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Family History

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        Of this family line I know very little.  I know that a Magdelina Huff married a Henry Jacob Peiffer in December 1852 in Philadelphia, PA. And that they then moved to the Bordentown, Burlington Co., NJ. area by the 1860 Federal Census.  In this census Jacob is shown to be working as a Chairmaker. Magdelina was born in 1831 in Philadelphia, PA.  There are hints as to who her parents may have been.  The 1870 Burlington Co., Bordentown Twp. NJ. has a Catherine Gilbert age 72 listed in the household with Jacob and Magdalene Peiffer. Catherine is born in PA and her parents in Ireland. Magdalina was also born in PA so this may have been Magdalina's mother even though the surnames were different. As for her father we know that based on the Marriage Certificate as well as the Peiffer Family Bible Magdelina used the surname of HUFF and not Gilbert. Magdelina and Henry Jacob had 8 children before she passed away in June of 1870.

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Origins of the Surname*

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It is quite probable that the HUFF surname is from a very widely used personal name of:

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a spur of a hill, Old English hoh (literally, ‘heel’).

German: from the Germanic personal name Hufo, a short form of a compound name formed with hug ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’ as the first element.

*Although the Domesday Book compiled by William the Conqueror required surnames, the use of them in the British Isles did not become fixed until the time period between 1250 and 1450.  The broad range of ethnic and linguistic roots for British surnames reflects the history of Britain as an oft-invaded land. These roots include, but are not limited to, Old English, Middle English, Old French, Old Norse, Irish, Gaelic, Celtic, Pictish, Welsh, Gaulish, Germanic, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. 

     Throughout the British Isles, there are basically five types of native surnames. Some surnames were derived from a man's occupation (Carpenter, Taylor, Brewer, Mason), a practice that was commonplace by the end of the 14th century.  Place names reflected a location of residence and were also commonly used (Hill, Brook, Forrest, Dale) as a basis for the surname, for reasons that can be easily understood.  Nicknames that stuck also became surnames.  About one-third of all US surnames in the United States are Patronymic in origin, and identified the first bearer of the name by his father (or grandfather in the case of some Irish names).  Acquired ornamental names were simply made up, and had no specific reflection on the first who bore the name. They simply sounded nice, or were made up as a means of identification, generally much later than most surnames were adopted.

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*  Many German names have their roots in the Germanic middle ages. The process of forming family names began around the year 1100 and extended through 1600. All social classes and demographic strata aided in the development of names. First Names (Rufnamen) identified specific persons. Over time the first name began to be applied to the bearer's whole family. At first through verbal usage, family names (Familiennamen) were later fixed through writing. Until the 17th century, first names played a more important role. The earliest family names derived from the first name of the first bearer (Patronym). Later names derived from the place of dwelling and location of the homestead. If a person of family migrated from one place to another they were identified by the place they came from. Of more recent origin are names derived from the vocation of profession of the first bearer. These names comprise the largest group and the most easily recognizable, for they tell what the first bearer did for a living. Another group are names derived from a physical or other characteristic of the first bearer. Finally, there are names that tell you the state or region a first bearer and his family came from; the age old division in tribes and regions (low German, middle German and upper German) is often reflected in names.

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Variations of

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The complexity of researching records is compounded by the fact that in many cases an ancestors surname may have been misspelled.  This is especially true when searching census documents.

The Soundex system was developed in an effort to assist with identifying spelling variations for a given surname. Soundex is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census, and can aid genealogists in their research.   Soundex Code for HUFF = H100, Other surnames sharing this Soundex Code: HAFFEY | HAPPE | HEAP | HEAPE | HEPP | HIEB | HIPP | HOBBY | HOFF | HOPE | HOPP | HOPPE | HOVEY | HUFF | HUPP

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NAME

BIRTH / DEATH / LOCATIONS

Magdelina Huff

b. 11 Mar 1831 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA.

m. Henry Jacob Peiffer 26 Dec 1852 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA.

d. 4 Sep 1870 in Bordentown, Burlington Co., NJ.

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Family Location Information

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Researching the locations where my ancestors lived has provided me with valuable evidence needed to fill-in the gaps in my family trees.  It has also led me to many interesting facts that enhance the overall picture of each family group.  The names of states and counties on the following list were derived from the known places where the persons in the “Direct Ancestors” list (see above) were born, married, and/or died.

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UNITED STATES

New Jersey

Burlington County

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

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Source Documents

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The documents and headstones contained within the “Source Documents Archives” have been located during my research of this family, and used as evidence to prove many of the facts contained within the database of this family’s record.

 

     Most of these documents can be considered as primary or secondary evidence.  Primary evidence is usually defined as the best available to prove the fact in question, usually in an original document or record.  Secondary evidence is in essence all that evidence which is inferior in its origin to primary evidence. That does not mean secondary evidence is always in error, but there is a greater chance of error.  Examples of this type of evidence would be a copy of an original record, or oral testimony of a record’s contents.  Published genealogies and family histories are also secondary evidence.

     Classifying evidence as either primary or secondary does not tell anything about its accuracy or ultimate value.  This is especially true of secondary evidence.  Thus it is always a good idea to ask the following questions: (1) How far removed from the original is it, (when it is a copy)?;  (2) What was the reason for the creation of the source which contains this evidence?; and (3) Who was responsible for creating this secondary evidence and what interest did they have in its accuracy?

SOURCE:  Greenwood, Val D., The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 2nd edition, Genealogical Publishing  Co., Baltimore, MD 21202, 1990, pgs. 62-63

 

You are welcome to download any of the documents contained within this archive.

  Should you encounter a problem obtaining a copy you may get in touch with

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During my research I have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a particular family.  Some of them are presented on this website because I believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

 

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