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Greathouse Surname DNA Project / Family Tree DNA Sale Ends Dec 31, 2013
« Last post by Rick 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.

Order and pay today before the sale ends!
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While we accept any and all Greathouse males who would like to join our Greathouse Surname Y-DNA project, there are Greathouse males out there whose Y-DNA results we would really like to add to the project. Also to be as effective as possible, we need at least three Greathouse males who descend through three sons of any of the following named Greathouse males:

1) Any Greathouse males who descend from Herman Greathouse; David Greathouse; and Samuel Greathouse of Baltimore County, MD between 1759 and 1798.

2) One or two Greathouse who descend from Herman Greathouse, husband of Mary Stull. He has been proven conclusively not to have been the same man as Herman Greathouse of Baltimore County, MD, who was named as the son of Henry Greathouse in the 1786 - Deed: Herman Greathouse to Christopher Yeakle, 6 acres, Montgomery County, PA.  Both men named Herman Greathouse were born between 1717 and 1724. If Herman Greathouse of Baltimore County, MD was the son of Henry Greathouse, then Herman Greathouse, husband of Mary Stull, was the son of Johann Adolph & Anna Amelia Miller Grothaus.

Read more: 2013 - Herman Greathouse: Never The Twain Shall Meet

3) Any Greathouse males who descend John Greathouse, husband of Elizabeth; John Greathouse, husband of Catharina Haack; and William Greathouse, husband of Mary Livenston; of Shenandoah County, VA between 1776 and 1784.

4) William Walter Greathouse, husband of Charlotte McClendon. We need at least two additional participants to represent this line through preferably different sons.

Currently the Greathouse male lines which are represented by 3 or more participants are:

1) John Greathouse, husband of Sarah McDade, of Mason, Kanawha, Jackson, Wirt and Roane County, VA.

2) Michael Greathouse of Ozark, Greene County, MO in 1850.

3) William Greathouse Sr. of Harrison County, VA.

4) Harmon Greathouse of Wharton, Fayette County, PA who died on Belmont County, OH in 1834. They Y-DNA matches in this line hasn't been as tight a match in this group, so we could use 1 or 2 more participants from different sons representing this line.

For those who have thought about doing Y-DNA testing, there is no time like FTDNA's Sizzling Summer Sale to order you Y-DNA test and join our Greathouse Surname Y-DNA Project.

We have already received orders recently from one participant who ordered an upgrade from 67 markers to 111 markers and another who upgraded from 111 markers to the Family Finder test.

Greathouse Surname DNA Project / FTDNA's Sizzling Summer Event through July 26, 2013
« Last post by Rick on June 28, 2013, 05:05:41 PM »
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.
Sign Our Guest Book / Hiram Greathouse 1796-1868 parents
« Last post by Janice Gillham on May 22, 2012, 05:44:45 PM »
Hi, I am Janice Greathouse Gillham and live in Georgia.  I have been working on my family history for years and am so glad to have found this site.  I was born and raised in Oklahoma.  I have not seen my family names in any messages.  My third great grandfather Hiram Greathouse(1796-1868) married a distant cousin Lyda(Lydia) Ann Greathouse(1801-1872), both born in Kentucky and lived in Illinois - so I have 2 Greathouse lines.  Hiram's parents were William and MaryAnnLivenston but I have little info. on them and nothing on their parents/siblings.  Lyda's parents are listed on RootsWeb World Connect Project:Sass/Benson of Ohio 2010-03-27 as Napoleon Bonaparte Greathouse and Nancy Williams but I have conflicting info. from my grandfather's niece listing John Johannes Greathouse as Lyda's father, then John Jr., John Sr., Henry, Herman and Herman(1633).  When I was growing up I never heard of another Greathouse but now I'm overwhelmed with the number!  Help me get my line correct!  My e-mail is
General Discussion / Family Tree DNA: DNA Day
« Last post by Rick 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:

General Discussion / Seeking Y-DNA: David Greathouse, Baltimore County, MD
« Last post by Rick on April 01, 2012, 08:38:41 AM »

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:

Greathouse Surname DNA Project / Family Tree DNA's Sizzling Summer Promotion
« Last post by Rick on July 16, 2011, 10:28:32 AM »
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)
    Family Finder for $199 (Regular price would be $289)
    Family Finder + Y-DNA37 for $318 (Regular price would be $438)
    Family Finder + mtDNAPlus for $318 (Regular Price would be $438)
    mtDNA Full Sequence for $219 (Regular Price would be $299)
    SuperDNA for $418 (Regular Price would be $518, includes Y-DNA67 and mtFullSequence)
    Comprehensive Genome for $617 (Regular Price would be $797, includes Y-DNA67, mtFullSequence and Family Finder)

In addition, existing Family Tree DNA customers may order the Family Finder
add-on for $199

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
« Last post by Rick 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.
Greathouse Point FAQ / Re: How did the "Greathouse Cousins Data Exchange" begin?
« Last post by Rick on March 14, 2011, 11:53:26 PM »
Email from Frank Neher to All possible Greathouse Cousins in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Subject: Greathouse Cousins Data Exchange

-----Original Message-----
From: Frank D. Neher
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 1998 6:42 PM
To: Greathouse Cousins
Cc: Pat Greathouse
Subject: Greathouse Cousins Data Exchange

TO All possible Greathouse Cousins in West Virginia and Pennsylvania:

My name is Frank Neher and I live at 3142 Monterey Drive, Malaga, Washington 98828.  Phone (509) 663 4900.

About six months ago I volunteered to coordinate the record keeping chores of a group of about 35 Greathouse Family researchers who were attempting to compile and correct the family tree charts of the family.  Since then we have gathered the information on over 5,000 descendants of the immigrant ancestor of the family, Herman Groethausen who arrived in Philadelphia, PA about 1710.  His family migrated from the Germantown area into western PA and West Virginia prior to the Revolution.  One Branch, Harmon Greathouse and his family settled in Ohio County about 1771.  The other branch descendants of Johann Groethausen moved in to Maryland, Virginia and then to north central West Virginia.

I would like to invite each of you to participate in this effort.  What we need from you is as much information as you are able to offer about your Greathouse ancestors.  If you could just send to me the bare bones information you are aware of I can possible fit your line into the larger picture.  I have two family software programs, Family  Tree Maker and Paf and can receive text or Gedcoms via e-mail as attachments. If this does not ring a bell.  I would be very happy to receive a simple list beginning with you backwards to your oldest known ancestor.

I will look forward to your reply.

Frank Neher
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