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Re: DANIEL HOFF (Rev.): Geneal. Data Entry (~1746 NJ- 1802 VA)
Posted by: JOHN SCOTT HOFF (ID *****4640) Date: September 13, 2010 at 22:12:05
In Reply to: Re: DANIEL HOFF (Rev.): Geneal. Data Entry (~1746 NJ- 1802 VA) by JOHN SCOTT HOFF of 886

Well, thanks again for your analysis on the “ordaining” aspects of a minister from that age. DANIEL (and his related family members) all came from the Dutch Reform protestant background of NJ. So, they were neither Anglicans nor Baptists. However, they were probably closer to the later than the former. I have seen nothing about DANIEL (nor his father-in-law, the “Rev.” WILLIAM MOFFETT/MOFFAT) having been ordained by ANY identifiable religious group. Again, I suspect that that “honorific” title was merely “conferred” upon him/them by the local “vestry” of the local group, who perhaps themselves had migrated South from NJ - and shared the same, common religious upbringing. And, since they were really out in the far rural “sticks” on the edge of the western frontier, and FAR from either Alexandria or Fairfax (the nearest built-up “cities” of the age where there might have been an established Anglican church at the time) their existence and beliefs apart from the established religion of the State may not have been deemed a threat or challenge of any sort at that time or in that general area. The “vestry” of their religion’s Sunday gatherings might have consisted of nothing more than a mere 5-8 families that were a horse or buggy ride from each other on Sundays. There were certainly no established churches (of ANY sort) that I could find in the area of present-day Manassas at this time (on and before 1800). So, I have further assumed that Sunday “church” services were merely conducted in one of the settler’s cabins, thus limiting the number of attendees. And, without any established churches, there were also no central or established graveyards. So, when someone died, they were merely “planted” in the garden adjacent to the house as a logical and appropriate place of final resting.

However, the above is a surmise and speculation by me. But it is based upon my visits to the libraries of both Alexandria and present-day Manassas, and discussions with the librarian and curator of the family, genealogical and historical part of the library and its reference room. Also, I, too, lived in Alexandria for two years (1975-76) when I worked at the FAA in Wash’g, DC, and I’ve prowled all around the area. So, my speculation is based upon a certain amount of educated investigation and reasoned analysis.

Thanks on your thoughts on the 1770 JOHN HOFF you located in the area. I, too, will advise you of anything else of interest we locate.

So, again thanks for your response. Best personal regards,


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