HUFFMAN, WILLIAM (deceased), had many friends in Sangamon County, Ill., who remember him well, although all that was earthly of him passed away April 13, 1887, about a quarter of a century ago. He was a farmer of Buffalo Hart Township for many years. He discharged every duty that came his way with conscientious attention and was true to every friend. He was a stanch Democrat in political views and took an active interest in the welfare and progress of his community. Mr. Huffman was born in Kentucky, December 12, 1838, son of Jacob and Mary A. (Earls) Huffman, both natives of Kentucky, where they spent their entire lives. They were farms, and William Huffman spent his boyhood on his father's farm, attending school and helping his father. At the age of eighteen years he moved to Sangamon County, Ill., where he engaged in farming, and continued in this occupation until his death.
Mr. Huffman was married in Buffalo Hart Township, November 2, 1860, to Melinda Matthews, who was born in Indiana, November 5, 1837. Her parents were natives of Kentucky and in an early day located on a farm in Indiana. Later they moved to Sangamon County, where the father, Glover Matthews, purchased the eighty-acres now owned by Mrs. Huffman, who has lived in this farm ever since coming to Sangamon County, over seventy years ago. She was one of eleven children, of whom three now survive beside herself. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Huffman, of whom eight now survive: James B., the oldest, on a farm in Logan County; John Wesley and Newton F., also living in Logan County; Byron, on a farm near Mt. Pulaski, Ill.; Ruth, wife of Henry Tenney, a farmer of Logan County; Mrs. Anna Scott, an Evangelist preacher, lives with her mother; Oliver, at home; Solomon, the youngest son, in Indiana. Mrs. Huffman is now living in buffalo Hart Township. There are twenty-six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.