Section A




BALSER HUPP of New Market, Virginia


     The bulk of this book is about the descendants of Balser Hupp.  I

know of no great accomplishment of his-- to my knowledge he never held

any office, he was not a great military man, nor was he ever in trouble

with the law.  His importance is that he has many descendants, although

most of them have never heard of him.   

     What I know about Balser Hupp is mostly from courthouse records

kept in Woodstock, Va.  There are also a few old local histories that

mention him, but many of the things they say are simply wrong.  I do

not know who his parents were, when or where he was born.  

     The name Balser has been spelled many different ways: Balser,

Balsar, Balsor, Balzer, Baltzer, Bolser, Palser, Paulser, and Polser.

I think it is from the Polser or Balser family. 

     An article appeared in the Winchester Evening Star on 1/21/1958

about the early Hupps (with typos corrected and comments added):




      by L. Adolph Richards


           In order to obtain a grant of land from the Crown

      of England to settle in the Valley of Virginia, a

      guarantee of at least one family to every thousand acres

      had to be made.

           John Richards (an Englishman) who led the Second

      Emigration into the valley, brought fourteen families

      from Pennsylvania by way of Philadelphia and Pack-Horse-

      Ford and settled them on Cedar Creek in 1735 [Cedar

      Creek is just north of Strasburg]. 

           These families included the names of Orndorff,

      Himelright, Cooper, Huff, Windle, Williams, Russell,

      Cover, Zepp, Richard, Richards and others.  These

      immigrants were mostly German, and many of their

      descendants are today living on or near Cedar Creek.

           As these emigrants passed through Philadelphia,

      they were required to register there, and the English

      scribes often had difficulty in interpreting the German

      script and wrote the names with various spellings. 

      Hence, the different spellings of the name Hupp family

      does not does not mean a separate family.  Many historic

      magazines of Virginia spell the name 'Huff', and many of

      the old settlers still pronounce the name Huff.


[note-- I have not found this to be the case in my studies so far.  The

name Hupp was also spelled "Hup" or "Hoop", but I have never found the

"p" to be interchangeable with an "f", except by a few people outside

the family who do not know better.  In the early 1800's, although Huff

was more common in Virginia than Hupp, they were not in Shenandoah or

Rockingham Counties until later.  I'm not sure what Mr. Richards

means by "the old settlers" who were still around-- by the time of this

article, the early settlers had been dead about 150 years.] 


      This family was distinguished in the days of Indian

      Warfare, for heroism and sacrifice.




           In the year 1770, five brothers left the Shenandoah

      Valley and settled on the "Dutch Fork" of the Buffalo in

      what is now Washington County, Pennsylvania, but was

      then a part of Virginia and remained so until after the

      running of the Mason and Dixon line.

           They were Philip Hupp, John Hupp, Frank Hupp,

      Palson Hupp and another brother whose name has not been


           Frank was shot by an Indian at Jonathan Link's

      Cabin, twelve miles East of Wheeling on Middle Wheeling

      Creek September 1771.

           John was killed while defending Millers Block House

      on Buffalo Creek from the Indians, on Easter Sunday of

      1782.  Palsan settled on the banks of the Monongahela

      near the village of Millsborough; and Philip, who was at

      the seige of Miller's Block House, afterwards settled in

      Duck Creek Valley [in Ohio].

           John Hupp left a son of the same name who was two

      years old at the time of the siege of the Block House

      within he was when his father was killed.  He was born

      July 27, 1780.  

           On January 18, 1831 [should be 1813], he was

      married to Ann Cox, by whom he had four children: 

      Isaac, Joseph, Louise, and John C., of whom the later

      only survived [note-- not true!  All four grew up,

      married, and had children]. 

           The father [died] March 12, 1864 and the mother who

      was born June 7, 1791, died November 26, 1875.  John C.

      Hupp was born in Donegal Township, Washington County,

      Pennsylvania, November 26, 1819.  He was educated at the

      West Alexander Academy and at Washington College,

      graduating in 1844.  In 1846, he took the degree of

      A.M. and studied medicine under Dr. F. Julius LeMoyne,

      and at Jefferson Medical College where he graduated in

      1847, settling in Wheeling, December 16, 1847  in

      general practice.

           He was one of the founders of the Medical Society

      of the West Virginia; brought Chloralhydrate to the

      notice of the Medical profession; February 21, 1870

      established evening free schools in Wheeling and in

      1875 he made German a regular branch in the public


           In 1875 he was appointed a delegate of the American

      Medical Association to the European Medical

      Association.  His memoranda on the eminent medical dead

      of the state have been published in the Transaction of

      the Association.  Dr. Hupp was married March 1, 1853 to

      Caroline Louise Todd, daughter of Dr. A.S. Todd of

      Wheeling.  They had three sons and three daughters.

