Hoffarth, Christian

Hoffarth, Christian


Established as his father's son in church christening record and in ship's passage list.

!NOTE: Appears in church records of Lutheran Church in Schwaigern, Neckar, Wurttemburg, Germany. This is according to information which appeared in Florence Grove Woods' "Hufford Family Research and Records," Vol. 1, No. 1, Jan. 1983. Contributed to newsletter by Shirley A. Hufford Hegeman, a descendant of Casper's brother Phillip. Mrs. Hegeman is a professional researcher and retired legal secretary whose address is 64 Woodside Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820.

!WILL: Frederick County, MD, Register of Wills: Will Book GM #2, pp. 289-290. All seventeen children named in will.

!WAR RECORD: Established as Revolutionary War "Patriot" by D.A.R.

!LAND: From "Maryland Records, Vol. II," by G. M. Brumbaugh, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967, page 56: "No. 64. Leased Novr. 4, 1762 to Christian HUFFERD for 21 years: 10 acres." The owner of the land was the royal Lord Baltimore. The land was being managed by a governor appointed by the English Lord. The land in Monocacy Manor was not available for purchase so farmers signed long term leases on various plots of land. After the Revolutionary War, the Maryland General Assembly took possession of the land because it had been owned by a British Lord who obviously sided with the British in the war. The long term leases were voided, and the land was divided and sold. The book "History of Western Maryland, Vol. I," by J. Thomas Scharf, published 1968, notes that 193 acres of land on which Christian Hufferd had a long-term lease was sold 10-Oct-1781 to Maj. Davidson for 1,300 pounds. The major was able to pay with army pay certificates which he had been granted as a soldier of the "Maryland line." From "Poverty in a Land of Plenty, Tenancy in Eighteenth Century Maryland," by Gregory A. Stiverson, 1977: "The auction of the Manor was held at Grost's Tavern in Frederick Town on September 10, 1782, and the tenants who assembled for the sale, many of whom were first generation German immigrants who had worked hard improving their leaseholds, must have been appalled at the number of high-ranking army officers and affluent storekeepers who had come to bid against them for their land. Monocacy tenants were among the most prosperous of any on the proprietary manors, and yet few could hope to compete with men who could pay for land with certificates that had been acquired for only a fraction of face value."