above.
Clara Huff 8, g-daughter of Permelia Nowe. (Hunterdon, Pleasant Run,13-75-14- 20)
Cornelius V. Huff 32; Annie 31; Freddie 11;Charlie 9; Ira 7; (Somerset, Branchburg, 20-156-23-25)(Lineage: Cornelius V. L.; Elijah G.; George P.; Peter; John Hoff; Pieter Hoff; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen of New Amsterdam.)
Cornelius Huff 36; Mary A. 34; Howard 8; Udora 7; Bergen 4; (Somerset, Branchburg, 20-156-14-4).(lineage: Cornelius; Isaac B.; Abraham and Dorcas (Cox) Huff.)
David L. R. Huff 42; Henrietta 37; Charlotte M. 12; Ida L. R. 13; Lizzie 9; Margaret 4. (Somerset, Bedminster, 20-148-2-20) Son of Abram D. and Margaret (Mellick) Huff.
E. M. Huff 59; Lydia A. ?; Mary 23; Walter 19; Mary A. 9. (Mercer, Trenton, 14-105-20-43).
Eden N. Huff 39; Rosabell 29; John T. 8; William C. 5; Rachel M. 4; Minnie E. 2; Lillie A. 8/12. (Middlesex, Milltown 15-142- 20-36)
Elijah Huff 47; Caroline 39; Christiana D. (son) 22; Lydia A. 19; Carrie L. 14; Minnicious V. 10; Ella 8. (Somerset, Franklin 20-159-7-31)(Lineage: Elijah; Jacob P.; Peter; John; Pieter; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen of New Amsterdam)
Not on Soundex: Elijah G. Huff 91822-1907); Maria (Van Liew) Huff (1823-1887); Elizabeth H. (1860-1927); William H. (1852- 1897); Henry DeMott (1855-1856); Charles E. (1857-1948).
Elizabeth Huff 54, PA; Joseph 22; Florence 19; Horace (grandson) 6; (Burlington, Northampton, 2-29-54-25). Other children were John M.; Isaac B.; William H.; Edward and Ella. Elizabeth is the widow of Isaac B. Huff of Burlington Co., NJ.
Emma Huff 10, stepdaughter of Eppinatus Everett. (Warren, Hope, 21-199-21-12).
Ethel Huff 2, stepdau. of Jeremiah Young. (Warren, Phillipsburg, 21-206-10-24)
Ferdinand L. Huff 33; C. Geoffrey 10; Emily A. 9; Amelia V. A. Bell (?) 72, NY. (Essex, Newark, 7-85-18-5).
Florence Huff 6, granddaughter of Mercy Gardner. (Essex, Irvington 7-96-28-17).
Frank Huff 22; Josephine 18, NY; Clarence 7/12.9 (Union, Plainfield, 22-182-35-1)
Frank Huff 23; Annie 21; Edmund 2; Joseph Yellinger (?) 15. (Mercer, Trenton 14-104- 35-19)
Frank K. Huff 5, grandson of Martha Brown. (Essex, Newark, 7-85-14-39)
Franklin P. Huff 28; Elmira 37; William J. 5; George H. 4; Bertha M. 2; Mary A. 8/12. (Sussex, Wolpack, 21-183-7-27) Son of William C. Huff, listed below.
George Huff 40; Susan 34; Jemina 11; Martin 10; James 5;(Sussex, Still., 21-185-8- 46).
George Huff 62; Catherine 45, PA; Mary 17; Jacob 23; George 11; Laura 8. (Gloucester, Paulsboro, 8-93-51-33)
George Huff 34; Anna 34, Russia; George 10; Maggie 8; Bertha 6; Anna 3; Catherine 10/12. (Union, Elizabeth, 22-163-55-45)
George P. Huff 32; Gertrude 32; Nelson 9; William H. 7; Addie May 5; George 2. ( Somerset, Hillsborough, 20-161-11-3). (Lineage: George P. Huff; Elijah G.; George P.; Peter; John Hoff; Pieter Hoff; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen of New Amsterdam.)
George C. Huff 30; Marjory J. 25; Laura E. 3; Mary F. 1; Sarah E. 1/12. (Sussex, Sparta, 21-184-39-45)
George D. Huff 30; Martha E. 28; Theodore 4; Carrie 1/12. ( Mercer, Trenton 14-107-41- 14) Probable son of Andrew Huff, above.
George V. Huff 33; Alvirah B. 22, PA; David D. 12, PA; Almeda C. 10, PA; William O. 8, PA; Mary A. 5, PA; Elmer E. 6, PA. (Warren, Allamucky, 21-189-3-7).
