Billy Huff

Billy Huff

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Billy M. Huff
Born 1930s.
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Categories: Huff Name Study



Paternal descendant of English colonialists including William and Sarah (Calkins) Hough, "Widow" Walker, Deacon Thomas and Margaret (Webster) Hunt, Elder Thomas Cushman and Mary Allerton.

In colonial America, several spelling variations were recorded including Hoofe, Hoff and finally Huff in the late 1700's.

Maternal descendant were settlers from Lippe and Prussia who arrived in Osage and Franklin County, Missouri in the mid-1800's.

Early interest in family history was inspired by stories told by my great Aunt Carrie (Huff) Petefish, our family historian, and also her sister May Hunt, daughters of my great grandparents, William J Huff and Almira Walker. Another factor were Civil War artifacts that belonged to my great grandfather plus many photographs of family members. My brother Max Huff continued the tradition and greatly expanded knowledge of our family history, particularity for our Huff/Hough ancestors.

DNA Test Results:

Y-DNA tests results confirmed as Haplogroup I. Haplogroup I dates to 23,000 years ago, or older. The I-M253 lineage likely has its roots in northern France. Today it is found most frequently within Viking/Scandinavian populations in northwest Europe and has since spread down into Central and Eastern Europe, where it is found at low frequencies. Haplogroup I represents one of the first peoples in Europe.

As of Feb 2020, paternal descendants of William Hough. with Big Y DNA matches on Family Tree DNA are as follows:

SNP I-Y4740 - 6 matches. Only difference is descent from his son Samuel vs. Jonathan.

  • Max Kenneth Huff Terminal SNP I-FGC21968
  • Billy Huff Terminal SNP I-FGC21968
  • Kit No. 362389 (not on WikiTree)
  • Kit No. 65683 (not on WikiTree)
  • Bill Hough Terminal SNP I-FGC21965
  • Robert Huff Terminal SNP I-BY160287

Matches at the SNP I-Y4739 level which is one level higher than I-Y49500 include the following:

  • Billy Huff Terminal SNP I-FGC21965
  • Max Kenneth Huff Terminal SNP I-FGC21965
  • Kit No. 362389 (not on WikiTree)
  • Kit No. 285517 (not on WikiTree)
  • Kit No. 65683 (not on WikiTree)
  • HR Hough Terminal SNP I-Y51328
  • Bill Hough
  • Kit No. 530109 (not on WikiTree)
  • Kit No. 297108 (not on WikiTree)
  • Granville Hough Terminal SNP I-Y51328
  • Robert Huff Terminal SNP I-BY160287
  • Kit No. 385143 (not on WikiTree)
  • Donald Huff Terminal SNP I-Y51328
  • Terry Huff Terminal SNP I-Y4739

Based on these test results, it is concluded that all have a common ancestor that probably lived in or near Cheshire, England no later than the 1500’s and perhaps several hundred years earlier.

Autosomal DNA Triangulation:

  1. GGrandparents William Jones Huff and Almira Walker confirmed with matches to Elizabeth Taylor (2d cousin 188 cM), Judith Johnson (2nd cousin 424 cM), also Eileen Robins (208 cM 2nd cousin 1 R)

Current theory based on Y-DNA and Big Y test results is that the progenitor of this family line is likely a Northman (Norse or Dane). The Northmen (also known as Vikings) invaded Britain in the 9th and 10th centuries and occupied about 2/3 of Britain at one time. The settlers eventually assimulated into the Saxon population.

An alternative theory is that the Hough's were descended the del Hogh or Leighton Thornton Hough line which is believed to originate in Flanders.

The del Hogh line became known as the Leighton Thornton Hough line when abt. 1330 Richard del Hogh married Ellen, dau of Roger Thornton, who was also heiress of William de Leighton, hence the manors of Thornton and Leighton passed to the del Hogh family[1]. The del Hogh surname was eventually changed to Hough. Arms. Quarterly 1 and 4 Argent, a bend Sable, 2 and 3 Argent, a wolf's head, erased. Sable.

