"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
—Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), "A Joseph Campbell Reader: Reflections on the Art of Living," edited by Diane K. Osbon, 1991.


Hundreds of years after our ancestors were driven out of Germany, I made the Germans suffer in return.
   Now, as this genealogy has gone on, each chapter has become relevant to fewer and fewer people. Johann Christian Hauß has thousands of descendants, while my grandfather probably has a couple dozen, at most. Therefore, I'm assuming that the only people still reading this are either:

  • Immediate family.
  • Identity thieves.

   So, first, I'd like to address the identity thieves: Don't waste your time—there's really nothing all that valuable to steal. Next, a message for my own family: When I first started this genealogical journey in 2006, I was a bachelor in my mid-forties, and I thought that this would be my main contribution to future Hause generations. Well, cut to five years later, and I'm married with a child on the way, so now when I talk about "future Hause generations," it has become a lot more personal... I assume that for at least the next decade or so, the last thing my child will want to hear about is what great, great, great, great-grandpa had for breakfast in 1850—and if and when he or she ever does care, who knows if I'll still be around. Therefore, this history is mainly for that person—but it's also here for the rest of you Hauses, too (which is why it's posted on the Internet, and why the format is simple—so people in other lines can download it and add their own chapters).
   To sum up, here is the message of this family history: Genealogy not only tells us how we got here, but also why we are here. It reveals our connections to the past—not only by blood, but also by love, character, geography and blind luck. It reveals the hopes and dreams of the people who put us here, and how those dreams and those people live through us.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Four generations together—Carlisle, Jeff, Carleton Sr. and Carleton Hause Jr.; Martha Wenk Hause, Eric Hause (in diaper), Carleton Hause Jr., Jeffrey Hause, Kathleen Hause, Michele Hause (inside Martha Hause), in the summer of 1968; Carlisle offering a phonography lesson to great-granddaughter Michele, early 1970's; Carleton Jr. and Emily Hause in the 1990's.

      So, by studying our entire family—the people they loved, the alliances they made, and the ideals and convictions they held—let me tell you what I know about you, Mr. or Ms. Hause:

  • You are a survivor.
  • You are a thinker.
  • You are funny.
  • You are pragmatic.
  • Most of all, you aren't afraid to follow your dreams, whether it's across an ocean to an unknown destination, or across an assembly hall at Eastern Michigan University to ask out a beauty pageant contestant.
   Genealogy also teaches you that life is short. So, by way of millions of years of human evolution (of which I can only chronicle a pitiful few hundred years), and the on-going quest for life's meaning—I offer this advice:
  • Your time is limited, so choose your alliances carefully.
  • Celebrate the people who got you here, and honor those who will follow you.
  • Never rock backwards in a regular chair (see the Augustus Hause chapter).
   John, William, Laban, Fladella, and all of those Carls live through you, and you will live through those who come after you. So enjoy the time you spend in our familial chain, for all it's worth. I've chronicled what I can. Hopefully, future generations will add more. Pass it on... and if you're filling out any government documents that a descendant could read in 150 years, don't mention your "piles."
   Now go make your surname proud!

CHILDREN OF JEFFREY HAUSE AND LORI ANN DOTSON

  • ATTICUS LEE HAUSE, was born on 02 Aug 2011, in Napa, CA at Queen of the Valley Hospital. Atticus was named after the character of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird; His middle name belongs to his maternal grandfather. Blessed with his mother's great looks and his father's great intelle—well, hopefully, his mother's great intellect, too, Atticus came into the world just 35 weeks into the pregnancy, by emergency C-section at 9:08am on 2 Aug 2011. This means that he has a four-week head start on everybody else, to kick the world's behind.
  • Click on the photo at right to access the Atticus Lee Hause page.
  • PHIN LEE HAUSE, was born on 01 Nov 2013, in Roseville, CA at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Phin weighed just over a pound at birth (the original due date was December 26), and is named after 7-time Great-Grandfather, Phinehas Briggs, who fought as a "Minute Man" during the American Revolution, starting at the Battle of Bunker Hill, according to his petition for a pension in the 1830's (he lived to be 93). Both Phinehas and Phin are incredible fighters.
  • Click on the photo at right to access the Phin Lee Hause page.
  • CAILFORNIA: 1959-2010

    COMING SOON!!!

    Brunner
    Wenk
    Pritchard
    Dotson
    Palmer
    Anderson

    A history of the author's line of the family, featuring the legend of JOHN HAUSE (b. 1690), and genealogies from Revolutionary War veteran WILLIAM HAUSE (1750-1818) to the present day:

    CHAPTER 1: THE LEGEND OF JOHN (JOHANNES) HAUSE (1690-?)

    CHAPTER 2: JOHN HAUSE OF WARWICK (1719-1794)

    CHAPTER 3: WILLIAM E. HAUSE (1750-1818)

    CHAPTER 4: JOHN HAUSE (1773-1844) AND WESTERN NEW YORK

    CHAPTER 5: AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1804-1875) AND THE ERIE CANAL

    CHAPTER 6: LABAN AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1831-1906)

    CHAPTER 7: FRANK AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1867-1951)

    CHAPTER 8: TWENTIETH CENTURY MICHIGAN

    CHAPTER 9: CARLISLE HAUSE (1891-1972)

    CHAPTER 10: THE GREAT DEPRESSION

    CHAPTER 11: CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917-1983)

    CHAPTER 12: AFTERWARD - THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

    Content outside of the chronological chapter narrative:

    APPENDIX #1: HAUSE FAMILY TIMELINE

    APPENDIX #2: WILLIAM HAUSE GENEALOGY

    APPENDIX #3: THE HAUSE FAMILY IN THE CIVIL WAR

    APPENDIX #4: HAUSE FAMILY BIBLES

    APPENDIX #5: DNA TESTING

    A compendium of stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else, from science to Soundex to source material to similar surnames to some guy who wrote bad jokes for a living:

    ADDENDUM #1: THE HAUß FAMILY IN THE MOHAWK, UPDATED

    ADDENDUM #2: OTHER HAUSE LINES (GERMANY AND ENGLAND)

    ADDENDUM #3: LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

    ADDENDUM #4: THE EMMETT POSTMASTER'S MAIL BAG

    ADDENDUM #5: ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    From left to right: Brothers Augustus Hause, Jr., Laban Hause and John Hause pose together at a family reunion in the late 1800's. (From the collection of Carleton Marchant Hause, Jr.)