Family Bibles and Scrapbooks

"And if she be not obediente and healpeful unto hym; endevoureth to beate the fere of God into her heade, that thereby she may be compelled to learne her dutye and do it."
—Footnote for 1 Peter 3.7 in the "Wife Beater Bible," an edition of the Taverner's Bible printed in 1549 (this eleventh Commandment never really caught on).

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Title: London Churchbooks and the German Emigration of 1709
Author: John P. Dern
Subject: Death of Mrs. Haus (p. 30)
Pages: 55
Publisher: Edwards Brothers
Year: 1968
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SOURCE INFORMATION: Schriften Zur Wanderungsgeschichte Der Pfalzer; Copyright 1968 John P. Dern, 950 Palomar Drive, Redwood City, California, 94062.
   In Europe, governments were constantly changing in the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries, so the best way to trace a family is through church books, in which the congregation records baptisms, marriages, adoptions and deaths. (This is how the death of "Mrs. Haus" was discovered in 1709, in a London church book, a the Palatines were waiting to sail for the New World.)
   Meanwhile, during early Colonial history, there was no census-taking (the first real census in the U.S. was in 1790), so a genealogical history could only be obtained through church records, cemetery lists, and the family bible. (In those days family bibles contained pages for family trees, letters, drawings, etc.) The Daughters of the American Revolution keep track of many of these bibles all across the country, and hold the information from those books for genealogists.
   Our family is most fortunate in that there are bibles, saved correspondence, and scrapbooks going back hundreds of years that detail our history:

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From:   Alfred B. Hause
To:   James Dwight Hause
Subject:   Hause Family Geanealogy, Ovid Bible
Date:   January 28, 1904
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SOURCE: Collection of Stephen Hause.
   This Bible was the property of Joseph Hause, a son of my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great-Grandfather, William. It traced the Hause line back to Johannes Haus' birth in Germany in 1690. It speculates on his marriage to Sarah Allen ("a woman of fine English blood"), and connects Johannes to the family of Princess Diana. But I have never read it, and it's apparently now lost.
   In a 1904 letter from Joseph's grandson, Alfred Hause, he writes: "I have an indistinct recollection of having seen and read the balance of that portion of the history as I find it now in the old bible, and that it did come directly down to William, but it was so long ago that I first saw it, that I cannot tell now where it connects, and came to the conclusion from the age of John about 60 at the time William was born that he was his grandfather. This John's children seem to have been born in Haverstraw, Rockland Co. N.Y. and and if my idea is correct then the rest of the descendants would most likely have been born in this country also, still there may have been a return to the old country." He adds: "Lyman's (great-grandson of William through William Jr.) story of the old man's lighting his cigars with V's would indicate that the old fellow must have been one of the 'boys' in his days, and as Holy writ mentions in places that some faults will not be eradicated until the ninth generation, it makes the outlook bad as I am of the fourth only from him."

   The Hause family Bible that is nearest to my line of the family is safely tucked away in Michigan, in the drawer of a small table near he dining room of Jerry Hause, the son of Basil Hause. It's the prize jewel of his massive family history collection, which includes the spinning wheel of my Great, Great Great Grandmother, newspaper clippings, the scrapbooks of Charles Hause Jackson (see below), a scale from Frank Hause's general store, and other relics of a time when a person's hand-me-down possessions meant more than their net worth on E-Bay.
   This Family Bible's terrific—Cruden's Complete Concordance, printed in Philadelphia by A.J. Holman & Co., copyright 1880. It's about six inches thick—full of notations and biographical data on births, marriages and deaths, and includes several pages with inserts for family photos, going back five generations. (Oh yeah—and there's a bible in it, too.)

Jerry and Jeff Hause pose with the Hause Family Bible in Michigan.

Family Bible
Title: Cruden's Complete Concordance
Years: 1880 - Present
Subjects: Hause Family Genealogy
Publisher: A.J. Holman & Co., Philadelphia
Images: 1, 2, 3
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SOURCE INFORMATION: Collection of Jerry Hause.
   In the sample pages at left, the first image displays tin-types of my Great, Great, Great Great Grandfather, Augustus Hause, Sr. (1804 - 1875), with his second wife, Fannie Alexander (top). Underneath them are my Great, Great, Great Great Grandfather David Sanderson (1804-1888) and my Great, Great, Great Great Grandmother Polly Briggs, the parents of Melissa Sanderson.
   The next page, with most of the sleeves apparently looted by relatives, features the next generation, with Laban Hause (1831 - 1906) and his wife, Melissa Sanderson Hause (1839 - 1921).
   The final page features Frank Hause (1867 - 1951) and his wife Fladella Raymond Hause (1869 - 1961), my Great, Great Grandparents. Beneath them are Frank's sister, Edith Hause (1871 - 1949), and her husband George Cottington, who co-owned the general store with Frank and Fladella.

Author: Charles Jackson Hause
Years: 1870's -1960's
Subjects: The families of Laban and Frank Hause
SOURCE INFORMATION: Collection of Jerry Hause.
   Another way to trace the family line is through family scrapbooks, filled with correspondence, photographa and other keepsakes, some of which are detailed here.
   Much of this family history was contructed with the scrapbooks of Charles Hause Jackson (1875 - 1962), the grandson of Laban Hause through his daughter, Elma. These large, over-stuffed scrapbooks, which Charles kept throughout his life, are filled with newspaper articles, photographs, letters, birth, wedding and death notices, and a genealogical chart written by Melissa Sanderson Hause. (A similar chart was once owned by Carlisle, as my father remembers, but that chart is now lost.) Many of these items are on display in this genealogy, and a few sample pages can be viewed at right to give you an idea of what the scrapbooks look like.
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Name: Raymond Hause's 1910 Scrapbook
Author: Raymond Hause
Year: 1910-11
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SOURCE INFORMATION: Collection of Carl Hause, Jr.
   Meanwhile, Raymond Hause (1888 - 1970) also created a scrapbook, this one a photo album now in the possession of my father. It was found in an unwanted box of photos in a San Diego basement, offered up by the descendants of Lois Baumbaugh, the daughter of my Great-Grand-Uncle, Raymond "Dick" Hause. It chronicles a period in which Dick brother Carlisle were travelling around Michigan in what looks like their father's over-sized clothes to sell a detergent called "Sunny Monday." Apparently they didn't do too well selling it, because I've never heard of the stuff. They were both married a year later, so their days as traveling salesmen were numbered, anyway.
   It shows all of their relations from that time (sadly Laban died a few years before), but because all of the photographs are being taken for fun by Dick (in college at the time), everyone looks much more relaxed in these photos, and, in a rarity for the Hause family, actually appear to be having fun.
   "Uncle Dick" also shows what college life was like, with shots from pep rallies and his boarding room with drunken roommates at the YMCA near the University of Michigan.
   Most amazingly, he has shots of my Great-Grandfather actually LAUGHING, which was a rarity in photographs. Turns out that my smart-ass forefathers were just as shiftless and goofy as me, at times. It's kind of reassuring...