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Jan 13, 2002
from Christina Evelyn (Beard) Woodworth
I was very interested in the "Beards" and the
"Moores." I have only been able to trace my
family background as far as William Harrison Beard from
IL, and his wife Mary Ann Ellizabeth Smith, PA. There
were my great-grandparents. I was hoping to find a
connection, but I am not sure if there could be a
connection since I don't have any idea who my g
grandfather's parents were. I don't even know when my g
grandfather was born. I'm still gathering all of the
information about the "Beards," no matter where
they are from, hoping for a connection. My grandfather,
John W. Beard, was from Joplin, MO; b.1862 d.1925 in CO
and buried in the Divide Creek Cemetery at Divide Creek.
He was married to Laura Elizabeth William from MO. After
my grandfather's death, the rest of the family -- g
grandmother and her three sons and one daughter -- moved
to Oregon. My g grandmother is buried in Grants Pass,
Josephine Co., Oregon. My father (Percy J. Beard),
Merritt Everett Beard, Glen Vernon Beard, and sister
Myrtle Clarissa Beard Jones, Peterson, Hulse are all
deceased. My mother Ruby Myra Hulse Beard and my only
sister, Elmina Clarissa Beard Spring, Prague are all
deceased as well. I am the last living link to this
family of Beards, and I am 65, so there are no people
alive can give me any information about either side of my
family. It certainly be greatly appreciated if somewhere
along the line there is somebody that may know something
about other relatives. I have the names of my father's
aunts and uncles, but not much else.
Christina, begin with
the known, and move back into that which is now
unknown, piece by piece, and clue by clue. You know
the names of those great-grandparents. Do you know
about when and where they died? If so, get copies of
their death certificates. Find obituaries in the
local newspapers. You might learn a parent's name;
you might learn a place of birth. Do you know where
they were at the time of the 1920 census? (In April
2002, the 1930 census will be released.) Do you know
where they were for the 1910 census? Check them, and
see what you find. Try to find a marriage license
application for them. Check for church records for
baptisms of their children. Some of those records
note other family members. Look for land records to
see from whom they bought their land. People often
bought land from other family members. Any chance he
served in the military? Get those records. It's a
puzzle; the fun is in piecing it together. Best
Jan 18, 2002
from Erin Doyle
I'm taking a genealogy class right now at Augustana
College and was researching my father's side of the
family. My grandfather (Willis Doyle)
told me of his great-grandmother (Permelia Ann Payne) who remarried and became a Malcolm.
I decided to look her up because she supposedly knew
President Lincoln. The internet took me to this website,
and there it was -- a huge article on my
Before Joseph MALCOLM,
Permelia was married to the man she knew as "Thomas Doyle."
Permelia had two children with Tom Doyle, and five
children with Joseph Malcolm. Yes, Permelia claimed
that she once danced with Abraham Lincoln. My
connection to Permelia is that she was the sister of
one great-grandfather, and the first wife of another
great-grandfather. By the way, you're not a
"Doyle"; you're most likely a
"Reed," because your great-grandfather's
real name was "Francis REED." He changed it
after he went A.W.O.L. from the Union Army during the
U.S. Civil War. But, he must have been a nice guy
because, after all, four women married him!
Mar 4, 2002
from rhonda davis
I'm the great granddaughter of Alice Hufford
Likely the reference
is to Alice Hufford (1885-1980) of Kansas who was the
daughter of Emanual, who was the son of Abraham Sr., who
was the son of Casper, who was the son of Christian
born 1716 in Schwaigern, Germany. Alice married
Luther TATE in 1902 in Anderson Co., Kansas. The
couple's children were Nellie, George, Roy, and
Mar 8, 2002
from Betty Grove
I married Charles Grove, son of Arther Hufford
Grove. We had two children: Charles William and Lora
I'm guessing that was
Arthur H. Grove, son of Frank Grove and Sadie Bell
Hufford (born 1876). Sadie was the daughter of
Emanuel, who was the son of Elias, who was the son of
Solomon Sr., who was the son of Casper, who was
the son of Christian born 1716 in Schwaigern,
Mar 15, 2002
from Donald L. Hufford
Alice: I'm the son of John Lee Hufford, son of Jess Hufford,
all from Rossville, IN. I'm interested
in information on the Lancaster covered Bridge located
just below the Beard farm at Owasco. I'm also interested
in the Adams Mill and the Adams Mill covered Bridge at
Cutler, IN. Do you have any information on these 3 sites,
such as date built, etc.? My son Joe Hufford has
purchased the Old Hufford Brick House and Barn on the
north side of St. Rd. 421, just past the Wild Cat Creek,
north of Rossville. If you have any history on that
property, I would appreciate some help. PS: I work at
Purdue Univ. with Charley and Linda.
