Dear House Family member:
FINALLY, A DIRECT LINE TO OUR GERMAN IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR!
HOUSE ANCESTRY IN SUMMARY
Conrad Haus b. before 1710 – d. circa 1760 to 1770
Joseph C. Haus/House b. c. 1740 d. after 1800
Johan Joseph C. House b. circa 1770 d. circa 1822
Abraham Isaac House b. 1795 d. 1852
Josiah House b. 1822 d. 1911
The above summary represents a great
deal of communication between Ken Johnson, author of “The Bloodied
Bonnie House, and myself, in order to make a firm connection between
Isaac House, ancestor to all of you, and Johan Christian Haus, the
This new information required a re-write of the House document I wrote in 2001 and updated twice. Now, I feel it is complete and I will not be sending out further re-written issues. However, in the works is an exciting discovery of Rachel Putman’s possible ancestry, and, if proven further, it may be issued soon as a separate document. One thing we can say at this time is that the Putmans who settled in Herkimer Co. were Dutch people originating in
This final issue has been heavily
edited, topical headings have been added, and the children of Abraham
once in a separate document, have been included in this one, with more
about Josiah House and his children, who for most of you are your
It is my hope that you will add your own family’s information to this document, and that succeeding generations of your descendants will enjoy and appreciate having it.
House descendants curious about
their ancestry will find answers in the following quotations and
have gathered from materials found through research of various sources.
sources include written histories by H. Jones, Shaver and Duel, Ken
Jim House, Grace Stubbs-Rice, (these materials dating from the early
recent times), and data gathered by, or known to, other House members.
addition, census records, documents kept by Historical Societies,
suspected by some, it is clear now that the name House was originally
our ancestors came from
“In order to find the
progenitor of nearly all of the House line who live in or have
family came from the town of
(Writer’s note) Christian was also called Johan Christian, a common practice as these given names were often coupled together. And as Ken Johnson points out, the name Johan was not always a name but often meant there was an older individual in the family or neighborhood with the same name.)
Pastor at Berstadt wrote:
The following narrative is drawn in part from Jim House’s History of the House Family, which quotes research on the House family done by Shaver and Duel in January of 1933, and taken as well from material written and quoted by Grace Stubbs-Rice’s “House Family of the Mohawk History”.
British agreed to accept some 3,000 to be sent to
According to the
church records of the Rev. Kocherthal: “married Sept. 27, 1710,
Hauss, (a widower and carpenter of Alten-Staden, near Wetzler in the
Solms,) and Anna Catherine, widow of the late Johann Becker of
Deitz in the sovereignty of Schomberg.” It was supposed that Christian
first wife as well as Johann Becker died on the voyage over or soon
reaching these shores, as history of that period tells us that sickness
privations took many lives both on the voyage and in the winter
following. Researchers have been unable as
yet to find a
record of the name of his first wife, the mother of the children he
researchers and genealogists, all without complete success, have
positive identification of the generations that followed Johan
Church records were destroyed in the years of battles and destruction
the French, the British, and Indian raids, during a time when the
church was the
only source of birth, marriage and death records. But
all genealogists agree that the House
families in and around the
What follows is a
list of our paternal ancestors from Johan Christian Haus from
Christian Haus was the progenitor
of the Haus/House families in the
He probably lived between 1675 and 1740. He was naturalized on Oct. 11, 1715, in Albany Co.
Conrad House, b. before 1710, d. abt.
1760-1770, came to
C. House, b.1755, married Anna Shaut, daughter of Theodorus Shaut in
1785. Shaut and House family relationships
discussed below. His baptismal record
cites Conrad and Margaretha as his parents. He
died in 1813 from wounds received at the battle of
Conrad C House, who married Catherine, was killed at the battle of Oriskany
Henry C. House was killed at Oriskany, and his children Christina, Elisabeth and Conrad were taken in the 1780 Ft. Plank Massacre.
Joseph C. House, son of Conrad and
Margaretha and our ancestor, probably b.
c.1745-50, (he wasn’t yet 20 to qualify as a taxpayer on the 1766 role)
as Corporal in Capt. Joseph House’s Company of the Canajoharie District
Regiment of Militia. (NOTE: Captain
House was a cousin of our Corporal. He married Elizabeth Young; both
Cpl. Joseph C.
House married Elisabeth ___ and had an unknown number of children,
them were Johan Joseph C. House, our ancestor, and Maria
possibly b. early 1770s, Christina b. 1776 and Jacobus (aka James)
In the 1780 attack on
The 1790 census for Canajohari Twp. in Montgomery Co. lists a “Yost Seahouse” (written by an imaginative census taker), and he’s the only Joseph C. House in the record with appropriate age-groups: (male over 16, 3 males under 16, and 2 females). Christina was dead by 1780, leaving Johan and Jacobus plus one more male, Maria and wife Elisabeth.
