The Hulsey, Head and Huff Families of North Georgia.
Or, More Than You Ever Wanted to Know.
The Huff Family
Thomas Poole (X. P.) Huff
Born: 5 Dec 1822 in Oglethorpe Co., GA
Died: Abt. 1902 in Putnam Co., GA
Married in 1859:
Mary Alice Grey
Born: 28 Sep 1838 in Oglethorpe Co., GA
Died: Aft. 1900 in Bartow Co., GA
The Huff Family
The Head Family
The Hulsey Family
He was born the fourth child of a plantation owner and merchant and was probably educated in a local elementary school in Point Peter. He was working on the family land when his father died in 1842 when he was twenty. He and his brother bought a portion of his father's land and soon sold it in two parcels to a neighbor and William H. Glenn, the husband of his sister Elizabeth. (This property was so well described that it can be located today.) He was awarded two slaves, Ephram and William, from his father's estate that he later sold.
He was not shown as a property owner in Oglethorpe County and continued farming his mother's Dower Land as did as several of his brothers for a time. In 1850, he was living at the home of his brother, John R. Huff, in the Glade community. He did not own slaves in either 1850 or 1860.
By 1859 he had met Mary Ann Grey who lived near his grandmother, Winney Huff, in the Goosepond community. Mary Ann may have not been considered a suitable match by some of his family as she brought little material goods to the marriage and was unable to read or write according to later Census Records. They were married in 1859 when he was 37 and she was 21. In 1860, they were living in a house on the Dower Lands and farming, on shares with his mother on the Dower Lands. They shortly had two children and she was carrying a third child when he was drafted into the Confederate Army in 1863.
The Civil War:
The 38th GA Infantry Regiment had been formed in 1861 and was a part of the Lawton-Gordon- Evans Brigade assigned to Stonewall Jackson's Corps and took part in almost every battle in Virginia during the war. During most of their service the Brigade was commanded by John B. Gordon who became a Major General late in the war. After Stonewall Jackson's death at Chancellorsville in 1863, the Corps was commanded by Jubal Early at Gettysburg where they attacked and failed to capture Cemetery Hill.
Thomas Huff was enlisted as a draftee in October, 1863 as a private and was assigned to Co. C, 38th GA Regiment as a replacement after Gettysburg in a battle-hardened Regiment in what was regarded as the best Brigade of the best Corps in the army of Northern Virginia.
The 38th Regiment during Thomas Huff's service fought under Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in the battles of Rappahannock Station (Nov. 7), Payne's Farm ( Nov. 27) and Mine Run (Dec. 1). Jan 4, 1864 saw the action at Morton’s Ford and the Battle of the Wilderness (May 5).
The Battle of Spotsylvania saw the 38th in the thick of the fighting, capturing 2000 union troops and routing another 10,000 union soldiers in the bloody angle on May 12. The Harris Farm action occurred on May 19 and the regiment participated in the North Anna River Battles (May 23 to May 26.) On June 17, Ewell's Corps was shifted from the Richmond area to the Shenandoah Valley to wreck the B and O Railroad and to threaten Washington, DC from the west. The 38th fought an action at Lynchburg and advanced into Maryland. They were on Prevost Duty and did not see action at Battle of Fort Stephens (July 12) at the District of Columbia border where members of the brigade saw the church spires of Washington. D. C.
After being forced back into Virginia, the 38th marched to Strasburg, VA where Thomas Poole Huff was wounded in the thigh on July 22. After he rejoined the Regiment, the armies maneuvered up and down the Valley, fighting at Opequon Creek near Winchester (Sept. 18), Fisher's Hill (Sept 20) and retreated to Rockfish Gap.
The Corps met the Union at Cedar Creek (Nov. 19) and was defeated there and at New Market. The 38th was then transferred back to the Richmond area and south to Petersburg where they moved into winter quarters on Dec. 31.
On Jan. 17, 1865, Pvt. Thomas Pool Huff was wounded in the foot and admitted to General Hospital No. 9 at Petersburg. He was transferred to Jackson Hospital in Richmond, VA where his left foot was amputated. He remained in hospital until Mar. 16, 1865 when he was furloughed to return home. (Richmond, VA was captured on 12 April 1865, Lee surrendered on 12 Apr 1865 and Johnston surrendered in NC on 26 Apr 1865.) Rail transportation was available to Danville, VA but how and when a one-legged man returned home at the end of the Civil War is unknown.
