Miscellaneous Howsmon records

Howsmon voting records: 1755, 1758, 1761

Source: Clark, Murtie June, Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774, Baltimore, MD: 1983, pp. 328-332:

Frost, William . . .             note: no John Houseman listed
-----The following is the number of the poll taken at the election of Burgesses in Frederick County, Dec 11, 1755:
Colo George Washington—40
Capt Thomas Swearengen—270
Mr. Hugh West—271

Source: Id. at pp. 513-519:
Poll taken in Frederick County, Jul 24, 1758 (two Burgesses elected)
Frost, Will:m . . .
Houseman, Jn:o . . .
Frost, William . . .
FOR COL. F. B. MARTIN: . . .
Housman, Jno . .
-----The following is the number of the poll taken at the election of Burgesses in Frederick County, Jul 24, 1758:
Colonel [George] Washington-309
Colonel F. B. Martin [sic; should be Colonel Thomas Bryan Martin]-239
Mr. Hugh West-199
Captain Thomas Swearington-45

Source: Id. at pp. 546-556:
Poll taken at the Election of Burgesses, Frederick County, May 18, 1761 (two Burgesses elected)
Frost, William . . .
Houseman, John . . .
Frost, Will:m . . .
Houseman, John . . .
-----The following is the number of the poll taken at the election of Burgesses in Frederick County, 18 May 1761:
Colonel Geo: Washington—505
Colonel Geo: Mercer—399
Colonel Adam Stephen—294
Robert Rutherford—1
Colonel John Hite—1
Henry Brinker—1
Signed by Tho:s Wood, Poll taker

Click here for a complete list of the voters.

Since John Howsmon (Jr) was born in 1755, the John Howsmon voting in 1758 and 1761 must be his father (or uncle). Since there is no other Howsmon voting in Frederick, VA, it is likely that this John Howsmon is the father of our John Howsmon. However, more records should be obtained for confirmation especially since not all men were eligible to vote.

Miscellaneous court records

Court records are found at Winchester, Frederick County for John Howsman, or Houseman as the name was then spelled by recording clerks who sold stock (hogs and cattle) to a Jacob Staley on April 8, 1757 (D.B. 11, page 574)
------------since John Howsmon was born in 1755, this record must be for his father.

John Houseman and wife, Christina named as defendants in a suit...
------------since John Howsmon married Martha Frost in 1782, this may also be for his father, but as the reference is undated, it is simple speculation

From Alice Haney Blue book

In one of the earliest records of immigrants to America, compiled by John Camden Hotten, titled “Original Lists of Persons of Quality, Relics, Exiles... from Great Britian to America Plantations, 1600-1700", we find the following: page 51: William Howsman, age 12, in the Peter Bonaventure bound for Barbadoes. Page 73: Richard Howseman, age 19, May 20, 1635, bound for Barbadoes.

From the “Memorial History of Staten Island, New York (Ira Morris). Vol II, page 92, is taken the following excerpts: “Houseman Family of Staten Island.” The first of this name came to America from Holland in 1675-1676. The earliest mention on this name in a church record in Staten Island is:’John and Wynjie (Simonson) Houseman had a daughter baptized June 1, 1732.

John Houseman, of Staten Island, was for many years one of the judges of the Common Pleas Courts; member of the assembly in 1804; and surrogate in 1809. Some of the descendants of this John Houseman remained in Richmond County.

The Brittons, Frosts and Housemans, all early immigrants to the Island, apparently traveled from there into New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and to Frederick County, Virginia, where their names appear in early records of those colonies.

Census data

It is noteworthy that the census data for 1790 and 1800 for Virginia is not available, popularly held to have been burned in the 1812 fire in Washington, DC. However, Alice Haney Blue's book specifically mentions details these two censuses for the Howsmon family: "Frederick County Census for 1790 lists John Houseman with a family of two. Census for the same county in 1800, lists John Houseman and family of ten. (Record of birth of their children, shows eight were born before 1800.)"
------------however, in 1790, John and Martha Frost Howsmon had four children, so the 1790 one is incorrect. It could be that this is for the (father) John and his wife Christina, but it cannot be for John and Martha. Perhaps they are there and just were missed after the first one was found? Or perhaps more likely they were living in the same house as the father -- so the family of 10 included John Jr, Martha, their four children, John Sr, Christina, and two others.

Revolutionary War Service

Again, source is Alice Haney Blue's book: "Records of service in the Revolutionary war, taken from Gwathmey’s “Historical Record of Virginians in the Revolution”, and Eckenrode’s “Revolutionary War Records,” show a John Houseman (citizen) as being credited for miscellaneous Revolutionary War services, and a John Houseman (thought to be his son ) discharged at Romney, Virginia. Descendants of John Howsman often were told of the services of their grandfathers in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

Journey to Ohio

In 1804, John and Martha Frost Howsman brought their family to Ross County, Ohio, making the trip in covered wagons, with some of the children riding horseback a part fo the way through Maryland and Pennsylvania over the trail that later was a part of the National Road. William and his bride accompanied his father and family to Ohio. About 1810, they moved from Ross County to Range Township, Madison County, where they accumulated considerable wealth, owning a large tract of farmland.

When John Howsman brought his family to Range Township, his daughter Margaret could remember that some of her sisters came on horseback. They used weeping willow twigs for whips, and “Aunt Fanny” often told of planting these twigs along the banks of Mud Run. They grew and spread until beautiful willow trees lined both banks of the small stream, just east of their homestead. A few of these trees, which were started from riding whips, still are alive. “Aunt Peggy” remembered that her mother was busy knitting socks for the children while riding in their covered wagon to their new home, just as some of the older children recalled how she kept her knitting needles flying during the long, tedious journey from Winchester, Virginia to Ross County, Ohio.

The Howsman [in Range Township] homestead was a large, two-story house, built partly of logs, on a rising mound just west of the little stream. Back of the home a large orchard was set out, and a plot reserved for the family burial ground. Many stones marking these early graves are still standing and show various spelling of the family name, as “Houseman,” Howsman,” and Howsmon.” Many early settlers or neighbors in Range Township, not directly connected with the Howsman family, also rest in this cemetery, now a part of Range Township (Bethel) Cemetery. The Pancake monument is on the site of the Howsman homestead, near the entrance to the new part of the Cemetery.


From approximately 1700 to 1875, the naming convention for children born to English speaking families often followed a pattern. Although the naming convention does not always work, many children's first names originated from their ancestors. For example, the 1st son was usually named after the father's father.
1st son............father's father
2nd son...........mother's father
3rd son............father
4th son............father's eldest brother
1st dau............mother's mother
2nd dau...........father's mother
3rd dau............mother
4th dau............mother's eldest sister

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