Although no birth or baptismal records were located for Mary or for Johan Joseph C. House, two sponsorships they performed helped identify them as close family members:
1. Jacobus married Eva and had a son they named Johan Jost House, b.1803, sponsored by Johan Jost C. House, identifying him as probably Jacobus’ brother.
Eva’s daughter Maria Catherine, b. Nov 20,1805, was sponsored by Henry
No record of Joseph C. House’s death or that of his wife has been found. One could conjecture that the sale in 1799 of property he owned in the Lansing Patent may have represented Joseph House’s half of the land, and he may have died or moved to another property; possibly Lot 26 in the Livingston Patent, as described in the section below about his son Johan. He and Elizabeth may have moved in with one of his children. Battles were being fought – records were destroyed. One can only guess.
House and Shaut family connections
July of 1799, a
In 1788, “Teoris
Shad”, (a poor spelling of Theo. Shaut) paid taxes on property close to
parcels with names Coapman, Snyder and Countryman in the Waggoner
In the July 1799 transaction cited above, the House and Shaut couples, both of Minden Twp, sold 63 acres, part of lot 12 in Lansing Patent, to Henry Murphy for $310. Lots in the Lansing Patent were originally 210 acres. In Nov. of 1799, both couples sell for $775.50 part of lot 12, composed of 109 acres located in the west half of the lot, to Samuel Houht of Bocks Co. PA (still leaving some 38 acres). Nought (Houht) and Murphy are “side by side” in the 1800 Census, but the only Joseph House listed is not close by. It seems neither Joseph or Theodorus remained on the property. Theodorus Shaut died in 1806.
Johan Joseph C.
Corporal, was so-named because the title Johan identified him as
younger Joseph C. House. Estimating his
birth in the 1770s, he married Elisabeth ___, probably after 1790,
Joseph House and Elisabeth are not identified in the 1790 Census.
records from the
Isaac House, son of Joseph C. House and Elisabeth above, was born March
1795. He married Rachel Putman, b. 1798.
Rachel Putman and Abraham House are recorded in the
younger Joseph C. House and his son Abraham House are listed in the
in close proximity to each other in Danube (taken from
The following summary of an Indenture recorded in Herkimer Co. NY land records tell a brief story of lands purchased by Abraham I. House after 1820.
On May 24, 1823
Abraham I. House of
Patents were large
sections divided into lots of approximately 100 acres – sometimes 200 –
for sale or settlement to early settlers. Before 1791 the Livingston
covered a large area later designated as
Abraham supported himself and family as a carpenter and farmer, according to the biography of one of his sons.
COUNTY AND TOWNSHIP CHANGES
In April of 1828 the
HILL TO SOUTHVILLE TO
The obituary of one of Abraham’s sons cited South Hill in Herkimer Co. as his birthplace. But a search for this town, before knowing about the location of the family property, failed to find a town of that name in Herkimer Co. Of historic interest is the following statement, taken from a speech given by an historian to the Herkimer Co. Historical Society in 1905, which sheds light on the problem:
“In the spring
of 1788, Johannes Smith built
himself a home in the valley of the
Discovering this bit of history supplies the explanation for the statement in Alexander House’s obituary citing “South Hill” as his birthplace. This was simply a mistake; there is/was no town named South Hill, but the informants, going by their parents’ pronunciations, were close, or else the recorder misunderstood; it was still Southville in 1824. Further, on Abraham’s son Jeremiah’s Civil War pension application he wrote Southville as his birthplace.
MORE LAND DEALINGS
Additional records of Indentures involving this land tell a story of descending prosperity for the family and their eventual move to new land.
On May 28, 1829 Abraham House and wife Rachel of Stark Township sold or mortgaged to Joseph J. House of Stark this 100 acres for $1200. (This individual could have been a cousin). Joseph J. House appears in the 1830 census in Stark on page 234, heading a household similar to Abraham’s, whose family appears in Stark on page 227 in the Herkimer Census. It was noted in the Indenture that Abraham and Rachel continued to live on this property. Ken Johnson explains sales back and forth of farmland as frequent and commonplace during that time. Significantly, the Joseph House found in earlier census records that were thought to be our Joseph C. House is notably absent from the 1830 census, verifying the likelihood that he was the Joseph House who died before 1823.
An act of nature, which may have had a devastating affect on the House family, occurred in the month of August 1834, when a cyclone passed over the township from east to west, devastating a strip of country two miles in width. Hundreds of acres of forest were laid low, and buildings, fences, and crops were destroyed.
