First off since we are doing confessions tonight , I have one to proclaim.
I never thought it would be this hard to solve the mystery of who was Powell born 1801 and John Harvey Hoff's father.
Since I began about 5 weeks ago, I have been trying to do what I call drive a wedge between Amos and John F. Hoff . I assumed if we could separate these 2 possible fathers by distance and then see where Powell came of age , it would tell us the correct father. So off I went tracking Amos and John F. by legal documents and I got what I wanted.
Amos still in Virginia in 1822 and John F. Hoff's family in Washington County Ohio by 1810. I thought we would be home free when I went to get the tax lists for Amos still in Virginia. I thought he would still be there until after Powell's marriage in 1824 Washington County.
Well we know how that turned out. Amos left Virginia in 1823 so that threw that possible proof out the window and Amos also had a son named on the tax lists of the approximate same age as Powell born 1801.
We still have an opportunity to find Powell listed on a personal property tax list of 1817 thru 1823 in Washington County Ohio which would tell us John F. Hoff was the father. I think with enough digging around in the courthouse in Washington County we would find them.
There are a couple of other document places that couldhold a key to the mystery. Usually there is SOMETHING listed in the Court records concerning minor children when a father dies. The Court Records book of Washington County Ohio between 1812 when John F. dies and 1820 would be a great set of records to read through.
The land deeds of Washington County Ohio, Athens County Ohio, Peoria, Illinois, and Dallas County, Iowa, may also hold the key to information and it SHOUlD at least give a paper proof of Amos wife's first name.
Anywayback to driving a wedge and proving the direct line for brothers Powell Hoff and John Harvey Hoff.
If court records or land deeds don't tell us the direct line and suppose we do find the personal property tax lists between 1817 and 1823 for Washington County? One of 2 things are going to happen when we find them .
First we might find Powell is listed all these Years BEFORE Amos comes to town !!! THAT would Prove Amos was not the father of Powell. YEA TEAM WE SOLVED IT, ALL COULD SCREAM!!!!
The second one is why I decided to start the dna tests to drive a wedge between them. When we find the tax lists and IF this occurs. Amos shows up in 1823 like he probably did. Powell marries in 1824 and Amos drops a male slash mark from his household on the tax list of this year...
Would everyone (including members here) take that as UNDISPUTABLE proof that Amos was Powell and John Harvey's father? OR would we say that Powell was deceased John F. Hoffs son and he was WORKING for Amos as soon as he came to town and never owned a horse to tax prior to that year???
We need a bigger wedge at that point and the court records and land deeds are the next order of business on the table.
I always knew from previous y-dna tests of our Dutch Hoff/Huff lines that we could likely solve this POSITIVELY by dna but I really do hate the several weeks it takes to do it that way.
More on dna testing and what it will do next e-mail coming.