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Greathouse Surname DNA Project / Family Tree DNA Sale Ends Dec 31, 2013
« on: December 30, 2013, 01:17:34 PM »
Hi Folks,

Wanted to let you know the Family Tree DNA sale is ending at midnight on December 31st. I would ask if you would consider upgrading your YDNA test result to at least 67 markers but for sure to do the FAMILY FINDER test. We are finding that some of the individuals who cannot prove lineage for sure are matching with participants in the family finder test. I for one have added the family finder test to myself, my father and my son.


Nancy Acord-Greathouse
Rick Greathouse
Co-Admins Greathouse Surname Y-DNA

Dear Project Administrator,

Thank you for another outstanding year of discovery at Family Tree DNA. As you may know, our end-of-the-year prices for new kit orders and upgrades is ending December 31, 2013.

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FTDNA's Sizzling Summer Event

Summer is once again upon us and it is time for our Sizzling Summer event! Our successful summers over the last two years have led us to offer you great values again this year. So, let's work together to grow your projects and to grow our database.

We have been working with Illumina to offer our Family Finder autosomal test for only $99 during our summer event. In fact, if we receive enough orders at $99, Illumina may be able to help us keep it at this extremely low of rate of $99!

As you take advantage of our summer event, remember that the permanency of the $99 Family Finder test is actually in your hands!
Beginning on Thursday, June 27, 2013 and running until Friday, July 26, 2013, we will offer the following:
Y-DNA37                                                               was $169........Now $129
Y-DNA67                                                               was $268........Now $208
Y-DNA111                                                             was $359........Now $308
mtDNA Full Sequence                                           was $289........Now $189

Family Finder                                                        was $289........Now $99
Family Finder + Y-DNA37                                      was $368........Now $228
Family Finder + Y-DNA67                                      was $467........Now $307
Family Finder + mtDNAFullSequence                    was $398........Now $288
Comprehensive Genome (Y-DNA67, FMS & FF)    was $666........Now $496 


If you are a male Greathouse with continuous Male Greathouse lineage from your most distant ancestor, then a Y-DNA test could help establish your heritage. There is a current project with 36 men who have already participated. See results for current Greathouse Y-DNA Testing. These are grouped as participants believed their ancestors to be, but also with participants matching their various markers. The more matches shared between participants, the more likely those participants shared a recent common ancestor. Join Us!

Read more:

Most of our Greathouse Surname Y-DNA Projects pages at the website have been re-written to reflect the current status of the project. Those updates will be completed later this evening.

Read more:

Don't forget to review the latest updates to our Y-DNA results page.

Read more:

Along with the pages for our Lineage I (Haplogroup I1) group which matches the ancestral haplotype for Herman Groethausen, which has now been supported by 14 100% matches across 43 markers, with 7 of those also matching at 100% across 67 markers.

Read more:

Note: The DNA Heritage lab sort order has been related as retired. This means there will be no further updates to those pages and the links will be removed soon.

General Discussion / Family Tree DNA: DNA Day
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:40:51 AM »
Well if you haven’t heard it’s again DNA day tomorrow and Family Tree DNA felt that was good enough for us to have a short two day sale. 

Nearly the entire offering will be on sale these two days, including upgrades that were not on last year's sale.  The sale will begin at 6PM Thursday April 19th and will conclude at 11:59PM on Saturday April 21st.

There will be no need for a coupon - all prices will be automatically adjusted on the website.

We hope that this will give a big boost to your projects!

Males of the Greathouse surname can join our Y-DNA project at Family Tree DNA at the reduced rates stated. Please join our Y-DNA project by obtaining the Y-DNA 37 or Y-DNA 67 kits available on our project join page:



Many of you are aware of the original documents which have been published in our Greathouse County Project for Baltimore County, MD, available at:

There are a few more deeds which will be published soon regarding land obtained by David Greathouse, which he transferred to Elizabeth Greathouse, then when they were preparing to move to Kentucky, Elizabeth transferred the land back to David, who sold the land before they moved to Kentucky. David Greathouse gave an affidavit in court during 1792 John Elder vs Herman Greathouse, Lodwick Wampler. Also Samuel Greathouse witnessed one of the land transfers between David and Elizabeth.

