Wilhelm Greathouse (Groethausen)*
Birth: ABT 1724, Pennsylvania, USA?
Death: 25 Mar 1792, Zack's Run, Harrison Co., West Virginia, USA
Father: John Groethausen *
Mother: Amelia Miller *
- Married (1) Barbara Shatz (Schutz, Schatz, Schatzin) * on 15 Feb 1750/1751 at Christ Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, USA
- Child 1: John Greathouse (Groethausen) 13 Feb 1756 - 1838 m. Milly Gillespy
- Child 2: Catherine Greathouse (Groethausen) 23 Sep 1757 - m. Hartset
- Child 3: Mary Greathouse - m. Frederick Acord (Akers)
- Child 4: Gabriel Greathouse * - 18 Dec 1813 m. Mary Hustead *
- Child 5: Anne Greathouse - m. McCarty
- Child 6: Michael Greathouse 1765 - Mar 1839 m. (1) Rachael Hustead m. (2) Maria Kittle
- Married (2) Anna Maria Puff on NOT MARRIED
- Child 1: Wilhelm Greathouse 2 Aug 1748 - m. Mary Ann (Molly) Owen
Notes: There is a William Greathouse in Turkeyfoot Twp., Bedford Co. 1775, near others (George Drake , MArtin Starcher) who ended up in WV.
Local History: Chapter XXVII, TAXABLES IN NORTHAMPTON, 1780: Davis's 1877 History of Northamp ton Co, PA
Hann, Frederick farmer 263
Germantown, Conrad farmer 281
Seegel, Peter farmer 124
Brader, Lawrence farmer 228
Happle, Henry farmer 260
Momboner, George farmer 251
Shiffer, Conrad farmer 217
Brossman, Nicholas farmer 65 and land he lives on 210
Matthews, Robert 270
Kind, Martin 150
Deal, Jacob 65
Kelley, William 102
Brotzman, Frederick 70
Ihrie, Conrad 207
Kelly, Joseph 147
Andrew, Leonard farmer 383
Marx, Thomas farmer 282
Engler, Leonard farmer 202
Kern, Leonard farmer 660
Keller, Joseph Sr., farmer 440
Keller, Joseph Jr., shoemaker 48
Wolf, Christian 31
Silvius, John blacksmith 212
Young, Henry farmer 301
Reader, Conrad farmer 238
Metz, Valentine farmer 276
Sleight, Jacob labourer 30
Grothouse, William taylor 48
Breidinger, Adam farmer 290
Dull, Casper farmer 485
Stecher, Lewis esq'r 90
Deal, Peter weaver 48
Howser, Henry blacksmith 276
Snyder, Jacob farmer 228
Northampton County Wills
679 SNYDER, David Upper Saucon yeoman 22-8-1785 - 1-10-1785 wife Esther son Jacob dau Catheri ne son John and others mentions neighbors Abraham SNYDER, John GEISSINGER and Philip SHARRY w it William GROTHOUSE
4. JOHANNES3 GREATHOUSE (JOHANN ADOLPH2 GROETHAUSEN, HERMAN1) was born Abt. 1720, and died Un known.Child of JOHANNES GREATHOUSE is:i. JOHN4 GREATHOUSE, b. Abt. 1742; d. Unknown.
5. WILHELM3 GROETHAUSEN (JOHANN ADOLPH2, HERMAN1) was born 1724 in Springfield Manor, German town, PA, and died March 25, 1792 in Zack's Run, Harrison, WV. He met (1) ANNA MARIA PUFF Bef . 1748 in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA. She was born Abt. 1726 in PA, and died 1748 in PA. H e married (2) ANNA MARIA BARBARA SCHUTZ, TWIN March 1750 in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, dau ghter of CARL SCHUTZ and JULINNA LIPP. She was born February 1734 in Chestnut Hill, Germantow n, PA, and died 1797 in Harrison, WV.
Notes for WILHELM GROETHAUSEN:Lois Gindsperger has birth 1730.
