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Burke Huffman


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/4/2001 at 08:29:51

From Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties - 1890
Burke Huffman, deceased, was a pioneer of Iowa of 1836, and although his death occurred in 1857, he will be remembered by many of the older settlers, by whom he was held in high regard. He was born in Burke County, North Carolina, in 1794, and was the son of Samuel Huffman. When a young man he removed to Indiana, and settling in New Albany, was there married in 1822, to Miss Mary Miller, a native of Kentucky, and a daughter of Samuel and Mary Jane Miller, who belonged to an early Kentucky family. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Huffman in Indiana. In 1836 they determined to cast their lot with the early settlers of the Territory of Iowa, and choosing Van Buren County as a favorable location, settled in what is now Lick Creek Township, where Mr. Huffman spent the remainder of his life. Here the family circle was increased by the birth of four children, making nine in all.
The eldest, Barbara, is the widow of Moses Stanley, and resides in Appanoose County, Iowa; James M. married Eliza Boville, and is living in Butte, Montana; Samuel, who served as a non-commissioned officer in Company F, of the Second Iowa Infantry died at the age of thirty-two years; George married Malvina Pollock, and is living in New Jerusalem, California; Hiatt wedded Vitula R. Goodall, and makes his home in Birmingham Iowa; Mary E. is the wife of John Bishop, a resident farmer of Liberty Township, Jefferson County; John W. married Eudora Biele, and is located in Idaho; Frederick B. was joined in wedlock with Martha Skinner, and is engaged in mercantile pursuits in Fairfield; Robert J. who enlisted in Company H, Fifth Iowa Infantry, died in Andersonville Prison in 1864.
Mr. Huffman, the father of this family, was a Democrat in early life, but when the Republican Party sprang into existence he espoused its principles and voted for its first Presidential candidate, Fremont, in 1856. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and his wife belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Both were worthy citizens and lived upright lives. The husband was called to his final rest in May of 1857, and was survived but a short time by his wife, who died in October 1859.
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