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Casper Hufford (1762-1825)
and
Catharine Stihli (1767-1840)


Casper Hufford and Catharine Stihli were a Brethren couple from Frederick County, Maryland. They married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick and began their family in Woodsboro, even now a tiny town in Frederick County. Their first four of thirteen children were born in Woodsboro. The family moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, where seven more children were born, and finally to Fairfield County, Ohio, where their final two children were born, and where Casper and Catharine died and were buried.

In 1909, a genealogy was self-published by a great-grandson of Casper and Catharine. The author was Franklin Pierce Hoffert, born 1859, and Franklin's book is The Hufford Family History, 1729-1909. The book primarily details the descendants of Casper and Catharine; however, there are also small parts dealing with some descendants of a few of Casper's siblings and paternal half-siblings.

Franklin's self-appointed task was Herculean, and he was up to it. While there are some errors in the book, and while he did not have Casper's parents and grandparents figured out quite right, Franklin Hoffert's accomplishments are nothing short of amazing, particularly given the communication technologies of 1909. His book is filled with photographs of faces of Hufford descendants. He reported in 1909 that his cost of putting the book together was $2,000. Genealogists will smile to see that his number was nice and round and even. Like most genealogists, he likely spent more than he would admit to having spent.

In 1991 dollars, that $2,000 of 1909 money would have equaled $22,760. He could have turned that money into land, and corn, and soybeans, but Franklin was growing a more intangible crop: He was growing family connections, for himself and for future generations. Because of his work, I have been able to knock on the doors of strangers in Carroll County and Clinton County, Indiana, and have folks welcome me, and others have knocked at my door, and I have welcomed them.

Because the copyright has expired on Franklin Hoffert's massive work, it is now available as a reprint from Higginson Book Company. The company is absolutely reputable; the cost is reasonable (about fifty dollars). If you decide to purchase the book, I advise paying the small additional amount to get a hard cover on the book. Be warned: Franklin Hoffert made no index for the book. He had a system in putting the book together, but it took me almost six months to realize what his system was.

For a list of Hufford descendants, check this page: Hufford descendants

To read Casper's will, check this page:
Casper Hufford's will

To see an ancestor chart good for all the children of Casper & Catharine, check the page for their son Abraham:
Abraham Hufford, Sr.

Although Casper and Catharine married in a Lutheran church and had at least their first four children baptised as infants in a Lutheran church, they were Brethren (Church of the Brethren, Dunkards, etc.). There is even a record found of a "Love Feast" being held on their property in Fairfield Co., Ohio. Because they were Brethren, the small graphic in the upper right corner is appropriate. To learn the meanings behind the symbol, check this internet site:
Church of the Brethren logo. It will be left to church theologians to debate why a Brethrencouple married in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1786.

Search my database at one of these sites:
geneanet.org
worldconnect.rootsweb.com

Excellent link:

