Descendants of Johann Friedrich Hausihl (Houseal) and Sophia Elizabetha Wild & their sons Bernard Michael Houseal (1727-1799), Wilhelm Frederick Houseal (1730-1807) & Johannes Frederick Houseal (1736-1800)

Descendants of Johann Friedrich Hausihl (Houseal) and Sophia Elizabetha Wild & their sons Bernard Michael Houseal (1727-1799), Wilhelm Frederick Houseal (1730-1807) & Johannes Frederick Houseal (1736-1800)

Updated: 24-Oct-2013

Last Revision: 06-Oct-2012

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Welcome to my Houseal Family Web Site. Many hours have been put into the preparation, research and documentation of these records.

Three Houseal Descendants arrived in American and eventually setting in 3 distinct areas; brothers, Rev. Bernard Michael Houseal (settled in Nova Scotia), William Frederick Houseal (settled in South Carolina) and Johannes Frederick Houseal (settled in Pennslyvania).

Rev. Bernard Michael Houseal as the Minister of St. George's Lutheran Church (Little Dutch Church), Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is buried under the church Altar. His father was a Lutheran Minister. In 1783, he came to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the Loyalists, from New York. He was ordained a minister in the Church of England, by the Bishop of London. He died only a few years after St. George's Lutheran Church was erected.
St. George's Lutheran Church (Little Dutch Church) is now called St. George's Round Church and is located up the hill and one block from the old church.

Native of the Dutchy of Wurtemburg. Educated in a Geneva University. Chosen for ministry by learned consistory of Stuttgart for Lutheran Ministry. Embarked for America in 1752. Ministered to the German congregation in New York.

He settled in Maryland at age 25. He became minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 1770 he became a senior minister of the Lutheran Church in New York. At the start of the American Revolution, he was a Loyalist.

William Frederick Houseal migrated to America in 1752 with his brother, Rev. Bernard Michael Houseal and it is thought they arrived at Maryland..

Soon after arriving in America, William Frederick Houseal came to South Carolina and obtained a 200 acre grant on the Four Hole, now in Orangeburg County. He married Maria Elizabeth Stroman, daughter of Jacob Stroman.

Today many of their descendants still live and thrive throughout North America and other areas of the world.

As with all such undertakings, accuracy is tried to be maintained, but errors and mistakes do happen. If at anytime you discover a mistake, omission, or anything you believe to be an error, please e-mail me. I would very much appreciate all the help I can get.

This Houseal Family is an ongoing project, and over the next while will be changing continually, with the addition of pictures, hopefully new descendants, and new designs. Please check from time-to-time for new additions.

2009 Charles R. Pelletier (5th Great-Grandson of Rev. Bernard Michael Houseal)


The first St. George's the Little Dutch [Deutsch] Church, is the second oldest church in Halifax. Originally a small house, it was adapted for its present purpose in 1756 when it was moved to their burying ground in the northern suburb of the infant community by the German settlers known as Foreign Protestants.

It was consecrated in 1760 by John Breynton, rector of St. Paul's, the first Halifax parish, in the name of St. George. The Foreign Protestants' were evangelical Lutherans in belief. In the absence of a pastor, lay leaders of the congregation led their services in German, with occasional visits from the clergy of St. Paul's, to celebrate Holy Communion according to the rites of the Church of England.

The character of the Little Dutch Church changed during the latter part of the 18th century when the loyalist refugee Bernard Houseal, an evangelical Lutheran clergyman from New York, was appointed its first rector.

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