Before we make any further conclusions about the evidence provided in those original documents, I would like to encourage any direct line male descendants of David Greathouse and Pensilla Goodwin to join our Greathouse Surname Y-DNA project for the purpose of obtaining Y-DNA results which would represent David Greathouse, who was a resident of Patapsco Upper Hundred, Baltimore County, MD from about 1787 through 1798, before he moved his family to Mason County, KY.

We do currently have Y-DNA results from two participants representing Samuel Greathouse, which established that Samuel Greathouse was genetically a member of Haplogroup R1b. While we would like to obtain Y-DNA results for Samuel Greathouse through a different son for confirmation, the Y-DNA results we currently have representing Samuel Greathouse strongly suggests that either a non-paternity event occurred in his lineage or he was descended from an immigrant ancestor who did not share a common ancestor with Herman Grothaus, who immigrated to Springfield, Philadelphia County, PA in 1710.

Y-DNA results for descendants of the following Greathouse men, place them in their respective Y-DNA haplogroup:

1) Herman Grothaus, Haplogroup I1
2) Samuel Greathouse, Haplogroup R1b

If you are I1, then you can not share a common ancestor with someone who is R1b.

Obtaining Y-DNA results from male descendants of David Greathouse would help us prove the following scenarios:

1) Was David Greathouse genetically related to Samuel Greathouse?

2) If David Greathouse and Samuel Greathouse were genetically related, provided that Y-DNA results for Samuel and David are a close match [Haplogroup R1b] and they were also the sons of Herman Greathouse, who settled in Baltimore County, MD by 1759, then Herman Greathouse, father of David and Samuel, would have been their common ancestor, who probably arrived as an immigrant about 1759.

3) If David Greathouse and Samuel Greathouse were not genetically related, provided that Y-DNA results for Samuel and David are not a close match [Samuel, Haplogroup R1b; David, Haplogroup I1] and only David Greathouse was the son of Herman Greathouse, who settled in Baltimore County, MD by 1759, then Herman Greathouse, father of David, would share as a common ancestor, Herman Greathouse, who immigrated to Springfield, Philadelphia County, PA in 1710.

4) Regarding Samuel "Brown" Greathouse, among the researchers who have shared their opinions, their working theory would be that Samuel "Brown" Greathouse was the son of a Greathouse daughter, with his father, perhaps a Brown, who retained and used the surname of Greathouse through out his life... which would be a non-paternity event in the lineage of Samuel "Brown" Greathouse.

Therefore, obtaining Y-DNA results from direct line male descendants of David Greathouse of Baltimore County, MD, would be most beneficial in helping us sort out which scenario, stated above, was the case.

If you are a direct line male descendant of David Greathouse and Pensilla Goodwin and you would be interested in participating in our Greathouse Surname Y-DNA Project, by sharing your Y-DNA to represent David Greathouse of Baltimore County, MD, then please contact us by email at:


Family Tree DNA's Sizzling Summer Promotion

Last summer, we offered special pricing to attract new members to your projects. This was the most successful offering of its type in our company's history. Our project administrators that got behind the recruitment efforts saw their projects grow, and, thus, our database also grew. With this in mind, we'd like to offer a summer special again this year.

    Y-DNA37 for $119 (Regular price would be $149)
    Y-DNA67 for $199 (Regular price would be $239)
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In addition, existing Family Tree DNA customers may order the Family Finder
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The promotion will start today, Friday the 15th at 6PM CST and will end Thursday, July 21, 11:59PM CST. Kits need to be paid for by the end of the promotion.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

For "Greathouse Cousins" wishing to take advantage of Family Tree DNA's summer promotion, please order your sample kit from our Greathouse Surname Y-DNA Project at Family Tree DNA by using the link below.

Anyone male or female can order the Family Finder test for close genealogy, while males who were born with the Greathouse surname may join our project by ordering any of the male line Y-DNA tests. For our Y-DNA project, we encourage all Greathouse males to order at least the Y-DNA37 sample kit, so that we obtain results for 37 markers which can be compared to the other participant's results in our Y-DNA study.

Greathouse Surname Y-DNA Project at Family Tree DNA:


Herman Groethausen 1670 / Early Greathouse Land Tracts Located
« on: July 06, 2011, 08:55:34 AM »
The Maryland Archives have been busy digitizing the records of the state and placing them online with finding aids, which are searchable on the Maryland Archives website.

They have also provided a joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, online at the following website:

In order to use the MDLandRec site, you need to register for a free account. Upon registration using your email address as a user account, they send you a password to access their system.

