"If you do not know the names of things, the knowledge of them is lost, too."
For hundreds of years, our family historians have argued over whether the origins of the Hause family are German or British. Unfortunately, the paper trail for our family only goes back to the mid-1700s, in an area of Colonial New York which featured both Brits and Hessians (and a lot of those papers were burned up in a fire in Haverstraw in the 1840s). Beyond that, genealogists had to connect scraps of third-hand evidence to oral histories that had obviously been jazzed-up to thrill the kiddies at bedtime, since nobody in our family seemed able to write before 1700.
Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalized binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms.
Until recently, the only way to trace a person's ancestry after their family's paper trail ran out was to track a surnamesuch as Hauseback through the generations. The researcher would follow a line of word variants that would hopefully lead to a single source; for instance, the modern Johnston was derived from the surname Johnson (or its spelling was mangled by a census taker), which a few hundred years ago was a simplified version of John's Son, who obviously (hopefully) came from (you guessed it) John. Unfortunately, surnames like Hause have so many variances and points of origin that it's easy to get lost: It could've been derived from the British Hawes, or the French/Norman Hauss, or the Dutch Haas, or the German Hauß, or... you get the picture. In cases of adoption, bastardy, alias, government order, or even bad spelling, the trail becomes even more impossible to follow. Without written records, language, or even names, the identities of our earliest ancestors have obviously been lost to time. It would be tens of thousands of years before recognizable languages were invented, 190,000 years before our ancestors truly became 'modern man'... and 199,500 years before one of them would be named "Hause" (and probably mispronounced for the first time seconds later).
But since the discoveries of the gene and the chromosome in the 19th Century, then the helical structure of DNA in 1953, and then the creation of genetic fingerprinting in 1984, we now have the ability to compile a richer, deeper family history. Instead of following the Hause surname for a few hundred years, we can now follow the Y-DNA sequence in Hause family genes (a "haplogroup") for hundreds of thousands of years, to the inception of the human race.
Like a surname, Y-DNA is handed down from father to sonbut there's no census taker to mangle the spelling. A haplogroup develops variants (mutations) when parts of the DNA chain get dropped or resequenced as it is passed on to the next generation. By comparing the sequence of one man's Y-DNA to the Y-DNA of other men from different times and places, we can track a series of mutations to figure out when and where the DNA first changed... and even who it came from.
Two to three million years ago, our ancestors transitioned out of the trees ('branching out,' in a perfect genealogical metaphor) and began living on the savannah. As a result, our ancestors's physiology started to evolve in order to fit their new lifestyle: By chance, a broken gene (a gene unable to make working proteins because of a random change to their DNA sequence) called CMP-Neu5Ac Hydroxylase (CMAH) in our early common ancestor was a mutation thatinstead of hurting early mancontributed to improved skeletal muscle capacity for oxygen utilization. As a result, our ancestors grew longer legs, bigger feet, large gluteal muscles, and developed better sweat glandsgiving them powerful legs for walking with an improved cooling system. Our ancestors used these advances to become apex predators, adopting a new hunting pattern known as persistence hunting: they would go out in the heat of the day, while other carnivores were resting, to chase their prey until it was too hot and exhausted to run anymore. (Before you think our ancestors were too lucky, the broken CMAH gene also increased the risk of cancer and type-2 diabetes.)
A comparison of contemporary Homo Sapien and Homo neanderthalensis skulls.
In biology and genealogy, the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of any set of organisms is the most recent individual from which all the organisms are directly descended. The MRCA of our species, Homo sapiens, lived sometime after "Mitochondrial Eve" (mt-MRCA) and "Y-chromosomal Adam" (Y-MRCA) around 200,000 years agoprobably in East Africa. By 115,000 years ago, early modern humans had expanded their range to South Africa, and then migrated into Southwest Asia (Israel) about 100,000 years ago.
75,000 years ago, our species of Homo sapiens (also called Cro-Magnon, named after the site of first discovery in France¹) was the dominant predator on Earth, with cranial capacities up to 1590 cmwhich is relatively large, even for people today (especially people who work in show business). They "shared" the planet with at least four other species of early humans: Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo floresiensis (the 3-foot "Hobbit people" who inhabited the island of Flores in Indonesia), and a fourth species discovered in 2016, called Homo sapiens denisova (the "Denisovans"), who were related to Neanderthals.
The Homo sapien men in Europe at that time all belonged to one of five Y-chromosome DNA haplogroups: BT, CT, C, F, or in the case of of the paternal ancestor of the Hause family, IJ. The average height of Homo sapiens men at that time ranged between 179 and 194 cmtaller than the other species. They were characterized by a well-built body, a strong jaw bone, big hands, dark skin and blue eyes. (Basically, everything I'm not, 75,000 years later.) They spoke with nasal pronunciation, characterized by melodic accentuation and a specific sentence intonation. These tall, well-built, melodic smooth-talkers (am I really descended from these people?) got along swimmingly in the genetic soup with the other speciessometimes too well: Suave hunter/gatherer Homo sapien men, always on the hunt for prey and a good time, followed migrating game into Europe, and while on this exotic hunting trip, hooked up with the local, more physical but less articulate Homo neanderthalensis women. ("What happens in Lascaux stays in Lascaux, right?") But soon there were childrenand rushed, sling-shot weddings; there's also evidence that Homo sapiens interbred with Homo erectus, the "upright walking" human, Homo habilis, the "tool-using" human, and possibly others. (I have to stop; in this context every one of these names becomes a double-entendre.)