George W. 43; Emma 36; William 20; Elmer 15; Charles 13; Atmore 2; and two Ammerson stepchildren. ( Warren, Hacketstown, 21-196-34-33).
Henry Huff 42; Lydia 42; Joseph 8; Anna 6; Edgar 4. (Sussex, Stillwater, 21-185-19-1). Possible son of Joseph Huff of Sussex Co.
Henry Huff 35; Rosa A. 31, Ireland; Lillie 10; Harry 8; Fredie 6; Gracie 3; Ella 8/12. (Somerset, North Plainfield, 20-154-23-40) Son of Joseph C. and Margaret Ann Huff.
Hiram Huff 45; Alletta 40; Horace 17; Oscar 10; Jane E. 6/12. (Somerset, Branchburg 20- 156-15-1)(Lineage: Hiram; Jacob P.; Peter; John; Pieter; Derrick; Paulus Dircksen of New Amsterdam.)
Ira Huff 33; Emily 23; Elsoe 4. (Essex, Newark, 5-21-9-7)
Isaac Huff 46; Harriet 36; Luella 18; Alvira 16; Adeline 9; Mary L. 8; Floyd 2. (Sussex, Stillwater 21-185-17-31)
Isaac B. Huff 28; Sarah 27; Robert 5; Pearl 3. (Burlington, Northampton 2-30-9-34) Son of Isaac B. Huff of Burlington Co., NJ.
Isaac J. Huff 46; Fannie E. 47; Sarah J. 11; Robert S. 8. (Warren, Phillipsburg, 21-207- 6-5).
Jacob Huff 23; Ellen S. 33; Lizzie C. 1. (Hunterdon, Readington 13-75-26-35).
Jacob C. Huff 24, IA; Hannah 26; William Van Doren 62; Mary Van Doren 58; Walter Van Doren 19. (Somerset, Somerville 20- 153-25-1) (Lineage: Jacob C.; Jacob P.; Peter; John; Pieter; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen of New Amsterdam)
Jacob E. Huff 43; Elizabeth C. 40; Elwina M. (daughter), 10. (Warren, Hardwick 21-197- 8-16) Son of Andrew Huff of Sussex Co.
James Huff 32; Jennie 31, KY; Drucilla 11, KY; William A. 7, KY; Frank 3. (Warren, Phillipsburg 21-208-42-35)
James Huff 7, grandson of Peter Covert. (Somerset, Milestone 20-161-29-9)
James Huff 3; Grandson of James Grace. (Hunterdon, Bethlehem 13-78-20-34)
James E. Huff 9, with Peter Smith. (Warren, Harmony, 21-198-7-32).
Jamie G. Huff 9, grandson of Mercy Gardner. (Essex, Irvington 7-96-28-16)
John Huff 29; Emma O. 24; Willie 1. Somerset, Franklin 20-157-22-6) (Lineage: John; Thomas I.; John P.; Peter; John; Pieter Hoff; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen of New Amsterdam.)
John Huff 39; Fannie 34; Anna 13; Sarah E.
9; (Hunterdon, Tewpesbury 13-88-13-25)
John Huff 42; Eliza 38;, Ireland; Charles 17; John 13; James 11; William 5; Eliza J. 8; Christopher 3. (Middlesex, Washington 15- 137-18-15).
John Huff 29; Emma 23; Mary A. 6; Laura 3. (Hunterdon, East Orwell, 13-64-22-37).
John Huff 34; Delia 32; William 12; George 8; Lillie 4; Mark 1.(Camden, Del.3-59-6-20)
John Huff 9, with Richard M. Hill. ( Sussex, Wantage 21-188-3-25).
John M. Huff 32; Demaris 29; Clarence 6. (Burlington, Northampton 2-29-29-32) Son of Isaac B. Huff of Burlington Co., NJ.
John Paul Huff 30; Hannah 27; William 10. (Glouscester, Paulsboro 8-93-49-42).
John V. Huff 30; Mary C. 30; Calvin C. 10; Jeanette 8; Henry C. 6; James D. 4; Annie E. 2. (Somerset, Branchburg 20-156-23-30). Other children were: John V. (1880-1956); Edwin W. (1886- )(Lineage: John V.; Elijah J.; George P.; Peter; John Hoff; Pieter Hoff; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen)
John Y. Huff 37; Annie 32; Lydia 14; Elwood 13; George 11; Bersie 7. (Cumberland, Bridgeton 4-74-19-24).
