Jacob Hufford of Scott Co., Indiana: TWO WIVES

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I long had puzzled about Jacob Hufford (son of John, son of Christian b. 1716 Schwaigern). The facts on him just weren’t adding up.

The 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY said this, at page 264:

snip from page 264

I found his marriage record to Elizabeth Ann ALLEN in Scott Co., Indiana, 25-June-1823. I found him in Scott Co. in 1830, living near his brothers Solomon, John, and William, and near Samuel HOPPER, his sister Elizabeth’s husband. He and his wife had four children under ten – two boys and two girls.

In 1834, he bought 38 acres in Scott Co.; in 1837, another 38 acres; in 1839, 40 acres. All land was in section 1, township 3-N, range 7-E, 2nd PM meridian.

In 1840, they were still in Scott Co. They were living next to Jacob’s brother William and a few farms down from Patsy Hufford, the wife of their brother John. Seven children in the household: five boys and two girls.

In 1850, the family had moved to Decatur Co., Iowa. In the household were their children James, Jacob, Elizabeth, John, and Eliza. In 1860, John and Elizabeth were back in Scott Co., Indiana, with one grandson. By 1872, Jacob was in Cherokee, Butte Co., California, where he was listed on the voter registration list.

In June 1880, his wife Elizabeth was in Butte Co., with their son James and daughter Elizabeth, but Jacob was not in the household.

In October 1880, Elizabeth died. Her death notice appeared in the Chico Semi-Weekly Enterprise on October 19, 1880, and her gravestone says she died October 13, 1880:
Wife of
Jacob Hufford
Oct. 13, 1880.
Aged 77 yrs. & 6 mo.
Elizabeth's gravestone

Buried in the same cemetery are Jacob and Elizabeth’s son James Allen and John Newton. It is a clear match for Jacob’s wife Elizabeth.

However, there are death notices for Jacob Hufford and his wife Elizabeth in the old weekly newspaper The Chronicle of Scott Co., Indiana. Elizabeth’s notice appeared Dec. 17, 1891, page 3, column 2, saying she died Dec. 9, 1891. Jacob’s notice appeared Dec. 24, 1891, page 3, column 2, saying that he died Dec. 18, 1891, in New Frankfort, Scott Co., Indiana.

It just was not making sense. Did I have the wrong Jacob? Was there another Jacob in Scott Co., buried in the same small cemetery where Jacob’s brother William’s wife was buried?

Finding a child you never knew of: son of an Andersonville POW

Finding a child you’d never known of is always a surprise, especially when it’s the child of a man who died young in the Civil War after time in the Andersonville Prison.

Jefferson C. BEERY was born in 1832, the son of Susannah HUFFORD and her husband David BEERY. Susannah was Christian Hufford’s granddaughter through his son Casper. Susannah was 48 with eight or nine children living when her husband died in the Mexican War. Her children ranged from six to 29. Susannah’s basic information is on page 166 of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY, which can be downloaded for free from the “flash widget box” on the left side of this page. Information on Susannah’s descendants is at pages 166 and 167; the only mention of Jefferson is that he was dead.

Jefferson was a surviving twin; his twin brother John died as an infant. Jefferson was eight when his father left for the Mexican War, and Jeff never again saw his father. Jeff was ten when his father died.

When Jeff was 28, in June 1861, he married Sarah A. SEVITTS. When he was 30, in November 1862, he left for the U.S. Civil War. He enlisted as a private in Company C, 72nd Infantry Regiment, Ohio. On June 11, 1864, he was captured in Ripley, Mississippi. He spent time in Andersonville Prison and died of disease in late October 1864 in Savannah, Georgia.

And that’s where Jefferson Beery’s story was believed to end until a death certificate was found:
William Beery's death certificate

Jeff Beery had a son: William Beery, born four months before Jeff enlisted into the U.S. Army. William died in 1946 in Sandusky Co., Ohio. Whether William had any children is not known. I can find him on the 1880 census, 16 years old and doing farm labor in Sandusky Co., Ohio, but the next I find him is in 1910 after his marriage had ended. Lots can happen in thirty years.

