PETER HUFF OF SWVA
Peter HUFF (o 1730/60 ‑ possibly killed onHuff Creek, present day Wyoming Co, WV, in the1780’s) may be the person wholived just east of the Blue Ridge in what is present day Franklin and Patrickcounties of VA. Until Henry Co was formedin 1776, this area was first part of Halifax Co, then Pittsylvania Co, whichjoined first Augusta, then Botetourt Co along the Blue Ridge. The first recordof Peter HUFF was in Bedford Co, which in 1773 extended south to the BlackwaterRiver. On 3 Mar 1773, Peter HUFF was surety to the marriage of SamuelHuff to Sarah Hix, dau of John Hix, in Bedford Co., Va. The surety requirementwas most frequently filled by the father of the groom, but it could also be anolder brother. (These early Bedford Co marriages were recorded in AmericanQuaker Genealogy, Vol 6, p 937, even though the people were not allQuakers. Apparently, some of therecords were lost for the Quaker congregations in the area; and the authorrecorded all the marriages he could find in order to recover whatever Quakermarriages were also recorded in the county records.)
Thefollowing year, 1774, in Lord Dunsmore’s War, Peter Huff was a sergeant inCapt John Lewis’ Company from BotetourtCo while Leonard, and Samuel HUFF were privates. Judging from the typical organization of frontier militia units,Peter HUFF was likely an older or more responsible person. Apparently all wereat the Battle of Point Pleasant in present day WV, and Thomas HUFF was woundedthere. It has been assumed that the HUFF individuals, were from the same area,that of Bent Mountain and Back Creek in Botetourt Co, which was adjacent at thetime to Bedford Co. There were 15companies in all, most from Botetourt Co., but some from Bedford Co, CulpepperCo and other frontier counties.
At the time, Pittsylvania, then later Henry Co, andBedford Co bordered on Blackwater River, and Peter HUFF lived in Henry Co. Amarriage in Bedford Co in 1773 would have meant simply crossing the river andfinding a justice of the peace in the area where the bride lived. John HIX was a resident of Bedford Co. 1778‑1780tax lists for Henry Co, include Peter HOFF, Samue1 HOFF, Thomas HOFF, JosephHOUGH, and Samuel HOUGH. Samuel HOFTand Thomas HOFT took oaths of allegiance in Jan 1778. Samuel HUFF contributed33 pounds of bacon to the Henry Co. hospital, for which he was paid before June1782. On 11 May 1779, Peter HUFF hadland surveyed on the South Fork of Blackwater River. By 1784, he had added 26 acres to his land on Blackwater River.In 1787, only Mary HUFF and a Michael HUFF were on the tax lists for Henry Co.One of Mary HUFF’s neighbors was William ISHAM. It is possible that Mary HUFF was widow of Peter, but this hasnot been confirmed.
Itwas about this time that one Peter HUFF became known as a scout and hunter whoexplored the Guyandotte River and its tributaries in present day Wyoming,Logan, and Mingo counties of WV. ThisPeter HUFF is recorded as being killed by Indians on the creek that todaycarries his name as Big Huff Creek, a tributary to the Guyandotte. Sandy HuffCreek is a tributary, to Big Huff. There is also a Huff Mountain and a HuffKnob in this part of WV. Little HUFFCreek was named for a different person, Thomas HUFF of Montgomery Co, whoexplored it. Thomas HUFF obtained a land grant on the Guyandotte River in 1781.
Itis not at all clear which Peter HUFF was killed on Huff Creek, nor has the yearbeen determined. It is assumed that the tradition is correct, and that thePeter HUFF who went to Cocke Co, TN, was certainly not this person. There is atradition among descendants of John HUFF, a Revolutionary War Soldier andpensioner of Franklin Co, VA, that Peter was son of immigrants John and HannahHOUGH from Germany to Berks Co, PA. They say Peter married Mary TONEY and movedinto the area east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and that one of his sons wasJohn, the Revolutionary War soldier who later lived in Franklin Co.
