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Greathouse Family in America 
 
© Betty Dotson Renick 2009

The Greathouse name has been recorded in a variety of ways, such as Groethausen, Grotehouse, Gratehouse,  but the most common spelling is Greathouse.  Absolute proof of lineages may never exist because early records have been destroyed or lost. Because so many people have speculated over the years about Greathouse lineages, with and without documentation, it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction.  A few early documents exist, but much information cannot be verified.  Information presented here is from a variety of sources, with every effort made to only report information gathered first hand or from sources who consulted documents for their information. Some information is from the research of Jack Murray Greathouse who published his findings in 1954, and said, “Almost every statement in this book is based on actual records obtained from search of deed books, mortgage records, tax books, wills, census reports, marriage records and orphan statistics, as well as cemeteries, family Bibles, old newspapers, and the memory of the aged. Where a statement is based on conjecture or family legend, it is so stated.”   Hannah Benner Roach (1907-1976), a researcher and editor of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine for 15 years, said,  “Genealogical data in the Groethause or Greathouse family is fragmentary.  Apart from a few scattered records in the registers of St Michael’s Lutheran Church, Germantown, of which Harmon Sr. was a founder, the only data that has been recovered comes from deeds."   Note that in early records the dates may be a year different due to the calendar change. 

  1700 to 1750 
 
Herman Groethausen/Greathouse 
 
Based on existing records and his gravestone, Herman Groethausen/Greathouse was born in Prussia/Germany in 1670, arrived in Pennsylvania around 1710, and died in Pennsylvania in 1743.   He is thought to be the first of the Greathouse line to come to America.  However, in a 10-year period from 1727 to 1737, there were over 9,000 German immigrants that came to Philadelphia. There may have been other Greathouses who came to different locations, but Herman appears to be the first for whom we can find records. He lived and died in the Germantown portion of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was known as Springfield Manor/Springfield Township. 
 
The first settlers of Germantown came from the lower Rhine River area, not far from the borders of Holland. There is a marriage record for a Herman Grothauss to Anna Maria Hemmers in 1653 in Evangelisch, Westfalen/Westphalia, Prussia/Germany, but we have no knowledge if there is any relationship to the Herman who came to America. We have no record of a name for Herman’s wife. Herman had at least two sons, Henry and John who are named in his will. He may have had other children, but we have no record.  Records show Herman arrived in America "a few years" before 1712.

The German migration to America was not surprising. Germany was suffering from severe poverty in the late 1690’s as well as problems with the government, and a systematic suppression of Protestants. A petition signed by Lutheran pastors in 1710 reveals the problems and the poverty of their congregations. William Penn or his agents made trips to the Rhineland soliciting immigrants and selling land in his colony in America. The first settlers of Germantown were from Crefeld, Germany and settled there in 1685.  A brochure describing old Germantown states, “At the centre of the town was the market place and at the upper and lower ends were the two public burial grounds. On the east were several mills run by the waters of the Wingohocking, then a considerable stream, and on the west were even a greater number scattered along the Wissahickon. The cross roads of the town connected it with these mills and the ferry over the Schuylkill. The Abington Road, now Washington Lane, led to Abington Meeting.”  

Original surveys show this township as "Gulielma Maria Penn's Mannor of Springfield" and containing four thousand and ten acres. Maria Springett married William Penn when he was 28 years old, and she died in 1694. A few years later, he married Hannah Callowhill. 
 
Records in the Pennsylvania Archives show that Herman Groethausen ultimately secured a land grant for 500 acres of land in Springfield Manor in Germantown. He apparently purchased land in 1709 and had come to Philadelphia before 1712. However, n his initial land purchase the boundaries were not clear. He decided to settle on 500 acres in Springfield Manor, where he apparently did not have a clear title. In 1712 he was told by the commissioners he must leave that land or pay rent. But from further proceedings in 1715, it appears Herman went to London and appealed to the Penns for help. William Penn was ill, and his second wife Hannah was handling his affairs. It is noted that Herman had a letter from Mrs. Hannah Penn.
  
Meeting of the Commissioners November 19, 1712 
Herman Groethausen, who a few years ago came into this Province, having had deeds from the Proprietor for 500 acres of land, applied to the late Commissioners (as some of them inform) for the said, upon which a warrant was prepared for him, but instead of calling for it, he seated himself on the Mannor of Springfield, in the County of Philadelphia, which being represented to the Board, the said Herman was summoned to appear this day and produce his authority for so settling. And for this he produced a lease under the Proprietor’s hand and Seall, bearing date the 30th of the 10th, 1709, for a thousand years, and a Release dated the next day granting to the said Herman forever five hundred acres of land clear of all Indian incumbrances in the Province of Pennsylvania, between the Rivers of Susquehanna and Delaware, there together with all and every the Profitts, Commodities, and Hereditaments whatsoever unto the same belonging, every acre to be admeasured and computed according to the Statute 33d Edward 1st, Royall mines and all others excepted, paying yearly, and the said Herman doth for himself and his heirs Covenant and Grant to pay yearly as a Chief of quitt rent for every sere that shall be taken up one penny Sterl’g, to commence within 3 years after seating. But in another paper signed by the Proprietor, dated the 30th of December, the payment of the said Rent is released till seven years after Seating, and by an indorsement on the Release of the said 30th of 10, the Proprietor further grants one-twentieth part of all Royall Nines and two-fifths part of all other Nines, they paying a proportionable part of the Charges. The Proprietor also reserves to Himself and Co., free liberty to search for Mines in the said Lands, and further by the said Indorsement grants Liberty to Hawk, Hunt, Fish and Fowl, etc. This being the sum of the whole Grant, in which no particular Privilege is mentioned, He is required to move off from the said land, otherwise he must he proceeded against and ejected without delay. Because the said Herman appears a stranger to our Constitution and he has laid out most of what he had on s settlement made upon it, the Board has considered and are willing to grant that he may enjoy his improvement for some years on a reasonable Rent, He taking his own 500 acres elsewhere.” 
 
Meeting of the Commissioners October 21, 1715 
Herman Groethausen, late of Germany, but now of this Province, having in the year 1709 purchased of one, Coll. Rhedegelt, 900 a’s of Land to be laid out in this province upon which he repaired to London to transport himself and Family hither, and meeting with the Prop’r there acquainted himself with his design. The prop’r and he came to an agreement that upon Herman’s resigning of his Right which he purchased of Rhedegelt he shou’d have in Lien thereof 500 acres laid out amongst the inhabitants at the yearly rent of one penny Sterling p. acre for which the said Herman took short Deeds of Lease and Release, dated the thirtieth and thirty first days of December in the said year, and soon after arrived in this Province and laid his Deeds before the Commissioners in order to have his Land laid out, but by his Deeds mentioning no Particular Place (only between the River of Susquehannah and Delaware, for laying out the same, there cou’d be no other Warr’t granted but in the Common form, which he not complying with, seated himself on the Mannor Springfield, which soon after being made known to the Commissioners, they ordered him to remove from thence, but instead thereof he insisted on the Proprietor’s Promises to him upon their agreements, and so went to England for Redress, and being now returned with some Depositions of his Resigning his Deeds for the said 9,000 acres for only 500 acres, and that at 1 Penny Sterl’g p. acre, and also with a Letter from Mrs. Hannah Penn to the Commissioners, directing them to make the said Herman Easie in his Setlement, they have thereupon ordered that 500 acres of Land be forthwith laid out to him within the said Mannor, including within the same his Improvement, and accordingly a Warrant is granted and Signed. ” 


 

Record of Land Owners in 1732 in Springfield Mannor
 

 

As mentioned, Herman settled in the part of Philadelphia known as Germantown-Springfield Manor and stayed there until his death. According to the “History of Chestnut Hill” by John J. McFarlane, the Groethausen tract extended for a mile and a quarter along Stenton Avenue, from Paper Mill Road to Willow Grove Avenue, and east from Stenton Avenue nearly to Cheltenham Road. Stenton Avenue is the dividing line between Philadelphia and Springfield Township. Springfield.   