           Along the Valley Pike (Route 11), Hupp Fort was

      erected about 1755, as a protection against Indian

      raids.  This barn-like structure 18 miles South of

      Winchester was the Hupp homestead and fort.  In all 203

      years, this fort has remained the property of the Hupp


           The present owner is Frank R. Hupp, who married

      Miss Gene Richard (daughter of Harry (Jake) Richard and

      granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin of Strasburg).




           This frontier fort is in the suburbs of Strasburg,

      and the Crystal Caverns nearby were once called the Hupp


           Before George Washington built Fort Loudoun in 1756

      to protect the citizens of Winchester from Indian raids,

      a series of Frontier Forts was built on Cedar Creek to

      act both as forts and home.

           In 1753, George Bowman Fort housed the thirteen

      children and neighbors when they were attacked by

      Indians; Hupp Fort nearby on Cedar Creek housed the

      Hupp homestead; Fort Loudoun, was inherited by his

      grand-daughter, Margaret Fry Richards, and was then

      dwelt in by the Richards family; Stephen Fort, built on

      Cedar Creek at Marlboro in 1752 by Louis Stephen, is

      now a museum and Boggs' Fort on Cedar Creek was once

      owned by Captain Boggs.

           All of these Forts were used for protection from

      the savages in the French and Indian War.  In the early

      days of Winchester, the street that bounded the Public

      Square on the North, and is now known as Rouss Avenue

      (and was once called Lawyers' Row because of the many

      lawyers who had made their offices there) had for its

      original name Hupp's Row.

           The Hupp place of business was where the Farmers

      and Merchants Bank now stands. 



     This article includes one of several accounts given about the Hupp

brothers that left the Shenandoah Valley in 1770 (thus removing their

descendants from the scope of this book).  This article, plus other

information was in the papers of J.C. Hupp of Fairmont, WV, who died in

1976.  Some of his information was relayed to me by relatives, mainly

Hubert Simms of Richmond, Va., and his daughter Ginny Toney of Houston,

Texas.  In the other sources, "Palson" was always written as "Palser", 

and usually equated with Everhard Hupp, who settled on the Monongahela

River.  Some of J.C. Hupp's early work, states that Everhard Hupp was

also known as George or Palser.  But later it was found that George was

a separate person, who married an Indian woman.  For this, the family

ostracized him, and he moved to Washington County, Kentucky (south and

east from Louisville).  Everhard Hupp married Margaret Thomas.  The

early work says that Everhard lived to by 109 and his wife to 105, but

censuses show them to be in their 80's in 1830, and they died before


     I tend to believe that identifying Everhard and Palser as the same

person came about as a result of Palser disappearing from the scene (I

do not know this for a fact: I have not checked any records in 

Pennsylvania).  What I have found out is that Everhard, and maybe George

as well, were in Washington County, Pa. in 1766, before the five

brothers left the Valley.  Some traditions say the fifth brother's name

was Henry and that he returned east of the Alleghenies.  I find no early

record at all of a Henry Hupp in Virginia.  What could have happened was

that it was Palser who went back and he went down to New Market (Palser

and Balser are equivalent names).  

     The first record of Balser Hupp in New Market was on 3/27/1776,

when he bought 89 acres from Isaac Durst, from along the North Fork of

the Shenandoah River.  This was six years after the five brothers left. 

Over the years, Balser bought more land, mostly concentrated around

1800 +/- 5 years. 




     Balser Hupp's land was a little

north of New Market as shown on this



     This shows the extent of Balser

Hupp's land at the time of his death

(hashed area).  The last land

transaction he made was in 1809, so

in Balser's last 20 years he had just

this land.  There was a total of 365


     What was Balser Hupp's land is

today mostly grazing land.  The area

around the quarry is partly overgrown

with cedars.  The New Market

Battlefield Park's northern boundary,              <Map of New Market to

until recently, was the same as

Balser Hupp's land's southern                       Quicksburg area>

boundary.  In 1984 or so, the park

expanded northward, including the

abandoned quarry, up to the roads

that marked one of the northern

boundaries of Balser Hupp's land

(outlined by dashed line).  

     There are also some new houses

built near the river. 

     Balser Hupp's house was in the

part of the land east of where

Interstate 81 now crosses.  There is a

large old house now east of the

Interstate that still stands.  I

talked to the owner, Mr. Helvey, in

March of 1985, and he knew nothing of

the house's background that far,

although he had checked it out back

to the late 1800's. 


     This map also shows at the top,

the location of the Neff-Kagey

Cemetery, where Balser Hupp was






     I know of no record of Balser Hupp's birthdate, or even the year he

was born.  There are a few items of information which give ages for

Balser Hupp, but they do not agree at all.  Here is a list of 



   Record                  Date    Age given  Calculated birthyear

   ------                  ----    ---------  --------------------

1. Deed Book B, p. 328     1776   (at least 21)   1755 or before

2. Will Book ?             1814    at least 60    1754 or before

3. tombstone               1829       69          1759/1760

4. Michael Hupp Bio.Sketch 1875    83 at death     1746 


Notes: 1. since Balser Hupp was buying land in 1776, this implies he

was already at least 21.  (2.) Balser Hupp was witness to some will

then.  (3.) see A-19.  (4.) see B-49. 