Jess was Jesse Newton
Hufford (1872-1928), son of John, son of Samuel, son
of Solomon Sr., son of Casper, son of
Christian born 1716 in Schwaigern, Germany.
Mar 16, 2002
from Mary Burrier
Mar 29, 2002
from Nancy Bousquet Monk
My great-great-great grandfather was Christian Hufford.
His daughter Catharine and Jacob Reynolds were my
Jacob Reynolds' wife
Catharine Hufford (born about 1803) was the daughter
of Christian III, who was the son of Christian II,
who was the son of Christian born
1716 in Schwaigern, Germany.
Apr 6, 2002
from William Garard
I recently started researching my third-great-grandmother
Sarah Hufford, married (1813 KY) to
Jonathan Spaulding. After locating them in Woodford
County, Kentucky, then moving to Scott County, Indiana. I
was unable to find any records on them after 1850 and
beat my head against that wall until I wore out and
started looking for their ancestors. Then I found your
web pages, besides being very interesting and
informative, I discovered many more ancestors to align
with. It was like finding a gold mine. I went to the Higginson Book Company site and searched for The Hufford Family History,
but was unable to locate it; maybe they dont
provide this book any longer.
I wrote to Higginson
Book Co. at email@example.com and got a response within the hour. Here
was my question: "Do you still sell
reproductions of the book 'Hufford Family History,'
published in 1909, authored by Franklin Pierce
And here was their answer:
Subj: Re: Hufford Family
Date: 5/17/2002 4:57 PM EDT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (George)
To: Alice Beard
Yes, it's still available at $41.00 softcover and
However, if you'd like, you can make it known on
your website that family members can get the book
at the discounted rate of $36.00 plus $6.00
shipping. They just have to mention that they saw
the special price on your website.
We accept mastercard, visa and checks.
Because we do print to order, delivery time is
about 8 weeks.
My experience with this company has
me saying that they are EXCELLENT and 100% reputable.
The reproduction of the book is easier to read than
any of the original copies that I've seen over the
years. The original book printed rather
"muddy." Higgonson has managed to clear up
much of the muddiness in their reproductions.
Franklin Pierce Hoffert produced an amazing book,
filled with hundreds of face photos and thousands of
dates. He depended in large part on dates provided by
others. There are some date errors in the book -- not
many, but there are errors. There is no index. In
order to understand the way the book is organized,
one needs to understand the branches of the family
tree. Here's some help: "Reader's Guide to Franklin Hoffert's Hufford
And, William's third-great-grandmother Sarah
(1792-1870) was the daughter of John, who was the son
of Christian born
1716 in Schwaigern, Germany.
Apr 29, 2002
from Wayne Borden Bardsley
My maternal grandfather, Raymond Clifford Borden
(1885-1964), and grandmother, Lillian Keziah Smith
(1884-1964), were furious when the Chad Mitchell Trio had
their hit song about "their cousin," Lizzie.
They were all residents of Fall River; Raymond's father
was Eugene Albert Borden (1847-1920), and his grandfather
was Philander Borden (b. 1814?). The actual precise
connection to Lizzie is unknown to me.
The Chad Mittchell
Trio recorded "Fall River Hoedown." They
were not the first to sing the song. It was
originally a production number in a group called
"New Faces," in 1952. Below are the words,
found amid the treasures of the internet:
One hot day in old Fall River,
Mr. Andrew Borden died,
And they booked his daughter Lizzie
On a charge of homicide.
Some folks say, "She didn't
Others say, "Of course she did."
But they all agree Miss Lizzie B.
Was quite a problem kid
'Cause you can't chop your poppa
up in Massachusetts,
Not even if it's planned as a surprise.