The township of Leighton, which is on the banks of the Dee, is located about twelve miles from Chester. In the Doomsday survey, it was included among the possessions of Robert de Rodelent; and after his death, was given to the baron of Montalt, under whom it was held by William de Leighton, 6th Edward II His grand-daughter and heiress conveyed the manors of Thornton and Leighton in marriage to Richard del Hoghe or de la Hough, and from their their descendants, the former obtained the name of Thornton Hough.

Richard Hough of Leighton and Thornton Hough (5 Nov. 1505, 1st son of Thomas Hough of Leighton by Catherine, daughter of Thomas Grosvenor of Eaton) was the servant of Thomas Cromwell. He is first mentioned as acting for Cromwell in December 1534 and in 1536 he appears more specifically as one of the lord privy seal’s men, being then described as a ‘sage and sober person’: he was not in regular service but was one of those to be allowed in the household only ‘when they have commandment or cause necessary to repair thither’. He did business for Cromwell in Chester, whence in January 1538 he reminded the minister of a promise to make him rider of Delamere forest in Cheshire, and in 1540 he carried messages and letters to the council in Ireland. A less conventional outcome of the relationship was the marriage of Hough’s son William to Cromwell’s illegitimate daughter Jane[2]

Aerospace Career

  • Inertial Navigation Specialist
  • Navigation Systems Integration
  • Shipboard Instrumentation and Data Processing Systems Integration
  • Embedded Microprocessor Design
  • Data Multiplex Systems
  • Underwater Sound Applications
  • Capture Team Leader


  • Aircraft Subsystem Team Lead
  • Software Integration and Test
  • Project Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Program Manager

Ancestors Who Provided Service to the Country

Colonial Wars - King Phillip's War

  • Philip (Deacon) Walker
  • Captain Samuel Walker

Revolutionary War:

  • Edmund Littlefield, Battle of Lexington, with Capt Brigg's company at Bunker Hill
  • Jonathan Hunt, listed in pay roll of Capt Nathaniel Seely's Co in Col Samuel Herrick's Regiment n VT;
  • Lemuel Blanchard, Minuteman in militia unit from East Stoughton commanded by Peter Talbot (Brother-in-laws National Littlefield and Edmund Littlefield Jr were in same unit);
  • Edmund Huff, Frontier Rangers in PA
  • Samuel Walker, 13th Regiment of Connecticut Militia, Rank Corporal

Civil War:

  • Wiliam J. Huff, Co. H, 20th Iowa Inf Reg
  • Fredrich William Kleinsorge, Co M 28th Enrolled Missouri Militia
  • David B. Hester, Co. F, Iowa 13th Infantry Regiment

Advance Directive

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 Jennifer Huff whether or not she is currently on the Trusted Lists.


  • Hough, Huff and Hoff, etc. in Great Britain, Stan Hough of Nottingham, England, manuscript and database dated 2001
  • Elida C. Hough, "Decendants of William Hough of Connecticut" unpublished manuscript
  • Franklin B. Hough, "American Biographical Notes," 1875
  • Granville Hough, author of "Origin of Early Hough Families from England to PA" unpublished 2 Feb 1993; also, "Hough and Huff Families of the U.S, 1620-1880" 1972; also "Tales of Our People, Stories of Hough, Huff, Hoff, Haff & Hoaf People in the Early Days of Our United States" 1989, reprinted 2006 by Permission by Max K. Huff. Granville collected data from all areas - from early colonies, to the South, Midwest and Far West. Granville was a prolific researcher and writer and wrote seven volumes on his research.
  • Orville Louis Hough papers at the Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA. Orville Hough unearthed and documented an enormous amount of data. O.L. Hough concentrated on the early Hough's of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Loudoun County, Virginia.
  • Max Huff, publisher of the Huff Newsletter
  • Stanley Hough - Researcher of Hough families in Cheshire, England
  • William W. Hough - Researcher, contributor to Connecticut Nutmegger
  • Barb (Breece) Roesch, " John and Hannah Hough of England and PA - Migrations of their Carolina Sons Northwest and Southwest 1683-c1900" pub., 2015
  • Barbara (Clay) B Cousin and Hunt researcher who discovered many of the recent records for Jonathan Hunt.
  • Memorial of the Walkers of the Old Plymouth Colony, embracing genealogical and biographical sketches of John Taunton, Philip of; Author: Walker, James Bradford, Date of Publication: 1861
  • Billy M. Huff, "Compilation of Letters to Mira, Documenting the Army Life of an Ordinary Soldier While Serving in the 20th Iowa Infantry Regiment 1862-1865" CreateSpace, 2015. available from Amazon
  • Billy and Max Huff, "Life in the Southwest During the Early Twentieth Century: As Told By Clarence W. Huff" CreateSpace 2016
  • HISTORY of the BLANCHARD FAMILY: From 1636 to the present time, Jonathan Hunt, Reedtown, Ohio, Price 25 cents. Published about 1898.
  • W. L. G. Hunt, T. E Wyman, Genealogy of the Name and Family of Hunt, John Wilson and Son, Boston (1862), pg 176
  • Cushman, Henry Wyles, A Historical and Biographical Genealogy of the Cushmans; The Descendants of Robert Cushman,the Puritan from the Year 1617 to 1855, Boston, Little, Brown, 1855
  • Hills, Leon Clark, History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters amd First Comers to ye Olde Colonie, Vol I, 1936 Washington, D.C. Clearfield Company.
  • Allerton, Walter S, A History of the Allerton Family in the United States, 1585 to 1885, and a genealogy of the Descendants of Isaac Allerton, New York City, 1888
  • Gottlieb Herman Kiel, The Kiel Tree, privately published, 30 July 1940

