Researchers’ page

Listed below are resources for genealogists working the descendants and ancestors of Christian HUFFORD, born  1716 in Schwaigern, Germany, and died 1788 in Frederick Co., Maryland, USA.  Christian was the son of Hans Jorich HOFFART (b. 1674) and his wife, Anna Margaretha MOST (b. 1675).

Christian arrived in Philadelphia in September 1729, with his parents and his nine-year-old sister Anna Margaretha. Christian’s sister Anna Christina (b. 1706) arrived soon after with her husband, Johann Casper CREAGER, and their newborn son (Philip Casper Creager).

Christian married twice, had seventeen children, and died in 1788 in Frederick County, Maryland, USA.

The name is spelled several ways, including at least the following: Hoffarth, Hoffart, Hoffert, Hofford, Huffard, Hufferd, Huffert, Hufford, Huffort.



Christian’s will, page 1:

Christian’s will, page 2:

Christian’w will, page 3:

Data collection form for the 1909 book:

Pamphlet seeking advance sales of the 1909 book:
page 1

pages 2 and 3

pages 4 and 5

pages 6 and 7

page 8

Information on page 4 is incorrect. The author of the book mixed up Christian with his father. Christian was about 13 years old when he traveled from Germany to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christian traveled with his parents, Hans Jorich HOFFART and Anna Margeretha MOST.  Also, there is no indication that Christian’s Hufford’s parents ever were in Swartzenau. They were from Schwaigern, Germany.



Of interest to researchers working some of the descendants of Christian (b. 1716) will be Paxson Link’s “The Link Family: Antecedents and Descendants of John Jacob Link, 1417-1951,” published in 1951. It traces the descendants of John Jacob Link who was born in 1682 in Grossgartach, Germany.

These HUFFORD descendants are also LINK descendants:

  • All descendants of Catherine CREAGER (b. 1799) and her husband Daniel LINK (b. 1772). Catherine was the daughter of Christina HOFFART (b. 1749), who was the daughter of Christian HOFFART (b. 1716).
  • All descendants of Peter BEARD (b. abt 1781) and his wife Katherine LINK (b. 1792). Peter was the son of Anna Margareth HOFFART (b. 1754), who was the daughter of Christian HOFFART (b. 1716).


Debt is owed to many HUFFORD family genealogists. Among them are the following:

  • Abraham Hufford (1836-1920): Abraham found addresses of most of the living Hufford descendants in preparation for the first Hufford family reunion, held September 22, 1898, in Rossville, Indiana. That contact information was used as the basis of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY. Descendant of Christian’s son Casper; Abraham is at page 142 of the book.
  • Franklin Pierce Hoffert (1858-1931): Franklin authored the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY. Descendant of Christian’s son Casper; Franklin is at page 52 of the book.
  • Donald Robert Singleton (1918-1995): Donald sorted many of the descendants of Christian’s son Daniel. Donald’s work was preserved in a book of typed pages, collected in a notebook and dated August 3, 1976. Descendant of Christian’s son Daniel.
  • Florence Lucille Grove (Mrs. Woods) (1936-1991): Florence edited “Hufford Family Research and Records,” a quarterly newsletter for Hufford genealogists that appeared in 1983 and 1984. It included information from wills, land records, estate settlements, county marriage records, etc. Descendant of Christian’s son Casper.
  • Barry Wood, Attorney: Barry figured out (in about 1970) that the Christian Hufford whose will was proved in Frederick County, Maryland, on October 8, 1788, was the same person who was born January 5, 1716, in Schwaigern, Germany. Barry has sorted out thousands of Hufford descendants using primary sources. Descendant of Christian’s son Christian II.
  • Shirley Ann Hufford (Mrs. Hegeman) (1929-2013): Shirley discovered the identity of the first wife of Christian Hufford (Elizabeth Keim). Shirley sorted out thousands of Hufford descendants. She was a legal secretary and a DAR genealogist. Descendant of Christian’s son Philip.
  • Eunice Elmina Newbold (Mrs. Clark) (1918-2016): Eunice authored the 1995 book SIX AMERICAN COLONISTS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS. Descendant of Christian’s son Daniel.