But nature stepped in to stop this multi-species key party about 74,000 years ago, when modern humans almost became extinct. Extreme climate change from ice ages and volcanic activity such as the Toba super eruption may have reduced the Homo sapien population to about 10,000 adults of reproductive age. The other human species dwindled even further, unable to adapt to the environmental changes, until they disappeared completely. By 70,000 years ago, Homo erectus was extinct, while Homo sapiens migrated into Europe. 50,000 years ago they found the island of Flores and decimated (and possibly ate) the cute little Homo floresiensis population. Then 28,000 years ago, Homo neanderthalensis died out, as well (the pathogens carried out of Africa by good-timing Homo sapiens and transmitted through contact, such as tuberculosis, tapeworms, stomach ulcers, even the two different kinds of herpes, probably didn't help their cause); This left Homo sapiens as the sole survivor of the once diverse human family tree known as the genus Homo; the last man standing with a now-decisive monicker, a "European Early Modern Human" (EEMH), and only himself left to go to war with.
While all of his hunting competition was dying out, Homo sapiens had learned to adapt to the changing landscape, and the population numbers bounced back. Natural selection ensured that only the best and the brightest survived, and modern man and the culture he created progressed rapidly; he found better hunting grounds with a liveable climate, developed more sophisticated communication, and invented advanced tools made of bone and antler to make daily life easier. He then invented cars with no floorboard so he could propel the vehicle with his feet (no wait, that was The Flinstones)... but he did invent the boat, sailing all over the world. He became self-aware, creating music, art, and religion. (When you climb into a boat and sail out past the horizon with no idea if you'll ever find land, it was probably easy to find religion.)
Our Hause ancestors can be traced back to Western Europe through their original Y-DNA haplogroup. We can follow their migration across the continent through the mutations that their Y-DNA picked up as it was passed from father-to-son, long before our ancestors were known as Hauses.
Our oldest traceable Homo sapiens ancestor (since he's our paternal ancestor, we'll call him Cro-Magnon-Hause IJ), lived 45,000 years ago.¹ Escaping the colder climate, he would follow migrating herds of game into warmer, fertile areas with new sources of food (and a wider variety of females to procreate with along the way). Cro-Magnon-Hause IJ's exact region of origin cannot be determined since Paleolithic humans were nomadic hunter-gatherers, but his male descendents, adapting to a new environment (or maybe their gonads were freezing from the ice age), mutated into Haplogroup "I," which probably first appeared in Europe about 43,000 years ago.² (We know this because the DNA of the haplogroup has been found in Palaeolithic sites throughout Europe, but not outside of Europe.) Cro-Magnon-Hause I was the first of his kind; the progenitor of a Y-chromosome clade. (A clade represents all the branchesand thus descendantsof a taxonomic (or ancestral) tree that share a single common ancestor.)
Cro-Magnon-Hause I was a "West European Hunter-Gatherer" (WHG), who entered Europe through the Balkans, migrating with elk, wooly mammoths and hairy Siberian unicorn rhinos, and competing with saber-toothed cats for food. His decendants spread throughout the region. Cro-Magnon-Hause I didn't sail to Australia with the other guys; he stayed back in Europe; maybe he hung out in caves by all himself, sensitive and alienated, painting more grafitti on the wall (Cro-Magnon-Hause I longed to leave a permanent mark); maybe he sculpted curvaceous, big-breasted stone Venus figurines and hid them under his animal skin bed before his mom came home to the cave. Cro-Magnon-Hause I was a new breed... but he had no way of knowing that his genetic markers had mutated... he just knew he was different.
Cro-Magnon-Hause I eventually found the right girl and started a family, and his descendants would reside in Western Europe for the next 20,000 years.
HOMO SAPIENS (CRO-MAGNON HAUSE)
Cro-Magnons evolved in east Africa from Homo erectus, through the intermediate form of Homo rhodesiensis. Rhodesiensis fossils range from 600,000 to 300,000 years ago.
Life expectancy at birth was about 25 years, and the adult mean age at death was 32.³
Cro-Magnons were anatomically modern, straight limbed and tall compared to the contemporaneous Neanderthals. They are thought to have stood 5'5" to 5'7" tall. They differ from modern-day humans in having a more robust physique and a slightly larger cranial capacity.
Cro-Magnons throughout Europe spoke with nasal pronunciation, characterized by melodic accentuation and a specific sentence intonation.
Cro-Magnons were primarily big-game hunters, killing mammoth, cave bears, horses, and reindeer. They hunted with spears, javelins, and spear-throwers.
Cro-Magnons had blue eyes and dark skin, as alleles related to the light skin characteristic of modern Europeans (TYRP1 SLC24A5 and SLC45A2) were not yet present.⁴
Around 28,000 BCE ("Before Common Era," the same as "BC"), a Cro-Magnon notation, possibly of phases of the moon, was carved onto a bone, and later discovered at Blanchard, France. Cro-Magnons who inscribed messages on bone were 95% more likely to have a dog eat their homework.
Cro-Magnons were descended from the patrilineal Y-DNA haplogroups Haplogroup IJ (the original Hause group) and C1, and maternal mt-DNA haplogroup N (and descendant haplogroups R and U).
Cro-Magnons were early modern humans; Although broadly similar to modern humans, Cro-Magnons differed from contemporary populations in having larger browridges, wider faces, and larger skulls.
Cro-Magnon Hause (Homo sapiens)
About 22,200 years ago, the Hause Y-DNA mutated again into subgroup I-M170, at the time of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), when ice sheets were at their greatest extension. (The oldest member of the I-M170 mutation ever found is that of an individual known as Krems WA3, dating from circa 33,000-24,000 BP in lower Austria.) Cro-Magnon-Hause I-M170 and his descendants hunted and gathered across Western Europe, eventually settling in the area between France and Germany along the Rhine River, called northern Gaul, during the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age (long before they were called Hauses).
The next mutation in our chain, subclade (a subgroup of a Haplogroup) I2a1b1 (also known by its shorthand name, I-M223, also expressed as I2-M223, previously as I2a2; this stuff changes fast⁵), then appeared in our ancestry. The first man to be I2a1b1 (let's call him Proto-Hause since everyone who is I2a1b1 descends from him) probably lived about 14,000 to 18,000 years ago, near what is now called northern France.
