The Hulsey, Head and Huff Families of North Georgia.
Or, More Than You Ever Wanted to Know.
The Huff Family
Nancy Jane Huff
1834 - 1912
Married on 15 Jan 1852
Henry Kinnebrew M.D.
The Children of Robert Huff
Sarah H. Huff
She was raised in her family’s home in the Glades Dist. She was 8 years of age when her father died in 1842. She was awarded 4 slaves (a mother and three children) from the estate. She continued in her mother’s home until she married her schoolteacher, Henry Kinnebrew, in 1852 at age 18. Henry Kennebrew later apprentced to a local physician and was admitted to the practice of Medicine.
The record indicates that neither Nancy Huff Kinnebrew or her husband was a slave-owner in 1850 and 1860.
Between 1853 and 1861, three sons (Edwin, Richard and Oscar) were born to the family. In 1864 a daughter, Sarah, was born to the family.
In the 1860 Census, Henry Kinnebrew was living in the Goosepond Dist. with two children and a medical student in his home. His occupation was as a physician and he owned property valued at $ 2, 000 and personal property valued at $ 5, 000.
The new family moved to Goosepond Dist. near his parents at the time of his marriage. He was licensed as a Physician at some time in the 1850’s. His medical practice was apparently successful up to the emancipation of the slaves in 1864. Following emancipation his medical practice apparently declined. He turned to real estate speculation unsuccessfully as he was forced into bankruptcy in 1867, losing all his property, real and personal.
Between 1857 and 1864 Henry Kinnebrew purchased 2 of the 12 shares of the Dower lands, holding three shares by 1868. He sold or lost through bankruptcy these shares by 1870. He bought Charles Huff’s share in 1869 after Sarah Huff moved into his home.
In 1868, he took over management of Sarah Huff’s Dower Lands and moved Sarah Huff into his and Nancy’s home. Apparently Sarah Huff’s health had declined by that time. One result of the change of control was that the other children of Sarah Huff were removed from residency or farming activities on the Dower Lands.
Henry Kinnebrew was listed in the 1870 Census as living in the Goosepond Dist. with Nancy, his wife, Richard, Oscar, Sarah, Sarah Huff (age 73) and Ben Waller, medical student, in his home. His oldest son, Edwin, was living elsewhere. His real estate was valued at $ 2, 000 and his personal property was valued at $ 2, 300. He had rapidly recovered from his bankruptcy three years earlier.
Beginning in Jan 1872 and near the time of Sarah’s death (Dec, 1872) and extending until Dec 1874, Henry and Nancy Kinnebrew acquired all the outstanding shares in the Dower Lands in 13 transactions for a total cost of $ 2, 824 for the stated 600 acres. The nominal share price was set at $ 200 per share, however some cost more. Note: As Henry Kinnebrew lost his entire property in 1867 due to bankruptcy, the question arises as to how he obtained the funds for the purchases.
Beginning in 1877, he began sales of the Dower Land in smaller tracts including a sale to Obadiah Stephens of the "Sarah Huff Home place" that she had received from father upon her marriage. Mr. Stevens sold part of that property to Buck Huff, a former slave of the Huff family.
Henry Kinnebrew, Nancy, Richard, Oscar and Sarah were living in Lexington, GA in 1880. Henry was shown as a farmer and Richard was shown as a lawyer. Edwin was living in the Woodstock Dist. and teaching school.
Henry Kinnebrew died in 1886 at the home of his son, Edwin, in Athens, GA. Edwin had become licensed as a Physician by that time.
Nancy Jane Huff Kinnebrew was listed in the 1900 and 1910 as living in the home of Edwin Kinnebew. (The name used on the Census return of 1900 was “Kinnelvero” and in the 1910 Census was “Kenneybrew.”) Nancy Jane Kinnebrew died at age 78 in 1912 at the home of Edwin Kenneybrew.
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