After reading what was posted today I had a couple of thoughts I wanted to share:
First, it appears no one (not BILL HOFF, nor ARNOLD HOVEY)has any first source legal documents that PROVES who Powell (born 1801) and John Harvey Hoff's (b: 1807) parents were.
So far,it is just as easy to claim Amos Hoff (1775-1855)as it is to claim John F. Hoff (1775-1812) was the direct line. John F. Hoff family was in Washington County, OH in 1810;and Amos Hoff arrived there between 1823 and 1826.Both had sons of the roughly same age as Powell (born 1801), as well as John Harvey Hoff (born 1807). These FACTS are truely listed and PROVEN by the "paper-proven" Legal documents we have uncovered.
Until something more is found, each of these Hoffs - named Amos and John F. equally has the opportunity to be Powell born 1801's CORRECT father.
IF the "name game" is applied to "circumstantially" solve this mystery (that speculation will get a person "burned" most of the time), I would venture this:
1.IF AMOS turns out to be the father of Powell (#3)(born 1801), then the more correct way to APPLY the name game in genealogy is as follows:
Remember WE CAN prove by legal document land deeds that Amos was the son of Powell Hoff (#2)(died 1816 South Carolina) and proven wife Prudence Sutton.
2.So, IF the line goes thru Amos, the "name-sake" would not be as posted by Omaha cousin, BILL HOFF, today, but rather as folllows:Powell (#3- born 1801) was namedafter Amos's father, Powell Hoff (#2, who died 1816 in York Co., SC).
3.Powell (#3, 1801) then names his first daughter "Prudence" after his grandmother "Prudence Sutton" Hoff, the paper-proven MOTHER of this Amos Hoff.
4.Now, for why I was using this MOCK UP lineage - Who did John "Harvey" Hoffget his middle name (HARVEY) from?Instead of a "Prudence Powell", Was Amos Hoff married to a lady with the surname of Harvey? The Harvey surname pops up as NEXT DOOR neighbors all around AMOS in Rockbridge Co., VA during the 1790s, Fairfax County, Virginia and the Harvey's WERE ALSO IN Washington County, Ohio, as well.A coincidence?
Using the NAME GAME in the world of Genealogy as a proving fact is not going to turn out well most times for the user attempting this, but using it as a pointer to where something of real value MIGHT be found is a useful tool in the drawer.
PLEASE remember, the Quest to find the correct and proven father of Powell born 1801 and John Harvey born 1807 can just as easily turn out to be Amos or John F. at this point.It's a "toss up" from what I have so far. But we as a team, will find a scientific, objective & provable to anyone - and we will find an undisputable answer soon - I feel very sure of it.
I sure wish folks would "play nice" and NOT "name-call". It's not a life or death struggle.