Posted By:William Long
Subject:Zacheus Biggs Huff and the Donahey Family
Post Date:November 25, 2008 at 20:30:58
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Forum:Tuscarawas County, OH Genealogy Forum
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I believe I am a descendant of Zacheus Biggs Huff.

My gg grandfather was Martin Van Buren Huff, who was born Feb. 12, 1837 in Westchester, Tuscarawas County. On his sister's Sarah Ann Huff Milligan's death certificate, it lists her mother as "M. Donahy"

I do know Martin's mother was Margaret Donahey. She is mentioned in my gg Martin's bible as "my dear mother" with her name "Margaret Galbraith" and her date and age at death. After she married Zacheus and found alone in 1840 census, she subsequently married Charles D. Galbraith in 1842. She named her first born from her second husband, "Alvin Victor Galbraith" b. abt 1845. Margaret was the grandaunt of Alvin Victor Donahey, b. 1873, 3-time governor and U.S Senator of Ohio. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew the Donaheys, as I have not met anyone from this branch of the family.

I don't think this particular Zaccheus Biggs Huff was same as married Temperance Johnson as the date does not fit, and would presume not a divorce but an early and untimely death for Zacheus as to why Margaret was alone with the Huff children in the 1840 census. There are at least two or more Zaccheus Biggs Huffs in the area.

Margaret's parents were James Donahey and her mother, known to be a full cousin of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamship. I see it claimed by the Donaheys that her name was a Miss Fulton, but a first name has not been found for her.

Hanna's transcription of Will digest for James Donahey, lists his daughter as Margaret Killbreath. I have seen the surname variably spelled Galbreathe Gilbreth, Gilbrith Galbraith etc. (Sometimes in the same exact document or transcription.) These are the only Donaheys found in the area, and I am sure this is her, but plan on obtaining a copy.

The idea that Zaccheus was the son of William Huff and Elizabeth is certainly supported by circumstance, but I will try to strive for documentation of the fact. There is no point in disputing how it appears that the Huffs of Perry Twsp. at least are related, with Nancy Doddridge Huff living next door. And it appears obvious they are Doddridge/Huff descendants. I don't know how this Elizabeth "Enswinger-Barnes" name came about. I see plenty of Ensmingers around, but no Enswingers. I am currently waiting for a CD copy of Granville Hough's papers.

It is indicated in the Harrison County historical collections by Hanna that it was Zacheus Biggs Huff who married Margaret Donahy in Harrison County, Ohio in 1820.

One of the history books I found mentions sons of William Huff who were Johnson, William and Jackson who were Indian scouts and that Jackson was killed by the Indians at that late date. I am thinking this "Jackson" matches more closely to Zacheus, and that Johnson Huff is the same as son John Huff. And then there was William Jr. I cannot account for an extra sibling being added to the list, and I attribute any mistake to those history books written many years later, and also hold open the possibility that "Jackson" was a nickname.

I am not advanced enough in my research on this line to back it up with documentation, but I am on my way to acquiring more records. I would appreciate any comments from anyone related to the Doddridges or Huffs or those who have available resources who could check for me. Thanks for your time.