John Husser

John Husser (1833 - 1921)

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John "Jean" Husser
Born in Horbourg, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [father unknown] and
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Utica, Oneida Co., New York, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in San Bernardino Co., California, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 May 2013
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Categories: Horbourg-Wihr, Haut-Rhin | Imperial Guard (Napoleon III) | Utica, New York | Kinsley, Kansas | Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino, California.



John Husser, son of Ursula Husser, was born on 2 Feb. 1833 at Horbourg, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France.[1] He was a soldier in 1855 at Russia. He was a soldier in 1859 at Italy. He was a soldier between 1861 and 1863 at Algeria. He was in the Imperial Guard between 1863 and 1868 at France.[2][3] He immigrated to the United States on September 19, 1869[4] on board the S. S. Nevada sailing from Liverpool, England and arriving in New York, New York, USA.[5]

He was a carpenter when he appeared on the census of 5 Aug. 1870 at Utica, Oneida Co., New York.[6]

He married Christiane Friederike Hiller, daughter of Johannes Adam Friedrich Hiller and Maria Katharina (Binder) Hiller, on 17 July 1872 at Utica, Oneida Co., New York.[3]

He applied for naturalization on 2 Dec. 1872 at Oneida Co., New York.[7] He was a carpenter in 1877 at 253 Whitesboro, Utica, Oneida Co., New York.[8] He was a blacksmith working for his brother-in-law, Andrew Frederick, in 1878 at North Gage, Oneida Co., New York.[9] He and Christiane moved from North Gage, New York to Kansas leaving on Oct. 29, 1879.[10] He and Christiane appeared on the census of 10 June 1880 at Jackson, Edwards Co., Kansas.[11]

The Fire of 1884

On March 10, 1945, Herman Smith, son-in-law of John, wrote:

It was 61 years ago today that a railroad fire swept the prairie north of Kinsley, Kansas. Burned down John Husser's barn, hay, cattle. Everything but sod house and team and wagon he had with him. He had six children under 10 ½ years old, no money, no credit. But after the grocer he had traded with for years refused him credit; grocer and banker, R. E. Edwards extended him credit and got his trade thirty years thereafter.[3]

A Farmer in Kansas

He was a carpenter and farmer in 1885 when he and Christiane appeared on the census of 1 March 1885 at Kinsley, Jackson Twp., Edwards Co., Kansas.[12] He was a farmer in 1895 when he and Christiane appeared on the census of 1 March 1895 at Kinsley, Jackson Twp., Edwards Co., Kansas.[13] He was a farmer when he and Christiane appeared on the census of 1 June 1900 at Jackson Twp., Edwards Co., Kansas.[4] He was naturalized on 18 June 1901 at Oneida Co., New York. He and Christiane appeared on the census of 1 March 1905 at Edwards Co., Kansas.[14]

Sold the Farm

He sold farm of 320 acres for $12,500 to Fay Hardy in Jan. 1909 at Kinsley, Edwards Co., Kansas.[3] He and Christiane left Kansas to move to California on 17 Jan. 1909. He and Christiane lived in 1909 at California. He and Christiane appeared on the census of 3 May 1910 at San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., California.[15] He lived in 1915 at San Bernardino.

A Visit with Herman and Marie

Herman Smith wrote in his diary:

August 1, 1915. Sunday.
Father John Husser (Hooser) and Julia my wife's sister came here from their home in San Bernardino, California for a visit July 17. Four or five days later Julia went on to Bethel, Ohio to visit her sister Caroline Roth. Father is staying with us and is a very interesting old gentleman of 82 years. His experiences as a soldier of Napoleon 3rd, 14 years in France, Italy, Algeria, Palestine etc. are very interesting he says he was in Italy when Garibaldi was fighting there. He is a bright man remarkably well preserved, blind in one eye but reads and can file a fine tooth handsaw very well without a glass his beard is more red than gray.[3]

Old Age and Death

He and his daughter, Julia, appeared on the census of 16 Jan. 1920 at San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., California.[16]

John died on 10 May 1921 at San Bernardino Co., California[17] , at age 88. He was buried on 12 May 1921 at Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino, California[18] in Lotus sec. plot 187, G8.