Thereis another version of the German HOUGH immigrant story among the descendants ofThomas HUFF/HOUGH of Mercer Co, KY. This story comes from the ISON family. TheISONs trace their, ancestry to Gideon ISON, buried 12‑14‑1701,Shropshire, England (Shropshire Parish Oswestry Vol 4, p 546). His son John Sr, born about 1680, died inAmherst, VA. John married Martha Elizabeth HOUGH, who died in Augusta Co, VA,dau of John and Mary HOUGH. Gideon objected to the marriage because the Johnand Mary HOUGH family was of low class Austrian descent. However, the couple mdanyway and migrated to America along with several of Martha’s HOUGH brothers.The name was changed to HUFF after coming to America. The ISON ch incl Gideon;John Jr., James, Mary, Christian,William, and Frederick; and they established the ISON family in VA. (The nameis also carried as ISOM and ISHAM.) John Jr, md Rebecca JONES, dau of Isaac andMary JONES, and had a large family to include Elizabeth (c 1746 ) who marriedher cousin, Thomas HUFF. This Thomas HUFF was a Rev. Soldier and a Doctor. Helater moved to Mercer Co, KY. It was either he or his son, Thomas Jr, whoreceived the 1781 Guyandotte River land grant and became the namesake forLittle Huff Creek. It is thus probable that Peter HUFF and Thomas HUFF wereeither brothers or cousins, as they both share a tradition of descending from aGerman John HOUGH. This still does not say which Peter HUFF was killed onHuff’s Creek of the Guyandotte‑
Possiblewife, children, relatives, or associates of Peter HUFF were:
a. There were likely two widows named Mary HUFFin the 1785‑1800 time period in Montgomery Co, VA. On 20 Sep 1787, ThomasDOBBINS married widow Mary HUFF. It is not known who her husband was. On 24 Sep1790, Mary HUFF bought 500 acres of land on Greasy Creek for 100 pounds fromWilliam MCDONALD. On 8 Sep 1796, MaryHUFF sold or granted to Edward MCDONALD 195 acres on Burke’s Fork of Big ReedIsland Creek of New River. On 7 Apr 1793, Griffith DICKERSON, son of Obadiah,married Mary HUFF, dau of Mary HUFF. On 17 Apr 1793, in the same area JamesKEITH married Peggy HUFF, whose parents were not listed. (The husband of thisMary is also not known; however, one William MCDONALD md Ursalla HUFF, dau ofThomas; and Thomas had land on Greasy Creek. This Thomas was the one whosettled to Mercer Co, KY.)
b. Samuel, (c 1750 VA? c 1820 TN). One Samuel was in the Augusta Co. Militia on6 April 1764 along with William Huff. Samuel married in Bedford Co. on 3 Mar 1773 Sarah Hix , dau of JohnHix. Samuel served in Lord Dunmore’sWar, then apparently lived in Henry Co through the Revolutionary War. At some point before 1800 he moved to TN and probably lived for some timein the eastern part of the state. Heeventually moved to Jackson Co., TN in the lands on the western side of theCherokee holdings. Children includeSamuel, William, Leonard, Rachel and a dau who married a Harris.
c. John (c 1763 Halifax Co, VA ‑ 10 May1840 Franklin Co, VA, buried Pigg River Primitive Baptist Church Cementary nearRocky Mount, VA) served in the Revolutionary War from Henry Co in Capt JohnRENFROE’s company and Capt Thomas Henderson’s company. Descendants say John wasborn near Huff’s Church (location unknown but surmised to be in Berks Co, PA),but spent most of his youth near Turner Creek and Pigg River in present PatrickCo. This is probably the best definitionof where his parents lived. John married (1) on 14 July 1786 in Franklin Go,VA, Mary GEARHEART (c 1771‑1827 Franklin Co, VA), and she had Susan;Peter; Hannah; Jacob; Isaac and John. He married (2) in 1830 Mrs Polly WADE,but she died the next year without children. He married (3) in 1837 ElizabethGUILLIAMS (1817 ‑1850 OH) who had two ch, James Henry and Ferdinand. John drew pension S‑5590.