One caveat to using the system, you must first know the clerk's initials, Book No. and Page No. to reference a deed. You can enter just the Book No. and Page No. which will present you with a list showing clerk's initials, book no., years covered in the book.

If you don't know the clerk's initials, book number and page number, then you have to browse the grantor/grantee index or land tract index for the county, to obtain the clerk's initials, book no. and page no.

Through deeds and other records available on both of those websites, we now have a much clearer picture of the land tracts which were owned by our Greathouse kith and kin of Frederick and Baltimore County, MD.

Much credit goes to Chris Bailey's work in Stulls of Millsborough, to Louise Franklin Johnson who contributed greatly along with others to Bailey's compilation of deeds for Frederick and Baltimore County, MD.

The deeds they mentioned were easily referenced between the two websites mentioned above, which resulted in the discovery of additional records not mentioned in Bailey's compilation.

A study of land descriptions for adjoining tracts named in those deeds has enabled us to locate each tract of land in reference to certain terrain features named in those deeds.

Frederick County, MD

1) Chestnut Spring, 50 acres, granted to Harman & Mary Stull Greathouse in 1749, located at the head of a spring that flows into Little Antietam Creek, in the area of the intersection of present-day Park Hall Road and Raspberry Road, northwest of Rohrersville, MD and west of Lambs Knoll on South Mountain. Adjoining tracts of land which provided descriptions relevant to the location of Chestnut Spring: Well Done, Moses Chapline and Resurvey of Easterdays Chance, Michael Easterday.


1) Google Map: Greathouse of Frederick, MD

Baltimore County, MD

1) Harmans Valley, 10 acres, warrant certificate granted to Harman Greathouse and wife, Mary in 1760 [probably not Harman & Mary Stull Greathouse, who were residents of the Colony of Virginia, residing in Frederick County, VA, when they sold Chestnut Spring to John Hildebrand in 1755]. Harmans Valley was easily located because the tract began at a tree on the south side of Piney Falls. A newspaper reporter writing for the Baltimore Sun, from Marriottsville, MD, wrote an article about a fire at warehouse in the area of Piney Falls opposite Marriotsville, across the west fork of Patapsco River. Piney Run flows into the west fork of Patapsco River from the north below Marriottsville, MD.

Harman Greathouse sold this tract to John Elders in 1783. This transaction had not been resolved to the satisfaction of the executors of John Elders estate by 1789, but it was settled by the Baltimore County Court in 1792, when the Harman Greathouse who sold the land originally to John Elder, deposed that he was age 75 in 1792 [born in 1717] and that he had sold Harmans Valley to John Elder in 1783. After the court resolved the matter, Harman Greathouse made out a deed for Harmans Valley to Michael Elder. On the same day, Mary wife of said Harman Greathouse acknowledged her right of dower in the land and premises in the deed to be the right, title and estate of Michael Elder.  

2) Watsons Trust, 10 acres, Benjamin Waygers to Harman Greathouse, 20 Apr 1765. Benjamin Waygers obtained part of Watsons Trust, 125 acres, from Thomas Watson in 1753. In 1765 Waygers sold 115 acres to John Baptist Snowden and the remaining 10 acres to Harman Greathouse. In each of those deeds, Watsons Trust was located in the fork of northern and western Patapsco River, adjoining a tract named Eagles Nest.

In 1783 Harman Greathouse was assessed for taxes on the following tracts of land in Baltimore County, MD:

1) Harmans Valley, 10 acres, Delaware Lower Hundred.
2) Watsons Trust, 10 acres, Delaware Lower Hundred.
3) Unnamed tract, 50 acres, Delaware Lower Hundred.

After the assessment list was created in 1783, Harman Greathouse sold Harmans Valley to John Elder and Watsons Trust to Francis Snowden. So by the end of the year 1783, Harman Greathouse probably still owned the unnamed tract, 50 acres, Delaware Lower Hundred, as no deeds have been found regarding the purchase or sale of that tract of land.


1) Google Map: Greathouse of Baltimore, MD


How did "Greathouse Point" and the "Greathouse Cousin Network" begin?

Pat Greathouse continued, "Another Greathouse cousin, Rick Greathouse, joined the two of us and created the outstanding web page called Greathouse Point."

Greathouse Point was first published on the Internet on 4 June 1998, as the website, which was adopted for the use of all Greathouse family researchers, new and veteran, who were sharing their research of the Greathouse family with the "Greathouse Cousins Data Exchange", which was renamed to "Greathouse Cousin Network", shortly after the website was published online.

