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Michael Greathouse and Rachel Husted Greathouse
« on: May 26, 2009, 07:55:11 PM »
In looking through the site I found this:

"c. Michael Greathouse Although claimed to be a son of William, Michael is not mentioned as a son of William Sr. in his will, so there is no documentation of the relationship. A Rachel Hustead, daughter of Moses married John Beard on 25 July 1791 Harrison County, VA, and Michael Greathouse married Rachel Hustead on October 12, 1792 in Harrison County, VA. Michael is showing as head of household in 1800 census of Harrison County Virginia. Michael Greathouse owned 25 acres on Berry's Run in Harrison Co in 1838. It is said that his will was probated May 1839, Harrison County, WV Order Book number 2 page 177"

I cannot find these marriage records.  May I ask your source for the marriage information you are giving here.

From History of Harrison County, West Virginia: From the Early Days of Northwestern Virginia to the Present
By Henry Haymond
Published by Acme Pub. Co., 1910
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Sep 13, 2006
451 pages

Page 450, I find a marriage for John Beard to Mary (Unknown) 25 December 1791.  It is the only reference to John Beard as far as marriages go that I can find.

Can you please give me your source documentation for your marriages?


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Re: Michael Greathouse and Rachel Husted Greathouse
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009, 05:19:41 PM »
   Michael had a wife named Rachel, but I have personally found no
   documentation of their marriage date or of her last name.  Information I have is primarily from others, not my personal    research.
   My notes say that Lila Greathouse Gold (I do not know this person) has a marriage date for Michael
   Greathouse  and Rachel Hustead of 12 Oct 1792, but doesn't say where they married. Also shown is
   Michael born 1765 and Rachel 1773, dau of Moses and Sarah Goodwin Hustead/Husted.

   Her information may have come from: Taylor Heritage Book page 234:
   Michael Greathouse lived on Berry Run born ca 1765, married 12 Oct 1792 to
   Rachel Hustead, b ca 1773, the dau of Moses and Sarah (Goodwin) Hustead
   their dau Sarah b ca 1801 married Francis Goodwin
   Harrison County Deed Book 25, Pages 412-413 (shows name of Michael's wife was Rachel):
   This indenture made this fifth day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen
   hundred and thirty eight Between Michael Greathouse and Rachel his wife
   in the County of Harrison and State of Virginia of the one part and
   Abiga Warin of the county and state aforesaid of the one other part.
   Witnesseth that the said Michael Greathouse and Rachel his wife for
   and in consideration of the sum of four hundred dollars lawful money
   of Virginia the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged . . .
   A Rachel Hustead, dgtr of Moses has been shown as marrying John Beard on
   25 July 1791 Harrison Co, but WV History and Culture site shows John Beard
   marrying Mary Unsil on 25 Dec 1791.

   Marriage of John Beard and Mary Unsil, 25 Dec 1791 [last marriage on right page]
   1840 Census Harrison Co., Virginia
   Rachel Greathouse no males 1 female 60-70 yrs. (born 1780-1770)
   I show Sarah, the daughter of Michael and Rachel, married Francis Goodwin
   Jr. in Harrison County, VA. Marriage bond shows Francis Jr and father and
   references Sarah as "Sally" Book 3 page 249 - also lists Michael
   Greathouse as a bondsman. Date April 5, 1819 - but I did not find this marriage myself.
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