The name of Hufford has been closely interwoven with the history of Fairfield county. Throughout the nineteenth century its representatives lived in this portion of the state and our subject is now actively carrying on farm work and bearing his part in the task of improvement and progress, which was begun so many years ago by his ancestors. His great-grandfather, Casper Hufford, was of German descent and in 1801 came to Ohio, settling on Raccoon creek. He afterward removed farther up the creek, where he owned land, reclaiming the wild land for purposes of civilization. He died in November, 1825, and was buried upon his farm. He had married Miss Stahley, who was of German descent and died in 1840, her death also occurring upon the old family homestead, at which time she was laid to rest by the side of her husband.


Their son, Solomon Hufford, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, June 16, 1786, and when his parents removed to Ohio he accompanied them. Some time later he entered from the government land which is now owned by Emanuel Hufford, and there he developed an excellent farm, making it his home up to the tie of his death, which occurred in 1876, when he was in his ninety-first year. He married Miss Rebecca Hendrick, who was of German lineage and was born on February 17, 1789, at Morrison's Cove, Pennsylvania. At a very early age she came to Ohio with her father who entered land on Jonathan's creek in Perry county, where he built one of the first flouring mills in the state and there he spent his remaining days and was acrively connected with early industrial interests. Mrs. Hufford, the grandmother of our subject, departed this life in 1864 in the seventy-second year of her age. By her marriage she had become the mother of ten children.


Elias Hufford, the father of our subject, was born August 17, 1818, about one mile from the home of William Hufford. He acquired his early education in an old-time log school house and was familiar with all the hardships and labors of pioneer life and with the primitive methods of doing work. He had to cut wheat with a scythe and tramp a out in the barn with horses. He went to school about five or six weeks each year for the remainder of the year he was busy with the work of the fields. He had to tramp and clean whole crops of wheat in this way. Quite erly in life he began farming on his own account his father deeding him eighty acres of land. Also turning his attention to the nursery business he engaged in raising trees. He was very successful in his undertakings and became well-to-do. Upon his farm he built a two-story frame residence and made many other improvements, equipping his place with all modern accessories. In the year 1841 he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Stoneburner, a native of Perry county, Ohio, and they became the parents of fifteen children. Those still living are as follows: Philip, a resident of Indiana; Emanuel, who is living in Rush Creek township, Fairfield county; Susanne, the wife of George Ruff, of Bremen, Ohio; William, who is living in Rush Creek township; Noah, a resident of Kansas, his home being in Thayer, that state; Mary, the wife of Bartlett Friesner, of Bremen, Ohio; Sarah, the wife of William Turner, also of Bremen; Maggie, the wife of George Balding, of Bremen; Elias J., who is living in Portland, Oregon; Ellen, the wife of M. S. Stewart, of Bucyrus, Ohio. IN politics the father of this family was a Democrat in matters of national importance but at local elections he voted for the man whom he thought best qualified for the position. He served as supervisor and was also director of schools. He held membsrship in the German Baptist church, dying in that faith and was then laid to rest in Mt. Zion cemetery, in Perry county.


William Hufford, whose name introduces this review, was born in Hocking county, Ohio, about four miles south of his present home. He acquired his early education there and later contintied his studies in Fairfield county, attending schools about four months each year. When he was twenty-one his education was completed and he began farming for his father, for whom he worked for about six years. Believing that he would enjoy living in the west he removed to Kansas, but remained only three months, returning then to Rush Creek township and purchasing land upon which he now resides. His farm consists of one hundred and two acres, all of which is under a high state of cultivation and he is successfully carrying on agricultural pursuits. Everything about his place is neat and thrifty in appearance and his enterprise and industry have been important factors in the prosperous conduct of his business affairs.


In 1874 William Hufford was united in marriage to Miss Mary Peer, a native of Hocking county, Ohio, and unto them have been born the following children: Edward, residing at home; Wright, also at home; Ida, the wife of Ira McCullough, of Rush Creek township; Charlie, Arthur and Jim, who are yet under the paternal roof.


Mr. Hufford has cleared considerable land, for much of his farm was covered with timber when he took possession of the property. He built a good home and barn and also added forty-five acres to his land. His is one of the creditable farms of the county and the passerby can see at a glance that the owner is progressive, practical and endiorses modern improvoments. In politics he has followed in his father's footsteps, always voting the Democratic ticket on questions of national importance, but at the local elections he votes as he deems advisable. He has served as school director for a number of years and is interested in all that tends to promote the material, intellectual, social and moral progress of the community. He belongs to the German Baptist church and his Christian principles have so permeated his life and molded his career that he is to-day a man highly respected by all who know him.

 

From A Biographical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, S. J. Clarke Publishing, New York and Chicago, 1902