Great great great great great Grandad’s Church
Sunday I did something I bet most of you have never done. I attended services in the church my G-g-g-g-g Grandfather Matthias House attended.
This church was organized in 1717 for and by Germans who had moved to this area just outside Madison, VA. The church was built in 1740 and added to over the years. They claim to be the oldest church in continuous use by Lutherans in the United States.
After the service, I was able to visit the church library. Initially disappointed by the size, I was surprised to find a bound genealogy for my House kin. It was full of new information and helped fill in some of the missing pieces. We were able to find the old house, which still stands (it’s been renovated somewhat) and the old cemetery on the top of the hill near the house. Only one headstone that was readable but a lot of fragments. For those Joneses following along at home, our House line goes back through Ada (CP’s wife and our granddad’s mom), to Francis Marion, to Jacob, to Adam, to Matthias.
After the House project, we went looking for Mason’s in Greenbriar county, West Virginia. Not as much luck but did get some leads. Now we’re in North Carolina for some visiting, then on to South Carolina to find some info on the Jones line.
Be sure and check the photos link at the top of the page to see more pictures on the House farm, the cemetery and our West Virginia adventure.