Huffsmith/Hoofschmidt & Butz Genealogy

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  • ID: I4
  • Name: Adam HUFFSCHMIDT
  • Surname: Huffschmidt
  • Given Name: Adam
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 Jun 1762 in Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., PA
  • Death: 13 Oct 1850 in Chestnuthill Twp., Monroe Co., PA
  • Burial: Oct 1850 Salem Church cemetery, Gilbert, Monroe Co., PA
  • _UID: 40BCD17950806442A2AB60017F3BEE0F21AB
  • Note:
    Adam was confirmed at St. Peter's Church in Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., PA along with his sister, Maria Eva Huffschmidt, on 1 April 1775. His date of birth of 9 June 1762 was taken from the inscription on his tombstone. Adam was also known as "Johann Adam".

    Prior to his marriage to Juliana Ritter, Adam served in the Northampton County Militia during the period of the Revolutionary War. On 25 September 1780 he was listed on the muster role of the Sixth Class of Chestnuthill Township Militia serving under command of Colonel Carn and Captain John Griggory. On 22 April 1785 he was listed as Adam "Hoofsmith" in the Sixth Class of John Gregory's Company. ("Pennsylvania Archives", Fifth and Sixth Series, and DAR Patriot Index)

    Adam was married four times but all of his 10 children were born by his first marriage. His first wife was Julianna Ritter, who died at the age of 52 in 1817. After her death, Adam married a woman named Maria Catharine. Their exact date of marriage is not known but a deed conveying property to Charles Haney (Deed book G4, p. 427) dated 11 April 1821 shows Adam's wife as Catharine, thus proving that they were married before that date. Maria Catharine died in 1825 and was buried in the Bossard-Heller Cemetery in Hamilton Twp. After her death, Adam re-married a woman named Christina. The only reference to this Christina is the baptismal records of Hamilton Union church which show that Adam and
    Christina Huffsmith appeared as sponsors for two of Adam's grandchildren on 6 August 1826 and 1 October 1826. Christina must have died sometime between 1826 and 1828 for, on 21 September 1828, Adam married his fourth and last wife, Anna Hood Green. Their marriage appears in the records of Hamilton Union Church. Anna was a daughter of Johann George Hood (or Huth), who was one of the first settlers near the present village of Brodheadsville. Anna was the widow of Abraham Green. On 13 September 1828, Adam Huffsmith and Anna Green signed an agreement to specify the disposition of the items she brought into their marriage, if she should die before Adam, and what privileges she was to have in the event that Adam died before her. (Monroe Co. Misc. deed book A, pgs. 41-42)

    In 1785 Adam Huffsmith was listed as a "single freeman" in the federal tax list of Chestnuthill Twp. In 1786 he was listed as married, with no land, horses or cattle.

    Adam has not been found in the 1790 census. When the 1800 census was taken, he was living in Chestnuthill Twp. (then still part of Northampton County), PA with eight people in his household; two males under the age of ten, one male aged 10-16, one male aged 26-45, one female under the age of ten, two females aged 10-16, and one female aged 26-45. In the 1810 census Adam and his family were still living in Chestnuthill Twp. Living in his household were two males under the age of 10, two males aged 16-26, one male over the age of 45, three females under the age of 10, one female aged 10-16, and one female aged 26-45.

    By the time of the 1850 census, Adam, age 88, was married to his fourth wife, Anna age 71, and was still living in Chestnuthill Twp. Also living in his household were Adam's daughter, Margaret Arnold aged 62, widow of Adam Arnold, and Ann Green aged 22 (possibly a daughter of Adam's wife, Ann, from her first marriage to Abraham Green. (1850 census, microfilm roll #798, Monroe Co., PA, Chestnuthill Twp., pg. 058, house #94) In 1860 Adam's widow, Ann Huffsmith, was still living in Chestnuthill Twp. in the household of Peter and Sarah Altemose.

    Adam acquired several tracts of land. On 9 May 1794 he was granted a tract of 103 acres and 35 perches in Chestnuthill Twp. This property had previously been warranted on 11 March 1786 and surveyed in June 1787 to Adam's father, Peter "Hoofsmith". It was known as the "Saint Lawrence" tract and was originally granted to Lawrence Kunkle/Gunkle/Cunkle. Adam paid 47 pounds, three shillings
    and six pence for the land.

    Ten years later, on 18 February 1804, Adam bought an additional tract of 145 acres and 73 perches. This land had been previously owned by John Kline, who applied for the warrant on 26 April 1769 and had it surveyed on 21 June 1787. The land was adjacent to land owned by Peter Hoofsmith and David Kennedy.

    On 12 June 1817, Adam Hoofsmith Sr. signed an agreement to transfer 79 acres of land in Chestnuthill Twp. to his son, Adam Jr., for the difference between the agreed upon price of $869 and Adam Jr.'s portion of the estate of his father, to be paid at a rate of $70 per year. This agreement noted that there was a house on the property and that it was contiguous to the farms of Adam Sr.'s other sons, Peter and Jacob.

