Notes on Early Greathouse Research
Patricia Dodd Greathouse. Greathouse
Cousin Network. (personal communication, October 15, 1998)
Much of the early work in
recording the history of the Greathouse family was taken from sources,
which had some serious errors in them.
1. When the following three records
were requested from Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR http://www.dar.org:
25344 of Mattie B. Kettering
Number 68227 of Hallie
Number 68221 of Mattie
It was discovered that the records submitted
by these previously accepted members are now stamped error by
paper is not acceptable. Future applicants must correct." They
provide incorrect information on Herman Greathouse, SR. of PA.
Jack Murray Greathouse's "A Partial History of The Greathouse
Family in America", published in No. 7, Bulletin Series, Washington
Co. Historical Society, Fayetteville, AR, 1954, W. J. Lemke, Editor; "History
and Genealogy of the Fort Knox Family and Related Families",
compiled by Nellie M. Starkey Knox, 1968, 929.2 K14K1;
and some work done by Mary Greathouse Downs contains
Greathouse was married twice? Not so! The information
from Jack Murray's book giving this information was
flawed and we have several
to explain the reason for his wrong impression.
- A letter, addressed to about 11
other Greathouse collaborators in Jack's book, written by
Tom H. Hutzelman, 3226 Rustic Lane, Erie,
PA 16506, dated 25 Aug. 1984 states:
" I have also visited the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Germantown.
They have most of the Philadelphia area records Lutheran church records
on microfilm. I checked the St. Michael's records with some interesting
results:" 'Jack Murray Greathouse states that Harmon Greathouse's
first wife was Anna Maria Baret, based on their being sponsors for
the baptism of Anna Maria, daughter of Georg Michawel SCHELLMEIER'...' " I
believe he is wrong!! The record of baptism actually says (in German):" "A
child was born to Georg Michael SCHELIMEIER from his wife on 9 Jan
1745 and was brought for baptism on 2 June, and was given the name
Anna Maria. Godparents were Herman GROTHOUSS and Anna Maria BARETIN.
The minister who was keeping the records at the time did not record
the maiden names of the mothers, let alone those of female sponsors.
Further, it does not call Anna Maria BARETIN wife of Herman GROTHOUSS.
My conclusion is that Anna Maria Baretin was not married to Herman
Grothouss at all, and was probably the wife of Baltus Baret, (-IN on
the end of her name is simply a feminine ending.)" Mr. Hutzelman
also viewed the baptismal record of Rahel (Rachel) Grothausen. This
record gives the parents as Herman Grothausen and Maria Grothausin.
(Note the feminine ending of last name.) Also noted in the same letter: "The
baptismal record says the child of Anna Maria PUFF, the mother of
Wilhelm Greathouse, Jr., was unmarried. The use of her maiden name
Puppin (Feminine Ending), indicates this and leads me to believe
that Barbara was Wilhelm's only wife!"
Hutzelman also viewed the baptismal record of Rahel (Rachel) Grothausen.
This record gives the parents as Herman Grothausen and
Maria Grothausin. (Note the feminine ending of last name.) Also
noted in the same letter: "The baptismal record says the
child of Anna Maria PUFF, the mother of Wilhelm Greathouse, Jr.,
use of her maiden name Anna Maria Puppin (Feminine Ending), indicates
this and leads one to believe that Barbara was Wilhelm's only wife!"
3. Some sources of information indicate that Gabriel Greathouse, born
about 1771-3 (not 1778) was the only son of Daniel and Mary Morris.
He was the Greathouse who moved to Arkansas. This concept leaves John
Greathouse who married Sarah McDade, presently unconnected.
4. Another error relates to Mary Ann Greathouse, who married James
Downs, and was the daughter of William. We had previously believed
that William was the son of Johannes and Amelia Gillispi, but William
was actually the son of Benjamin, the son of John and grandson of Harmon.