- In 1830 the census showed two daughters under 5. Barbara Smith states one was Mary Jane and one Editha. Editha is incorrect. We have her birth date. Was there another daughter?
John Hoffstatter was age 59 in 1850 census. He was born in Pennsylvania and as a young man his family moved to Coshocton County, Ohio where they lived at least twenty years. From Ohio they moved to Wapello County, Iowa where he died.
Film 981,932 History of Wapello County, Ed. & Cop. Capt. S. B. Evans, 1843-1900, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago 1901: p. 38: the first settlers . . . in Pleasant township . . . John Huffstutter. P. 41: First election held 1 Apr 1844, 1st judges were . . . John Huffstutter. This also appears on Film No. 1,000,021, History of Wapello Co., Iowa: Among the very first settlers in the County of Wapello, Pleasant Township were . . . John Huffstatter. Further in that volume was a reminiscence at a pioneer meeting where an old settler spoke: "It must be pardoned if I tarry in the shades of the lamented dead, and with you shed a tear on their venerated graves: . . . John Huffstetter."
Film 962,791 Marriages Coshocton County, Ohio: John Hoofstutter to Sally Taylor 26 Mar 1818. See also Film 895,287 Marriages Coshocton County, Ohio: 26 Mar 1818 John Hoofstutter to Sally Taylor. Text: I do hereby certify that I joined together in holy wedlock agreeable to license, John Hoofstutter and Sally Taylor on this 26th day of March 1818. signed, J. W. Pigman, D.M.C. This marriage is also shown on Film No. 895,286.
Film 1299418: Common Pleas Court Coshocton Co., 1817-1824, p. 167. April term 1822, Record No. 2: State of Ohio, Coshocton County, Court of Common Pleas: John Hoffstatter v. Thomas Black, William Henderson, and John Taylor [Jr.-son of Freelove] in Chancery and injunction. Case involved a contract to build a mill and subcontractor who sued John for non-payment. He, in turn, sued to keep them from levying judgment against him as he hadn't been paid yet, either. Full text in file.
There was a lawsuit on film No. 1,289,376 P. 524 wherein George Wellhouse v. John Huffstatter, action of debt. When it came to trial (p. 570) plaintiff did not appear and was found in default so John won and plaintiff had to pay the costs. I didn't record the date.
1825, 27 June. John, as assignee of Mathew Hoffster received title, the full payment having been made, of that land patented as the SE 1/4 of Sec. 10, in Twp. 18 of Range 12, containing one hundred sixty acres. Signed by John Quincy Adams.
1827, 24 Feb. John mortgaged this property to George Wellhouse and it appears that on 3 Mar 1835 Wellhouse released the property, the mortgage having been paid. At this time Matthew is deceased and John has removed from Coshocton county. Sarah and James are acting as administrators of Matthew's estate.
John probably moved before 1828 to Wayne County as his son Elias was born 1828 in Wayne County. 1830 census Milton twp., Wayne County, Ohio.
1831, 18 Nov. John sold to Matthew the E 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of Sec. 10 , Twp. 18, R. 12 containing 80 acres. This was recorded in Vol. 9 of Deeds, p. 219. This is a deed from John to his father Mathew.
Film No. 1,022,205 1852 Census, Iowa Pleasant Township: John Huffstater 1 male, 2 females, 1 voter. John bought property in Iowa.
Several deeds appear in the record: [Date?] George Wilson to John Hoffstatter, Book C p. 324. 6 Jul 1850 land from his son James, lots in Agency City.
Film No. 979,095 Will Index Wapello Co.. John Huffstutter will, Samuel Austin, Administrtator. Box 11, No. Cola - 90.
See also Film 979,160 Probate Box 11: John Huffstatter, Samuel Austin, Admin. Book A p. 90 Administrator's Calendar filed 18 sep 1854, Appointment Book B 1/2 P. 268; 19 May 1855 Order to Sell Realty Book B 1/2 p. 294. Part of the record reads:In the Matter of the Estate of John Huffstatter. And now on this 18th day of September came Samuel Austin and applied for the appointment of Executor of the Estate of John Huffstatter, late of Wapello County, Iowa, deceased. On consideration of which the sid application is granted. Whereupon the said applicant filed in open court his bond as such executor with Seth E. Griggs as bound in the penal sum of one hundred dollars, which bond is approved by the court. And letters of administration were thereupon issued to the said Samuel Austin as administrator of said estate. John Roe and William Sloane were appointed by the court to appraise the personal effects of said estate. In the Matter of the Estate of John Hufstatter, deceased. Petition to Sell Real Estate. And now on this day did come and appear in open court and filed the application of Samuel Austin, Adm. of the Estate of said deceased, to sell the following described real estate, to-wit, lots eight and nine in block three, in the town of Agency City, Wapello County, Iowa, and it appearing to the court that the personal effects of said deceased are not sufficient to pay the debts of said deceased, and the one appearing--due notice of said application on having been given to all the aforesaid interested parties, . . . to resist said application, it is therefore ordered and adjudged by the court, that the said administrator be allowed to sell said described real estate at public or private sale for the best possible price, not for a less sum however than shall be determined upon by the appraises thereof. And that he report to this court his doings under this decree and Joseph Myers and Jams Stephens are hereby appointed by the court to appraise the real estate herein described.
Bob Strock's book says, "He was buried in Agency City, Iowa, Agency City Cemetery, South central, stone flat, broken."
Rosa Hoffstatter Morfitt, his granddaughter, wrote that her grandfather Hoffstatter was born in Pennsylvania 1790 and died in Agency, Iowa 1855. He was a soldier in the War of 1812.