If you descend from William, I’d love to hear from you: alicemariebeard@gmualumni.org

Info to send me if you want genealogical help

I’m more than happy to help other genealogists working HUFFORDS, even beginning genealogists.

However, PLEASE send full information when you send a query. A query like this won’t get you anywhere: “Are you related to my Aunt Rosemary who married John Hufford?” Seriously, I get some like that.

If you contact me seeking Hufford genealogical information, please include at least an approximate year and a place. Include as much information as possible so that I can pinpoint your Hufford among the several thousand in my database.

And, generally, I will not give information on the living, even if I have the information. The exception is with adoption. If you can prove to me that you descend from a Hufford, but you do not have the courage to make “that call,” I’ll do it for you. I have reunited adoptees with birth parents in a few instances. Sometimes it’s a good situation; sometimes it’s not. But my opinion is that someone has the right to be in contact with his/her own mother or father if that’s his/her choice.

But, please, no, “Are you related to my Aunt Rosemary who married John Hufford?”

Well, yes, through Adam and Eve. ;-)


HUFFORD gedcom file

The exchange of genealogical information used to be fueled by family group sheets. A family group sheet is a piece of paper with the names of a couple (in olden days, we knew that meant one man and one woman) and with the names of all children born to that union. In addition, the family group sheet would name the parents of the husband and the parents of the wife. (Yes, such old-fashioned terms.) And, the group sheet would give the names of the all spouses of the children. “Spouse” included someone with whom a child had been produced, even if there had been no legal marriage.

The sheet had the basics on the father, the mother, and each child: date & place born, date & place died, date & place married. A new group sheet was created for each child-producing union.

Then, we would arrange the family group sheets in manila folders and organize the folders in a way that we found useful.

In the 1980s, the LDS Church (Mormons, Latter-day Saints) introduced a DOS program called “Personal Ancestral File” that was “gedcom compatible.” And we began talking about “PAF” and “gedcoms.” With that advancement, the ability of genealogists to store, manipulate, and share genealogical data changed dramatically.

It so revolutionized the way genealogists store and share data that Amish genealogists now rent corners in offices to use computers to work with their data. My database contains over 20,000 names. It would not be possible for me to handle that amount of information with old-fashioned family group sheets and manila folders.

PAF has “grown up” and is now in a Windows format. (Don’t laugh, but I still use the old-fashioned DOS version that I began using in about 1994.)

You may download a free gedcom file of the descendants of Christian Hufford’s two-greats grandfather, Hans HOFFART who was born in about 1554 in Schwaigern, Germany. The file tracks eleven generations. CLICK HERE.

In order to read the gedcom file, you’ll need genealogy software, and you’ll need to know how to import a gedcom file. A gedcom file is a text file, and you’ll need gedcom compatible software to make sense of the gedcom file.

Periodically, I will upload updated versions of that file.

The long-term goal here

Christian Hufford (b. 1716 in Schwaigern) had at least 102 grandchildren. The long-term goal in this “Hufford Genealogy: Volume II of The Hufford Family History” will be to track the descendants of the grandchildren. Generally, I will track one generation beyond the loss of the HUFFORD name (by whatever spelling). However, I’ll try to include all who are in the original book, and there will be some instances where I’ll go beyond the guideline of one generation beyond the loss of the HUFFORD name.

Additionally, each post about an individual will have up to a three-name tag line. The tag line will show the descent from Christian. For example, the tag line “Christian > Casper > Michael” means that the person being written about descends from Christian’s son Casper’s son Michael.

Of Christian’s 102 grandchildren, only 24 are mentioned in the book:
1 from son Christian
3 from son Philip (Three are named; there is information on only one.)
2 from son Daniel (One is an indirect inclusion as an “unknown link.”)
1 from son John
13 from son Casper
4 from son George (Four are named; there is information on only three.)

Christian’s 102 known grandchildren are on a descendants list HERE.