Nicholas Houk

Nicholas Houk

Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 6 Aug 1841 (aged 100)
Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 5863245 · View Source
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NICHOLAS HOUK, Private, North Carolina Line, Revolutionary War

Mr. John Lair mentions in his book, Rockcastle Roots, “there is a tradition that the progenitors of the Houk family in America were four brothers who came from Holland to Pennsylvania in 1733. One of these, George, is believed to have been the father of Nicholas Houk, the first of the name to reach Rockcastle County, Kentucky”.

According to his pension application, Nicholas states he was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1740. Nicholas moved to North Carolina where he married Sarah Mauser in Lincoln County, 1772. Nicholas and Sarah had been married 4 or 5 years and had two children (Rebecca and Fredrick) before Nicholas was drafted into the Army of the United States in Polk County, North Carolina. The Houks came to Kentucky and first lived in what was then Washington County, where they lived on a farm of 100 acres that was purchased in 1814. They sold their land in Washington County to Thomas Christian for $30 and moved to Rockcastle County, January 23, 1819. Nicholas and Sarah had eight children altogether, but now only five can be confirmed and who were still living in September 1845.

(1)Rebecca Mary “Polly” married Cooney Adams
(2)Frederick married Elizabeth Reden
(?)Elizabeth “Betsy” married Joseph Husbands
(?)Sarah “Sally” married William Roberts
(8)Catherine “Caty” married Richison Roberts

Nicholas applied for his military pension in Rockcastle County, September 1833 and stated that he was 93 year old. He was the oldest veteran living in Rockcastle County in the 1840 Census at the age of 100.

Hauk, Hauck, Hook, Houk, Houck, Houcke, House

Revolutionary War Pension #R.5257
DAR Ancestor #A057241
NSAR Patriot #P-1855588

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Gravesite Details Revolutionary War Soldier - Present stones were erected in 1977
  • Maintained by: Michael Adams
  • Originally Created by: James Cope
  • Added: 20 Oct 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5863245
  • Michael Adams
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nicholas Houk (Nov 1740–6 Aug 1841), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5863245, citing Hiatt Cemetery, Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Michael Adams (contributor 48511357) .