Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameMartha “Marcella” Tompkins 1104,297
Death7 Oct 1867, Poughkeepsie, AR297 Age: 26
1William Henry Huff , GGG Uncle
Birth2 Jun 1829, Sevier Co TN
Death1887, Independence Co AR Age: 57
FatherJoseph Curran Huff III (1809-1882)
MotherLouvina Kear (1808-1901)
ChildrenDora (1866-)
 Caroline “Callie” (1867-1953)
Notes for William Henry (Spouse 1)
William Henry Huff was a Primitive Baptist preacher and constable of Ironton. By family tradition, he was Mayor of Irontown, MO, but this is unproven.

1850 Census of Dist 80, St Francois Co MO:

Name Age

William Huff 21 TN
Mary C Huff 20 TN

1860 Census of Ironton, Iron Co MO

Name Age

William Huff 30 TN Constable Iron Town
Mary C Huff 30 TN
Maria J Huff 4 MO
Flora L Huff 1 MO

He appears to have played a role in initiating the Battle of Pilot Knob. While was Mayor of Ironton during the civil war, he had definite Southern tendencies. In a discussion with his father, Joseph, Bill wondered what Joseph thought would happen if the Confederate flag were to be raised on the court-house flagpole. Joseph’s reaction was immediate, “Do that and I’ll guarantee you that within 24 hours the whole country-side will be swarming with Yankees.”297

Bill, having a mind of his own, along with two buddies raised the flag. Whether it was done as one of the notorious Huff jokes, or in deadly seriousness, the consequence was just that . . . . deadly. Within 24 hours over a thousand federal troops were sent to Pilot Knob by train, andone of the most bloody battles of the war was fought in which over 1200 men were killed or wounded in less than an hour, the Battle of Pilot Knob, that took place n September 27, 1864. Most of the wounded and dead were Confederates.297

When Bill heard of the mass movement of the federal troops, he and his two friends fled for their lives, after making swift plans for their families to meet them in (Indepencence Co) Arkansas.297
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