Hoff Family Genealogy Forum
I believe that the Prince William Hoff's may have been a small sect of believers who worshiped together. A vestry denotes an organized church with church protocol. If they were Baptist(who as believers held to very little protocol) the Baptist Historical Society might have something on either of them. BHS is here at the Univ. Of Richmond . There were established churches in the area however. Benjamin and Jeremiah Hutchison (2 of my ancestors) signed a local petition in Loudoun to create a small" meeting house, preferably Baptist" in Loudoun in 1769. This is how I know that area was particularly tolerant even though technically in VA at that time there was still an official Church. Benjamin's daughter was married to Richard Major who was a Baptist minister. The Anglican Church in Pr Wm did not sell its glebe land(land set aside for the use of the church or minister) until after 1799. Moore and Daniel Hoff signed a petition to the VA Legislature to sell these glebe lands in Pr. Wm in 1799. I will admit that I do not know where the glebe lands were but I believe that Dumfries may have been the county seat at that time junction. The Baptist church that was established in Loudoun in 1769 I believe is still there having gone through many name changes. I believe today it is known as Little River Baptist Church.
Larry, In the land tax records that you have access to do they note who is the person Living adj to a particular land holder . I know that was required in VA but I believe that is starts about 1815 or so. If you have a microfilm of the original not a transcription, you might have more there than you know. It would be later near the end that these designations would be in the land tax records . The state legislature passed this law to help identify which lands were being taxed and which ones were slipping through the cracks so to speak.
Now I will show you all how limited I am technologically. How do I access the myfamily hoff section?
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