Proto-Hause's father was not in Haplogroup I2a1b1, nor were any of his brothers. They were all in Haplogroup I-M170. Proto-Hause was "special." A sperm from Proto-Hause's father had a Y-chromosome that mutated, and it fertilized his mother's egg at his conception, so the I2a1b1 "family" was created in that momentbefore there were Germans, or Britons, or even Hause'smaking Proto-Hause's descendants different than everyone else on Earth.⁶
Map showing the migration route of our paternal ancestors, from the time of "Adam" up through the last ice age, about 11,700 years ago. Proto-Hause's descendants helped repopulate the depleted human race after the last ice age, spreading into Western Europe and Scandinavia.
Human existence wasn't only evolving genetically, though. For millions of years all humans, early and modern alike, had to find their food. They spent a large part of each day gathering plants and hunting or scavenging animals. Then at the end of the last ice age, between 10-12,000 years ago, Homo sapiens made the transition from hunting and scavenging food to producing it. Modern humans found they could control the growth and breeding of certain plants and animals, which led to farming and herding animals, activities that transformed Earth's natural landscapesfirst locally, then globally. As humans invested more time in producing food, they settled down. Villages became towns, and towns became cities. With more food available, the human population began to increase dramatically. The rate of evolution also accelerated, because more people procreating meant there were more mutations.
Meanwhile, lonely, sad-eyed Proto-Hause could never settle down and kept hunting and gathering, searching farther and farther afield for good hunting grounds. His cousins with an "I2" haplogroup stayed on the farm, grew fat and contented, developing white skin and blonde hair about 8,000 years ago around what is now Sweden, and became Continental Europe's largest paternal lineage from the Mesolithic era. Proto-Hause's clan did okay, too, because as they traveled through these new towns and farmlands on their hunts, they met a lot of I2 farmers' daughters and had a few kids of their own.
Map showing the concentration of the I2a2 (I2a1b1 or I-M223) haplogroup in modern Europe, centering mainly in Germany.
Proto-Hause's descendants were probably among the first (re)settlers of Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia as the ice sheets receded. Our I2a1b1 hapologroup stayed with them, unchanged, passing from father-to-son, generation after generation.
Gaul in the time of Gaius Julius Cæsar (100-44 BC).
About 4,000 years ago, Proto-Hause's I2a1b1 hapologroup mutated again, into our sub-branch I-CTS1977 (shown in longhand as I2a1b1a2b1a1), and Proto-Hause I-CTS1977's progeny spread throughout Continental Europe (including Germany, the Benelux countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg; also, various sub-branches have also evolved in the British Isles). At this point in history, the area was known as "Gaul," which encompassed an area of 191,000 square miles (494,000 km), and was inhabited by Celtic tribes.
The Hauses were then part of a Y5282 subgroup that formed somewhere 2,000 years ago on the coastal plains between France and northern Germany. Areas populated predominantly with our lineage seem to be associated with Germanic languagesnot because this Proto-Hause spoke a Germanic language (he most definitely did not), but because by about 1000 BCE many proto-Germanic groups had large numbers of I2a1b1 menlike the areas in northern Sweden and the center of Germany that are dark blue in the modern map. The regional concentrations may be due to particular lines of descendants who became dominant patrilineal clans in various Germanic tribes.
Roman depiction of the war in northern Gaul.
Our ancestors then became part of a large Gallic-Germanic confederation of Celtic tribes called the Belgae (Latin for "Belgians"), living between the English Channel, the west bank of the Rhine, and northern bank of the river Seine, from at least the third century BC. The ethnic name Belgae comes from the Proto-Celtic root *belg- or *bolg- meaning "to swell with anger", derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *bhelgh- ("to swell, bulge, billow"). Thus, a Proto-Celtic ethnic name *Bolgí could be interpreted as "the people who swell with anger." (This explains a lot about my family.)
Belgic King Ambiorix
When reporting on the tribes of Gaul, Gaius Julius Cæsar described the Belgae as, "the bravest, because they are furthest from the civilization and refinement of [our] Province, and merchants least frequently resort to them, and import those things which tend to effeminate the mind; and they are the nearest to the Germans, who dwell beyond the Rhine, with whom they are continually waging war." This proved to be the undoing of the Belgae, because Cæsar's armies systematically wiped out the Gauls when the opposing tribes wouldn't unify to defend their land.
Roman forces under Gaius Julius Cæsar conquered the area in the Gallic Wars of 58-51 BC. As many as a million Gauls (probably 1-in-5 of the population) died in the onslaught, while another million were enslaved; 300 clans were subjugated, and 800 cities were destroyed as Rome expanded its border to the Rhine River. After defeating the resistance by King Ambiorix and subjugating the rest of the region, Cæsar combined the three territories of GaulBelgae, Celtae, and Aquitaniinto a single province, called Gallia Comata ("long-haired Gaul").
Where our ancestors moved next is open to debate. Gauls with the Hause family's Y-DNA subgroup dispersed into north-eastern Sweden, to France, and the British Isles (especially in Scotland and Ireland). Others integrated themselves into the Roman Empire and contributed to the Gallo-Roman culture that emerged in Gallia (as the Romans called it).
Meanwhile, the Julian calendar, a 45 BC reform of the Roman calendar, was instituted by Rome in AD 1, the poem Metamorphoses was being written by Ovid, and Jesus Christ was beginning his ministry in Israel.
LIFE IN THE FIRST CENTURY, A.D.
The world's population was somewhere around 231 million; The most populated areas are the communities based around the Ganges, Tigris, Yangtze, Nile and Po rivers; China's census in 2 AD counted 57,671,400 people.
The average life span is conjectured to be about 35 years. (The 35-40 average life span of people in the Western world held true through the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance).
