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George Houser, Sr.

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: March 1843 (83)
Stock Creek, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johannes Hauser, Sr. and Mary E George
Husband of Hannah Houser and Philipina Houser
Father of Catherine Hauser
Brother of John Pieter Houser, Jr.; Elizabeth Houser; Juliana Houser; Henry Houser; Jacob Houser and 1 other

Managed by: Krista Lea Houser
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About George Houser, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor #: A057555

George Houser, Sr., the youngest child of John and Mary Hauser was about three years old when his father died in 1763. George was raised by his mother and his older brothers and sisters. He served in the Revolutionary War from 1781 to 1783.

George married Philipina Herleman, daughter of Sebastian Herleman and Mary Magdalena. They had six children:

Barbara Olinger (1783-abt 1832) Mary Magdalene Deck (1784-1879) John Houser (1786-AFT 1850) Henry Houser (1788-1824) Elizabeth French (1791-1864) {twins} Catherine "Katy" McKeehan (1791-) {twins}

About 1790, George moved his family down the Great Valley to Augusta County, Virginia. Philipina died there of childbirth complications in March, 1791 after giving birth to twin daughters. George re-married to Hannah Rhinehart on August 13, 1792 in Augusta Co. About 1801, George and Hannah traveled down the Shenandoah Valley to Washington County, Virginia. George purchased land on the TN/VA state line on Back Creek, a few miles west of present-day Bristol in 1802.

George and Hannah had seven children, four in Augusta Co. and three in Washington Co.:

George Houser, Jr. (1793-1846) David Houser (1795-Abt 1875) Jonathan "Old Joney" Houser (1797-1892) Joseph Houser (1801-) Jacob Houser (1804-1868) Hannah Arthur Black (1806-AFT 1860) Lydia Ann Arthur (1807-AFT 1885)

About 1808, they moved on to Knox Co. Tennessee, where they joined George's brother John, Jr. and his family. The families set about establishing a small German speaking community around St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the first meetings of which were held about 1808 in the homes of John and George Houser on land then owned by the Cherokee Indians, in what is the Neubert Community. In 1815, George sold his property and purchased a plantation of 319 acres on Stock Creek, a few miles south of Knoxville, TN. The land is now inundated by Fort Loudon Lake. George, a very successful business man, was a founder of Zion Lutheran Church on Pickens Gap Road near his home. The original log structure was completed in 1823.

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George Houser, Sr.'s Timeline

North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
March 20, 1791
Age 31
Augusta, Virginia
March 1843
Age 83
Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States