The Hulsey, Head and Huff Families of North Georgia.
Or, More Than You Ever Wanted to Know.
The Huff Family
Charles Dircksen Hoff
Born: 1697 in Flushing, Queens, NY
Died: Bef. 9 Feb 1764 in Hoffs Mill (Pittstown), NJ
Married: 1729 in NJ
Born: Abt. 1700 in NJ
Died: Aft. 1769 in
Hopewell, Mercer Co., NJ
The Huff Family
The Hulsey Family
The Head Family
Born in Flashings, Queens, NY his family moved to Maidenhead Township, Mercer Co., NJ when he was about 7 years old. In order to acquire land, his father was required to take a Family Name and he chose “Hoff,” a name that many in the family used for as long as four generations within the family while the use of “Huff” became common in public documents by 1790. His family was of Dutch ancestry.
He and his family, while retaining their Dutch customs, became intergraded into the English culture. His family helped establish the local Presbyterian Church and he married a wife with and English name, Angelica Johnson, in 1719. Eight children were born of this union over the next fifteen years.
According to the birthdates of his children, he moved to Hopewell Township, Hunterdon Co, NJ by 1722. He acquired a farm and built a water mill. For a farmer the location was advantageous as the farm products could be shipped overland to New York Coty or to Philadelphia via the Delaware River.
He later built a small tavern with lodging of five rooms, a stone detached kitchen and a cellar. The tavern became known as Hoff’s Mill. His son, Charles, acquired the tavern and the son later sold it to his son-in-law, Isaac Fitz Randolph in 1762. Another larger tavern was built on the same site in 1801 and that building remains in operation to this day. The community of Hoff’s Mill was renamed to Pittstown during the Revolution to honor William Pitt.
His listed death date is incorrect in the record as Charles Dircksen Hoff uttered his will in 1755. “Wife, Angelica, 1/3 of my moveable estate and 1/3 of the profits of the land. Eldest son, Charles Hoff, £ 10. Son, Cornelius, the plantation where I live. Son, Peter, £ 50. Sons, James and Gabriel, £ 10 each. Daughters, Patience and Joanna, £ 10 each. (It is interesting that he used English names, rather than Dutch, in his will.)
His will was proved on Feb. 9, 1764 with an inventory amount of £ 165.14.0. This date is used as his death date in this narrative. (New Jersey Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817.)
DNA Evidence: In August, 2006; a proven male parental descendent of Derrick Hoff was tested with a Y chromosome DNA Haplogroup Q. Since that time a proven male parental descendent of Robert Huff (1788-1842) has tested with Haplogroup Q. The children of Robert Huff are descended from Derrick Hoff through Charles Dickerson Hoff.
Charles Hoff (1720-?) married Sarah. Unnamed children according to Property Records and Abstract of Will. Died in Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., NJ.
Cornelius Hoff (1722-1791) married Jane, 12 children. Died in Hopewell, Hunterdon, Co., NJ.
Gabriel Hoff (1727-1790). No further information.
Patience Hoff (1729-?) No further information.
Johanna Hoff (1731-?) No further information.
Peter Hoff (1732-1802) married: 1) Susan Beatly, 4 children; 2) Elizabeth Black, 2 children. Died in Wilkes Co., GA. See separate article.
Catherine Hoff (1734-?) Not listed in Will, died young (?).
James Hoff (1736-?) No further information.