"Harmonas House, one of the several sons of Conrad House and Engelga—last name unknown—was a Loyalist and is mentioned in Mohawk Valley writings as being quite active during the American Revolution. After the war he was given a grant of land near Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, and most of his children who moved there with him settled there. It is believed that some of his children remained in the United States."
—"The House Family of the Mohawk," by Melvin Rhodes Shaver. Publisher: St. Johnsville: Enterprise, 1942. Chapter 1, Page 5


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   Just as Johann Christian had been forced out of his homeland for religious and political reasons in 1710, some of his descendants now faced the same persecution and expulsion at he end of the century.
   When the Loyalists lost the war, Harmanus's house (no pun intended, I swear) and possessions were confiscated by the new government of the United States of America. On the 15th of July, 1783, "Hermanus," listed as a yeoman from Canajoharie, Tryon Co., in the new state of New York, along with his wife Margaret Walrad, and their children John, Dan, James, Anna, Julia, Hulda, Catharina, Robert, and Mary, were stripped of their land and possessions in Tryon County. The confiscated property was then auctioned at a Sheriff's Sale. But Harmanus was long gone, and had already taken his family to Lincoln Co., Ontario, Canada—although it appears that some of his children stayed behind. He was joined by...


United Empire Loyalists landing at the site of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1783. New Brunswick was largely created by the flow of Loyalists into the region. Print by John David Kelly (1862-1958), before 1935. (National Archives of Canada, C1829).

GEORGE HOUSE LINE

   AUTHOR'S NOTE: The genealogy of the Canadian House line of George House was largely ignored in The House Family of the Mohawk, so the story of his succeeding generations is drawn from a family history by his descendant, Jim Abohbot, Ancestry.com, from the book Annals of the 40 by R. Janet Powell, and records of Butler's Rangers.

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Name: George House
County: Herkimer
State: New York
Year: 17 Mar 1834
Number: S 19340

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SOURCE INFORMATION: National Archives Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 - ca. 1912.
   This first line could end up being somewhat controversial. The House Family of the Mohawk states quite explicitly that George House, brother of Harmanus, fought on the Patriot side in the war and lived out his days in New York. Frustratingly, not much work had been done on the family line, but a George House was listed on area muster rolls, and was living on a veteran's pension in New York in the 1800's. His application, at right, states that he was the only George House fighting for the Patriot side in that part of New York. The application has no mention of a wife or children, but it notes that George served with an "Elias House" in the same unit. This is strange, because Conrad House had no son we know of who was named Elias. Could this George actually be from another line of the family?
   There was also a Loyalist George House living in the same area, who served in Butler's Rangers, had his property confiscated by the United States government, and applied for land in Canada on 28 Mar 1797. He ended up settling beside Harmanus, on Lot 9 Concs. III and IV in Ontario. Was this George also related to Harmanus as a cousin? Uncle? Nephew? Well, some descendants of this man living in Canada today were told in family histories that he was actually Harmanus's brother, making a grand total of two Loyalist sons by Conrad House to battle two Patriot sons.
   The following genealogy is by family historian Jim Abohbot, a proud descendant of George. He lists the following progeny of George with his wife, Maria:
    I. Frederick House, born 30 May 1771.

    II. Mary House, born c. 1776 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y. She married Philip House born 1765, died 1816, of Clinton Twp., applied for land 17 Mar 1797 (son of Harmanus House), and had the following children: (These children and their descendants are listed in full under Philip House in the Harmanus House genealogy, below.)

      1. Daniel House.

      2. Catherine Mary House.

      3. Huldah R. House.

      4. Rhoda House.

      5. Margaret House.

      6. John P. House.

      7. Mary House.

      8. Sarah Angelica House.

      9. Francis E. House.

    III. George House, born 1 Apr 1779 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y., Mennonite Cemetery, Stevensville, married 26 July 1799 in Ont., in Canada by 1799. He married Esther Morningstar born 26 Oct 1779 in Bedford County, Pa., died 27 May 1866 in Stevensville, Mennonite Cemetery, daughter of Jacob Morningstar and Sarah Mae Brunner. They had the following children: Sarah, Benjamin, Mary, Rebecca, Martin, Jacob, George, and Peter.

      1. Sarah House. (Info from family historian Jim Abohbot: "The history accounted for all of George House1779's kids except for Sarah. All we had was her name and birth year. A few years back, I noticed that William Alfred Buck was married to a Sarah Haus born in the right year. It was a perfect fit. They were married c. 1827, so isn't it interesting that Haus was still in use? And I found German spellings for Morningstar/Morgenstern and other family names quite late in the 1800s. I think the reason was that the Lutheran church tended to maintain the language and slipped into the traditional spellings.)

      2. Benjamin House.

      3. Mary House.

      4. Rebecca House.

      5. Martin House.

      6. Jacob House.

      7. George House, born 12 May 1817 in Bertie Twp., Welland Co., died 20 Mar 1879 in Stevensville (Mennonite Cemetery). George was a farmer in Bertie Twp. He was a New Mennonite, a colloquial name given locally to several schismatic groups separating from older established Mennonite bodies. On 25 Feb 1840, George married Mary Ann Morningstar (b. 25 Feb 1820 in Willoughby Twp., died 13 Dec 1913) in St. Paul's Church, Fort Erie. She was the daughter of Jacob Morningstar and Anna Nancy Sherk. They had the following children:


        Grave of Henry House

        a. Henry Hans House, born 23 July 1841 in Bertie Twp., Welland Co., died 28 Apr 1910 in Bertie Twp. (BIC Cemetery). He farmed in Bertie Twp., Tunker. On 26 Nov 1865, he married Elizabeth Burger, born 28 Aug 1848 in Uhrwiller, Alsace-Bas Rhin, France, died 20 Feb 1930 in Bertie Twp. (BIC Cemetery, Bertie), in Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was the daughter of George Burger and Catharine Merckling. They had the following children:

          i. Mary Catherine House, born 4 Dec 1875 in Bertie Twp., died 1906 in N.F., Drummond Hill Cemetery, N.F. She married Noble Luther Benson, born 12 Aug 1870, died 24 Dec 1958 in N.F., Ont. (Drummond Hill Cemetery), son of Michael Benson and Ruth Dunn. They had a daughter: Vera Gwendolwn, born 1904 and died Apr 1905 in N.F. (Drummond Hill Cemetery). After Mary died, Noble married Caroline Nellie (or Nettie) Bossert.

          ii. Jonas House, born 6 Apr 1869 in Bertie Bay, Ont., died 1949 in Niagara Falls (Drummond Hill Cemetery). He was a jeweller in Welland, BIC. On 30 Dec 1896 in Crowland Twp., he married Sarah Jane Haun, born 9 July 1877 in Bertie Twp., died 1959 in Niagara Falls (Drummond Hill Cemetery), daughter of George Haun and Mary Ellsworth ('j-zavitz'). They had a daughter, Grace Mae House.

          iii. William Henry House b. 1871 in Welland County, Ontario, Canada (birth registration gives date of birth as 18 Nov 1870); He married Agnes Marie Foster (1873-1952). William died in 1961 and is buried at Lundys Lane Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; Plot: Sect C, Plot 92, Grave 1. Inscription: "House; In Memory Of William House, 1871-1961; His Wife Agnes M Foster, 1873-1952.".

          iv. George Burger House b. Oct 1872. George died in 1943 and is buried at Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; Plot: Sect 05, Plot 558, Grave 1S. Inscription: "House; George B House, Born 1872, Died 1943; Sarah Matilda Kelly, Wife Of George B House, Born 1863, Died 1942; George Kenneth House Died 1905 Aged 8 Months." George married Sarah Mathilda Kelly (1863-1942) and they had one son:.

