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William Henry Huff1

Male
b. 13 March 1840, d. 23 March 1916


Father Thomas Jefferson Huff1 b. 4 July 1812, d. 17 July 1883
Mother Elizabeth "Betsy" Bainter1 b. 4 July 1817, d. 11 May 1892
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Family Helen L. Duffield b. circa 1849
Marriage* 16 August 1865  Hancock Co., IL, Groom: William H. Huff
Bride: Hellen L. Duffield
Date: 08/16/1865
Vol: 4
Page: 19
Lic# 1908
County: Hancock, Principal=Helen L. Duffield1,4 
Children  1. William Ernest Huff b. Jun 1865 or Jun 1866, d. 15 Dec 1942
  2. Nelson Leroy Huff b. c 1869
  3. Henry Mason Huff b. c 1871
  4. Flora Etta Huff b. c 1873
  5. Buda Huff b. Dec 1878
  6. Shephard Eugene Huff b. Apr 1883
  7. James Warren Huff b. 1 Nov 1886, d. Aug 1975

Biography*   William Henry Huff enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. He fought in a number of prominent battles and was captured and held prisoner for three months in Andersonville Prison, Andersonville Georgia, sixty-two miles south of Macon. This was one of the most nortorious prisons of the Confederacy. It consisted of about twenty-five acres near the village, with a stockade fifteen feet high. At time it contained as many as 33,000 Union prisoners. They had no shelter and their surroundings were extermely unhealthful. Their food was scarce and for days and days there would be none. The soldiers would be so hungry, they would chew their fingers to the bone. The large number of deaths in this prison, were due to these bad conditions. Ohe night Henry Huff knocked a guard out, and made his get away. He traveled at night and hid out in the daytime and finally reached the Union camp. Back at the camp, food was still hard to come by so the soldiers took turns at foraging. One night it was Henry Huff's and George Summer's turn to go out and find food. They were captured by two mounted Confederate soldiers and were being taken back to prison. Henry Huff cut a horse's girth next to him, and they got away to safety.

He was in the war for four full years, and an additional nine months. He lost one eye.

Henry Huff lived for many decades, a mile south of the Jarvis Burr farm. He was a great digger of wells and probably dug more wells than any other person. Wells were dug by hand and shovel. The dirt was excevated by means of ropes and windlass.

William married shortly after his honorable discharge from the Union Army to Helen Duffield.
2 
Milit-Beg*   Huff, Henry
Rank: Pvt
Company: G
Unit: 106 IL US Infantry 
Birth* 13 March 1840  Monroe Twp., Muskingum Co., OH1,3 
Marriage* 16 August 1865  Hancock Co., IL, Groom: William H. Huff
Bride: Hellen L. Duffield
Date: 08/16/1865
Vol: 4
Page: 19
Lic# 1908
County: Hancock, Principal=Helen L. Duffield1,4 
Census* 1880  1880 Federal Census, Illinois, Hancock County, Durham Township, ED: 68, Series: T9, Roll: 211, Page: 99A, June 4
27, 44, 45, Huff, Henry, W, M, 40, , , , 1, , , Farmer, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Va, Ohio
28, 44, 45, Huff, Hellen, W, F, 30, , Wife, , 1, , , Keeping House, , , , , , , , , , , Illinois, Penn, Ohio
29, 44, 45, Huff, Willie, W, M, 13, , Son, 1, , , , Farmer, , , , , , , , 1, , , Illinois, Ohio, Ills
30, 44, 45, Huff, Nelson, W, M, 10, , Son, 1, , , , Farmer, , , , , , , , 1, , , Illinois, Ohio, Ills
31, 44, 45, Huff, Mason, W, M, 8, , Son, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , Illinois, Ohio, Ills
32, 44, 45, Huff, Flora, W, F, 6, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , 1, , , , , Illinois, Ohio, Ills
33, 44, 45, Huff, Buda, W, F, 6/12, Dec, Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Illinois, Ohio, Ills1 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, Illinois, Hancock County, Durham Township, ED: 18, Series: T623, Roll: 304, Page: 106B, June 19
Sheet 8B
67, 170, 171, Huff, Henry W, Head, W, M, Mch 1840, 60, M, 35, , , Ohio, Virginia, Ohio, , , , Farmer, 3, , Yes, Yes, Yes, O, M, F, 148
68, 170, 171, Huff, Helen L, Wife, W, F, Oct 1848, 51, M, 35, 10, 7, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, , , , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
69, 170, 171, Huff, Fora E, Daughter, W, F, Mch 1874, 26, S, , , , Illinois, Ohio, Illinois, , , , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
70, 170, 171, Huff, Warren, Son, W, M, Nov 1886, 13, S, , , , Illinois, Ohio, Illinois, , , , Farm Laborer, 4, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
71, 170, 171, Huff, Cressie, G Daughter, W, F, Mch 1894, 6, S, , , , Illinois, Illinois, , , , , At School, , 5, Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,3 
Census 1910  1910 Federal Census, Illinois, Hancock County, Durham Township, ED: 9, Series: T624, Roll: 290, Page: 72A, April 27
Sheet 9A, Creek Rd.
(enumerated with son, James Huff)
18, 110, 110, Huff, William H, Father, M, W, 70, M1, 45, , , Ohio, Virginia, Ohio, , , English, Laborer, Odd Jobs, W, No, 0, Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,5 
Death* 23 March 1916  La Harpe, Hancock Co., IL 

Citations
  1. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S345] The Township Called Durham, Edie Blender.
  3. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S292] Illinois Marriage Index, 1763–1900, online http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html.
  5. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.


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