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Notes for William Rufus HUFF


William may have been a twin to a Mary S as they were the same age in the 1860 census.

Residences & events:

1880 Milam Twp, Macon Co, IL. At census time William was 25, a farmer, and Mary was 22. They had baby girl "Neona", 2 mos. Next door neighbors were John Gray and James Beard. Mary's parents lived in the same area.

1883 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL was the date of the family's move across the county line per his obit.

As an attorney, he represented the city of Sullivan, IL, in the early 1900s.

6/23/1900 Harrison St, Sullivan. Mary was head of the house at census time at age 42. She had been married 21 years and birthed 4 children, only 3 of whom still survived. Living with her were 3 sons, Walter, 16, Nimrod N, 15, and Roger G, 12.

Rufus was recorded as Wm R Huff, 41, born 8/1858, lawyer, married 20 years, boarder on Comanchi St in Dallas, TX. It is uncertain who he was boarding with as head of house is unreadable. Others in the house had unknown names. He was probably there on legislative business, perhaps a convention, as the whole street was filled with roomers and boarders.

2/21/1906 The following item was in the Decatur paper:

"Rufus Huff is this week moving to the Neeves farm, just west of town, which now belongs to Mrs. Huff."

1910 Where was the family that year? None of them were in any census.

1920 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL. Listed in the census as Rufus Huff, 62, born KY, general farmer, with Mary, 61. (What happened to his law practice?) They lived alone between the Gifford and Booker families.

5/19/1921 His name was again in the news:

"Had Narrow Escape

The accident to Rufus R Huff on the Locke hill Wednesday morning was regarded as fortunate for Mr. Huff that he was not killed outright.
He was coming up the hill and had trouble with his engine and the car started backwards and when about half way down the hill it backed towards the high embankment on the west side of the hill. It went up the embankment backwards the rear wheels going quite a distance up the embankment and turning over forward catching Mr. Huff under the car where he was later found by Mrs. Art Ashbrook who lives at the top of the hill and who got help there as soon as possible. It took a team of horses to pull the car off of him. Mr. Huff's condition Thursday morning was improved and it was thought that he would be about soon."

8/4/1928 In the 30 years ago today column of the newspaper was: "The Democrats nominated J. M. Gray and Rufus Huff for representatives."

4/26/1930 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL. Again recorded as Rufus in the census, he was again a lawyer in general practice at age 73 . Mary was 71. Neighbors were James Watkins and George Fields.

The 1880 census said he was 25, making his birth year 1885. The 1920 census said he was born in KY.

Huff, William Rufus Sullivan Progress Fri. Jan 3, 1935

Rufus Huff died Saturday in Kansas City where he was making his home with his son Walter Huff. The remains were shipped to the McMullin Funeral Home in this city where services were held on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Paul M. Curry of the M.E. Church, of which the deceased had been a member, was in charge.

The pall bearers were Guy Bupp, Walter Jenkins, Walter Birch, Mel Gifford, Bert Fultz and Dave Cummins. Burial was in Greenhill.

He was born in Marion Co., Ill. Aug 6, 1854 and at time of death was 81 yrs, 4 mos, and 22 das. of age.

In 1879 in Macon Co., he was united in marriage with Mary Neaves. To this union 4 children were born - Neona, Nimrod, Roger, and Walter. The mother and all children except Walter preceded him in death. The Neaves and Van Gundy families are relation by marriage.

The Huff family moved to the Sullivan community in 1883. After the death of his wife, Mr. Huff went to Kansas City in 1931.

The inscription on the shared gravestone says:

I am the resurrection and the light
he that believeth in me though he
were dead yet shall he live.
John 11.25
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