The Oak Tree by Thomas Bewick

I was inspired to publish this tree because of Ann Housel who married Flemington notable, John C. Hopewell. But I was not able to link her to the Housel family of Amwell, so I am publishing first the Amwell Housel tree followed by Ann Housel Hopewell’s family.

The usual rules apply—children of daughters get listed but not their grandchildren. I fully expect readers to inform me of mistakes or missing individuals and families in this tree. Surnames of spouses who have family trees published on this website are highlighted in green (and also capitalized, although I don’t normally do that).

The Housels were important in early Hunterdon County, but like so many German families, they are difficult to research. I only go about 5 or 6 generations; after that, most of the families will have emigrated away from Hunterdon County.

First Generation:

(1) Elder Housel (c.1660 – ) & unknown spouse

From Neuwied, Germany, part of the Palatine migration, especially of members of the German Reformed Church known as the Dunkards. Henry Z. Jones in his More Palatine Families (pp. 123-24) is unable to identify who the parents of the four brothers (below) were.

Second Generation:

|    (2.1) Casper Housel (c.1690 – c.1739), no further information
|    (2.2) Johannes Housel (1698 – 1761) & Neeltje Eleanor (c.1710 – )
|    (2.3) Jacob Jacobus Housel (c.1700 – 1761) & Catharina
|    (2.4) Mathias Housel (1700 – 1778) & Matalaina

Third Generation:

(1) Elder Housel & unknown spouse
|    (2.2) Johannes Housel & Neeltje Eleanor of Amwell
|    |    (3.1) William Housel (1728 – c.1809) & Altia of Readington Twp., no children
|    |    (3.2) Susannah Mariya Housel (1729 – 1793) & Andreas Trimmer (c.1726 – 1795), left HC
|    |    (3.3) Elizabeth Housel (c.1731 – )
|    |    (3.4) Johannis Housel (c.1734 – )
|    (2.3) Jacob Jacobus Housel & Catharina of Amwell
|    |    (3.1) Mathias Housel (c.1734 – 1818)
|    |    |    |  m. 1) Anne Sutphin (c.1742 – c.1770), no children
|    |    |    |  m. 2) Anne WILLIAMSON (c.1750 – 1814)
|    |    (3.2) Peter Housel (c.1736 – 1784) & Maria Mary HOPPOCK (c.1736 – 1817)
|    |    (3.3) Catharine Housel (c.1740 – ) & Jacob Case (c.1730 – c.1774)
|    |    (3.4) Martin Housel (c.1744 – 1804) & Aulcha, moved to Pennsylvania
|    |    (3.5) Mary Housel (c.1755 – )
|    (2.4) Mathias Housel & Matalaina of Amwell Twp.
|    |    (3.1) Cobus Jacob Housel (c.1734 – 1824)
|    |    (3.2) John Housel (1735 – 1819) & Mary Anna Wilson (c.1766 – 1817)
|    |    (3.3) Christian Housel (~1738 – )
|    |    (3.4) Mary Housel (1743 – 1799) & Johann William BELLIS (1740 – 1826)
|    |    (3.5) Frances Housel (1751 – 1821) & Abraham WILLIAMSON (1751 – 1829)

Fourth Generation:

