The Hufferd Family of Rushville, Indiana traces it's history to Schwaigern Germany and the Hans Hoffarth genealogy. I've included pictures from the Church which link the family to at least 1540. I'm also working the Cox, Jordan\Jordon, Ryan, Cauley\Cawley, Geraghty, Barrett\Barratt, Northam, David and other families.
I have attempted to verify my information, but please check everything for yourself. I'm a retired old newsman and not a genealogist.
Any information would be appreciated. I am also willing to share the information
Those visitors looking for information on other branches of the Hufford/Hoffart Family should be interested to know that the "Big Book" referenced on so many web message boards is not only once again in print, but Brigham Young University has started digitizing published family histories and is making them available on the internet. Our history..."The Hufford Family History, 1729-1909" by Franklin Pierce Hoffert is one of those already digitized. You can download the entire volume as a pdf. That format is easily downloaded if you don't already have it.

Just go to https://books.familysearch.org/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=1&dstmp=1376341863159&vid=FHD_PUBLIC&fromLogin=true and type "Hufford" in the surname box.

When you click on the search button, you will get the link to the book. My family...William David Hufford, son of Daniel, Son of Christian starts at page 258.

Those researching Hufford history will want to check out a website added in Jan 2009 by Alice Beard. It combines most of what has been scattered across the web for many years. It is an excellent database. If you've hit a brickwall try it.
http://www.alicemariebeard.com/hufford/
HUFFERD, son of Hufford, son of Hoffart
Updated August 12, 2013

*

Jim Hufferd
1905 Baird Ave.
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
United States
740-464-0837
JHUFFERD1@roadrunner.com


Edit Your Page

My Family History

 

