Saturday, May 20, 2017

John Houck 1779 to 1856

Finding a Family Bible that  has a publication date of 1844, and inscribed inside, "This is the property of John Houck in the year of our Lord, 1856" is a genealogists dream come true.  John Houck and  Elizabeth Mullar were my 4th great grandparents.  Perhaps the Bible was bought the year John died to record family history. The Family Bible is entitled "Die Ganza Heilige Schrist" and is written in German.  There are two different hand-writings on the family records pages. One that records the births of John Houck and Elizabeth Mullar and their marriage is written in the old German script. That may have been written by Elizabeth after John died.

Notice the different hand-writings here.   On the left is the marriage record of John and Elizabeth.  It says, Johannes Houck entered into marriage with Elizabeth Muller on 8th May, in the year of our Lord, 1801, possibly written by Elizabeth.  On the right side, daughter Anna has  written, Anna Houck was married with William McEwen the 6th day of November in the Year of Our Lord, 1828.

On this page you can also see the two different hand- writings.  On the left side  the birth records of John and Elizabeth are given.  His birth date does not match what is given on his tombstone. Here it says Johannes Houck was born 28th day of March in 1776, but maybe that is 1779.  It looks like a correction was made.

Beneath that entry is Elizabeth's birth record and it provides us with date and place of her birth.  It says, Elizabeth Mulleran was born on the 10th day of February in Williams Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, 1789.  That information was significant to documenting the fact that her father was Valentine Miller.

The last entry on the right side is the birth record of Anna Houck.  Anna must have become the keeper of this wonderful Family Bible. Hats off to you Anna for preserving your family history!

The Houck Family Bible was located in the attic of my grandparents, Homer and Eliza McEwen about 1976. It was stored with a collection of family Bibles of different branches of the McEwen family.

Elizabeth Muller was 17 years old when she married John Houck on May 2, 1801. Together they had ten children, eight of whom lived to be adults.  The records of their births are recorded in the Church records of the Lutheran and Reformed Congregation at Mount Bethel.  They were:  Johann Jacob, born January 25, 1802, his sponsors were his maternal grandparents. Valentine and Susanna Mueller.  He married Sarah. He died in 1887.  Next was Susanna, born November 14, 1803, who married Frederick Weaver. Susanna died January 6,1861.  Our Anna who was third was born January 12, 1807. She married John McEwen and died about 1874.  Then came George, born January 16, 1809, who married Hannah Young and died November 5, 1886. Next is Christian, born  October 10, 1813 and died August 25, 1895. He married Sarah Cressman. Maria, born January 24, 1816, died before 1856.  Michael,  November 25, 1817, married Louisa Hartzell and  died September 30, 1909. Johannes died before 1856, he was born December 29, 1820.  Catherine who married Reuben Schoch was born March 15, 1823 and died September 30, 1863. And finally Joseph, born December 4, 1824 and died June 20, 1897 was married to Maria Weaver.

The first evidence of the family of John Houck other than this family Bible record, is found on the 1840 census in Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.  There are a number of people in the family including a young boy living there who was probably his grandson, William McEwen, and a woman aged between 30 and 40 on the census who was probably Anna Houck McEwen, his widowed daughter.  It is probable that Anna returned  to  her parent's home after her husband  John died in 1832.  The 1850 census record is a little confusing, as ages of all but 18 year old William Houck (McEwen) are incorrect.  For one thing it looks like William used the family name Houck at this time. He was probably raised in the Houck household all his life and grew up with his mother's younger brothers. At the age of 18, if he was the person the census taker had spoken to, he may not have known correct ages of the others. 

Elizabeth is found on the 1860 Census record living in Lower Mount Bethel with  her daughter Anna McEwen. They are next door to Elizabeth's son Michael and his family.  John  and his wife Elizabeth  Miller Houck  are buried in the Old Union Cemetery at Stone Church in Upper Mount Bethel township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. 

John Houck was born March 28, 1779, but I have never been able to find a birth record for him other than the Bible record.  He died December 29, 1856.  Elizabeth was born February 10, 1784  and died  October 12,  1861.