d. Dr. Thomas (c 22 Feb 1732 VA ‑ after1831 Mercer Co, KY) lived perhaps in Henry Co, VA. and later in Montgomery Co,VA. One Thomas served in Lord Dunmore’sWar, then a Thomas was a pvt in the 3rd VA Regt during theRevolutionary War, then later was a Colonel of Militia in the Indian Wars. He married (1) Elizabeth ISOM, dau of JohnISON Jr, and Rebecca (JONES) ISON, and they signed a deed in 1783 as Thomas andElizabeth HUFF. He may have married (2) Elizabeth ?????. Children may include Thomas; Ursalla; Dr.William; Esq. Richard; Mary; Elizabeth; Jonathan; Nancy and James. Before 1800, “old Dr. Thomas” settled toMercer Co, KY. Either he or, his sonThomas was the one who explored the Wyoming Co area of WV.
e. Leonard(before 1740 ?? ‑ ) by 1761 wasa resident of Halifax Co, which then bordered Augusta, later Botetourt. Hebought land from John and Mary MILLS as Leonard HOOFF on Little Bottom Creek in1761. By 1768 Leonard HUFF was on Huff’s Creek at Bent Mountain, which fell inBotetourt Co. By 1771 he was himself atigheable resident with four other titheables at the head of Little River. This was south of and over the pass from theholdings on Little Bottom Creek which was a branch of the Roanoke. One LeonardHUFF married Elizabeth ?????? and later moved ‑to Cocke Co, TN. Childrenmay have included John; Peter and Joseph; and possibly others to include Samueland Leonard.
Thefollowing are considered simply because they lived in counties where Peter HUFFleft a record.
f. Stephen (24 June 1756 NJ ‑ 25 Jan 1842Anderson District, SC) was living in Bedford Co, VA, at ‑the time of theRevolutionary War. He served three times as a soldier, once guarding the leadmine on New River, once in the Siege of Ninety Six, and once guarding supplytrains. The name of his wife is not known, and his children seem to includeWilliam; John; Elizabeth; Phoebe and Phillip. Stephen may have been part of aHUFF family headed by Henry HUFF who received a 1769 land grant on Glady Creekin Bedford Co and who was on the 1782 tax list.
g. William (c 1730 VA/ Mar 1803 Mercer Co, KY)was son of a frontier VA family which was killed by Shawnee Indians and Williamwas taken and reared by them as a Shawnee. He returned to live in VA but mayhave moved back among the Shawnees. Heeventually married Mary HUNGATE, dau of William and Nancy HUNGATE, and settledin Montgomery Co, VA. In 1788, he resettled to Mercer Co, KY. He was an herbaldoctor, practicing skills he learned among the Shawnees. Ch incl Richard; William; Charles; Samuel;John; Sally; Rhoda A.; Mary; Hannah and Nancy. This family was closelyassociated with the HUNGATES west of the Blue Ridge in what is presently FloydCo, VA.
h. Richard ( )in 1767 was in Hugh INNES’ list of taxables in present day Franklin, then inPittsylvania Co. He had 1 tithe, but no land. On 30 Mar 1769, he received 232acres of land on the branches of Pigg River. On 13 Oct 1773, he was next toJames RENTFROE on the South Fork of Pigg River. At one time he entered 400acres beginning on the head of Schoolhouse Branch upon the north end of JamesRENTFROE’s land.
i. James ( )wasa land‑holding resident on Snow Creek in present day Franklin Co, VA, by17 Mar 1769, when he was listed next to William YOUNG. One James HUFF in 1786married Biddy WOODS with Rev WilliamLOVELL performing the ceremony.