of William Franklin Hufford, Civil War veteran
In Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, there is a simple piece of granite, marking the grave of a Civil War soldier:
The marker reads:
Here's a closeup:
The translation is that the man served in the Union Army during the United States Civil War, that he served in Company G of the 114th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
A quick search found that William Franklin enlisted October 29, 1862, and served until September 19, 1965, when he was honorably discharged in Texas. When his first unit mustered out in July 1865, William was transferred to Co. D, Ohio 48th. He served his final three months with the 48th.
The question is, "Was he a
descendant of Christian b. 1716 in Schwaigern?"
According to William's death record,
William's father was named Solomon. From the record at
the Recorder's Office in Los Angeles comes this
There were two obituaries for William. The first was in the Los Angeles Times:
Though small, the obituary establishes that the William who died in Los Angeles is the William from Ada, Ohio.
The second obituary was in the Ada Herald, Ada, Ohio, Sep. 19, 1924:
Ohio Northern University has a photo of William in their 1909 yearbook, when he was Dean of the Normal Department (i.e., Education Department):
Working the census, William is easy to track back to 1870:
1920 census: California,
Los Angeles Co., Los Angeles; ED 261; Sheet 5-B; Line 92;
1910 census: Ohio,
Hardin Co., Ada; E.D. 110; Sheet 8-A; Line 24; May 23rd.
1900 census: Ohio,
Hardin Co., Liberty Twp., Ada; E.D. 95; Sheet 15-B; Line
52; June 9th.
1890 Veterans Schedule:
Ohio, Hardin Co., Liberty Twp. Page 1; Line 1; June 1890.
Private in G Co.; 114 Regt.; Ohio Vol. Inf.; enlisted Oct 29, 1862; discharged on July 24, 1865, and on Sept. 19, 1865; served two years, ten months. Second discharge date has a line through it with the notation "transferred."
1880 census: Ohio,
Hardin Co., Liberty Twp., Ada; E.D. 101; Page 59; Line
11; June 23rd.
1870 census: Ohio,
Allen Co., Auglaize Twp.; Page 25; Line 36; July 1st.
1860 census and 1850 census? He has not yet been found. There is, however, one person in 1850 and 1860 who needs to be ruled out so as to avoid confusion. Here is the wrong match, and just below the two census entries is an explanation about WHY it is a wrong match:
1860 census: Ohio,
Fairfield Co., Amanda Twp.; Page 27; Line 26; August
1850 census: Ohio,
Fairfield Co., Amanda Twp.; Page 32; Line 11; October
Franklin HUFFER, son of Jacob and Mary,
died on June 16, 1862, at the age of 15
years, 2 months, and 26 days. His remains were buried at
Old Dutch Hollow Cemetery (a.k.a. Israel Lutheran
Cemetery), located on south side of US-22 just west of
Sixteen Rd., in Fairfield Co., Ohio
Consequently, with the Franklin Huffer on the 1850 census and the 1860 census ruled out as not the same as the William Franklin Hufford who became a professor, we are left with no information about the professor before he enlisted into the U.S. Army.
What is known is that at the age of 15
years and three months, the man who showed on the 1870
census and onward became a soldier in the Civil War. He
joined the Union Army on October 29, 1862, enlisting in
Company G of the Ohio 114th. Most of the men in Company G
were from Perry Co., Ohio, primarily from the townships
of Monday Creek, Pike, and Jackson.
HUFFORD had a brother named John H. (page 141 of HUFFORD
FAMILY HISTORY). John was 8 years younger than
Solomon. In August 1862, John enlisted into Company G,
114th Regiment, as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served until 1864
when he was discharged for disability. Company G is the
same Company that William served in.
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