Hauser Genealogy - Martin Hauser & Maria Margaretha Schaefer of North Carolina


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Martin Hauser & Maria Margaretha Schaefer of North Carolina

Historical Narrative
Descendant Listings
Documentary Sources
Discussion Groups
DNA Research


Many of the Hauser families in the USA trace their ancestry to the family of Martin Hauser and Maria Margaretha Schaefer of North Carolina. This web site is intended to be a compendium of the research done of this couple and their descendants. Much has been published on this family in various Virginia historical books and family histories, some of it accurate, some not so accurate. As is often the case with family histories, once something is in print, it often is considered to be "gospel". It is my hope that this web site will facilitate a critical examination and discussion of the facts, legends, and myths surrounding this Hauser family and to allow us Hauser researchers and descendants to learn more about our origins and our relatives' contributions to early America. The best way to separate fact from fiction and to resolve conflicting information is to go back to the primary sources (see Documenting Your Genealogy Research - Guide to Citing Sources). These include records of marriages, births, deaths, and burials, census listings, Bible records, tax lists, probate and land records, etc. The information in the descendant listings on this web site will include documentation of the primary sources as much as possible, and transcriptions of many of those sources will be presented in links below. This is a working document and not necessarily definitive, since much of it is based upon information found on the Internet or in published secondary sources. It will be modified and (hopefully) improved as more researchers provide input and, most importantly, evidence.

Historical Narrative

Martin Hauser was born in 1696 in Reichenweier (now Riquewihr), Alsace. His parents were Hans Georg Hauser and Susanna Burckhardt. Martin Hauser was married in 1722 in Woerth, Alsace to Maria Margaretha Schaefer. She was born in 1702 in Lampertsloch, Alsace and was the daughter of Michel Schaefer and Maria Barbara Geiger. A chart of this Hauser ancestry is available here.

Martin Hauser and his wife Maria Margaretha left Alsace (today in eastern France on the border with Germany) and went to America. They arrived in Philadelphia aboard the ship Molly on 30 September 1727. Their first child, an infant son named Martin, died on the voyage across the Atlantic. After arriving in Pennsylvania, Martin and Maria Margaretha first settled near Conshohocken, in present-day Montgomery County. Their son Georg was born at Conshohocken in 1730.

They then moved to near the Berkiana River, Pennsylvania, where another son Michael Hauser was born in 1731. Twins sons Martin and Jacob were born in 1733 at Skippack (now in Montgomery County). After seven years, they moved again to Conewago (now in York County, Pennsylvania), where they remained for six more years. Two more sons were born there, Georg Peter in 1740 and Daniel in 1744. (A daughter Barbara was probably born between 1733 and 1740.) Around 1746, the Hauser family moved a few miles south into Maryland.

In 1751, the two oldest Hauser sons, Georg and Michael, started out in search of new land in western Carolina. They reached the Yadkin River (on the western boundary of present-day Forsyth County, North Carolina), where Michael purchased land along the Yadkin River.

In October 1752, Georg and Michael began their journey back to Maryland (just two months before a party of Moravians arrived in North Carolina to begin their settlement of Wachovia in what was to become Forsyth County). In October 1753, Georg and Michael returned to North Carolina with the rest of the Hauser family and settled first on Michael's land. They lived near the Moravian settlers for the next several years. By 1759, the pressures of the frontier and the French and Indian Wars convinced Martin Hauser and most of his family to join the Moravians in building a new town that was to be called Bethania. Martin, his son Georg, and Georg's wife Margaretha were among the first outsiders received into the church. Martin Hauser died in Bethania in 1761, followed by his wife 14 years later. Many of today's residents of that part of North Carolina can trace their ancestry to this Hauser family.

There are various spellings and pronunciations of this surname. The most common spelling is Hauser, although some of Martin's descendants have anglicized the spelling to Hooser, Houser, or Hoosier. The most common pronunciation is HOOZ'-er, although several descendants (especially those away from the Winston-Salem area who have retained the spelling Hauser) have modified it to HOUZ'-er. Another variation is HOOZH'-er (as in Hoosier).

Descendant Listings

Here are listings of descendants of Martin Hauser and Maria Margaretha Schaefer (through six generations).

