Jacob Staley Hoffert

Jacob Staley Hoffert

Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Death 10 May 1884 (aged 85)
Wood County, Ohio, USA
Burial Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio, USA
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HUFFORD -- At his home one-and-a-half miles east of Perrysburg, at 8 o'clock P.M., May 9, 1884. JACOB HUFFORD, in the 89th year of his age.

Although not unexpected, as he had become quite deaf and infirm from age and an active business life for some years past, a large circle of friends were pained to learn of the demise of "Daddy" Hufford, as he was familiarly known throughout this section.

The deceased was born in Virginia, June 3, 1798. From that State he removed with his parents to Fairfield county, Ohio, in 1818, where, in 1824 he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Lennard. In 1831 he removed with his young wife and little famliy to the site of his present home, where he purchased 166 acres of land, erected a little cabin without doors or windows, only a hole in one side for ingress and egress which was stopped at night by piling up logs on the inside to keep out the bears and wolves which were then his nearest neighbors. In this cabin he lived for several years while clearing up his fertile and now well improved farm.

As the fruits of the first marriage, nine children were born to them when, at the age of 38 years, death robbed him of the companion of his labors and hardships in the then wilderness in the Black Swamp.

In 1841, he again united in marriage with Mrs. Catharine Asmath, who survives him. As the fruits of this marriage, seven children were born to them, making in all sixteen children, sixty-seven grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren, while two children and eleven grandchildren have preceded him to the spirit world.

For many years he was a member of the Evangelical church and was the main stay in the erection of the frame church now belonging to that organization on Second street. [NOTE: See photo.] Later he joined the Dunkard church and remained a member up to the date of his death.

In many respects Mr. Hufford was a remarkable man. He was fond of company and his home was a home for everyone who came. In pleasant seasons of the year for visiting, it was not an uncommon thing for 40 or 50 neighbors and relatives to visit him on Sunday and take dinner, and this occurred almost every Sunday.

Thirty-five years ago he cut a walnut tree and had it made into lumber, a portion of which he placed in the loft of a new barn built that year, which he designed for and kept for the construction of his coffin when the reaper Death called on him to surrender the tenement of clay for final rest. At his own request his son-in-law, Mr. John Lininger, constructed his burial case from this lumber. Also, at his own request his remains were conveyed to the family burying ground by the 27-year-old pony that he had been in the habit of driving for the past 24 years, and on each side of the aged animal leading him by the bits, were two aged gentlemen whose locks were whitened by four-score years, and who belonged to the Dunkard denomination. Six old men acted as pall-bearers. The deceased left his property equitably divided among his children, the widow retaining her third, and those of the children who had received money the amount was deducted from their share.

Rev. Mr. Fitterer preached the funeral sermon, and the number in attendance was estimated at over 800 persons, at least one half of whom were relatives. The remains were laid to rest beside his first wife in the family burying ground just below the homestead.

Born to Jacob and his first wife were Mary Ann (m. VAN HELLEN), George W., Simon, Susan (1st m. HARTSING, 2nd m. ELLERMAN), Catharine (m. GETZ), Rachel, Elizabeth "Betsy" (m. HARTZING), Jacob, and Sarah J. (1st m. MORSE, 2nd m. STEWART).

Born to Jacob and his second wife were Rebecca "Becca" (m. ARTZ), John, Lydia (m. PRINGLE), Isaac, Henry, Lucinda (m. LIMMER), Anna A. (m. BLECKNER), and an infant daughter known only from a gravewalker's list. (Even Jacob's obituary did not include the infant daughter from his second marriage. Since the child was buried with no first name, it's likely that she either was born dead or died within days of her birth.)

HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY, 1909, page 156. (Children from first wife begin at at page 157; children from second wife begin at page 160.) His first wife is believed to have been the daughter of George LEOHNER (or "Leonard") and Susannah ROTH. His second wife was born Catharine VAN HELLEN. When Jacob married her, she was the widow ASMATH.

DATE CONFLICT: The grave stone clearly gives his death date as May 10, 1884. The obituary clearly gives his death date as May 9, 1884.

SPELLING CONFLICT: Regarding HOFFERT versus HUFFORD, his gravestone spells the name HOFFERT. However, his name is spelled HUFFORD in the census records for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. Also, his name was spelled HUFFORD in his newspaper obituary.

NOTE: Jacob's information is on pages 156 and 160 of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY.


Jacob Hoffert
May 10, 1884
85 y, 11 m, 7 d
wife of
J. Hoffert
Aug 11, 1886
72 y, 9 mo, 5 d



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