Europe, North Africa and the Near East fall under increasing domination by the Roman Empire, which continues expanding.
Only about 75% of babies will survive their first year; half of all children die before the age of 10. It is up to the father to decide whether or not the family will keep a newborn baby. If the baby is deformed or the family can not afford to keep it, the baby will be abandoned in the streets, where someone might take it in as a slave or servant.
Jobs in Rome included camel driver, pigeon contest organizer, and dog dung collector; The list of jobs that were looked down upon by the general public included the shepherd, "the dealer in products from the sabbatical year," butchers, and doctors.
AD 1: Lions become extinct in Western Europe.
AD 9: The defeat of three Roman legions in the Teutoberg Forest by Germanic tribes, under the leadership of Arminius, establishes the Rhine as a natural boundary of the Roman empire.
AD 28: John the Baptist joins various others who travel about Galilee preaching. John makes verbal attacks on the Judah's king, Herod Antipasthe son of Herod the Great. John is imprisoned and executed sometime before AD 30.
AD 29: A young man whose name in Greek is Jesus creates a following of his own, while recognizing there is none greater than his former leader, John the Baptist. Jesus goes to Jerusalem for Passover, and creates a disturbance. He is executedby stoning if convicted of blasphemy and by crucifixion if for some other offense, around AD 33.
AD 40: Emperor Caligula plans to invade Britain, but his army decides not to invade Britain without asking him. Later accounts purport that Caligula then declares war upon the sea, whipping it and taking shells as prisoners.
AD 43: Roman conquest of Britain begins under Emporer Claudius, and this time the army actually complies. The Celtic chieftains of Britain adapt willingly to Roman customs and comforts.
AD 50: A working week of seven days is adopted in Rome, based on the seven known planets (whose names provide the days).
AD 79: Mount Vesuvius erupts, covering Pompeii and other towns with up to 12 feet of ash. Pompeiians are flash-heated to death without time to suffocate.
AD 80: The Roman Empire reaches largest size, under Trajan; The Colosseum is inaugurated by the emperor, Titus, with games lasting 100 days, in which some 9000 large animals are killed.
Roman control of Gaul lasted for five centuries, until the last Roman rump state, the Domain of Soissons, fell to the Franks in AD 486. But just because the Romans were finally gone from the area doesn't mean that our ancestors had it any easier. Life was hard. Between 540-542 AD, the "Große Pest" (Bubonic plague) killed up to 10,000 people a day in Europe, North Africa, and the Near East. Somehow the mopey, solitary, hunting and gathering sons of Proto-Hause, pulled through. Their inability to farm and settle down in cities, which had limited their numbers compared to other haplogroups in Europe, probably kept them out of the most congested, infected areas, and helped save them from nature's purges.⁷
Belgae Hause (artist's representation)
Population decline, the collapse of centralized authority, invasions, and mass migrations of tribes, which had begun in Late Antiquity, continued in the Early Middle Ages. Between wars and plagues, the descendants of Y5282 started to search for better lives elsewhere and dispersed all over the world; but we can observe their aggregates in many regions, from north-eastern Sweden to France in the west and the British Isles, especially in Scotland and Ireland. In Book 5, Chapter 12 of his Comentarii de Bello Gallico, Julius Cæsar wrote that the southeastern British tribes were ruled by descendants of the Belgae. Furthermore, Belgic tribal names, such as the Atrebates, were also found in Britain. One tribe, the Menapii, were recorded in Ireland by 2ndC CE by Greco-Egyptian geographer Ptolemy.
The large-scale movements of the Migration Period, including various Germanic peoples, formed new kingdoms in what remained of the Western Roman Empire. Most kingdoms incorporated the few extant Roman institutions. The Franks, under the Carolingian dynasty, briefly established the Carolingian Empire during the later 8th and early 9th century. It covered much of Western Europe but later succumbed to Vikings from the north, Magyars from the east, and Saracens from the south. Some family historians say that our Hause ancestors migrated to the British Isles at this time, while others say they remained in the area that is now Germany during the Middle (or "Dark") Ages.
THE BIRTH OF THE HAUSE SURNAME
MEDIEVAL HAUSE (700 A.D.)
The Middle Ages is the middle period of the three traditional divisions of Western history: classical antiquity (8th century BC - 6th century AD), the medieval period, and the modern period (Early 16th century - present). In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages (or medieval period) lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery.
The man at right lived in Switzerland around 700 A.D., a few centuries after the western Roman Empire fell apart. It was at this time that Germanic peoples were moving into the Swiss Plateau in the country's north, changing the language and culture of the remnant Roman empire to that of the German-speaking Alemanni tribe. Based on his remains, researchers determined this man was between 19 and 22 years old and about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He suffered from chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection, and vitamin deficienciesthe combination of which likely led to his early death.
This man's face was reconstructed from a skeleton discovered in 2014, recovered from one of 47 early medieval graves excavated ahead of building construction in the town of Grenchen in northern Switzerland. He was interred in a Roman-style burial, in a grave lined and covered with rocks and his feet pointing north. His rock-lined grave may indicate a higher social status than other people living in Grenchen at the time.
Oscar Nilsson, an archaeological facial reconstructor, was commissioned to reconstruct the face. He was struck by the subject's dental work: "I've never seen more even or perfect teeth," Nilsson said. So despite me calling him "Medieval Hause," this means he is definitely not my ancestor.
Facial reconstruction of a man who lived in northern Switzerland 1,300 years ago.