Marriage: PA Marriages prior to 1790, LDS film # 2655001. p. 333. FHLWill: Harrison Co.,VA w ill book l, p. 3 1782 (copy in possession of Sandra Barrow) Sandra's listing of children:"onl y guessing at birthdate and order in family"
Source: Susan DeHart furnished copy of letter from Tom Hutzelman, dated 25 Aug 1984. 3226 Rus tic Lane, Erie, PA, to Mary Greathouse and several other Greathouse reasearchers and said amo ng other things "..visited the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Germantown. They have most o f the Philadelphia area Lutheran church records on micofilm. I checked the St. Michael's reco rds with some interesting results: Jack Greathouse says that Wilhelm Greathouse's first wif e was Anna Maria Puff, who was mother of Wilhelm Greathouse, Junior. But the Baptismal recor d says that the child was born out of wedlock! The mother's name was Anna Maria Puffin (femin ine ending -IN). The only reason the record gives her maiden name is that she wasn't married , so it was her only name. Maiden names were not given on the other records on the surroundin g pages. Thus I believe that Barbara was Wilhelm's only wife!" A note in the margin of the le tter stated that this letter is in review of Jack Murray Greathouse's work.
It is believed that Anna Maria Puff died as the result of complications of childbirth.
Source: Susan DeHart has copy of 'The Greathouse Family of Indiana' by Dorothy M. Dawson & Ja mes E. Murlock. "Pennsylvania German Pilgrims". This book cites land holdings in Germantown , (Springfield and others) of Herman Groethausen and his sons Henry and Johann. Included is r eference to Vol XXII p. l3 Bedford County, 1773, Brothers Valley Twp. William Greathouse, 20 0 acres. Also listed, John Greathouse 100 acres. In margin is the notation that this is our W illiam (hand written). Another notation on the next page "our William of Harrison County, WV " in margin of this paragraph. "Johannes son of Wilhelm Groethausen and his wife, Barbara, bo rn February 13, 1756, and baptized April 19, 1756, Catherina, daughter of the same parents bo rn Sept 23, 1757 and baptized October 16, 1757." This paragraph cites the Church records of S t Michael's Lutheran Church, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA.William (Wilhelm) owned 500 acre s of land on Zack's Run, located at Peel Tree in Harrison Co.,WV, which is located south of C larksburg, past Quiet Dell and closer to Barbour Co., WV. He left 200 acres and the house t o his wife Barbara and 100 acres each to his sons Gabriel, John, and his son-in-law Frederic k Aker (Acores), the husband of Mary.
Source: WFT Vol. 7, #3550 gives another son, William. Do not have name of submitter.
Source: Melissa Holgate refers to an article "The Back Part of Germantown, A Reconstruction " written by Hannah Benner Roach and pub. in the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol XX , no.2, 1956 (this article is 72 pages in length. pgs 77-149)
More About WILHELM GROETHAUSEN:Fact 1: St Michael's Church Lutheran Church, Germantown, PA
Notes for ANNA MARIA PUFF:Source: WDC GenWeb Descendants of Hermanus GroethausenAuthor: Ann a Herbertson, Colorado Springs, Co.
Source: Chris BaileyThe records of St. Michael's Evangelical Church at Germantown, PA show t hat Anna Maria Puffin, (anglocized name would be Mary Puff) was the mother of a bastard chil d named William Greathouse born 2 Aug 1748 and baptized in 1749. The father was William Great house (apparently the same William (d. 1791), son of John Greathouse and Amelia Miller. Willi am Greathouse, the father, never married Mary Puff, but eventually married Barbara Schutz an d had a large family in Harrison Co. WV.
Source: Dorothy Holgate with references to an article "The Back Part of Germantown, A Reconst ruction" written by Hannah Benner Roach and published in the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazi ne, Vol XX, No 2, 1956 (article is 77 pages in length. pgs 77-149)Page 92: "Old Harmon had d ied in 1743 leaving two sons, Herman of Lancaster Co., and John of Springfield. Anna Maria PU FF, first wife of William, son of John and Amelia Groethause, had died shortly after the birt h of a son in the summer of 1748. When William married Barbara Schutz, he was living in Roxbo rough".