Joseph Huff 25; Minnie 22; N. Charles 1; with John Garner. (Essex, Newark 6-60-24-6).
Joseph L. Huff 64; Ellen 50; Samuel 25; George L. 11; Roxanna 9. (Warren, Blairtown 21-191-17-7).
Liddy G. Huff 3, granddaughter of Mary A. McGee, (?)
Mathias Huff 35; Mary 30, PA; (Hunterdon, Holland 13-18-16-41).
Oliver Huff 26; Anna 23; Ethel 2. (Warren, Phillipsburg 21-182-34-47)
Perine Huff 70; Rachel 59; Andrew 32; Delia 26; Frank 22; Josephine (daughter-in-law) 18; Clarence (grandson) 7/12. (Union, Plainfield, 22-182-34-47)
Peter Huff 49; Margaret A. 43; Louis S. 14; William N. 1. (Somerset, Branchburg 20- 156-22-17)(Lineage: Peter; Peter P.; Peter; John; Pieter Hoff; Derrick Hoff; Paulus Dircksen of N. Amsterdam)
Phillipp Huff 33; Eliz. 33, NY; Ben.4; Louisa 2. (Passaic, Patterson 19-113-36-29)
Samuel L. Huff 69; Phebe (wife) 32; Samuel L. Jr. 2. (Warren, Phillipsburg 21-208-35-1)
Samuel L. Huff 6, son of Jacob Niper. (Warren, Allamucky 21-189-2-32).
Scudder Huff 33; Eliz. 30, PA; Francis R.10; Wm. A.5.(Mercer, Hopewell 14-92-9-4)
Thomas H. Huff 34; Maggie L. 35; Mary B. 10; Charles V. 8; George N. 2; Scotland. (Somerset, Rariton 20-152-33-15) (Lineage: Thomas H.; Elijah P.; Peter; John; Pieter; Derrick; Paulus Dircksen of New Amsterdam.)
Walter L. Huff 4, grandson of Samuel Loudenslager. (Glouscester, Woodbury 8 - 102-25-34).
Watson S. Huff 42; Mary A.28; Theodore B.; David M. 8; Lewis J. 4; Sarah M.3. (Morris, Mt. Olive 17-126-37-20).
Wesley Huff 23; Annie 20; Willie 2; Emma 4/12; John (father) 86. (Monmouth, Asbury Park 16-117-30-48).
William Huff 30; Maggie 24; Clarence 2. (Warren, Oxford 21-204-20-17).
William A. Huff 32; M. Agnes 29, Canada; A. Alberta 8; Frank K. 5; w/ Martha Brown. (Essex, Newark 7-85-14-36).
William C. Huff 62; Catherine 61; W. H. (son) 22; Magdalene (granddaughter) 11; Carrie (granddaughter) 7. (Sussex, Welpack 21- 183-6-31). Other ch: John O. (1837); George W. (1839); Sarah E. (1841); Isaac (1845); Hannah M. (1848); Franklin (1852); and Phillip (1854).
William H. Huff 23; Clara L. 22; Edmund N. 2. (Burlington, Northampton 2-29-30-28). Son of Isaac B. Huff of Burlington, NJ.
William H. Huff 39, PA; Sarah 37; Harry E. 13; Cora A. 9; Bertha 6; Frank 3. (Warren, Phillipsburg 21-208-34-15).
Only four new subscriptions arrived since the last issue:
Richard C. Huff
5155 Calhoun Mem. Hwy, Suite W, Box 141
Easley, SC 29640
Mr & Mrs Royce D. Lindsey
Austin, TX 78759
1905 Woodfield Rd
Bloomington, IL 61704
2199 Applegate Rd
Atwater, CA 95301
Researching: Daniel (b. IN) and Frana (Felty)(b. PA) Huff and son James R. and Mary K. (Mays) Huff of IN.
After about mid-year, I didn't send out any more solicitations, because I wanted all subscriptions to expire at the end of the calendar year. This is Issue number six and officially the last of this year, but I may be able to get out another one before then - time permitting. Before the end of the year, I will send out approximately 100 letters to potential new subscribers. Most of them came from recent Hough/Huff queries to Granville Hough. I never cease to be amazed at the number of people actively researching our surnames.
I hope everyone is satisfied with the first six issues. I know of several persons who discovered others working on the exact same lines and joined forces - much to the benefit of both. Several have written to convey their compliments and only one complaint was received. Not too bad for a beginner! Most subscribers have been silent, and that's okay; as long as they are satisfied. I guess my only complaint is that the Queries have fallen off drastically since the first ones that were included with the subscriptions. I therefore have to fill in a lot with my own material. Fortunately, I have a lot of it; thanks to Granville, who has supplied me with enough to fill several volumes.
