David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sentimental Sunday - Elvis in the Family

When you say the name "Elvis", most people automatically think of Elvis Presley and I am no exception.  I grew up listening to his music and watching his movies, so, when I learned that I had a distant relative named Elvis, I automatically assumed that he must have been born around the time that Elvis was at the height of his popularity and was probably named after him.  I couldn't have been more mistaken.

Elvis Edgar Huffman, my first cousin, twice removed, was born 5 October, 1882 in Highland County, Ohio. He was the son of William Santford (or Sanford) and Nancy Larrick Huffman.  

 In 1908 he married Edith Southard and they began farming in Midland, Jefferson Township, Clinton County, Ohio.

In 1909, Edith gave birth to a son they named Howard Burdette Huffman and on 10 October, 1915 their family was joined by another baby boy, Robert.

Elvis and Edith lived and farmed together in Midland until his death in 1969.  Edith followed him soon after in 1975.  They are buried together in the Martinsville IOOF Cemetery in Clinton County, Ohio.

Their son, Howard, served in the Army Air Corps. during World War II and after earning his Doctorate at  Ohio State University, he spent most of his career as a professor at Bowling Green University in Ohio.  He died in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of 83.  He married twice, but had no children.

Their younger son, Robert became a farmer and a commercial artist.  He lived in Clinton County, Ohio his entire life.  He never married and had no children.

Sadly, I never had the opportunity to meet any of these members of my family, personally, but I feel fortunate to have been able to get to know them through many historical records and with  photographs that my aunt has shared with me.

So, believe it or not, when I hear the name "Elvis" now, I tend to think "Huffman" instead of "Presley"!


  1. Nice story Lori. True, I decided to read this because of the Elvis, and I am glad I did. Edith sure took a beautiful photo. Thanks.

  2. I enjoyed your post - it's so nice that you've got these photos from your aunt. I think photos really "bring them alive".

  3. What a neat discovery to make! And as I read this, all I could think was, "Elvis is in the house...."

  4. Another marvelous post Lori - it just goes to show how our assumptions are, well, just that - assmptions! Thanks for sharing -