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Explanation of Format of Descendant Listings

Children of Martin Hauser & Maria Margaretha Schaefer (Adobe Acrobat document; 38 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
  Descendants of Georg Hauser (#2) & Anna Margaretha Elrod & Anna Barbara Diez (Adobe Acrobat document; 369 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
  Descendants of Michael Hauser (#3) & Anna Cunigunda Fiscus (Adobe Acrobat document; 261 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
  Descendants of Martin Hauser (#4) & Susanna Maria Kessler (Adobe Acrobat document; 210 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
  Descendants of Jacob Hauser (#5) & Eleanor Margaret Fiscus (Adobe Acrobat document; 401 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
  Descendants of Barbara Hauser (#6) & Dieter Danner (Adobe Acrobat document; 58 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
  Descendants of Georg Peter Hauser (#7) & Margaretha Elisabeth Spainhour (Adobe Acrobat document; 80 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
  Descendants of Daniel Hauser (#8) & Elisabeth Meyer (Adobe Acrobat document; 45 KB; 16 Aug 2008)

There are a number of Hausers in north-central North Carolina who have not yet been placed in this Hauser family. If you know where they belong, please let me know.
Miscellaneous Hauser Descendants (Adobe Acrobat document; 60 KB; 16 Aug 2008) [Note: The prefix for these descendants is "z".]

Index of Names (Adobe Acrobat document; 216 KB; 16 Aug 2008)

Documentary Sources

1800 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 28 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1810 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 30 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1820 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 41 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1830 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 50 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1840 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 62 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1850 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 395 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1860 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 212 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1870 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 168 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1880 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 361 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1900 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 520 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1910 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 479 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1920 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 415 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
1930 US Census (Adobe Acrobat document; 208 KB; 16 Aug 2008)

Arkansas Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 89 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
California Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 42 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
Georgia Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 29 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
Indiana Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 34 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
Missouri Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 106 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
New Mexico Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 30 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
North Carolina Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 365 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
   North Carolina Notes (Deaths) (Adobe Acrobat document; 370 KB; 16 Aug 2008)
Texas Notes (Adobe Acrobat document; 41 KB; 16 Aug 2008)

World War 1 Draft Registrations (Adobe Acrobat document; 34 KB; 16 Aug 2008)

See my library of digital images (photos, newspaper clippings, etc.) related to this family.

Discussion Groups

GenForum - Hauser, Houser, Hoosier
RootsWeb - Hauser, Hooser, Houser, Hoosier

DNA Research

A new tool in genealogical research is the use of genetic markers in DNA to establish family relationships. See Genetics, DNA and Health History. The Y-chromosome is passed down from father to son to grandson to great-grandson, etc. along the male line (as are surnames in many modern western societies). Occasionally, due to random mutations, one or more of the genetic markers may change in an individual and be passed down to his son that way (similar to a surname changing from Hauser to Houser). Standard tests are available (based on a cheek swab) to identify 12, 37, or 67 markers on the Y-chromosome. (The more the markers, the more precise the idenfication; I strongly suggest 37 or more markers, in order to be useful for genealogical purposes.) All direct male descendants of Martin Hauser would have a very similar, if not identical, set of markers (or haplotype). Someone with a surname of Hauser (or some variation), whether or not they had done in-depth genealogical research, could compare their haplotype to known Martin Hauser direct male descendants to see if they were likely to be a direct male descendant of Martin Hauser. Likewise, the Martin Hauser haplotype could be compared to haplotypes of other families to see if these families were closely related in Alsace or Switzerland. I would like to establish a confidential database of haplotypes of Martin Hauser's direct male descendants to give us a tool to identify Martin Hauser descendants and to find closely related Hauser families from Alsace and Switzerland. Ideally, we would need several samples from direct male descendants of each of Martin's grandsons (those of his sons Georg, Michael, Martin, Jacob, Georg Peter, and Daniel, who carry the Hauser Y-chromosome). The Family Tree DNA testing service is one of the most well-known. If anyone is interested, please contact me by e-mail. The tests range in price from $99-$248, depending upon the number of markers, when ordered from Family Tree DNA as a part of the Hauser DNA Project. To help defray the cost of the testing, I have set up a Hauser DNA Project fund that will allow those of us without the Hauser Y-chromosome (such as females born with the maiden name of Hauser) to jointly share in the cost of this project. If everyone interested in this avenue of research can contribute a little from time to time, it will greatly help to increase the level of participation by direct male descendants with the "right" DNA. If you would like to take advantage of the fund for your test, let me know. Those of us not fortunate enough to have the Hauser Y-DNA chromosome may help others out by contributing.

If you would like to comment on any information contained within, or wish to correspond with me about this family, please send me an e-mail message at: Additions and corrections are greatly appreciated. I am especially interested in receiving information obtained from primary sources (census listings, Bibles, cemeteries, vital records, probate and land records, etc.) and photographs and digital images relating to this branch of the Hauser family so that I can incorporate them into this page. Also, I would like to provide links to other pages on the Internet that deal with Hauser genealogy.

Mark B. Arslan

Last updated on 11 August 2008