"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."
During early Colonial American 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 (if there was even a church nearby at the time), cemeteries (if there were tombstones), and/or most reliably, the family bible. In those days, family bibles were very personalized and contained pages for family trees, letters, drawings, and mementos. 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.
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."
This Family Bible's terrificCruden's Complete Concordance, printed in Philadelphia by A.J. Holman & Co., copyright 1880. It's about six inches thickfull of notations and biographical data on births, marriages and deaths, and includes several pages with inserts for family photos, going back five generations. (Oh yeahand there's a bible in it, too.)
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.
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.
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...
Music: "Into to Bookends," by Simon & Garfunkle