1879 Cumberland Farmers Langley, Blew, Hoffman
At Millville Historical Society I spied an 1879 listing of Cumberland County Farmers. These names interested me:
BLEW (George, David, Jos., M. and R.M., all of Bridgeton)
HOFFMAN (J.W. of Ewings Neck)
LANGLEY (J.W. of Ewings Neck)
I believe the Langley entry to be an error in transcription, because no J.W. has surfaced to fit that time and place. William Langley died in Ewings Neck (now Delmont)that same year in February, and potential sons who may have been farming for or with him were Elkana, Calvin, Charles, Leaming, George and William--- no J-names!
The J.W. Hoffman may be the John Hoffman who was helping to farm the William Langley plantation in 1850 when no Langley son was over age 13.If so, he was 45 in 1850 and (coincidentally) the right age to be my GGG-GF John Hoffman. John would be 74 in 1879, however, (rather old for active farming) so maybe a Hoffman researcher can help here.
By the 1860 Census, only teenage sons were helping William with the Langley farm, suggesting that Hoffman may have bought his own farm. In 1880, youngest sons William (23) and George C. (17) were farming at their widowed mother's estate, along with David K. Claton (Clayton?), a hired hand from Pennsylvania.
My interest in Blew is to explain why my Langleys used it as a middle name. One possibility was because Sarah Langley (1811-52) was married to Captain Lehman Blew.Does anyone have Farmers lists from other years, or any insights?