            1. George Kenneth House (1905-1905).

          v. Lydia C. House.

          vi. Norman Elijah House.


        George and Katie House

        b. George House, born 13 Apr 1843 in Bertie Twp., Welland Co., died 18 June 1928 in N.F. (Fairview Cemetery, N.F., Ont.). George was a farmer in Bertie Twp. Then on 26 Jan 1869, he married Catharine (Katie) Miller, born 8 Sept 1845 in Willoughby Twp., died 8 Feb 1921 in Bertie Twp. (Fairview Cemetery, N.F.), daughter of Michael John Miller and Margaret Weaver. They were New Mennonites and had the following children:

          i. Rosanna (Rosie) House.

          ii. Reuben House, born 13 Sept 1870 in Bertie Township & died 29 Sept 1891; buried at Fairview Cemetery; unmarried.

          iii. Frederick House.

          iv. Michael John House.

          v. Sarah Augusta House (1876-1954) Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

          vi. Alice House.

          vii. George Aaron House b. May 18, 1880 in Welland County, Ontario, Canada; Spouse: Nellie May Fretz House (1887 - 1984); George died in 1977. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Plot: Sect 7, Plot 426, Grave 1. Inscription: "House; In Memory Of George A House, 1880-1977; His Wife Nellie M Fretz, 1887-1984".

          viii. Valla Priscilla House was b. on 6 Aug 1882. She passed away on 12 Nov 1962 in Niagara Falls. She married James Fretz (1880-1967) and they had two children:

            1. Verna Georgia Fretz, b. in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on 26 May 1907 to James Fretz and Val House. Verna Georgia married Jack Stanley Payne (1913-1976). She passed away on 6 Jun 1989 in Niagara Falls.

            2. Avis Katharine Fretz, b. in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on 24 Apr 1912 to James Fretz and Val House. Avis Katharine married William Winston Abohbot (1905-1984). She passed away on 21 Apr 2000 in Niagara Falls.

        George built his retirement home on Robinson St. in N.F. after Catharine died.


        Grave of Jacob House

        c. Jacob House b. 21 Dec 1844 in Welland County, Ontario, Canada. He married Barbara Climenhage House (1844-1928). Jacob died on 6 Mar 1898 in Humberstone Township, Ontario, Canada; Cause of death: Broke his neck in an accidental fall. Burial: Black Creek Pioneer Cemetery, Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Inscription: "In Memory of Jacob HOUSE, Died March 6, 1898, Aged 53 years 2 mos & 16 d's.".

        d. Michael House.

        e. Peter House, born June 1849 & died 16 Aug 1878.

        f. Aaron House.

        g. Esther Ann House.

        h. Martin House.

        i. Mary E House b. 6 May 1858 in Ontario, Canada; d. 5 Mar 1859 in Ontario, Canada. Burial: Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Inscription: "Mary E, Daughter Of George & Mary House, Died Mar 5, 1859 Ae 9 Mo's & 27 D's."

        j. Wilson House, born 31 Jan 1860 & United Brethren & labourer in Bertie Twp. & unmarried.

        k. Eliza House, in Stevensville & unmarried.

        l. Robert House b. 9 Aug 1862 in Ontario, Canada; d. 11 Aug 1864 in Ontario, Canada. Burial: Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Inscription: "Robert, Son Of George & Mary House, Died Aug 11, 1864 Aged 2 Y'rs & 2 D's."

        m. Mary Elizabeth House, died 1864.

        n. Elijah Bael House.

        o. Sarah Augusta House b. 10 Sep 1868. She married Peter Beam (1867-1949). Sarah d. 3 Dec 1955 in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. She's buried at the Oakwood Cemetery, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. Inscription: "Beam, Sarah A House, Wife Of Peter Beam, 1868-1955" Sarah and Peter had two children, buried alongside them:

          i. Gordon, b. @ 1893; d, 7 Dec 1919.

          ii. Grace A Beam (1905-1991).

        p. Augustine House.


      Grave of Peter House
      8. Peter House was born on 21 Feb 1819. He married (1) Elizabeth Marr House (1819-1856) and (2) Maria Evans Marr House (1834-1914). Peter died on 12 Nov 1873 and is buried at the Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Inscription: "In Memory Of Peter House, Born Feb 21, 1819, Died Nov 12, 1873 Aged 54 Y'rs 8 M's & 19 D's". Peter and Maria had a son:

        a. Robert James House b. 28 Jun 1859 in Welland County, Ontario, Canada; d. 27 Feb 1898 in Welland County, Ontario, Canada; Burial: Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Inscription: "'It Is Well', In Memory Of Robert J House, Died Feb 27, 1898 In His 39th Year."

    IV. Catherine House, born c. 1780 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y. She married George Forbes, who applied for land 26 Feb 1819.

    V. Nicholas House, born 1781 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y., of Clinton Twp., applied for land 6 Sept 1832. We have no record of his wife's name, but they had a son:

      1. Walter House.

    VI. Hannah House, born c. 1780 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y. She married Charles Carpenter of Clinton Twp., and applied for land 7 May 1828.

    VII. Harmanus House, born Feb 1781, married 3 Jan 1808, applied for land 2 Dec 1806. He married Susannah Bradt born 1790 in Niagara, Lincoln Co., daughter of Myndert Bratt and Catharina Van Alstyne.

    (NOTE: According to genealogist Jim Abohbot, the next descendant is tentative. Although he appears to be a good fit, we aren't absolutely sure Nicholas is George's son.)

    VIII. Nicholas G. House, born 3 Dec 1784 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y., farmed in Clinton Twp., applied for land 6 Sept 1832. He married Rachel (last name unknown), born 1787 in Ont. They were Presbyterians and had the following children:

      1. Jacob House.

      2. Amanda House, b. 1824.


      Walter House, b. 1825
      3. Walter House, born 15 Apr 1825 in Lincoln Co., died 10 Nov 1904 in Dunnvillel He was a carpenter in Dunnville. He married Mahala Vosburg, born 4 July 1833 in Beamsville, died 10 Apr 1911 in Dunnville, daughter of Isaac Vosburg and Mary Van Sickle. They had the following children:

        a. Hugh House, born 1849.

        b. Mary Etta House, born 12 Nov 1850 & unmarried.

        c. Melvina House, born 6 Apr 1852 & unmarried.

        d. Ursula House.

        e. Dora House.

        f. Emma A. House.

        g. Adella (Ada) House.

        h. Jennie House, born 1862.

        i. McClennon (Mack) House.

        j. Cora E. House, born 15 Nov 1868 & unmarried.

        k. William House.

        l. Frank House, born 1870.

        m. Alice House.