(1) Elder Housel & unknown spouse
|    (2.2) Johannes Housel & Neeltje Eleanor
|    |    (3.2) Susannah Mariya Housel & Andrew Andreas Trimmer
|    |    |    (4.1) Mary Trimmer
|    (2.3) Jacob Jacobus Housel & Catharina
|    |    (3.1) Mathias Housel & 2) Anne WILLIAMSON
|    |    |    (4.1) Agnes Housel (1763 – 1831) & James Salter (1754 – 1829)
|    |    |    (4.2) John Housel (1767 – 1811)
|    |    |    |    |    m. 1) Catharine (c.1770 – )
|    |    |    |    |    m. 2) Mary (1781 – 1846)
|    |    |    |    |    m. 3) Jennie
|    |    |    (4.3) Anne Housel (c.1773 – ) & Benjamin Covert (c.1765 – )
|    |    |    (4.4) Jacob Housel (c.1783 – )
|    |    |    (4.5) Mary Housel (c.1785 – ) & unknown Case (c.1780 – )
|    |    (3.2) Peter Housel & Maria Mary HOPPOCK
|    |    |    (4.1) Jacob Housel Esq. (1764 – 1825)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 1) Ruth Roberts (c.1763 – c.1784)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 2) Mary Fisher (1751 – 1829)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 3) Rosanna Snyder (c.1795 – )
|    |    |    (4.2) Catharine Housel (1777 – 1868) & William Marsh (1759 – 1839)
|    |    (3.3) Catharine Housel & Jacob Case
|    |    |    (4) Mary Case (c.1760 – after 1840) & William Hann (1759 – after 1850)
|    |    |    (4) Capt. Tunis Hontis Case (1761 – 1846)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 1) Sarah Barrack (c.1765 – )
|    |    |    |    |  m. 2) Elizabeth Landis (1763 – 1838)
|    |    |    (4) William Case (c.1765 – )
|    |    |    (4) Peter Case (c.1765 – )
|    |    |    (4) Jacob Case Jr. (.c1770 – 1843) & Mary Servis (c.1775 – )
|    |    |    (4) Catharine Case (c.1770 – ) & Isaac Servis (c.1770 – 1846)
|    |    |    (4) Martin Case (1774 – 1846) & Mary Sewey [?] (1778 – 1824)
|    |    (3.4) Martin Housel & Aulcha
|    |    |    (4.1) Catherine Housel (c.1765 – )
|    |    |    (4.2) Mary Housel (c.1766 – )
|    |    |    (4.3) Elizabeth Housel (c.1768 – )
|    |    |    (4.4) Sarah Housel (c.1768 – )
|    |    |    (4.5) Jacob Housel (c.1770 – 1859) & Amelia Closson (c.1770 – )
|    |    |    (4.6) Joshua Housel (1771 – 1852) & Charity Hagaman (1776 – )
|    (2.4) Mathias Housel & Matalaina
|    |    (3.1) Cobus Jacob Housel
|    |    |    (4.1) Rebecca Housel (c.1785 – )
|    |    |    (4.2) Jasper Housel (c.1785 – )
|    |    |    (4.3) John Housel (c.1790 – 1819)
|    |    |    (4.4) Matthias Housel (1800 – 1866) & Amy Mettler (1804 – 1861)
|    |    (3.2) John Housel & Mary Anna Wilson
|    |    |    (4.1) Thomas Housel (1790 – 1857) & Marab [?] (1792 – 1874)
|    |    (3.4) Mary Housel & Johann William BELLIS
|    |    |    (4.1) Adam Bellis (c.1774 – 1807)
|    |    |    (4.2) Eleanor Bellis (1775 – 1854) & Rev. John Jacob Wack (1774 – 1851)
|    |    |    (4.3) William W. Bellis Jr. (1776 – 1853)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 1) Margaret Young (1774 – 1854)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 2) Elizabeth Bower (~1785 – )
|    |    |    |    |  m. 3) Mary Huff (1784 – 1888)
|    |    |    (4.4) David Bellis (1778 – 1872)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 1) Eleanor Schenck (1782 – 1835)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 2) Elizabeth Sutphen (1786 – 1847)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 3) Rachel (c.1800 – )
|    |    |    (4.5) John W. Bellis (1781 – 1855)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 1) Margaret Kuhl (1784 – 1808)
|    |    |    |    |  m. 2) Sarah Lyst (1783 – 1864)
|    |    |    (4.6) Matthias Bellis (1781 – 1826) & Elizabeth Sutphen (1786 – 1847)
|    |    (3.5) Frances Housel & Abraham WILLIAMSON
|    |    |    (4.1) Derrick Williamson (1778 – 1852) & Catherine Leffler (1785 – 1871)
|    |    |    (4.2) Eleanor Williamson (1781 – 1867) & Adam WILLIAMSON (1786 – 1868)
|    |    |    (4.3) Sarah Williamson (~1783 – 1843)
|    |    |    (4.4) Abraham Williamson (1783 – 1851) & Elizabeth RITTENHOUSE (1802 – 1862)
|    |    |    (4.5) Matthias Williamson (1787 – 1875) & Susan Slack (~1811 – 1859)

Fifth Generation:

(1) Elder Housel & unknown spouse
|    (2.3) Jacob Jacobus Housel & Catharina
|    |    (3.1) Mathias Housel & 2) Anne WILLIAMSON
|    |    |    (4.1) Agnes Housel (1763 – 1831) & James Salter (1754 – 1829)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.1) John Salter (1789 – 1873) & Elizabeth WOLVERTON (1791 – 1868)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.2) Matthias Salter (1792 – 1871) & Anna Crosley (1795 – 1858)
|    |    |    (4.2) John Housel & 1) Catharine
|    |    |    |    |  (5.1) John Housel (1772 – 1826) & Elizabeth Bilby (1776 – 1860)
|    |    |    (4.2) John Housel & 2) Jennie
|    |    |    |    |  (5.2) Joseph Housel (1780 – 1872)
|    |    |    |    |    |    m. 1) Rebecca Dusenbury (c.1785 – 1841)
|    |    |    |    |    |    m. 2) Susan LAKE (1796 – )
|    |    |    (4.2) John Housel & 3) Mary
|    |    |    |    |  (5.3) Anna Housel (1791 – 1826) & Job WOLVERTON (1791 – 1826)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.4) William Housel (c.1794 – 1875) & Elizabeth (1795 – 1866)
|    |    |    (4.3) Anne Housel (c.1773 – ) & Benjamin Covert (c.1765 – )
|    |    |    |    |  (5.1) James Covert
|    |    (3.2) Peter Housel & Maria Mary HOPPOCK
|    |    |    (4.1) Jacob Housel Esq. & 2) Mary FISHER
|    |    |    |    |  (5.1) Wilson Housel (1786 – 1856) & Abigail Lowrey (1787 – 1858)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.2) Amelia Housel (c.1791 – ~1805)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.3) Amy Housel (c.1796 – ~1863) & William Muirhead (c.1792 – )
|    |    |    |    |  (5.4) George W. Housel (c.1805 – 1881) & Ann Able (c.1810 – )
|    (2.4) Mathias Housel & Matalaina
|    |    (3.1) Cobus Jacob Housel
|    |    |    (4.4) Matthias Housel & Amy Mettler
|    |    |    |    |  (5.1) James B. Housel (1827 – 1887) & Rhoda POULSON (1834 – 1913)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.2) Sarah W. Housel (1836 – 1844)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.3) Mary Frances Housel (~1839 – 1844)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.4) William H. Housel (1843 – 1862)
|    |    (3.2) John Housel & Mary Anna Wilson
|    |    |    (4.1) Thomas Housel & Marab [?]
|    |    |    |    |  (5.1) Rebecca Ann Housel (1816 – 1905) & Wilson Forker (c.1816 – 1895)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.2) Nathan Housel (1832 – 1901) & Emma

Sixth Generation:

(1) Elder Housel & unknown spouse
|    (2.3) Jacob Jacobus Housel & Catharina
|    |    (3.1) Mathias Housel & Anne Williamson
|    |    |    (4.2) John Housel & 1) Catharine
|    |    |    |    |  (5.1) John Housel & Elizabeth Bilby
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Effie Housel (c.1803 – 1891) & William Roberts (1798-1877)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Charles Housel (c.1814 – 1891) & Elizabeth Burket (1817 – 1901)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) Ann Housel (1815 – 1902) & Dea. Charles Burket (1810 – 1887)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.4) Reading Housel (c.1821 – c.1894) ? & Mary HEATH (c.1824 – after 1900)
|    |    |    (4.2) John Housel & 2) Jennie
|    |    |    |    |  (5.2) Joseph Housel & 1) Rebecca Dusenbury
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Abigail Housel (1808 – 1887) ? & William Mathias BELLIS (1808 – 1887)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Henry T. Housel (1809 – 1886) & Eliza C. Cramer (1814 – 1887)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) Charles Housel (c.1810 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.4) Theodore Housel (1813 – 1897) & Elizabeth Price (1809 – 1888)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.5) Wilson S. Housel (1816 – 1895)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.6) Samuel Housel (1821 – 1863) & Rebecca (c.1821 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.7) Sarah Ann Housel (c.1825 – ) & Archibald BUCHANAN, Jr. (c.1815 – 1879)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.8) Joseph Housel (1827 – 1911) & Sarah M. Boughner (1834 – 1898)
|    |    |    (4.2) John Housel & 3) Mary
|    |    |    |    |  (5.3) Anna Housel & Job Wolverton
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Andrew Wolverton (1809 – 1881) & Rebecca DILTS (1807 – 1886)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) John H. Wolverton (1810 – 1880)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) Joel Wolverton (c.1811 – 1871) & Lucinda ROCKAFELLAR (c.1815 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.4) Ann Wolverton (1815 – 1862) & Jonas Bosenbury (1814 – 1865)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.5) Mary H. Wolverton (1818 – 1901) & Philip ROCKAFELLOW (1817 – 1880)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.6) William H. Wolverton (c.1826 – 1900) & Amanda Lewis (c.1829 – 1909)
|    |    |    |    |  (5.4) William Housel & Elizabeth
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Rebecca Maria Housel (1816 – c.1820)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Sarah Housel (1818 – 1879)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) William Kuhl Housel (1826 – 1913) & Sarah Shepherd (1819 – 1897)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.4) Lemuel Housel (1836 – 1838)
|    (2.3) Jacob Jacobus Housel & Catharina
|    |    (3.2) Peter Housel & Maria Mary HOPPOCK
|    |    |    (4.1) Jacob Housel Esq. & 2) Mary FISHER
|    |    |    |    (5.1) Wilson Housel & Abigail Lowrey
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Mary Housel (c.1815 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Amelia L. Housel (c.1817 – ) & Thomas T. Mann M.D. (c.1815 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) Cornelia Housel (c.1821 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.4) Abigail Housel (c.1824 – 1830)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.5) Susan Housel (1826 – 1893) & Thomas M. Field (c.1825 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.6) George M. Housel (1832 – ) & Mary McPherson (c.1826 – )
|    (2.4) Mathias Housel & Matalaina
|    |    (3.1) Cobus Jacob Housel
|    |    |    (4.4) Matthias Housel & Amy Mettler
|    |    |    |    (5.1) James B. Housel & Rhoda POULSON
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Isabel Housel (1857 – 1918) & William S. Kline (1854 – 1930)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Georgiana Housel (1859 – after 1910) & Frey
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) Sarah Jane Housel (1864 – 1868)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.4) Charles Housel (1872 – 1876)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.5) Walter Housel (1874 – 1876)
|    |    (3.2) John Housel & Mary Anna Wilson
|    |    |    (4.1) Thomas Housel & Marab [?]
|    |    |    |    |   (5.1) Rebecca Ann Housel (1816 – 1905) & Wilson Forker (c.1816 – 1895)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) John Wilson Forker (1839 – 1881) & Mary B. Schomp (1839 – 1902)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Elmira Forker (1841 – 1913)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) Mary Ann Forker (1844 – 1872) & John H. Vlerebome (1839 – 1911)