Marriage Notes for WILHELM GROETHAUSEN and ANNA PUFF:Source: Pennsylvania Marriage Records B ook Prior to 1790, p. 333. I question this source. It is clear that Wilhelm did not marry Ann a Puff. I have not received any information that would indicate who actually raised William , Jr. But have assumed that he was faised by his father, Wilhelm Groethausen/Greathouse. (fn)
Notes for ANNA MARIA BARBARA SCHUTZ, TWIN:Name: Letter 19 Nov 1997 Pat Greathouse gives surn ame as Schultz.Name: Wm. Greathouse notes-Barbara maiden name spelled in various ways--Statz in,Shatzin, Schultz,Scultz, etc.Name: Lois Gindlesperger shows maiden name as Shultz.Name : Susan DeHart furnished copy of pages 5l-54 from an unknown book Titled SCHUTZ. It describe s how the Frankford Company, of eight shareholders acquired up to 25,000 acres of land in th e colonies and relates that Dr. Johann Jakob Schutz was one of the shareholders. In "The Pens ylvania German in the Revolutionary War" 1775-1783 by H.M.M. Richards p. 456, we find that th e Sheetz (Schutz, Sheets, Schultes, Shoots, spelled many different ways depending upon the En glish recorder who was trying to anglisize the name) family is descended from Dr. Johann Jaco b Schut, a native of Germany. It also states that Dr. Schutz never came to America but that h is son Henry (Henrick) did, first going to Germantown then later settling in Whitemarsh Towns hip in Montgomery Co.
Source: Melissa Holgate refers to an article "The Back Part of Germantown, A Reconstruction " written by Hannah Benner Roach and pub. in the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol XX , no.2, 1956 (this article is 72 pages in length. pgs 77-149) Page 83 relates the coming to P A of Michael Schutz and his marriage to Julianna Lips. This is one more version of the spelli ng of the surname Schutz we use.Child of WILHELM GROETHAUSEN and ANNA PUFF is:i. WILLIAM 4 GREATHOUSE, "JR.", b. August 02, 1748, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA; d. 1809, ,Mifflin, PA ; m. MARY ANN OWEN; b. 1750; d. 1817, ,Mifflin, PA.
Notes for WILLIAM GREATHOUSE, "JR.":Taylor Co., VA Historical Book. Taylor Co. Historical So ciety, P. O. Box 522 Grafton W. VA. per Lois Greathouse Gindlesperger.
Source: Barbara Tabor, 6560 Starnes RD., Watauga,TX 76148 has furnished information on the ch ildren listed for William and Mary Ann Owen. She has also attached John Greathouse b. 1795 m . Rebecca Williams. Neither I or Barbara have evidence that John was actually the son of Will iam but the date of birth makes it entirely possible. (We have placed this John Greathouse a s the son of Jacob Greathouse of Georgia in another database file.) Her family group sheet fo r family shows the other children born before 1790 could be the 1790 census. She did not spec ify which. THIS IS THE FIRST INDICATION OF ANY CHILDREN FOR WILLIAM AND MARY ANN OWEN
Bev Stone in a gedcom dated 2/7/1998 showes Children of William and Mary Ann Owen to include : David b. 1790, Brown Co,, OH, d. Point Twp. Posey Co.,IN. 1827.and John b. 1792, Brown Co. , OH, d. 1829 Union Co. KY m. Permelia `Milly' Milligan. This John could be the father of Lyd ia Ann who married Hiram Greathouse in Union Co.,KY.