I would like to receive subscription renewals between now and the First of January, for the 1994 year. The cost will remain at $12.00. If there is something you would like to add or change in the contents, write and let me know about it.
Pennsylvania Land Warrants
Potter County, Index Roll 1028659
Huff, Edmund; Island, 3.88 acres. Date of Warrant 23 Sep 1850. 13.92 acres returned. Patentee is John C. Cameron. Recorded Vol H, No 47, Pg 594. Survey is in Book C99, Pg 172 (Portage).
Hoff, Hans Adam; 150 acres, Hemphill township, 8 Feb 1733.
Hoff, Richard; 250 acres, Paxtang Twp, 16 Mar 1733, Vol A, No. 3, pg 446.
Hoff, Joseph; 250 acres, Paxtang Twp, 16 Mar 1733, Vol A, No. 20, pg 76, (adjoining Peter Allen's land.)
Hoff, Joseph; 195 acres, Paxtang Twp, 16 Mar 1733.
Hoffe, William; 200 acres, Swataro Creek, Hanover Twp, 25 Oct 1738, Vol H, No 75, pg 225.
Hoff, Lawrence; 141 acres, Warwick, 27 May 1746, Vol A, No 18, pg 417.
Hoff, Lawrence; 100 acres, Cacalico, 15 Mar 1749, Vol A, No 20, pg 115.
Hough, Leonard; 150 acres, Hanover Twp, 26 Aug 1738.
Hough, Joseph: 174 acres, Swataro Creek, Hanover Twp, 26 Aug 1738.
Hough, Leonard; 150 acres, Hanover Twp. 19 Sep 1741. (Leonard Hof was a member of the Reformed Lutheran Church at Tulpehocken in 1743.)
Hoff, Edmon, 1766, 200 acres on Armstrong's Creek (Upper Paxtang)
(Early Tax Assessments)
Lorance Huff, 1751, (sometimes "Hoofe"), Lancaster Borough.
Martin Hoff, 1751, Lebanon
Martin Hough, 1769, Earl Twp, Freeman at John Rey's.
Adam Hough, 1770, Lebanon, Cropper.
George Hoff, 1772, Lancaster Borough, Clockmaker
Abraham Hoff, 1772, Lancaster Borough, Sadler
George Hoff, 1781, Lancaster Borough,
Mathias Hoff, 1781, Hempfield,
#358, Edmund Huff, 300 acres, on Lycoming Creek, 25 Jul 1785, Vol H, No 6, Pg 461.
#359, Edmund Huff, 300 acres, on Lycoming Creek (appropriated).
#709, Edmund Huff, 400 acres, 15 Mar 1783, returned 7 May 1816, Vol H, No 13, pg 551.
#737, Lawrence Hoff, 400 acres, Catawissa, 1793, Vol P, No 31, pg 218.
#801, John Huff, 50 acres, Penn Twp, 30 Aug 1793, returned 1818, Vol N, No 16, pg 276.
#1113, Mahlon Huff, 186 acres, Hemlock, 1809.
Cumberland County - Includes areas now in Juniata, Perry, Mifflin, Bedford and Fayette Counties.
Edward Huff, 19 May 1768, 268 Acres north side of the Juniata , at the head of Delaware Run. (Taxed as Edmund Huff)
Lawrence Hoff, 1763, N. side of Juniata River.
John Hoff, Sr., 1763, North side of Juniata River
John Hoff, Jr., 1763, North side of Juniata River.
Michael Huff, Feb 1767, 100 acres, ajoining the lands of John Fraser. #2707.
Michael Huff, Bef 1767, 200 acres, South side of Cove Creek, ajoining Garrat Pendergrast. (sometimes "Pendergass") #2708.
Eliye (Elijah)Huff, Feb 1767, 300 acres on the Great Warrior Path on the west side of the Warrior Ridge on Flint Stone Creek, adjoining the Province Line. #2710
Elijah Huff, 300 acres on NW Branch of Town Creek at a place called Sweet Root Gap, on both sides of Warrior's Ridge. 15 Jan 1767, #2428.
Michael Huff, Jr., Feb 1767, 200 acres in Friends Cove, So. side of Cove Creek, joining the land of John Vallen; where he now lives.
John Huff, of Lancaster Boro., 300 acres adj Garret Pendergass on west in Friends Cove. 5 Jan 1767, #2429.