      4. Freeman House, b. 1828.

      5. Nelson House, b. 1830.

      6. Wellington House, b. 1834.


HARMANUS HOUSE LINE
   AUTHOR'S NOTE: The genealogy of the Harmanus House line was largely ignored in The House Family of the Mohawk, so a good portion of the story of his succeeding generations is drawn from Ancestry.com, from the book "Annals of the 40" by R. Janet Powell, records of Butler's Rangers, and a House Family History, by Christina Jones.

Research Document
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Name: Annals of The Forty #5, Loyalist and Pioneer Families of West Lincoln County
Author: R. Janet Powell
Year: 1954
Published by: Grimsby Historical Society
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SOURCE INFORMATION: Grimsby Historical Society, Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. A listing of Haus/House family Loyalists.
   Harmanus House was born in Aug 1734 according to some church records, and christened on 2 Oct 1738 as "Hermanus House," at the Dutch Reformed Church at Tappan (N.Y. Historian Report, Vol. 2, p. 694). This would make him a sibling or cousin of Conrad (born only five-to-ten years earlier), instead of his son, so it appears there were a few Harmanus Houses running around Tryon County. Records have him variously named Harmonious, Hermanus, Harmanus,, and even Adam. In 1751, he was married to Maria Margaretha Walrath (1729-1816).    The Harmanus we are concerned with here was probably born in 1748 in Mohawk Valley, Tryon Co., New York, and his Christening was in 1751 in Stone Arabia, Tryon Co., New York (Stone Arabia Reformed Church records). Not much was written about Harmanus in the House Family of the Mohawk, but he is one of the most fascinating (and depending what side you were on) most heroic House members in our genealogy. As a Tory who rode with Butler's Rangers, he fought for his beliefs—even against members of his own family—and stayed true to those beliefs until the day he died. Most family histories claim that Harmanus was the only Tory who fought with the British during the Revolution, and as a Loyalist, emigrated to Canada. However, early records of Niagara give the names of Phillip and George House. In the War of 1812, Andrew, Frederick, and Patrick served with the 4th Lincoln Regiment and Nicholas House with the 2nd.
Illustration by R. J. Marrion. Fellow of The Company of Military Historians of America. Victoria Gallery, London, England. 1992.
   Butler's Rangers were raised by Major John Butler, an ex-officer of the Indian Department in September, 1777, comprised of eight companies of experienced woodsmen. Two of the companies were trained in the way of the Native American and could speak the Iroquois language. The unit was used as raiders along the New York frontiers, and became notorious after defeating a force of militia in the Wyoming Valley in July, 1778, when aided by their Iroquois allies, they killed and scalped most of the inhabitants. Harmanus himself was credited with shooting and scalping John Bellinger, according to the book, "The Frontiersmen of New York" by Jeptha R. Simms (Albany, NY, 1883).
   Harmanus ended up in the Clinton township of Niagara County, Ontario, Canada. The name "Niagara" referred to the area around Fort Niagara, now in the United States. In 1779, as a result of the Revolutionary War, Sir Frederick Haldimand proposed that the land on the west side of the river be settled to provide food and support for Fort Niagara, which then still belonged to the British. By 1781, Colonel Butler was able to report that four or five families had settled, and Peter and James Secord were about to build saw and grist mills. The next year, sixteen families had settled, most headed by former Butler's Rangers, including Harmanus.
   Before the revolution ended officially in 1783, Butler asked King George III for permission to release officers and soldiers with families at Fort Niagara, so that they could settle in present-day Niagara Township. "These people were bred farmers, and I am of the opinion will soon be useful to this post, as well as to enable them to support their families comfortably, which at present is very difficult," Butler told King George in one communique. The families struggle along, ripping roots from the ground and trying to cultivate the virgin land. A contemporary list of the heads of families (Butler's Rangers) at the settlement of Niagara, in 1784 mentions Harmanus as the head of his family, with one woman, three boys, two girls.
   Harmanus (or "Harmonious," as he was listed) was then granted land in Lincoln County, at Clinton Twp—lots 10 11, Concs. III and IV. This was the famous "Cave Springs" farm, where, at the top of the escarpment, unique examples of Indian carvings were found. Only two remain and the faces, carved in solid rock, are believed to have been the work of the ancient Neutral Indians. Here in the caves under the cliffs ashes remain—proof of the Indian ovens in use several centuries ago. Many Indian relics have been found on the farm and in the vicinity. In 1793, Harmanus was still in Butler's Rangers as a Private in Capt. Peter TenBroeck Loyalist Corps in Niagara, where he and his wife raised the following children:

    I. Daniel was born on 28 Dec 1763 and baptized 17 Jan 1764 at the Dutch Reformed Church of Stone Arabia, New York. "Daniel. Son of, Hermanus Haus and ux.Margaretha. Sp. Jacob Majer." He was listed in Niagara, Ontario in 1787 with a wife and one daughter. In 1791 he was settled on Lots 18, 19, and 20. Conc. 11, Clinton township. The Ancaster House families come from Daniel, whose son David settled on the south half of lot 26/3; and from the Daniel's brother, Joseph, who settled on lot 40/3 for a few years (see below).

    II. Joseph was born 1 Nov 1768 in Mohawk Valley, Tryon Co., New York, according to military records. He was a soldier in the Royal Rangers, according to an Old UEL list. On 7 Jun 1790 he married Rebecca Horning (1771-1813) and had the following children:

      1. Peter House was born on 12 Dec 1790 in 1654344, Ontario, Canada and died in 1865. He fought in the War of 1812 with the 5th Lincoln's 1st Flank Company. He married a woman named Barbara (1787-1844) in Lincoln, Ontario, and they had the following children:

        a. Joseph House (1809-1838).

        b. Peter House (b. 1813).

        c. Philip House (b. 1817).

        d. Hannah House (1818-1845).

        e. Catherine House (1825-1909).

        f. Rebecca House (b. 1839).

      2. Abraham House (twin) was born on 2 Aug 1792 in 1654344, Ontario, Canada, and died in 1793 in Yarmouth Centre, 1654296, Ontario, Canada.

      3. George W. House (twin) was born on 2 Aug 1792 in Malahide, 1654344, Ontario, Canada, and died on 22 Apr 1871 in Ontario, Canada. In 1819, he married a woman named Charlotte (1796-1865) or Magdalena (1790-1850), and hey had the following children:

        a. Nancy House (1818-1900).

        b. Conrad House (1820-1881).

        c. Joseph House (1823-1900).

        d. Elizabeth House (b. 1826).

        e. George House (1830-1853).

        f. Metta Bertha House (1840-1841).