Jack Murray Greathouse mentions the “List of Philadelphia County Land Owners” of 1734 showing Herman Greathouse with 260 acres in Springfield Township. “About three years prior to his death, Herman Groethausen, Springfield yeoman, deeded 109 acres of his original tract of 500 acres to his son John — (for) consideration, love, good will and fatherly affection and £ 13, l0 s. Deed Book G l, page 216 - Office of the Philadelphia Recorder of Deeds, dated November 24, 1740. John had evidently been living on this tract for same time and had considered it as his property long before his father actually deeded it to him, for in the List of Philadelphia County Land Owners, published for the first time in 1734, there appears the following entries under Springfield Township: Herman Greathouse, 260 acres John Greathouse, 109 acres.”  


Greathouse family tradition has said that around 1741, Herman built a manor house whose present address is 901 Abington Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA. Others have suggested that this house may have been built by Christopher Ottinger after he purchased some land from Herman.  However in the booklet “Springfield Township, Montgomery County” By Charles G. Zwicker, Edward C. Zwicker, Springfield Township Historical Society, we find the home on Abington Avenue belonged to Herman Groethausen and a different home at a different location is the one originally owned by the Ottingers. The Society, formed in 1985,  states that they researched the deeds. See photos and notes below about the two homes.  
 

 
 

 
  
However, others contend that the house at 901 Abington Avenue was built by neither Herman Greathouse nor Christopher Ottinger, but rather by John Greathouse. They say, “The brochure (by the Springfield Historical Society) states that the 1742 house was built by Herman about a year before his death. This statement ignores the fact that Johann acquired that parcel of land in 1740, so Johann was most likely the one who built the house” and that there are “initials in the peak of that house I.G.H. / A.G.H. / 1742”. Perhaps a copy of the land transactions would confirm the ownership and dates.  

According to Jack Murray Greathouse, Herman Groethausen died October 27, 1743 at the age of seventy-three and is buried in the grounds of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown. He said the inscription on his tombstone reads: “Harman Grothaus, born 1670 - died Oct. 27, 1743.” Anthony Jacob Henckel/Hinkle was an early pastor of the church, and it is said about Henckel, “On August 17, 1728, as he was returning home one dark night from the sick bed of one of his congregation, his horse stumbled and threw him off. He was taken to the home of Herman Goothausen where he died that night.” Herman was a witness to the nuncupative will of his pastor, Anthony Hinkle.  
 
Will of Herman Greathouse The will of Herman Groethausen is recorded in Philadelphia Will Book G page 76, and is dated October 19, 1743. The will mentions his two sons Henry and John, who are appointed executors. No mention is made of a wife or any other children in the will. 
 
In the name of God Amen the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord 1743 I Harman Grothausen of Springfield Manner in the County of Philadelphia Yeoman being very sick & weak in body but of perfect Mind and Memory Thanks be given unto God therefore calling into Mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Dye do make and Ordain this my last will and testament That is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my Body I recommend it to the Earth to (be) buried in a Christian Like and decent manner at the descretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God And touching such Worldly Estate whereof it hath pleased God to Bless me in this I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form-- Imprimis it is my will and I do order That in the first place all my just debts and funeral Charges be paid and satisfied 
Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved sons Henry & John Grothausen whom I likewise Constitute make and ordain my Executors of this my Last Will and Testament all and singular the Lands messuages and Tenements and moveables to be equally divided and so hereby utterly disallow evoke and disannul every other former Wills and Testaments Legacy's & Executors by me in any ways before this time named willed and bequeathed-- Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal the Day and Year above written 
Herman Grothausen {Seal} 
 
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by me the said Harman Grothausen as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers Viz &C. Johan Philip de Bertholt, Wigard Miller & Cornelius Nice the witnesses to the foregoing Will and the said Johan Philip De Bertholt on his Solemn Affirmation and the said Wigard Miller & Cornelius Nice on their oath respectively did declare they saw and heard Herman Grothausen the testator therein named Sign Seal Publish & Declare the same Will to be his Last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of Sound Mind Memory and Understanding to the best of their knowledge---Coram Pet'd Hodgson D. Reg'r 
 
Be it Remembered that on the 16th. Nov'r 1743 The Last Will and Testament of Herman Grothausen deceased was proved in due form of Law and Probat & Letters Testamentary were granted to John & Henry Grothausen the Executors therein named the said John having first Solemnly Sworn and the sd. Henry having first solemnly affirmed well and truly to administer the said Dece'd entr Estate and bring in an Inventory thereof into the Register Generals Office at Philad'a on or before the 16th. of December next And also to render a true and just accompt, when thereunto lawfully required Given under the Seal of the said office 
Pet'd Evans Reg'r Gen'l 

 
Henry Groethausen 
 
Henry Greathouse was a son of Herman Groethausen as indicated in his father’s will. He is said to have been born in Germany in 1695. It is said that his tombstone at St. Michael's church shows his date of birth and death. Henry apparently came to America with his father. He married Ann, last name unknown, settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at some point, and died October 27, 1745 in Pennsylvania, two years after his father.   He states in his will that he is of Heidelberg in the County of Lancaster, but the witnesses to his will were residents of Springfield Township, Philadelphia County. Many believe because of the time and place of Henry’s will that Henry was in Springfield Township perhaps to settle his father’s estate or for other reasons since he owned land there. Henry’s will is dated January 3, 1744, and was probated February 23, 1745 and recorded in Philadelphia Will Book G, page 170.  


One month after their father’s death, on November 22, 1743, Henry and his brother John had sold part of the land that they had recently inherited.  The deed reflects the marriage of Henry and the relationship of Henry and his brother John to Herman. This transaction is recorded in Deed Book G 6, page 128. “Henry Grothouse, Heidelberg Township, Lancaster County, and his wife Ann, and John Grothouse, Springfield, Philadelphia County, and his wife Amelia, transfer to George Rex, Germantown Township, Philadelphia County, blacksmith, 50 acres, consideration £100, part of 500 acres & Springfield, patented by Thomas Penn, proprietary, Feb. 28, 1733, to Herman Groethausen and devised by his will to Henry and John Grothausen”.  

Henry’s will, written in January 1744 indicates his wife is still living, notes that he owns about 160 acres of land in Heidleburg in Lancaster County and names his ten children, some of which are still minors in 1744. The ten children are Hermand, Magdalene, Jacob, Peter, Mary, Christian, Katherine, Elizabeth, Susanna and John. They may or may not have been named in order of their ages.  

