|Posted By:||Joseph Reed Williams|
|Subject:||Re: Lost Huffman Families|
|Post Date:||May 25, 2010 at 15:13:02|
|Forum:||Huffman Family Genealogy Forum|
Sharon: I am ambivilent but would like to resolve the question. Mary Davis, b. 1790 was the first known child of Abel & Mary (Huffman) Davis. She m. Enoch Current and d. 1859 in Taylor Co., VA/WV. The 1850 census notes she was b. in VA. But the 1860 Taylor Co. Mortality Schedule indicates she was b. in Maryland.
In the 1880 census John Davis s/o Abel & Mary answered the question, "Where were your parents born." He advised his father was b. in MD and mother in PA. In 1761 Benjamin Davis, father of Abel, obtained a Fairfax life lease on 100 acres of land in Loudoun Co., VA. He could have utilized the Loudoun Co land from his MD home in <Montgomery Co.> MD as I understand the Potomac had been bridged by that time.
Abel bought 10 acres of land in Monongalia Co in 1795 which was enough to grow a garden and ply his cooper trade. He later added 200+ acres to his holding and became a farmer. 1795 may have been his families migration year.
Look at Loudoun Co., GenForum message # 2461. It seems John, Jr. was running the farm after John, Sr d. in 1792
for the mutual benefit of Phil, Margaret & himself. Barry Shaver suggests John Jr. was m. in 1797. By that time Mary & Eliabeth were m. and both living in Monongalia Co. If the Mortality Schedule is/was accurate Mary (Huffman)Davis was in MD at the birth of her child, Mary. Sarah Ann Godwin/Goodwin was b. in Kent Co., DE and may have migrated with faimly to Harford Co., MD and/or on to Loudoun Co. We can assume that the courtships of Abel & Mary, William & Elizabeth and John, Jr. & Sarah Ann did not occur in a vacuum. I know Abel lived in Loudoun Co. I know that a William Smith is mentioned many times in Loudoun Co. I assume that Mary & Elizabeth Huffman also lived in Loudoun Co. before they were married. Further I assume that none of them were m. in Loudoun Co. since there is no m. record. I am not ready at this point to assume factors that are guesstimates. We may never know the true story but right now I believe Philip Huffman was the brother of John, Jr. & both were sons of John, Sr. & Margaret. I hope to determiine when Philip disposed of the farm ahd what happened to Margaret. If better evidence exists I am open of conversion. I certainly appreciate your points and hope that you find additional evidence the may counter my analysis. But, Abel's lack of underwriting consideration in providing bond for a non related person whose risk of default is apparent presents a red flag that would, in my view, not be ignored.