      4. Deborah House (b. 1794).

      5. Margaret Mary House (1796-1885).

      6. James House (1798-1863).

      7. Charity House (1800-1813).

      8. Lewis House (b. 1802).

      9. Philip House (1804-1878).

      10. William House (1806-1880).

      11. Catherine House (1808-1883).

      12. Elizabeth House (b. 1810).

      13. Phoebe House (b. 1812).

    Joseph lived first on Clinton Lot 40 Con III, then was in Ancaster by 1796, on lot 40 con III, and bought Lot 48 Con III, 14 Jul 1802. He served as a Lieutnant with the 5th. Lincoln Battalion in Capt. John Aiken's Company in the War of 1812. His war losses were listed as 57 pounds 15. After his first wife's death on 25 Oct 1813, Joseph married Elizabeth Rousseaux (1781-1856) and they had the following children:

      14. Mary Reign House (1815-1887).

      15. Rebecca House (1816-1881).

      16. Isabel House (1817-1843).

      17. Frances House (1822-1901).

      18. Sarah Ann House (1824-1909).

      19. Julia Ann House (1827-1828).

      20. Joseph Elijah House (1829-1852).

    Joseph died on 26 Jan 1831 in Ancaster Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada. Will & Probate: Wentworth Surrogate Court document #105-1831. Microfilm MS 638-2, Archives of Ontario, Toronto.


    Grave of Mary Catharine House-Henry in the Henry Graveyard, Clinton, Ontario: "In Memory of Mary Catharine, Wife of James Henry Who Departed This Life March 21st 1843."
    III. Mary Catharine was born on 1 Feb 1769 in the Mohawk Valley, New York. She died on 24 Mar 1843 in Clinton Township, Ontario, Canada. On 8 Mar 1786, she married James Henry (1757-1827) in Clinton, 1654308, Ontario, Canada, and they had the following children:

      1. John Butler Henry was born on 1 Jan 1786 in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. He died on 9 Jul 1838 in Beamsville, 1654319, Ontario, Canada. In 1811, he married Ann Nancy Walker (1785-1827); after her death, he married Catharine Falkner at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Grimsby, Ontario, on 2 Feb 1829. The second marriage was childless, but Ann had:

        a. Robert Henry (1809-1857).

        b. Sara Maria Henry (1811-1861).

        c. Isaac Brock Henry (1812-1889).

        d. Catherine Henry (1814-1869).

        e. Margaret Henry (1816-1899).

        f. William Butler Henry (1819-1882).

        g. James Smith Henry (1820-1882).

        h. John Butler Henry (1822-1893).

      2. Margaret Henry (1789-1855)

      3. Robert Henry (1793-1804)

      4. Harmon Henry (1795-1870)

      5. Joseph Henry (1798-1845)

    IV. John was born on 4 Dec 1771 in Mohawk Valley, New York, and died in 1832 in Clinton, Ontario, Canada. In 1795 he married Elizabeth Christina Anger (1773-1832) and they had the following children:

      1. Lewis House (b. 1796)

      2. Harmon J (1796-1870)

      3. Catharine Mary House (1800-1886) was born on 10 Feb 1800 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1871 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. She died on 19 Apr 1885 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. The most famous story of the two warring sides of the Haus family facing off again is recorded in The Annals of The Forty: LEWIS HOUSE, was the grandson of Nicholas House. He invaded Canada with the American Troops, and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Lundy's Lane. He was sent to a prison camp in Canada, that happened to be near John House's farm at Cave Springs in Clinton Township. John was the son of Harmanus House—the brother of Lewis' grandfather. The prisoners were allowed to go to the farm for water, and one day Lewis House, prisoner, met CATHERINE HOUSE, granddaughter of Loyalist Harmanus House... and they fell in love. Fortunately Harmanus wasn't around to see his granddaughter romanced by a United States House, or Lewis might've suffered the same hayfield treatment as John Bellinger!!! On June 16, 1818, the Reverend William Sampson of St. Andrew's Church, Grimsby, united the young couple in marriage. Lewis remained in Canada, and eventually secured a piece of the (other) House family farm. (In The House Family of the Mohawk, Shaver just assumed that Lewis was the son of John, Catherine's Dad, and they were brother and sister. Nooooooot quite, but close...) A list of claim awards from the Veterans of New York: 13,478 House, Lewis Canada $73.00. Lewis and Catharine Mary House had 9 children:

        a. Andrew McDurphy House was born 1828 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He died on 19 Jul 1867 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada.

        b. Jared Stucking House was born 1832 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He married Mary High. Their marriage on 10 Jan 1861 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada (0). Residence 1891 in Lincoln and Niagara, Ontario, Canada. Occupation 1891 (Carriage Trimmer). He died on 23 Jan 1901 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada.

        c. Caroline House was born on 06 Jul 1836 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. She married Jared W. Moyer. Their marriage on 04 Jun 1861 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada (0). She died on 24 May 1919 in Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. Residence in Ontario, Canada.

        d. Eliza Jane House was born on 06 Oct 1839 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. She married Frederick Philip House. They were married on 06 Jul 1859. Residence 1922 in Beamsville, Lincoln Co, Ontario. She died on 29 Nov 1931 in Wentworth, Ontario, Canada.

        e. Horatio Nelson House was born on 05 Oct 1842 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1882 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He married Annie Rose. They were married on 11 Apr 1882 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He died on 04 Jan 1927 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada.

        f. Calvin House was born 1820 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1891 in Norfolk North, Ontario, Canada. He died on 18 Jan 1896 in Norfolk, Ontario, Canada.

        g. Frederick House was born on 22 Dec 1822 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He married Sarah E House. They were married on 09 Jun 1846 in Ontario, Canada. Residence 1861 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He died on 13 Mar 1902 in Grimsby, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada.

        h. Prudence E. House was born 1825 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1861 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. She died on 18 Oct 1888 in Beamsville, Lincoln Co, Ontario.

        i. Nancy House was born on 05 Feb 1831 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1861 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. She died on 12 Jun 1875 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada.

      4. Polly (b. 1809)

      5. James Henry (1812-1881)

      6. John (1815-1874)

      7. Sally Ann (b. 1816)


    Anna Margaret House-Smith (b. 1 Feb 1771, d. 1857; buried Smith Cem., Louth Tp., Lincoln Co). She was the daughter of Harmanus House UE (Butler's Rangers) and Maria "Margaret" Wallrad. She married Joseph Smith in 1790.
    V. Anna Margaret, born 1772 (B Feb. 1-1771 Margaretha. Dau. of, Hermanus Haus and ux. Margaretha. Sp Adam Young and Wife. Dutch Reformed Church of Stone Arabia) married Joseph Smith on January 28, 1790. "In the 'Return of Families who have this season come into the settlement of Niagara' (1787) was Joseph Smith from Jersey, age 22, single. He married Margaret, daughter of Harmanus House and settled on Lot 3, Con V, Louth twp. His petition for land, 7 July, 1796 reads:

       Petition of Joseph Smith.
       Humbly Sheweth
       That your Petitioner is settled on Two hundred acres of Land near The Fisteen Mile Creek, about one half of which your petitioner has, through industry, cleared and has now under cultivation. Your petitioner is married to the daughter of Harmanus House, who with several sons served during the whole of the late War in the Corps of Rangers commanded by Col. Butler. Your Petitioner has by this marriage three children. Your Petitioner therefore Prayeth that a quantity of lands may be allowed him for his wife, the daughter of a Loyalist and his children and should his industry appear worthy. Humbly prays that a grant of Twelve hundred acres may in the whole be allowed him and his Family or such quantity as your Excellency may appear meet and Your Petitioner will as in duty bound ever pray,
       (signed) Joseph Smith


The 1806 Crown Deed to the Smith farm. The deed is in the possession of JOHN D. SMITH of Delta, B.C. (Click on the photo to enlarge; see verso.)