Will of Henry Greathouse 
 
In the name of God Amen. I Henry Groothouse of Heidleburg in the County of Lancaster in the Province of Pennsylvania Yeoman being very sick and weak of Body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament Touching such worldly Estate whereof I am in anyways Seized or possessed off Imp'es It is my Will that all my just debts and ffuneral Charges be first paid Item I give unto my dear and well beloved wife Ann in Lieu of her Dower the sum of six pounds a year to be paid to her yearly during her life and during, (a line has been left out of the text), the Same Six acres of Land Situate in Springfield in the County of Philadelphia part of the Lands lately devised me by my father Herman Groothouse in any place that there is water John Groothouse and Wiccard Millar part of my Executors herein named shall see convenient also a Logg House to be built by the said John Groothouse and Wiccard Miller on the said six acres for her to live in 
 
Item It's my will that all my Real and Personal Estate w'ch I'm anyways seized or possessed of in the said County of Lancaster be sold by John Orts Micheal Shower and John Van housen part of my Executors herein after named whom I hereby Impower to sell the same and to convey the former It being about one hundred and sixty acres of Land, with the appurtenances situate in Heidleburg as afores'd to the purchaser or purchasers his her their Heirs and Assigns for Ever 
 
Item It is my will that all the Lands situate in Springfield in the County of Philadelphia (the six acres above devised to my wife Excepted) which my father Hermand Groothouse Lately gave bequeathed or devised me by his last will and Testament with the app'es be sold by John Groothouse and Wiccard Miller part of my Exec'es herein after named whom I hereby empower to sell and convey the same to the purchaser or purchasers thereof his her or their Heirs and Assigns for Ever Item I give and bequeath the Money arising from the said Real and Personal Estate in Lancaster County and the said Lands in Philadelphia County over and above the payment of my just Debts and the sum of one hundred pounds I hereby direct my Exec'es to put out to Interest and the Interest therefrom annually to pay unto my said wife during her life for and to defray the annuity herein before bequeathed her unto my Ten Children 
 
Hermand, Magdalene, Jacob, Peter, Mary, Christian, Katherine, Elizabeth, Susanna and John 
 
equally to be divided amongst them and the part of such are of full age to be paid in a Convenient Time after my decease and of the rest as they shall respectively arrive at the age of twenty one years or Marry which shall first happen and if any of my said Children should Dye Before the age of Twenty one years or Marriage then in such case it is my Will that the share of him or her or them so Dying shall be Equally divided Amongst the Surviving Children 
 
Item It's my will that my Son 
Harmand have all my Smith's Tools and Utinsils which he now uses he paying therefore the Sum of Ten Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Six pence 
 
Item I give and Bequeath after my said wife's decease unto my Ten Children or such of them as shall be then living the Six acres of Land above devised to my said wife during her life with the Improvements then thereon and the one hundred Pounds above Directed To be put out to Interest during her life and all other of my personal Estate whatsoever not herein before bequeathed to be equally Divided amongst them 
 
AND LASTLY I constitute make and ordain John Orts Micheal Shower John Vanhousen John Groothouse and Wiccard Miller Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I hereby utterly disallow Revoke and disannuall all and every other Testaments Wills Legacies and Executors by me in anywise before this Time Named will'd and bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness thereof I have here unto Set my Hand and Seal this third day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand and Seven Hundred and Forty four/5 
 
Henry Groothouse {Seal}. Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Henry Groothouse as his Last Will and Testament the words (during the same It being about one 
hundred and Sixty acres of Land with the appurt'es Situate in Heidleburg af'd Ort being first underlined) in the presence of John Barge Thos York Jacob Gans 
  
3 Philad'a Feb 28, 1744 Then personally appeared John Barge Thomas Yorke and Jacob Gans the witnesses to the foregoing Will and upon their oath did declare they saw and heard Henry Groothouse the Testator therein named Sign Seal Publish and declare the same will to be his Last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was 
of Sound Mind Memory and Understanding to the best of their knowledge ---- Cordm Pet Evans Reg'r Gen'l 
Be it Remembered that on the 28'd of Feb 1744 the Last Will and Testament of Henry Groothouse dec'd was proved in due form of Law and Probate and Lr'es Testamentary were granted to John Groothouse and Wiccard Miller Executors in the said Testament named being first Legally Sworn Well and truly to administer the said 
Deced'es Estate and to bring an inventory thereof into the Reg'r Gen'l's office at Philad'a at or before the 23d day of March next and render a true Acco't when thereunto Lawfully required Given under the Seal of the said office & Pet Evans Reg'r Gen'l 
 

 
Harmon Greathouse is said to be the first-born son of Henry and was probably born in Pennsylvania around 1720, but there are no records of his birth. From a baptismal record where they served as godparents, Jack Murray Greathouse believes Harmon was first married to an Anna Marie Baret, but others have denied this.  Harmon apparently relocated to Frederick County Maryland at some point, where he is said to have married Mary Stull, although no record of that marriage has been found. Henry's will mentions 'Harmand have all my Smith's Tools and Utinsils which he now uses',  and a will of Mary's brother mentions payment to Harmon for smithing work, a tie has been assumed between the Harmand in Henry's will and the Harmon who married Mary Stull.  There is a daughter Rachel mentioned in the will of Mary Stull Greathouse's father and February 20, 1747  Rachel Grothausen was born and baptized on April 12; parents Herman and Maria Grothausen.  However, researchers have said that this Rachel died, and that Harmon and Mary had a later child named Rachel.  No documentation has been found. Records of Harmon and wife Mary are found in Frederick and Baltimore Counties in Maryland and in Hampshire, Yohongania and Ohio Counties in Virginia.   August 11, 1772 Harmon Greathouse & wife Mary of Hampshire County VA sold to Michael Cresap of Frederick County Maryland two tracts on the Potomac River in Hampshire County. About that time, Harmon settled in West Augusta County on a creek that he called Harmon's Run. It later became known as Harmon’s Creek and flows from Pennsylvania into the Ohio River near Holliday's Cove near present day Weirton, WV. In 1776, Ohio, Yohogania and Monongalia counties were created from a portion of West Augusta County Virginia.  March 8, 1785 a land patent lists Harmon Greathouse with 400 acres in the county of Yohogania, Virginia along Harmon’s Creek. When Virginia and Pennsylvania settled their border dispute, most of Yohogania County was absorbed into Pennsylvania. In 1787 Harman Greathouse is on a tax list for Ohio County Virginia. In 1788 Harmon and Mary sold three parcels of land to Isaac, Harmon Jr and Jonathan Greathouse, presumed to be their sons. The 1790 Maryland Census lists two Harmon Greathouses in Baltimore County. The second Harmon/Harmand has not been identified.  Several children have been attributed to Harmon and Mary Stull Greathouse but only circumstantial evidence suggests the relationships. No marriage record for Harmon and Mary has been found nor any documentation for the birth of any of their children, other than a Rachel born in Philadelphia.  


Regarding the other children of Henry and Ann, there has been little documented research to substantiate their whereabouts or their descendants. It's possible that records of Greathouses later in the 1700's are their descendants, but it's also possible that they were descendants of other immigrants with the name Greathouse. There were thousands of German immigrants pouring into Philadelphia alone in the early 1700's.