Some notes on casualties are worth mentioning. The Lawton-Gordon-Evans Brigade of which the 38th Ga. Regiment was a part was mustered in with about 7,000 men. It saw action in almost every large action in the Civil War in Northern Virginia. One source states that 800 replacements joined the Brigade during the war and this may be a low figure. At the end of the war, only 750 men were mustered out at Appomattox. Two members of the Robert Huff family were in the 38th GA: George P. Huff was killed at First Cold Harbor near the start of the war and Thomas P. Huff was wounded at Petersburg near the end of the war.
When Thomas Huff returned home, his family consisted of his wife, Mary Ann, James – age 5, T. J. - age 3, and Sarah A. - age 1. He probably moved back to the Sarah Huff Dower Lands and begins farming again, abet with a wooden leg. As Sarah's, his mother's, health declined the husband of his youngest sister, Henry Kinnebrew, took over management of Sarah's affairs. Henry moved Sarah into his home and evicted Thomas and two of this brothers from the Dower Lands by 1868. The daughter, Elizabeth Glenn, that was for many years Sarah's caretaker, sold her nearby farm and moved to Elbert Co.
The 1870 Census found Thomas Huff, listed as Thomas Hough, in Green County near Union Point, GA. He was shown owing land worth $ 600 and personal property worth $ 200. His wife, Mary - age 32, his sons; James - age 11 and Michel - age 3 and his daughter, Sarah Ann- age 7 were in the household. The family record shows that his son, T. J., had died in 1868, another son, Dale Michel was born in 1868 and that another son, William J., was born in August, 1870. No deed was recorded for this farm in Greene Co.
In January, 1872, Henry Kinnebrew bought Thomas Huff's 1/12 interest in the Richard Huff Estate (Sarah Huff Dower Lands) for $ 200. This was one of several transactions required to clear Henry Kinnebrew's title to the Dower Lands obtained through his marriage to Nancy Jane Huff, Thomas' sister.
In 1872, Thomas Huff bought 25 acres one mile from Greensboro for $ 100. His and Mary Ann's daughter, Elizabeth Alice, was born this same year. The children Robert Huff (1873), Charles Richard (1874) and Allie (1879) followed. One son, Dale Michael, died at age 10, in 1876.
How long the family occupied the Greensboro property is unknown as the family was living in the Woodstock Dist. in southeastern Oglethorpe Co. when the 1880 Census was compiled. The family consisted of Thomas (age 57, Farmer), Mary Ann (age 41, Keeping House), Sarah A. (age 16), William (age 10), Elizabeth (age 8), Robert (age 6), Charles (age 5) and Alie (age 6/12). James Huff, age 20, was not in the home.
In 1881, Thomas P. sold the Greensboro property (with a buggy, cattle and hogs included) to his wife. This may have been to prevent the property being sold for debts incurred by him or it may have been because he was ill. The same year his son, Robert, died at age 8.
In 1888, Mary Ann Huff sold the Greensboro property to V. S. and G. T. Neal. The 1890 Census for Georgia was destroyed by fire and no record exists for the family until 1900.
As his grandson stated that his family was from Union Point, GA, the family may have lived there for some years after 1888.
A search of the 1900 Census located W. J. (William J.) Huff in Tompkins, Putman Co., GA. In addition to his wife and 3 children, Thomas P. Huff, age 77 was living with W. J. Huff. Allie Huff, the daughter of Thomas Huff, had married Richard Linch and was living nearby. Apparently, at some point in the 1890’s, Thomas Huff went to live with his second son and Mary Alice went to Barrow Co. to live with Charles. The exact date that these events occurred is unknown other than they occurred between 1888 and 1900.
Allie Huff married William R. Lynch of Green County in 1900 indicating that some members of the family resided in Green County in the late 1890’s.
In 1900, Thomas' son, Charles Richard; his wife, Leonard and his mother, Mary Alice Huff were recorded as living at Taylorsville, Bartow Co. in a rented home as listed in the Census. (As Charles had second cousins in the Terrell family residing in Bartow Co., he may have moved there seeking work.) Mary Alice stated to the Census that she had only one child, Charles. She may have thought that the interviewer was asking about "in her home."
No further knowledge of the brothers and sisters of Charles Huff have been found. At Charles' funeral in 1941, some relatives attended, however their names or relationships was not recorded. Some remember that these relatives were from Gwinnett Co. GA and the Washington, D. C. area. Based on Jewel Pressgrove's research, that some relatives may be living in Union Point, GA. This has not been verified.
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 Thomas Poole Huff (1822-1902) has tested with Haplogroup Q. The children of Thomas P. Huff are descended from Derrick Hoff through Charles Dickerson Hoff, Peter Huff, Sr. (Hoff), Peter Huff, Jr. (Hoff) and Robert Huff (Hoff)..