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From: Agnes B Yount <>
Subject: Re: Catawba County Huffmans
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 1999 23:09:55 EDT
I also question the supposed marriage of Martin Huffman to Barbara Eaker.
However, there is a marriage of a Martin Hoffmann to Barbara Weiner at
St. Michael's and Zion Lutheran Church in Philadelphia Aug 11, 1759.
There is no proof this is the one, but I have not found any other Martin
Huffman with wife Barbara. Furthermore, I think it unlikely that Martin
married in Alamance County, NC as claimed. In 1776, he appears in the
census for Frederick County, MD (listed as Martain Hufman), age 41 with
wife Barbara, age 35, and five children between the ages of 4 and 14.
The names of the five children correspond with those in Martin's estate
settlement in Lincoln County, NC in 1823. Martin came to NC sometime
after 1777 since Martin, Jr. was born in MD about 1777 according to the
1850 Catawba County, NC census.
Henry is proved as a son in Martin's estate settlement papers. He
appears to have been the youngest child. I have seen no marriage or
burial records for Henry.
For what it's worth, a Henry Hoffman is mentioned in an 1805 Lincoln
County will. On 24 March 1805, James Russell makes a noncupative will in
the presence of Joseph Mehaffey, Henry Hoffman, and Any Mehaffy.
Russsell became ill on his way from Burke County to Graham's Furnace.
This could be the son of Martin; there is no Henry of the right age in
the Gaston County Hoffman family.
Mentioning the Gaston County Hoffman family leads to the statement that
Hans Jacob came to America in 1768, came through the Shenandoah Valley,
and arrived in old Tryon County (from which Lincoln was formed) in the
late 1770's, settling in the area now in Gaston County. There is a deed
dated 3 April 1780 in which Jacob Hoffman buys land on a branch of
Hans Jacob came later than his three brothers, John, George and Caspar,
who traveled from PA to the Shenandoah Valley, with Caspar returning to
PA and the other two brothers going on to Alamance Co., NC. Then later
George moved to the area of
present Catawba County.
Agnes descends from both Jacob's son Jacob and Jacob's daughter
Elizabeth. The name Hoffman is used in the Gaston County branch of the
Ray and Agnes
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