February/March…a lot has happened

Our family history website’s rapid growth continues. We now have 4500 profiles and 1400 media items (photos and articles). So many family members have helped. Sharon and George Stovall added their Missouri and Nebraska research with some of the best quality photos we have on the site. The photos of James Harvey Huffstutter in particular are outstanding. Other recent contributions came from the Tennessee line of George Huffstutter from daughter Jan Page of Colorado and Kelly Huffstutter from his son Patrick Huffstutter of Florida. Sadly, we lost George, I1881, two weeks ago and his grandson, Tyler Huffstutter, I4043, in February. Eddie Huffstetter of Houston gave us the huffstutter.com domain, and paid to secure the name for at least 10 years. He retained huffsetter.com. Thanks, Eddie! Our condolences to Eddie’s line for the loss of Dale Virgil Huffstetter (I4043) in California in January. Father Steve Huffstetter in South Dakota gave us a classic 1920s Chicago photo of Kenneth Eustace Huffstetter. Beverly Huffstutter contributed all of the information kept by her late husband, Lloyd Huffstutter of San Diego. This includes photos of his father Ralph Huffstutter (I806) and grandfather, Charles Oscar Huffstutter (I340). More collections have been promised from others around the country which we are eager to share. Among the more interesting items coming are Civil War letters from Rolla Hofsteater (I1425).

Connie and I have pushed the research in new directions as we continue to sort through a few Huffstutter line issues, Louis Alexander Huffstutter (I583) being the most problematic. We’ve added new information and continue to expand a line of Hostetlers which are related to us. The Hostetlers and Huffstutters are two separate families and are not related except for the case of a Huffstutter brother and sister (Jacob I-8 and Catherine I-9) who married a Hostetler brother and sister (John I-13 and Hannah I-11).

Our long-awaited photo gallery is getting started with the help of our webmaster, Bryan Larson. The Huffstutter Cemetery Trust, designed to protect the Kentucky burial site of family patriarch Ulrich, wife Mary and John Huffstutter continues to progress. The 2/10 of an acre cemetery has been surveyed and the plat has been filed. More on this next month.

Something we all need to give some thought to are the unmarked Huffstutter graves, particulary where we know their location. James Harvey Huffstutter in Holt County, Missouri and perhaps, Russell Herbert Huffstetter’s grave in Harrison County, Mississippi are two that come to mind. Let’s start a list of umarked graves and get our heads together to address this so no family member’s final resting place is forgotten and potentially lost.