Pages 784-785, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




On the roll of successful farmers and stock raisers in Woodson County appears the name of Jefferson Huff, whose agricultural interests are extensive and profitable. His life history began in Perry County, Indiana, on the 23d of July, 1838. His father, William Huff, was a native of Kentucky, and in early life learned the cooper's trade. He married Miss Jennie Taylor, also a native of the Blue Grass state, and about 1830 he removed to Indiana, where he made his home until 1839 and then went to Arkansas. His death there occurred February 7, 1841, when he was forty-seven years of age. His wife survived him until 1867 when she, too, departed this life, being then fifty-seven years of age. They were the parents of two children, but our subject is now the only survivor of the family.

Jefferson Huff was only a year old when taken by his parents to Arkansas where he remained until after the father's death when the mother returned with him to Illinois, locating in Richland County where she remained for eleven years. In 1852 she went with her son to Perry County, Indiana. She gave him a good common school education, and he remained with her until his marriage when he established a home of his own and his mother then lived with him until her death. They were never separated until she was called to the home beyond.

It was on the 3d of May, 1860, that Mr. Huff was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Howard, a native of Du Bois County, Indiana, November 9th, 1881, he reached Woodson County, Kansas, settling in the eastern part of the county, where he remained two years. He then purchased two hundred and forty acres of raw land in Toronto township, located thereon and has developed one of the best farms in the county. There is a fine grove of native forest trees surrounding his residence and barns, presenting a most beautiful appearance. His hedge fences are cut


and are always well trimmed and the farm has every indication of thrift, neatness and comfort. It comprises five hundred and sixty acres of rich land, and in addition to the sale of his grain crops Mr. Huff annually places on the market hay which brings him a return of about five hundred dollars. He also handles from fifty to one hundred head of cattle annually, and in the various departments of his farm work is meeting with very gratifying prosperity.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Huff has been blessed with nine children, namely: George Monroe, Elizabeth Adeline, Andrew Julius, Charles Wm., Bettie Loretta, Margaret Rosetta, Mary Louisa, Ellen Ann, and Katie Lee. Andrew J. was elected to the office of district clerk in 1896 and served in that office for four wars. Mr. Huff has filled the position of treasurer of Toronto township, and is recognized as a wide-awake progressive and public-spirited citizen. He belongs to Woodson lodge, No. 121, F. & A. M., and the warm regard of his brethren of the fraternity is extended him, while in all life's relations he is esteemed for his genuine worth.

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