Source: Chris Bailey William and Mary (Owen) Greathouse were certainly NOT the parents of Joh n Greathouse as listed. William, was taxed in Upper Saucon Township, Northampton Co., Pa. i n 1786. 1788. and 1790. In the census of Upper Socon Township. William Greathouse "Jr" appear ed in the tax records of Harrison Co. Va in the 1790's. On Feb 28 1799 William Greathouse an d his wife Mary sold 100 acres of land on Coplin's Run, Harrison Co., WV to George Roby. The y returned to their former home in Pennsylvania (which had become Mifflin Co.,Pa in 1789 wit h the formation of a new county from part of Northampton).
Source: Louise Johnson e-mail, 28 June 1998Mifflin County, Greenwood Township, Pennsylvania
William Greathouse # 1592, Administration 1, 52, 1809. [Contains only accounting records, n o genealogical data].Molly Greathouse # 1526, Will, 5, 64, 1817. Abstract:March Term 1832 J ohn Hamilton, Executor of the testament and last will of Arthur McNaight, dec'd who was the e xecutor of Mary Groathouse, dec'd.Daughters: Rachael Buchannon, wife of Joseph, Amy Evans, w ife of Lewis, Polly (Mary), wife of John McGary, Ann, wife of Jesse Yocam.Grandchildren: Joe l, Helen, and Mary Ann McGary, and William, Martin, and Miles Yocam._______________
Rachel married first, ______ Jones, married 2nd. Joseph Buchanan.Jesse Yocam married Ann Gro tehouse, before deed, 18 April 1805, Mifflin Co. Penn.William Grotehouse's daughters are men tioned in the following deeds:Mifflin Co., Penn. Deed book G: 515-516. Jesse Yocam of Miffli n Co., and Ann, his wife, (daughter of William Greathouse), joined in a deed with other Great house daughters and sold 182 acres to John Magary (McGary). Land was acquired by William Grot ehouse on 4 Sept. 1792.Mifflin Co., Penn. Deed book H: 241-242. 13 Jan. 1806. Jesse Yocam o f White Deer Township, Northumberland County, and his wife, Ann, (daughter of William Groteho use), joined in the deed by Rachel Jones, late Rachel Grotehouse, ofGroathouse's Tavern an d lot (50 acres), in Thomastown, Greenwood Township, Mifflin Co., purchased by William Groteh ouse 20 Feb. 1799.Mifflin Co., Penn. Court Docket, 1813-1840. [From LDS film #1026539]. In A pril 1814, Jesse Yocam petitioned the court for a Tavern license.Cemetery Records, Mifflin C ounty Historical Society. Anne Grotehouse Yocam died in November 1814 and is buried in Unio n township, Mifflin Co., Penn.[A descendant, Lois Yocum Berry, of St. Georges, Ut., says tha t Jesse Yocum died about 1824 in Mifflin Co., Penn.]
Mifflin Co, Pa. 18 April 1805, Deed bk. G, pp. 515-516, the daughters join in a deed to sel l their father's land which he bought on 4 Sept. 1792.
Mifflin Co, Pa. deed bk. H, 241-242, 13 Jan. 1806, 2 dau. sell land that was purchased by the ir father William, 20 Feb. 1799.
More About WILLIAM GREATHOUSE, "JR.":Fact 2: 1749, Christened St.Michael's Church
Notes for MARY ANN OWEN:Title: WDC GenWeb Descendants of Hermanus GroethausenAuthor: Anna H erbertson, Colorado Springs, Co.
Source: Chris BaileyWilliam was married to Mary, caughter of David Owen of Upper Saucon Town ship, Northampton County, PA. Mary was mentioned as the wife of William Greathouse in the wil l of David Owen, written July 26, 1786 and proven June 29, 1790 in Northampton, Co.,PA.
Source: Chris BaileyMary Owen Greathouse died in Mifflin Co., PA in 1817. Her will was date d 23 Oct 1817 but her estate was not settled until at least March of 1832.William and Mary G reathouse had ONLY four surviving children, all daughters.
Source: Louise Johnson. "Mary Owen was called Molly"Index Of Wills Of Mifflin Co., Penn. p . 34.[Molly is Mary Owen Greathouse, wife of William Greathouse, b. 2 Aug. 1748, died 1809 , Mifflin Co., Penn., son of William and Anna Maria Puffin.] William died intestate in 1809.N o. 384. Will of Molly Grotehouse. Will made 23 Oct. 1817, probated 22 Dec. 1817. Greenwood To wnship, Mifflin Co., Penn. daughters; Polly, wife of John (McGary), Amy Evans, wife of Lewi s Evans, Rachel Buchanan, grandson Joel McGary, granddaughters, Helen and Mary Ann McGary, gr andson William Miles, grandson Martin Yocam, Executor; Arthur McNaight, Esq.
Children of WILHELM GROETHAUSEN and ANNA SCHUTZ are:ii. ANNA AMELIA4 GREATHOUSE, d. Unknown ; m. MC CARTY; b. Abt. 1763, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA; d. Unknown.
Notes for ANNA AMELIA GREATHOUSE:Source: WDC GenWeb Descendants of Hermanus Groethausen.Aut hor: Anna Herbertson, Colorado Springs, Co.
Notes for MC CARTY:Married name mentioned in Anna's father's will.
iii. MARY GREATHOUSE, b. Abt. 1754; d. Unknown; m. FREDERICK AKERT; b. Germany; d. 1795, ,Har rison, WV.
Notes for MARY GREATHOUSE:Descendants of Johann Adolph Groethausen by Bill Greathouse, 11/19 /1997.
Notes for FREDERICK AKERT:From Don Norman:Akert is spelled differenty in various records--A chors, Akart, Acore, Acors, Acores and Acord are common variations.Frederick Akert was proba bly born in Germany.His will is recorded in Will Book #l, page 45 at Harrison County Court H ouse.Marriages of children established by records at this same location.History of Harriso n County, WV, p 189.
iv. JOHN JOHANNES GREATHOUSE, b. February 13, 1756, Germantown, PA; d. May 12, 1838, ,Harriso n, VA; m. (1) PHOEBE THOMPSON, Abt. 1774, ,Harrison, VA (Later WV); d. Unknown; m. (2) MILL Y SARAH 'MILLY' AMELIA GILLASPI, April 08, 1793, Harrison, WV; b. 1756, Harrison, WV; d. Sept ember 1839, Harrison, WV.
Notes for JOHN JOHANNES GREATHOUSE:Source: Virginia Wills Call #: 975.4 S2j
Will: Source Sherry Scoresby quote "in the will of John Greathouse that died 12 May 1838 in V A he puts down his wife as Milly and lists sons as Stephen, Enos, Jacob and Augustin." furthe r quote "does anyone have any idea why he excluded Leonard, Michael and William?"Source: Mar riage: Some Greathouse Marriages in Harrison County, WV 1784-1850 gives name John Greathouse , minister was J. W. Lootbourow. Spelled spouse name as Milly Gilaspy.Source Death: Willia m Greathouse has 25 Sep 1838.Source: Military Service William K. Greathouse.John (Johannes ) was a Rev. War veteran who in 1777 enlised in Capt. Kilgore's Co. 8th Penn. Reg. (Regulars ) and served throughout the War. He was the only known Greathouse awarded a Federal Pension f or his service in the Revolution. Pension was awarded in 1816 when he was 60 years of age an d continued until his death in 1838.
Source:"West Virginians in The American Revolution". compiled by Ross B. Johnston, Genealogic al Pub. Co.,Inc. Baltimore, 1977 p. 111.: "Greathouse, John Service Pennsylvania VA. NO. 599 8 No. S.8630 Greathouse, aged about 60 years, in 1832 made oath before Harrison County Court , that he enlised in Bedford County, PA, 1777, in Captain Kilgore's Company of the Eighth Pen n Regiment, afterwards commanded by Col. Broadhead, then he served three years, was in the ba ttles of Brandywine, Germantown and Paoli, and was discharged at Pittsburgh, March, 1780. Pen sion was granted. Soldier died September 25, 1838. Supporting claims made by Jacob Coplin an d Christopher Nutter."
More About JOHN JOHANNES GREATHOUSE:Fact 2: April 16, 1756, St.Michael's Luthern, Germantown , PA
Marriage Notes for JOHANNES GREATHOUSE and PHOEBE THOMPSON:Harrison County, VA MarriagesCal l #: #975.5 V2mc
Marriage: Sherry Scoresby forwarded by Pat Greathouse.
Notes for MILLY SARAH 'MILLY' AMELIA GILLASPI:Amelia "Millie" Gillespy's surname spelled i n different ways depending on source.
Source: Susan DeHart a descendant of shows name Sarah "Milly" Gillespie b. 1756 Harrison,WV d . Sept 1839, Harrison Co., WV. m. Apr 8, 1793, Harrison,WV. She shows children: Stephen, Enos , Jacob, Augustin, and Azilla.
Marriage Notes for JOHANNES GREATHOUSE and SARAH GILLASPI:Early Marriages of Virginia.
v. KATY CATHERINE GREATHOUSE, b. September 02, 1759; d. Unknown; m. HARTSET; d. Unknown.
Notes for KATY CATHERINE GREATHOUSE:Source: Louise F. JohnsonGives date of birth as 2 Sep 1 759 from St. Michael's Church records.
vi. MICHAEL GREATHOUSE, b. 1765, Harrison, WV; d. Abt. March 1839, Harrison, WV; m. RACHEL HU STEAD, October 12, 1792, Harrison, WV; b. Abt. 1773, Harrison, WV; d. April 25, 1860, Harriso n, WV.
Notes for MICHAEL GREATHOUSE:Will: probated May 1839, Harrison Co.,WV Order Book #2 p. 177 ( copy in possession of Sandra Barrow).
Notes for RACHEL HUSTEAD:Birth: Taylor Co. WVA Historical Book, Taylor Co. Historical Societ y.
Marriage Notes for MICHAEL GREATHOUSE and RACHEL HUSTEAD:Source: Descendants of Joahann Adol ph Groethausen Author: Bill Greathouse.
vii. GABRIEL GREATHOUSE, b. Abt. 1769; d. Abt. 1813, Harrison, WV; m. NANCY MARY NANCY HUSTEA D, February 19, 1789, Harrison, WV; b. 1772; d. April 28, 1860, Harrison, WV.
Notes for GABRIEL GREATHOUSE:Source: David Casto e-mail 11/20/97. "He died c 1813. Inventor y of estate is dated 18 Dec 1813. The settlement is listed as 17 Sep 1836. Two clues happen t o the next generation at this time, (1) Gabriel is listed on the 1810 census and his wife Nan cy is listed for 1820 and 1830. The youngest son Gabriel #2 is married in July 1836 and the e state is settled in Sept 1836. Also Gabriel is listed in the 1840 census and Nancy is no long er listed. Gabriel #1 married Mary/Nancy Hustead 19 Feb 1789. She born 1772 died 28 Apr 1860 . The index of deaths in Harrison Co,WV incorrectly lists her first initial as A. I have ha d the original records checked and it should be an N. This took many years to locate. Sarah D ennison was informant at the time of Mary's death."The following deed transactions were foun d at the time of Gabriel's death: Gabriel Estate Grantor Book 14, page 224, 1817; Gabriel Est ate Grantor Book 22, p.109, 1832; James Greathouse et al Sotha? Hickman, Jr. book 14, p. 22 4 on 2 Jun 1817, Elk Creek Interest (two undivided tenth part Gabriel owned at death)Marriag e bond signed by Moses Hustead.Source: Birth given as 1768 by William K. Greathouse.
Notes for NANCY MARY NANCY HUSTEAD:Source: William McKinney, Letter 8 Nov 1997.Died: at th e home of her daughter, Sarah Greathouse Dennison.
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