       Lot 3, Con.V, Louth was granted to Joseph Smith's wife Margaret, and probably other land for his children in the townships of York, Etobicoke and Townsend township, Norfolk County where several sons settled." (Grimsby Historical Society, "Smith Family C, Louth twp," Annals of the Forty, Vol. 8, pp. 52-53.)(Their son Harmaunus Smith: The Story of a Pioneer Doctor - Harmanus Smith by Vivian M. Spack, E.E.; elaborated by T. Roy Woodhouse, An Address to the Society given on January 8, 1960). (Harmaunus was named after his grandfather, Harmanus House, studied medicine later became a very successful doctor and politician).

      1. Harmanus Smith (1790-1872) Dr. Hermanus Smith was born in the township of Barton, near by where St. Catharines now stands. He was not physically strong as a boy, and early showed a studious disposition. In the time of the war of 1812 he was not considered sufficiently strong to take a place in the ranks of the militia. Fortunately for the delicate and studious young man, there was a very competent and educated physician. Dr. Allen, living near his father's, with whom he became a student, and from whom he acquired his knowledge of the profession, and doubtless at the same time a good deal of general know- ledge. Like a few others who have been no mean medical practitioners in Upper Canada, he never attended a course of medical lectures, nor walked the wards of a hospital. Probably he received some information from Dr. LafFerty, if the supposi- tion be correct that he was the Dr. Smith who, in partnership with Lafferty, had an apothecary shop in the village of St. Catharines in 1818. Dr. Smith appeared before the Medical Board in October, 1819, and obtained his licence to practise. Hamilton and the surrounding country was the field of Dr. Smith's practice during his life. He married Miss Philmon, of Ancaster. His practice was extensive, and he acquired consider- able property. The valuable property on the mountain, owned by the Hon. Mr. Buchanan, was bought from Dr. Smith, who then purchased land in Ancaster, where he made his homestead and where he died. Dr. Smith was not only a successful doctor, but was honoured by being elected to represent in the Provin- cial Parliament the County of Went worth, in 1834. He had three sons, who are still living in Ancaster (1889). His only daughter married Dr. William J. H. A. Case. Using the text of ebook The medical profession in Upper Canada, 1783-1850. An historical narrative, with original documents relating to the profession, including some brief biographies by William Canniff.) HARMANUS SMITH engaged in farming until he became of age and he probably attended Niagara Military or grammar school. Later he studied for the medical profession under Dr. Allen. He passed the first medical Board in Canada in 1818. On 26 June of that year he married Elizabeth Filman (1792-1858). They first settled in Barton Township, Lot 15, Conc. IV, later moving to Ancaster Township. Professionally Dr. Harmanus Smith attained a high standing and attended the whole district from Woodstock to Niagara. Politically he was a member of the Reform party and was elected to the Legislature in 1834. He was defeated by Sir Allen McNabb in 1841 but again was elected in 1856. He owned 15 riding horses and traveled great distances by horse and boat. His saddle, his mortar and pestle and other medical equipment are still preserved by his descendants, who continue to live in the old homestead---Lot 44, Conc. V, Ancaster township. From---Annals Of The Forty: No. 8: Loyalist And Pioneer Families Of West Lincoln 1783-1833, compiled by R. Janet Powell, Grimsby Historical Society, c1957, Reprinted & Revised 1967 & 1978, Pg. 53. Vivian M. (Smith) Spack E.E., wrote "The Story of a Pioneer Doctor Harmanus Smith" published in Wentworth Bygones.
         Harmanus married Elizabeth Filman on 26 Jun 1818 in Ancaster Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario. She was born on 26 Jan 1792 in Ancaster Twp., Ontario; died on 19 Mar 1858 in Ancaster Twp., Ontario, and buried in St. Peter's Cemetery, Hamilton. They had the following children:

        a. Samuel Smith (1812-1892).

        b. Margaret Smith (1819-1841) married Dr. William J. H. A. Case.

        c. John Conrad Smith (1821-1897).

        d. Joseph Josiah Smith (1823-1896).

      2. John Smith (1793-1876).

      3. Philip Smith (1794-1874).

      4. Phillip Smith (1794-1874).

      5. Elizabeth Smith (1796-1827).

      6. Margaret Smith (b. 1798).

      7. Samuel Smith (1800-1815).

      8. James Henry Smith (1802-1874).

      9. Daniel Smith (1804-1870).

      10. Joseph Smith (1807-1874).

      11. Peter Smith (1809-1894).

      12. George Smith (1811-1885).

      13. Benjamin Smith (b. 1813).

      14. William David Smith (1814-1887).

    Personal Information
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    Name: George House
    Subject: Registration of Death
    Death County or District: Lincoln
    Age: 98
    Gender: Male
    Estimated birth year: Abt 1773
    Birth Location: New York
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: Archives of Ontario, Series MS935, Reel 2.
    VI. George (Robert?) House was born on 28 Jun 1773 in Mohawk Valley, Tyron, New York. In 1795, he married Eliza Ann Thompson (1780-1813) in Clinton township, and had the following children:

      1. Andrew House (1796-1874).

      2. Harmon G House (1801-1882).

      3. Nancy Ann House (1808-1885).

      4. Cyrus B House (1811-1896).

       When Eliza Ann died in 1813, George married Mary Ann French (1793-1827) and had the following children:

      5. Elizabeth House (1820-1901).

      6. Nancy Matilda House (1822-1896).

      7. Dinah M House (1823-1894).

    Mary Ann died in 1827, but George was still going strong. He married again, in 1828, to Fanny (d. 1852), and George had one more child with her, a son:

      8. James House (1830-1881).

    These Canadian Houses were tough! And none were tougher than George, who died on 26 Aug 1871 in Clinton Twp, 1654315, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 98.

    VII. James House was born between 1761-1782 in Mohawk Valley, New York. Butler's Rangers in Revolutionary War. Residence 1797 in Humberstone, Welland, Ontario, Canada (Granted land in Humberstone, and witness swore that he had a wife and six children [in 1796]). His death Bet. 1820-1841 in Welland, Ontario, Canada (Speculation OR Livingston County NY). Military Service was Barton's Corps. Nationality was German. Religion was Baptist. Petition of James House (Bertie) of May 28, 1796 at Niagara: "That your petitioner was late of Barton's Corps, came into the Province in 1787 with his wife and four children. He has received 200 acres, and has settled thereon and cultivated and improved same. He wants an additional 350 Acres." A witness swore that James House had served in Col. Barton's and likewise Col. Watson's Light Infantry for and during the space of five years as a Private Soldier in said Corps, and that he had a wife and six children (in 1796). (He was recommended for 100 acres, May 28, 1796.) According to Dr. W.G. Rieve's collection, also Fryer and Smy's Roster of Butler's Rangers, he was granted 550 acres of land in Humberstone Twp. in 1797. Grace Stubbs-Rice Church Records, in the Cornell University Library collection in Ithaca, N.Y: "Married in the Dutch Reformed Church of German Flats March 2, 1784, Jacob Conr. Hauss and CATHARINA CONR. WINDEKKER also found on Mormons' International Genealogical Index, IGI)." Catharina Conrad Windecker is the daughter of Conrad Windecker and his wife, Evigemia. She was born Abt. 1760. James and Catharina were married on 02 Mar 1784 in German Flatts Reformed Church, German Flatts, Herkimer, New York. They had 10 children:

      1. Joseph House was born Abt. 1784 in Mohawk Valley, New York. Residence 1800 in Otsego, Otsego, New York. He married Nancy L. Unknown. Their marriage Abt. 1800 in Otsego, Otsego, New York, USA (Census of 1800 - Joseph House). He died Bef. 1860. Nancy L. Unknown. She was born on 21 Jan 1783 in Vermont. Residence 1870 in Dansville, Livingston, New York. Her death on 03 Sep 1871 in North Dansville, Livingston, New York (Burial Greenmount Cemetery). Nancy states that she is the mother of 9 children in the New York Census of 1865, she is at that time living with her daughter Eliza House Hartmann and family. She is living in Middlesex Ontario, Canada in 1861 with Whipple Lovett and his wife and the census indicates she is not related to them. She is with a 14 yr old named Oreford Park. In 1860 she is living with Rosina House Dill in Buffalo with John A. Park, born about the same year as Oreford Park.

        a. Unknown House. He was born Bet. 1800-1804 in Otsego, New York.

        b. Unknown House was born Bet. 1800-1830.

        c. Unknown House was born Bet. 1800-1830.

        d. Rosina House was born on 10 Dec 1802 in New York. She married James Harvey Adams. They were married on 19 Dec 1824. Residence 1880 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States. She died on 19 Sep 1894 in Buffalo, New York.

        e. Clarissa House was born 1806. She married John Depew Van Norman. They were married 1825 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA. Residence 1852 in Norfolk County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. She died on 24 Nov 1882 in Saginaw, Saginaw Co., Michigan.

        f. Unknown House. He was born Bet. 1810-1820 in Otsego, New York.

        g. Eliza M. House was born in Jun 1817 in Otsego, Otsego, New York. Adoption 1834 (By Uncle Frederick House). She married Henry Hartman. They were married on 04 Jul 1844. Residence 1870 in Dansville, Livingston, New York. Her death 1879 in North Dansville, Livingston, New York (Burial Greenmount Cemetery).

        h. Mary Ann House. Her birth on 24 Aug 1819 in Otsego, New York, USA (Baptism at Church of Snell's Bush).

        i. Sarah Jane House. She was born on 25 Sep 1822 in Otsego, Otsego, New York, USA. Her death on 29 Aug 1890 in North Dansville, Livingston, New York (Burial Greenmount Cemetery).

      2. Daniel House was born on 21 Feb 1785 in Mohawk Valley, N.Y. Residence 1806 in York, Ontario, Canada. Burial 1862 in Glen Meyer Baptist Church Cemetery. He died on 31 Jan 1862 in Houghton Township, Norfolk, Ontario. Military Service was 18 REG'T (DOBBIN'S) N.Y. MIL. Petition of June 18, 1806 at York: "That your petitioner, Daniel House of Bertie Twp., farmer, is the son of James House of Bertie, praying for land as the son of a U.E.L." (He was recommended for 200 acres.) The Gore District Militia of 1821-1824-1830 and 1838 The Militia of West York and West Lincoln of 1804, with the Lists of Officers TOGETHER WITH SOME HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THE MILITIA WITHIN THE TERRITORY AT PRESENT CONSTITUTING THE COUNTY OF WENTWORTH, IN THE YEARS NAMED. By H. HÇ ROBERTSON The Griffin & Kidner Co. Ltd.. Printers. Hamilton 1904: Clench; Major, Johnson Butler; Captains, Jacob Tenbroek, John Munro, Abram Nellis, James Henry, George Rangier, John Carpenter, Jonathan Moore, Smith Griflfin, William Nellis ; Lieutenants, Titus G. Simons, Wm. Carpenter, Daniel House, Joseph Adair, Allan Nixon, Philip House, Robt. Comfort, James Doddy, Solomon Hill; Ensigns, Henry Hickson, Ralph Walter, Edward Griffin, Pearce Moore, Richard Griffin, John Snyder, Joseph Smith, Jacob Beam, Jonathan Pettit; Adjutant, Adrian Marlat. Daniel House: Sponsors at his birth were Daniel House and Eva Windekker. 1796: House, Daniel - Praying for family lands. Ordered 200 acres family lands if not granted before, his wife having been included in a former order. Elizabeth. She was born 1792 in United States. She died on 18 Nov 1871 in Houghton Township, Norfolk, Ontario. Daniel House and Elizabeth. They had 6 children.

        a. James Winfield House was born 1816 in Tonawanda, Erie, New York. He married Sarah Ann Buckley. They were married on 14 Jun 1875 in Norfolk, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1881 in Houghton Township, Norfolk, Ontario. He died on 31 Mar 1882 in Houghton Township, Norfolk, Ontario. Religion was Baptist.

        b. Nancy House was born 1830 in Ontario, Canada.

        c. Lewis A. House was born Feb 1833 in Ontario, Canada. He married Martha A. Smith. They were married on 25 Jan 1860 in Elgin, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1880 in Green, Mecosta, Michigan. He died Aft. 1920 in Michigan.

        d. Mary House was born 1835 in Ontario, Canada.

        e. Frederick House was born on 08 Apr 1839 in Ontario, Canada. He married Caroline Belore. They were married Mar 1865. Residence 1871 in Ontario, Canada. He died on 25 Nov 1912 in North Walsingham Twp., Norfolk, Ontario.

        f. Elizabeth House was born 1842 in Ontario, Canada. She married Andrew Raymond. They were married on 10 Aug 1874 in Ontario, Canada. She died on 29 Dec 1905 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Residence in Ontario, Canada.

      3. John Conrad House. He was born on 12 May 1788 in Schneidersbusch, Mohawk Valley, New York. Baptism on 10 Jan 1789 in Dutch Reformed Church, St. Johnsville, Montgomery, NY. Will of John Connard House: Dated April 27,1854; probated Mar.12, 1855; Of Twp. of Maryborough, farm on E 1/2 Lots 18 & 19, Con. 13. Sons Conrad, John Foster, William Alton, George Frederick; wife Eleanor; daughter Lavinia - L50.