GenForum group for Hufford researchers


FAMILY GROUP RECORD

Husband: Casper HUFFORD [siblings listed below]
Born: 31 Aug 1762, Frederick Co., MD
Died: 28 Nov 1825, Fairfield Co., Ohio
Buried.: North Bern, Fairfield Co., Ohio
Married: 21 Mar 1786, Evangelical Lutheran, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD
Father:
Christian HOFFARTH (Christian's story is here.)
Mother:
Elizabeth KEIM
NOTE: Casper is named in his father's will.
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Wife: Catharine STIHLI [siblings listed below]
Born: 1 Oct 1767, Frederick Co., MD
Baptized: 11 May 1787, Rocky Hill Lutheran, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
Died: 11 Jan 1840, Fairfield Co., Ohio
Burried.: North Bern, Pleasant Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio
Father: Christoph STIHLI
Mother: Catharina WINE
NOTE: Catharine is named in her father's will.
Marriage info is from records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, Frederick Co., MD. Microfilm records located at the Frederick Co. Library, Frederick, MD. Page 468, Casper Hoffert married to Catharina Stihli; proclaimed 3 times; 21-March-1786.
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CHILDREN
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1.) Solomon HUFFORD, Sr.
born: 6 Jun 1786, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
christened.: 6 Jun 1786, St. Peter's Lutheran, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
died: 4 Aug 1876, Ohio
buried: Ruff Cemetery, Hocking Co., Ohio
spouse: Margaret HENRICKS
married: 24 Apr 1810, Muskingum Co., Ohio
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2.)
Abraham HUFFORD, Sr.
born: 6 Mar 1788, Frederick Co., MD
christened.: 12 May 1788, Rocky Hill Lutheran, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
died: 14 May 1859, Carroll Co., IN
buried: Hufford Cemetery, Clay Twp., Carroll Co., IN
spouse:
Elizabeth PLANK
married: 10 Mar 1813, Fairfield Co., Ohio
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3.) Elizabeth HUFFORD
born: 28 Nov 1790, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
christened: 13 Mar 1791, St. Peter's Lutheran, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
died: 1 Oct 1876, Washington, Sandusky Co., Ohio
buried: 4-Mile-Cemetery, Fremont, Sandusky Co., Ohio
spouse: Jacob HENRICKS
married: 15 Jan 1811, Fairfield Co., Ohio
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4.) Catharine Kitty HUFFORD
born: 7 Oct 1792, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
christened.: 23 Dec 1792, Rocky Hill Lutheran, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD
died: 4 Jan 1853, Fairfield Co., Ohio
buried: Friesner Cemetery, Pleasant Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio
spouse: John FREISNER
married: 11 Feb 1812, Fairfield Co., Ohio
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5.) Daniel HUFFORD
born: 11 Jan 1795, Rockingham Co., VA
died: 24 Jul 1858
buried: Mennonite Cemetery, Rush Creek Twp., Perry Co., Ohio
spouse: Nancy Anna WELTY
married: 11 Sep 1817, Fairfield Co., Ohio
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6.) Sara Saloma HUFFORD
born: 2 Dec 1796, Rockingham Co., VA
died: 2 Mar 1877
buried: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Hamilton, MO
spouse: Daniel HENRICKS
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7.) Jacob HUFFORD
born: 3 Jun 1798
died: 9 May 1884, Wood Co., Ohio
buried: Perrysburg, Wood Co., Ohio
spouse #1: Elizabeth LEONNARD/LEHNER
married #1: 13 Jan 1824, Fairfield Co., Ohio
spouse #2: Catharine ASMATH
married #2: 1844
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8.) Susan HUFFORD
born: 1 Jan 1800
died: 30 Jan 1849, Sandusky Co., Ohio
buried: 4-Mile-Cemetery, Fremont, Sandusky Co., Ohio
spouse: David BEERY
married: 18 Jan 1818, Fairfield Co., Ohio
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9.) John (Johannes) HUFFORD
born: 1801
died: 12 Dec 1825, Fairfield Co., Ohio
buried: Berry-Hufford Cemetery, Pleasant Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio
spouse: Mary Polly WHEEL/WEAL
married: 11 Dec 1824, Fairfield Co., Ohio
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10.) Christopher (Christian) HUFFORD
born: Mar 1803, Rockingham Co.,VA
died: 16 Aug 1887, Tymochtee Twp., Wyandotte Co., Ohio
buried: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Tymochtee Twp., Wyandotte Co., Ohio
spouse #1: Catharine CORFMAN
married #1: 5 Aug 1827, Fairfield Co., Ohio
spouse #2: Catherine ---
married #2: Aft 1854 (marriage ended in divorce)
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11.) Michael HUFFORD
born: 25 Nov 1804, Rockingham Co., VA
died: 10 Oct 1875, MI
buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI
spouse: Mary LOWMASTER
married: 3 Mar 1826, Fairfield Co., Ohio
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12.) David HUFFORD
born: 26 Mar 1807, Ohio
died: 1 Apr 1882, Rockbridge, Hocking Co., Ohio
buried.: Sugar Grove Cemetery, Berne Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio
spouse #1: Sarah BEERY
married #1: 15 May 1830, Fairfield Co., Ohio
spouse #2: Sarah --- [2nd wife was also named Sarah.]
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13.) Rebecca HUFFORD
born: 7 Mar 1813, Ohio
died: 20 Jun 1882, Albany, MO
buried: Stafford Chapel, New Hampton, MO
spouse: Henry CLABAUGH


A note on the spelling:
The name first showed in America as HOFFARTH. The name mutated to Hoffart, Hoffard, Hofferd, Hoffert, Huffert, Hufferd, Huffard, Huffart, and so forth. In the life of one man, he might have spelled his name three or four different ways. He might have spelled it one way; someone writing his name might have spelled it another. The name shows differently in the same document sometimes. One sibling might spell it one way; the one who lived on the neighboring farm might spell it another.


Casper's parents:
Christian HOFFARTH (5-Jul-1716 to 1788)
Elizabeth KEIM (Feb-1723 to bef. 1764)

Casper's full siblings:
(1) Christian II HUFFORD: b. 12-Jul 1746, PA; chr. 5-Oct-1746, Lutheran Church, New Hanover, Montgomery Co., PA; conf. 24-Sep-1769, St. Peter's Rocky Hill Lutheran Church near Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; d. abt. May 1826, Washington Co., PA; will proved 30-Jul-1826, Washington Co., PA; m. Maria Magdalena (last name unknown).
(2) Christina HUFFORD: b. 1749; conf. 12-May 1768, St. Peter's Rocky Hill Lutheran Church near Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; d. aft. 11-Apr 1801; m. paternal-1st-cousin Adam CREAGER in Frederick Co. MD.
(3) Philip HUFFORD: b. 3-Sep-1750; d. 26-Sep- 1793, Creagerstown, Frederick Co., MD; bur. Rocky Hill Cem., Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; m. Anna Barbara (last name unknown).
(4) Anna Margareth HOFFART: b. 1754; d. aft. 1788; m. Jonathan Andrew BARTH/BEARD. [Please note: Despite efforts over many years, this researcher has found no connection between her BEARD line and the man Anna Margareth married.]
(5) Daniel HOFFART: b. 1756; d. 1818, Harrison Co., KY; m. 1st Elizabeth CASSEL, 23-Aug-1779, Frederick Co., MD; m. 2nd M. Barbara _____.
(6) John HOFFART: b. 1758; d. 1819, Woodford Co., KY; m. Elizabeth STIHL, 2-Dec-1783, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD. [John's wife Elizabeth was the sister of Casper's wife Catharine.]

