William Hoff (~1775-1830) of Warren Co., GA
Posted by: JOHN HOFF (ID *****4640) Date: October 02, 2007 at 08:04:37
In Reply to: Re: William Hoff of Warren Co., GA by Joanna Hearnof 673
Here is some genealogical research I did on WILLIAM HOFF (1775 NC/SC - 1830 Amite Co., MS), husband of SARAH BREED (~1775 - 1837 MS).
I checked on all my “usual” avenues for genealogical information, and I believe that I made some progress on these two individuals. I even found a photo of their joint headstone in the “Young Cem.”, in Amite County, Mississippi, which is posted on the web. This photo confirms the years of their birth and death: his being “Circa 1775-1830” and hers being “Circa 1775 – 1837”. In my experience, headstone info is usually reliable since it was entered contemporarily with the event of the individual’s death and by relatives who would have first-hand knowledge.
I then researched SARAH BREED, and learned that she was the 7th child of JOSEPH BREED (B; 1 0ct 1708 Groton, CT), and an unknown wife. They died in GA. The father later re-married a Priscilla Avery on 2 June 1737, dtr. Of Christopher Avery and Prudence Wheeler (who was born 29 April 1715 in Groton, CT and died in 1786). I have her ancestry traced back to an ALLEN BREED born in 1628, died 1707, whose wife was MARY OSBORNE.
I am less certain of the origins of WILLIAM HOFF (1775-1830). There is some references to him as being WILLIAM HUFF (with a “U”), and this may have thrown off some contemporary research. It seems the spelling varies back and forth between HOFF and HUFF. Perhaps some of the census takers or others didn’t close the “O”, and it appears like a “U” due purely to “bad handwriting”, or the individual could have simply spelled it like they pronounced it, and the “southern” branch of the family may have pronounced it more like a “U” then the more “Yankee” nasal “O”. Either way, I tried to develope a “time line” on the life of this WILLIAM HOFF (or “HUFF”, whichever). If my research is accurate, it is as follows:
Born: ~1775 . Place unknown, but one web site credits a belief that he was “born in SC or NC”
1805: Married on 25 March 1905 in Warren Co., GA to SARAH BREED. A daughter, NANCY HOFF/HUFF, was noted to have later been born to them.
1805: He purchased property in 1805 in the Georgia Land “lottery”, presumably in Warren Co., GA. This may have prompted his move there from some other location.
1807: Moved to St. Helena Parish, LA. Their names both appear in the “Index of Succession of 1804-1854” for that Parish.
Both their names appears in the Montpelier Inn Book St. Helena Par., LA
1830 Census: Names appear in St. Helena Par., LA. But following this, them must have moved in 1830 to Mississippi.
1830: Death & interment noted in Young Cem., Amite Co., MS. Their headstone there is available on line.
1837: Wife, SARAH BREED also dies and both are interred together in the Young Cem., Amite Co, MS
A “NANCY HUFF/HOFF”, their daughter, may have married a RICHARD MILTON YOUNG b: 1800. Her name appears on one family FTM listed on Ancestry.com. Any other children are unknown to me, as is any progeny of this marriage.
I found a “WILLIAM HUFF” (note that with a “U”), who was the son of a LEONARD HUFF (1725 NJ – 1810 Cocke Co., TN) and wife ELIZABETH (unknown maiden name), married in Monmouth Co., NJ ~1743 and was a member of the Big Pigeon Baptist Church in Cocke Co., TN, and presumably died there. LEONARD HUFF was a land surveyor and a Rev. War munitions maker. LEONARD HUFF and wife ELIZABETH had 7 children, including WILLIAM HOFF/HUFF. There are no dates of birth or death for WILLIAM HUFF/HOFF, but the last two siblings were noted as being born in Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke Co., VA, while the first three siblings were born in TN, between 1749-1752. If this LEONARD HUFF is the correct father of “this” WILLIAM HUFF/HOFF, then he was the grandson of a WILLIAM HOFF (B; 1675-1690), and an unknown ELIZABETH, who were from Middleton, Weycake Neck, 12 miles from Amboy, NJ, and 30 miles form NY, and thus of the “Dutch” line of Hoffs. This WILLIAM had a bother, JOHN HUFF (b: 1 Jan 1758 Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke Co., VA, and died 14 Mar 1843 in Cocke Co., TN). JOHN HUFF was also a well-noted and well-documented Rev. War Vet in a VA Regt. who for a time owned a “HUFF INN” at a stopping place between Knoxville, TN and Warm Springs (now Hot Springs), NC. So, since the two brothers were close and lived in the same locations all their lives, this could explain a presumed birth location of WILLIAM HUFF/HOFF in “either NC or SC”. The father of the presumed "namesake" grandfather WILLIAM HOFF was DERRICK PAULUSZEN HOFF, who, in turn was the son of the “Dutch” PAULUS DIRCKSEN HOFF. So, this puts this WILLIAM HOFF/HUFF in my "Dutch" line of NY/NJ Hoff/Huffs.
Confusingly, LEONARD HUFF also had another son, SAMUEL HUFF, B: ~1750 in Middletown, NJ and D: ~1815 in TN. He married SARAH HIX on 3 Mar 1773 in Bedford Co., VA. SAMUAL HUFF and SARCH HIX had 10 children, the 7th of which was also a "WILLIAM HUFF", B: ~1782, and who married a ELIZABETH CAMERON on July 2, 1806, however, sine we know that the wife of “our” WILLIAM HOFF/HUFF was SARACH BREED, and they were married in 1805, this appears to NOT be the “correct” (that is, “our”) WILLIAM HOFF/HUFF. If I am correct, this WILLIAM HUFF would have been the first cousin of the “other” WILLIAM HUFF (“ours”), and one or the other of them may have been a “namesake” for the other, or in honor or their “common” grandfather, which would be quite customary for each of their respective fathers to have done.
I hope that you find what I may have unearthed to be of interest. Are there any other direct lineal descendants of this WILLIAM HOFF/HUFF and SARAH BREED? Is so, I'd welcome any contact.
Very truly yours,
/S/ JOHN SCOTT HOFF, Chicago, IL E/Mail: