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1). see text file wthouser.txt William Houser son of Rachel Houser was 1 yr old and living with his mother Rachel Downs in the household of his Grandmother Rachel Downs at the time of the 1850 census in Washington Township, Coshocton County, Ohio. From the History of Jay County William Houser, a well known and substantial farmer and landowner of Bearcreek township and proprieter of an excellent farm on rural mail route No. 1 out of Portland, where he makes his home, now living practically retired from the general labors of the farm, has been a resident of Jay county since the middle 70s and has developed a good piece of property at the place on which he settled upon coming over here from Ohio. Mr. Houser was born in the vicinity of Ft. Recovery, over in the neighboring county of Mercer, in Ohio, October 14, 1848, and is the posthumous son and only child of William and Rachel Downs Houser, both of whom also were born in Ohio. William Houser Sr was a blacksmith and had aquired a bit of landin the Ft. Recovery neighborhood. His widow married again and continued to make her home in Recovery township, in Mercer county, and it was there that her son by her first marriage, the subject of this sketch, grew to manhood. The junior William Houserremained with his mother and stepfather until after his marriage at the age of twenty five, when he began farming for himself on a tract of eighty acres he had inherited from his father in the neighborhood of Ft. Recovery Ohio . Three years later he sold that place and came over into Jay county, April 4, 1876, and bought a tract of 120 acres in the woods in Bearcreek township, where he established his home and has since resided. The greater part of this tract was uncleared when Mr. Houser took possession, but he presently got the place under cultivation and as his affairs prospered added to his holdings by the purchase of an adjacent tract of 110 acres, thus having 233 acres, on which as the years passed he developed an admirable farm plant. ... Itwas on October 19, 1873, while living in Mercer county, that William Houser was united in marriage to Mary Menchoffer, of Washington township, that county, and to this union have been born six children, five of whom Rachel C., George, Caroline, Gomer,and Alice are living.
Name: William T. (jr.) Houser Note
Born: 14 Oct 1848 at Coshocton Co., , , OH
Married: 19 Oct 1873 at Mercer Co, , , OH
Died: 19 Apr 1927 at Jay Co., , , IN
Father: William J. Houser
Mother: Rachel Downs
Name: Mary Menchoffer Note
Born: 10 Aug 1848 at Schwindot Heim Estatein Alcase Lorain, , ,
Died: 2 Dec 1933 
Name: John William Houser
Born: 30 Aug 1874
Died: 19 Nov 1878
Name: Catherine Rachel Houser
Born: 17 May 1876
Died: 7 Apr 1947
Husband: Edward Krouse
Name: George Ripley Houser
Born: 11 Apr 1879
Died: 18 Apr 1956
Name: Caroline V. Houser
Born: 15 Jan 1881
Died: 10 Oct 1934
Name: Gomer Goshen Houser
Born: 19 Jun 1884 at Jay Co., , , IN
Died: 23 Jul 1974 at Redkey, , , IN
Wife: Hazel Hoppess
Name: Mary Alice Houser
Born: 23 Apr 1886
Died: 9 Dec 1949
Husband: ??? Young
7). Gedcom from Mark Houser
2). Emigrated to America at age two with her parents and settled in Mercer Co., Ohio From History of Jay County , William Houser ... Mrs. Mary Houser was born in Germany and was but a child of two years when she came with her parents, John and Catherine Menchoffer, to America, the family proceeding on out to Ohio and settling in Mercer county. John Menchoffer became a substantialfarmer and landowner in Washington township, and his wife had seven chidren, five of whom are still living ... .