During the High Middle Ages, which began after 1000, the population of Europe increased greatly as technological and agricultural innovations allowed trade to flourish and the Medieval Warm Period climate change allowed crop yields to increase. The human race was now growing and moving so rapidly that people like our Hause ancestors began to need a better way to identify and differentiate themselvesspecifically, who and where they came from, and what they didto and from other people (conversely, as travel became easier and populations spread around the world, haplogroups would become less useful in determining where a person was from). At the time, most people in Europe had only one name (in fact this is still true in some scattered areas). As infant baptism was an integral part of church rites, the common practice was that the baby would take the given name of its sponsor at the christeningwhich resulted in a very limited number of names being used. For instance, six or seven names for either sex would have covered 90% of the population of GermaniaMargaretha, Elisabetha, Juliana, Katharina, Susanna, Dorothea, Konrad, Georg, Jakob, Philipp, Adam, and Johannes. Sometimes the name was preceded by a courtesy saint's name, which had to be Johann for boys and could be Anna or Maria for girls.
Soon tracking down a particular "John" (or "Johann") in a densely-populated village became a nightmare. As the population began to grow in ever-expanding towns and cities, there needed to be a way to differentiate between all of the Johns, Williams and Roberts living in the same area. You couldn't ask what a person's haplogroup was; there needed to be a simple way to set people apart.
To overcome this problem, the use of family names (or "surnames") came into vogue in the 14th and 15th centuries. Each family's name evolved from definable characteristics of the head member. For instance, if the tallest William in town was called "William the long fellow," then ultimately he became "William Longfellow." It was also common to select a term indicating the person's location or occupation. So "John who lives by the apple orchard," eventually became "John Appleby" (which eventually became a very mediocre restaurant chain, but that's another story).
Eventually, these lines developed surnames in order to tell the different families apart.⁸ One line became what we now spell as "H-a-u-s-e" (unless you work at Starbucks, then good luck spelling anything close to that). Another line apparently moved to the British Isles and became "Bennett," because I get a lot of 12-marker Y-DNA matches with men of that name, so there's a 99% chance of a common ancestor about 24 generations back. Our ancestor was not just a Proto-Hause and a Proto-Bennett; He was also a Proto-Braun (German), and a Proto-LeForte (French), and a thousand other names. (Proto-Hause got around.⁹)
Despite societal and cultural advances, our ancestors didn't exactly have it easy during the Late Middle Ages. The period was marked by more famine and war, which significantly diminished the population of Europe. Then between 1345-1400 AD, "The Plague" (which at this point was reoccurring so often as to have its own familiar nick-name), struck again and killed at least a third of the population in Europe.
So, where did the newly-named Hause family escape from these catastrophes? Our earliest known family history states that the Hause family was from Germany, but were cousins to Queen Mary, so even after all of the discoveries listed above, we're right back to the original argument: We're either German or British. (Maybe further genetic testing by more Hause descendants will clear this up.) Wherever our Hause ancestors lived, they had outlasted Roman rule and survived the Middle Ages; they had escaped wars, plagues, droughts and purges in the process. Then they sailed across the Atlantic Ocean at the turn of the 18th Century, ending up in the British Colonies of New York. Conditions there were harsh, as cold winters, starvation, disease and war with the local natives made life difficultbut still much better than it was where they came from. We descend from some tough people.
Whatever the last name, we're all just struggling to figure out who we are and where we came from. This is my particular journey. I hope you're enjoying yours... and if you're a Hause, I hope that your spouse isn't named "Bennett" or "Flohrmann."
So, two-to-three million years of evolution in our line serves as prologue, and leads us all the way to our first chapter... in which we throw out all the facts, and start with a legend...
CHAPTER ONE: 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."
A history of the author's line of the Hause/Hawes family, including (briefly) the first 3 million years:
PROLOGUE: THE ORIGIN OF THE HAUSE FAMILY
CHAPTER 1: THE LEGEND OF JOHN HAUSE (1690-?)
CHAPTER 2: JOHN HAUSE OF WARWICK (1719-1794)
CHAPTER 3: WILLIAM HAUSE (1750-1818)
CHAPTER 4: JOHN HAUSE OF FAYETTE (1773-1844)
CHAPTER 5: AUGUSTUS HAUSE (1804-1875)
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: CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (1939-2014)
AFTERWARD: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Content outside of the chronological chapter narrative:
APPENDIX #1: HAUSE FAMILY TIMELINE, 1690-PRESENT
APPENDIX #2: WILLIAM HAUSE GENEALOGY, 1750-PRESENT
APPENDIX #3: THE HAUSE FAMILY IN THE CIVIL WAR
APPENDIX #4: HAUSE FAMILY BIBLES
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 OF THE MOHAWK
ADDENDUM #2: THE HAAS FAMILY OF SAARLAND
ADDENDUM #3: MORE HAUSE / HAWES LINES
ADDENDUM #4: DNA TESTING
ADDENDUM #5: LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
ADDENDUM #6: ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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¹The original Cro-Magnon find was discovered in a rock shelter at Les Eyzies, Dordogne, France. The type specimen from the site is Cro-Magnon 1, a male, carbon dated to about 28,000 14C years old. Compared to Neanderthals, the skeletons showed the same high forehead, upright posture and slender (gracile) skeleton as modern humans. The other specimens from the site are a female, Cro-Magnon 2, and another male, Cro-Magnon 3. The condition and placement of the remains of Cro-Magnon 1, along with pieces of shell and animal teeth in what appear to have been pendants or necklaces, raises the question of whether they were buried intentionally. If Cro-Magnons buried their dead intentionally, it suggests they had a knowledge of ritual, by burying their dead with necklaces and tools, or an idea of disease and that the bodies needed to be contained. Analysis of the pathology of the skeletons shows that the humans of this period led a physically difficult life. In addition to infection, several of the individuals found at the shelter had fused vertebrae in their necks, indicating traumatic injury; the adult female found at the shelter had survived for some time with a skull fracture. As these injuries would be life-threatening even today, this suggests that Cro-Magnons relied on community support and took care of each other's injuries. The Abri of Cro-Magnon is part of the UNESCO World Heritage of the "Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley."
