HUFFORD genealogy for researchers

by Alice Marie Beard

The information here is intended for heavy-duty genealogical researchers. The format, therefore, is downright boring, but there is massive information for the genealogical researcher.

There's a SEARCH function,
and there's access to a
searchable gedcom database,
and there's a
blog where I share interesting HUFFORD research finds.

Listed below are resources for genealogists working the descendants and ancestors of Hans Jorich HOFFART (b. 1674) and his wife, Anna Margaretha MOST (b. 1675).

The couple arrived in Philadelphia in September 1729, accompanied by their 13-year-old son Christian and their nine-year-old daughter Anna Margaretha. Their daughter Anna Christina (b. 1706) arrived soon after with her husband, Johann Casper CREAGER, and their newborn son (Philip Casper Creager).

Their son Christian married twice, had seventeen children, and died in 1788 in Frederick County, Maryland, USA.

Their daughter Anna Christina married once and had ten children.

Their daughter Anna Margaretha married Hans Adam MULLER, but her children are not known.

The name is spelled several ways, including at least the following ways: Hoffarth, Hoffart, Hoffert, Hofford, Huffard, Hufferd, Huffert, Hufford, Huffort.

NOTE: I have begun a blog: Hufford Genealogy. I'll be using it for interesting finds as I find and sort Hufford descendants. Don't expect interesting reading at the Hufford Genealogy blog, but it's a convenient way for me to add newly found tidbits.



  • Christian Hoffart biography and will
  • Christian's DAR information:
    Listed as "Christian HOFFERT" in the records of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
    Christian's DAR Ancestor Number:
    Service: Furnished supplies, Frederick Co., Maryland; Associator.
    • Six of Christian's 17 children have had DAR members come in on their lines: Christina, Philip, Daniel, John, Casper, and Barbara.
    • Christian's son Casper has had DAR members come in under 5 of his 13 children: Solomon, Abraham (my line), Daniel, Jacob, and Rebecca.
      Nota bene: Proof of my line has been accepted and verified by DAR genealogists. Therefore, if you are closely related to me, you need only prove back to our shared ancestor. Christian is an ancestor of my paternal grandfather (through his mother's mother, Elizabeth Hufford).
  • PDF copy of Christian's will (Right click and rotate for easy reading.)
    NOTE: PDF is an image made from the copy of Christian's will filed in the courthouse in Frederick County, MD. It is in Will Book GM #2, pp. 289-290. All seventeen children were named in the will. The actual original will is on file at the Maryland Archives in Annapolis, MD. The original (in the Maryland Archives) shows the erasure of son George's name in "the 16th Line" of the original will.
  • Christian's will in JPG format:
  • Descendants of Christian Hoffart through his great-grandchildren,
    with links to gravesite information where known
  • Interment info for over 1,000 born-Hufford descendants
  • Hufford genealogy PuZzLeS (some Huffords who were hard to place)
  • Ancestors of Christian Hoffart b. 1716
  • 1909 Hufford Family History, by Franklin Pierce Hoffert
  • Christian's children:
    • Christian II: of Washington Co., PA.
    • Christiana (m. 1st cousin Adam CREAGER): of Frederick Co., MD.
    • Philip: of Frederick Co., MD.
    • Anna Margareth (m. BEARD): of Frederick Co., MD; may have moved to Augusta Co., VA.
    • Daniel: died in Harrison Co., KY, 1817.
    • John: killed by robbers in Woodford Co., KY, 1819.
    • Casper: of Fairfield Co., Ohio.
    • Anna Catharine (m. FOUTS): married in Frederick Co., MD.
    • George: killed by assassin in Woodford Co., KY, 1828.
    • Elizabeth (m. HARTER): of Darke Co., Ohio.
    • Adam: of Darke Co., Ohio; died in Delaware Co., IN.
    • Hannah (m. name unknown; she left heirs)
    • Jacob: of Sandusky Co., Ohio.
    • Susanna
    • Johanna Magdalena
    • Rebecca (m. BURRIER): of Fayette Co., KY.
    • Barbara (m. BOSTIAN): or Woodford Co., KY.