Family Photos

  • SCHWAIGERN CHURCH (46 KB)
    Description: The fellow in the lower center of this picture is Max Hufferd. He is standing below the tower of the church where records were discovered that prove our family and others in America are linked to the Hoffarth Family. Researcher, Barry Wood, proved this link, which goes back to at least 1554 and Hans Hoffarth. That was In early 1980s.The town is called Schwaigern and is about 25 miles below Heidelberg. The following is from the book... "Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-speaking Lands to North America, Vol. 1: The Northern Kraichgau" by Annette Kunselman Burgert. There stands an old church, very beautiful with many works of art. It has a beautiful vaulted ceiling, two nice woodcarvings and a lovely three panel painting from the 1500's The church is a Lutheran church now, but it started life as a Catholic church since it was built in 1207. It is still being used after all these years, quite a remarkable feat considering the devastating effect of the many wars over the years. The church was built in parts during several centuries. The oldest part, the Romanesque tower, was built about 1207, together with the "older" part (now the northern side of the nave). In the 16th century the church was vastly expanded to its present form---a purely Gothic nave and choir added---on the eve of Restoration. The church was dedicated to St. John the Baptizer, St. Anna and St. Mary. It became a Lutheran Church in the mid-16th century and much of its artwork was retained at that time. Date Taken: April 11 2005 Place Taken: Schwaigern, Germany
  • Schwaigern Church Interior (34 KB)
    This is a view of the Common area of the Schwaigern Church where our ancestors would have worshiped. This was provided by Max Hufferd son Of Margaret Jordan Hufferd
  • WOOD CARVING IN CHURCH (13 KB)
    Description: This also quotes the Burgert book to describe a wall hanging in the church. Among these is a painting on which the Hoffart coat of arms was discovered on the south wall of the choir. It apparently represents the victorious Christ above the tomb and before the astonished Mary and Martha. In the foreground is a gentleman in a suit of armor with two women praying. The coats of arms identify them as Gunther Harttman von Neipperg and his two wives, the first of whom was evidently a Hoffart descendant. The painting is bordered on the sides & Bottom by rows of eight coats of arms (i.e., back to great-grandparents) for each of these individuals. The insignia at the top right border is the Von Flechingen coat of arms and immediately underneath is the Hoffart escutcheon. The shield is a reddish gold emblazoned with a bold black cross. Above it the helmet has a red plume. The vines on either side are black at the top and bottom and where they touch the shield, and gold elsewhere. Date Taken: April 11 2005 Place Taken: Schwaigern Germany
  • My version of a HUFFERD Family Crest (87 KB)
    Annette Kunselman Burgert gives a detailed description of the Hoffart Family crest in her book saying "The shield is a reddish gold emblazoned with a bold black cross. Above it the helmet has a red plume. The vines on either side are black at the top and bottom and where they touch the shield, and gold elsewhere." This just my attempt at duplicating the crest.
  • Crest of the Jordan Family (14 KB)
    The Jordan Family Crest, although my Jordan ancestors were not likely to use a crest this is the Historical emblem of the family
  • Mom--Margaret Ellen Jordan Hufferd. Our Hero (214 KB)
    Devoted her life to 4 sons & family. Doted on grand-children. Retired after 20+years as Marsh Foodliner cashier. Won frequent employee of the year awards. Enjoyed public association. Devout Catholic. Margaret Ellen Hufferd http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=image&guid=c27ce710-51ff-4673-9da6-3034e704ad9f&tid=7541468&pid=-1075272910
  • Hufford Matlock Cemetery on Original William David (244 KB)
    3 Hufford graves. Possibly the main area set aside for Hufford family although very few markers remain in an area where there could be the many that are mentioned in 'Hufford Family History"
  • Wm David Hufford Settlement from Rush Co Map (118 KB)
    Located 2 miles south & west of Rushville is the property Settled by William & Elizabeth Hufford in 1833 They were the 1st of my family to locate in the County. The dot below the W is the location of the Hufford/Matlock Cemetery just west of Indiana Rt.3 The The line cutting through the lower r.corner is the actual Rt 3. The farm is the West Half of the Southwest corner (80 acres) of Section 7 in Rushville Twp. Note to the South & West, the property of Thomas Matlock. William David Hufford's daughter Mary Ann marries a Matlock son.
  • Nestorian, My Irish ancestors arrived in 1883 (83 KB)
    This is the ship which brought my Great grand grandparents (William Cauley & Annie Geraghty) from Co. Mayo Ireland to Boston April 16th 1883. Thier daughter Catherine married John Jordan, another passenger aboard that ship. The family story says they married in Ireland before coming to America. That story says they were 16, but you be the judge after reading the passenger list.Civil & Church records of wedding are listed elsewhere.
  • Full View of the Church & grounds (94 KB)
    The church was built in parts during several centuries. The oldest part, the Romanesque tower, was built about 1207, together with the "older" part (now the northern side of the nave). In the 16th century the church was vastly expanded to its present form---a purely Gothic nave and choir added---on the eve of Restoration
  • Wm David Hufford Homestead from 1909 Book (17 KB)
    This picture is from the Hufford Family Big Book I believe it is on a slight rise near the Matlock\Hufford cemetery where graves of many Hufford ancestors are buried. The cemetery would be off to the right and south a couple hundred yards.
  • William Cawley Sr. (16 KB)
    I believe "Bill" is sitting on the step leading into his shop or shed at the rear of his home on Pearl St. Writing on the side of photo by Margaret Hufferd (Mom) that states Grandpa Cauley.
  • Wm David Hufford Settlement in 2005 (20 KB)
    This is the modern day locale of the William David settlement pictured in the 1909 Hufford Family Book. Just ahead of this spot is the top of a small rise where I believe the original home was constructed.
  • Hoffart Family Crest 1554 ? (121 KB)
    Description: Close up of Wall Carving in Schwaigern Church. The insignia at the top right border is the Von Flechingen coat of arms and immediately underneath is the Hoffart shield. The shield is reddish gold emblazoned with a bold black cross. Above it the helmet has a red plume. The vines on either side are black at the top and bottom and where they touch the shield, and gold elsewhere. The Hoffart/Hoffert names are recorded for well over 100 years before they came to America back to the beginning of the Schwaigern parish register. The rarity of the name in Germany reinforces the likelihood that the coat of arms actually belonged to some ancestor of Hans Hoffart.
  • Price Cox (62 KB)
    Capt Price Cox addressing members of Indiana State Police at his retirement reception in Indianapolis
  • William Thomas Hufferd & Martha Eaton (201 KB)
    Picture from Indianapolis Star was part of celebration of my Great Grandparents 49th Wedding Anniversary. Note at bottom is from Cousin Jan Voiles, another great grandchild. The 2 great grandchildren listed in 1939 would be me & brother John.
  • Northam Offspring (38 KB)
    The Northam offspring are listed (oldest to youngest) Flora Branson, Emma Macy, Charlie Northam, Ethel Hufferd, Chester Northam, Mary Hester, & Clarence Northam (1951 or 52)
  • Tom, Jim & Max June 2009 (26 KB)
    Three of Margarets 4 boys gather at Tom's Indianapolis home. Jim's son Scott and Tom's Margaret were also on hand as was Max's wife Carolyn.Now...the summer of 2013...Tom, Scott and Carolyn have passed away.
  • John Hiram and Rhoda Adams Hufford (38 KB)
    John Hiram was the son of Wm David Hufford. He was a Cabinet Maker and for a time was in business with a brother in Law. John and Rhoda are parents of William Thomas Hufford Hufferd
  • Nestorian Passenger List (84 KB)
    List of Wm Cauley family members who arrived from Ireland in 1883 at Boston Harbor. Wm is passenger #228 Note that immediately after Cauley family is John Jordan who married Catherine Cauley.
  • John Hufferd, oldest of the 4 brothers (19 KB)
    This picture is also from 2009 and was provided by John after a gathering of his family at his home in Yorba Linda, CA
  • Margaret and Sons...Max, John, Tom and Jim (529 KB)
    Margaret and Sons...Max, John, Tom and Jim gathered at the Park to celebrate Mom's 70th birthday. Families of each of the sons attended as well as relatives of inlaws and others.
 