²We Hauses are as European as human beings can possibly get: Our Y-DNA Haplogroup I is the oldest major haplogroup in Europe and in all probability the only one that originated there (apart from very minor haplogroups like C6 and deep subclades of other haplogroups). It is thought to have arrived from the Middle East as haplogroup IJ sometime between 45,000 and 50,000 years ago, and developed into haplogroup I approximately 40,000 years ago. Human remains from Paglicci Cave, near Rignano Garganico, Apulia, southern Italy, have been found to belong to pre-I (i.e., it exhibits the derived state for some SNPs that distinguish haplogroup I from haplogroup J, but it exhibits the ancestral state for other SNPs that distinguish all known extant members of haplogroup I from haplogroup J).
Haplogroup I represents one of two major European Y chromosome haplogroups (the other major haplogroup is Y Haplogroup R). Unlike R, clade I is widespread in Europe and is virtually absent elsewhere. Subclade Haplogroup I1 is found mostly in Northern Europe, while subclade Haplogroup I2 is the most frequent haplogroup in Eastern Europe and the Balkans (source: SNPedia). The identification of the 'Western Hunter-Gatherer' component in modern populations is based on the analysis of the genome of a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer buried c. 8000 years ago in the Loschbour rock shelter in Müllerthal, near Heffingen, Luxembourg.
The I-M170 haplogroup is one of the most common among European males. Subclades (such as I2 and I-M223) can be found in most present-day European populations, with peaks in some Northern European and South East European countries. Consequently, I-M170 represents up to one-fifth of the male population of Europe, being the continent's second major Y-DNA haplogroup (behind Haplogroup R). The haplogroup I-M170 reached its maximum frequency in the Balkans (with the highest concentration in present-day Herzegovina). It may be associated with unusually tall males, since those in the Dinaric Alps have been reported to be the tallest in the world, with an average male height of the range 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) - 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) in the cantons of Bosnia, to 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) - 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) in the cantons of Herzegovina.
Haplogroup I2a1b1 (L69.2(=T)/S163.2) was known as I2a2 until recently (S33/M436/P214, P216/S30, P217/S23, P218/S32, L35/S150, L37/S153, L181), as I1c until 2005 and I2b until 2010. It is associated with the pre-Celto-Germanic people of northwestern Europe, such as the megalith builders (5000-1200 BCE). Its age has been estimated between 21,000 and 13,000 years old, which corresponds to the Epipaleolithic period. I2a2 is found in most of Europe and could have had a continent-wide distribution before the arrival of Neolithic farmers. Although it hasn't been identified in the few Mesolithic Y-DNA samples available as of 2016, I2a2a was found in Neolithic Spain and in southern Russia during the Yamna culture, at each extremity of Europe, while I2a2b has been found in central Germany since the Early Bronze Age. This very ancient dispersal and its relatively low modern frequency makes it very difficult to assess what happened to each branch before the Late Bronze Age or the Iron Age.
³A study done on two populations of neolithic skeletons (15,000 - 12,000 YBP ["Years Before Present"] and 12,000 - 8,000 YBP) lists life expectancy at birth as about 25, and the adult mean age at death as 32. The ratio between adult mean age at death for females and males was swapped between the two cultures, which is a little odd. In any case, the two had the same mean (Hershkowitz and Gopher 2008:445).
⁴Hunter-gatherer European had blue eyes and dark skin, by Rebecca Morelle, Science reporter, BBC World Service; 27 January 2014. "Scientists were able to extract DNA from a tooth of one of the ancient men and sequence his genome. The team found that the early European was most closely genetically related to people in Sweden and Finland. But while his eyes were blue, his genes reveal that his hair was black or brown and his skin was dark."
⁵The name of the Hause family's haplogroup is I-M223 (also expressed as I2-M223) in shorthand, and I2a1b1 in longhand, and its Haplogroup I parent is still I-M170. But now the Hause family has been placed in a sub-branch of M223, called I-CTS1977, shown in longhand as I2a1b1a2b1a1, which was named in June of 2018. The reason for the change was that as more and more SNP sub-branches have been discovered and named, the ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) needed to rename the longhand alpha-numerical form of the branches of Haplogroup I, in order to accommodate all of the new sub-branches.
Way back in the olden days of genetic science (about 2002-2005), there were just these branches of Haplogroup I:
|HAPLOGROUP I (2002-2005)|
|I1 (I-P38)||I1a (I-M253)||I1b (I-P37)||I1c (I-M223)|
By 2006, when the ISOGG started setting out the "Y-Tree," the I-M223 branch was renamed, with four sub-branches:
|HAPLOGROUP I1b2a / I-M223 (2006)|
|I1b2a1 (I-M284)||I1b2a2 (I-M379)||I1b2a3 (I-P78)||I1b2a4 (I-P95)|
In 2008, there was another renaming of the branches in Haplogroup I. The I-M223 branch was then named I2b1 with the same four sub-branches:
These designations remained the case for many years with the major testing companies (AncestryDNA, FamilytreeDNA, 23andMe).
|HAPLOGROUP I2b1 / I1b2a / I-M223 (2008)|
|I2b1a (I1b2a1 / I-M284)||I2b1b (I1b2a2 / I-M379)||I2b1c (I1b2a3 / I-P78)||I2b1d (I1b2a4 / I-P95)|
The longhand names changed again 2011: I-M223 became I2a2a, but the testing companies were slow to take up the new names, especially 23andMe. FTDNA tried to use their own naming system, but then changed to the shorthand form, so they wouldn't have to update the name as the tree grew.
In June 2018, Haplogroup I had another restructuring to accommodate more new branches and the I-M223 branch was renamed I2a1b1.
