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THE GREATHOUSE FAMILY OF OHIO COUNTY, (WEST) VIRGINIA AND BROWN COUNTY, OHIO

Marjorie Fletcher     Page Update: November 2011

Herman Grothausen 1

Henry Grothausen 2

Harmon Greathouse 3

John Greathouse 4

William Greathouse 5

Eleanor Greathouse 6

Martha C. Carson 7

 

Della Elnora Carson 8

Leota M. Collins 9

HERMAN GROTHAUSEN 1

    Herman Grothausen 1, was born 1670 in Germany; died 27 October 1743 in Springfield Manor, Germantown, Pennsylvania; buried in Germantown, Pennsylvania in St. Michael's Churchyard Cemetery. He is thought to have been a Tile Maker and an accomplished violinist. His wife's name is unknown.

    Herman Grothausen arrived in the New World in 1710 and settled in the Providence of Pennsylvania. He was born in Germany, possibly Westphalia, Prussia, however there is no documentation of this. He resided in Springfield Manor, Germantown, Pennsylvania. In 1742 Herman built a beautiful home in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and a few years ago it was purchased by the Georghegan family who restored it. The name of his wife is unknown and she probably died before Herman came to America. The inscription on his tombstone reads "Harmon Grothaus" born 1670, died October 17, 1743. His beloved sons, Henry and John Grothausen are mentioned in his will. It is not known whether the spelling of the name on the tombstone was due to an error on the part of the tombstone maker or Herman himself, to shorten and to some extent anglicize his name. He is buried on the grounds of St. Michael's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Germantown, Pennsylvania.

    I have just recently received information that Hendrick Sellen (1665-1749) and Herman Grothausen/Greathouse did the administration inventory for Cornelius Tyson in 1716 which is on file at the Philadelphia City Archives. Sellen and Tyson were both Mennonites and they lived next door to each other in Creesam which was part of Germantown proper in the 1714 list by Keyser. (Source: Mr. R. Sell who is a descendant of Hendrick Sellen).

Known Children of Herman Grothausen

1. Henry Grothausen 2 (Herman Grothausen 1) born 1695 in Germany; died 1745 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; buried in Germantown, Pennsylvania, St. Michael's Churchyard Cemetery. He married Ann, last name unknown.

2. Johann Adolph Grothausen 2 (Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1697 in, it is thought but not documented, Westphalia, Prussia; died 1791 at age 94 in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; buried in St. Michael's. Evangelical Lutheran Churchyard Cemetery along with his wife, Amelia (Miller) Grothausen; married 10 November 1720 in Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she was born about 1700 in Germantown, Pennsylvania; died 1 November 1774 in Springfield, Germantown at the age of 74 years; buried in St. Michael's Churchyard Cemetery, daughter of Wingard Miller and Sybilla Levering. John Grothausen (Johann Adolph Grothausen) had at least two sons and one daughter. He may have died in Springfield Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Johann inherited the Manor House built by his father in 1742 in Springfield Township, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and lived there with his wife Amelia until 1759 when he sold it to Christopher Ottinger, Jr. Children: (1) Rebecca born 1718 in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died before 1763 (2) Johannes born about 1720 (3) Wilhelm born 1724 in Springfield Manor, Germantown, Pennsylvania; died 25 March 1792  in Harrison County, West Virginia at age 68 years.

GENERATION 2

HENRY GROTHAUSEN 2 AND ANN GROTHAUSEN

    Henry Grothausen 2 (Herman Grothausen 1) was born 1695 in Germany; died 1745 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; buried in Germantown, Pennsylvania, St. Michael's Churchyard Cemetery. He married Ann, last name unknown.

    Henry Grothausen was 15 years of age when he arrived in the New World in 1710. He was a Yeoman and resided in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His will is in Will Book G, p. 140 dated 3 January 1744/1745, probated 23 February 1745 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Executor's, John Groothouse, (Henry's brother), Wiccard Miller (John Adolph Grothausen's brother-in-law), John Orts, Michael Shower, John Van-Heusen, Catherine Greathouse, daughter of Henry was deceased by the 21 April 1748 proof of her father's estate.

Children of Henry Grothausen 2 and wife Ann (unknown)  Grothausen

1. Harmon Groethausen/Greathouse 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1717 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; died between 1794-1795 in Carroll County, Maryland. He married Mary Stull.

2. Jacob Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1719 in Pennsylvania; died in 1801 near 80 years of age. Jacob married Christianity Van Huse 12 August 1749 in Tulpehocken, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They were married at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. Jacob Groethouse enlisted 22 May 1777 in the Revolutionary War in the German Regiment of the Continental Line under Capt. William Heyser.

3. Magdalena Maria Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1721; died 1793 at the age of 72 years.

4. Peter Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1726 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (this may be the Peter "Goodhouse" who enlisted 8 July 1746 in Capt. John Deimer's Company, Pennsylvania Militia. In 1746 he made a declaration that he was 19 years old. He had a son baptized 9 December 1750 at St. John's Reformed Church in Heidelberg Township, Pennsylvania.

5. Christian Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1727 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

6. Mary Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1728 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

7. Katherine Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1732 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

8. Elizabeth Grothausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1734 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

9. Susanna Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1736 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Susanna "Anna" may be the "Mrs. Muncy" who is called the sister of Harmon Greathouse in the "History of the Panhandle". She lived near Harmon's Creek near present day Weirton, West Virginia.

10. John Groethausen 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1738 in Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; died after 1811

GENERATION 3

HARMON GREATHOUSE 3 AND MARY (STULL) GREATHOUSE

    Harmon Greathouse 3 (Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) was born about 1717 in  Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; died between 1794-1795 in Carroll County Maryland. He married about 1745 in Frederick County, Maryland, Mary Magdalena Stull born 1725 in Frederick County Maryland; died sometime between 8 October 1783 and 12 October 1794. She was the daughter of John Stull and Mary Williams. In a 1792 Court document, Harmon declared his age as 75 years (Chancery Court folder 1691, Baltimore County, Maryland).

    Harmon Greathouse was a volunteer in the Sandusky expedition in Col. Wm. Crawford's regiment. He was in the Revolutionary War, Rangers on the Frontier 1778-1782. He moved to Augusta County, Virginia in 1771, later called Yohogania County and then later called Ohio County, Virginia. In 1787 Brooke County was formed from land cut off from Ohio County, Virginia and he settled on the waters of Harmon' Creek, named for him, on 800 acres. He resided in Lancaster County Pennsylvania Heidelberg Township and then to Frederick County, Maryland for 22 years. Harmon, Jr., Isaac and Jonathan all bought land from their father's original 800 acres in Virginia. By 10 October 1753, Harmon was living on a tract of land across the Potomac River in Hampshire County, Virginia. He acted as a chain carrier there on 18 March 1754 for Thomas Rutherford. On 18 November 1755 Harmon Greathouse of the "Colony of Virginia", farmer, sold his tract "Chestnut Spring" in Frederick County, Maryland to John Hildebrand. Harmon was a Blacksmith by trade and received a bequest of Blacksmith tools from the will of his father. On 24 June 1749, Harmon had a 50 acre farm called "Chestnut Springs", surveyed and patented.  This land was located on Antietam Creek in Frederick County, Maryland, present day Washington County, Maryland. This is the tract that he sold to John Hildebrand 18 November 1755. On 28 March 1755, Greathouse also acted as a chain carrier for surveyor Thomas Rutherford in surveying a 194 acre tract of land on the Potomac for John Friend of Frederick County, Maryland. Harmon and Mary are believed to have lived in Frederick County for about 22 years. During that time they had nine children; Daniel, William, John, Susannah, Mary, Gabriel (Gabriel may be their grandson, son of their son, Daniel), Harmon, Jr., Isaac and Johnathan. In 1773 Harmon took his family and settled in the northern part of Ohio County, Virginia in present day Brooke County, West Virginia near the Hancock County line. The land on which he settled was on a creek which he called Harmon's Run. It later became known as Harmon's Creek and flows into the Ohio River near Holiday's Cove, present day Weirton, West Virginia. In 1780 Harmon produced certificates for two tracts of 400 acres each. The land records office at Richmond, Virginia show that a land patient was granted to Harmon Greathouse on 8 March 1785 for 800 acres of land in the county of Yohogania, Virginia along Harmon's Creek. Patrick Henry, Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in consideration of the ancient composition of 4 sterling paid by Harmon Greathouse into the Treasury of the Commonwealth of Virginia, granted the patent. On 4 August 1788 Harmon and Mary sold two parcels of land, 195 acres including Cove Pond and part of Harmon's Creek to their son Isaac for 150; 218 acres of land and a sawmill on Harmon's Creek to their son Harmon for 150; 387 acres on both sides of Harmon's Creek to their son Jonathan for 200. Almost immediately after, they left Virginia and returned to Maryland.

FROM "THE HISTORY OF THE PANHANDLE, WEST VIRGINIA"

    Harmon Greathouse settled in Holiday's cove about the year 1771. From him Harmon's Creek, which runs through the cove, takes it's name. He settled near where Brown and Caldwell built the woolen factory. Mr. Greathouse, his wife, three children and his sister, Mrs. Muncy, constituted his family. One night Benjamin Davis, son of Nathaniel Davis, Sr., was at Mr. Greathouse's cabin when it was attacked by a party of Indians. While the Indians were prying at the door and the Greathouse's  and  Davis's were resisting them, Mr. Greathouse and Mrs. Muncy ran and made a great noise among the chairs and other furniture, and called loudly men's names, urging them to come to the chest and get powder and ball. The Indians heard the calls and supposed the upper story was filled with men. At the proper time Mrs. Greathouse fired a rifle from the garret window, which dispersed the Indians. The family then fled to Edgington's Fort, protected by the darkness of the night. The following night the fort was surrounded and attacked by Indians but was successfully defended by twelve men among whom were Greathouse, three Davis brothers, Huston, Edgington, Griffith and others.

Children of Harmon Greathouse 3 and Mary (Stull) Greathouse

1. Rachel Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 20 February 1747 in Pennsylvania; died before 1757 in Frederick County, Maryland.

2. Juliana Sybil Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) baptized 15 September 1750 in Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick County, Maryland, died young.

3. Jacob Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1752; died before April 1780. He was under Indian Attack in 1777 and died near Wheeling, (W.) Virginia.

4. John Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 8 April 1753 in Frederick County, Maryland; died 1829 in Brown County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth, last name unknown.

5. Daniel Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about mid 1750's in Frederick County, Maryland; died in 1775 in Yohogania County, Virginia at about 23 years of age. Daniel Greathouse was a famous Indian fighter and was said to be instrumental in starting Dunsmor's War. He died in 1775 of the measles. He owned 400 acres of land in 1771 at Mingo Bottom in Ohio County, Virginia. He was married to Mary Morris born 1757; died 1827 in Marion County, Indiana at the age of 70 years; buried in Bethel Cemetery, Decatur Township, Marion County, Indiana; daughter of Richard Morris and wife Mary. He had 2 children, (1) Gabriel Greathouse born about 1774 in Frederick County, Maryland; died 8 March 1829 in Pulaski County, Arkansas at about the age of 55 years (2) John Greathouse. Daniel, due to his participation in the Yellow Creek Massacre in 1774 was probably the most publicized of any of the early members of the family. According to Doddridge's notes and also "History of the Panhandle", he was in command of the group of 21 Men who participated in this Indian massacre. Yellow Creek is a small tributary of the Ohio River located some forty miles above Wheeling. Joshua Baker lived at the mouth of this creek and operated an Inn or Tavern of sorts, selling grog to both whites and Indians. Feelings between the whites and the Indians had been at a high pitch for some time and a number of both had been killed. Scouts returning to Fort Pitt reported that war was inevitable. Word had been sent out from Wheeling for people in the outlying settlements to come in. Baker had not responded to this call but was preparing to do so when a squaw came across the river and told him that the Indians were preparing to murder him and his family. Baker got out word that he needed help. Daniel Greathouse, with a group of 21 men responded. They reached Baker's on 30 April 1774 and were concealed by Baker in a back room. Soon after their arrival, seven Indians came across the river to Baker's place, among them the brother of Logan, Chief of the Mingo tribe of the Iroquois Nation. Two women and a child were also in this group. The Indians were drinking and Logan's brother put on a hat and coat belonging to one of the white men. The white man shot and killed him. The white men who had been concealed in the back room rushed out and killed all the Indians except for the child. As they rushed out of the house, they saw two canoe loads of Indian braves painted and armed for war, coming across the river. Daniel's group fired on them, killing most of the occupants of one of the canoes, whereupon the others turned back. This massacre, according to some of our historians, was the direct cause of Lord Dunsmore's War of 1774 in which a terrible vengeance was wreaked on the white settlers by the Indians. Chief Logan blamed Colonel Cresap for his brother's death and according to a Mr. John Sappington (who participated in the massacre and who, in 1801, made an affidavit concerning it). Cresap despised and hated Greathouse ever afterward for his part in the affair. Most of the early historians, including the Rev. Joseph Doddridge, blames Daniel for the massacre and criticized him most severally. It was said that Daniel took the scalps of his slain Indian foes and dangled them form his belt in true frontier fashion. He was a rugged frontiersman but he had to be both rugged and ruthless in order to keep his own hair and stay alive at that time in our history.

6. Rachel Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 7 August 1757 in Frederick County, Maryland; died 3 April 1832 at the age of 74 years. She married 24 August 1777 in Ohio County, Virginia, Benjamin Tomlinson born 11 December 1752 in Little Meadows, Washington County, Maryland; died 30 September 1838 in Ellerslie, Allegheny County, Maryland at age 85 years, son of Joseph Tomlinson, Sr. and Rebecca (Swearingen) Tomlinson. Rachel and Benjamin Tomlinson lived in Ohio County, Virginia.

7. Susannah Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 14 January 1759 in Baltimore, Maryland; died 8 April 1839 at the age of 80 years in Shelby County, Kentucky. She married Captain Van Swearingen 24 February 1780 in Westmorland County, Pennsylvania, son of John Swearingen and Catherine (Stull) Swearingen. The Swearingen's migrated to Kentucky and established themselves in Shelby County. Captain Swearingen was born 2 November 1754 in Hagerstown, Frederick County, Maryland; died 18 July 1839 in Shelby County, Kentucky. He was almost 85 years old at the time of his death. His will which is of record in Shelby County, mentions his wife Susannah and the children; Caty, Harmon, Charles, Matilda, Van, Drusilla, Rachel and Polly.

8. William Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1760 in Baltimore, Maryland; died 1791 in Ohio County, Virginia at the age of 31 years. He married Elizabeth Decker. The Courts of Ohio County, Virginia appointed appraisers and administrators for his estate in the year 1791. His widow Elizabeth Greathouse married George Edgington of Ohio County, Virginia. In 1795 the Courts appointed Mr. Edgington as guardian of William's three minor children. There names were: Harmon who married in 1805, Elizabeth McColloch; Isaac who married in 1808, Susannah McColloch; Rachel who died in 1809 unmarried. William was a Revolutionary War soldier and served in the Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia.

9. Harmon Greathouse, Jr. 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 30 January 1762 in Baltimore, Maryland; died 5 July 1849 in Deatsville, Nelson County, Kentucky at the age of 87 years. He married (1) Mary Massy born about 1766; died young. He married (2) Marcy Burkey born 19 March 1768; died 25 February 1841 in Nelson County, Kentucky. Harmon, Jr. was in the Revolutionary War in the Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia under Capt. Charles Bilderback.

10. Mary Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1764 in Baltimore, Maryland; died on 20 December 1827 in Shelby County, Kentucky. She was about 63 years of age; buried in Waters-Allen Cemetery, 4 miles from Shelbyville, Kentucky, no stone. She married Joseph Fawcett.

11. Isaac Stull Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1766 in Hampshire County, Virginia; died before August 1838 in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Rigby, daughter of Mr. Rigby and Ann Ridgley. They had eight children. In the early 1790's or late 1780's Isaac and his wife migrated from Brooke County, Virginia to Shelby County, Kentucky. Isaac was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and served with the Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia.

12. Johathan Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1767 in Hampshire County, Virginia; died about 1790 on the Ohio River at about the age of 23 years. Jonathan died on the way to Kentucky on a flatboat. He and his intended bride, Henrietta Ann Rigby were massacred by Indians on the river bank of the Ohio. Henrietta was a sister of Isaac's wife, Elizabeth. Also in the party were Henrietta's brother, Nimrod, 21 and sister Mary, 13. This happened at the mouth of the Scioto River near Marysville, Kentucky, ten years after the border wars had ended. Jonathan's sufferings were prolonged as long as possible, being tied to a tree and tortured to death, his tormentors supposing him to be a connection to Daniel Greathouse who commanded the party at Baker's house which murdered the family of Logan, the great Mingo chief. The body of Miss Rigby was left exposed on the river beach to be destroyed by wild animals.

13. Elizabeth Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1771; died 26 December 1841 in Buffalo Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania at the age of 70 years; buried in South Buffalo Cemetery, Buffalo Township.

GENERATION 4

JOHN GREATHOUSE 4 AND ELIZABETH GREATHOUSE

    John Greathouse 4 (Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 8 April 1753 in Frederick County, Maryland; died 1829 in Brown County, Ohio; married about 1782/1783, probably in Ohio County, Virginia, Elizabeth, last name unknown.

    John Greathouse moved to Brown County, Ohio about 1815. He has a deed in Brown County, Ohio dated 20 May 1815 that states that he bought 131 2/4 acres of land on the waters of the West Fork of Brush Creek. It states, John Greathouse of Brooke County, Virginia. He was a Revolutionary War Soldier in the Washington County Militia under Capt. Edwin Baxter. He owned 400 acres adjacent to his brother Daniel's 400 acres where he resided on the waters of Harmon's Creek in Ohio County, Virginia before moving to Ohio. He was a farmer, his will was dated August 1829. I have not been able to find the maiden name of his wife, Elizabeth or where they were married.

Children of John Greathouse 4 and Elizabeth Greathouse

1. Benjamin Greathouse 5 (John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1785 in Ohio County, Virginia. He married Mary Ryan, daughter of William and Mary Ryan.

2. William Greathouse 5 (John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1787 in Ohio County, Virginia; died 23 June 1851 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio at the age of 64 years. He married Mary, last name unknown.

3. Isaac Greathouse 5 (John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 17 February 1789 in Virginia; died 7 February 1875 in Highland County, Ohio; buried in Concord Township, Highland County, Lewis Cemetery. He married Catherine, last name unknown.

4. Rachel Greathouse 5 (John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1793; died 10 September 1875.

5. Jesse Greathouse 5 (John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 19 April 1794 in Washington County, Pennsylvania; died before 1860 in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio; he married 1 May 1816 in Highland County, Ohio, Mary Ross born about 1795; daughter of Elisha Ross and Rebecca (Hough) Ross. Jesse Greathouse was living in Highland County, Ohio in the 1820 census of that state.

6. Elizabeth Greathouse 5 (John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1802. She married 15 April 1824 in Adams County, Ohio, Daniel McAdams born about 1795.

GENERATION 5

WILLIAM GREATHOUSE 5 AND MARY GREATHOUSE

    William Greathouse 5 (John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1787 in Ohio County, Virginia; died 23 June 1851 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio. He married about 1806, probably in Virginia, Mary (her name may have been Martha but she went by Mary in the 1850 census) born 1786 in Virginia; died 1859 in Brown County, Ohio at the age of 72 years. On October 22, 1840 William Greathouse was chosen guardian and legal representative of his three youngest children. This makes me wonder if Mary was a second wife and not the mother of his children. His first wife (if he had one) might have been named Martha as Eleanor (Greathouse) Carson named her first child, Martha. There are a lot of things in question here, more research is needed.

    William Greathouse sold 16 acres of land on Eagle Creek to his son Wesley Greathouse for $50. on 8 September 1847 in Deed Book W-2, p. 559. He lived in Brooke County, Virginia in 1810. He purchased 450 acres of land in Brown County, Ohio in 1818 from John Wright; an additional 100 acres in 1819; another 173 acres by 1834. This family was enumerated in Brown County, Ohio in 1820 and 1830. William Greathouse was a trustee of Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio in 1823. He and his wife Mary and his younger children were enumerated in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio in 1850.

    William Greathouse executed a will 2 April 1851 in Brown County, Ohio in which he gave his wife, Mary Greathouse a cow, bedstead and bedding and one table. To his daughter Eleanor he left a cow plus one bedstead and bedding "that she purchased in my life time" I wish her to keep and one new table. She was also to have a new side-saddle purchased by his executors. He left his son, Wesley Greathouse one set of horse gear, several horses and one bed and bedstead. He left his son John Greathouse $ 1. in full of all claims on his estate and left all of his personal estate to grandson, John Wesley Abraham. He also left $1. each to his grandchildren, William, Mary Jane, Alexander and Wesley Donaldson as their full part of his estate. The remainder of his estate he left to his children and sons-in-law; Brice Rickey and his wife, Elizabeth; James Donaldson and his wife, Mary Ann; Isaac Waters and his wife Lucinda; Eleanor Greathouse and Wesley Greathouse. After expenses were paid, widow, Mary Greathouse was to have one-third of the remainder.

    William Greathouse's will was proven 28 July 1851 in Brown County, Ohio. As requested in the will, son's-in-law Isaac Waters and Brice Rickey were appointed administrators. Widow, Mary Greathouse died about 19 June 1859 in Brown County, Ohio. On 21 June 1859 her son-in-law, James Carson was appointed administrator of her estate. Her estate was appraised 6 September 1859 at $668.95 and sold at public auction July 9th. Her estate was settled in 1861.

Children of William Greathouse 5 and Mary Greathouse (Mary may not be the mother of William's children)

1. John Greathouse 6 (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1)  born 9 September 1808 in Brooke County, Virginia; died 11 September 1891 in Winchester, Adams County, Ohio at the age of 83 years; buried in Winchester Cemetery, Adams County. He married 17 December 1829 in Brown County, Ohio, Elizabeth Campbell. She was born in 1807; died 4 June 1886 in Brown County, Ohio; buried in Winchester Cemetery, Adams County, Ohio.

2.Elizabeth Greathouse 6 (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 10 March 1812 in Brooke County, Virginia; died 11 August 1855 in Ohio; buried in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio, Rickey family burying ground. She married 31 January 1832 in Brown County, Ohio, Brice Rickey born 5 June 1809 in New Jersey; died 14 October 1876 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; buried in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio, Rickey family burying ground.

3. Rachel Greathouse 6 (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1814 in Ohio; died 1841/1842 in Highland County, Ohio; married 3 April 1834 in Brown County, Ohio, James Donaldson born 1808 in Adams County, Ohio.

4. Mary Ann Greathouse 6 (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1818 in Ohio; married 13 December 1842 in Brown County, Ohio, James Donaldson born 1808 in Adams County, Ohio. James Donaldson was the widower of her deceased sister, Rachel Greathouse 6.

5. Sarah Greathouse 6  (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born about 1820 in Ohio; died 1 January 1848 in Ohio. She married Anthony Charles Abraham in Brown County, Ohio. One child: John Wesley Abraham.

6. Eleanor Greathouse 6 (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1 April 1826 in Belmont County, Ohio (from her death certificate); died 28 April 1898 in New Harmony, Pike Township, Brown County, Ohio. She married 28 November 1851, James Charles Carson born 6 March 1824 in Adams County, Ohio; died 15 April 1897 in New Harmony, Brown County, Ohio; buried in New Harmony Cemetery, Brown County.

7. Isaac Wesley Greathouse 6 (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 20 December 1828 in Ohio; died 23 April 1853 in Brown County, Ohio; buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Jackson Township, Brown County; married 2 November 1852 in Brown County, Catherine Wallis.

8. Lucinda Greathouse 6 (William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 1832 in Ohio; married Isaac Waters. No further information.

GENERATION 6

ELEANOR (GREATHOUSE) CARSON 6 AND JAMES CARSON

    Eleanor Greathouse 6 born 1 April 1856 in Belmont County, Ohio (from her death certificate); died 28 April 1898 in New Harmony, Brown County, Ohio; buried in New Harmony Cemetery, Brown County. She married 28 November 1851 in Brown County, James Charles Carson born 6 March 1824 in Wayne Township, Adams County Ohio; died 15 April 1897 in New Harmony, Brown County, Ohio; buried in New Harmony Cemetery, Brown County. He was the son of John Carson and Rachel (Beam) Carson. Eleanor died of "brain fever", (encephalitis, inflammation of the brain).

    James Charles Carson died of cancer as stated on his death certificate. James and Eleanor Carson lived in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio from about 1850-1880's. At his retirement, they lived in New Harmony, Brown County, Ohio. In the 1880 census, Nancy J. Carson, Rachel Carson and Martha Carson were still living at the home place with James and Eleanor Carson as were their grandchildren, Charles W. Carson and Nola A. Carson who were the children of Martha C. Carson, their oldest daughter.

Children of Eleanor (Greathouse) Carson and James Charles Carson

1. Martha Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4 Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 14 July 1852 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 7 January 1928 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; buried in Dunlap, Morris County, Kansas, Wodke Family Cemetery; she married Frederick Wodke, Her one and only marriage.

2. William James Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 16 October 1853 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 27 April 1944; buried in Williamsburg, Clermont County, Ohio. William James Carson was living at the road station in Bellevue, Kentucky in 1897 at the time of his father's death. I do not have a spouse for William. Perhaps he never married.

3. Rachel Ann Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 14 October 1855 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 20 November 1953 in Williamsburg, Hamilton County, Ohio. I do not have a spouse for Rachel.

4. Margaret Ellen Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 2 March 1857 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 27 June 1943 in Jackson Township, Brown County; buried in Adams County, Ohio, Lawshe Cemetery. She married 29 October 1884 in Brown County, Ohio, John William Morrison born 12 November 1853; died 6 July 1897 in Peebles, Adams County, Ohio; buried in Lawshe Cemetery, Adams County. Children: (1) Mary Ellen born about 1855/1856  (2) Alfred Alonzo born 3 October 1890.

5. John Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 29 January 1859 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 1866 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio.

6. Robert Alexander Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born10 February 1862 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 29 April 1931/1932 in Ohio. He married Hattie Bodnum born 21 October 1867; died 16 May 1898. Children: (1) James Isaac born 30 July 1893 (2) Albert W. born 28 November 1897.

7. Nancy Jane Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 19 February 1864 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 29 September 1961 in Brown County, Ohio; buried in New Harmony Cemetery, Brown County. She married, about 1898/1899 Joseph Long born 1858; died 1931 in Brown County, Ohio. They had one child, Walter Harold Long born 29 December 1900 in Brown County; died November 1982 in Mt. Orab, Brown County, Ohio.

8. Mary Emma Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 16 May 1868 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 17 January 1951 in Williamsburg, Clermont County, Ohio; buried in Williamsburg Cemetery. She married Henry William Ogden born 1872; died 7 July 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Children: (1) Edna born 8 March 1894 (twin) (2) Edgar born 8 March 1894 (twin) (3) William Hobart born 30 September 1896 (4) Byron Dale born about 1898

GENERATION 7

MARTHA C. CARSON 7

Martha Carson, daughter Della

Frederick Wodke, Martha (Carson) Wodke

Martha C. Carson

    Martha C. Carson 7 (Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 14 July 1852 in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio; died 7 January 1928 in Junction City, Kansas; buried in Dunlap, Morris County, Kansas, Wodke Family Cemetery. She married 28 February 1888 (her one and only marriage) in Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas, Frederick Wodke, born 20 November 1842 in Demain, Germany; died 25 February 1912 in Council Grove, Kansas; buried in Dunlap, Morris County, Kansas, Wodke Family Cemetery.

    Martha C. Carson left Ohio about 1885 with her little daughter, Della while leaving her two older children, Nola and Charles in the care of their grandparents, James and Eleanor Carson. She lived for a short time in West Virginia then traveled to Council Grove, Kansas by train to stay with her aunt, Mrs. Benjamin R. Pulliam (Margaret Rachel Carson, daughter of John Carson and Rachel (Beam) Carson, sister of Martha's father, James Charles Carson). She met a widower by the name of Frederick Wodke and they decided to get married. His wife had died and left him with five children to care for. Martha had Della and all six children grew up together. My grandmother (Della) often related to me what a happy childhood she had with her step-sisters and step-brother and what fun it was growing up together on a farm.

    Frederick Wodke came to America at 18 years of age and settled in Attica, New York. He was in the Civil War, a Corporal in the 160th Reg't. New York Infantry. He was discharged from the Military 13 August 1862 after 3 years of service. The children of this marriage all belong to Fred Wodke and his 1st wife, Ann (Henderson) Wodke born 16 August 1846 in England; died 16 November 1885 in Council Grove, Kansas. There were no children born to the marriage of Martha C. (Carson) Wodke and Frederick Wodke.

Center: Nola A. (Carson) Gordon

Right: Charles W. Carson

Left: Della E. Carson

Children of Martha C. Carson 7  (for more information on the following children of Martha C. Carson, see THE CARSON FAMILY

1. Nola A. Carson 8 (Martha C. Carson 7, Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 15 October 1870 in Brown County, Ohio; died 20 March 1922 in Middletown, Butler County, Ohio; buried 22 March 1922 in Madisonville, Hamilton County, Ohio. She married in 1892 Louis/Lewis Gordon born April 1869 in Ohio; died about 1958 in Mariemont, Hamilton County, Ohio.

2. Charles William Carson 8 (Martha C. Carson 7, Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 18 February 1876 in Brown County, Ohio; died 15 November 1954 in Wilmington, Clinton Memorial Hospital, Clinton County, Ohio; buried 18 November 1954 in Mt. Orab Cemetery in Brown County. He married (1) Minnie McKenzie (2) Leona Zugg.

3. Della Elnora Carson 8 (Martha C. Carson 7, Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 10 April 1882 in Eastwood, Brown County, Ohio; died 28 February 1975 in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California; buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California. She married (1) 9 December 1903 in Dunlap, Morris County, Kansas at the home of William Robinson, Bryce Monroe Collins born 3 April 1877 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas; died 10 October 1937 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; buried in Rochester Cemetery in Topeka. She married (2) about 1918/1920 Starr Young (aka Riley Randolph) born 4 May 1878 in Ceresco, Calhoun County, Michigan; died 1 September 1946 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. He was the son of Cyrus Young (1851-1904) and Jane (Skinner) Young (1855-1951). Jane was born in England

GENERATION 8

DELLA ELNORA (CARSON) COLLINS 8 AND BRYCE MONROE COLLINS

L-R: Leota, Della

L-R: Leota, Della, Martha C. Carson

Della Elnora Carson

     Della Elnora Carson 8 (Martha C. Carson 7, Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 10 April 1882 in Eastwood, Brown County, Ohio. Della was married twice, first to Bryce Monroe Collins (divorced 1916) and second to Star Young (aka Riley Randolph). Bryce Monroe Collins was the son of Brice Monroe Collins, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Warlick) Collins. For more information on these families, click on the links below.

The Collins Family           The Warlick Family

Child of Della Elnora (Carson) Collins 8  and Bryce Monroe Collins

1. Leota Margaret Martha Collins 9 (Della E. Carson 8, Martha C. Carson 7, Eleanor Greathouse 6, William Greathouse 5, John Greathouse 4, Harmon Greathouse 3, Henry Grothausen 2, Herman Grothausen 1) born 24 September 1906 in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas; died 13 February 1975 at the McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Springfield, Lane County Oregon; buried in Springfield Memorial Gardens, Lane County, Oregon. She married Orange Otto Smith 10 April 1926 in Los Angeles, California. He was born 24 November 1903 in Oscar, Missouri; died 12 March 1986 in Springfield, McKenzie-Willamette Hospital, Lane County, Oregon; buried next to Leota in Springfield Memorial Gardens, Lane county Oregon. They had one child. For more information click on the Collins Families and Warlick Families links above.

Leota's High School Graduation 1925

Leota, Orange O. Smith

Leota M. (Collins) Smith

 

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