About bethesdaalice

Born in 1950, I have been doing genealogical research since before 1990. If DNA or documents say that we share ancestors, I will help you as you work your own ancestral puzzle.

Please help!

To the cousins who have done autosomal DNA testing at ancestry[dot]com, if you’d like to help with this massive HUFFORD genealogical research project that has been going on for over 125 years, please consider allowing me to see the people with whom you share DNA.

It’s easy to do. There’s no risk and no cost to you if you already have tested. Your sharing information with me will help as I sort people and fill in descendants of our ancestor Christian HOFFARTH (1716-1788).

If you’re willing, email me, and I’ll explain how to “share” with me.

Thus far, nine HUFFORD descendants have shared their results with me. The more who share, the more data there is to mine.

Just yesterday, as a result of one of those shares, I was able to find and verify a previously unknown great-granddaughter of Christian: Sarah Hufford, daughter of David (d. 1865 Washington Co., Pennsylvania), who was the son of Christian II. Sarah was born in 1807 in rural Pennsylvania, had 12 children, and died in 1889. The info I turned up included an obit that stated where her body was buried, allowing me to make a findagrave page for her:
Sarah (Hufford) Ryan, 1807-1889

Finding Sarah allowed me not only to find her 12 children and many of their descendants, it also helped me to find the burial location for her father (David Hufford) and a copy of her father’s signature. That info also is now added at findagrave:
David Hufford, d. 9-Oct-1865

I would not have found Sarah if another HUFFORD descendant had not shared his DNA results with me.

If you have done DNA testing at ancestry, you could help with this research project by allowing me to see your DNA matches. I’d really appreciate it! Thank you.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all the other HUFFORD descendants!

Today I have changed the privacy settings on a genealogical database that I’ve been building for over 40 years. It is now set to “public.” Anyone with access to ancestry[dot]com will be able to see whatever is in the database for any person who has died. (Most public libraries in the USA have free access to ancestry[dot]com.)

The database includes all descendants of our immigrant ancestor Christian Hufford that I have been able to find.  Attached to each person in the database are various records used to puzzle thru the giant family-tree puzzle. Many have photos. Many have links to findagrave pages that have even more information. Many show DNA-verified lines; if a person’s last name is in all capital letters, it means that line has been proven with autosomal DNA (in addition to documentary genealogical research).

The database is the result of a wide variety of proofs: autosomal DNA, Y-DNA, death records, birth records, marriage records, divorce records, church records, government vital records, wills, estate settlements, probate records, published obituaries, funeral home records, military records, cemetery records, cemetery digs, gravestones, Social Security records, old photographs, old Bible records, diaries, old letters, city directories, school yearbooks, records from archives in other countries, census records, local histories, land transfer records, tax records, immigration and naturalization records, ships’ passenger lists, bastardy bonds, published genealogies, and more. Some of the records are from Canada, and some are from European countries. For some records, I had to learn bit of other languages. For some records, I traveled a few hundred miles to see original records.

The database has incorporated the work of some extraordinary HUFFORD genealogists. Among them are Abraham Hufford (1836-1920), Franklin Pierce Hoffert (1858-1931), Donald Robert Singleton (1918-1995), Eunice Elmina Newbold (Mrs. Clark, 1918-2016), Shirley Ann Hufford (Mrs. Hegeman, 1929-2013), James William “Jim” Hufferd (1935-2018), Florence Lucille Grove (Mrs. Woods, 1936-1991), Barry Wood, and Hoby Hooker.

As with all published genealogies, this is based on the best available information. Updates will continue as long as my life allows.

This has been a labor of love and obsession for the last 40 years of my life. Today, I put it in public as a gift.

To begin with our immigrant ancestor Christian in the database, go here:
For the overall database, go here:

Merry Christmas!

DNA test to see if you’re a HUFFORD

Autosomal DNA has become something of a “drug” for me, and my favorite DNA company these days is ancestry[dot]com.

For those who believe they are HUFFORD descendants, an autosomal DNA test at ancestry[dot]com  can be a quick way to confirm what you believe, or to have you scratch your head and do some rethinking.

When I search my DNA matches at ancestry to find others who have a HUFFORD in their trees, 72 matches pop. Of those 72, I know how all but six fit as descendants of Christian HOFFART b. 1716. Each of the six unknowns has a different story, and it may be that not all descend from Christian. There are other HUFFORD lines in the USA, and my ancestral connection with some may be other than HUFFORD; my DNA shares with the unknowns are quite small.

But a neat thing about ancestry’s service (if you are a subscriber in addition to just a DNA test taker) is the service they call “ThruLines.” Ancestry’s computer brain compares my DNA to my DNA matches. Then, it looks for matches in trees. Not only does the computer brain look for matches in the public trees displayed by my matches, the computer brain also looks for matches found using private trees. If a match is found, the computer brain will offer up what it finds. For me, the computer brain found 55 DNA matches such that the computer brain was willing to ID us as, for example, 2nd cousins once-removed, or 4th cousins twice-removed, and so forth.

Sometimes ThruLines will show names for the entire line. Sometimes ThruLines will show only male or female. Usually, even when no names are shown, I know and can figure out HUFFORD lines of descent well enough to determine the line and verify it with records.

If you believe that you are a HUFFORD descendant, an autosomal DNA test with ancestry[dot]com can quickly give you verification. If you have questions, give me a shout, and I’ll help as I’m able.

