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:
ELIZABETH ANN
Wife of
Jacob Hufford
DIED
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?

Then I found online a book of Scott Co., Indiana, will abstracts: “Index and Scott County, Indiana, Will Book Records,” by Carl R. Bogardus, 1974.

And at page 20, I found this:

    HUFFORD: JACOB. Date 3-2-1881. Prob. 3-21-1892. Exec: Elizabeth Hufford, John T. Mitchell. Witt: M.B. Reynold, Dexter Davis, John T. Mitchell, Heirs: present wife, Elizabeth. Sons, David, James Allen, Jacob, John. Daughters, Nancy Jane Fields, Elizabeth Cushman, Eliza A. Sewell. (not found recorded in indexes of Will Bk, A & B)

The names were an absolute match. The daughters’ married names all matched. How, if Elizabeth died in October 1880 in Butte Co., California, could Jacob have named her in a will that he wrote March 2, 1881? Then I read a little more closely: “present wife, Elizabeth.”

Present wife.” In other words, there had been another wife, another Elizabeth.

Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941, (found at ancestry.com) shows that Jacob Hufford married Elizabeth McFADDEN December 21, 1880, in Scott Co., Indiana. Two months after his wife died in California, Jacob married again in Indiana. But, he was 79. Why waste time?

Further research showed that Elizabeth McFadden was born Elizabeth BRIDGEWATER in about 1816. She first married Henry SMITH; he died in 1849. She second married the widower Henry McFadden. Jacob Hufford was her 3rd husband.

Puzzle solved! Here are the three findagrave entries:
Jacob HUFFORD (1801-1891)
Elizabeth Ann ALLEN, the 1st Mrs. Jacob Hufford (1803-1880)
Elizabeth BRIDGEWATER, the 2nd Mrs. Jacob Hufford (1816-1891)

All of Jacob’s children were born to his first wife, Elizabeth Allen. His children and descendants are on pages 264 and 265 of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY. Below is his list of descendants extended. There may be some wrinkles still to be ironed out.

Jacob’s descendants are listed on page 3 here:

1– Jacob HUFFORD, Sr. (1801-1891)
.sp-Elizabeth Ann ALLEN (1803-1880)
….2– Sally Ann HUFFORD (d. bef. 1909)
….2– Surrilda HUFFORD (d. bef. 1909)
….2– Nancy Jane HUFFORD (1824-1881)
…..sp-William Harrison FIELDS (1817-1894)
……..3– Elizabeth E. FIELDS (1843)
……..3– William H. FIELDS (1845)
……..3– Emeretta S. FIELDS (1847)
……..3– Dexter M. FIELDS (1849)
……..3– David A. FIELDS (1851)
……..3– Elmira Angeletta FIELDS (1854)
……..3– Amanda J. FIELDS (1856)
……..3– Eliza B. FIELDS (1858)
……..3– Laura FIELDS (1863)
……..3– Martin FIELDS (1867)
….2– David HUFFORD (1828-1906)
…..sp-Mary M. MORRIS (1835-1869)
……..3– Judge Walter Sylvester HUFFORD (1853-1931)
………sp-Martha M. GRAHAM (1854-1915)
…………4– Edwin Joseph HUFFORD (1878-1946)
………….sp-Julia BERG (1880-1953)
…………4– Walter Graham HUFFORD (1880-1953)
………….sp-Florence E. GEORGE (1883-1910)
…………….5– Walter Graham HUFFORD, Jr. (1908-1979)
………….sp-Anna M. ARNOTT (1889-1972)
…………….5– Samson Graham HUFFORD (1916-1993)
…………4– Jessie S. HUFFORD (1883-1905)
…………4– Dr. Bessie K. HUFFORD (1891)
………….sp-WOODS
………….sp-LEHMAN
……..3– David HUFFORD (1855)
……..3– Elizabeth HUFFORD (1858)
……..3– Ida Rose HUFFORD (1861-1953)
………sp-Thomas Clemmons FERRILL (1858-1949)
……..3– William E. HUFFORD (1863)
……..3– Frank L. HUFFORD (1866-1945)
………sp-Ella MONTGOMERY
…………4– Floyd A. HUFFORD (1888)
………….sp-Frances LYONS (1893)
…………….5– Floyd Eugene HUFFORD (1916-1975)
……………..sp-Jessie Ester PERRY (1914-2010)
………………..6– Walter Eugene HUFFORD (1938-2007)
…………4– Josephine HUFFORD (1892)
………….sp-GALLON
………sp-Myrl G. GRIFFIN (1872-1942)
…………4– Ida E. HUFFORD (1893-1981)
………….sp-FRANCIS
…………4– Blanche HUFFORD (1894)
………….sp-John FRANCIS
…………4– Elva HUFFORD (1897)
…………4– Walter G. HUFFORD (1901-1972)
………….sp-Mildred C. (1910)
…………4– Vina E. HUFFORD (1904)
…………4– Leslie F. HUFFORD (1906-1970)
…………4– Elmer HUFFORD (1908-1976)
………….sp-Thelma I. PESOLA (1913-2004)
…………4– Kenneth O. HUFFORD (1910-1955)
……..3– George Washington HUFFORD (1868-1951)
………sp-Jennie BABCOCK (1875-abt 1923)
…………4– Mary Elizabeth HUFFORD (1894-1986)
………….sp-Edwin Monroe BURNS (1883-1963)
…………….5– Mildred BURNS (1914)
…………….5– Jennie Mae BURNS (1917-1992)
…………….5– Laura BURNS (1915)
…………….5– Burns BURNS (1916)
…………4– Imogene HUFFORD (1895)
…………4– Rosa C. HUFFORD (1896-1962)
…………4– Georgia Wilma HUFFORD (1899-1989)
………….sp-George Healvin COVE (1885-1962)
…………….5– Katherine Marjorie COVE (1920-1940)
…………….5– George A. COVE (1923-1969)
…………4– Grace HUFFORD (1904)
…………4– William H. HUFFORD (1911)
…………4– Leola Gertrude HUFFORD (1913-1987)
………….sp-Joaquin Luis Jack OLIVERA (1910-1992)
…………….5– Leora Cecilia OLIVERA (1933-1991)
…………….5– Gary Russell OLIVERA (1938-1939)
…………….5– Margery Ann OLIVERA (1940-2002)
…………4– Madge L. HUFFORD (1915)
…..sp-Mary MELCHER (1853-1900)
……..3– Mary M. HUFFORD (1873)
……..3– Catharine L. HUFFORD (1875)
……..3– Melvina A. HUFFORD (1878-1951)
………sp-Smith A. MARSHALL (1876)
……..3– David Frederick HUFFORD, Jr. (1880-1951)
………sp-Emma Grace BAILEY (1891-1970)
…………4– Wesley Raymond HUFFORD (1904-1969)
………….sp-Eva Legretta KEITH
…………4– Lois J. HUFFORD (1920-1985)
………….sp-Charles BRADLEY
……..3– Tessie HUFFORD (1882-1957)
………sp-MAGUIRE
……..3– Mantie E. HUFFORD (1885)
….2– James Allen HUFFORD (1831-1903)
…..sp-Rebecca WINTERS (1832-1880)
……..3– Josephine HUFFORD (1853-1871)
….2– Jacob B. HUFFORD (1834-1915)
…..sp-Mary Ann CARY (1840-1912)
……..3– Charles H. HUFFORD (1865-1941)
………sp-Georgia M. BURROWS (1868-1957)
…………4– Dr. Mary Anita HUFFORD (1904-1959)
……..3– George Benjamin HUFFORD (1867-1956)
………sp-Eleanor Eliza Nellie BURKE ( -1903)
………sp-Caroline VOGT (1867-1934)
……..3– Frances HUFFORD ( -1900)
……..3– Frank HUFFORD ( -1909)
……..3– Florence May HUFFORD (1874-1954)
………sp-John William TEMPLER (1848-1937)
….2– Elizabeth Ellen HUFFORD (1836-1915)
…..sp-Obadiah Obed CUSHMAN (1823-1901)
……..3– Laura CUSHMAN (1856)
……..3– Mary CUSHMAN (1858)
……..3– America CUSHMAN (1862)
……..3– Cora L. CUSHMAN (1866-1917)
……..3– Eugene Albert CUSHMAN (1869-1950)
……..3– Lott CUSHMAN (1876)
….2– John Newton HUFFORD (1839-1929)
….2– Eliza A. HUFFORD (1844-1881)
…..sp-James Oscar MOSELEY (1837)
……..3– John Richard MOSELEY (1860-1952) [NOTE: Birth year is wrong at findagrave because it was reported incorrect on California Death Certificate.]
……..3– Kate MOSELEY (1863)
…..sp-Hiram Stoles Heil SEWELL (1837)
……..3– William Arden SEWELL (1867)

PAGE NOTE: Jacob Hufford is on page 264 of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY.

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