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Re: Halfacre Family
Posted by: Jim Huffaker Date: September 28, 1998 at 16:56:02
In Reply to: Re: Halfacre Family by Gene Majors of 143

The ship was Loyal Judith from Rotterdam, last out of Cowes England. Johann Michael Hoffacker signed the passenger manifest in 1732. Michael was (supposedly)board age 2. Landed in Philadelphia. The earliest PA records I know about were baptisms in Churchs there. George was first born 1757 to Michael and Catherine Kegele (various spellings) Johann Michael Hoffacker fathered an illegimate son, also named Johann Michael Hoffacker. He is the ancestor to hundreds if not thousands of America Hoffackers. Michael and family moved down the Shenandoah in 1768 into Washington County, VA...very close to where I live now. Two references I have claim Michael had two brothers. One the Mahanaim Methodist Church History...(the church Michael gave land to) and the other Hugh Dayton Huffaker late of Chattanooga and claims their names were Jacob and Henry. Ione Nolan who wrote The Huffaker Family, discounted the tale of Michael's two brothers and simply denied it on lack of evidence. However, there was a Jacob, Henry, Frederick, Isac, Susanna and an Elizabeth there in late 1700s - early 1800s who all spelled their names as Halfacre or slight variations to that. Ms Nolan couldn't tie them to Michael, so ignored them (mostly) in her book. What I am testing is the theory Michael DID have brothers and these people listed above, were nephews or nieces. Michael would have been about 38 when he moved south and his eldest (George from whom I also descend) was eleven and hardly man enough to be much help building the massive log home Michael built. Three grown men could have. I have photos of the house. Let me have your E-Mail address.

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