No, you can't chop your poppa up in Massachusetts;
You know how neighbors love to criticize.
Now, she got him on the sofa,
Where he'd gone to take a snooze,
And I hope he went to heaven,
'Cause he wasn't wearin' shoes.
Lizzie kind of rearranged him
With a hatchet ,so they say,
And then she got her mother
In that same old fashioned way.
But, you can't chop your momma up
Not even if you're tired of her cuisine.
No, you can't chop your momma up in Massachusetts;
If you do, you know, there's bound to be a scene.
Oh they really kept her hoppin'
on that August afternoon,
With both down and upstairs choppin'
While she hummed a ragtime tune,
And her maw, when Lizzie whacked her looked an awful
lot like paw,
Like somebody in a tractor had been backin' over maw.
But, you can't chop your poppa up
And then blame all the damage on the mice.
No, you can't chop your momma up in Massachusetts;
That kind of thing just isn't very nice.
Now it wasn't done for pleasure
And it wasn't done for spite,
And it wasn't done because the lady
Wasn't very bright.
She had always done the slightest
That mom and poppa bid.
They said, "Lizzie, cut it out,"
And that's exactly what she did.
But you can't chop your poppa up
And then get dressed to go out for a walk.
No, you can't chop your poppa up in Massachusetts;
It's a far cry to New York
A far cry to New York.
May 15, 2002
from Marilyn Furzeland
I am the 7th generation descendant of John Borden
who was a member of Colonel Noble's Command when it was
attacked by Indians and French in the Windsor, Nova
Scotia, Canada (where I currently live). The Nova Scotia
family are always proud of their cousins Sir Robert &
Sir Frederick, but they denied being related to Lizzie!
May 16, 2002
from Larry McCune
I was very pleased to find this site while searching for
information on Schwaigern, Germany. Solomon Hufford
was the great-grandfather of Catherine (Berry) McCune who
was my great-grandmother. I had found the connection
between Catherine Beery and the Huffords
through the Keim Family Tree site
maintained by Kie Zelms.
Kei Zelms wrote in the
year 2000. E-mail address then was email@example.com. I do not know the web site URL; I'd be
happy to share if I knew.
Your closest ancestor
born with the Hufford surname was Catherine Hufford
(1814-1873), daughter of Solomon Sr., son of Casper, son of
Christian born 1716 in Schwaigern, Germany.
May 21, 2002
from Robert Marshall
My Grandfather was Fred Cripe, My great
Grandfather was John Sumner Cripe, and Great Great
Grandfather was Rhinhart Cripe. I don't know much about
the Cripe family and would like to learn more.
May 29, 2002
from Debra Lynn Earle
This is a very interesting site. I was just surfing for Earle
ancestors, and it brought me to here. I had no idea the
"Earle" name was linked to Lizzy Borden in
Jun 3, 2002
from Mari Moore
Found out about your site through the Reeder Forum. They
spotted the entry for Matthew Borden and
Joan Reeder. Always fascinating to see a family name tied
in with notorious people...My mother is a Reeder, from
the W. Texas line.
Jun 13, 2002
from Gary Lane Cripe
I am a direct descendant of all of Jacob Grieb's
children. I know, but it happened before my time.
Nevertheless, I am proud of that fact.
Jacob Greib (or Cripe) (born 1712) and his wife Elizabeth had ten
children -- four sons and six daughters. Just to set
the record straight: NONE of those ten children
interbred! However, many of Jacob and Elizabeth's
descendants did intermarry. First-cousin and
second-cousin marriages were very common among their
descendants. Thus, many of Jacob and Elizabeth's
descendants are able to claim descent through more
than one of their ten children. This, however, is the
first time I've heard from someone who descends from
all ten children
Jun 26, 2002
from margaret (DEXTER)
i really am a cousin of Lizzy Borden and of thomas
cornell through ralph earle's daughters,
mary and sarah. martha earle wood was my ancestral
Jul 6, 2002
from Jane E Morse
Thank you for helping me finally find the name of the
Morse who was tried for witchcraft. I
knew there was a house in Salem called the Morse House,
but had researched that a long time ago, and have since
found out that Morses are not ones to talk about their
relatives who are accused of such. I just happened to
stumble upon the Lizzie Borden data
tonight. I wonder what the stuffy Morses think of having
her in their ancestry!