    On 11 April 1821 Adam Hoofsmith Sr., yeoman of Chestnuthill Twp., and his wife, Catharine, sold six acres of land to Charles Haney, Adam's son-in-law. This tract was part of the 103 acre tract which Adam had purchased in May of 1794 (Deed book G4, pp. 427-428)

    On 25 January 1843, seven years before his death, Adam Huffsmith wrote his will. He bequeathed his wife the items specified in their pre-nuptual agreement and directed that after his death, all of his real and personal estate should be appraised and sold and that the money from the sale was to be divided equally among his children, sons Peter, Jacob, and Philip, and daughters Margaretta now a widow, Elizabeth intermarried with Davolt Fisher, Mary intermarried with Henry Wise (Weiss), Eave (Eve) intermarried with Peter Serfass, and Catharine intermarried with Michael Lilly. He further directed that an equal share was to be paid to the heirs of his deceased daughter Juliana who was intermarried with Charles Haney, after deducting the debt owed by Charles Haney. Adam lastly gave and bequeathed the sum of one dollar to Elizabeth Hufsmith, who was intermarried with his deceased son, Adam Hufsmith Jr. He appointed his sons, Peter and Jacob, executors of his estate. Adam's will was probated 21 October 1850 and his estate was inventoried on 13 November 1850. (Monroe Co. estate file #61, will book 1, p. 110)

    After Adam's death a number of documents were filed in the Monroe County courthouse to sell Adam's remaining land and render accounts of the distribution of his estate to the heirs. On 18 August 1855, all of Adam's heirs signed an agreement with his widow, Ann, to sell his property for which Ann was to receive $140 a year. Also, $660 was to be set aside from the sale proceeds of the farm, with the interest to be paid to Ann annually during her natural life. After her death, the proceeds would be distributed according to the terms of Adam's will (Misc. book B, pgs. 276-277). On 9 July 1856 Jacob and Peter Huffsmith, executors of Adam's estate, sold 60 acres and 34 perches of Adam's land to William Sebring for $1800.35. This land was adjacent to farms of Christopher D. Keller, Charles Haney, Philip Huffsmith and George Gauss. (Deed book 7, p. 489)

    On 9 June 1865 the fifth account was filed by son Peter Hufsmith "now the surviving executor", son Jacob having died in 1864. The final account was filed on 22 November 1867 after widow Ann had died. These accounts do not show that any of Adam's three sons received any payments from his estate indicating that Adam probably turned over land to all three prior to his death. Their shares were then deducted from the amount that each owed the estate as per their agreement with their father.

    The agreements signed by all the heirs and the fifth and final accounts identified Adam's heirs as:
    Peter Hufsmith
    Jacob Hufsmith
    Philip Hufsmith
    Margaret Arnold
    Elizabeth Fisher and husband, Davolt Fisher
    Mary Weiss
    Eve Serfoss and husband, Peter Serfoss
    Catharine Lilly and husband, Michael Lilly
    The six children of deceased daughter, Juliana Haney:
    Elizabeth Haney and husband, Cornelius Serfoss
    Frederick A. Haney
    Mary A. Haney and husband, Lorenzo Howell
    Peter Haney
    Charles Haney, Jr.
    Julia Ann Haney and husband, Jacob Altemose

    Son Adam Huffsmith Jr. was not mentioned in his father's estate papers since he had died in 1842 and had no children.
  • Change Date: 15 Nov 2013 at 20:53:29



    Father: Peter HUFFSCHMIDT
    Mother: Anna Maria b: ABT 1736

    Marriage 1 Juliana RITTER b: 31 Aug 1764 in Springfield Twp., Bucks Co., PA c: 1764 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Springfield Twp., Bucks Co., PA
    • Married: BEF 1787 in PA
    Children
    1. Has Children Margaretha HUFFSCHMIDT b: 28 Jan 1788 in Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 23 Mar 1788 in Hamilton (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth HUFFSCHMIDT b: 21 Nov 1789 in Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 13 Dec 1789 in Hamilton (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    3. Has Children Peter HUFFSMITH b: 2 Oct 1791 in Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 4 May 1794 in Hamilton (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    4. Has Children Jacob HUFFSMITH b: 3 Dec 1793 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 4 May 1794 in Hamilton Union (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    5. Has No Children Adam HUFFSCHMIDT Jr. b: 4 Sep 1796 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 13 Nov 1796 in Hamilton Union (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    6. Has Children Anna Maria HUFFSCHMIDT b: 13 Jan 1799 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 3 Mar 1799 in Hamilton Union (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    7. Has Children Philip HUFFSMITH b: 10 May 1801 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 14 May 1801 in Hamilton Union (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    8. Has Children Juliana "Julia Ann" HUFFSCHMIDT b: 9 Jun 1803 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 7 Aug 1803 in Hamilton (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    9. Has Children Eva HUFFSCHMIDT b: 1 Oct 1805 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 22 Dec 1805 in Hamilton (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    10. Has Children Catharina HUFFSCHMIDT b: 1 Apr 1808 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 31 Jul 1808 in Hamilton (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA

    Marriage 2 Maria Catharine b: 24 Mar 1770
    • Married: AFT 1817 in Northampton Co., PA

    Marriage 3 Christina
    • Married: AFT 1825 in Northampton Co., PA

    Marriage 4 Anna HOOD b: 6 Jan 1779 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA c: 21 Feb 1779 in Hamilton Union (aka. Christ) Church, Hamilton Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA
    • Married: 21 Sep 1828 in Chestnuthill Twp., Northampton (now Monroe) Co., PA

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