Hufford Y-DNA

R-L44 and R-L48

Those are the two paternal haplogroups that I’ve seen.

Every man got his paternal haplogroup (his Y-haplogroup) from his father, who got it from his father, who got it from his father, who got it from his father, and so on. Over many generations, there can be small, modest mutations/variations, but all straight-line male descendants of a man are going to have the same Y-haplogroup — or something pretty darned close to the same.

Folks who do autosomal DNA testing with the company 23andMe get a bonus: They learn their paternal and maternal haplogroups. Whoopie! Only a few days ago did I realize that fact means there is more data to mine. 🙂 I found Y-DNA information for three men who are known paper-trail descendants of Casper Hoffert (1762-1825), son of the immigrant Christian (1716-1788):
One descends from Andrew Hufford (1827-1881), grandson of Casper: R-L44
One descends from Emanual Hufford (1831-1913), grandson of Casper: R-L48
One descends from Henry Hufford (1836-1908), grandson of Casper: R-L48

A fourth man carries the HUFFORD surname and shares plenty of autosomal DNA with those three men and with other identified Hufford descendants; however, I do not know who he is, and he does not respond to my queries. But the fact that he shares autosomal DNA with known Hufford descendants and carries the Hufford surname makes clear that he’s a Hufford descendant. His Y-haplogroup: R-L44

Because of that R-L44 Y-haplogroup, three days ago I sent an email to a man with a last name very different from HUFFORD: “I don’t know who your biologicial father is, but I can tell that your biological paternal grandfather was Clarence Hufford.”

The man was carrying that Hufford Y-DNA, and he shared enough autosomal DNA with two known grandchildren of Clarence Hufford that it was clear he was their first-cousin. That meant that Clarence had to be his grandfather also, and that he had to be the son of one of Clarence’s sons. Within 12 hours, the man had enough information to know which of those sons of Clarence was his biological father. Because there are living people involved, I’ll share no more, other than to say that the newly found Hufford descendant is one to be proud of: Served as a U.S. Marine, and has been a fireman for 25 years. He descends from Casper’s son Michael William Hufford, Sr. (1804-1875).

Thus, we have four known descendants of Casper. Two are R-L44; two are R-L48. And we have another obvious Hufford descendant who is R-L44, but I do not know his descent.

If any straight-line male Hufford descendant has done a Y-DNA test, I’d love to hear from you.

My knowledge of Y-DNA haplogroups is limited. There is information of interest here:
2019 Haplogroup R Tree
That is found at ISOGG’s page on the Y-DNA haplogroup treeic Genealogy. (ISOGG is International Society of Genetic Genealogy.)

This graphic is a screen shot from that page, showing the differences between R-L44 and R-L48:

DNA proof of Hufford descendant born into slavery


The 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY tracks descendants of Christian HOFFART who was born in 1716 in (or very near) Schwaigern, Germany. He arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 15, 1729, with his parents – Hans Jorick Hoffart and Anna Margaretha Most – and with his younger sister Anna Margaretha Hoffart. The 1909 book briefly mentions his parents and sister on page 8, but it badly garbles the information, even incorrectly stating the German city of origin.

Additionally, the book makes no mention of Christian’s older sister, Anna Christina Hoffart, who did not travel with her parents and siblings in 1729 because she was newly married and pregnant with her first child.  Anna Christina had married Johann Casper CREAGER on August 17, 1728, in the Lutheran church in Schwaigern, Germany. When her family sailed in 1729, Anna Christina was pregnant. Her child was born September 5, 1729, in Schwaigern, ten days before her parents arrived in Philadelphia. Anna Christina, her husband, and their infant son arrived in Philadelphia in 1730.

Already I had tracked some descendants of Christian’s sister Anna Christina because Christian’s daughter Christina HOFFART (b. 1749) married Anna Christina’s son Adam CREAGER (b. 1737) – a marriage of first cousins.

In about 2010 while tracking descendants of Christian’s son Daniel (b. abt 1755), I bumped into a descendant of Christian’s sister Anna Christina:  Susan S. HUFFORD was born in about 1816 in Kentucky; she was the daughter of David Hufford (1781-1831), who was the son of Daniel Hoffart (Christian’s son). Sometime before 1850, Susan married her 3rd-cousin Enoch LINK. Susan was the great-granddaughter of Christian Hoffart and his 1st wife (Elizabeth Keim); Enoch was the great-grandson of Anna Christina Hoffart — Christian’s sister. Both Susan and her husband Enoch were the two-greats grandchildren of that German couple who had arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729 — Hans Jorick Hoffart and Anna Margaretha Most. A 3rd-cousin marriage is of no surprise, and my interest at that point was tracking Susan, since she was the Christian Hoffart descendant.

Susan shows on the 1850 census of Scott Co., KY, as “Susan Link.” Her age as listed likely is not correct:  29. She is with her husband Enoch, her dead grandfather’s widow (Barbara), a half-uncle (Eli), a spinster half-aunt (Mary), and a widowed half-aunt (Delila). Her husband was farming, and value of his real estate was $3,000; in today’s money, that would be over $95,000. The $3,000 value of real estate was about average for the land-owning farmers in that time and place. In 1850, the population of Scott County was just under 15,000. Size of the county: 285 square miles, meaning over 180,000 acres.