     It would appear from this that Balser Hupp was born in the early

1750's, and possibly the late 1740's.  


     To those who want to know their ancestors back ever further, the

question arises as to who Balser Hupp's parents were.  If I knew, I

would have mentioned it first off.  Instead all that I can do is 

speculate.  All we know, and there is some uncertainty to it, is that

Balser Hupp's father came to America from Germany.  This is implied in

the Biographical Sketch of Michael Hupp in St. Joseph County (see B-49).

     It was a common German custom to name the oldest son after his

grandfather.  Since Abraham seems to be Balser's oldest son, Abraham

could be the name of Balser's father.  But there are two problems with

this.  One is that I don't know that Abraham was in fact the oldest--

John may have been.  The other is that none of the other early Hupps

named any of their sons Abraham-- at least I know of none (it is 

interesting to note, however, that none of Balser Hupp's sons named

their first sons "Balser".  The only grandson named Balser was a middle

child of Balser, Jr).  On the plus side, though, after Casper Hupp died,

his widow, Mary, married Charles Taylor.  The bondsman was "Abram

Hupp".  At this time (1781), Balser's son Abraham was still a child. 

There is a possibility that this could be the father of Casper Hupp,

and likely Balser, too.  But there is no deed or will record of any

older Abram or Abraham Hupp in Shenandoah County. 

     Another possibility is that Balser's father's name was John (or

Johannes in German).  After all, I did note above that maybe John was

the name of Balser's oldest son.  This would be supported by the fact

that almost all of the early Hupps had a son named John-- Peter, Casper,

Balser, Everhard, and John (I do not know if George or Phillip did). 

On the other hand, John was a very common name at that time.  But it

is interesting to note that on the same ship that brought "Casper Hop"

over in 1753, there was also a "Johannes Hop".  This could be his 

brother or father.

     Finally, there is a possibility that Balser's father was named

Phillip.  I have received letters from descendants of the Phillip Hupp

who moved to Ohio, who think that their Phillip's father was named

Phillip, and that his wife, Elizabeth, later married Mathias Ault. 

There is a confirmation of an older Phillip Hupp because there is a 

record of a Phillip Hupp who bought something at Michael's Stump in

Hampshire County, (now) West Virginia on 12/3/1757. 









Immigration records:


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania arrivals from Rotterdam, Holland


    ship            arrival date    Hupps aboard

    ----            ------------    ------------

    Elliot          10/25/1748      Peter Hop

                  or 8/24/1749


    Richard & Mary  9/17/1753       Paulus Hopp 


    Brothers        9/26/1753       Hans George Hop


    Eastern Branch  10/3/1753       Casper Hop

                                    Johannes Hop


    Hamilton        10/6/1767       Frantz Hopp



Early Hupps in America (Pennsylvania and Virginia):


name      born  died    married         comments

----      ----  ----    -------         --------

Peter           1773    Magdalen        two sons, one daughter

Casper          1781    Mary            three sons, three daughters

Balser    175-  1829    Mary, Barbara   11 children

   (these first three are covered by this book)

Everhard  1745  1830's  Margaret Thomas 11 children

George                  an Indian       moved to Kentucky

Frank           1771                    killed by Indians

John      1747  1782    Anne Rowe       killed by Indians

Phillip   1756  1831    Mary Buzzard    "Indian Hater", moved to Ohio




     Of the above, there has been a considerable amount of research and

listing of descendants of Everhard, John, and Phillip.  Everhard lived

along the Monogahela River and had a large family.  His children were:

1. Elizabeth, 2. George, 3. John, 4. Anney, 5. Lewis or Resin, 

6. Phillip, 7. Francis, 8. Michael, 9. David, 10. Henry, and 

11. Margaret.  They were born between 1770 and 1793.  

     John's family was mentioned in the newspaper article a few pages

back.  The married names of John's three daughters were:  Margaret 

Titus, Elizabeth Rogers, and Mary Smith.  

     Phillip Hupp served in the Revolutionary War.  He had already been

involved with Indian warfare, and was known as the "Indian Hater".  He

reportedly hunted Indians much like others hunt animals, and he 

continued to do so after a peace treaty had been signed.  The 

authorities had so much trouble from this that they moved him to Ohio,

in what later was Noble County.  Phillip died in 1831 and is buried in

the Hesson Cemetery, but I could not find his tombstone there. 

The children of Phillip's that I know of are George, Francis, Daniel,

Emanuel, Philip, and Elizabeth.  There were likely others as well.







