Have you been able to look at the actual stone, or are you going from a transcription like the WPA graves registration?
Also, it wasn't clear to me from your post whether the death notice in the Chronicle gave his age or not.
I tried looking around to see if I had any census entries on him.I was unable to find anything offhand.I have entries for a Jacob Hufford who was, from the 1820 census through 1840, enumerated in Orange County, Indiana, with age in 1820 given in the 18-26 range, in 1830 in the 30-39 range, and in 1840 in the 50-59 range (aging quickly, evidently).I had always believed that this was Jacob son of George Hufford, but suddenly now I'm not so sure.
In 1850, there's no Jacob in Orange County -- just Elizabeth, age 50, living in the household of John Reedy and wife Mary (age 29); likely Elizabeth's daughter and son in law.Also Emily Hufford, age 9, is in the same household.I assumed that this meant that Elizabeth was a widow.However, it's also consistent with what we know of Jacob brother of your Solomon Hufford -- that he went to Calif. in the Gold Rush, which would explain his not being at home in 1850.It would be worthwhile to check out the Orange County probate records & deeds to see if they reflect that the Jacob Hufford who was there as of 1840 had passed away by 1850.
I still feel that it was not Jacob Hufford son of George but rather Jacob Hufford son of John who married Elizabeth Allen, and this is what you reflect also in your posts.However, I note that here and there their marriage date is given as 1823.This date, which I have not yet been able to track in my transcripts of the county marriage bonds & marriage records, cannot be reconciled with the notion that the 1823 bride was the same person as the Elizabeth Hufford who in 1891 died at age 75 nine days before her husband Jacob in Scott County, Indiana.If Elizabeth was 75 in 1891, she would have been born in 1816.That would make her only 7 years old as of the 1823 marriage date.
It would seem that either the marriage date or the age at death must be wrong; either that or Elizabeth (Allen) Hufford died some time earlier and the Elizabeth who died almost simultaneously with her husband was a second wife.
Census records should shed some light on this.Unfortunately, I cannot find Jacob on the 1880 census, for some reason.Maybe he was in transit between Calif. and Indiana at the time.
Nor can I find them in 1850.The note in my workbook says that they went overland to California in search of gold, which may explain their absence from the 1850 census.I don't think everyone in California at that time was enumerated too well.People must have been too busy digging up nuggets to fool around with enumerations, though I have seen some Calif. censuses (maybe later) with page after page of names like "Yick Woo."
Several of the Hufford 2nd cousins got in on the California gold rush, including my own great grandfather.I wonder if each of them knew about the others at the time.
I did find Elizabeth (Allen) Hufford on the 1880 census in California, next door to her daughter Elizabeth (Hufford) Cushman.To be specific, this was in the town of Oregon, Butte County, California.I cannot find this place in my Atlas, but I have friends in Chico who may be able to clue me in.
The census age is certainly consistent with the 1823 marriage date.In addition, many of these details from the 1880 census match the information in the Hufford History and what I was given from a letter written in 1916 from Santa Barbara to Mrs. Joseph Hufford of Millville, California.Evidently the letter was occasioned by the then-recent death of Jacob Hufford Jr., then of Austin, Texas.According to the letter, his children were E. H. Hufford of Brownwood, Texas, Mrs. J. W. Temple of Austin, and George B. Hufford "of the latter city."
If you'll pardon the digression into the 1916 letter, the age of the older Elizabeth Hufford (meaning Elizabeth (Allen) Hufford) on this 1800 census entry is given as 77.This is of course is inconsistent with the age 75 given in the death record / tombstone you mentioned back in Scott County, Indiana.In 1880, Elizabeth (Allen) Hufford was residing with her son James, a widower, age 47.Even though she was enumerated without a husband, her marital status is given as "married."
I also found David, the oldest son (age 52 in 1880) living in Dow Prairie, Humboldt County, Calif. with wife Mary and six children.This must be a second marriage as Mary's age is given as 27, just 11 years older than David's oldest son at home (William E. Hufford).Either that or her age was incorrectly transcribed.
I looked for Eliza, but found only her ex husband, Hiram Sewel, in what seemed to be a boarding house in Lakeview, Oregon, with his son William A. Sewel.Maybe Eliza remarried after the divorce, or passed away before 1880.
Well, this has not solved all questions about Jacob & Elizabeth, but it adds a few clues.I hope some of these facts go beyond what you already had.Certainly these Huffords were close to your people.On the 1850 census of Jennings Twp., Scott County, Ind., I found John (son of Jacob) and Delinda Hufford just two doors away from your ancestor, the widow Priscilla Hufford.Andrew J. Hufford must have been the "man of the house," at age 24.His occupation is shown, as you no doubt know, as "cooper."