9 thoughts on “Researchers’ page

  1. Excellent work, Alice. I would like also to give a nod to Josef Schurr, the German researcher who submitted family group sheets on the Hoffarth families of Schwaigern to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where I found the sheet on Hans Jerg Hoffarth. I subsequently met him in Benton City, Washington, where he was staying with his married daughter. Quite a coincidence that he should turn up just a few minutes’ drive from my home in Richland, Washington. Separate subject — I’m not sure whether you have seen the discussion of Schwaigern history at, but I thought it made an interesting read.

    • Yes. Elizabeth HUFFORD (b. abt 1775 Washington Co., PA; d. 1860 Washington Co., PA) was the daughter of Christian HOFFART II (1746-1826), who was the son of Christian HOFFARTH (1716-1788). Elizabeth married Jonathan GARBER (1774-1850) on 23-Jan-1794 in Frederick Co., MD. They had 13 children. … I have no VESCELUS in my database, which means that I don’t have your line in my database. If you’d like to fill me in, please email me:

      • Jonathan Garber, born 11Oct. 1806, son of Jonathan Garber who married Elizabeth Huffard. Jonathan married Lydia Sayler, born 29 May 1811. To them was born Reuben Garber, born 26 Feb1839, who married Eliza Jane Millard, born 27 Jul 1847. Their child, Nellie Elizabeth Garber, born 31 May 1871 in Madison, Montgomery County, Ohio, died 28 Feb 1895 at Ft. Scott, Kansas, was married to Albert Franklin Strode, born 13 May 1867. Their daughter, Nellie Geneva Strode, born 20 Dec 1893, Ft.Scott,Kansas, died 01 Nov 1997, married Claude Neuman Akens, born 23 Jan 1891, Portia, Kansas. Their daughter, Portia Barbara Akens, born 3 Jan 1923, Richmond, Kentucky, married John William Vescelus, born 6 May 1921, Elkhart, Indiana. To them was born Stephen John Vescelus.

      • Paper trail says that you and I are 7th cousins. Do an autosomal DNA test at AncestryDOTcom, and you’ll be able to verify your line back to Christian HOFFART b. 1716, if the paper trail is accurate. Massive numbers of Christian’s descendants have tested at Ancestry. If the paper trail is correct, your DNA will match with many other HUFFORD descendants. … I’ve entered your line in my database. Thank you.

      • I did a Ancestry DNA test years ago. I received family information from Nellie Garbers sisters before they passed in the 1970’s.

      • If you already have done a DNA test at ancestryDOTcom, would you please allow me to see your DNA matches? Doing so would help other HUFFORD descendants. I descend from Christian’s son Casper, and I’m eight generations down from Christian. Thus, I share DNA with very few who descend from any of Christian’s other 16 children. The vast majority of my DNA shares are people who descend from Casper, and most of those descend from Casper’s son Abraham. Seeing the DNA matches of any HUFFORD descendants helps me to mine data, but seeing the DNA matches of people more distantly related to me is always a real help.

        To add me as someone who may see your DNA matches, please use this email address:
        alicemariebeard AT yahoo DOT com
        If you would like to allow me to see your DNA matches and do not know how to do that, shout, and I’ll explain in detail.

      • To allow someone to see all of your DNA matches, follow these steps:
        (1) At the top of the page when signed in at ancestry, you’ll see a horizontal row with options you can select. Select “DNA.”
        (2) When you click on that, a little box with options will appear. Select “Your DNA Results Summary.”
        (3) That will take you to a new page. On the new page, in the upper right corner, you’ll see the word “Settings,” in a horizontal oval. Immediately to the left of the word “Settings,” you’ll see a little gear-wheel image. Click that.
        (4) That will take you to a new page. On the new page, scroll down until you see the words “Visibility and sharing. Decide who you want to share your DNA test results with.” … Under that, there are three lines. The 3rd line says, “DNA test sharing.” Select that.
        (5) That will take you to a new page. On the new page, you’ll see the word “Invite” inside a horizontal oval. Click that word “Invite.”
        (6) An “Invite” box will pop up. In that box, there is a line to add an email address for the person whom you want to invite. Type in my email address:
        alicemariebeard AT yahoo DOT com (Obviously, replace the words AT and DOT appropriately.)
        (7) Under that, you can select the “Role” of the person. Viewer will work just fine.
        (8) Then, press the “Invite” button.

        I’ll get an email from ancestry, and I’ll be able to go in and see your DNA matches, and to see what other HUFFORD descendants you share DNA with.

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