With the publication of Greathouse Point on the Internet, or World Wide Web, three people, Pat Greathouse, Frank Neher and Rick Greathouse, served as the pioneers, who made Greathouse family research available to the world, by sharing the research collections of Greathouse Point with all Greathouse family researchers, who are seeking to learn more about the history of the Greathouse family of America, as well as, in Europe. Geathouse Point has continuously served those seeking their Greathouse family history, for over twelve years.

General Discussion / Registration Upon Request
« on: January 27, 2011, 08:33:50 PM »
If you would like to register with our Guild Greathouse forum so that you can join in the discussion please email:

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Also briefly describe your interest in Greathouse family history research.

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Jacob Greathouse of Georgia / Greathouse of Georgia
« on: January 16, 2011, 05:37:19 PM »
In reply to the following query posted in the Greathouse Message Board at RootsWeb:

Re: Greathouse From Georgia
KenHudson1945    Posted: 16 Jan 2011 7:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Wow,this is my Early&Susan,1st.we heard of Early's brothers & uncles.his mother was Sarah ?, Would like to find source of his name "Early" maybe from his mother side. I believe he only had 10 kids,8 sons 2 dau. We are told Abraham was in Am. Revolution, then moved to Gorgia. Any history on Early's brothers &/or sisters. where in PA. did they live? Are they from Henry Abraham at Greathouse Point,PA. ?

At this point, Henry Abraham, was one of the earliest known settlers of Brothersvalley, Bedford County, PA in 1771.

The western portion of Brothersvalley was granted to Turkeyfoot Township when it was founded just after the taxes for 1773 were collected. Residents of present-day Confluence, PA were assessed for Year 1774 taxes in 1773, as residents of Turkeyfoot Township.

Other early settlers, like William Greathouse were usually named with Henry Abraham, so Henry Abraham serves as a good point of reference to learn whom his neighbors were. William Greathouse, in one deed was named as owning land which adjoined Henry Abraham.

However, there have been no marriages found between the Abraham and Greathouse family of the area, at this time.

For your Georgia Greathouse line, look to the will of Henry Greathouse, probated in 1745.

Will of Henry Greathouse of Lancaster County, PA, 1745


1) Jacob Greathouse was named as son/heir in the will of his father, Henry Greathouse.

2) One of the executor's was named as John Vanhousen.

3) The marriage of Jacob Greathouse to Christian Van Huse [or Vanhousen] at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA on 12 Aug 1749. Basically Jacob Greathouse married the daughter of one of the executors named his father's will.

1749, Aug 12 - Marriage: Jacob Greathouse and Christian Vanhousen, Trinity Lutheran Church

Page 193

36. Jacob GROETHAUS, a bachelor from Tulpehocken, and Christianity Van Huse, a single person also from there, both Lutheran, married by a license August 12, 1749.


1) Jacob Greathouse was named as a son/heir in the will of Henry Greathouse [Groothouse], deceased, which was probated on 28 Feb 1744.

2) Christian Van Huse [Vanhousen] was the daughter of John Vanhousen and Elizabeth Christina Laux [or Loucks. English interpretation caused this surname to change]. Her father, John Vanhousen was named as an Executor in the will of Henry Greathouse, deceased.

3) On 5 Apr 1753, prior to moving to Anson County, NC, John Vanhousen and wife sold their land in Heidelberg, Berks County, PA to John Joseph Derr and Henry Boyer. On 23 Jan 1755, after moving their family to Anson County, NC, John Vanhousen purchased 200 acres of land along the Pee Dee River from John Hall and his wife, Elizabeth.

4) Jacob Greathouse and his wife, Christian Vanhousen, were soon to follow his father-in-law to Anson County, NC, where Jacob Greathouse obtained land, 200 acres on the S. W. side of Pee Dee river, which was granted to him on 1 Jul 1758.
5) Christian was named as a daughter of John Vanhooser, in his will which was recorded in Anson County, NC, on 21 Jan 1762.

6) A daughter, named Christian, appears to have been born to Jacob & Christian Vanhooser Greathouse, about 1762, while they were residents of Anson County, NC. She married John Castle/Cassel. John Castle, along with Jacob Greathouse Sr., was named as early settlers of the Quaker settlement at Wrightsboro, GA. John Castle was named as an heir/distributee of the estate of Jacob Greathouse, whom deceased in Columbia County, GA, in 1801. John Castle's wife was named as Christian in his own will, which was registered on 10 Mar 1816, by the clerk of Jasper County, GA.