You can see the new Haplogroup I tree and scroll down to I2a1b1 at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WkRe8UxrhMZ-CaYtPET5rIBbzqCNkGER4YJurbG2ESQ/edit#gid=198726360. (Copyright 2018, International Society of Genetic Genealogy)
⁶And definitely different than Edmond Hawes's (I-M253) and Johann Christian Hauß's (R-M269).
⁷Nature still keeps trying to finish us off. In 1918-1919, Influenza killed up to 40 million people worldwide, about 5% of the entire human population. When nature couldn't do it, we tried mass genocide, world wars, and now we're killing our climate. I'll bet nature can't wait to get rid of us.
⁸A random sampling of surnames from I-M233 projects on the Internet: Dryer (German), Kazadzidis (Trapezuntine Greek), Pereira (Brazilian), Chumley (English), Bényi (Hungarian), Al Jaafari (Egyptian), Chitchyan (Armenian), González (Mexican), and Izzard (English, celebrity). So why doesn't Eddie Izzard look exactly like a Bényi or an Al Jaafari? It's because our general charateristics are determined by our autosomal DNA and not our mtDNA or Y DNA haplogroup. Two individuals can have identical mtDNA and Y DNA markings and look completely different as far as eye, hair and skin color, along with other physical attributes.
⁹Since the father's father's father's ... father's line (purely patrilineal), is only a miniscule portion of a person's total ancestry (there are over a million ancestors to one person in just twenty generations, and if you consider 25 years per generation, then in 12,000 years there are 480 generations between a modern Hause and Proto-Hause), the likelihood that a modern Hause inherited any gene other than the original I-M233 from Proto-Hause is zero, and a Hause's overall relatedness to other I2a1b1 (I-M233) men would be no bigger than his relatedness to their general population. It is, in one way, very much like a surnamejust a name... but it's still fun to think about!
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Humans Have About 100 Broken Genes Each, by Jennifer Welsh; LiveScience, February 16, 2012. "A new analysis of 185 human genomes indicates that every one of us has about 100 'broken genes.' Some of these lost genes cause harmful effects, many seem innocuous, and some even seem to have some benefit... About 20 of the mutated genes in any given person were doubly broken, meaning both copies (one from your mother and one from your father) had lost their function. In the set as a whole, 253 doubly broken genesabout 1 percentseem to have no effect on the person's health."
Genome sequence of ~8,000 year old skeleton from the Loschbour rock shelter in Heffingen, Luxembourg, by Lazaridis, Iosif, Nick Patterson, Alissa Mittnik, Gabriel Renaud, Swapan Mallick, Peter H. Sudmant, Joshua G. Schraiber et al. "Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans" (2013); You can download the DNA sequence here.
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One broken gene made us very good runners, by Alexandru Micu; in "ZME Science" Magazine, 12 Sep 2018. A new paper published by Ajit Varki, a physician-scientist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and colleagues unearthed one of the first genetic differences between humans and chimps: a gene called CMP-Neu5Ac Hydroxylase (CMAH). Humans have a broken version of CMAH that mutated 2 million to 3 million years ago. Our ancestors's functional loss of the CMAH gene dramatically shifted our species's evolutionary path. The loss altered significant metabolic processes, with impacts on fertility rates and risk of developing cancer associated with red meat consumption, as well as increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and trigger inflammation. The same change may have also made humans one of the best long-distance runners on Earth. After training, mice with the human-like version of CMAH ran 12% faster and 20% longer than the other mice, the team reports. Breen adds that the mice displayed greater resistance to fatigue, increased mitochondrial respiration and hind-limb muscle, with more capillaries to increase blood and oxygen supply. Taken together, Varki says the data suggest CMAH loss contributed to improved skeletal muscle capacity for oxygen utilization.
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TOP PHOTO: Homo neanderthalensis reconstruction by John Gurche, which was Photoshopped onto a photograph of Laban Hause from 1860, alongside a reverse image of Laban, with the Photoshopped head of the author. Why? I don't know, I just thought it was funny, and visually connected this scientific genetics gibberish to the family history. Our Hause DNA shows no traces of Neanderthal ancestry (but who knows, it was a long time ago).
Paleo-artist John Gurche at work (photo by Homo sapien Julie Prisloe).
Paleo-artist John Gurche uses fossil specimens to create renderings of prehistoric creatures, and was a consultant for the movie Jurassic Park. Gurche created the Neanderthal bust, along with other lifelike head reconstructions of early humans, for the Hall of Human Origins in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It took Gurche 2½ years to complete the busts.
Gurche is currently an artist-in-residence at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York, near where my brother, Eric Hause, lives. To the best of my knowledge, Eric was not used as a model for any of the busts.
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CARL LINNAEUS (23 May 1707 - 10 Jan 1778), also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalised binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms. He is known as the "father of modern taxonomy." Many of his writings were in Latin, and his name is rendered in Latin as Carolus Linnæus (after 1761, Carolus a Linné). Linnaeus was born in the countryside of Småland in Sweden, but became one of the most acclaimed scientists in Europe. Linnaeus' remains comprise the type specimen for the species Homo sapiens following the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, since the sole specimen that he is known to have examined was himself. Ut per te ipsum, Carolus!
GREGOR MENDEL (20 Jul 1822 - 6 Jan 1884) was a scientist, Augustinian friar and abbot of St. Thomas' Abbey in Brno, Margraviate of Moravia. Mendel was born in a German-speaking family in today's Czech Republic. Mendel's pea plant experiments conducted between 1856 and 1863 established many of the rules of heredity, now referred to as the laws of Mendelian inheritance. Taking seed color as an example, Mendel showed that when a true-breeding yellow pea and a true-breeding green pea were cross-bred their offspring always produced yellow seeds. However, in the next generation, the green peas reappeared at a ratio of 1 green to 3 yellow. To explain this phenomenon, Mendel coined the terms "recessive" and "dominant" in reference to certain traits. He published his work in 1866, demonstrating the actions of invisible "factors"now called genesin predictably determining the traits of an organism. The profound significance of Mendel's work was not recognized until the turn of the 20th century, ushering in the modern age of genetics.