   
John/Johann Adolphus Greathouse
 
John Greathouse was the other known son of Herman Greathouse, the first known Greathouse to America.   There is a record of a marriage on November 10, 1720 of John Grothouse and Amelia Miller, both of Philadelphia at Christ Church. There is record of a John Greathouse as surety for bond for the estate of Hieronimus Doderer 16 Jan 1728 in Philadelphia PA.  William Khendale Greathouse shared the following information: John “came here from Germany in 1710 with the family of his father, Hermanus Harman Gröthaus. Johann inherited the Manor House built by his father in 1742 in Springfield Township at 901 East Abington Avenue, Windmoor, Pennsylvania and lived there with his wife Amelia until 1759 when he sold it to his brother-in-law Christopher Ottinger Jr. who married a sister of Amelia.  There is a record in Pennsylvania Naturalizations, 1740-73  for John Groothouse in Philadelphia County, PA. In 1750 a John Greathouse is listed as a freeholder and gentleman of the city of Philadelphia PA - Commissions Issued by the Province of Pennsylvania with Official Proclamations By Pennsylvania. In the “History of Montgomery County”.  John Greathouse is listed as one of the 16 landholders within the limits of Springfield in 1784. Johann Grothhauz in Christopher Sower's Germantown Newspaper offers ‘plantation 3 miles above Germantown, in Springfield, Montgomery County, wherein there has been a tile kiln for a long time, situated on Great Road to Germantown’.  A Johann died about 1791 in Germantown, PA, (but it is not clear if this is Herman’s son John). He is said to be buried in the graveyard of Saint Michaels Evangelical Lutheran Church, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Johann's Will, dated September 15, 1777 he left everything to his brother-in-law, Wigardt Miller (Müller) who was a brother of his wife Anna Amelia Miller.”  There is a notation that a J. Grothauser, his family, and others witnessed the marriage of Johann Nicolaus Neiss and Maria Barbara Basensteinin on September 15, 1746. It is not known if this is John. There is a marriage on December 27, 1744 of Leonard Streper and Rebecca Greathouse, but Rebecca’s parents are uncertain. She is not listed as a child of Henry in his will, and it is not confirmed if John and Amelia Miller Greathouse had children. No records of baptism for any children for them have been located. According to Book 5 of the church records - which is no longer available - a John Grothaus/Greathouse died 23 Aug. 1750 and was buried in the graveyard of Saint Michaels Evangelical Lutheran Church, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA along with his wife Amelia, his father and his brother Henry. According to Jack Murray, there is a record of the burial of his wife Amelia in the records of St. Michael’s Church, Germantown. It reads as follows: “Burials - Amelia Groethausen, November 1, 1774, aged 74 years.” It is also said that there is a will for a John Greathouse, dated September 15, 1777 and that he left all his possessions to his brother-in-law, Wigardt Miller (Müller), brother of his wife Anna Amelia Miller. No documentation of the will.  

 
Few documents exist to establish relationships of parents to children except the wills of Henry and Herman and only a few baptisms. Hannah Benner Roach stated in The Back Part of Germantown “Genealogical data in the Groethause or Greathouse family is fragmentary. Apart from a few scattered records in the registers of St Michael’s Lutheran Church, Germantown, of which Harmon Sr. was a founder, the only data that has been recovered comes from deeds. There was probably some relationship to the Rex family, but whether to the older George Rex or his son George has not been established.”  


Unless otherwise noted, the following events until 1750 took place in Philadelphia, Germantown, or Springfield Manor 

 
1715 to 1750 
 
1715 Deed - October 21 Herman Groethausen was granted 500 acres in Springfield Manor by the Commissioners 
1716 Witness - April 6 Herman Groethausen was a witness to the will of Cornelius Tyson, of Germantown, Pennsylvania 
1720 Marriage - November 10 John Greathouse married Amelia Miller in Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
1723 Occupation - Herman Greathouse was a tax collector in Springfield Township, Germantown, Pennsylvania. 
1728 Witness - August 17 Herman Greathouse witnessed the nuncupative will of his pastor Anthony Henckel who died at his home. 
1732 Landowner - Herman Greathouse is listed as a landowner with 500 acres in Springfield Manor 
1733 Deed - February 26 Herman Greathouse 500 acres in Springfield Manor from Commissioners recorded 
1740 Deed - November 24 Herman Greathouse to John Greathouse 109 acres in Springfield Manor 
1740 Naturalization - John Groothaus of Philadelphia and Henry Groothaus of Lancaster County took oaths as foreigners and became naturalized
1741 Deed - January 15 Herman Greathouse to Christopher Ottinger 50 acres in Springfield Manor 
1743 Will - October 19 Herman Greathouse 
         Death - October 27 of Herman Greathouse in Springfield Manor 
         Deed - November 22 Henry and wife Ann Grothouse of Heidelburg and John Grothouse and wife Amelia of Springfield to George Rex 50 acres in Springfield Manor 

1744 Will - January 3 Henry Greathouse 
         Marriage - December 27 Rebecca Greathouse married Leonard/Lenhart Streper/Streeper in Christ Church in Philadelphia 
         Deed - January 3 Henry Greathouse to Ann Greathouse 

1745 Death - Henry Greathouse in Philadelphia; Tombstone at St Michaels reads 1695 to 1745 
         Will - February 24 Will of Henry Greathouse probated 

1746 Deed - March Herman Greathouse heirs to George Baltzer Gantz 54 acres 
         Deed - April 10 John and Amelia Greathouse to Christopher Ottinger 50 acres in Springfield Manor 
        Witness -  September 15 J. Grothauser and family witnessed the marriage of Johann Nicolaus Neiss and Maria Barbara Basensteinin 

1747/1748 Marriage - Jan 5 Elizabeth Greathouse married Johannes Artz in Christ Church in Philadelphia.   
1747 Birth -  February 20 Rachel Grothausen; baptized April 12; parents Herman and Maria Grothausen St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown

1748 Deed - March 3 Herman Greathouse heirs to Geoge Baltzer Gantz 54 acres 28 perches
         Birth - August 2 Wilhelm Groethausen parents Wilhelm Groethausen and Anna Maria Puppin, baptized 1749 St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown

1749  Estate - February John Groethause inventoried the estate of Michael Schuetz whose daughter married William Greathouse in March. 
          Landowner -  June 24 Harmon Greathouse a 50 acre farm called "Chestnut Springs on Antietam Creek in Frederick County, Maryland 
          Marriage - March William Greathouse married Maria Barbara Schuetz. Another source lists Feb. 15, 1750 
          Marriage - August 12 Jacob Groethaus,  bachelor from Tulpehocken to Christianity Van Huse, a single person both Lutheran, married by a license. Lutheran Trinity Church 
 
 
Wilhelm or William Greathouse is said by Hannah Benner Roach to be a son of John Greathouse, but no proof is provided. William was probably born about 1730, probably in Springfield Manor, Pennsylvania. It is recorded that a William married Maria Barbara Schuetz in 1749/1750, and John Greathouse was appointed to inventory her father's estate. It is believed that William and Barbara left the Philadelphia area after transferring some land to her brother.  They may have migrated to Bedford County where a John, who was born in Philadelphia in 1756 to William and Barbara, enlisted in the Revolutionary War and later described his whereabouts in an application for a pension in Harrison County, Virginia.  It appears that William, Barbara, son John and probably other family members came to Harrison County, Virginia around 1787, when William appears on a tax list.  In William Sr's will in Harrison County VA, his wife is listed as "Barbary". Records show on October 18, 1790 Joseph & Ann Gregor, of Harrison County Virginia to William Greathouse, of same, for 62 pounds ten shillings, 500 acres on Zacks Run adjoining Benjamin Cutter. Recorded October 1792. William died in Harrison County in 1792 and left 200 acres and the house to his wife Barbara, and 100 acres each to his son Gabriel, his son John, and his son-in-law, the husband of his daughter Mary. He left various items to his daughters, Mary, Anna Amelia, and "Caty" and to his son William, but there was no mention of Michael who has been claimed to be his son. In Harrison County in 1791 Barbary Greathouse, Joseph Shelton, John Radcliff and Joseph Davisson entered into bond of 500 pounds to proceed on the last will and testament of William Greathouse, deceased.  
 