Another Housel branch:

Ann Housel (2nd generation), wife of John C. Hopewell, featured in “One Man Makes a Difference.” I have not been able to connect Abraham Housel with the rest of the Hunterdon Housel families. Based on his age, Abraham would be a member of the 4th generation.

Fifth Generation:

|    |    (3) unknown Housel parents
|    |    |    (4.1) Abraham Housel (1784 – 1819) & Ann (1789 – 1870)
|    |    |    |    (5.1) Elizabeth Housel (c.1810 – 1881) & Andrew HUNT (c.1807 – )
|    |    |    |    (5.2) Ann Housel (c.1814 – 1885) & John C. Hopewell (1814 – 1888)

Sixth Generation:

|    |    (3) unknown Housel parents
|    |    |    (4.1) Abraham Housel & Ann
|    |    |    |    (5.1) Elizabeth Housel & Andrew Hunt
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Abigail Hunt (c.1834 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Amos Hunt (c.1835 – )
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) Ann Hunt (c.1844 – )
|    |    |    |    (5.2) Ann Housel & John C. Hopewell
|    |    |    |    |    (6.1) Sarah Hopewell (1836 – 1918)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Adelia Hopewell (1838 – 1884) & George Anderson Capner (1838 – 1894)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) John Beckett Hopewell (1841 – 1906) & Annie M. Crater (1844 – 1881)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.4) Mary Fabian Hopewell (1844 – 1931)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.5) Mellie Hopewell (c.1846 – bef. 1881) & Thomas Smith Chittenden (1846 – 1882)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.6) Joseph R. Hopewell (1848 – 1888)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.7) Charles F. B. Hopewell (1852 – 1895)

Seventh Generation:

|    |    (3) unknown Housel parents
|    |    |    (4.1) Abraham Housel & Ann
|    |    |    |    (5.2) Ann Housel & John C. Hopewell
|    |    |    |    |    (6.2) Adelia Hopewell & George Anderson Capner
|    |    |    |    |    |    (7.1) John Hopewell Capner (1863 – 1878)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.3) John Beckett Hopewell & Annie M. Crater
|    |    |    |    |    |    (7.1) Bertha C. Hopewell (1869 – 1869)
|    |    |    |    |    |    (7.2) Annie Hopewell (1871 – )
|    |    |    |    |    |    (7.3) Bessie Richardson Hopewell (1871 – 1964)
|    |    |    |    |    (6.5) Mary Mellie Hopewell & Thomas Smith Chittenden
|    |    |    |    |    |    (7.1) John Hopewell Chittenden (1868 – 1868)