Of interest to researchers working some of the descendants of Christian (b. 1716) and to researchers working some of the descendants of his sister Anna Christina (b. 1706) will be Paxson Link's "The Link Family: Antecedents and Descendants of John Jacob Link, 1417-1951," published in 1951. It traces the descendants of John Jacob Link who was born in 1682 in Grossgartach, Germany. These HUFFORD descendants are also LINK descendants:

  • All descendants of Catherine CREAGER (b. 1799) and her husband Daniel LINK (b. 1772). ... Catherine was the daughter of Christina HOFFART (b. 1749), who was the daughter of Christian HOFFART (b. 1716).
  • All descendants of Peter BEARD (b. abt 1781) and his wife Katherine LINK (b. 1792). ... Peter was the son of Anna Margareth HOFFART (b. 1754), who was the daughter of Christian HOFFART (b. 1716).
  • All descendants of Elizabeth CREAGER (b. 1768) and her husband John Jacob LINK (b. 1760). ... Elizabeth was a granddaughter of Johann Casper CREAGER and Anna Christina HOFFART/HUFFORD. There is disagreement about whether Elizabeth was the daughter of George Valentine or the daughter of Conrad. Regardless of which brother was her father, Elizabeth was a HUFFORD descendant.

John Jacob Link was the 4-greats-grandfather of President Dwight Eisenhower. Thus, anyone who descends from John Jacob Link b. 1642 would be a cousin at some level to President Eisenhower.


  • Jim Hufferd's genealogy site
    Jim descends from Christian's son Daniel.
  • Conni Riley's research at
    Conni descends from Christian's son George.
  • Shena Taylor's work at familytreemaker
    NOTE: The most respected of the Hufford family genealogists, Barry Wood, states that Shena's information is incorrect regarding the maiden name of the 2nd wife of Christian Hufford b. 1716. The woman's name is
    not known. Many have guessed, and those guesses have been proven wrong. To date (as of 2010), the maiden name of Christian's 2nd wife is unknown.


Debt is owed to many HUFFORD family genealogists for the information here. Included on the list would be the following:

  • Abraham Hufford (1836-1920):
    Abraham found addresses of most of the living Hufford descendants in preparation for the first Hufford family reunion, held September 22, 1898, in Rossville, Indiana. That contact information was used as the basis of the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY. Descendant of Christian's son Casper; Abraham is at page 142 of the book.
  • Franklin Pierce Hoffert (1858-1931):
    Franklin authored the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY. Descendant of Christian's son Casper; Franklin is at page 52 of the book.
  • Barry Wood, Attorney (b. 1948):
    Barry figured out (in about 1970) that the Christian Hufford whose will was proved in Frederick County, Maryland, on October 8, 1788, was the same person who was born January 5, 1716, in Schwaigern, Germany. Barry has sorted out thousands of Hufford descendants using primary sources. Descendant of Christian's son Christian II.
  • Shirley Hufford Hegeman (1929-2013):
    Shirley discovered the identity of the first wife of Christian Hufford (Elizabeth Keim). Shirley has sorted out thousands of Hufford descendants. She has been a legal secretary and a DAR genealogist. Descendant of Christian's son Philip.
  • Florence Grove Woods (1936-1991):
    Florence edited "Hufford Family Research and Records," a quarterly newsletter for Hufford genealogists that appeared in 1983 and 1984. It included information from wills, land records, estate settlements, county marriage records, etc. Descendant of Christian's son Casper.
  • Eunice Newbold Clark (1918-2016):
    Eunice authored the 1995 book SIX AMERICAN COLONISTS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS. Descendant of Christian's son Daniel.
  • Donald Robert Singleton (1918-1995):
    Donald sorted out many of the descendants of Christian's son Daniel. Donald's work was preserved in a book of typed pages, collected in a notebook and dated August 3, 1976. Descendant of Christian's son Daniel.
  • Jim Hufferd (1935-2018):
    Jim drew the Hufford crest based on the crest found in Schwaigern. Jim spent his life as a newsman and did excellent, detailed genealogical research. Descendant of Christian's son Daniel.
  • Conni Adams Riley (b. 1951):
    Conni has sorted many hundreds of Hufford descendants. She is a meticulous researcher. Descendant of Christian's son George.

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Alice is a member of the D.C. Bar.
She does genealogical research for the same reason some women do needlepoint
-- purely for pleasure.