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Re: MOORE HOFF - NJ & Manassas, Pr. William Co., VA
Posted by: JOHN SCOTT HOFF (ID *****4640) Date: September 02, 2010 at 08:20:48
In Reply to: Re: MOORE HOFF - Manassas, Pr. William So., VA by David L. Blackwell of 886

Dear Cuz Larry & “Team Hoff/Huff”:                             Thursday, September 02, 2010

Larry, I dug up this older (below) response to my MOORE HOFF postings some time ago on the possible connection of the MOORE Family and HOFF Family. I was looking for a possible explanation as to the why and how of “MOORE” HOFF’s first name. My thinking was/is that it might be an older NJ (his presumed place of birth) family name - inherited from a maternal line. A helpful NJ resident noticed my entry on him, and responded (below). I thought that if you hadn’t seen it, you might like to see it – for what it is worth. Unless the name MOORE is, in fact, a LAST name (a family name). To me, it seems to be a mighty strange FIRST NAME (for that period). Female Puritanical first names, like “Hope”, “Faith”, “Obedience”, “Charity”, etc. are common. But a male first name, like “Moore” doesn’t seem like a perversion/corruption of words like “More”, (as in “Plenty”, “Additional”, “Bountiful”, and other silly alternatives for a male). So, to me, it seems most like a last family name, and most likely a female/maternal family connection at some point up-stream (like a mother’s maiden name, or that of a grandmother’s family name).

Virtually nothing is known about MOORE HOFF and his origins (or tie-in with JOHN HOFF (1720-1797) and/or DANIEL HOFF {1746-1802}), except that in the documentation by the VA DOT on the 1997 “dig” of MOORE HOFF’s farm, I recall that they make a random comment something to the effect that, “…MOORE HOFF was thought to have been born or came from NJ…”. That’s IT. So, this DAVID BLACKWELL’s insight as to the MOORE Family back in NJ is both interesting to me, and could be a starting place to try to track MOORE HOFF back to his dark Dutch/Yankee “roots” in NJ.

If I understand your well-educated and reasoned speculation, you feel that MOORE HOFF “might” have been another son of JOHN HOFF (along with DANIEL HOFF and the JONATHAN HOFF (#2 - of York Co., SC who died in 1815)). Any thoughts on WHO might have FIRST made the trek from NJ to the then-wild “frontier” of Northern VA? Was it MOORE HOFF, or was it JOHN HOFF (1720-1797)? For sure, the two of them were “in place” and established near present-day Manassas on the MOORE HOFF Farm location when DANIEL “came on down” subsequent to his 1769 NJ marriage to LAURA TITUS, and he joined the other two Hoffs. And, since MOORE HOFF definitely owned the land there, and we (okay – you) could find no land ownership by JOHN HOFF – nor DANIEL HOFF - would it be reasonable to assume that MOORE HOFF likely got there first and “planted the flag”. I think that we both agree that JOHN HOFF most likely just lived on MOORE HOFF’s land with him (and owned no land), implying that MOORE HOFF likely got there first, and was established. And, if JOHN HOFF was MOORE HOFF’s father, that he, too was invited to “come on down”
(Bob Barker-style), and joined him to help him farm? So, too, with DANIEL perhaps a decade later.

Any well-reasoned thoughts by you on my active and imaginative speculation? And, if there is a NJ “family” connection between JOHN HOFF and either DANIEL & MOORE HOFF, then MOORE HOFF’s origins in NJ (and that of the presumed NJ MOORE Family, if my hunch is correct) are most likely in the same, identical NJ geographical location where DANIEL HOFF has been traced and documented. I would sure like to “pull back the curtain” on the early origins and tie-in with MOORE HOFF with that of DANIEL HOFF and their now-presumed mutual father, JOHN HOFF.

Just a thought on my part. Any thoughts or speculation by you regarding all this?

Cheers, Cousin JOHN SCOTT HOFF, Chicago, IL


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