Jul 10, 2002
from Merita (Sanford) Stormzand
I enjoyed reading the lineage all the way back to Thomas Sanford.
My DAR ancester is Capt. John Sanford, whose wife was
Jul 10, 2002
from PETER A. RHODES
my wife, Lee F. Fowler, is 13th generation descended from
Alice (Mrs. Henry Lake).
Jul 11, 2002
from Mark A. Smith
Alice, I have yet one more interesting Cripe-Studebaker
link-up: My great-grandfather's sister, Sarah
Smith, married Jacob Cripe, who is buried in the
Hoover-Snider Cemetery in Deer Creek Township in Cass
County, Indiana. Sarah was the daughter of Lydia
Studebaker and her husband Jacob Smith, and the
granddaughter of Abraham Studebaker, from Miami County,
Ohio. My great-grandfather was Sarah's brother, Artemas.
Jul 30, 2002
from Bruce Dale Clear
Son of Ervin A. Clear; grandson of George Clear;
great-grandson of Cornelius Clear.
married Mary J. Cripe 20-May-1869.
Mary was a daughter of David Cripe
(1808-1865) and Jane F. Daniels
(1814-1882). And Mary was the younger sister of Sarah Catherine Cripe who married Andrew Hufford.
Aug 18, 2002
from Kristi Stafford
I believe my family line to have also come from Ralph
Earle and Joan Savage, their daughter Sarah
Earle married David Lake (Alice's son).
Aug 23, 2002
from Mary Haines Eavenson
Alice, I was looking up Elinor Newton
and came across your Payne story & since I have a
Quaker Payne in N.J. thought it wise to check yours out.
We aren't related thru Paynes, but we're related thru James
Adams' brother John and his 2nd w. Elizabeth
Russell who moved to Flushing, L.I., then to N.J. where
their dau. Elizabth Adams m. my ancestor William
Hollingshead! A long way around, but there is a
connection. Be delighted to hear from you. Mary
Elinor Newton was born
1598 in England. Some researchers have wondered if,
perhaps, she was "the widow Newton." Her
parents are unknown; however, better researchers than
I have found indications that she might have been
married before she married John Adams. (James arrived
in America 19-Nov-1621 on the ship Fortune; he was a
carpenter on the ship.) Your ancestor was their son
John; my ancestor was their son James. James was born
in 1627 in Plymouth, MA; in 1646 he married Frances
Vassell; James and Frances had a son Richard.
Ultimately that Richard Adams had a great-great
granddaughter born in 1775 in Orange Co., NY; she was
Hannah Earle, who married John Payne.
This Adams family is NOT descended from the family
that produced two American presidents. Seeing as how
they are my relatives, they're more likely related to
the Adams family that produced Gomez, Thing, and
Cousin It. :-)
Aug 24, 2002
from gregory cripe
Just looking to see what i can find out about my family
Aug 26, 2002
from Ruth Barnes Bemiller
Thank you for your interesting information. I am a
decendent of Adam, Solomon, Jacob, Jasper, Montie Alice Creager.
I am a member of the D.A.R. Early members were allowed
unproven records, but the requirements are more strict
today in proving your linage. Sincerely, Ruth A.
Bemiller, 59035 C.R. 7, Elkhart, IN, 46517-9229
Aug 30, 2002
from Carl N. Henry
I appreciate the information you have on Christian
Aug 31, 2002
from Keith Cripe
I grew up in Frankfort, IN. My parents were from Rossville,
IN. It was interesting to see all the names
listed that were associated with the Cripe
name, that were from people that were my parents' friends
from Rossville, i.e. Gochenour, Blickenstaff, Shivley,
Sep 17, 2002
from Gerald Simmons
I am the g-grandson of Thomas Jefferson Simmons and Rosa
Anna Cripe, daughter of Christian Cripe
(b. 1821) and Catherine Replogle
(b.1826). I am also the gggg-grandson of Susannah Cripe
(b. 1747) and Christian Shivley (b.
