of The Rev. Rufus W. Hufford
The query came not about Rufus, but about Rufus'
son. Rufus' great-grandson was asking the question, and
he didn't even know about Rufus. However, Rufus was an
easy find. The real puzzle was who was Rufus, and did he
connect to Christian b. 1716 in Schwaigern, Germany?
SHORT ANSWER: Yes,
Rufus descended from Christian.
My father: Howard Saylor Hufford, married
Caroline Augusta Muhlenberg in the 1940s. His sister was
Clara Louise Hufford. His mother was Mary Saylor Hufford.
His father was Henry K. B. (Baumgartner?) Hufford. They
were mostly of the Berks Co., Pennsylvania, area.
They all were in Egypt in 1929, leaving Egypt's
Port Said in December 1929 and arriving in New York in
- Henry K. B. Hufford, b.
13-Oct-1890, Easton, Penn.;
- wife Mary S. Hufford, b.
20-Jan-1890, Reading, Penn.;
- son Howard S. Hufford, b.
13-Feb-1921, Washington, D.C.;
- dau. Clara L. Hufford, b.
20-Nov-1923, Washington, D.C.;
- sister Anna L. Hufford, b.
13-Oct-1879, Reading, Penn.
Home address in Reading, Pennsylvania,
was 407 Walnut St. A notation indicates that Henry was in
In 1930, the family was in San Francisco. Henry was in
the medical corps with the U.S. Army. Father born
in Ohio; mother, Pennsylvania.
In 1920, they were in Washington, D.C., and Henry was
identified as a medical doctor, working for the U.S.
In 1917 when he completed his Draft Registration Card, he
was a resident physician at Presbyterian Hospital in
In 1910, he was in Berks Co., Pennsylvania, with his
parents and siblings: father, Rufus W. Hufford
(61, b. Ohio; Rufus' father b. Penn.; mother b. Ohio);
mother, Clara L. Hufford (61, b. Penn.; parents b.
Penn.); sister Anna L. Hufford (30, b. Penn.); sister
Jane (29, b. Penn.); sister Josephine M. (27, b. Penn.);
sister Clara M. (25, Penn.); and sister Elizabeth (24, b.
Penn). The parents were each in first marriage; married
32 years. Rufus was a clergyman at a Lutheran church; the
three oldest sisters were all high-school teachers. There
was another child in that sibling set; that's clear
because the mother reported having birthed seven
children, with seven still living. (The 1920 census shows
full name: Rufus Ward HUFFORD, b. abt 1848, Ohio.)
1900, he was in Berks Co., Pennsylvania, with his parents
and all of his siblings. The seventh sibling was Rufus
Jr., b. 1887.
1890, Henry's father (Rufus) was in Northampton Co.,
Pennsylvania, listed on the Veterans Schedule. He
reported that he elisted Oct. 13, 1863, and mustered out
Nov. 14, 1865. He served in Company A, 12th Ohio Cavalry.
1880, Henry's father Rufus was in Lancaster Co.,
Pennsylvania. He was 31, married to Clara, with daughter
Anna just a baby. Occupation: clergyman.
From about January 1774 until March 1875, Rufus was in
Cincinnati, Ohio, as the pastor at First English Lutheran
1870 census: Rufus was in Clark Co., Ohio. There's a
difference in middle initial, but the circumstances are
such that a middle initial would have been an easy
mistake: It was a list of students at a university. Rufus
F. Hufford, 22, b. Ohio. He was one of a long list of
students at Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio.
Wittenberg College is now Wittenberg University; it's
affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The
school's "original focus was the training of
Lutheran ministers," according to their web site. In
other words, it's a no brainer that the Rufus at the
school in 1870 is the same Rufus who went on to be a
Lutheran clergyman. In 1870 he reported himself as born
When Rufus W. Hufford enlisted in Company A, Ohio 12th
Calvalry Regiment, on 1-Oct-1863, he reported his age as
18. In truth, he was only 16, but he was not the only
underage kid to lie to give military service. The
regiment drew from the state at large and was organized
at Camp Cleveland, from Aug. 7 to Nov. 24, 1863.
Who was Rufus' father? The answer is found in Lutheran
Ministers of Berks County: Sketches of the Lives of Those
Who Have Lived and Labored in This County, by John
William Early, 1981:
Rev. Rufus Ward Hufford, D.D. -- Dr. Hufford was
born near Bucyrus, Ohio. He is the son of Thomas Hufford
and wife Jane (née Norris). His early years
were spent on the farm. He attended the common schools of
the vicinity and afterwards, Vermillion Institute, a
preparatory school at Haysville, Ohio. He graduated from
Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio, 1873. He obtained
his theological training at the Seminary of the same
place and was ordained by the Synod of East Pennsylvania
in September, 1876. Prior to his ordination he supplied
pulpits at St. Paris and Cincinnati. He was pastor of St.
John's, Easton, twelve years, and St. Matthew's, Reading,
eight years. He married Miss Bomgardner, of Lancaster,
Pa. He received the usual degrees of A.B. and A.M. from
his Alma mater, and in 1891, D.D. honorary. He was
president of East Pennsylvania Synod three times;
delegate to the General Synod half a dozen times; member
of the Board of Foreign Missions (Gen. Synod); trustee of
the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg many years. He is
an occasional contributor to church papers and the
Review. He delivered the Holman lecture on the ninth
article of the Augsburg Confession at the Seminary at
Gettysburg. Outside of his own church he was trustee of
Hope Mission and president of the Reading Ministerial
So, we're looking for Rufus Ward HUFFORD, born in about
1848 in Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio, to Thomas HUFFORD
and his wife Jane NORRIS. Thomas would have been born
1825 or before, in Ohio or Pennsylvania; likely on Ohio
census for 1850. Probably in Crawford County; adjacent
counties are Seneca to north, Huron to north east,
Richland to east, Morrow to southeast, Marion to
southwest, and Wyandot to west. In Wyandot County were
several descendants of Christian II, son of Christian b.
1716 in Schwaigern. In my database, I found that
Christian II had a son Peter (b. 1788) who married
Catharine MYERS in 1811 and had a son Thomas who married
Jane. No dates for Thomas or Jane, and no maiden name for
Jane. HOWEVER, that's where I started looking.
That Thomas had these siblings: Eliza, Jeremiah, Rollin,
and John B. All three of Thomas' brothers moved to Iowa.
There was a Thomas & Jane Hufford couple in Jefferson
County, Iowa, for the 1870 census. Thomas was 49 (b. abt
1821, in Pennsylvania). Jane was 47 (b. abt 1823, in
Ohio). Their children were Elizabeth (17) and Elma (9)
both born in Ohio. In other words, in 1853 and in 1861,
at least Jane (whom I'm considering as the mother of
Rufus) was in Ohio. So, we've got a man and woman with
the right names, of the right age, in the right state,
and born in the right states. Thomas was a farmer; value
of real estate was $3,000.
Looking back at the 1880 census record for Rufus, it
shows that Rufus' sister Elma is living with him. The
Elma living with Rufus in 1880 is a match for the Elma
living with Thomas and Jane Hufford in Iowa in 1870.
Conclusion: Yes, Howard Saylor Hufford
b. 1921 was a descendant of Christian b. 1716 in
Schwaigern, and here's Howard's ancestral line:
Howard > Henry > Rufus > Thomas > Peter >
Christian II > Christian b. 1716 in Schwaigern.