The Hause Hill Cemetery is on the west side of Pulver Road (less than one-tenth of a mile south of Kendall Road). Look for a plank leading over the drainage ditch on the right of the road, and head up the hill into the trees. The graveyard is in a clearing there. William and Martha Hause are buried in the front corner of the graveyard, on the right, facing the road as you walk in.
   My parents actually found the graves while on the way to visit my brother, Eric (who now lives in Ithaca). It took quite a while to uncover the tiny pathway leading off the roadway—even with a map. The area is still mostly wilderness, although Amish families appear to be leasing the open grassland for their cattle. The graveyard is privately owned, but several graves are maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the memorials near their tiny gravestones are adorned with the US flag.

Title: The Swing in the Old Chestnut Tree
Author: Wilma J. Perry of Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Subject: William Hause's house on Hause Hill, Schuyler Co., N.Y.
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   After William died in 1818, his son, Matthew, bought part of the property from William's other living children John, William, Jonas, Simon, Samuel, Joseph, Morris, Mary Burr, Sarah Harris and Hannah Nolen, on April 13, 1819, and the rest of the land was sold to Samuel Hause on January 10, 1820. Martha Wood Hause passed away on 08 Sep 1822 and was buried beside her husband in the family cemetery.¹ After the death of their matriarch, the Hause family began to fragment. Some of the children moved on to other parts of New York, while others moved on to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
   As far as I can tell, the last Hauses to live on Hause Hill were Jesse and Sally Swarthout-Hause (Jesse was the son of William Hause, Jr. and Esther Sanford-Hause), who finally cashed in and left for cheaper land in Michingan in 1835 (according to Sally's obituary in the Watkins Express, Thursday, July 12, 1900). The Spears family purchased the property and then lived in William's old home for over a century, passed down through the generations.²
   On Sunday, 25 Aug 1940, William Arthur Teed (1914-2005) married Clara Spears (1914-2008), the daughter of Fred Spears (1874-1947) and Ethel Margaret Baker-Spears (1888-1928), and took over the land. Their daughter, Wilma Teed-Perry, grew up on the property in the mid-twentieth century and remembers: "Many times I wandered the fields and explored the old Hause farm. There was an old brick oven out back that Mrs. Hause used for cooking." She picked wild blackberries, huckleberries and wild strawberries. "I walked to the cemetery where my grandmother and her infant son was buried. It was an old, old cemetery. My mother had told me not to eat the apples that were from the apple trees on the graveyard. Those apples were white and very sweet. She never knew I ate them. I wasn't about to tell her I had done that."
   Then in 1948, a fire consumed the old house. William Teed thanked the community in the Watkins Express of 23 Feb 1949 for their support at the bottom of the front page: "CARD OF THANKS: We wish to thank our friends for their many acts of kindnesses shown us when our house burned." The family moved into "the old Pulver Place on Losey Hill," and a smaller home was built over the old, but according to Wilma you can still make out the foundation stone of the old house in the back yard. The barn finally fell down in the 1965, and nature overtook the property again. On 31 Oct 1985, William Teed placed an advertisement in the Dundee Observer, offering a choice of three one acre lots for sale on the property. Today the lots are owned by Quakers, whose cattle graze on the grounds and pond. William and Clara's son, Arthur William Teed (b. 1947), still tends the grounds of the cemetery. As the years pass, stones fall and crumble away, but this private cemetery is still active. The last person buried there was Lawrence Spears in 1990. We visit whenever we travel to New York, and are so thankful to the Tweeds for keeping the graveyard accessible.

The graves of William and Martha Hause in 2005.


ARWINE (Unnamed) son/ Arthur and Esther
CHASE Fannie (Gannon) wf/ Caleb; d. 25 Nov 1843; ae 55-6-23
GANNON Asa 3-12-1827, ae 24y-3m
GANNON Benj. 10-29-1839, ae 73-5-21
HARRIS Monroe son/ Wm. and Sarah; 14 Nov 1846; ae 23-10-27
HARRIS Ana S. (Knapp) wf/ Monroe; 14 Nov 1846 (?)
HARRIS William E. (2) Rev. War Vet: Continental Line; 24 Feb 1836; ae 77-11-9
HARRIS Sarah (Hause) wf/ William E. Harris
HARRIS William Decator son/ Wm. & Sarah; 15 Nov 1847; ae 27-8-25
HAUSE Anna dau/ William Jr. and Esther Hause, 1811-1813
HAUSE Dorcas dau/ William Jr. and Esther Hause, 1825-1825
HAUSE Hannah dau/ William Jr. and Esther Hause, 1815-1815
HAUSE William D.A.R. Rev War Vet³ (#A101809); Continental Line (2nd Regiment, Orange County Militia); d. 20 May 1818
HAUSE Martha (Wood) wf/ William; d. 8 Sep 1822 (stone lost as of 2018)
HAUSE William Hause, Jr. 2 Jan 1825; Unproven; Wife Esther Sanford-Hause is buried in North Reading Cemetery, Reading, Michigan.
HEDGE Barnabas 8 Aug 1871
HEDGE Phebe wf/ Barnabas; 1 Feb 1846, ae 44 yrs
JOHNSON Aaron "Andrew" Sr. Rev. War Vet: 1st LIEUT NJ 1747-1821
JOHNSON Kezia wf/ Aaron
JOHNSON Mary Susan dau/ Aaron and Kezia; Jan 1816
SPEAR(S) Abraham Tunis Rev. War Vet; Continental Line; 1750-1818
SPEARS Sarah wf/ Abraham
SPEARS Ethel (Baker) 1-29-1929; wf/ Fred (buried at Tyrone Union Cemetery)
SPEARS Harry Fred 23 Aug 1923, ae 2y-8m
SPEARS Lawrence M 1925-1990
SWARTHOUT Aaron Rev. War Vet; 1762-1845; Continental Line (4th Regiment)

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¹—More Hause and Wood family graves can be located if you drive down Hause Hill to the Tyrone Union Cemetery, near Lamoka Lake.

²—There may have been a family connection involved in the sale, as the 1854 will of Barney Spears, who bought the property on Hause Hill, lists a "Polly House" as his daughter: "Barney T. Spear age 78 - date of will, Aug. 21, 1854. Date of probate: Feb. 29, 1864, Tryone, Steuben Co., NY. His wife Sally, son Henry, son Tunis, son John. Daughter Charity. Exec. Son Jacob, dau. Elizabeth Reynolds, and dau. Polly House, wit I. H. Hill & Wayne Boorom, both of Tyrone."

³—I know I complain too much about the spelling of our name on legal documents, since everybody spelled phonetically back then, but I read all the time about how exacting the Daughters of the American Revolution are, and how a misplaced period or un-dotted "i" gets an applicant rejected... and they cross out "Hause" on the application and write in "House"—and it even passes a double-check! I mean, check your sources: service records, muster rolls, real estate deals: They all say "Hause!" William signed a letter to King George and spelled it H-A-U-S-E. He even signed a payment slip for fighting in Pawling's Levies and it was, "Hause." But some fact checker at the DAR spells it "House." That's not phonetics, DAR, it's just bad spelling! From now on I'm writing to you as the "Doughters of the American Revolution!" Take that!

The view of the area as seen from the graves of William and Martha Hause.

Carleton Marchant Hause, Jr., Eric Donald Hause and Jeffrey Carleton Hause behind William's grave during the summer of 2005.
10-Generation photo of Atticus Lee Hause with William Hause, on 16 Jun 2018, just over 200 years after William's death.