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Desendant of Mary Allerton and Thomas Cushman
Descendant of Thomas Blanchard
Wife's family
Descendant of Robert Fuller and wife Sarah Bowen
Great Grandfather Friedrich Wilhelm Kleinsorge b. 15 Aug 1831 in Istrup, Lippe (present day Germany)
William Hough 6th gr grandfather
Original Hough suname spelling changed to Huff in mid-1700's
descendant of Thomas Hunt and Margaret Webster
John Spangler 3rd gr grandfather
John Strawbridge 4th g grandfather
Valek immigrants from Bohemia
descendant of "Widow" Walker and her son Philip Walker of Rehoboth
DNA Tested
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Billy, Yo

You might want to recheck your y matches on John and Hannah,

Excellent catch Billy. I appreciate your help as always. It is good to catch things before they get out of hand. I never thought about Ancestry being behind a paywall. I will check things over as you suggested and point future references to Family Search. You are a necessary resource for the members of this site and to me. Still got my learners permit and trying to improve my skill-set. You may need to request more web space for all those badges though. Thanks again!
posted by Mark Hough
Billy would you reccomend anything more than the basic yDNA test if I'm looking to discover more about my 4x great grandfather's dad and back?
posted by Kevin Huff
THOMAS HUFF OF KENT CO, MD... Wow! Fabulous!
posted by Barbara Bartlett Huff
Oh wow, this is fabulous!! Amazing!!

Joseph Huff Born 1750 in Montgomery, Colony of Virginia Son of Benjamin (Hough) Hoff and Ruth (Unknown) Huff...

posted by Barbara Bartlett Huff
added ancestors of Theodore Rogers

6 30 2019


posted by Sharon Rogers
Like the effort on Alderman-215 & Hough-395. I never added the early census data b/c it's iffy. 1820 is likely Elisha and Thankful w a kid. But 1830... Elisha is 70+ years old. And Thankful is pushing 70. Was never comfortable saying that is Elisha & Thankful w that family (at least w/o some supported narrative).

I always assumed 1830 was their son, Alderman-224, and his family.

posted by b Paulson
Thank you Billy for improving Francis' profile!
posted by PE Rosner
It has been suggested that the two Samuels, Hough-2064 and Hough-2448 be merged. I don't know how I became the manager of the latter. I merely added Nancy Hough Stanley as his daughter. Frankly I suspect that the two are one and the same, but am not comfortable merging them in view of disparate information entered on each. I would be happy to relinquish my job as manager to someone more comfortable with dealing with this.
posted by William Hayes
Hello there, Yes, please improve the profile of the other Samuel Hough. Much appreciated.
posted by PE Rosner
Billy, Thank you so much for your contributions to my profile on Rudolph Bauche.He was my mother in law's step father. Yes there is a Kleinsorge somewhere in the family. I have heard that name before. My husband was from Rosebud Missouri.
posted by Fran (Maynard) Nolting

Rejected matches › William Jones Huff (1828-1899)

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