About Henry Houser
A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor #: A057563
Henry was a stone mason who built a house that still stands in King's Mountain National Park in South Carolina. In the 1790 Census he is living w/ his wife and two sons and some slaves. By the 1800 census, his son's are gone and he and his wife only list a house slave and one outdoor slave. -------------------- Notes for Henry Howser
1755 York Co., Pennsylvania
1779 Northampton Co., Pennsylvania
1779 Lincoln Co., North Carolina
1788 York Co., South Carolina
[Houser Hunter's GedCom, 05 Feb 1999]
Date of death was March 04 or 14, 1822.
Last Will and Testament
State of So. Carolina} In the Name of God Amen I Henry
York District } Houzer late of the state and district
aforesaid being in my perfect Senses and Memory but low and weak in body and Calling to Mind that all Men have once to die and after Death the Judgement and of all such Estate as God hath been pleased to bless me with I Desire to be disposed of in the Following Manner Viz
First I Will and bequeath to my Wife Christina Houzer the following property - Her Walnut Chest + wearing apparel with her Bed and furniture and a four legged Walnut Table two Cows and One Hundred Dollars Cash -
Second I will and bequeath to my son John Houzer Two Hundred Dollars that I Have paid him out of my estate -
Thirdly I will and bequeath to my son Henry Houzer two Hundred Dollars paid to him out of my estate
Fourthly I will and bequeath to my son David Houzer (the tract of Land on Cain Creek Rutherford No Carolina purchased of John Patterson) One half of which devided according to Value I will and bequeath to him at five Hundred Dollars Value -
Fifthly I will and bequeath to my son-in-law Jacob Sapoh two Hundred and fifty Dollars paid to him out of my Estate-
Sixthly I will and bequeath. to my son-in-law Henry Houver two Hundred-Dollars pd to Him out of my Estate.
Seventhly I will and bequeath to my son-in-law John Whisonant two Hundred dollars paid to him out of my Estate -
Eighthly I will and bequeath to my son-in-law Joshua Moss Ninety-one Dollars and fifty Cents paid to him out of my Estate
Ninthly I will and bequeath to my son-in-law Gilbreth Dixon Eighty Dollars paid to him out of my estate.
Tenthly I will and bequeath that the tract of Land whereon I now live together with 18 acre I purchased of Robert Black adjoining said tract also 3 and 4/10 acres purchased of Nicolas Whisonant Senr adjoining Said tract Like wise also two Tracts being survey I made adjoining said Land one Containing one Hundred and thirty nine acres the other four Hundred and sixty acres all to be sold together on a Credit of 12 Months to the highest bidder at Public Sale.
Eleventhly I will and bequeath that my 1000 acre Survey on Branches of Clarks Fork and adjoining McElwee Land Hambright Land + Situate in York District So Carolina to be sold separately at the same time to the Highest bidder.
Twelthly I will and bequeath that my Negro Man Ned be sold at Public sale to the highest bidder also my Negro Man Ben to be sold and my Negro Woman Franky with her two Children to be also sold -
Thirteenthly I will and bequeath that my Stock of Horses and Cattle with my Waggon and Harness be all sold together with all other Stock Hogs, sheep + Farming Utensels and Household Furniture be all sold in like manner - with one Still and vessels, with Smith Tools Including all the rest of my Estate to be sold as above.
Fourteenthly I will and bequeath that an Equal divide be made among my Heirs after discounting what has already been received by each. -
And I do hereby Revoke all former wills by me made and I do Hereby nominate and appoint Henry Houzer and John Whisonant my Executors, to carry this my last will and Testament into Execution.
In Witness whereof I Have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this second day of March 1822
George \his X mark\ Whisonant
Signature: Henry Houser (LS)
Recorded: York District Will Book G:78
File 23 Case 960
On 20 April 1822, as noted in the estate papers, the following persons indicated that they had received in full their legacies from the estate of Henry Houser decd (not their own signatures):
[Lorena Shell Eaker, German Speaking People West of the Catawba River In North Carolina 1750 - 1800, (SCK Publications, 1994), 233]:
28 Dec 1783 - Henry Houser and Nicholas Heavner entered 300 acres on Indian Creek in Lincoln Co., NC.
Henry Houser sold his land in Lincoln County and moved to York District, SC. His home is called "The Rock House" and is located near the Kings Mountain Battleground Park.
[Barbara R. Langdon, York County Marriages 1770-1869 Implied in York County, South Carolina Probate Records, (Columbia, SC: Langdon & Langdon Genealogical Research, 1983), 72]:
The following marriages were implied in Case 23, File 960, Lived 1822:
_____ Houzer Gilbert Dixon
_____ Houzer Henry Hoover
_____ Houzer Joshua Moss
_____ Houzer Jacob Sapoh
_____ Houzer John Whisonant
-------------------- Henry Houser shows up in the 1790 (first) census as living in SC. He was a stone mason and built a stone house that still sits in King's Mountain National Park near the border of SC and NC. He and his wife (may be Unity Houser) had two sons that were young at the time but show up in later census's as being married w/ young familyies.
Henry Houser's Timeline
York, Pennsylvania, United States
December 15, 1779
Rutherford, Lincoln county, North Carolina, United States
Kings Creek, York, South Carolina, United States
January 12, 1795
January 12, 1800
March 4, 1822
Kings Creek, Cherokee, South Carolina, United States