     In addition to the Hupps that were in America in the 1700's there

are also later immigrants, many of which I have not discovered.   Of

principal interest are two that settled in the same township as Phillip

Hupp's children.  They were Ferdinand and Henry Hupp, and they came from

Germany to Noble (then Monroe) County about 1845.  For the most part,

I have found that late Hupp immigrants tended to live in the large 

cities while earlier immigrants and their descendants were rural folk. 

Another later immigrant to an area where there were already Hupps was

Henry Hupp, along with his wife Julia, father Otto, and son William. 

They settled in LaPorte, Indiana in the late 1860's.  

     There are also some early Hupp families which I have not found

their tie to the Hupps in the 1700's.  One was a Phillip Hupp of 

Halifax County, Virginia in the early 1800's.  This is near the North

Carolina Border, far from the Shenandoah Valley.  

     The early Hupp families that lived in the Shenandoah Valley but

which have not been connected to any of the Hupps of the 1700's are

covered in section I. 



Balser Hupp's family


     Balser Hupp was married at least twice, first to Mary ---, second

to Barbara Grove.  There were 7 children of Mary (or 7 that reached

adulthood) and 4 of Barbara.  Information is scanty on Balser's wives.

The only mention of Mary by name was in the death record of Balser and

Mary's daughter Anna, who died in 1871.  There is a little more on

Barbara, as will be shown below, but much is still not known.  I do

not know when either wife was born or when they died, but Balser was

married to Barbara by December of 1795, so Mary had died by then.  

     I recently found an interesting entry in the old baptism records

that was recorded in John W. Wayland's book, A HISTORY of Shenandoah


name                            born            baptized

----                            ----            --------

Mary, wife of Baltus Huber   1/18/1756         12/13/1774

the child, John              12/7/1774         12/13/1774


Since these records were transcribed, it is quite possible that "Baltus

Huber" was Balser Hupp.  The dates are what I expect them to be for the

family, and I do not find the name Huber in any other early Shenandoah

County record (I have not checked this very thoroughly, though).

     A discussion of when Balser's wife Mary is found on C-4.

     The Kagey Relationship book mentions Balser and Barbara on its

page 270:


      Barbara Kagey, was b. about 1786 and m. a son of Balzer

      Hupp by his first wife; his second wife was Barbara Grove,

      a sister of Isaac Hershberger's mother. 


I take it the "his" refers to Balser and not his son (see G-8). 

     But there is confusion about just what her name was.  Most records

call her Barbara:  the family Bible of Balser Hupp, Jr., the account of

the Kagey book, and the deed books of Shenandoah County. 






     But a history of Page County has her name as Esther.  It mentions

a deed in 1810 about Christian Grove, Sr.  Christian Grove bought land

on the Hawksbill (probably Hawksbill Creek, which flows through Luray, 

the county seat of Page County) in 1756.  His first wife was Amy Roads

and his second wife was Esther Musselman.  The deed (note-- in 1810

Page County was still part of Shenandoah County, so this would be a

Shenandoah County record) listed Christian's children: 


1. Samuel m. Mary Lionberger

2. David (did not participate in this deed)

3. John m. Barbara Lionberger

4. Christian m. Mary Gochenour

5. Magdalene m. Emanuel Ruffner

6. Barbara m. Joseph Strickler - 14 children

7. Anna m. Samuel Hershberger

8. Mary m. Jacob Hershberger

9. Elizabeth m. David Strickler - 10 children

10. Esther m. Balser Hupp

11. Susan m. Jacob Gochenour

12. Catherine

13. Christina m. Christian Coffman

14. Eva m. Michael Bloss, killed by lightning, no issue


Since this list gives all the sons first, then all the daughters, it is

probably not the correct birth order.   

     Here, it was Esther Grove that married Balser Hupp, and that she

had a sister named Barbara.  But in concurrence with the Kagey book,

there was another sister that married a Hershberger (two in fact-- I

don't know which one would have been Isaac Hershberger's mother). 

     There is, in fact a record that Balzer Hupp married Esther Grove in

Shenandoah County.  The trouble is, the date given for it is 1/10/1820!

That is 10 years after the deed mentioned above.  The record of Balzer

Hupp and Esther Grove has always bothered me, for it did not fit in

except as Balser's third marriage.  But the deed above seems to 

contradict this.   

     I guess it is possible that the marriage was not recorded until

25 years after the event.  Perhaps it was in 1820 that Barbara (or 

Esther-- whatever her name was) died, and someone thought it needed to

be recorded at the courthouse.  But that was not required until 1852, 

and maybe the courthouse personnel were confused by the report and

issued a marriage licence-- It might be interesting to check the 

returns.  Or possibly Balser and Esther were not legally married until

then, although everyone else had the impression that they were.  

     When Balser Hupp died, in 1829, the records of the settlement of

his estate make no mention of a widow. 