On Sept. 28, 1837 Abraham and Rachel of Stark, Herkimer County, again sold or mortgaged Lot 26 for $1500 to Joseph J. House of Cherry Valley Township, Otsego Co., probably to pay for mortgages amounting to approximately $840, as cited in the Indenture. (This J. J. House presumed to be the same man, as he could easily have moved to Cherry Valley Township, only about twelve miles away). Further evidence, Joseph J. House’s family is listed in the 1840 Census in Cherry Valley Township, Otsego County and is no longer in Stark. He is probably the son of Conrad and Angelica House.
On Oct. 15, 1840, persons to whom he owed money auctioned off Abraham House’s “goods and property” to satisfy a suit. Perhaps by now he had lost the property and had become a renter.
Finally on March 18,
1843, his name appeared as one of the defendants in a court action
Robert Hall’s will. (Hall was probably
the latest mortgage holder). No doubt, Abraham House could not raise
and Van Horne as highest bidder ended up holding his part of
THE MOVE TO
It becomes apparent
that, after losing his land, goods and property, Abraham and family
look elsewhere for a livelihood and perhaps take advantage of
grants in the west. Census records indicate that the House family lived
CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM AND RACHEL
Including emphasis on Josiah House and his descendants.
1. HOUSE, DIANA b.
June 25, 1820 in NY, wed Egbert D. Doolittle Oct. 13, 1847 in Rock Co.,
seven children: Julia 1849, James 1852, Ida 1858, and Adah 1860 (Selba
Wealthy 1853 and Albert 1856 died in childhood). Diana
and Egbert moved to West Union IA in
1852. Diana died Dec. 23, 1860, eleven
months after birthing Adah. Egbert
remarried in 1861, d. Aug. 16, 1863 in
2. FEMALE b. 1821, d. between 1825-1830 (female under 5 yrs. was listed in 1825 census
but not in the 1830 census.)
3. HOUSE, JOSIAH,
our ancestor, b. 17 Apr. 1822 in Herkimer
Co, NY, lived Rock Co. WI 1846 to 1851. Moved to West Union IA with
family. Wed Eliza Crandall* in 1855,
farmed Sec 35 near West Union in Dover Twp until 1883, moved to Aurora
farmed in Firesteel and Pleasant Lake Twps. When widowed, lived
with daughter Mary in Plankinton, d. Jun 24, 1911. Buried in
*Ancestry of Josiah’s wife ELIZA CRANDALL:
Joseph Crandall, oldest
known Crandall ancestor, and Esther
Hall wed circa 1770’s, had Henry Francis Crandall, b. 1777 in
JOSIAH AND ELIZA’S
CHILDREN WERE ALL BORN IN WEST UNION
Alice Cecilia b. 1857, wed. in 1877 John Burnham 1852-1945. had 3 boys, one girl, Lloyd, Vera
(Hurry), Melville and Rupert). Lived in Plankinton, Aurora Co. SD (second
woman settler). John had a carburetor business with Charlie Learn, and operated a
grocery store in town. She
was a widow the last 15 yrs. of life,
d. July 1959, at the age of 102.
Mary Adelia “Mayne” b. 22 Jan 1860, wed circa 1880 Charles Learn (1858-1940).
No children. Farmed in
Pleasant Lake Twp south of
Sylvia Ellen “Till” b. 22 Sep 1862. Wed 3 Dec. 1879 Joseph B. Havenstrite (1855-1918).
His father owned a farm
close to the House farms. Joe and Sylvia had a farm next to his parents
1883 (year Josiah left for SD) when they moved near
Edwin E. b. Sep 11 1864, wed Nettie c.1893, adopted Nettie’s sister’s dtr. Ruth (Wells), farmed near
Randalia, and operated a
livery in Sumner IA. Divorced Nettie
after 1896. Edwin d. 1946 in Sumner – the only son of Josiah to remain
Erma Rosella b. June 3 1871. Wed Sep. 23 1887 William Beach Dodson (1864-1938), lived in Mitchell
SD until she died, Sep. 30 1934. Had Thelma (Herman) and Thuel.
Bert Frank(lin) b. Sep 28, 1874. Single, d. 1959 in Plankinton SD. Lived with Mary after parents died.
Donna Viola b. 1879. d. 1957. Single. Retarded. Lived. with sister Mary after parents died.