      4. John House was born 1793 in New York. Residence 1820 in Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He married Maria. She was born 1800 in United States. She was also known as Mary. They were married on 11 Jun 1816 by Robert Nelles, J.P. of Grimsby. John House and Maria. They had 4 children.

        a. John House was born 1833 in Wilmot, Waterloo County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. Residence 1852 in Wilmot, Waterloo County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada.

        b. James House was born 1835 in Wilmot, Waterloo County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. Residence 1852 in Wilmot, Waterloo County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada.

        c. George House. He was born 1838 in Wilmot, Waterloo County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada.

        d. Jacob House was born 1824 in Wilmot, Waterloo County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. Residence 1852 in Wilmot, Waterloo County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. He died on 26 Jul 1904 in Wilmot, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

      5. Christina House. She was born 1795. Baptism 1796 in Niagara.

      6. Frederick House was born 1795. Baptism 1796 in Niagara. Residence 1820 in Livonia, Ontario, New York, United States (Living with brother Isaac and niece Eliza). Mary Reynale's obituary from the Dansville Express, 01 Apr 1897: "Mrs.Mary Reynale died at her home on Elizabeth Street Sunday night at the age of 84 years. She was born in this town and had always resided here, her father being Jacob Hartman, one of the first settlers in this section. She was twice married- first to Frederick House, who died 1844, and later to Dr. Wm. H. Reynale, who died in 1870. She never had children and for the past twenty years she has been cared for in the tenderest manner by her niece, Miss Frank Eaton. Mrs. Reynale had long been a member of the Presbyterian church, and her life was full of piety and good deeds. She leaves three sisters- Mrs. Henry Harrison, of the village, Mrs. Jane Illick of Detroit and Mrs. Stover, of Amsterdam. The funeral was held from the residence yesterday afternoon, Rev. Geo. K. Ward officiating." Frederick House and Mary Hartman. Their marriage in North Dansville, Livingston, New York (English Lutheran Church). They had 1 child:

        a. Eliza M. House was born in Jun 1817 in Otsego, Otsego, New York (Adopted his niece). Adoption 1834 (By Uncle Frederick House). She married Henry Hartman. They were married on 04 Jul 1844. Residence 1870 in Dansville, Livingston, New York. Her death 1879 in North Dansville, Livingston, New York (Burial Greenmount Cemetery).

      Frederick House adopted brother Isaac A. House in 1819 in Livonia, Livingston County NY: "Ontario County Surrogate Court: Guardianship File pg 314."

      Sally. Her death on 10 Oct 1817 in Livonia, Livingston, New York, USA (Union Cemetery, Livonia, NY- Grave at Union Cemetery in Livonia, NY: "Wife of Frederick House"). Frederick House and Sally. They had no children. His death on 14 Nov 1844 in North Dansville, Livingston, New York (Burial Greenmount Cemetery Dansville, NY).

      7. Lewis House was born on 23 Aug 1796 in New York. He married Catharine Mary House. Their marriage on 16 Jun 1818 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada (Rev. William Sampson). Residence 1852 in Lincoln County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. He died on 11 Nov 1867 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Military Service was SWIFT'S AND DOBBIN'S REGIMENT (1814), NEW YORK VOLS. Petition of Sept. 14, 1841: "That your petitioner, Lewis House of Clinton Twp., is the son of James House, late of Bertie, U.E.L. he is 45 years old and wants 200 acres of land." (Approved.) Will of Lewis House: Died Nov. 12, 1867. - To Calvin, my oldest son, $1000 - To Frederick, my next son, $1000 - To Andrew McDurphy, my next son, $2000 - To Jared, my next son, $1200 - To Horatio N., my youngest son, $1100 - To daughters Prudence, Nancy, Caroline and Eliza J., $500 each.

      8. James B. House was born 1798. Residence 1828 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Military Service was 18 REG'T (DOBBIN'S), NEW YORK MILITIA. Religion was Methodist. He died in Beamsville, Lincoln Co, Ontario. Petition of Sept. 14, 1841: "That your petitioner, James House of Clinton, yeoman, is the son of James House of Bertie, deceased, a U.E. He is 43 years old, wants 200 acres." (Approved.) Petition of Feb. 9, 1842 at Kingston of James B. House of the Twp. of Grimsby, a yeoman: Refers to Lot 8 of Gore, Grimsby Twp. The owner died in 1835, and eight acres are cleared. He wants to purchase the lot for his family, as it is contiguous to his farm. He was later referred to as James House of Beamsville. James and his wife, Mary, had three children:

        a. Unknown House. He was born Bet. 1812-1828.

        b. Unknown House. He was born Bet. 1812-1828.

        c. Unknown House. He was born Bet. 1812-1828.

      9. Nancy House was born 1802 in Tonawanda, Erie, New York. Residence 1852 in Lincoln County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. She died on 18 Jan 1870 in Clinton Township, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Petition of Sept. 14, 1841: "That your petitioner, Nancy House of Clinton Twp., is the wife of Andrew House and the daughter of James House. She is 39 years old and wants 200 acres as the daughter of a U.E.L." (Approved.) She would have been a second cousin once removed of Andrew House, if I have made the correct assumptions re the parentage of James (Jacob) House, U.E.L.

      10. Isaac Alexander House was born on 24 May 1807 in New York. Adoption 1820 in Lima, Livingston, New York (Adopted by brother Frederick House). Vital 1832 in Lincoln, Ontario. He married Sarah Ann Tiffany. They were married on 06 May 1832 in Grimsby, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. Residence 1891 in Lincoln and Niagara, Ontario, Canada. He died on 16 Aug 1895 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Occupation was Carpenter. Sarah Ann Tiffany is the daughter of Benjamin Tiffany and Achsah Manley. She was born on 19 Mar 1816 in Sharon, Vermont. She died on 25 Jan 1882 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. In the 1842 census for Clinton Twp., he is a carpenter/joiner on Lot 21, Con. 5, born Ontario, with one son, one daughter and a son, Isaac Alexander House and Sarah Ann Tiffany. They were married on 06 May 1832 in Grimsby, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. They had 4 children:

        a. James Philip House was born on 26 Feb 1835 in Canboro, Haldemand, Ontario, Canada. He married Anna Maria Crosby. Their marriage on 26 Feb 1873 in Gainsborough, Ontario, Canada (Wedding). Residence 1891 in Gainsborough, Ontario, Canada. His death on 27 Dec 1896 in Pelham, Welland, Ontario, Canada (North Pelham First Presbyterian Church). Burial in North Pelham First Presbyterian Church, Welland County, Ontario, Canada.

        b. Edwin Morris House was born on 28 Sep 1841 in Clinton Township, Central Huron, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He married Barbara Alice Roszel. They were married on 07 Dec 1880 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. He died on 20 Apr 1915 in York, Ontario, Canada. Residence in Ontario, Canada.

        c. Eliza E. House was born on 21 Jun 1837 in Clinton Township, Central Huron, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. She married Philip High. They were married on 01 Dec 1864. Residence 1901 in Gainsborough, Ontario, Canada. She died on 28 Sep 1922 in Wentworth, Ontario, Canada.

        d. Achsah House was born on 05 Sep 1847 in Clinton Township, Central Huron, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. She married James B Culp. They were married on 29 Sep 1880 in Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. She died on 22 Jan 1913 in Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. Residence in Ontario, Canada.