Family Tree Maker Reports and Trees

 

Related Files

  • Marriage Record John & Catherine Cauley Church (15 KB)
    This is a commercial search record from Northern Ireland. It proves the Family Story that John Jordan and Catherine Cauley Married just before leaving Ireland for the US. Altho the story was they were both 16, in fact Catherine was 16, John was 25. Also note the Roman Catholic & Civil records have different marriage months. The families left Ireland In March and did not arrive in Boston until April. This file has the 2 records combined but I have separates in the Misc file. The RC file shows the Parish as Killmore-Erris, the Townland or home of both in DRUM, County Mayo. The witness are listed as Bridget or Biddy Geraghty..from the family of Catherines mother and James Barrett, from the family of Johns mother.
  • Civil Version Of Marriage (20 KB)
    This is another commercial search record from Northern Ireland. Also note the Roman Catholic & Civil records have different marriage months.
  • Newspapers Cover the Cox retirement from IU (11 KB)
    When Price Cox retired from Indiana University, newspapers across the State carried stories similar to the time he retired as a Captain in the Indiana State Police
  • John Jordan of County Mayo leaves his Home for Ame (4 KB)
    This tells the story of John Jordan, an Irish farmer of left his home to father a family in America
  • Catherine Cauleys American Life (6 KB)
    This story follows Kate Jordan thru her years as homemaker and Midwife in Rushville's west end of town
  • History of Hufford/Hufferd in Rush County (8 KB)
    This is taken from 1888 Biography of Rush County residents and community history. This section covers the Hufferds. Again I mention that William David Hufford was the 1st of the family to settle in Rushville. He moved his family from Scott County Kentucky in 1833 and played a part in developing the area from the wilderness.
 

Related Links

 
Created with Family Tree Maker

The content shown on this page has been submitted by a Genealogy.com customer, and is not subject to verification by Genealogy.com. Neither Genealogy.com nor its affiliates are responsible for the accuracy of any information contained on this page. The opinions expressed on this page are the author's alone and not the opinions of Genealogy.com.

Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2009 Ancestry.com