Rudolph Huffman Memorial Stone, Huffman Cemetery
Cloverdale Beach, Colchester South, Essex County, Ontario
A commemorative stone dedicated to Rudoph Huffman UE and his family, early settlers in Essex County.
The stone bears the following inscription:
HOFFMAN-HUFFMAN PIONEER FAMILY CEMETERY
The Huffman family came to North America from the Rhineland, Germany about 1750. After the American Revolution Rudolph Huffman, a United Empire Loyalist, came to this part of Canada from Virginia. On May 4, 1792 he obtained 400 acres along the shores of Lake Erie. On October 9, 1820 he purchased another 200 acres. This cemetery lies on a part of that original 600 acre family farm.
“For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son”
Rudolph Huffman born about 1759 died Oct. 9, 1839. His wife Rebecca Weiss/Wise died after 1811.
Henry Huffman died Oct. 13, 1852 aged 56 years. His wife Mary Ann Arner died July 18, 1859 aged 65 years.
Adelaide Huffman died July 12, 1861.
Franklin R. Hoffman died Sept. 21, 1862 aged 16 days.
Alexander V. Huffman died Aug. 25, 1871 aged 47 yrs.
Byron U. Hoffman died May 10, 1872 aged 4 mths. 6 dys.
Rudolph Huffman died Nov. 4, 1894 aged 95 years.
His wife Helen Buchanan died June 18, 1884 aged 76 years.
Rudolph Huffman 2nd, was born c 1759 at Frederick, Maryland. He and his wife Rebecca Weiss (Wise) raised seven children. Rudolph’s name appears on the list of grantees in the District of Hesse as receiving lot 86 in the New Settlement 4 May 1792.
Prior to this, Rudolph Huffman lived on Grosse Ile as a tenant farmer, occupying lot 29 on Stony Island. Loyalists lived on Grosse Ile and other islands in the Detroit River as tenant farmers to Alexander Macomb until land treaties could be made with the Indians in the New Settlement.
The Third Report of the Bureau of Archives for the Province of Ontario 1905, p. 151 shows R. Huffman as a U.E. Loyalist who came in “since the Peace.”
Rudolph Huffman II died in Colchester Township, 13 October 1832.