     Balser Hupp had 11 children to reach adulthood (see list, next

page).  There are very many descendants.  A number of Balser's children

moved away from Virginia, especially the younger ones.  




Balser Hupp (d. late 1829 near New Market, VA)

m1. Mary ---



1. Abraham Hupp (d. late 1829 near New Market, VA)

  m. Elizabeth Knopp (1774 - 1/12/1864) bur. Lakeville, Ind.

        see Section B


2. Barbara Hupp (d. after 1865)

  m. Samuel Hershberger (d. 1804) on 4/9/1804

        see Section B


3. John Hupp (1787 - 1863) - not married

        see Section C


4. Samuel Hupp (d. before 1830)

  m. Barbara Kagey  on 11/18/1813

  m2(?). Mary Pennybacker  on 5/7/1817

        see Section G


5. Benjamin Hupp (1789 - after 1859)

  m1. Lydia Newman  on 12/30/1811

  m2. Nancy McCall  on 11/20/1829

        see Section G


6. Emanuel Hupp (4/3/1792 - 11/3/1836) died in Champaign Co,

  m. Mary Neff  on 6/19/1817                      Ohio

        see Section D


7. Anna Hupp (1794? - 9/22/1871) 

        see Section C



m2. Barbara Grove


8. Martin Hupp (1796 - 8/9/1828) died near Lubeck, (now) WV

  m. Rebecca Pennybacker  on 2/10/1823

        see Section G


9. Balser Hupp (12/16/1797 - 5/16/1888) died in Licking Co., Ohio

  m1. Magdalene Knupp (7/10/1797 - 9/28/1852) on 4/21/1816

  m2. Mrs. Magdalene (Niswander) Kagey (1806 - 1862) on 7/3/1854

        see Section E


10. Jacob Hupp (1799 - 10/1872) died in LaPorte Co, Ind.

   m. Phebe Ann Sheen (d. 1850) on 6/12/1824

        see Section G


11. Isaac Hupp (1801 - 7/23/1863) died in LaPorte County, Ind.

   m. Eliza Snyder (7/19/1806 - 12/31/1892) on 10/6/1834

        see Section F




     In addition to his own children, Balser Hupp also helped raise the

sons of his two daughters:  Samuel B. Harshberger, son of Barbara; and

Abraham Hupp, son of Anna. 






     Establishing the names of Balser Hupp's children is not exactly

the same as showing that people who moved to a certain area (as northern

Indiana) are the same people.  The names of Balser Hupp's children are

all recorded in the division of his land.  But are these the same ones

whose names I find in the Shenandoah County marriage records and in

censuses in other states at later times?

     There is also a problem of when my findings contradict the family

tradition.  I think the problem is more that the information is not

really passed down through the family, but often through historians

outside the family.  The historian talks to a family member and takes

notes.  He probably talks to many different families before he sits down

to actually write up what he collected.  By then he doesn't remember

everything that had been said, and he tries to make sense of the notes.

The writeup comes out a little different than what he heard.  When

family members see the writeup, they take this as their family 

tradition.  Sometimes they may check it out, and find some errors, but

never write them down.  More often the families never ask questions

about the family history until generations later.  (This, at least, is

my scenario as to how it goes wrong.) 

     I ran into several incorrect traditions as I searched out 

descendants of Balser Hupp.  Emanuel Hupp was thought to be the son of

Abraham (and even thought to be recorded in the Shenandoah County

marriage register).  Balser Hupp, Jr. was thought to have deserted the

German Army, and came to Ohio, along with two brothers who settled in

Noble County.  Against these I feel that I should prove my case.


I. Abraham - The division of Balser Hupp's land indicated that Balser's

son Abraham had died by that time.  Also settlement of Balser's estate

involved paying Jacob Hupp, the executor of Abraham Hupp's estate.  This

would mean that Balser's son Abraham is the same as the one whose 

estate is listed in section B.  Deed records of Shenandoah County 

include where seven brothers are named as being sons of Abraham Hupp,

dec'd.  In some of them, their mother Elizabeth is mentioned. 

(Deed Book LL, pp. 145; MM, p. 381; MM, p. 166)


II. Barbara - When Barbara Hupp married Samuel Hershberger, Baltzer Hupp

was the bondsman.  When Samuel died, just a few months later, the 

settlement of his estate was at Balser Hupp's house.  Samuel B. 

Harshberger was named as a nephew of both John Hupp and Anna Hupp in

their respective wills (see section C).  


III. John - names Anna Hupp as his sister and Samuel Harshberger as his

nephew, in his will.  The tombstone of Balser Hupp is placed as a 

result of John Hupp's will.  


IV. Samuel - It was Samuel Hupp who married Barbara Kagey in 1813.  The

Kagey book states that Barbara Kagey's husband was a son of Balser Hupp

by his first wife. 