EDMUND BEECHER WILSON (19 Oct 1856 - 3 Mar 1939) is credited as America's first cell biologist, and wrote one of the most famous textbooks in the history of modern biology, The Cell. In 1898, he used the similarity in embryos to describe phylogenetic relationships. By observing spiral cleavage in molluscs, flatworms and annelids he deduced that the same organs came from the same group of cells, and concluded that all these organisms must have a common ancestor. Five years after the rediscovery of Mendel's paper on genetics in 1900, Wilson discovered the chromosomal XY sex-determination systemthat males have XY and females XX sex chromosomes. Wilson proposed that chromosomes exist in pairs, and that the Y chromosome is the pair of the X chromosome (which had been discovered in 1890 by Hermann Henking, during a study of the testicles of the firebug). He posited that sex determination is, in fact, due to the presence or absence of the Y chromosome. Stevens named the chromosome "Y" simply to follow on from Henking's "X" alphabetically, not because of its shape.
NETTIE STEVENS (7 Jul 1861 - 4 May 1912) also discovered sex chromosomes in 1905, slightly earlier than as Edmund Beecher Wilson. While studying the sex life of the mealworm Tenebrio molitor at Bryn Mawr College (that crazy co-ed), she discovered that male mealworms produced two kinds of sperm, one with a large chromosome and one with a small chromosome. When the sperm with the large chromosome fertilized eggs, they produced female offspring, and when the sperm with the small chromosome fertilized eggs, they produced male offspring. She and Wilson both credited her with the discovery of sex chromosomes, but later scientists disagreed about who made the discovery. The pair of sex chromosomes that she studied later became known as X and Y chromosomes. The scientists who discredited her later became known as misogynists.
ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER (12 Aug 1887 - 4 Jan 1961), was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist. In 1944, he wrote the theoretical biology book, What Is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell, which introduced the idea of an "aperiodic crystal" that contained genetic information in its configuration of covalent chemical bonds. Schrödinger was the author of many works in various fields of physics, and he made several attempts to construct a unified field theory. Schrödinger paid great attention to the philosophical aspects of science, ancient and oriental philosophical concepts, ethics, and religion. He is also known for his "Schrödinger's cat" thought-experiment, in which he imagined his cat both dead and alive in a sealed box with a flask of poison and a radioactive source, in order to illustrate quantum mechanics. (I'll never get 'cat people.') Schrödinger married Annemarie (Anny) Bertel on 6 Apr 1920, but when he migrated to Ireland in 1938, he obtained visas for himself, his wife and Mrs. Hilde March, the wife of an Austrian colleague. Then Schrödinger and March had a daughter together in 1934, which Anny was apparently okay with. (Go, Science!) In October 1939 the ménage à trois moved to Dublin, where Schrödinger fathered two further daughters by two different women. (Again: Go, Science!) His grandson, Professor Terry Rudolph, has followed in his footsteps (as a quantum physicist, at least) and is a Professor of Quantum Physics at Imperial College London.
JAMES DEWEY WATSON, KBE (b. 6 Apr 1928) is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick, inspired by the work of Schrödinger. Watson was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Crick and Maurice Wilkins for their discoveries concerning "the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material." Watson married a student half his age, Elizabeth Lewis, in 1968. (Again: Go, Science!) They have two sons, Rufus Robert Watson (b. 1970) and Duncan James Watson (b. 1972). Watson takes inspiration from his son Rufus, who suffers from schizophrenia, to promote the understanding and treatment of mental illness by determining how genetics contribute. Between 1988 and 1992, Watson was associated with the National Institutes of Health, helping to establish the Human Genome Project. Watson has written many science books, including the textbook Molecular Biology of the Gene (1965) and his bestselling book The Double Helix (1968).
FRANCIS HARRY COMPTON CRICK OM FRS (8 Jun 1916 - 28 Jul 2004) was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, most noted for being a co-discoverer of the helical structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 with James Watson. Together with Maurice Wilkins, they were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material." The results were based partly on fundamental studies done by Raymond Gosling and the brilliant x-ray work of Rosalind Franklin, who was not awarded because she was 1) a woman, and 2) dead from cancer which was probably a result of all the x-rays. (Boo, Science!) Crick married twice, to 1) Ruth Doreen Crick, née Dodd (1913-2011), and 2) Odile Crick, née Speed (1920-2007), fathered three children (Michael Francis Compton by Doreen, then Gabrielle Anne and Jacqueline Marie-Therese by Odile). Later in his career, he held the post of J.W. Kieckhefer Distinguished Research Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He remained in this post until his death; "he was editing a manuscript on his death bed, a scientist until the bitter end," according to Christof Koch.
SIR ALEC JOHN JEFFREYS (b. 9 Jan 1950) discovered the technique of genetic fingerprinting in a laboratory in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester in 1984. He developed techniques for genetic fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used worldwide in forensic science. The development of DNA amplification by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) greatly increased sensitivity and a move to alternative marker systems. The most commonly used markers are now variable microsatellites, also known as short tandem repeats (STRs), which Jeffreys first exploited in 1990 in the Josef Mengele case in Brazil. Dr. Jeffreys also made the technology available for people to perform identity tests. He is a professor of genetics at the University of Leicester. In 1994, he was knighted for services to genetics.
"LUCA" HAUSE (b. 4.5 Billion, BCE) was the last universal common ancestor, AKA the most recent common ancestor of all current life on Earth. LUCA Hause is not thought to be the first living organism on Earth, but only one of many early organisms, all but one of which died out. The composition of LUCA Hause is not directly accessible as a fossil, but can be studied by comparing the genomes of its descendants, organisms living today. LUCA Hause loves you and misses you, and wishes you would write more often.