1745). T.J. Simmons was a Church of Brethern minister in
Osceola, MO. His father, John Hiram Simmons, was also a
Oct 3, 2002
from Corey Spencer Earl
Hello, my name is Corey Earl, and I am quite positive we
are directly related. My brother Kevin has done some
research on the Earl family and has
reached somewhat of a dead end. My gg grandfather Arthur
Griffith Earl emmigrated from Michigan to Saskatchewan,
Canada, around 1913. We know his father was Leeman, and
Leeman's father was Harmon. We believe Harmon's dad's
name to be Nathaniel, son of Daniel Hukill and Mathidable
Watson. Daniel's father, call him Nathaniel Sr., was the
son of William, son of Ralph Earle, and we are now in
your direct line. My question is, do you have any records
on the younger Nathaniel? we are sure this is our link,
but we can't find records of his children.
Oct 15, 2002
from James M. Copeland
Do you know what his middle name was?
I'm guessing that
you're asking if I know the middle name of James
Copeland, b. 1797, Franklin Co., KY; d. 1861,
Jefferson Co., IN; son of Samuel COPELAND and his
wife Margaret (last name unknown). I do not know the
middle name of James Copeland; I don't know the
middle name of his father either. Samuel's will is
filed in Jefferson Co., IN (1821); the will named his
children. The dates for James came from Mr. Morton L.
King of Modesto, CA. Mr. King is another genealogist
who contacted me in May 1997. Samuel Copeland also
was the father of Rachel Copeland (b. 1805). This
Copeland ancestral line is shown on this page: Henry Brevard HUKILL and Rachel COPELAND. The line goes back to the 1500s. The
research on that line should be credited to
genealogist Martha (Mrs. Rev. James) Copeland, of
Indiana. Here's Mrs. Copeland's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. She may have additional information.
Oct 17, 2002
from STEVE CRIPE
I AM THE GRANDSON OF ELMER O. CRIPE, WHO IS THE SON OF
GEORGE S. CRIPE, WHO WAS THE SON OF WILLIAM CRIPE, WHO
WAS THE SON OF SAMUEL CRIPE, WHO I BELIEVE WAS JACOB
GRIBE. ARE WE RELATED? PLEASE RESPOND. THANKS. STEVE
My guess is that we
are related, and my guess also is that the last name
you are spelling as "Gribe" was actually
"Greib," which later mutated to CRIPE and
to GRIPE. I have been told by excellent family
genealogists that all Cripes ever found in this
country descend from Jacob Greib/Cripe.
Oct 31, 2002
from Lana Jean Campbell Lundt
Your site is so very interesting! I am a decendent of
John and Emily Campbell. I was told about your site by
Evelyn Hare, a cousin of mine. Thanks. Lana Campbell
Mrs. Lundt is a PAYNE
descendant. See below for the connection.
Nov 8, 2002
from Pat Earl Mitchell
Wonderful site. Enjoyed it immensely. Learning that I
connect through Ralph Earle. Thanks Much
Nov 14, 2002
Hey, I stumbled upon your page while looking for
something else. I'm also a Cripe and my
dad's family lives mostly in Indiana. I was wondering if
I might be related to your line of Cripes. Do you have
anything mapped out further? Thanx :)
That would be a
definite that your Cripe ancestor is related to the
Cripes detailed at this web site, because all Cripes
in the USA share a common ancestor: Jacob Greib/Cripe.
Nov 27, 2002
from Francis Ross Payne, Jr.
I hope to learn more about my family. My grandparents are
buried at Hugo, Oklahoma. They are Mr. and Mrs William
Sherman Payne. He worked for the St.
Louis-San Fransisco Railroad. He died in 1956. My father,
Francis Ross Payne, Sr. died April 21, 1961, and is
buried at Fort Smith, Arkansas, where I now live.
Your Payne ancestor
might be related to the Paynes at this web
site, or maybe not. Not all Paynes are related, and
your grandfather's name is unfamiliar to me. If you
find a link, write back and let me know!