7) In 1763, Jacob Grotehouse, along with John Vanhooser Jr. and John Vanhooser, were taxed as resident freeholders of Anson County, NC.

For anyone who would like copies of the original documentation which supports the information shared above, you may email your request to:

You may also like to read:


You can use the "Find on Page" search feature of your browser, to search for the following individuals name or phrases:

JOHANNES VAN HOESEN (John 2, Jan Fransse 1)
William Allen Tract in Heidelberg Township
John Joseph Derr
Henry Boyer
county of Anson [NC]
Pee Dee River

JOHN VANHOOSER'S WILL [missing codicil for Christian Vanhooser [Greathouse], however it was in copy of will obtained from Anson County Courthouse. See: ]

Christian Van Hooser
Jacob Groethaus


The following series of emails have been preserved as a part of the history of Greathouse Point.

-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 9:58 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


The gedcoms I am sending to you were created  at the time I sent my files to
Lynn.  They are not privatized.

The first is Herman Groethausen and contains 5222 individuals.

Frank Neher

-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:01 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


Attanced is the file for Johann Groethausen and contains 4287 Individuals.


-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:05 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


This file is for Jacob Greathouse and contains 2353 individuals.


----- Original Message -----
From: "frank neher" <>
To: "Rick Greathouse" <>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 7:03 AM
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM

> Rick,
> This file is for David and Pensilla Greathouse.
> Frankj

-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:12 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


This file is the old Enoch file contining the John and Catherine Haacvk
Greathouse information.  2415 individals.


-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:14 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


This is the file for John and Sarah McDade Greathouse.  2924 individuals.


-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:16 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM

This one is Solomon Greathouse and has 2525 individuals.


-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:22 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


This is the file for William and John Greathouse of the Shenandoah Valley. 1318 individuals.

Also the file for William Walter Greathouse with about 930 individuals.


-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:25 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


This file if for William and Barbara Cale Greathouse.  139 Individuals.


-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:28 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


This is the file for Harmon Greathouse, Sr. and contains 429 individuals.


-----Original Message-----
From: frank neher []
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 10:30 AM
To: Rick Greathouse
Subject: Re: Splitting Herman GEDCOM


This is the Orphans File and is the last one.


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Tutorials / Google Books: Custom Date Range Search
« on: January 14, 2011, 05:54:41 PM »
Would you like to find all references for "Greathouse" in books that have been digitized and are available at Google Books that were originally published between a date range? For example between 1800 and 1810.

1) Browse to Google Books,

2) Enter:  "Greathouse"  in the search field, then select "Search" button

3) In the left panel options, look under "Anytime", select "Custom Range", enter "1800" into the beginning date field and "1810" into the ending date field, then select the "Search" button. You will be presented with all books digitized by Google Books that were published between 1800 and 1810, with a reference to "Greathouse" in them.

This search:

General Discussion / Pittsburgh Payrolls 1775
« on: July 03, 2010, 04:40:41 PM »

Some of you may be aware of the partial extract that someone has posted on a RootsWeb message board which is titled, "Pittsburgh Payrolls 1775".


It does not take much to determine that the extract of names from the payrolls shared there would only be a partial extract of a much larger collection of payrolls which are available as digital images online at the Library of Virginia website. In fact there are 530 digital images available containing payrolls of soldiers who served in various militia and ranger companies which was raised from both Pennsylvania and Virginia during 1774 from the events which led to Dunmore's War and the signing of the Treaty of Camp Charlotte, which was instrumental in opening up Kentucky and western lands for settlement.

The full collection of 530 digital images comprising the Pittsburgh Payrolls 1775 are available at the following link:

We of course are looking at the rolls of:

Captain Michael Cresap Jr., he appears to have raised this company from Frederick County, MD in late Feb or early Mar 1774. Upon the roll of this company, was Sergeant Daniel Greathouse. This roll would appear to represent Daniel's service for about 60 days in Mar and Apr 1774, prior to his involvement in the massacre at Yellow Creek. Based on statements made after the massacre in letters written by Captain Michael Cresap, Jr., it would be reasonable to think, based upon military justice that Daniel Greathouse would have, at least, been demoted and perhaps thrown out of Michael Cresap Jr's Company for his conduct during the massacre at Yellow Creek, which appears to have been the case, based upon Captain Hancock Lee's roll.