V. Benjamin - Balser Hupp had a son Benjamin, and there was only one

Benjamin Hupp in the Shenandoah Valley of that generation.





VI. Emanuel - The Kauffman-Coffman book states that Emanuel Hupp 

married Mary Neff.  It gives a date of this marriage 6/19/1817 that is

in line with the date the Shenandoah County marriage record gives for

Edmund Hupp and Maria Neff (6/4/1817, which was when the marriage 

license was aquired).  Apparently in the transcription, "Emanuel" was

miscopied as "Edmund".  Also the line that says that Emanuel Hupp 

married Mary Kipps in 1825 was miscopied:  it was Samuel A. Hupp that

married Mary Kipps.  Deed Book OO, p. 493 and 495 list Emanuel Hupp

as living in Champaign County, Ohio, selling land to other heirs of

Balser Hupp.  These deeds were dated 12/11/1835 and 2/6/1836.  Deed 

Book LL, p. 148 names Emanuel's wife as Mary, an heir of John Neff. 

This was in 1832 before Emanuel moved to Ohio.  Finally, the death

record of Michael Hupp of Champaign County, Ohio lists his parents as

Emanuel Hupp and Mary Neff.  


VII. Anna - her death register lists her as daughter of Balser and Mary.


VIII. Martin - Martin is buried beside his wife Rebecca in Lubeck, WV.

In Shenandoah County, Va. the marriage record states that Martin Hupp

married Rebecca Pennybacker.  In the settlement of Balser Hupp's estate,

Martin Hupp his son had died (Martin Hupp in WV had died in 1828), and

Derrick Pennybacker was mentioned as guardian to the heirs of Martin



IX. Balser, Jr. - the family Bible of the family of Balser Hupp, Jr.

lists his parents as Balser and Barbara.  Both of the marriages listed

in the family Bible are recorded in Shenandoah County, Virginia.  

Shenandoah County's Deed Book HH, p. 513 states that Baltzer Hupp of

Licking County, Ohio, is a son of Balser Hupp, dec'd, of Shenandoah

County.  The plot of land being sold here (on 2/4/1830) was the 

eleventh tract of Balser Hupp's land.  It was sold to John Hupp for 



X. Jacob - the Shenandoah County marriage record incorrectly lists

Jacob Hupp, who married Phebe Ann Sheen on 6/12/1824 as Abraham's son. 

But the Jacob Hupp who was married to Phebe Ann that moved to LaPorte

County, Indiana has traditionally believed to be the brother of Isaac

Hupp (XI.).  Also Abraham had a son named Jacob, who moved to Marshall

County, Indiana.  This Jacob (X.) was born several years before Abraham

Hupp was married.  


XI. Isaac - Shenandoah County Deed Book PP, p. 183 states that Isaac 

Hupp of LaPorte County, Indiana, whose wife was named Eliza, was a son

and legal heir to Balser Hupp, dec'd.  This deed was dated 4/29/1835. 






The Property of Balser Hupp


     Balser Hupp died in the fall of 1829.  Following this, there was

a court order that his estate be appraised and settled.  The appraisal

was done by Joseph Strickler and Jacob Bushong.  The settlement was done

by Reuben Walton.  In the settlement, $300 was given to each of the

heirs of Balser Hupp, or at least those that were in reach (Jacob, the

heirs of Abraham, Emanuel, Barbara, Anna, Isaac, and the heirs of 

Martin).  Then the estate was sold: 


(note-- "Do" was an abbreviation for Ditto.  Both were often written

out.  Also used were the ditto marks like this: ".  Such marks in the

money column should not be taken as dittos; instead they mean .00. 

Also, I am aware that "swingle tree" should be "single tree", but that

is the way it was written.  I'm sorry I couldn't read all of the 







(Will Book Q, page 164, cont.) 





(Will Book Q, page 167, cont.)








The Division of Balser Hupp's land 


     The 365 acres of Balser Hupp's land was subdivided into 11 parts,

with each part going to each of Balser's children, or their heirs for

those children who had already died. 


Shenandoah County, Virginia

Deed Book JJ


page 451



<Plat of the subdivision of Balser Hupp’s land>








































Pursuant to and Order of the County Court of Shenandoah dated

January Court 1830 directing the undersigned Commissioners

named in said Order, being first Sworn for that purpose, to

divide the lands whereof Baltzer Hupp deceased, died, siezed,

and possessed among his heirs.  We proceeded to divide the

lands of said deceased in obedience to said Order which is

represented by the Plat Hereto annexed including





(Deed Book JJ)

page 452


several tracts adjoining among his heirs as follows.  The heirs having

drawn for their respective lots the result was as follows. 


