This is the research I have started on the HAFF family. My paternal grandmother was Pearl Eleanor HOFF. She married John Helmer BIGELOW. See that link for information on them and son, Roger Lynn BIGELOW, my father. For now, I will Start with Pearl HOFF's parents and work back. A bit of lore deals with the name HOFF. Orson was born Orson HAFF and named his children HAFF, but his daughter Florence seemed to prefer the name HOFF and so the rest of the siblings accepted it. There was some animosity over this, and it took a time for acceptance. My grandmother's wedding announcement in 1904 used the family name HAFF.

This is the old homestead of Orson and Addie (HALL) HOFF.
Early 1896-7, appears to be Addie in the doorway, Florence sitting
and Pearl standing , and Everett in high-chair

(21haffs.jpg) (left to right in front of Hoff Homestead, Ellenburgh Center, NY)
Florence, Addie, Pearl
This house was built across the way from the early loghouse above. That house became the barn.

                                                   This is the headstone of Orson and Addie (HALL) HOFF.
                                          Legend: { HOFF; Orson ; 1850-1922; Addie Hall ; his wife; 1857-1950}

Orson (HOFF) HAFF ,born 10 Sep 1850 Ellenburgh, Clinton, NY; died 1922 Ellenburgh Center; married 24 Feb 1884 to Addie HALL ; she born 4 May 1857 and died 1950 ; both Ellenburgh Center. Addie was the daughter of Cyrus L. HALL and Mary Elizabeth DREW. Orson was the son of Nelson HAFF and Eleanor MOON.

Orson and Addie (HALL) HAFF had 4 Children :

1.     Pearl Eleanor HOFF, (my grandmother), born 22 Oct 1885 Ellenburgh Center; died 30 Jun 1969 Plattsburgh, Clinton, NY ; married John Helmer BIGELOW 13 Nov 1904; he born 1886 Ellenburgh Center, Clinton, NY; died 1930 Dannemora, Clinton, NY. 5 children : Claude Elton, John Arthur, Ruth Eleanor, Roger Lynn, and Russell Everett.

2.     Florence M. HOFF, born 31 Mar 1889 Ellenburgh Center, Clinton, NY; died 19 Mar 1979 Plattsburgh,Clinton,NY/US ; married 2 May 1916 Benjamin Harrison HOBBS, he born 5 Feb 1889; died 27 Jan 1977 Plattsburgh, Clinton, NY. No children. Florence was known as Flossie and Shum. I always referred to them as Aunt Shum and Uncle Ben. I stayed with them at their camp on Lake Champain for almost every summer in the 50's. They were like a second family to me as they had no children of their own. Ben's parents : Edward E. HOBBS and Lillis DENGATE are also buried in Ellenburgh

3.     Everett Paul HOFF, born 19 Apr 1891, Ellenburgh Center, Clinton,NY.; died 13 Feb 1979 Ellenburgh Center, Clinton, NY; married 7 Feb 1914 Ellenburgh Center, Clinton, NY to Katherine Mae (Kate) MARTELL born 8 Jun 1894 Ellenburgh Depot, Clinton, NY ; died 30 Jun 1970 Canandaigua, Ontario, NY. She was the daughter of David MARTELL and Lavina LA BOMBARD.

Plaque reads: Everett Paul Hoff; April 19, 1891 - Feb 13,1979;
Katherine Mae Martell; his wife; June 8, 1894 - June 30, 1970.

Seven Children: Enid Kathleen (DANIELS), Raida Everett (CHILD); Eldon (Bud) Martell, Carrol Adelaide (SMITH), David Rolland , Karl Leland, and Paul Vernon.

4.     Lynn Hall HOFF, born 29 Mar 1896 ; married ? date, to Alice STARK in Detroit, Wayne, MI; died 30 Aug 1964 Tupper Lake, Franklin, NY; 2 Children known : Jacquelynn and Richard (Dick) . Uncle Lynn was a guide in the Adirondacks, reported to be a great hunter and angler. Visited Dannemora in the early 60's for booze and restaurant food. Great yarn spinner. On May 29, 1944 he lived at 112 Broad St. Plattsburgh. and hit a 7 year old boy Ernest LaPorte in Dannemora with his wife's car. It was determined not to be his fault. On Aug 7, 1938 he was living at 14 South Peru St; Plattsburgh. There was an article in the Plattsburgh Daily Press that he caught a record brown trout in Meade Pond which was the city's reservoir at that time. The fish measured 30 1/4 inches long, 20 1/2 inches girth, and weighed 17 pds 12 oz. The lure used was an optic bucktail fly.

Riverside Cemetery stone 8/17/96 "Lynn Hall HOFF,NY Saddler, Co A 301 Engr WW I
Mar 29, 1896-Aug 30, 1964." Buried next to his sister Florence and her husband Ben HOBBS.

From Faye Baker Sanderlin
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 15:39:09 EDT
 Hi Rod -
Just got to the Web Page - You are a Bigelow - no doubt of that!!!  lol
Re: the Haff/Hoff connection - when I was growung up the name was pronounced
both ways, but was spelled Hoff....wasn't the farm up on West Hill?  Mother
and I went back to Ellenburg   about 10 years ago and went all over the area.

Rod Bigelow (Roger Jon12 BIGELOW)
P.O. Box 13  Chazy Lake
Dannemora, NY  12929