Sources:
  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • Houck Family Bible, Biblia - Die Ganza Heilige Schrist, 1844. This is the property of John Houck in the year of our Lord 1856. This Bible is now in the possession of Cynthia H. Smith.
  • Miller, Valentine. Notes given to me by Carol Houck Bollenback, July 10, 1991. These notes are dated February, 1940 and were written by Miss L. Victoria Houck, a granddaughter of John Houck. Photocopies are in my file.
  • John McEwen Family Bible. The Holy Bible, 1827. This Bible was located in 1976 in the McEwen attic now in my possession.
  • Seneca Co. Ohio Court Records. Oct. 10, 1843. Letter of attorney naming Henry McEwen of Seneca Co. Ohio to represent John Houck the guardian of William McEwen, son of John McEwen, deceased.
  • Muller Family Descendants, Doris Rizza. Received Oct. 1996. Research located on the IGI at the LDS.
  • Church Record of the Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Congregation at Mount Bethel Township, Northampton Co., PA , 1914. Transcribed from the old German Record by the Rev. Dr. Wm. Wackernagel. Containing birth records from 1774 - 1890.
  • Find A Grave website was used to locate death dates of the children of John and Elizabeth Houck
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Hosea P. Scott, Civil War Veteran (1820 - 1899)

I grew up hearing the story of my dad's great grand father, Hosea P. Scott, who had fought in the Civil War.  Dad told me how he  remembered seeing Hosea's old uniform hanging in the attic of their house on Armenia Mt.  As a boy Dad decided to take two of the buttons off the uniform for keepsakes.  Later he was given the Bible that Hosea had in his breast  pocket which took the force of the bullet when he was shot.  Dad said that Hosea always told the story of getting shot and how the Bible in his breast pocket had saved his live.

Hosea's birth date, August 7, 1820,  was recorded by his father, Jonathan Scott, on his handwritten note, "A Reckend of Ages", which was part of the Revolutionary War Pension Records of Hosea's grandfather, Thomas Merritt.  Note to the wise: when tracking down documentation, never leave a stone unturned! Finding the "Reckend of Ages" written in his father's own hand was an epiphany moment for me! 

When celebrating a family reunion descendants visited the graves of Hosea and Sarah Angeline Scott at Covert in the Burman Cemetery. Here my father, Richard Hughes (in red sweater) is reminiscing with his cousin, Clem Loomis (wearing white cap).  They often visited their grandparents on Armenia Mountain, Armenia Township, Bradford Co.,  Pennsylvania.


This cemetery is near the  Wesleyan  Methodist Church at Covert. The graves are marked Hosea P. Scott, died Nov. 3, 1899, age 79 years; Civil War Veteran.  Mother, Sarah A. Scott, 1820 -1921.

At the age of 44, on Sept. 10, 1864,  Hosea enlisted  in the service to fight in the Civil  War.   He was a resident of East Troy,  Pennsylvania, but went to Elmira, New York to enlist as a private in Company A, 142nd Regiment of New York Volunteers, 3rd Brigade.   He served in the Battle of Fort Richmond, Virginia on December 25, 1864 and on January 15, 1865 fought in the Battle at Fort Fisher, North Carolina where he was wounded by gunshot in the left breast and lung.  He was hospitalized at Ft. Schuyler, NY for three months and furloughed on April 30, 1865.   This YouTube video tells the story of The Battle at Fort Fisher.  Seeing this re-enactment and hearing the story of this battle brought that day when Hosea fought for his country to life. 

He married  Sarah Angeline Chauncey on March 2,  1850 in East Troy, Bradford Co., PA.  They became the parents of three children.  Mable, who was born August 12, 1855 and died April 23, 1928.  A daughter, Laura, was born around1858 and died before 1870. My great grandmother, Helen Florence, was born Nov. 5,1860 and passed away on August 13, 1930.  Helen married Charles Estep and they were the parents of my grandmother, Zilpha.

On May 29, 1900 the County Commissioners Clerk filed a certificate of property assessment in his estate.  Real property assessed in the name of Hosea P. Scott in Armenia Township was 100 acres, with a value of $525.  His personal property included 1 horse valued at $20 and 1 cow valued at $15. His Civil War pension papers describe him as a man of sandy complexion who was 6 feet tall and weighed145 pounds.

Sources:
  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • Civil War Pension Application of Hosea P. Scott
  • Fort Fisher - Wilmington, NC, YouTube Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI2CsKXHq48
  • Find A Grave Memorial # 20051622 and # 20051655
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Henry Good - Civil War Veteran (1841-1919)

Henry Good fought in the Civil War at  Gettysburg where his name appears on The Pennsylvania Monument.   The picture here is of a young Henry in uniform with his weapon.  He was a private in Company K of the 153d Regiment from Lower Mt. Bethel,
Northampton Co., PA, under Captains Isaac Johnson and Isaac Buzzard.  He enlisted on Oct. 11, 1862 when  he was 21 years old.  Records indicate that he was not injured in the fighting.  Which was a good thing, because many were.

