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.
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. 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
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.
Colonial Wars - King Phillip's War
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On 25 Aug 2018 at 17:58 GMT Barb Huff wrote:
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:
One of my wife's ancestors not mine. Jim Peterson
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|Billy Huff is a Wonderful WikiTreer.|
On 29 Jul 2017 at 18:29 GMT Will Gerlach wrote:
Thank you for your support!
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