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John Henry House

Male 1845 - 1936  (90 years)


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  • Name John Henry House  [1, 2
    Birth Abt May 1845  Painesville, Lake, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • age 27y 4m at marriage
    Born 29 May 1845  Painesville, Lake, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Education 1868  [2
    AB, Western Reserve university 
    Occupation 17 Sep 1872  [3
    Minister 
    Residence 17 Sep 1872  Painesville, Lake, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Death 1935  [1
    Education Doctor of divinity  [1
    Name John House  [4
    Occupation Thessaloniki, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Founder, American Farm School 
    Occupation Preacher, missionary to Turkey  [1
    Died 19 Apr 1936  Salonika, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried
    Wymondham, Norfolk
    Wymondham, Norfolk
    Wymondham Abbey
    Notes 
    • From Cyclopedia of American Biography:
      Missionary, was born at Painesville, Ohio, May 29 1845, son of John and Jane Electa (Moseley) House. The first of the family in America was Samuel House, born at Eastwell, Kent, England, who settled at Scituate, Mass in 1634, the line descending through Samuel, Samuel, John, John, John and John who married Lydia Cynthia Rhoads and was the grandfather of John H House. His father was a blacksmith and carriage bilder and later a merchant at Painesville. The son was graduated AB at Western Reserve university in 1868 amd BD at Union theological seminary in 1871. Ordained to the Congregational ministry soon after leaving the seminary, he held brief pastorates at Garrettsville, Ohio and Orange, Vermont. While engaged in municipal mission work in New York City, he was appointed missionary for Samakov Bulgaria, by the American board f commissioners for foreign missions and sailed for his post late in 1872. His missionary labors in Bulgaria, which included the management of an American school for boys, continued for twenty years. He then edited a Bulgarian newspaper, the "Zornitza" at Constantinople, Turkey for two years and in 1894 was transferred to Salonica Macedonia, to resume missionary work. Wishing to found a school for teaching the youths of Macedonia improved methods in agriculture and industry, in 1902 he purchased fifty-two acres three miles from Salonica and began teaching orphan boys in a two-room adobe cottage. In 1904 the school was incorporated under the New York state laws as the American Farm School. House raised most of the money for building and establishing the instiitution from his friends and the balance was contributed by the trustees. He was the director of the institute untio 1927 when he retired with the title of President Emeritu and was succeeded by his son, Charles Lucius House. Under his leadership and with the support of an able board of trustees, the school steadily grew in student enrollment and plant facilitiesplant facilities as well as in prestige and usefulness.
      By 1927, the farm had inreased in area to 300 acres comprising orchards, gardens, vineyards, mulberrry grovesand grain fields; was equipped with modern machinery, live stock, power plant, a dairy supplying the first milk sold in salonica, machine ships, dormitory rooms for 160 students, and influenced agricutural practice and increased crop production in all parts of Greece. The Greek government recognized the value of the institute's work by providing annual scholarships of $150 each for Greek boys. During his sixty-four years in the Balkans House was associated with a number of events of historic interest and importance. Through the influence of Prince Reuss of Germany, the caused to be inserted in the treaty of St Stefano (ending the Russo-Turkish war) in 1878 a proviso that all prisoners in Constantinople were freed and all Turkish exiles repatriated, and in 1902 he secured the release of Ellen Maria Stone, an American missionary who had been kidnapped for ransom by brigands.
      He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society, Western Reserve university conferred upon him the degrees of DD in 1886 and LLD in 1920 and the Greek government gave him the silver cross of the Order of the Saviour in 1927 ad the gold cross of the Order of Phoenix in 1935. He was married in New York City Sept 17,1872 to Adeline Bigelow, daughter of Henry Newell Beers, a minister of New York Cityy, and they had seven children: John Henry, Florence Elizabeth, Grace Bigelow, Grace Bigelow, Ethel, wife of Benjamin J Bliss; Ruth Eleanorm, Charles Lucius and Gladys Edwards House, wife of Edward H Williams. His death occurred at Salonica, Greece April 19,1936 [2]
    Person ID I38993  ONS
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2016 

    Father John House, IV,   b. 4 Jan 1803, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Jane Electa Mosely,   b. 1811, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1890  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1831  [1
    Family ID F12047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan Adeline Beers,   b. 16 Sep 1850, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1947  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1872  Manhattan, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Witness 17 Sep 1872  [3
    H N Beers 
    Witness 17 Sep 1872  [3
    Martha H Beers 
    Married 17 Sep 1872  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. John Henry House,   b. 24 Jul 1873, Eski, Zaghra, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1936, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Florence Elizabeth House,   b. 13 May 1875, Samakov, Bulgaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1957, Orient, Suffolk, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Grace Bigelow House,   b. 25 Jul 1877, Samakov, Bulgaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1965, Orient, Suffolk, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +4. Ethel Adeline House,   b. 10 Dec 1880, Samakov, Bulgaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1946, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     5. Ruth Eleanor House,   b. 7 May 1883, Samakov, Bulgaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1968, Newbury, Orange, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Charles Lucius House,   b. 23 Oct 1887, Samakov, Bulgaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1961, Orient, Suffolk, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +7. Gladys E House,   b. 2 Aug 1890, Samakov, Bulgaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1976, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2015 13:15:08 
    Family ID F12048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S640] Butler Family Website, www.cromwellbutlers.com.

    2. [S1398] Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol 26.

    3. [S1405] New York City Marriages, (from m'film in New York City or Salt Lake City).

    4. [S217] Marriage record - daughter.