1750 to 1775 
 
1750 John Greathouse is listed as a gentleman and a freeholder in Philadelphia Pennsylvania 
         Marriage - February 15  Marriage of  William Greathouse and Barbara Schuetz in Pennsylvania   
         Deed - April 18 John and Amelia Greathouse to John Harts 47.25 acres 
         Deed - June 7 Peter Greathouse 80 acres in Lancaster Co Pennsylvania 
         Godparents - June 24 John Greathouse and Amelia to William Ottinger, born Feb 4, 1747, son of Christopher Ottinger and Mary Catherine St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown.
         Death - October 23 John Greathouse burial at St. Michael’s Church graveyard
         Birth - December 9 Unnamed son of Peter Grothauser, sponsor Henry Hain baptized Berks County Pennsylvania St John's Reformed, commonly called Hain's Church 
         Debt - Harman Greathouse is listed as owing a debt to the estate of innkeeper Cleburn Simms Frederick County Maryland
         Baptism - Sept 15 - Juliana Sybyl Greathouse baptized in Frederick County, Maryland

1751 Payment - July 26 Harmon Greathouse received payment in settlement in Daniel Stull’s estate for smithing work in Frederick County Maryland.  
1752 Communion - St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown– Sunday after Easter lists Johannes and Amelia Grothaus  
1754 Chain Carrier - Harmon Greathouse served as a chain carrier in a survey near the Potomac River in Hampshire County Virginia 
 
1755 Land Sale - November 18 Harmon Greathouse of Virginia sold his Chestnut Springs tract in Maryland. 
 
1756 Birth - Feb 13 Johannes Grothaus born to Willhelm and Barbara Grothaus; baptized April 19, 1756 
 
1757 Military - Harmon Greathouse served 5 days in the Maryland militia in the French and Indian War 
 
1759 Deed - April 27 John and Amelia Greathouse to Christopher Ottinger 136 acres 
         Tax list - Harmon Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland 
 
1760 Land Purchase - February 6 Harmon Greathouse surveyed and patented a 10 acre tract of land in Baltimore County Maryland 
 
1762  Deed - March 2 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. William and Barbara Greathouse deed to Jacob Schutz, her brother. 
         Tax list - Harmon Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland 
 
1763 Tax list - Jacob Greathouse Anson County North Carolina 
         Tax list - Harmon Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland 
         License - Harmon Greathouse obtained a license to operate a tavern in Baltimore County, Maryland 
 
1765 Chain Carrier - Harmon Greathouse served as a chain carrier in Hampshire County Virginia 
         Deed - April 20 - Benjamin Waygers, Baltimore County sold 10 acres near the Patapsco River to Harmon Greathousen blacksmith of Baltimore County, Maryland
 
1766 Tax list - Harmon Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland 
         Land Purchase - September 11-Harmon Greathouse -  Hampshire County Virginia 249 acres on Potomack River adjoining the land of William Bickerstaff. 

1767 Tax List - John Grotheiser Berks County, Heidelberg Township, Pennsylvania 
 
1768  Land Warrant -  May 5 William Greathouse Northampton, Pennsylvania 
         Tax List - Harmon Greathouse - Baltimore County Maryland

1769  Tax List - Harmon Greathouse - Baltimore County Maryland


1770  Birth - December 20 Jacob Grothauss - Parents: Jacob and Catharina Sibylla Records of St. Michael’s and Zion Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  
         Tax List - Harmon Greathouse - Baltimore County Maryland

By the 1770’s there were Greathouses in the northern panhandle of what is now West Virginia. About 1770, Daniel Greathouse had built a small fort near Newell in now Hancock County, then in West Augusta until it became Yohogania County in 1776. The fort seemed to attract other family members to the area. The following year, Harmon Greathouse, believed to be Daniel’s father, settled on a creek near present-day Weirton WV that still bears his name, Harmon's Creek.  

        

1771  Tax List - Harmon Greathouse Baltimore County, Maryland

1772 Land Sale - August 11 Harmon Greathouse & wife Mary of Hampshire County Virginia sold to Michael Cresap of Frederick Co MD two tracts on the Potomac River 
 
1773 History - Jacob Greathouse was hunting in present day Boyd County Kentucky with Simon Kenton, William Grills, Samuel Cartwright and Joseph Lock. 
 
1774  Deed - Columbia County Georgia "...granted Oct. 5, 1774 to Sir Patrick Houston, bounded at time of survey by Absolom Bedeel, Jacob Greathouse John Sidwell & Jonathan Seel".
          Death - November 1 Death and Burial of Amelia Groethausen Philadelphia Pennsylvania 
          Residence - John Greathouse settled on 400 acres of land in the Mingo bottom of the Ohio River, Yohogania County, Virginia – Washington County, Pennsylvania  
          Military - Jacob Greathouse is also listed as a soldier from Georgia in the Revolutionary War - no dates.              
          April - Conflict - Yellow Creek massacre involving Daniel Greathouse Yohogania County Virginia
 
1775 to 1800 
 
1775 Land Sale - July 13  Daniel Greathouse sold property to William McMahan in Yohogania County Virginia  
1775 Military - October 7 Daniel Greathouse listed on roll of militia Capt Michael Cresap Sr. in Yohogania County Virginia  

In 1776 Virginia had formed the three counties of Ohio, Yohogania and Monongalia from their West Augusta District. However, Pennsylvania claimed some of the same territory. A petition was circulated asking the Continental Congress for a new state of ‘Westsylvania’. This petition was circulated when there were strong feelings as to whether land from the Ohio River to the Laurel Hills of Pennsylvania was in Virginia or Pennsylvania territory. This new state would have included the present counties of Fayette, Washington and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania and the counties of Ohio, Marshall, Brooke, Hancock and Monongalia  in West Virginia.   Persons on the list are assumed to be some of the settlers in that area. Included are the names of Harmon Greathouse, John Greathouse and William Greathouse. When the dispute was settled in the 1780’s, the northern portion of Monongalia, the eastern portion of Ohio County, and almost all of Yohogania County became part of Pennsylvania. A small portion of Yohogania County stayed with Virginia and eventually became part of Brooke and then Hancock County. In 1863 these Virginia counties became part of the new state of West Virginia.

  
Map of Pennsylvania in 1777 showing the contested areas between Virginia and Pennsylvania 
From: The Newberry Library http://www.newberry.org/ahcbp/index.html 


 
 
  
1775  Marriage -  September 18 Ann Eve Greathouse to  James Majors in Baltimore Maryland at the 1st Presbyterian Church 
          Birth - November 17 Anna Maria Krodhauss born to Johannes Krodhauss & Elizabeth Shenandoah/Dunmore County, Virginia 
 
1776 Godparents - September 15 - Joh. Krodhaus & Catharina Haack – single. Godparents to Anna Maria Krodhaus Shenandoah/Dunmore County, Virginia 
         John Greathouse Appointed constable at Ft Dunmore of the county of Yohogania, Virginia 
 
1777 Military - May 22 Jacob Greathouse Northampton Pennsylvnia – on roll of Capt Wm Heyser’s company 
         Death - Yohogania County Virginia Daniel Greathouse 
         Land Sale - Oct 30  John Greathouse Yohogania County Virginia   
         Birth - October 27 Johannes Greathouse born in Shenandoah County Virginia to John Greathouse and Elizabeth 
         Military - September 15  John Greathouse enlisted in Bedford County Pennsylvania, Col. Kilgore’s 8th PA Regiment 
        Will of John Greathouse in Philadelphia Pennsylvania – no children or spouse mentioned 
        Land Sale - John Greathouse sold land to a William McMahan Yohogania County Virginia. 
        Court - Aug 27 Yohogania County Virginia- Wm McMahon v. John Greathouse 
        Military - Jacob Greathouse - Continental Troops - Deserted - Maryland
        Military - John Greathouse - private in Capt. Basil Prather's Company - Pennsylvania

Dates not listed:
    Ab'm Grothouser listed in Btn Return of Capt. John Stahl 4th Btn 2nd CL Pennsyvania
    Herman Greathouse listed in Capt. Charles Bilderback Company Pennsylvania
    William Greathouse listed in Capt Ross' Company militia Washington County Pennsylvania   
 
