Thomas Hirst Bredehoft

Tom Bredehoft

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Tom H. Bredehoft
Born 1930s.
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Categories: Profile Improvement Project | WikiTree Arborists | Puritan Great Migration Project | Mayflower Project.

Living Mayflower Descendant

I and my progeny are descended from William Brewster through his son Jonathan. (until there is an official badge)

Current Location

Licking Co., Ohio, 20.75 miles ESE from Centerburg, Ohio. Approximately 965 feet above sea level.

Current interests

Having completed entering the 575 pages of the Pettibone Register on 8 Sept, 013, as an Arborist I've been involved in merging duplicate profiles of the Puritan Great Migration (I've found ancestors in twenty-one lines in them) and others. I'm also trying to whittle down my Watchlist.

I'll be gone a while -- updated 30 Oct 2016

Late December, 2013. My eldest son has involved me in a project which may take me away from WikiTree for a while.
23 Jan' 2014. As I was afraid, the new business my son took over (and put me in charge of production) is taking (I spent 7 hrs today (Jan 24) working on the set up and some production) all of my time. I think I can manage to keep up with proposed merges, but that's going to be it for a while. I'll be back when production smoothes out.

2 Feb 2014. By way of explanation, I/we manufacture and sell to the model airplane fraternity, balsa propellers and related hardware The catalog contains 50 items, 41 of which require my personal attention, some, up to an hour a piece of labor. I enjoy the work, it gives me something to do. That time used to be spent on WikiTree. I guess Family really does come first.

April, 2015. Son No. 1 has increased his product line, guess who gets to develop tooling and make parts to fill orders... Not that I object, but it's cutting back on WikiTree time. I don't think I've missed anything, though. At least not yet.

30 Oct 2016. I find that I cannot (age interferes) work all the time in the shop, but when not working in the shop I can put some time in here. I'm present at least daily for as long as it takes. In other words, I'm not confined to propeller production.

Thought on ancestors

Bredehofts and Chilcotes

I have recently found (speculation, Ancestry's Pedigree data) that back in the 16th century the Bredehoft name morphed from Hövet to Bredehöft. This was done by adding the Brede (Brede in Neiderlandish is "Broad") to Hövet. Of course there's no data on this, it's all my speculation. Note the umlout o, this would be pronounced almost like er, without the sharpness of the r. And the v would be pronounced as the English f. Written in English it might have been Hoefet or Hoeft. Recent hunting has come up with the "translation" of Bredehöft to be derived from "wide head." Any Dumkopf knows, though, that head is Kopf, not Hoeft. Höeft in German doesn't translate to anything in English, however, not a German word..... Well, what is it then?. Bouncing around the languages of the North Sea, we come up with Swedish, Höeft means "court."
Historical pronunciation is lacking, we don't know what Bredehöft was pronounced as in Germany, 300 years ago. I do know that in Ottawa Co. Ohio, in 1900 it was pronounced Breduf. How do I know this, you ask? My father lived there then. When he went to Ohio State in 1910 he was informed by his German professor that it should be pronounced "Bred' uh hoft', the way it's pronounced today. The family tradition of the meaning was from a conversation my father had with a German speaking passenger on a railroad trip, On hearing the name he became excited, said something to the effect "That means a countryman's door yard." Well, Hof translates as court, so Dad could have heard "countryman's courtyard."
But it isn't Hof, its Hoft. which doesn't translate at all. I'm becoming convinced that Hövet became Höft and that was Swedish to begin with, an immigrant from Sweden started the whole thing.

The Chilcotes were a well established family in Somerset, southwestern England who had followed Henry VIII to the Church of England. When James II assumed the throne he insisted the country return to Catholicism and the west country opposed this. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth attempted to depose James, failed and his supporters were rudely put down. Many were hanged, more were transported as indentured servants to British West Indies. Among them was John Chilcote. Somehow he bought his release and joined with his brother in Baltimore, where they bought 2 adjacent 100 acre lots in the neighborhood of current Western Run. After two generations in Maryland many of the children moved to Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania, where over 200 Chilcotes are currently buried. The next move was mid 18th century to Mid Ohio, Perry, Muskingum and Licking Cos. Licking Co, Newark, is where my branch settled. Others moved on to Van Wert Co, and places west, in Illinois.
My branch stopped off in Pittsburgh, married a daughter of Samuel Duff (merchant) had and lost a daughter and moved to join others in Newark. My grandmother Nettie, married Frank Hirst, a postal worker and had three children. My mother graduated from college and returned to Newark to teach school and act as secretary in her church. When the minister was transferred to Toledo, she went with him.
The Bredehoft family came to Ottawa Co. Ohio, in 1838, directly from Germany, settling on the north shore of the Danbury peninsula. Johann George came as a teenager, married, settled down and raised a family. His son William married the girl down the road, Cora Pettibone. The Pettibone line goes back to Connecticut in the middle of the 17th century when John came from England and populated much of Simsbury. The Pettibones slowly moved westward, across New York state, and across the south shore of Lake Erie. Cora and Bill ran away and got married. Their son George was my father. After he graduated from Ohio State in 1914, he became an insurance agent in Columbus, married a local girl, Edith Tussing. Edith died in childbirth in 1923, leaving George with a three year old son and a newborn daughter. George joined with his widowed mother (Cora) and transferred to the insurance office in Toledo. The family joined the same church in Toledo where Ruth (my mother) had gone to work. They were married in 1926. Thus the son of a Pettibone married a daughter of a Chilcote and I am the result. [1]

Advance Directory

To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private profiles I'm managing to be transferred to George Bredehoft whether or not he is currently on the Trusted Lists.


