According to page 244 of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY, Solomon Hufford who was born in about 1789 in Maryland and who lived in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, had a daughter Mary Ann. (Solomon was the son of Philip, who was the son of Christian b. 1716.) Figuring out that the book was describing Mary Ann as the daughter of that Solomon requires decoding the placement and numbering system used in the book, but I spent several months some years back doing the figuring. From that figuring, I created a READER’S GUIDE TO “The Hufford Family History: 1729 – 1909.”
The information about “Mary Ann” is sparse in the book.
No. 1. MARY ANN HUFFORD
sister of George.
Born July 23, 1818, Frederick county, Md.
Husband, WILLIAM POWELL
Married June 15, 1848, by Joseph Dull, Justice of the Peace.
Berlin, Pa., Somerset county.
Number 2 on the page is George, who is described as “Son of Solomon and grandson of Phillip, who was born in Frederick, Md., May 17, 1821.” With that, I could place “Mary Ann” on the tree. However, there was no family like that to be found. Now and again, I try to find some who seem “unfindable.” Two nights ago, looking one way and another, something finally popped. I kept seeing a family in Somerset Co., PA, with William and Susan Powell, and Susan was noted as born in Maryland, but their children’s names didn’t fit. Well, the names didn’t fit until I found death certificates for all four children, and their mother was named as “Susan Hufford, born in Maryland.” Then I found the death certificate of Susan Powell, born July 23, 1818, in Maryland, whose parents were named as Solomon Hofford and Polly Powell. She died in Berlin, Somerset Co., PA. Her gravestone at the IOOF Cemetery in Berlin, PA, names her as “Susanna Powell.”
Her children were Elmira Jane (b. 1848), Georgianna (b. 1852), Laura C. (b. 1855), and Susan A. (b. 1859).
There was no “Mary Ann” to be found. She was Susanna, all along.