John Huff of Lancaster, 300 acres on head spring of Clear Creek, between Great Cove Mtn and Warrior's Ridge. 6 Feb. 1767, #2709.
(1). On 1 June 1764, Joseph Hough sold 174 acres by the side of Swataro Creek in Hanover township, Lancaster County, including Benjamin Clark's Improvement, and Abraham Williams' Improvement, (Patented 8 Jan 1741 to Joseph Hough) to William Clark; via a mortgage of L250. Filed 10 Oct 1764. On 24 May 1770, Joseph Stout, one of the executors of Joseph's Will, acknowledged satisfaction of the debt.
(2). John Caldwell, who Warranted land adjoining Edmund Huff at Mexico, on the Juniata, in 1768, had previousely obtained a Warrant for 150 acres in Paxtang Twp, Lancaster Co. in 1737. (About the same time and near Joseph and Richard Hoff.)
(3). In 1765, the land of Lawrence Hoff, John Hoff, Sr., and John, Jr., all located on the North side of the Juniata River in Cumberland County; was sold in a Sheriff's sale to satify a debt owed to James Patterson. None of the three lived in the County at that time.
(4). The first four Warrants were on the Juniata River in present day Juniata County. The remaining Warrants were in an area of Cumberland County that became Bedford County in 1771. An interesting development is that the first group were all men from Lancaster County and the second group were from Bedford - and there was thought to be no connection between the two groups of Huffs/ Hoffs. Note that John Huff (Hoff) from Lancaster, Warranted 300 acres very close to Micheal Huff (of Bedford) - both adjoining Garrett Pendergass in Friends Cove. John Huff's Warrant # 2429 was the next one filed after Elijah Huff - another of the Bedford Huffs.
(from "A History of Bedford County, PA")
The period to be described is between 1710 and 1776; the location, somewhere west of the Susquehanna River. I say "somewhere", for at that time only the natives and a few packers and fur traders even knew of that river. In 1710, Lancaster County was not even formed. That come in 1729. That was nineteen years after John de Burt and his wife, Mary Seaworth, settled in what is now "Dutch Corner" in Bedford Township, Bedford County, PA. In 1732, savages massacred John, Mary, and seven of their twelve children. One of the five who escaped, Christopher, returned with his wife and baby in 1740. In 1757, Christopher was killed and scalped by Indians. For seventeen years he lived on land he could not buy legally, as it belonged to the Indians. It was not until nine years after his death, that his son Michael took out a warrant in 1766 on the land. From then until the present day, the deeds for this land remained in the same family. Prior to 1766, no warrants were issued for land west of the Blue Mountains.
It is curious why a family settled so far from others. In 1698, John de Burt traveled west with his father-in-law Martin Cartier, the white chief of the Shawnees. They migrated from Virginia to Ohio by way of the Warrior's Trail to where it intersected the Great East-West Trail, near the present town of Everett. The Great Trail west from there traveled near to the waters of the Juniata, then passing through where Bedford is now. It may be that Martin told his son-in-law that this section had the best trapping and hunting that could be found. For some reason, John returned to Virginia where two of his brothers lived. But because he was looked upon as a "Squawman", he did not stay long. He found a place along a feeder stream of the Juniata, or the "stream of sky-blue waters with many curves", now known as the Raystown branch of the Juniata River. The feeder stream is now known as Dunning's Creek. Here he built a trading and trapping Post, called by the indians "Fort Wingwan".
In 1728, a group of thirteen men led by Joseph Powell, migrated from Virginia; following a trail told of by Joseph's ancestor, Thomas Powell, in his report of the journey of 1625. Thomas's group were the first white men to set foot in Pennsylvania, and in the area now called Bedford County. In comming up Town Creek they found a section where the beavers were plentiful. Here they tarried to trap. The men of this group were: John Spergen, Thomas Prather, Richard Iames, Robert Fleedhart, George Painter, Herodeus Blue, Philip Brabdwather, Ignatus Rock, Achor Worley. Michael Huff, Joseph Johnson, John Still and George Tunis. All but George Tunis were married. In scouting for trapping sites, they found a section to their liking. The twelve married men returned to Virginia and later returned with their families. The section they chose was along Town Creek, six miles south of where Chaneysville is now located.