Dec 1, 2002
from Bryan Hufford
Hello, I recently came across roots.com and found my
family listed on the Chenowith family tree. I have a lot
of current information on the family that is carrying my
last name (Hufford). I don't know how to share this
information. Eli Eldo Hufford would be
my great-grandfather. Thank you. Bryan Hufford
...... 1 Eli Eldo Hufford b: Sep
21, 1869, Clinton Co., IN; d: Mar 18, 1935, Los Angeles,
+ Hanna Elizabeth Chinworth b: Dec 19, 1870,
Wabash Co., IN; d: 1960, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA
........ 2 Russell Myrle Hufford b: Oct 27, 1896
+Gladys Wilson b: Dec 20, 1896
.......... 3 Dorothy Jeannette Hufford
.......... 3 Warren Ernest Hufford
.......... 3 William Vance Hufford
............ 4 Bryan
........ 2 Rettger Schuler Hufford b: Dec 21, 1897
+Esther Bergman b: Mar 4, 1898
.......... 3 Robert Russell Hufford
........ 2 Justin Vernon Hufford b: Aug 13, 1905, IN; d:
Oct 3, 1908, CA
........ 2 Lois Jeanette Hufford
+Chett E. Glass
.......... 3 James Clifford Glass
Father of #1 is David
Birth: 17 Sep 1837, Clay Twsp., Carroll Co., IN
Death: 7 Apr 1919, Clay Twsp., Carroll Co., IN
Burial: Hufford Cem., Clay Twsp., Carroll Co., IN
Father: Abraham HUFFORD b: 8 Mar 1788, Frederick Co., MD
Bryan, you shared that
info just fine! I recognized no names until the
bottom of your list, where you have Eli's father,
David Hufford. David Hufford is the brother of Andrew Hufford.
Both are sons of Abraham Hufford,
son of Casper Hufford.
Your great-grandfather Eli is 3rd cousin to George Irvin Beard.
Your dad and I are 5th cousins; you and I are 5th
cousins once removed. ... So, I'll be expecting you
to add me to your Christmas gift exchange! LOL! ...
We're related, but I don't expect either of us will
ever be setting a place for the other at the
Thanksgiving dinner table. ;-) Best wishes, and
thanks for writing.
Eli E. Hufford appears on the 1870 census of Indiana,
Carroll Co., Clay Township, Pyrmont, on the 20th of
July, with parents David (32, b. abt 1838) and Susan
(27, b. abt 1843), and with sisters Mary E. (4) and
Mahala C. (2). Eli was listed as 10 months old, born
in Indiana, in September 1869.
Please be aware that Eli's wife is listed on the
1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses as "Anna,"
and Eli appears as "Eldo E." Eli Eldo
Hufford was a veterinarian, probably a graduate of
p.s. Bryan, I removed the names of your
siblings and first cousins because there's a good
chance those people are alive, and I never want to
list names of living people without their permission.
Dec 4, 2002
from Jeff Runner
I beat you at the "Lizzie Borden's
my cousin" game! Okay, only by a little bit: I'm
descended from Ralph Earle and Joan Savage
AND William Earle and Mary Walker. :-) My Earle is
William and Mary's son Ralph.
Dec 10, 2002
from Randy Stonerock
I am a descendant of Daniel Stonerock/ Mary Ann
Randy is a Cripe
descendant. His ancestor Mary Ann Puterbaugh
(wife of Daniel Stonerock) was the dau. of John A.
Puterbaugh and his wife, Mary "Polly" Wise,
who was the dau. of John Wise, Jr., who was the son
of John Wise, Sr., and his wife, Mary Cripe
(1756-1786), who was the dau. of the immigrant Jacob Greib/Cripe.
Dec 12, 2002
from Lana Lundt
I found your stories and web site to be amazing! Capt.
Morgan Lewis Payne (b. 1805) would be related to
me by his daughter Anna Payne who married Frederick
Samuel Campbell. Fred and Anna were my Grandpa Leslie
Campbell's parents. My dad who is 87 is Dale Campbell. I
was wondering in your research if you ever saw any
pictures of Morgan Lewis Payne's family. Thanks.