    VIII. Hulda House was born @ 1774 in Mohawk Valley, New York. She is listed as Harmanus's child in the court judgement against their family in 1783.

    IX. Angelina: B. Sep. 20 1777 Englge. Dau. of Hermanus Hauss and Margareth. Sp. Conrad Haus and Wife Englge. Dutch Reformed Church of German Flats. She is not mentioned in the court judgement against the family in 1783, so she probably died young.

    X. Harmonus, Jr., probably born in Canada. He married Susan Bradt on 2 Jan 1808, according to the records of Rev. Addison in Clinton township. His war losses were listed at 5-15 pounds.

   Meanwhile Harmanus Sr. settled into a farmer's life, and watched his family grow. He was an active member in the community life. He served on the first Municipal Council of Clinton Township in 1793 as one of two Wardens and as PoundKeeper. His name is on the Voter's list in 1812 but not on the list of 1816, which would indicate that he died sometime between those dates. It is said that he and his wife were buried on the farm but the stones marking their resting place have long been removed.
   Harmanus and his wife are believed to be buried on the family farm. Their house was destroyed at some point a rebuilt. Margaret Reid lived in the house for many years and when she died she left it to the Niagara Historical Society. It is now empty. The barn in front of the house also burned down and was rebuilt at some point but it still rests on the original foundation. The house is nestled right along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, it looks down over the town of Beamsville and out onto Lake Ontario. Harmanus's will was written 3rd of August 1816, and was probated in Oct 1822.

   Will of Harmanus House, Twp. of Clinton, Lincoln, Ontario; Dated Aug 3, 1816; died Oct. 8, 1822.

   In the Name of God, Amen. I Hermanus House, of the Township of Clinton, District of Niagara, and Province of Upper Canada, Farmer, being very sick and Weak in Body, but of perfect Mind and Memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body, and knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Die, do make and Ordain, this Last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my Soul, into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my Body I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in decent Christian Burial, at the Burying place on my own Land, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again, by the Mighty Power of God. And as touching such Wordly estate where with it has pleased God to Bless me in this life, I give, demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form:

   —First I order all my Debts to be Discharged.

   —Secondly, I give and bequeath to Margaret my beloved Wife, all my household goods, and all Movable Effects, as long as she lives in this World, so as to be to her own Use and Comfort as long as she lives and can enjoy it.

   —Thirdly, my Will and order is that my Son Daniel House shall have the sum of Five pounds Sterling, to be paid to him, after my Departure of this Life, out of my estate, in respect of his being the oldest of all my Children.

   —Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my Son John House my place or farm whereon I now live after the Departure of my Life, out of this World, unto him and his heirs in fee simple for Ever, it being Lots Number Nine and Ten, Fourth Concession in the Township of Clinton and containing One hundred and sixty-seven Acres, more or less.

   —Furthur my son John House shall take into his Care or charge, my beloved Wife Margaret, his Mother, and see that she wants for nothing, find and provide Food and sufficient Meat, Drink, Firewood, and everything that may or can make her Comfortable and easy, as long as she lives, and see to it, that nothing of the property left to her is wasted, Damaged or Destroyed, if he can help it.

   —And after mine and my Wife's Departure, the moveable property and effects left by her shall all be equally divided amongst all my Children, and if any of them Die before her, the same portion to their children.

   —I likewise Constitute, make and ordain Nathaniel Griffen, and John S. Settzel (?) my Executors, of this my last will and testament.

   —And do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and Disannul, all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies, Bequests and Executors, by me in any ways before named, ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last Will and Testament.

   —In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, this third day of August, in the Year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

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PART TWO: THE LEGEND OF JOHN HAUSE,
1690 - 1721. "The first John Hause was born in Germany in the year 1690, and when an infant, on account of Religious Persecutions, he was transported by his 'cousin', Queen Mary II, of Great Britain, House of Stuart, Daughter of James II and Anne Hyde, born 1662, married William, Prince of Orange at the age of 17, reigning 15 years, and died in 1694 of Small Pox, leaving no children. A kind, meek, and noble Queen."

TOP PHOTO: George House descendants, gathered in George and Kate House's Stevensville farmhouse in 1903. (Click here to enlarge.) The people are: Rear—George House Jr., Jim Fretz, Marshall Zavitz, George House Sr.; Middle—Minnie Aspinwall House, Valla House Fretz, Orville Nicks, Rosanna House Nicks, Belle Terryberry House, Catherine Miller House; Front—Alice House Zavitz, Charlie Zavitz, Ben Nicks, Mike House, Fred House (photo courtesy of Jim Abohbot).

NOTES


¹—"The House Family of the Mohawk" was a compilation of genealogical articles written by Melvin Rhodes Shaver of Ransomville, New York, based on research by that he had done with genealogist Frank D. Duel in 1933. The articles were originally serialized in the "St. Johnsville Enterprise and News," of Montgomery County. Publisher Lou D. MacWethy released the paper weekly, from July 3, 1918 (v. 20, no. 4) to Dec. 4, 1941 (v. 67, no. 21). After a few more publishers and name changes, the paper's run finally ended in 1977. History online.

²—Just because a parent has more than one child of the same name does not necessarily mean that the first child of that name had died. According to genealogist Henry "Hank" Jones: "What is kind of wild to our 21st century minds is that sometimes parents would have two or three children and gave them exactly the same name—all of whom survived. The consensus is that they were playing their early version of 'Vegas odds': knowing about the high incidence of infant mortality and gambling that at least one of their issue might survive bearing a special family name that the parents wanted perpetuated. For example, Johannes Heiner/Hayner, a Palatine fellow 1709er of your Christian Haus, had two sons named exactly the same: Johannes, both of whom survived; the emigrant Johannes Heiner himself also had a brother Johannes who survived too."

³—The genealogy of the Harmanus House line was largely ignored in The House Family of the Mohawk, so a good portion of the story of his succeeding generations is drawn from Ancestry.com, "Annals of the 40" by R. Janet Powell, records of Butler's Rangers, and a House Family History, by his descendant Christina Jones.

FOREWARDS: BY MELVIN RHODES SHAVER AND JEFF HAUSE

CHAPTER 1: THE HAUß FAMILY IN THE DUCHY OF SOLMS

CHAPTER 2: JOHANN CHRISTIAN HAUß

CHAPTER 3: THE NEW WORLD

CHAPTER 4: FROM HAUSS TO HOUSE

CHAPTER 5: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

APPENDIX #1: JOHANN RHEINHARDT HAUSS GENEALOGY

APPENDIX #2: JOHANN JURRIAN (GEORGE) HAUSS GENEALOGY

APPENDIX #3: HOUSE LINES IN CANADA

APPENDIX #4: HAUß HERALDRY