In 1750, Cumberland County was formed and it extended the frontier to the foot of the Allegheny Mountains. The formation of the county did not mean the area cound be easily settled. In fact, it was another sixteen years before legal warrants were offered for ownership of land. In 1750, the road west ended at Chamber's Fort. In 1759, the English Army need a wagon road to transport their supplies to capture the French Fort called Fort Du Quesne, on the forks of the Ohio River. This road was then used by settlers moving into the western areas of Cumberland County. However, six years before this road was built, two families form Virginia, were staying at Harris Fort while their men searched for a place to settle. It is possible that the men knew just where to look, as the wife of one was a Seneca Indian woman. The maps of Pennsylvania for 1761 show a complete valley north of the Raystown Branch as Croyle Plantation. So in 1752, we find Garrett Pendergass and Thomas Croyle in this area. Garrett settled at the Spring of Snake because his wife's tribe claimed that section. These two families were the first to settle in this area. It took three years for the Croyles to finish their home. In September 1755, Thomas Croyle carved on the flue of the fireplace he had just finished: "I, Thomas Cruille built this house September 1755". (Cruille was the German equivalent of the English Croyle.) You can find proof of this in Miscellaneaous Book No. 78, page 728, where it is recorded for prosterity.
Houghs in Michigan
By Frances C. Hough
By looking over an old record I find that Jabez Hough, Jr. was born May 26, 1760 and Eunice Clement was born Nov 25, 1767. These two were married Oct 28, 1790, and became the parents of twelve children; of whom Walter King Hough was the tenth and Edward Hyde Hough was the eleventh. Of the twelve, three were dead at the time of this record: Mary Mosely Hough who died at the age of 20; Jabez, 3rd who died at the age of 26; and Anthony Benezette Cleveland Hough at the age of 34.
Jabez, Jr. died in 1831 and his widow, Eunice C. in 1842. Their home was at Bozrah, Conn.; and there and in neighboring towns, most of their children settled. Only two established homes in Michigan, Walter K. and Edward H.
The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 made immigration to the new territory of Michigan easier, and in the decade between 1830-1840 a great many New England families immigrated to the "Far West" as it was then called. By 1837, Michigan had enough people to be admitted to statehood.
Walter K. and his cousin Ebenezer Hough, having married sisters Nancy and Lucy Kelly; decided to strike out on an exploring tour in 1833; and secure if possible, homes near each other. They made their way to the township of Bristol (now Almont), Michigan and selected two quarter- sections side by side. A creek flowed through both. They secured their deeds, signed by Andrew Jackson, and made some improvements, then returned to Conn. They must have made a good report, because when they returned, there were many others with them. They took land south and west of Almont and the settlement was known as Hough Settlement. In the party of 1834 were the families of Walter, Ebenezer, Witherell and Jedediah Hough, David Ingalls and others.
In the family of Jedediah Hough were his son Belcher, 15; and two daughters Mary, 13 and Lucy, 11. Mary later married Orson Ingalls, son of David. Lucy married J. Gilbert Thurston and founded a large family.
In Walter's family were two daughters, Eunice and Clare, the latter only six weeks old. Later, Edward and John B. Hough followed with their families. Mary Ann, wife of Edward; Abigail, wife of Witherell and Lucy, wife of Ebenezer are especially remembered with great affection.
"Jacob, who knew his name was Hoff"
When Jacob Hoff applied for his Revolutionary War pension, he did not know how his name was recorded. At the time of the war he could not read nor write English, but was apparently literate in German. His comments are recorded in his pension application, which was duly awarded as S39712. He definitely thought it pretentious to spell his name HOUGH; however, his grandchildren married Houghs in Illinois and Missouri. He had Hough descendants whether he intended to or not.
"Jacob Hoff is a German and at the time of his service had no English learning and can not tell how they may have spelt his name (whether Hoff or Huff or as some do now Hough) but his name is Jacob HOFF."
Hoaf Whiskey Rebels
In the Winter of 1790-91, Alexander Hamilton proposed a tax on whiskey, which would pay off the federal debt incurred during the Revolution. Southerners, Easterners and other users were enangered by the proposal, which was passed in due course. Nowhere, however, were people so upset as they were on the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers; where the whiskey was distilled. There, whiskey was the medium of exchange. A hundred gallon Still equated to a large farm. Everyone distilled who could. Communities bonded together to distill. Everyone also drank the product, both flavored with herbs or raw. It was easily transported and exchanged for salt and nails, the main items needed from the East.