Casper's paternal half-siblings:
[children born to Casper's father and his 2nd wife, Anna Catharine (KARFMAN, according to another researcher) who died abt. Oct. 1807, Fayette Co., KY.]
(1) Anna Catharina HOFFART: b. 1764, Frederick Co., MD; m. Michael FAUTH/FOUT, 24-Nov-1789, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD.
(2) George (Jorick) HOFFART: b. 1766, Frederick Co., MD; d. 1828, Woodford Co., KY; m. Elizabeth CASTLE.
(3) Elizabeth HOFFART: b. 8-Jan-1768, Frederick Co., MD; chr. 4-Jul-1768, Rocky Hill Lutheran Church, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; m. Conrad HERDER, 4-Dec-1787, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD.
(4) Adam HOFFART: b. 30-May-1769, Frederick Co., MD; chr. 30-Jul-1769, Rocky Hill Lutheran Church, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; d. 1855, Delaware Co., IN.
(5) Hannah HOFFART: b. 12-Apr-1771, Frederick Co., MD; chr. 29-Jul-1771, Rocky Hill Lutheran Church, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD. When her Hannah's mother's will was settled in 1807, Fayette Co., KY, Hannah was already dead, and her unnamed heirs inherited in her place.
(6) Jacob HOFFART: 12-Nov-1772, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; chr. 21-May-1773, Rocky Hill Lutheran Church, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; d. 1851, Sandusky Co., Ohio; m. 1st Catharine BAKER, 15-Nov-1799, German Reformed Church, Frederick Co., MD; m. 2nd Catharine CREAGER. Some confusion over this 2nd marriage. It may be an error. An old mug book says Jacob's wife was born "Catharine Creager," but no record has been found. It is possible that some descendant was mis-remembering his grandmother's maiden name and recalling "Creager" because he knew there was some relationship to the Creagers.
(7) Susanna HOFFART: b. 12-Oct-1774, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; chr. 25-Feb-1775, Rocky Hill Lutheran Church, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD; m. Griffith MATHIAS, 20-Dec-1806, Frederick Co., MD.
(8) Johanna Magdalena HOFFART: b. 10-Oct-1776, Frederick Co., MD; chr. 25-Mar-1777, Rocky Hill Lutheran Church, Woodsboro, Frederick Co., MD.
(9) Rebecca HOFFART: b. 3-Jun-1778, Frederick Co., MD; d. 2-Sep-1848, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY; bur. Stone Grange Farm, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY; m. John BURRIER, 19-Apr-1803, Frederick Co., MD.
(10) Barbara HOFFART: b. 5-Jun-1780, Frederick Co., MD; d. 22-Jun-1842, Woodford Co., KY; bur. Mortonsville, Woodford Co., KY; m. John BOSTIAN, 13-Aug-1804, Fayette Co., KY.


Catharine Stihli's parents:
Christoph STIHL (d. Oct-1782, Frederick Co., MD; 1st m. to Mary SCHLEIFFER)
Catharina WINE (d. 15-Mar-1814, Fairfield Co., Ohio; 2nd m. Jacob BOWMAN, Sr.; 3rd m. Christian FRY. Catharina Wine was the daughter of Johann George Wein, will proved 26-Dec-1797, Frederick Co., MD, and Margaretha HORN; they married 8-May-1741, Worms, Germany.)

Catharine Stihli's siblings:
(1) Elizabeth STIHL: b. Nov-1764, Frederick Co., MD; m. John HOFFART, 2-Dec-1783, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD.
(2) Abraham STIHL: m. Anna Maria AILBACH, 24-Sep-1788, Evangelical Reform Church, Frederick Co., MD.
(3) Mary STIHL: b. 11-Nov-1768; d. 22-Sep-1843, Montgomery Co., Ohio; m. Joseph KESSLER, 4-Feb-1787.
(4) Hannah STIHLI: d. aft. Oct-1782.
(5) Susanna STIHLI: d. aft. Oct-1782.
(6) Sarah STIHLI: b. 1779; d. aft. Oct-1782.
(7) Eve STIHL: b. 17-Oct-1779; d. aft. Oct-1782; m. John BOWMAN, 25-Apr-1796, Rockingham Co., VA.
(8) Saloma STIHL: b. 20-Jan-1781; d. 4-May-1840; m. John MERICLE, 12-Apr-1801, Rockingham Co., VA.
(9) Christopher STIHLI: d. aft. Oct-1782.


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