I was born in 1939. I am the son of George Bredehoft and Ruth Hirst. [2]

High School, Salem, Oak Harbor HS, Oak Harbor, Ohio

College, Ohio Wesleyan Univ, Delaware,Oh, Major, Geology, 7 semesters.

Employed at Matthews Boats, Port Clinton, 1967 to 1970

Steel Workers of America, Journeyman Tool & Die Maker. 1974 to 1979.

Kelsey Hayes, Kingsway, Oh, 1970-1979

Ariel Corp, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. 1979-2000.

Thankfully retired since then.

WikiTree, 2011, August to present.

Superior Propellers, production manager, 2014, January to present.

Matralinieal line


Patralinieal line

Bredehoft-21 emigrant.


1960's collecting US stamps and raising tropical fish
1970's raising kids
1980's to present, seriously studying late 19th century American glass ware.
2000 to present, restoring and driving my '53 Studebaker coupe.
2011 to present, WikiTree.
2014 to present, Proprietor of Superior Props Production Facility
In case of emergency, see Edit Page.

MIA Lest we forget

My step-brother. MIA, Viet Nam MORRISSEY, ROBERT DAVID

Name: Robert David Morrissey Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli AB, Thailand Date of Birth: 24 April 1930 Home City of Record: Albuquerque NM Date of Loss: 07 November 1972 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 171000N 1054500E (XD878966) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F111A Other Personnel In Incident: Robert Mack Brown (missing)


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  1. Tom Bredehoft, 2 Sep, 2017
  2. Entered by Tom Bredehoft, Aug 27, 2011

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My family surname, back to Germany, ca. 1840, and before. Also found as Bredehoeft and Bredehöft.
also Chilcote. Grandparent's surname, back to Somereset, ca 1700.
also Chilcoat. Grandparent's surname, back to Somereset, ca 1700. Need Nathaniel G's, born 1813, Parents.
This is my mother's LNAB, traced back to Northumberland, ca. 1840, need connections there.
Earliest immigrant, 1639, from Sussex into Maryland. My father's mother was a Pettibone. There are lots of us here.

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On 9 Nov 2017 at 00:55 GMT Sharon Richardson wrote:

Hi, Tom!

We are 12th cousins once removed. (John Allen, Esq.) Thanks for all you do for Wiki Tree. I recently moved from Buckeye Lake. My son lives in Newark.

Your Cuz, Sharon

On 26 Oct 2017 at 16:26 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

Hi Tom,

Hope you are well. Just dropped by to say thank you for your contributions to the community's shared tree. Every contribution is appreciated you are doing a wonderful job of support others. You obviously love what you do Thank you


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On 23 Sep 2017 at 03:50 GMT Bridget Murphy wrote:

Tom ~ Thank you for the great answer to my profile merging question.

Bridget Murphy

On 25 Jul 2017 at 15:43 GMT Warren Silverwood wrote:

I want to personally thank you for the profile creation of Bradley Pettibone-57

On 28 Jun 2017 at 16:10 GMT Anonymous Beard wrote:

Thank you for noting the incorrect birth date that was listed for Christian (Hoffart) Hoffarth Christian (Hoffart) Hoffarth, wikiTree ID Hoffart-17. What I realized after a better look is that you caught an error that came into play after a merge, and you noted that error in the bio. I've no idea who caused the goof, but it was you who drew the goof to my attention, and I appreciate that. ... Incidentally, a quick look at your tree shows that we connect as descendants of Samuel HOTCHKISS and Elizabeth CLEVERLY -- 9th cousins once-removed. :-D ... Kind regards, and thanks for finding someone else's goof.

On 1 May 2017 at 18:33 GMT Garnet (Henderson) Murphey wrote:

Thank you for the Wiki Tree invite. My half sister will be here this week, I will get her info too if possible a 23&me, if it arrives on time.


On 6 Jan 2017 at 16:14 GMT Bryanna (Butler) DuHadway wrote:

I'm waiting for to validate my account because I found Joshua the 3rds will. Once I provide that to you, you can then stop asking me to change it. I had originally merged his profile with someone else who had it listed as the 3rd also, so I am not the only one out there on this site who had him as the 3rd. Maybe you should do a little more research before asking someone to change something.

On 5 Jan 2017 at 22:35 GMT Bryanna (Butler) DuHadway wrote:

I'm still not going to change it. If you Google his name with the III there are COUNTLESS other websites that have it noted on there with that suffix. If you don't like it, don't merge your records with mine, it doesn't affect me one way or another.

On 5 Jan 2017 at 05:49 GMT Bryanna (Butler) DuHadway wrote:

Here's a link to another page that has it referenced at III

On 5 Jan 2017 at 05:44 GMT Bryanna (Butler) DuHadway wrote:

I will not delete the III on Joshua Holcomb seeing as his father and grandfather were also Joshua's. I don't remember where I got the record from, but that was how it was when I posted it to my tree. Sorry

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