Howard Lee Hefner was indeed the son of John William Hefner and Mary Margaret Susan (Mcallister)Hefner. He was the third of nine children.My Grandfather William Roy was the youngest.I have a rather detailed descendant list given to me by one of his daughters.
I was recently able to get a clue to more info through the Greenbrier Co. Historical Society as my Grandfather knew only his Mothers parents names.
John William was born in 1846 in Greenbrier co, Mary Margaret in 1855.He was one of six children of John Hefner (1801-1870) and Nancy Kincaid (1809 - 188?)Both born in Greenbrier Co Va. The family farm was in the Neola WV area and passed on to a brother, William John Hefner
John was the son of John A. Hefner (1780-1862) and Pheobe (Ruth) Kiester (1788-1849)Both born in Pendleton Co. Va and Married in Greenbrier Co.I have only the two names of the children and I feel sure there were others.
I believe John's father was Fredrick Hefner (or Heavener The 1790 census sheet I saw had it written both ways as the enumerator evidently was not sure of the spelling.The German pronunciation would have been about the same.That last information was gotten from the web and is on another sheet that I do not have at the moment along with the name of Frederick's wife.