The Hulsey, Head and Huff Families of North Georgia.
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The Huff Family


Sarah (Sally) Hardman

Born: 15 Sep 1796 in Oglethorpe Co., GA
Died: 22 Dec 1872 in Oglethorpe Co., GA

Married on 3 Jul 1814:

Robert Huff (Hoff)
Born: 24 Nov 1788 in Wilkes Co., GA
Died: 7 Jul 1842 in Oglethorpe Co., GA


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Her father was William Hardman and he gave her and husband 260 acres as a wedding present. Over her 28 year marriage she gave birth to 14 children of which 12 survived to adulthood. On her husband’s death in 1842, seven children were minors and living in her household. Over the next eight years one son achieved his majority and two of her daughters married.

She inherited 3 slaves from the estate and controlled 22 additional slaves awarded to her children from the estate in 1842. As her children achieved majority, the slaves passed from her control.

Sarah Huff was shown in the 1850 Census with George J., Nancy and Jacob in her household. Her 16 year old son, Charles M. was living with Elizabeth Glenn, her daughter. Her son, William B. Huff and his family, was shown as living next to her. Sarah Huff was shown as owning 5 slaves.

Her son, James R. W., died in DeKalb Co., GA in 1851 and his family moved back to Oglethorpe County. Another son, Joseph T., died in DeKalb Co., GA in 1858.

She continued to operate the Dower Lands farm until the 1860’s being supported by some of her sons and her daughter, Elizabeth Glenn. In the 1850’s she rented her minor sons’ slaves to other farmers, generating income in excess of the cost of maintenance of her remaining minor children.

Her children had achieved their majority by 1860 and she was shown in the 1860 Census as living alone with 3 slaves. Her real estate was valued at $ 4, 000 and her personal property was valued at $ 1, 900. Thomas P. Huff and his family were living next to her, apparently as a tenant farmer. Jacob Huff and his family was shown next to her on his own land with a value of $ 1, 000 in real estate, $ 1, 700 in personal property and 2 slaves. Her widowed daughter, Elizabeth Glenn, also lived nearby with personal property of $ 2, 000 and 2 slaves. (Her farm remained in the name of her husband’s estate.)

The Civil War decimated the Robert and Sarah Huff family. Of the seven sons living in 1860, six saw active service. Two sons died on active service, two were disabled by wounds and only two returned home whole.

At some point in the 1860’s, her daughter, Elizabeth, moved to Elbert County and Sarah Huff moved into the home of Henry and Nancy Huff Kinnebrew. Henry Kinneberw took over management of her estate after the Civil War and removed Sarah’s other children from the Dower Lands.

In the 1770 Census Sarah Huff, age 78, was living in the Simston Dist in the home of Nancy Huff Kinnebrew and Henry Kinnebrew, their children and Ben W. Waller, a medical student. Henry Kinnebrew, a Physician, had recovered from his previous bankruptcy and was shown with real estate of $ 2, 000 and personal property of $ 2, 500.

Sarah’s son, Jacob, was living on a farm in Simston Dist. nearby.

Of her 14 children, 6 preceded her in death. Eight children survived her.

Sarah Huff died on 22 Dec 1772 at the home of Henry Kinnebrew. He became the executor of her estate, valued at $ 352.05, of which $ 228 were three notes of Henry Kinnebrew. Her personal property sold for $ 67.35. Her son, Charles M. Huff, purchased several items. By default Henry Kinnebrew became the final administrator of the Robert Huff Estate.

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