Howard L. Hefner is found on the 1880 federal census for Otter district, Braxton County, West Virginia, line 35, page # 449 A. Howard is 2 years old, and is listed as a son,living in the household of John W. Hefner, 29 years old, farmer, born in Virginia. Wife Margret, 22 years old, house keeper, born in Virginia. Other son, Edward M .Hefner, 4 years old. Both children born in West Virginia. I am not a direct line relative of this John, but I would be interested to know his ancestry. I am descended from John Hefner of Lewis County, West Virginia, born in Pendelton County, Virginia in 1802, an migrated to Edgar County Illinois, ca. 1855. I am not currently working on my Hefner family, but if you can find an index for the 1860 or 1870 census of Virginia and WVa. I will look for Howard to try to establish his parentage. I will need to know the county, district and page number. Good Luck, and happy hunting.