Among those who helped develop the distilling industry was Jacob Hofe, sometimes recorded as Hufe, but who eventually died as Jacob Hough, pronounced as "Hoaf". He had moved into Washington and Westmoreland County areas with German families from Maryland and Pennsylvania circa 1765. By the 1790's, he and his grown sons were established distillers on Jacob's Creek in what is now Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. By the summer of 1794, his clan and all the other distillers were ready to fight. And fight they did, organizing Committees of correspondence and calling out the local militia. They occupied Pittsburgh on August 1, 1794; burning a barn, eating the loose chickens and appropriating all the available whiskey.
Of course, this was open rebellion and President Washington had to preserve the Federal Government. He called for 15,000 troops; and on October 4, 1794 began reviewing at Carlyle, Pennsylvania the 13,000 who took the call. On October 20, the troops began their advance. The army occupied Pittsburgh and established camps on the rivers and streams. By November 19, the rebellion was over and troops began to return to their homes in the East.
The troops did try to round up the known resistors, including the Hough clan on Jacob's Creek. The father and sons had perfected dispersal techniques similar to those later used by moonshiners against revenuers. Their still was near a morass consisting of mucky overgrown swampland, impassable to the uninitiated. When the "Feds" appeared, the clan dispersed in all directions through the morass, yelling to each other as they went. Paul Hough had a famous whooping voice which could be heard for miles. He ran whooping through the woods, leading the cavalry troops from New Jersey into the meanest muck of the swamp. All the Houghs escaped and were able to go back and secure their property, while the irate recruits spent hours recovering their horses and property from the swamp.
Some distillers were indeed captured and tried and two were sentenced to hang, but they were eventually pardoned. President Washington declared the rebellion over on January 1, 1795 and set aside February 19 for national rejoicing.
There is no tradition that the Hough distillers ever paid the excise tax, which was repealed under Jefferson in 1802. The Hough people were still in the business a hundred years later, and the distillers were those who tasted the "Product" to assure quality, but did not use it otherwise. When Jacob's Swamp was later drained, it became the finest farmland around.
Not only did Jacob Hough's family create whiskey, they also created families. In 1900, the largest concentration of Hough families in the U.S. was in Fayette and Westmoreland Counties, just a few miles from Jacob's Creek. Nearly all claimed Jacob as an ancestor; when they took time from making, sampling, or using - the "product".
Peter and Eliz. Hoff of Wilkes Co., GA
Peter Hoff ( ca 1730/35 prob. Hunterdon Co., NJ - Will of Nov 1801, Wilkes Co., GA, proved 8 Mar 1802 at the next court) appeared on Wilkes Co., GA records about 1788 and held land on West Clark Creek by 1794, along with Mathias Hoff, John Pope, Willis Pope and Aaron Land. Charles Huff was nearby on Clark Creek. James Huff probably moved to GA when Peter did, but he settled by 1792 in Elbert Co. Assuming that James was a son of Peter, the family left NJ before 1776 for Prince William Co., VA. Peter Hoff, Sr. and Peter Hoff, Jr., were taxpayers there in 1782 and 1783. James and Charles Hoff were taxpayers in Loudoun Co., VA., (just north of Prince William) from 1782 until about 1788. Charles Hoff and James Huff had served in the Rev. War from Prince William Co. In 1787, Peter Hoff Sr., and the same or another Charles Hoff were taxpayers in Prince William Co., along with Moore Hoff. who made his will there in 1827, Daniel Hoff, who may have moved with his wife Jane and seven children to Washington Co., OH, and Powell Hoff. There had been an earlier Jonathan Hoff, who died in 1778 and an earlier Powell Hoff, who in 1773 owed a debt and ran away to NC. In Hunterdon Co., NJ records, Peter, Mathias, Charles, and Powell are favored names among descendants of Paulus Dirkse, an immigrant to New Netherlands. There was specifically a Peter Hoff of the correct age who was son of Charles and Angelica ( Johnson) Hoff of Hunterdon Co., NJ.
There was one earlier record of a Peter Hoff in St George's Parish of GA on 25 Sep 1762. He held an Indian Small Corn House, known as Peter Hoff's. It was near land purchased by Christianna Margarethea Barbara Von Munch and near land held by James McHenry, and near a lagoon of the Savannah River. The land was sold to Von Munch by John Ludwig Mayer. From the names involved, it seems likely these were German settlers.
When Peter made his Will on 9 Nov 1801, he mentioned his wife Elizabeth and his daughters Angel and Hannah. It is assumed the daughters were unmarried. Mathias Hoff, John Pope, and Aaron Land were witnesses and proved the Will in court. Either Charles Hoff or Mathias Hoff was the Executor. As the Will provided only for the two unmarried daughters, the others may have been older. He provided for his wife Elizabeth until her death, suggesting she was past remarrying age. Charles and Mathias Hoff / Huff could be brothers, sons, or some other relatives. (The Will is in torn condition and can hardly be read.)