1778 Estate - March 25 John Greathouse appointed administrator of brother Daniel Greathouse estate in Yohogania County Virginia 
         Jury - John Greathouse served on a jury in Yohogania County, Virginia 
         Military - May 14 William Grotehouse Northampton Pennsylvania in Cpt John Roberts 1st Btn 2nd Class 
         Birth - September 22 Elizabeth Greathouse born in Shenandoah County Virginia to John Greathouse & Catherine Elissen;
         Estate - September 28 administration of Daniel Greathouse's estate was transferred from John Greathouse to widow Yohogania County, Virginia. 
         Estate - October 15 John Greathouse settled accounts with Daniel Greathouse’s widow in Yohogania County Virginia 
         Baptism - November 15 Elizabeth Greathouse baptized in Shenandoah County Virginia 
         Baptism -November 15 Johannes Greathouse baptized in Shenandoah County Virginia 
         Birth - John Greathouse based on censuses and tombstone in Virginia  
         Oath - Harmon Greathouse Oath of Fidelity list in Baltimore County Maryland 
 
1779 Military - William Greathouse was a private in the company of Captain William Harrod. 
 
1780 Tax List - William Grothouse Plainfield Township, Northamption, Pennsylvania 
         Occupation - William Grothouse is showing as a tailor and a taxable in Northampton County, Pennsylvania 
         Military - May 16 William Grothouse Northampton Pennsylvania Corporal in Capt Lew Starcher’s 2nd Btn 4th   Company 
         Military - March 14 John Greathouse discharged at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – same as the one who enlisted from Bedford County
         Court - April 20 Kentucky District - regarding adjusting a title to unpatented land - mentions Mary Hartness heir at law of Jacob Greathouse 
         Petition - August 23 Herman, John and William Greathouse sign a petition to Congress about problems in Kentucky


1781 Military - September 1 William Grothouse Plainfield Northampton Pennsylvania Corporal Capt Lewis Starcher 2nd Btn 4th Company 
 
1782 Tax List - John Greathouse Shenandoah County Virginia 
         Court - Public Claim to court John Greathouse Shenandoah County Virginia 3 entries for 35 bu of corn, 280 lbs. beef  and 5 bu. of rye. 
         Marriage - October 22 marriage Will Greathouse to Mary Livanston Shenandoah County Virginia 
         Birth - November 22  Isaac Groothaus to Johannes Groothaus & Catharina Shenandoah County, Virginia 
         Baptism - December 25 baptism Isaac Groothaus Shenandoah County, Virginia 
         Military - May 16 William Greathouse Capt. Andrew Swearingen's 3rd Btn Militia Washington County, Pennsylvania
         
1783  Supply List - William Greathouse – Federal Supply List Bedford County, Turkeyfoot Township, Pennsylvania  
         Land Sale - May 26 Harmon Greathouse 10 acre tract Baltimore County Maryland to John Elder. 
         Land purchase January 14 William Greathouse purchase of land Harmon's Run Virginia
         Land Survey - November 10 William Greathouse 244 acres Brooke County, Virginia
         Tax List - William Greathouse Turkeyfoot Twp Bedford County, Pennsylvania

1784  Land Petition -  May 15 - Jacob Greathouse, Sr., by certificate of Greenbury Lee, Colonel, petitioned for 250 acres in Franklin County, Georgia, apparently bounty land, 
          Land Grant - July 30 Jacob Greathouse Revolutionary War Bounty Grant Georgia 
 
1785  Land -March 7  William Greathouse land records for Yogohania County Virginia 313 acres on Harmon’s Creek and 400 acres on the Ohio River. 
          Land - March 8 Gabriel Greathouse 400 acres Harmon Creek, Ohio County Virginia 
          Residence - Harmon Greathouse in Fayette County, Wharton Township, Pennsylvania 
         Tax List - Harmon Greathouse Ohio County Virginia 
         Tax List - John Greathouse taxed in Hopewell Township, Washington County Pennsylvania 
        Tax List William Greathouse Ohio County Virginia
 
1786 Military - April 7 William Greathouse Washington County Pennsylvania certificate for military service Regiment B 
         History - Gabriel Greathouse early settler in Brooke County, Virginia
         Residence - Harmon Greathouse in Fayette County, Wharton Township, Pennsylvania 
         Petition - John Greathouse and William Greathouse sign a petition for a road in Harrison County, Virginia 
         Land Sale - June 16 Harmon Greathouse to Christopher Yeakle 6 acres - date noted in Springfield Historical Society Records 
         Land Grant July 7 John Greathouse, made by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, comprised 289 acres on Harmon run
         Power of Attorney - October 26 Harmon and Mary Greathouse of County of Ohio in the State of Virginia  to Margaret Stull of Frederick County Maryland 
         History - November 11 John Mathews, a surveyor, mentions a visit to the home of Harman Greathouse, father of ‘my friend William’ 
         Land Sale - November 17 Henry Greathouse children to Christopher Yeakle 6 acres - date noted in Springfield Historical Society Records  
         History - Harmon Greathouse and William Greathouse mentioned in the Upper panhandle in Virginia                 
         Residence -  William Greathouse living in Ohio  County,Virginia opposite Mingo Bottom        
         Military - April 7 William Greathouse Washington County Pennsylvania certificate issue Reg B 
        Exemption - William Greathouse in Harrison County Virginia is exempted from working on highway

        
1787 Tax List Ohio County, Virginia, William Greathouse, Harman Greathouse, Harman Greathouse, Isaac Greathouse. 
         Tax List - Harrison County, Virginia, John Greathouse, William Greathouse, William Jr Greathouse 
         Tax List - May 20 Fayette County Virginia/Kentucky Jno Greathouse, Jno Greathouse Jun., Wm Greathouse 
         Occupation -  June 18 William Greathouse appointed constable for Clarksburg, Harrison County, Virginia 
         Land Purchase - June 11 - David Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland 46 acres from William Wilson - Bond's  Forest
         Land Purchase - October 22 Elizabeth Greathouse purchased 46 acres from David Greathouse - Bond's Forest  Maryland
      

1788 Tax List - Fayette County Virginia/Kentucky Jno Greathouse, Jno Greathouse Jun., Wm Greathouse 
         Tax List - Ohio County Virginia: Harmon Greathouse, Harmon Jr Greathouse, Isaac Greathouse, William Greathouse 
         Land Sale - August 4 Sale of 3 parcels of land Harmon and Mary Greathouse in Ohio County Virginia 195 acres to Isaac Greathouse, 
         Land Sale - 218 acres and a sawmill to Harmon Greathouse Jr and 387 acres on both sides of Harmon’s Creek Jonathan Greathouse             
         Communion - October 19 Holy Communion Hermann Krothauss with Mar. Magdl. Krider's Church Baltimore Maryland 
         Military - Oath William Greathouse Ohio County Virginia - office of militia
         Court - December 14 - Harrison County Virginia: John Simms vs. William Greathouse and Herman Greathouse 


1789 Tax List - Fayette County Virginia/Kentucky Jno Greathouse, Jno Greathouse Jun., Wm Greathouse 
         Tax List -  Harrison County, Virginia: William Greathouse, John Greathouse, Michael Greathouse and William Jr Greathouse 
         Communion - May 3 Holy Communion Hermann Grothauss with wife Maryland 
         Land Sale - June 2 William Greathouse Virginia Ohio County Sale of land purchased in January
         Voter - William Greathouse, voted on new county of Harrison in Virginia

1790 Tax List - Jno Greathouse, Jno Greathouse Jun., Wm Greathouse Tax List Fayette County Virginia/Kentucky 
        Census - John Greathouse – from prior tax lists – Shenandoah County Virginia Will Greathouse census – from prior tax lists – Shenandoah County Virginia 
        Court - June - Harmon Greathouse sued in Baltimore County, Maryland regarding title to tract of land sold to John Elder 
        Communion - June 13 Holy communion Mar. Magdl. Krothausin, h. sick Baltimore Maryland 
        Census -  David Greathouse Baltimore Maryland - Patapsco Lower Hundred - born bef 1774-1 male 16 and up includes head of house, includes 1 female 
        Census - Harmon Greathouse Baltimore Maryland - Patapsco Lower Hundred -born bef 1774 - 1 male 16 and up includes head of house, includes 1 female
        Census - Harmond Greathouse Baltimore Maryland - Two Delaware Hundred - born before 1774 - 3 males 16 and up includes head of house, includes 3 females
        Census - William Greathouse  Northampton County Pennsyvania Upper Saucon - born before 1774 