Captain Hancock Lee, he was commissioned by Lord Dunmore of Virginia and raised his company from mostly fellow Virginians who had settled at Pittsburgh and the surrounding area along the Ohio River. His area of recruitment could have extended as far east as the Monongahela River, except for Virginians who had settled east of said river.

It is important to note that the Pennsylvanians, who had settled east of the Monongahela River, which was the western bounds of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at the time... [throughout the ongoing struggle over the border disputes between Pennsylvania and Virginia, along with increasing hostilities with the Indians, which were mostly provoked by the Virginian militias which were mustered by John Conolly, who was Lord Dunmore's, Governor of Virginia, agent at Pittsburgh]... remained staunchly loyal to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with some exceptions where known Magistrates and residents of Westmoreland County, PA demonstrated dual allegiance to Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Upon the roll of Captain Hancock Lee, were named Private Daniel Greathouse and Private John Greathouse. Daniel and John Greathouse appear to have enlisted in Lee's Company prior to said company's march under the command of Major Angus McDonald, leaving Wheeling on 25 Jul 1774, on what was known as the Wacatomica Campaign. Wakatomica, the Shawnee town on the Muskingum River, being 90 miles away, being the objective point.


Daniel Greathouse, probably of Baltimore or Frederick County, MD settled at Mingo Bottom, along the Ohio River at present-day Folansbee, WV in 1771. Based upon John Greathouse's deposition given in 1803, at Charlestown in Brooke County, VA regarding Beard vs Henderson, 1801, where he stated that Daniel Greathouse improved and settled land in the Mingo Bottom in 1771.

John Greathouse, probably of Baltimore or Frederick County, MD, produced a certificate from the commissioners for 400 acres on Harmons Run to include his settlement made in the year 1774. Also another for 400 acres on Crosses Creek to include his settlement made in the year 1775 [Yohogania Co. VA Land Entry Book, certificate #86 & 87].


Captain John Wilson, being the son of George Wilson, Esquire, who was one of the Magistrates of Bedford County, PA in 1771 and then Westmoreland County, PA in 1773, appears to have been commissioned by Arthur St. Clair and his father, to raise a company of Pennsylvania Rangers from Point Marion, Westmoreland County, PA and the surrounding area. Due to the tyrannical usurpation of the rights of the legitimate Magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA and numerous attempts by John Conolly to prevent those Magistrates from conducting the business of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania according to the orders of John Penn, Governor of Pennsylvania... along with numerous attempts to arrest the legitimate magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA, by John Conolly, his agents and militia captains, it would seem very unlikely for Captain John Wilson to have recruited men who had demonstrated their allegiance to Virginia.

Therefore, it would be very unreasonable for us to think that any Greathouse men, he recruited to join his company, would have been Virginians, who were living on the waters of the Ohio River, in the area west of Pittsburgh and west of the Monongahela River. However, Benjamin Tomlinson was named as Captain Wilson's Lieutenant, along with Joshua Baker as one of his Sergeants, so questions remain how, for example, Benjamin Tomlinson, a known settler of Grave Creek and Joshua Baker, if he was the one who had settled in the area of Yellow Creek, were appointed to Captain John Wilson's Company.

Upon the roll of Captain John Wilson, were named Private William Greathouse and Private Jacob Greathouse. William Greathouse was paid for 166 days of service under Captain John Wilson in Oct 1775. Jacob Greathouse was paid for 153 days of service under Captain John Wilson in Oct 1775.

On 1 Nov 1774, after receiving reports from Arthur St. Clair, head Magistrate of Westmoreland County, PA, and others about General Lewis's victory at the Battle of Point Pleasant on 10 Oct 1774 and that Lord Dunmore, Governor of Virginia, was in treaty negotiations with the Indians which resulted in the Treaty of Camp Charlotte being agreed to and signed on about 19 Oct 1774... the Pennsylvania Assembly voted that all Pennsylvania Rangers who had been mustered for service in the three ranging companies, which they had authorized Arthur St. Clair and his fellow magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA to raise for the purpose of defending the western frontier against Virginian usurpation of Pennsylvania's right to govern the residents of their province and against Indian hostilities, were to be discharged immediately. They also appointed commissioners to settle the payroll accounts to ensure that all Rangers were paid for their service and all magistrates and residents were reimbursed for their support of the Ranging Companies.