Lott No. 1. Containing thirteen Acres & one fourth of an Acre including

the dwelling house -- is bounded as followeth to wit.  Beginning at a

white oak (where the Deed calls for two white Oaks comes to Neff's

land, at the meadow fence A and running with Neff's lines N 30 W 10-1/2

poles to a stake, thence S 48 W 37 poles to a stake, thence N 64 W

12-1/2 poles to three white Oaks, thence N 50 W 16-1/2 poles to three

large white Oaks and Neff's corner on the North Side of a road there

crossing the Tract and running along said road S 25 W 18-1/2 poles to a

stake, thence S 54 E 20 poles to a stake, thence S 10 E 24 poles to a

stake in the middle of the Main road N 43 E 4 poles, thence N 47 E 64

poles to said Neff's line then with his line N 46-1/2 W 11 poles five

links to the Beginning.  This Lott we assigned to Barbara Harshbarger,

late Barbara Hupp, one of the heirs of Baltzer Hupp dec'd.


Lott No. 2 is bounded as followeth to wit: Beginning at a stake in the

main road corner to lot No 1 and running with the lines of said lot

reversed N 13 W 24 poles to a Stake, thence N 54 W 20 poles to a Stake,

thence N 25 E 18-1/2 poles to three large white oaks Corner to Neff's

land thence with his line N 29 W 86 poles to a Stake near a white Oak,

thence crossing he Tract S 42-1/2 W 35 poles to a Stake in a field

thence S 29 E 136 poles to a Cedar and Stake in the middle of the

main road running thence down the said road to the Beginning. 

Containing Twenty five Acres.  This Lott we assigned to the Heirs of

Samuel Hupp dec'd who was one of the heirs of said Baltzer Hupp, dec'd.


Lot No. 3 is bounded as follows.  Beginning at a Cedar & Stake in the

middle of the Main road corner to Lot No. 2 and extending with a line

of said Lott (reversed) N 29 W 136 poles to a Stake in a field near to

said lot, thence S 42-1/2 W 72-1/2 poles to a Stake in another field

thence S 50-1/2 E 132 poles to a Stake in the middle of the Main road,

thence running down the said Road to the Beginning containing Thirty

Seven Acres and one half acre.  This Lot we assigned to Baltzer Hupp,

one of the heirs of Baltzer Hupp dec'd. 


Lot No. 4. is bounded as followest, to wit.  Beginning at a stake in

the middle of the Main road corner to Lot No. 3 and extending with a

line of said Lot, reversed N 50-1/2 W 132 poles to a Stake a corner to

said Lott, thence S 42-1/2 W 48-1/2 poles to a Stake between a black

Walnut & Cedar standing on the bank of the river, thence running up the

said river the several Courses thereof S 45 E 25 poles to a black

Walnut, thence S 30 E 42 poles to near a locust, thence leaving the

river N 75 E 18 poles to a marked Chestnut Oak corner to Jacob Bushong,

thence N 26 E 12 poles to a large white Oak said Bushong's Corner, then

with another of his lines S 64-1/2 E 75 poles to two white Oaks

standing on the north side of the Main road and thence running down the







(Deed Book JJ)

page 453


road to the Beginning.  Containing Thirty Seven Acres and one half

Acres.  Said Lott we assigned to the heirs of Martin Hupp dec'd, who

was one of the heirs of said Baltzer Hupp dec'd.


Lott No. 5 is bounded as followeth to wit:  Beginning at a Stake

between a black Walnut & Cedar standing on the bank of the river (1)

corner to Lott No. 4 and running with a line of said Lott (reversed)

N 42-1/2 E 126 poles to a stake, thence N 20 W 21-1/2 poles to a

Stake, thence S 56 W 138 poles to near Cedar & Sycamore tree standing

on the bank of said river, thence running up the said river the several

Courses thereof to the Beginning.  Containing Thirty One Acres.  This

Lott we assigned to Anna Hupp one of the Heirs of said Baltzer Hupp



Lott No. 6 is bounded as followeth to wit:  Beginning near a Cedar &

Sycamore tree standing on the bank of said River (2) a Corner to Lott

No. 5 and running with a line of said Lott (reversed) N 56 E 138 poles

to a Stake corner to said Lott, thence N 20 W 65-8/10 poles to a Stake,

thence S 56 W 36 poles to a Stake, thence S 34 E 35 poles to a Stake,

thence S 56 W 100 poles to a Stump on the river bank, thence running up

the said river the several Courses thereof to the Beginning. 

Containing Thirty One Acres.  This Lott we assigned to Jacob Hupp, one

of the heirs of said Baltzer Hupp, dec'd.   


Lott No. 7 is boundeth as followeth to wit Beginning at a stump on the

bank of the river (3) corner to Lott No. 6 and running with the lines

of said Lott (reversed) N 56 E 100 poles to a Stake Corner of said

Lott, thence with another line of said lott N 34 W 35 poles to a Stake,

thence S 56 W 87 poles to a Sycamore & Cedar standing on the bank of

said river, thence running up the several Courses of the river to the

Beginning.  Containing Twenty Acres.  This Lott we assigned to Isaac

Hupp, one of the Heirs of said Balser Hupp, dec'd. 