 
1791 Tax List - Jacob Greathouse Georgia Tax Index 1791 in Pruet District of Wilkes County, Georgia 
        Land - William Greathouse owned 85 acres on Harmon's Creek, Ohio County, Virginia 
        Estate - William Greathouse Ohio County, Virginia, appointed appraisers and administrators for his estate 
        Death - Mar 2 Captain Greathouse Ohio River 3 Killed by Indians near Maysville, Kentucky
        Communion - June 12 Holy Communion Hermann Krothaus after confession Baltimore Maryland 
        Tax List - John Greathouse  Ohio County Virginia 
        Tax List - William Greathouse Ohio County Virginia 

 
1792 Deposition - January 17 - Harmon Greathouse Maryland -swears he is 75 
         Land Sale - March 3 Harmon Greathouse transferred land in Baltimore Maryland to Michael Elder. 
         Will - March 25 date of will William Greathouse Harrison County Virginia
         Marriage - Michael Greathouse to Rachel Hustead Harrison County Virginia 
         Court - November 26 Harmon Greathouse - Ludwig Wampler v. Harmon Greathouse Maryland
         Deposition November 26- David Greathouse Maryland  
        
Residence - November 27, 1792 Harmon Greathouse Nelson County Kentucky
         Court - John Greathouse Ohio County Virginia Mentioned in court; also Harmon 
        

1793 Marriage - April 8 John Greathouse Harrison County Virginia to Milly Gillaspy 
         Tax List - William Greathouse Tax List Clark County, Kentucky 
         Communicants - October 7 Harmon and Mary Greathouse listed as communicants Krider’s Church in Baltimore Maryland  
         History - Jacob Greathouse Kentucky hunting-present county of Boyd history
         Marriage - Apr 8- John Greathouse Harrison County Virginia Milly Gillaspy 

1794 Tax List - William Greathouse County, Kentucky 

1794 to 1803 William Groathouse appears as a distiller in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. 
        Marriage - January 21- David Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland to Pensilla Goodwin marriage
        Land Sale - March 20- Elizabeth  Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland sale to David Greathouse 50 a Bond's for deed
        Witness - March 20 - Samuel Greathouse Baltimore County Maryland land sale Elizabeth to David 

 
1795 Marriage - May 26 – William Holden/Holder to Anna Greathouse Columbia County, Georgia 
         Tax List -  October 12 - William Greathouse Tax List Clark County, Kentucky 
         Will - December 3 – Ann Eve Greathouse Majors produced her deceased husband’s will Frederick County Maryland  

1796  Deed - April 19  Ohio County Virginia mentions land near William Greathouse 
         Tax List - William Greathouse Tax List Clark County, Kentucky 
         Marriage - August 16 William Greathouse serves as bondsman in marriage of Samuel Greathouse to Susanna Greathouse in Clark County, Kentucky 
         Marriage - August 16 John Greathouse signs that he is the father of Susanna Greathouse 
         Court - September 12 - John Greathouse Ohio County, Virginia - summoned to testify re: McCormick
         Deed - mentions land adjoining John Greathouse Ohio County, Virginia
         Deed - Property line of William Greathouse mentioned
 
1797 Mifflin County Pennsylvania two lots for a William Groathouse, with the right to repair the mill-race. 
         Land tax Harrison County Virginia John and William Greathouse 
         Land Tax - Barbara/Barbary Greathouse Harrison County Virginia  
        Tax List - William Greathouse Clark County, Kentucky 
        Court - Barbara Greathouse Harrison County Virginia Record -horse theft from her pasture 
        Tax List - Barbary Greathouse Virginia  Harrison County 
        Tax List  - Gabriel Greathouse Virginia Harrison County 
        Court - John  Greathouse Virginia Harrison County Record-horse theft from his mother's pasture 
        Tax List - John Greathouse Virginia  Harrison County 
        Court -Mar 25- Greathouse Michael Virginia Harrison County Slander charges Michael & wife Rachel 
        Tax List  Greathouse William VA Harrison County 

 
1798 Land Sale - October 13 Gabriel Greathouse and his wife Ruth, then residents of Bourbon County, Kentucky, sold 400 acres of land in Brooke County, Virginia 
         Marriage -  October 11 Marriage Harrison County Virginia Ragena Greathouse to John Stackhouse; she listed as daughter of William Greathouse 
         Land Sale - October  18  David Greathouse Frederick County Maryland 50 acres of Bond's Forest 
        

 1799   Birth of William Greathouse in Harrison County Virginia – parents unknown – from US Army enlistment information 
        Land Sale - Feb 28 William Greathouse and his wife Mary sold 100 acres  of  land on Coplin's Run, Harrison County Virginia 
        Land Purchase - December 20 David Greathouse Mason County Kentucky Land Purchase from Abraham Cameron
        Deed - August 9 - Elizabeth Greathouse Warren County Kentucky Assignee 200 acres Lambs Sinking Creek 
        Tax List - July 12 - Elizabeth Greathouse  Warren County Kentucky 200 acres Sinking Creek 
      


1800 - 1820 
 

1800    Census in Fayette County, Pennsylvania Harmon Greathouse born between 1756 and 1774 
            Census Mifflin County Pennsylvania William Groathouse born 1774 or before 
            Marriage - November 8 Leonard Greathouse married Sarah Parsons in Harrison County, Virginia 
Tax List Kentucky Bullitt County, Harman Greathouse 
Tax List Kentucky Bourbon County, Gabriel Greathouse 
Tax List Kentucky Clark County, John Greathouse 
Tax List Kentucky Mason County, David Greathouse 
Tax List Kentucky Shelby County, Isaac Greathouse 
Tax List Kentucky Warren County, Elizabeth Greathouse 
Tax List Kentucky Warren County, Harmon Greathouse 
Tax List Kentucky Warren County, John Greathouse Sr 
Tax List Kentucky Warren County, John Greathouse 
 
1801 June 23 Quit Claim Deed Georgia John Davis, John Castle and Jacob Greathouse of Columbia County and Catherine Jones and Abraham Perkins of Warren County, heirs of Jacob  Greathose, Sr., deceased 
 
1802 Gabriel Greathouse declared under oath in his chancery suite that he “is the son and only heir and representative of a certain Daniel Greathouse dec’d “Greathouse vs. McCreery, Paris District Court, Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1802.  

1803 May 9 marriage Susanna Greathouse to Adam Parsons Harrison County Virginia 
May 27 marriage Elizabeth Greathouse to James Majors Warren County Kentucky – consent by parents John and Caty Greathouse  

1804  Marriage - October 23 -  Mary Greathouse to John Parsons Belmont County Ohio 
 
1805  Court - Monongalia County Virginia Court a constable was paid for serving a warrant on Enoch Greathouse 
          Marriage -  June 28 Warren County Kentucky James Bratton/Brittain to Rachel Greathouse 
 
1806 Court - Monongalia County Virginia another record of payments for serving a warrant on Enoch Greathouse 
         Marriage - September 17 John Greathouse Mason County Virginia for marriage to Sarah McDade 
         Court - December 8 Monongalia Virginia County Court - Enoch Greathouse jailed 16 days - charges unknown. 
         