Charles Percy b. June 10 1883. Wed 1st wife 1904 Mary Watson (1884-1967). Wed 2nd wife 1929
Mamie Jurgensen (1892-1976). Lived. Plankinton, Reliance and Chamberlain. With
1st. wife had Ruth (Ingalls),
Onalee (Larson), Sylvia Mae
(Wolcott), Raymond, Kenneth, Donald, and Letha (
4. HOUSE, JEREMIAH ISAAC b. Apr. 23, 1823, lived with family in Herkimer Co NY,
Rock Co. WI and Fayette
Co. IA. Wed Aug 24 1851 in Rock Co.
to Nancy Cobb (1833-1919), farmed in
Sec. 2, West Union Twp, Fayette Co. IA 1851 – 1916. Had eight children
1852 and 1872: Leonard, Emma (Webb), Clarissa (Barringer), George W.,
W., Jerry (d. age 17), Jessie (Gabner), and Nettie (d. age 5). Served 3 yrs. in 38th Iowa
Infantry; oldest man in
5. HOUSE, ALEXANDER b. Aug. 12, 1824 in Herkimer Co NY. Lived in WI and IA.
In 1852 wed Sarah
Sturgis, had Orin T., Abe C., Frank E.,
and William. Sarah died in 1859. He then
wed Augusta Dorcas Pendleton (1836-1910).
6. HOUSE, male b. c.1827, d. after 1830. (Because a male under 5 listed in ‘30 census but no male between 10 and 15 listed in ‘40 census.)
7. HOUSE, ELIZA b. 19 Feb
1828, wed George Michael, said to
be of Red Oak,
1849 in Elk Twp.,
Walworth Co., WI. Children: William b. IL
1849, Abram b. WI 1851, Izora b. IA 1853, Charles b. IA 1855, Clarence
1858, Emma b. IA 1860, (these four born in Fayette Co.), Eliza and
twins b. Marshall Co., IA 1863, Lena b. Marshall Co. 1866.
George died Nov. 4, 1899 and Eliza died May
19, 1903, both in Jewell Co.,
8. HOUSE, SARAH b. c. 1829/30. Wed Daniel Earle, dealer in cattle and horses in Lorena,
McClellan Co., TX. 1870 Census lists Daniel, 63, farmer and Stock Raiser, Sarah 40, Randy 15, David 13, Ina 11 (at school), Emilie 6 and Alpha 2, plus James Doolittle 17, laborer (Sarah’s nephew).
9. HOUSE, ABRAHAM JACKSON
b. Sept. 1, 1831 in Herkimer Co.
NY. Lived. NY, WI, and
10. HOUSE, LOVINA b. Mar.10, 1833 in Herkimer Co., NY. Accompanied family to WI and IA.
Wed in 1857 in West
Union: Jacob Bender George of Bremer Co.
11. HOUSE, female b. c. 1836 (the female under 5 in 1840 census) d. before 1850.
ABRAHAM SETTLED 320 ACRES IN
identify the land in West Union and
The Archivist at
SOME EVIDENCE OF RACHEL
Recent examination of
biographical collections of
Abraham and his sons first built log cabins for themselves. The rigors of prairie life may have been too much for him; he died there one year later in 1852 at the age of 57 years. No cemeteries existed, and there were no death records kept until several years later, so the assumption is he was buried on the farm. Census records of 1860 helped track the whereabouts of the children, but there was no evidence of the widow Rachel living with any of them.
AFTER ABRAHAM DIED
Over the course of
almost 20 years, much of this land was sold or transferred to other
or to family members. When Abraham died in 1852, we do know that
Josiah, the oldest,
became administrator of his father’s estate. Perhaps
all of the House land reverted to him, to be
parceled out to the
other heirs. Early directories and biographical records held in Fayette
Historical Society office in
Josiah House held 120 acres in
Section 35 of Dover Township. He stayed in
West Union Twp. about 20 years,
and then moved to Clermont for another 10 years. Finally,
he spent just a few years in Fayette
(Village or County?), and then left for
Abraham J. House listed as a farmer, according to a Directory of Fayette County, and later farmed in Section 2 of West Union Township.
Alexander House both farmed
in Section 2 of West Union Township; Jeremiah later moved to Section 36
Diana and husband
Egbert Doolittle “settled on a
farm 3 miles northeast of
Eliza and husband
George Michael lived in Fayette Co.
c.1853-1860, moved to Marshall Co. in ‘60s, and finally settled in
Sarah and husband
Daniel Earle moved to
Lovina and husband
Jacob Bender George lived in West
Union c.1857-1860/61, then in
In summary, all the
House family, (with exception of Sarah) farmed in Sections 2 and 35 in
document focuses on Haus/House beginnings from
Sylvia Novak – 2003
763 S. Calle
Errata: Correct Franklin Albert House, son of Josiah House, to read:
Bert Frank(lin) b. Sep 28, 1874 (per a birth certificate issued by SDHD in 1954.)