Lana Campbell Lundt
1581 Woodbury Avenue
Cushing, Ia 51018
Capt. Morgan Lewis Payne's story is elsewhere at this site, but it's
worth repeating. From Beckwith's 1879 "History
of Vermilion Co." comes this information:
During the Black Hawk War in 1831-32, Morgan
L. Payne became Captain of a Militia Company from
Vermilion Co., IL. Men from the county were called
out to the village of Chicago (then a part of
Vermilion Co.) to protect it from Black Hawk's
Indians. The men went to the settlements at
Naperville, Joliet, and Kankakee because the settlers
had fled those areas and gone to Chicago. After the
area had been cleared of Indians, Capt. Morgan Payne
was stationed in the Naperville-Joliet area to erect
a fort and to return the settlers to their homes. He
and his men spent 30-40 days there before they were
discharged from duty and were able to return to their
homes in Danville.
In 1836, Morgan Payne became involved in a law suit
over a right-of-way dispute. The dispute developed
into a fist-fight between him and the landowner.
Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, the Circuit Judge for
this District, was the presiding Judge over the trial
that was held in Danville. [Lincoln had also been a
captain during the Black Hawk War. Whether Payne and
Lincoln had met then is unknown, but both were
Morgan and his younger brother John, Jr., both went
to Texas and fought in the Mexican War. Captain M. L.
Payne commanded a company in Texas until his
enlistment ended. He returned to his old Indiana home
where he raised another company, remaining in the
conflict until Texas was "liberated" from
When the Civil War broke out, Morgan Payne raised a
company to serve in the Union Army. Once when home on
furlough, he did not get back to his company on time;
consequently, he was mustered out of service. He
immediately began working to get the mustering out
order set aside by getting all the signatures of the
officers on his petition, a petition that he sent to
Washington, D.C. , to his old Danville friend, Ward
Hill Lamon, Lincoln's former law partner and his
personal body guard. When Lincoln saw the petition,
he asked Lamon if this was the same Payne who had
been in the law suit in Danville years before. He
learned it was, and Payne was restored to this former
rank and commission.
Dec 12, 2002
from Brian Edward Cripe
How interesting to finally find out the origin of the Cripe
line in America! I'm 25 years old; I live in Macon, GA,
and never (until now) thought much of inquiring about my
roots. I just knew that my grandfather's family was from
Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Dec 18, 2002
from kathleen hoffarth alfano
My maiden last name is Hoffarth, and I
was wondering if somehow I was related. My grandfather's
name was Joseph Hoffarth and his father's name was Gusta
Hoffarths/Huffords are related. I'd need more
information to be able to help, or to be able to
determine any relationship. In the world of
genealogy, it's always best to include with a
person's name, all known dates, places, and siblings.
Dates and places are crucial. Details are needed to
pinpoint the person in time and space.
Dec 20, 2002
from Cindy Ogden
I have my mother's father's Creager
family tree all the way back to Ernst Creager/Kreiger.
I've come to the conclusion that ALL Creagers are related
to each other. It's funny that I went to school with a Hufford
in high school, and we probably are related to each
other. Actually, I think that almost everyone in
Frederick Co., Maryland, is related to everyone else, if
they are from old, original families. I haven't done any
genealogy work for a couple of years, and it's just
amazing what additional information is out there now that
wasn't there two years ago. Could I possibly get your
file in GEDCOM format to load it into Family Tree Maker
and extend my Hoffart family line?
Check this page for my
gedcom file information: GEDCOM
Dec 27, 2002
from janet kauffman
My husband's grandmother was Ollie Hufford. I believe her
father was Daniel, and his dad was Joseph. Ollie married
Robert Aaron Newell, Jr.
There's a female Ollie
M. Hufford (b. Aug. 1889, IN) on the 1900 Census,
Indiana, Carroll County, Clay Township, with her
father Daniel (b. March 1860, IN), mother Henriette
(b. April 1867, IN), and brother Harry V. (b. Feb.
1892, IN). Her father Daniel's father is listed as
born in Ohio; his mother, Virginia.
Ollie's father Daniel was probably the Daniel Hufford
b. 9-Mar-1860 in Carroll Co., IN, to Joseph Hufford
(b. 11-Jul-1844, Ohio) and his wife, Eva S. NEHER (b.
7-Mar-1833, d. 3-Aug-1892, IN). Joseph & Eva
married 3-Nov-1849 in Clinton Co., IN. Joseph was a
son of Abraham Hufford and wife Elizabeth Plank.