Billy Huff

Billy Huff

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



Descendant of William Hough and his father Edward who lived Cheshire, England. Cheshire was the home of several Hough individuals who left to settle in Colonial America. DNA shows that the "Cheshire Houghs" have a common ancestor as yet unidentified.

In colonial America, several spelling variations were recorded including Hoofe, Hoff and finally Huff in the late 1700'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 Sept 2018, Big Y test matches on Family Tree DNA are as follows:

I-Y4741 - 16 matches

I-Y4739 -11 matches:

I-Y13944 - 6 matches

I-Y4740 - 4 matches. Note: Common ancestor for all four is William Hough. Only difference is descent from his son Samuel vs. Jonathan.

Terminal SNP I-FGC21968 only match is Max Kenneth Huff

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]


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  • Embedded Microprocessor Design
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  • Underwater Sound Applications
  • Capture Team Leader
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Descendant of colonial-era immigrants including William and Sarah (Calkins) Hough, "Widow" Walker, Deacon Thomas and Margaret (Webster) Hunt, Elder Thomas Cushman and Mary Allerton plus 19th century German immigrants.

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


  • 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
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Descendant of Robert Fuller and wife Sarah Bowen
Great Grandfather Friedrich Wilhelm Kleinsorge b. 15 Aug 1831 in Istrup, Lippe-Detmold
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
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descendant of "Widow" Walker and her son Philip Walker of Rehoboth

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Billy Huff's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Billy or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Billy:

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On 25 Aug 2018 at 17:58 GMT Barb Huff wrote:

Hi Billy, Re: Hough-56... I posted the following in Public Comments of Hough-56 page...was confused about the DNA part...but now see that Bryan is associated with you & Max DNA-wise? :

Awesome work on these biographies! As specified, there could be two plausibly different Benjamin Hough/Huff here. Personally, they seem like two different Benjamins to me, that could turn out to have been the same person. My question is...whose DNA test goes with which Benjamin? Is it Billy and Max go with Benj. of CT? and Bryan goes with Benj. of VA and TN? There seem to be different haplogroup results between Billy & Max vs Bryan. Maybe awaiting more DNA results to verify whether or not there are one or two Benjamins described here? -Barb Huff

On 27 Jun 2018 at 14:40 GMT Jim Peterson IV wrote:

Removed David as a nickname for Daniel Huff.

One of my wife's ancestors not mine. Jim Peterson

On 8 Jan 2018 at 21:59 GMT Barbara (Breece) Roesch wrote:

Hi Billy, Thanks for checking on that marriage. If I see right, GWHs 1995 revision shows 1758. Not a big deal but the rest of it is a real tangle. The problem is only indices are being linked, not actual records. Until we see the real record (lol, read it for yourself!) we can't be sure.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 03:54 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 12 Dec 2017 at 00:28 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Congratulations on your Pre-1500 Badge! And a personal thanks for all you do on Wikitree. Please make sure you add Pre-1500 as one of your followed tags on G2G so you can help others that do not have the badge.

On 8 Oct 2017 at 00:37 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Billy, I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Green Badged "Generous Genealogist" and also the Community Star!! Your continued dedication to Wikitree has been noticed and appreciated by others. Thank you!!

On 31 Aug 2017 at 19:00 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Billy, On Stackhouse-119, cannot be the same person. Elizabeth Janney, per Quaker records, that married "Stackhouse" was born in 1708, which would make her too old to be the mother of Uree Ann. At one time I had Elizabeth as the daughter of Elizabeth Janney and John Stackhouse, but that also did not work.

On 30 Aug 2017 at 16:15 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

wonderful wikitreer
Billy Huff is a Wonderful WikiTreer.

On 29 Jul 2017 at 18:29 GMT Will Gerlach wrote:

I have added Edward J Stahl 1877-1958 to Wiki and have found his father to be Frank Stahl 1850-1918.

Thank you for your support!

On 1 Jul 2017 at 17:58 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Thank you for joining in the Weekend Chat........... It was an honor to have you

Weekend Chat 23 June - 25 June 2017

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