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Ferdinand Huff1

Male
b. 2 December 1826, d. 27 August 1885


Father George Huff1 b. 28 November 1779, d. 15 May 1839
Mother Elisabeth Wein1 b. 8 January 1792, d. 1 March 1884
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Family Maria Hubbard Skillman b. 3 December 1826, d. 15 June 1890
Marriage* 14 December 1847  Summersville, Butler Co., OH, Principal=Maria Hubbard Skillman1 
Children  1. Omar Thomas Huff b. 20 Apr 1849, d. 20 Feb 1926
  2. George Hamilton Huff b. 8 Jan 1851, d. 7 May 1939
  3. Rosa Elizabeth Huff b. 16 Feb 1856, d. b 1910
  4. Willis Ferdinand Huff b. 9 May 1858, d. 24 Dec 1955
  5. Maria Jane Lincoln Huff b. 12 Jan 1861, d. 1957
  6. Herman Elmer Huff b. 5 Nov 1866, d. b 1880
  7. Nettie Lenora Huff b. 29 Jun 1868, d. Apr 1968

Biography*   From Cedar Co., Missouri. History and Families:

Ferdinand and Maria Huff were born and married in Ohio. Both died in El Dorado Springs. Their children: Omer, George, Rosa, Willis Ferdinand (Ferd), Maria Jane Lincoln (Linnie) and Nettie.

Ferdinand and Maria had lived in Salam, IL. and had known President Lincoln before Lincoln became President. He admired him so much he named his next child Maria Jane Lincoln Huff. She did not like the name and was always called "Linnie" or "Lin".

Ferdinand and family joined a covered wagon train in Ohio in the fall of 1867 shortly after the Civil war. Omar,18; George,17; Ferd,9 years old. They ferried across the Mississippi River at St. Louis. At Buffalo, Missouri they left the wagon train and headed west for Kansas. They spent the first night near the spring in Stockton, second night, they camped three miles east of Virgil City. They were delayed by sickness. Gushing springs, abundant woods, and fertile prairies looked like a good investment.

When the Huff family arrived in Cedar County they found few unoccupied houses. Order No. 11, issued by the Northern government caused many houses to be burned. The earlier settlers had their livestock stolen, their buildings burned and sometimes the inhabitants were murdered. Those who could, fled with what few possessions they could travel with. For many years after, the chimneys stood as monuments marking the location of homes that had been burned and looted.

They finally found a one-room house across the road from what was then called German Hall school and moved in shortly after the birth of their last child Nettie. Ferdinand paid less than two dollars an acre for 160 acres.

The next year corn was planted in unplowed sod. Holes were chopped with an ax, grain dropped and covered, and untended, but produced corn for much needed bread. Horseback rides with sacks of corn were 20 miles to grist mill on Sac River near Stockton..

The Huff family later moved to land bought from Elisha Liston and built a better home.

The log school became to small for all the new settlers children. So, in 1870, Ferdinand Huff and Christopher Gish built a one-room frame school house called White Hall. It was built 2 miles east of Virgil City. The lumber for the school was hauled from Sedalia, 90 miles away, which was the closest railroad. The schoolhouse had two seats in the back that were slab benches with stobs bored in for legs, that had been brought from the old log school. In 1870 Ferdinand donated two acres off the corner of his farm for a cemetery and a church was moved from Virgil City and located across from the school. It was Methodist and named Mt. Hebron. Later renamed White Hall. Many old timers are buried there. The Huff's had a former place in the East called White Hall and that name was given to the church, cemetery and schoolhouse. The remainder of the ground was given the name of Mt. Hebron. 
Birth* 2 December 1826  Zanesville, Muskingum Co., OH1 
Marriage* 14 December 1847  Summersville, Butler Co., OH, Principal=Maria Hubbard Skillman1 
Census* 1850  replace
1850 Federal Census, IN., Owen County, Washington Township p. 103
, , Huff, Ferdinand, M, 22, W, Farmer, $900, OH, , , ,
, , Huff, Maria, F, 22, W, , , OH, , , ,
, , Huff, Omar T., M, 1/12, W, , , OH, , , ,2 
Census 1860  1860 Federal Census, Illinois, Marion County, Salem P.O., Series: M653, Roll: 207, Page: 651, July 31
39, 154, 158, Huff, Ferdinand, 23, M, , , 1600, 400, Ohio, , , , ,
1860 Federal Census, Illinois, Marion County, Salem P.O., Series: M653, Roll: 207, Page: 652, July 31
01, 154, 158, Huff, Mariah, 33, F, , , , , Ohio, , , , ,
02, 154, 158, Huff, Omer T, 11, M, , , , , Ohio, , , 1, ,
03, 154, 158, Huff, George Hamilton, 9, M, , , , , Ind, , 1, , ,
04, 154, 158, Huff, Rosea E, 4, F, , , , , Ind, , , , ,
05, 154, 158, Huff, Willis H, 2, M, , , , , Ill, , , , ,3 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Missouri, Cedar County, Box Township, Series: M593, Roll: 768, Page: 29B, August 18
22, 211, 209, Huff, Ferdinand, 43, M, W, Farmer, 1200, 255, Ohio, , , , , , , , , 1,
23, 211, 209, Huff, Maria, 27, F, W, Keeping House, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,
24, 211, 209, Huff, Omer T, 21, M, W, Farm Laborer, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,
25, 211, 209, Huff, Nancy, 19, M, W, Keeping House, , , Missouri, , , , , , , , , ,
26, 211, 209, Huff, George H, 19, M, W, Farm Laborer, , , Indiana, , , , , , , , , ,
27, 211, 209, Huff, Rosa E, 14, M, W, Attending School, , , Indiana, , , , , 1, , , , ,
28, 211, 209, Huff, Ferdinand W, 12, M, W, Attending School, , , Illinois, , , , , 1, 1, , , ,
29, 211, 209, Huff, Maria J, 9, M, W, Attending School, , , Indiana, , , , , 1, , , , ,
30, 211, 209, Huff, Nettie L, 2, M, W, At Home, , , Missouri, , , , , , , , , ,4 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Missouri, Cedar County, South Box Township, ED: 244, Series: T9, Roll: 680, Page: 257B, June 2
01, 8, 11, Huff, Ferdinand, W, M, 53, , , , 1, , , Farming, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Va, Va
02, 8, 11, Huff, Maria, W, F, 53, , Wife, , 1, , , Keeping House, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, New Jersey, Ohio
03, 8, 11, Huff, Willis F, W, M, 22, , Son, 1, , , , Assists on Farm, , , , , , , , , , , Illinois, Ohio, Ohio
04, 8, 11, Huff, Linnie J, W, F, 18, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , Indiana, Ohio, Ohio
05, 8, 11, Huff, Nettie L, W, F, 11, , Daughter, 1, , , , Attending School, , , , , , , , 1, , , Missouri, Ohio, Ohio5 
Death* 27 August 1885  El Dorado Springs, Cedar Co., MO1 
Burial* after 27 August 1885  White Hall Cemetery, Cedar Co., MO, Transcription: Ferdinand Huff Died 1885 Aged 58y 8m 23d.1 

Citations
  1. [S237] Robin R. Penner Personal Research, Robin R. Penner.
  2. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census , 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.


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