Lott No. 8 is bounded as followeth to wit.  Beginning at a Sycamore and

Cedar standing on the river bank Corner to Lot No. 7 and extending with

a line of said Lott N 56 E 123 poles to a Stake corner to Lott No. 6,

thence N 20 W 37-7/10 poles to a Stake in the old line then with said

line N 81 W 15 poles to black Oak in said line thence S 56 W 117 poles

to a stake between two Cedars standing on the river bank, thence

running up the said river the several Courses thereof to the Beginning.

Containing Thirty Seven Acres.  This Lott we assigned to Benjamin

Hupp, one of the heirs of said Baltzer Hupp, dec'd. 


Lot No. 9 is bounded as followeth to wit.  Beginning at a Stake between

two Cedars standing on the river bank, Corner to Lott No. 8 and running

with the lines of said Lott (reversed) N 56 E 117 poles to a black Oak

Corner to said Lott in the old line, thence with the 





(Deed Book JJ)

page 454


same.  N 81 W 100-1/2 poles to a white Oak thence S 79 W 51 poles to

between two marked Cedars standing on the river bank, thence running up

the said river the several Courses thereof S 43-1/2 E 37-1/2 poles to a

blazed Cedar, thence S 31 E 52-1/2 poles to the Beginning containing

Thirty Seven Acres.  This Lott we assigned to the heirs of Abraham

Hupp, who was one of the heirs of Baltzer Hupp dec'd.


Lot No. 10 is bounded as followeth to wit Beginning at a Stake in a

field Corner to Lott No. 5 in a line of Lott No. 2 and running thence

with a line of Lott No. 2 N 42-1/2 E 30 poles to a cornered white Oak,

a Corner to Neff's land, then the same Course continues 100 poles

further with said Neff's line to a hickory in his line Corner to the

land Dr. Neff purchased of Stiegle thence with the lines of the several

lotts and passing the corner thereof S 20 E 125 poles to the Beginning

containing Forty five Acres and one fourth of an Acre.  This Lott we

assigned to John Hupp, one of the heirs of said Baltzer Hupp, dec'd.


Lot No. 11  West of the river containing Fifty Acres we assigned to

Emmanuel Hupp one of the heirs of Baltzer Hupp dec'd for his full share

being the same Tract of Land which was conveyed to said Baltzer Hupp

dec'd by George Houdeshalt and Susannah his wife by their certain Deed

of Bargain & Sale bearing date the Eight day May in the year 1809 and

of record in the County Court of Shenandoah and bounded by said Deed of

Conveyance as followeth to wit:  Beginning at a pine a white Oak and a

black Oak sapling in George Houberts line Corner to Lott No. 1 then

with the line of that Lott S 36 W twenty three poles to two white oak

Saplings by a road Corner to lott No. 4 then with a line of that lott S

66 E two hundred and fifty four poles to a Sycamore and a Cedar on the

said river bank, then down the said River the several Courses and

Meanders thereof N 7 W twelve poles N 31 W twenty eight poles, thence 

N 45 W twenty four poles then N 52 W forty two poles to a stake on the

river bank (where the old Corner two black Oaks formerly stood, also a

corner to the said George Houbert and then with Houbert's line N 75 W

One Hundred and Sixty three poles to the Beginning.  All of which is

most respectfully submitted to the court.


                        Samuel Newman

                        P. McManus

                        Reuben Walton







     Balser Hupp was buried in the Neff-Kagey Cemetery, which is three

miles north of New Market and one mile north of his house.  The 

Cemetery has long been abandoned, and is overgrown to the point that it

looks like a patch of woods in the middle of a field.  It is visible

from Interstate 81 from just south of the bridge of the North Fork of

the Shenandoah River.  

     The land it is on is now owned by Earl Wilkins.  







  In memory of


 Died A.D. 1830          <photo of tombstone>


   69 Years









     This information is incorrect, though.  Balser Hupp died in late

1829, not in 1830.  He was also older than 69 years (otherwise he would

have been only 15 or 16 in 1776 when he first bought land near New


     The likely reason for the inaccuracy, was that this stone was not

placed until about 35 years after his death.  It was placed in 

accordance with the will of Balser's son John, who died in 1863 (see 

C-3).  By then no one was left who knew how old Balser Hupp was. 

     The tombstone is still easy to read, but it leans against a tree

that is at least two feet in diameter.  


     At the time of his death, Balser Hupp was survived by six sons:

John, Benjamin, Emanuel, Balser, Jacob, and Isaac; two daughters:

Barbara Harshberger and Anna Hupp; 37 grandchildren, and 5 great-









<sketch of house, presumed to be Balser’s>

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