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Old 11-16-2017, 08:18 PM
 
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In doing family research, I found my M-G-Grandfather seemed to have a title of sorts---Squire. He is referred to as Squire Huffman, in WV. So far, I haven't been able to trace his descendants, I seem to have hit a wall there. If its an inherited title, my grandfather, his son, didn't have it, so it either didn't pass on, or its not inherited.


We don't use titles here in this country, so I assume it came with him from somewhere in Europe. Any ideas?
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:25 PM
 
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:26 PM
 
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It's not an inherited title. Do a google search on the word "Squire" and you will find it meant something different in Medieval times than it did in later years.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:35 PM
 
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It's not an inherited title. Do a google search on the word "Squire" and you will find it meant something different in Medieval times than it did in later years.
Yes, thanks, I've gone that far. But I wonder why someone in this country would use such a title? Its on all his papers, including his death certificate, he died in 1949. It was also on his daughter's marriage license. Perhaps just a vanity title he gave himself? Or a way of distinguishing himself from someone else in the area with the same name?
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:37 PM
 
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Maybe his first name was Squire.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:43 PM
 
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Plantation owners in the South, and probably in West Virginia and Virginia too, were pretty much the major landowners and probably got called "Squire" by most of the populace. And also it might have been just what you said - a way to distinguish himself from someone else of the same name, or from his brothers, or whatever.

Or maybe his first name was Squire!
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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In doing family research, I found my M-G-Grandfather seemed to have a title of sorts---Squire. He is referred to as Squire Huffman, in WV. So far, I haven't been able to trace his descendants, I seem to have hit a wall there. If its an inherited title, my grandfather, his son, didn't have it, so it either didn't pass on, or its not inherited.


We don't use titles here in this country, so I assume it came with him from somewhere in Europe. Any ideas?
Two of my ancestors were Squire's too. They went by "Squire Jack" and "Squire Mike" both were land owners and lived in the mountains of Western Maryland.

The men were very well respected in the community, so we always thought of it as an unofficial honorific. But if anyone knows different, I would love to find out!
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:04 PM
 
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Plantation owners in the South, and probably in West Virginia and Virginia too, were pretty much the major landowners and probably got called "Squire" by most of the populace. And also it might have been just what you said - a way to distinguish himself from someone else of the same name, or from his brothers, or whatever.

Or maybe his first name was Squire!
Nice try---but his name was Joseph Hoffman. He always went by the title 'Squire'.
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Old 11-16-2017, 11:55 PM
 
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It was probably a local honorific, like how some people were called Captain or General even if they hadn't served in any affiliated institution.

But also, if your relative was a lawyer of any kind, perhaps "Squire" evolved from "Esquire"....
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Old 11-17-2017, 12:03 AM
 
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It was probably a local honorific, like how some people were called Captain or General even if they hadn't served in any affiliated institution.

But also, if your relative was a lawyer of any kind, perhaps "Squire" evolved from "Esquire"....
Nope. He was a blacksmith.....


But I think he also served as the town's Justice of the Peace, and Postmaster......perhaps that's how he acquired the title "squire"

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