Dear Cuz Diane: ('firstname.lastname@example.org'):Monday, 28 June 2010
Well, I spent (on and off) most of this weekend trying to track down and document the JOHN HARVEY HOFF, SR. (1807-1874) line, and had some success.As I normally do, just to keep it all straight and to document my on-line findings, I "charted it".I find it a lot easier to then load it onto a Family Tree Maker (FTM) later by doing it that way and add the pieces of desperate data I can locate onto one, single document.I will have what I found "scanned" and send on to you later, under separate cover - Just FYI.I may have JoEllen Brittain "post" it on the Hoff Family website, as well, or begin a new FTM on this line to get the data I found collated and better documented.
In terms of the "up stream" listings I found on-line "north" of JOHN HARVEY HOFF and POWELL HOFF, it appears that quite a few people have picked up and copied the circumstantial data that BILL HOFF (from Omaha) believes, relied upon and had listed, showing AMOS HOFF (1775-1855)& PRUDENCE POWELL HOFF (?) as the presumed "father" & "mother" to POWELL & brother JOHN HARVEY HOFF, in preference to the Arnold Hovey data, which was set out in the well-researched booklet on the life of JONATHAN /JOHN F. HOFF (1775-1812), which you kindly copied and provided to me some time ago now, containing Mr. Hovey's convincing data, well-researched and recorded - fully set out in detail.I did find that Mr. Hovey provided a "caveat" that "he had not yet found a document that absolutely established the relationship of JONATHAN HOFF to POWELL & JOHN HARVEY HOFF", but was continuing his search.This call into question the circumstantial data relied upon by Bill Hoff, who remains convinced that AMOS HOFF was the real father.I appreciate your efforts to find hard data to support one side or the other, but without it, the nexus upstream remains speculative and unconfirmed.
The data I found on-line regarding JOHN HARVEY HOFF contained no particular great revelations, however I was surprised to learn that of his 5 children (one girl and 4 sons), two (AMOS WYATT HOFF, MD & ANDREW FRANCIS HOFF, MD) were early Iowa doctors of medicine, and one (WM. TELL HOFF, Esq.) was an attorney.The daughter, JULIE/JULIA ANN HOFF (b: 26 Nov 1846 Athens Co., OH) married a ROBERT BENTON LIKES (Md: 13 Aug 1868 in Dallas Co., IA), and moved first to Fairmont, NE and then to Chicago, but must have joined her MD brothers, where she died in Casper, WY on 5 Feb 1911.One of their lineal descendants, Prof. Wm. F. Gustafson lived in San Jose, CA, and was quite interested in the family genealogy (having contacted me some 40+ years ago now).I noted that JOHN HARVEY HOFF moved to Iowa sometime between 1860 (where his presence in Canaan, Athens Co., OH was documented) and 1870 (where he then appeared in the Walnut Twp., Dallas Co. IA Census).He died in Grimes, IA on 14 Jul 1874 (at age 66), just four years after his older brother, POWELL (d: 1870) (at age 69).
For some reason, he & some of his progeny were all interred in the Sunny Hill Cem. in Grimes, (just east of the Hoff-Prairie Cem., and just over the Polk Co. line), and not in the "Hoff-Prairie Cem." just west of Grimes, just over the Dallas Co. line, on a small corner of what had been the original farm land of POWELL HOFF, where AMOS HOFF was interred shortly after the family's arrival in 1855.The two HOFF brothers (POWELL & JOHN HARVEY HOFF) apparently were close and presumably got along well, because JOHN HARVEY HOFF, SR. obviously moved to Dallas County (from Athens, OH after 1860) to be near his older brother.JOHN HARVEY HOFF, Sr. bought farm property and farmed near to POWELL.And, I noticed that in his Will, POWELL bequeathed his clothing to his "brother, JOHN HOFF", who was by then living nearby.But it is strange to me that JOHN HARVEY (and his progeny) would NOT have been buried in the same cemetery site as his brother and presumed "father" (or "half-uncle", depending on whose data you like best at this point), AMOS.But after the earlier death of his older brother, POWELL, that decision would likely have been controlled by POWELL's heirs (like MARTHA), and JOHN's widow, ADALINE M. DAINS (who died in DSM in 1893), and perhaps things weren't as cozy as between the two female sisters-in-law following the deaths of their respective husbands as thing were between the two brothers when they were both alive (as can often be the case), and this may have resulted in separate interment locations.
Most of the sons of JOHN HARVEY (SR.) moved away (like Dr. ANDREW FRANCIS HOFF to Casper, Wyoming, & Dr. AMOS WYATT HOFF, who first moved to Washington, Anderson Co., KS and later joined his brother in Casper, WY), but their 1930s deaths were recorded in the Iowa and American Medical Journals as having a former nexus in 1898 & 1889, respectively, with Drake University and their Medical Dept. in DSM.WILLIAM TELL HOFF, Esq., his third son who by 1885 was a licensed attorney, appeared to not have an interest in farming, either.The fourth son, JOHN HARVEY HOFF. JR. seemed to be the only one who farmed.He listed his occupation in a later Census you located as "breaking prairie". But at some point, and for unknown circumstances, his 4 young children all moved into and became members of the household of his brother, WM. TELL HOFF, ESQ.By 1920, WM. TELL HOFF, Esq., too, had moved away and was then in Sioux Falls, So. Dakota for the 1920 Census.As I recall that you noted, the fourth son, JOHN HARVEY HOFF, Jr., whose children were living with brother W. TELL HOFF, lived out his final elderly days at age 79 (per a 1925 Census) as a household or man-"servant" to a 28 year old and his family in Boone County.So, as some point the farm either failed or he sold it and he, too, gave up the "family farm" and farming.I noted that he died in 1933 (at age 85) during the heart of the Great Depression.Data recorded his children as spelling their Hoff Family name in Census data with a "U" (and used the name HUFF), but this could just have been a scrivener's error and not a real "name change".But I could not track the destiny of any of these four children (2 girls and 2 boys), who were born between 1869 and 1876, nor his spouse, PHEBE WADE, whom he married on 4 Aug 1868 - with the exception of one of his two daughters:JESSIE ADALINE HUFF (b: 1876 IA), who married a HERBERT GLENN CAMPBELL and at some point they moved to O'Neil, Holt Co., NE, where she died on 16 Oct 1940.
I will send the chart to you under separate cover once scanned.
Cheers, JOHN SCOTT HOFF, Chicago, IL (email@example.com)