The PA 153d engaged in battle at Chancellorsville,VA on May 2, 1863 and at Gettysburg, PA in the infamous battles of July 1863.   The 153d was an infantry company.  There is a monument at Gettysburg  to their honor on Barlows Knoll,   where they  fought in the Battle of Cemetery Hill.  Company K  from Lower Mt. Bethel mustered out on July 23, 1863.

After returning from the war Henry married Josephine Correll on December 29, 1866 at the Richmond Methodist Church in Richmond, Pennsylvania.  They became the parents of seven children. Annie Catherine, who married Simon J. Pysher,  was  born October 7, 1869 and passed away on Feb. 27, 1951.  Emma Alaura, born Feb. 4, 1871, married Martin Frey and died on Dec. 14, 1901, soon after the birth of her son Harvey. William, who married Gertrude Doremus, was born July 3, 1874 and passed away on Aug. 3, 1967.  John Arthur, born Sept. 23, 1876 died at the age of 4 on Nov. 3, 1880.  George Raymond, who married Lillie Deats, was born July 27, 1880 and died May 23, 1960. Martin, who married Martha Harding, was  born Mar. 12, 1884 and died Mar. 25, 1971.  Bertha married first Clarence Meyers and second Clarence Johnson. She was born April 6, 1888 and died on April 3, 1979.


Here is a wonderful picture of the adult children of Henry Good, taken before 1942, the year Simon J. Pysher died. As far as I know, they are from left to right: Bertha and Clarence Johnson, George and Lillie, Martin and Martha, and Annie and Simon J. Pysher. William is missing.


All his life, Henry Good showed that he was a man who accepted the  responsibilities  that were his.  We see his Civil war record.   From the census records it can be gleaned that Henry Good  understood the obligations of family.  He was the middle son of the 12 children of John Good, Jr. and the Grandson of John Good, Sr.

Throughout his adult life he is seen providing a home for members of his family. In 1870 it is noted on the Census that the family of Henry Good, age 29 included his wife Josephine, age 24, baby Anna C., age 8 months as well as his brother Enos, age 14 and his father, John. On the 1880 Census, the Henry Good family includes Josephine, Annie C., age 11,  Emma A., age 8,  William H., age 6 and John A. , age 4,  as well as Josephine's parents, John and Catherine Correll. The 1910, the Census reports that he was employed as a wagon driver for the Coal Co. His obituary says, "Deceased was a pioneer member of Miller’s Church, near Flicksville, and served a number of terms as tax collector in Lower Mt. Bethel Township.  He was a member of Albert Jones Post. G. A. R. of Bangor.  For twenty years, Mr. Good was in the employ of Milton Flory, of Bangor, as a driver."

Henry and Josephine Correll Good are buried in the Miller Church Cemetery on Heinsone Hill Rd. in Lower Mount Bethel. The little one room church known as the German Methodist Church or Methodist Episcopal Church is no longer there.  It was said that members were very devout Christains who remained in their service until the Holy Spirit came down among them.

Josephine was the daughter of John Correll and Catharine Eilenberger Correll.

The inscriptions on the tombstone provide us
with their birth and death dates.
Henry  Good               Josephine  Correll
b. July 28, 1841          b. Jan. 8, 1846
d. July 4, 1919            d. Nov. 9, 1913

This family is full of men named Henry, John and George.  I have told the story of  Henry Good (1764-1829), our Revolutionary War Veteran.  And his son, John, Sr. Our line of descent continues from John, Sr. to John, Jr. (1808-1871) of Lower Mt. Bethel.  From there we have this Henry (1841-1919) of Civil War fame, whose son George was Ron's Great Granddad.  George and Lillie Good had a son named Earl who married Edna Frey. Their daughter Dorothy married Clarence Smith.  Dot and Clarence were the parents of Ron Smith.

Sources:
  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • Stocker, Jeffrey D., "We Fought Desperate:"A History of the 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 2014. 
  • Church record of the Lutheran and Reformed congregations in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, 1774-1833 / copied by Wm. J. Hinke, 1934.  
  • Federal Census Records: 1870, 1880, 1910, Northampton, Pennsylvania
  • Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
  • Obituary of Henry Good, 5 Jul 1919, Easton Paper.
  • Henry Good Tombstone, photo taken Jan.14, 2017, Cynthia H. Smith

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