1. Angel (ca 1790 - ) unm. in 1801.
2. Hannah (ca 1790 - ) unm. in 1801 and the person who md Randolph McDonald on 1 Mar 1812 in Wilkes Co., GA.
3.Mathias ( adult in 1801 - ) lived closest to Peter Hoff on West Clark Creek. He had a family in Wilkes Co., GA., not yet identified.
4. Charles (prob. 1755, Hampton, old Hunterdon Co., NJ - Jun 1820, Wilkes Co., GA) probably served in the Rev. War from VA. He md Susanna ____ and held land on Clark's Creek, Wilkes Co., by 1794. He had a large family when he died, to incl: William; Presley; Charles; Elizabeth; Mary; Celah; Patsy; Nancy; Susanna; Fanny; Anna; and Washington. (It seems probable that this Charles Huff is the same Charles Hoff who served in the Rev. War from Prince William Co., VA, and was taxed there in 1787.)
5. Peter (ca 1770 - ) may have md twice, second on 14 Feb 1818 to Winnifrid Porter in Wilkes Co., GA. Children may include Charles; Richard; John B.; Henry P.; and Elizabeth Frances in his second family. This Peter Hoff was in Oglethorp Co., by 1795, but he still had interests in Wilkes Co. It is assumed that this Peter Hoff is the person who was taxed in Prince William Co., VA in 1782 and 1783. The Hoff families of Oglethorp Co., GA may descend from this person. They were the only ones who stayed with the Hoff spelling from NJ.
6. James ( 13 Sep 1789 Hopewell, old Hunterdon Co., NJ - 1839 Perry Co., AL) served in the Rev War from Prince William Co., VA. He stated he had moved to that county from NJ before his Rev War service. He lived in VA, probably in Loudoun Co., VA, until 1789 and was in Elbert Co., VA by 1792. In Loudoun Co., VA, James Hoff md Mrs. Amey Buckley before 1785. He moved from there to Perry Co., AL in 1819 and died there. He stated that "his father died in 1801", which coincides with the will and probable death year for Peter Hoff of Wilkes Co., GA. James md _____ and probably had son Mathias, possibly Catherine and others.
Possible children, grandchildren or relatives:
7. Robert ( ca 1790 - not listed 1850) on 30 Jun 1814 md Sarah Hardman in Oglethorp Co., GA and had a family there; possibly incl: George R. J.; Nancy Jane; Jacob E.; Thomas P.; James M.; and others.
8. William ( - ) Unmarried male in 1805 when he took part in the land lottery in Wilkes Co. along with Mathias Hoff. ( he could also be a son of Mathias.)
Lineage: Peter and Eliz. of Hunterdon Co., NJ, Prince William Co.,VA and Wilkes Co., GA; prob. Charles and Angelica ( Johnson) Hoff of NY and NJ; Derrick and Sarah (Yeats) of NY and NJ; Paulus Dirkse, Immigrant from Holland to the New Netherlands;
References: (15 Jul 1991:)
"Early Records of Ga, Wilkes County", Vol II, By Grace G. Davidson,1932, pp 181,237,238, 239, 265, 340, 341, 344, 345, 348, 349,
1762: p 67, "Georgia Land Owners' Memorials", 1758-1776
1782/87: Prince William and Loudoun Co., VA Tax records.
1788: Wilkes Co., GA , Peter Hoff bought 200 acres of land from Benjamin and Sarah Ashworth
1794/1800: Wilkes Co., GA, Peter Huff held headrights for himself and 11 others. (Habersham, pp 114, 300.)
1794: Wilkes Co., GA, Peter Huff taxed for 125 acres on West Clark's Creek, along with Mathias Huff. Charles Huff was on Clark's Creek.
1795: Wilkes Co., GA, Peter Huff appraiser of James Montgomery estate on 11 Nov.
1795: Wilkes Co., GA, Samuel Sheat's estate had note to Peter Hoff of Oglethorp Co., GA.
1795: Oglethorp Co., GA, Peter Hoff was taxed for land in Oglethorp Co. (This could be the older or younger Peter Hoff.)
1801: Wilkes Co., GA, Peter Huff will proved in 1802 (Wilkes Co Records, Vol VI, p 59.)
1812: Wilkes Co., GA, Hannah Huff md Randolph McDonald.
1833: Perry Co., AL, Pension papers for James Huff, S13476.