Based upon the days served for William Greathouse and Jacob Greathouse, along with the discharge date which was decreed by the Pennsylvania Assembly, again 1 Nov 1774, the approximate enlistment dates for William Greathouse and Jacob Greathouse in Captain John Wilson's Company can be determined.

William Greathouse, served 166 days. He enlisted on: Cal 19 May 1774. He was discharged on: 1 Nov 1774.

Jacob Greathouse, served 153 days. He enlisted on: Cal 1 Jun 1774. He was discharged on: 1 Nov 1774.

Coincidentally, both of their enlistment dates agree with several letters between Arthur St. Clair and John Penn, Governor of Pennsylvania, where St. Clair informed the Governor and the PA Assembly that he along with several Magistrates of Westmoreland County, PA, had taken it upon themselves to raise Ranging Companies, for the purpose of defending Pennsylvania's western border and residents against usurpation by John Conolly's armed militias stationed at Pittsburgh and Indian hostilities, which were for the most part instigated by the Virginians who were residing in the area of Pittsburgh and along the Ohio River.

Based upon all the evidence presented above, it appears very plausible for William Greathouse, a known resident of Brothersvalley, Bedford County, PA,  from 1771 through 1773 and of Turkeyfoot Township, said county and state, in 1774, to have enlisted in Captain John Wilson's Company of Westmoreland County, PA Rangers, on about Cal 19 May 1774.

In about Oct 1776, William Greathouse of Turkeyfoot Township, Bedford County, PA, saw his son, John Greathouse enlist as a private in Captain Kilgore's Company of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, which was commanded by Colonel Aeneas Mackay, Lieutenant Colonel George Wilson and Major Richard Butler.

Regarding Aeneas Mackay, Esquire, he was a Magistrate of Westmoreland County, PA, as staunchly loyal to the Pennsylvania Assembly, as was George Wilson, Esquire. In April, 1774, Captain Connolly, with his Virginia militia, interrupted the sessions of the Pennsylvania court at Hannastown and arrested the three Pennsylvania justices who lived in Pittsburgh. These were Andrew McFarlane, Devereux Smith and Captain Aeneas Mackay. They were taken as prisoners to Staunton, VA, and there detained four weeks, until released by the order of Governor Dunmore.

Obituaries/Memorial Project / Obituary | Sharon Kay Greathouse
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:49:19 PM »

Sharon Kay Greathouse, 63, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 20, 2009, at Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born July 25, 1945, in Richwood, to the late Stanley and Marie Cummings Boggs.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.  She was a homemaker and worked at BF Goodrich for 4 years.  She was a member of the Nazarene Church, most of her life, where she played piano.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Richwood, since 1994, where she played the piano and Organ. She raised African Violets, was
a master pianist, organist and quilter.

Survivors include husband, Paul Richard Greathouse of Richwood, two sons, Richard Ivan Greathouse of Clendenin, W. Va., Raymond Andrew Greathouse of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada; brother, Deward Boggs of Richwood; sister Janet Collins of Richwood; and granddaughter, Josie Mae Greathouse, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Services will be held Sunday, July 26, 2009, at 2 p. m. at the Richwood First Baptist Church, Richwood, with the Rev. Timothy Skaggs officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 25, 2009, from 6 - 8 p. m. in the Simons-Coleman Funeral Home Richwood.
Arrangements are by Simons - Coleman Funeral home Richwood

Obituaries/Memorial Project / Obituary | Zadia Dale Greathouse
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:43:14 PM »
Zadia Dale Greathouse, 86, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord on April 30, 2010, in Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richwood.

She was born April 14, 1924 in Orma (Calhoun County), W.Va., to the late William Bartlett Price and Vietta Boggs Price.

She was a member of First Church of God, School Street, Richwood.

She worked at the News Leader and Hillbilly in Richwood for 22 years. She was also a homemaker.

Survivors included a son, Paul Richard Greathouse of Richwood; grandchildren, Richard Ivan Greathouse of Clendenin, W.Va. and Raymond Andrew Greathouse of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada; and great-granddaughter, Josie Mae Greathouse.

Services were held Monday, May 3, 2010, at the First Church of God with Pastor Phyllis Bowling officiating.

Interment was in the Richwood Cemetery, Richwood.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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