 
1807 Court - Monongalia County Virginia a complaint concerning an orphan child, the daughter of Enoch Greathouse 
         Marriage license - September 20 - David Greathouse and Sarah Callender Jessamine County, Kentucky
 
1808 November 22 Shelby County Kentucky Marriage Nancy Greathouse to Clarke K McAfee 
         August 29 Marriage Warren County Kentucky Betsy Greathouse to Warren Hays 
 
1809 Marriage - August 29 Warren County Kentucky marriage Nancy Greathouse to Daniel Potter. 
 
1810 Census Kentucky Greathouse Heads of Household 
County and township 
Hopkins Madisonville 1810 David Greathouse born 1766-1784 No adult females 
Jessamine Nicholasville 1810 David Greathouse born 1766-1784 
Jessamine Nicholasville 1810 Harmon Greathouse born 1785-1794 
Jessamine Nicholasville 1810 John Jr Greathouse born 1765 or Before 
Jessamine Nicholasville 1810 John Sr Greathouse born 1765 or Before 
Jessamine Nicholasville 1810 WilliamGreathouse  born 1785-1794 
Nelson Bardstown 1810 Harmon Greathouse born 1765 or Before 
Shelby 1810 Isaac Greathouse born 1765 or Before 
Warren 1810 Isaac Greathouse born 1766-1784 
Warren 1810 Samuel Greathouse born 1766-1784 
Warren 1810 William Greathouse born 1765-Before 

Census Mifflin County Pennsylvania William Groethausen born 1765 or before

1810 Census Virginia Greathouse Heads of Household
County and township 
Brooke 1810 Benjamin Greathouse born 1785 1794 
Brooke 1810 John Greathouse born 1765 or Before 
Brooke 1810 William Greathouse born 1785 1794 
Harrison 1810 Garbriel Greathouse born 1766 1784 1 Female b bef 1765 
Harrison 1810 John Greathouse born 1765 or Before 
Harrison 1810 Sarah Greathouse born 1765 or Before 
Mason 1810 John Greathouse born 1766 1784 
Monongalia 1810 William Greathouse born 1785 1794 
Ohio 1810 Harman Greathouse born 1766 1784 2 males of this age 
Ohio Wheeling 1810 Isaac Greathouse born 1785 1794 3 males of this age 

Occupation - September 18 – Randolph County, Illinois Gabriel Greathouse appointed a justice of the peace by the governor. 

1811 Marriage - December 11 Barren County Kentucky Susan Greathouse to John Harris 
         Marriage - October 12 Christian County Kentucky David Greathouse to Margaret Brittain 
        Tax List - Mason County Virginia John Greathouse
 
1812 Tax - Monongalia County Virginia   Enoch Greathouse delinquents tax 
         Marriage - December 23 Shelby County Kentucky Sarah Greathouse to Samuel Tevis 
         Marriage - August 5 Warren County Kentucky Samuel Greathouse to Dicey Wells 
         Tax List - Mason County Virginia John Greathouse

1813 Marriage - February 9 Barren County Kentucky Levi Greathouse to Betsy Boyd 
         Occupation - Shawneetown Gallatin County Illinois Gabriel Greathouse serving as a judge for the court of common pleas 
         Tax List - Mason County Virginia John Greathouse

1814 Military - June 23 Army enlistment Samuel Greathouse born in Jessamine County Kentucky 
         Marriage - November 10 Bullitt County Kentucky Jonathan Greathouse to Sally Caldwell 
         Land Grant - November 1st Enoch Greathouse entered land in Section 20 in now Edwards County Illinois 
         Tax List - Mason County Virginia John Greathouse
         Military - March 8 - John Greathouse discharged War of 1812 - from Mason County, Virginia 

1815  Marriage - July 27 Hopkins County Kentucky Marian Greathouse to William Gamblin 
          Marriage - August 1 Mason County Kentucky William Greathouse to Jane Lewis 
 
1816 Marriage Bullitt County Kentucky William Greathouse to Sarah B Swearingen 
 
1817  Marriage - July 13 Barbara Greathouse and Briant Larrimore Belmont County Ohio 
          Land Grant - January 17 Enoch Greathouse entered land in now Edwards Illinois. 
          Tax List - John Greathouse - Mason County Kentucky

1818  Marriage September 16 Warren County Kentucky Sally Greathouse to Elisha Whitten 
 
1819   Marriage - November 25 Shelby County Kentucky Eliza R Greathouse to Thomas P Wilson 
           Marriage -  November 17 Union County Kentucky Hiram Greathouse to Lydia Greathouse 
 
1820   Census Illinois Greathouse Heads of Household  County and township 
Edwards 1820 Enoch Greathouse born 1776-1794 1 person Commerce 
Edwards 1820 Daniel Greathouse born 1794-1804 1 person Manufacturing 
White N of West 1820 Hiram Greathouse born 1794-1804 1 person Agriculture 
White Fox River 1820 David Greathouse born 1775 or Before 2 persons Agriculture 
 
Census Clarke County Georgia Abrm Greathouse 
 
1820 Census Indiana Greathouse Heads of Household County and township 
Perry 1820 Isaac Greathouse born 1775 or Before plus 1 male 26 to 45 
Posey Black 1820 David Greathouse born 1776-1794 1 person commerce 
Posey Black 1820 John L Greathouse born 1794-1804 1 person commerce 
Spencer 1820 John Greathouse born 1794-1804 1 person Agriculture 
Spencer 1820 Jonathan Greathouse  born 1776-1794 
Vandenburgh Union Twp 1820 William Greathouse born 1775 or Before-3 persons Agriculture 
 
1820 Census Virginia Greathouse Heads of Household County and township 
Brooke 1820 John Greathouse born 1775 or Before 1 male 26 to 45 
Harrison 1820 Nancy Greathouse born 1775 or Before 2 males 16-26 
Harrison 1820 John Greathouse born 1775 or Before 2 males 16-26 
Harrison 1820 Isaac Greathouse born 1775 or Before 3 persons Agriculture 
Harrison 1820 Michael Greathouse born 1775 or Before 1 person Agriculture 
Harrison 1820 David Greathouse born 1776 -1794 1 person Agriculture 
Harrison 1820 Samuel Greathouse born 1794- 1804 2 persons Agriculture 
Ohio 1820 Harmon Greathouse born 1775 or Before 1 male 16 to 26 
Ohio 1820 Elizabeth Greathouse born 1776 - 1794 4 males 16-26 
Ohio 1820 Enoch Greathouse born 1776 -1794 1 person Agriculture 
Ohio 1820 Elizabeth Greathouse born 1776- 1794 2 males under 16 
Ohio 1820 Enoch Greathouse born 1776 -1794 1 person Agriculture 
Ohio 1820 Harmon Greathouse born 1776 -1794 2 persons Agriculture 
Tyler 1820 James Greathouse
 
1820 Census Kentucky Greathouse Heads of Household County and township 
Bullitt Paris 1820 Michael Greathouse born 1776-1794 1 person Agriculture 
Bullitt Shepherdsville 1820 William Greathouse born 1776 1794 14 slaves 
Henderson Henderson 1820 Harmon Greathouseborn 1776 1794 
Mason 1820 Will Greathouse born 1776 1794 6 slaves 
Nelson Bardstown 1820 Harmon Greathouse born 1775 or Before 7 slaves 
Shelby 1820 Isaac Greathouse  born 1775 or Before 13 slaves 
Warren 1820 Isaac Greathouse born 1776 1794 1 person Commerce 
Warren 1820 Levi Greathouse born 1776 1794 1 person Commerce 
Warren 1820 Samuel Greathouse born 1775 or Before 
Warren 1820 William Greathouse born 1776 1794 1 person Agriculture