James F. Husser in May 1988 wrote:

John Husser (b.1833) was an illegitimate child. His mother's name was Barbara (sic Ursula, his gr. mother was Barbara) Husser. I would suppose that he was not the man his mother later married, because my father told me that his father had joined the French Army to get away from a bad situation at home. John was born in Horbourg a village lying between Breisach in Germany and Colmar in France in the French province of Alsace. Both of my grandparents are buried in San Bernardino, CA. I believe the cemetary is called Mountain View. It is across the street from St. Bernardines Hospital.[19]

Birth Certificate

Hans-Ulrich Weber in 2004 wrote: Regarding the birth certificate for John Husser

Hi Don (Donald A. McKee), as already mentioned, the document is a copy of Jean Husser's birth certificate. I try to translate it for you - though from one foreign language into another...: In the year 1833, on the second of the month of February, at o'clock in the morning, before us Mathes Obrecht, Mayor, Registrar of the village of Horbourg, Canton of Andolsheim, Department of Haut-Rhin, has appeared Anna Maria Gieselbrecht, 36 years of age, midwife, resident in this village, who has declared to us that today, on the second of the month of February 1833, at 1 o'clock in the morning, la "demoiselle" (= Miss) Ursula Husser, 21 years of age, without profession and resident in this village, daughter of Jean Husser and Barbe (*) Neuschlander (?) a given birth to a child of male sexe, in the house with the number 47 in the street called "la grande route" (= the great road, Mainstreet), where her father lives, who she is showing us (I suppose this refers to the child, not to his grand-father) et who will be given the first name and name of Jean Husser. This announcement is made in the presence of Jean Schmidt, butcher, aged 55, et de Jean Muttler, journalist, aged 52, both resident in this village, et the declaring person and the 2 witnesses have signed this certificate of birth after it had been read to them. (*) diminutive of Barbara (?) I suppose that's the name; would have to be verified whether same or similar names figure in church or public register or, thanks to modern lifestyle, in phone directory That confirms James' earlier findings - I suppose we owe him a drink for having put our nose into Horbourg instead into the previously looked for Colmar. My assumption has been proven correct that John had mentioned Colmar for reason of facility: most people would know Colmar, only few Horbourg. Funnily enough the certificate does not mention the name of a father - which in most inscriptions of illegitimate children in the church register would have been added, at least the name the mother indicated for the (presumed) father... I have not yet got answer from the Alsatian genealogical association who I have contacted recently to find out more about John's grand-parents and other ancestors.[1]


5 Aug. 1870

Utica, Oneida Co., New York, USA.

  • Wasmer, John B. age 56 b. Baden Carpenter.
  • Catherine age 65 b. France.
  • Agness age 22 b. Baden.
  • John B. age 9 b. Baden.
  • Houser, John age 36(indexed 26) b. France, Carpenter.[6]
10 June 1880

Jackson, Edwards Co., Kansas, USA.

  • Husser, John age 43, b. Prussia.
  • Frederike wife age 36, b. Wirtemburg.
  • Mary dau. age 6 b. NY.
  • Carrie dau age 5 b. NY.
  • John age 3, son b. NY.
  • Freddie age 1 son b. NY.
  • Amy age 1/12 dau. b. KS.[11]
1 March 1885

Kinsley, Jackson Twp., Edwards Co., Kansas, USA.

  • John Husser 48.
  • F Husser 41.
  • Mary Husser 11.
  • C Husser 10.
  • John Husser 8.
  • Fred Husser 6.
  • Emma Husser 4.
  • Mina Husser 2.[12]
1 March 1895

Kinsley, Jackson Twp., Edwards Co., Kansas.

  • John Husser 58.
  • Friedericke Husser 50.
  • Mary Husser 21.
  • Carrie Husser 19.
  • John Husser 18.
  • Fred Husser 16.
  • Emma Husser 14.
  • Minnie Husser 12.
  • Mathilda Husser 9.
  • Julia Husser 8.[13]
1 June 1900

Jackson Twp., Edwards Co., Kansas, USA.

  • Husser, John b. Feb 1837 age 63 m. 27 yrs b. France imigrated 1869 naturalized Farmer.
  • Frederike wife b. April 1856 age 44 m. 27 yrs 8 children 8 living b. Germany (imig & citz blank).
  • Mary A. dau. b. Sep. 1873 age 26 b. NY.
  • John C. son b. Oct 1876 age 23 b. NY.
  • Fred W. b. Jul 1878 age 21 b. NY.
  • Minnie E. dau. b. May 1882 age 18 b. KS.
  • Mathilda P. dau. b. June 1885 age 14 b. KS.
  • Julia C.F. b. Mar 1887 age 13 b. KS.[4]
1 March 1905

Edwards Co., Kansas, USA.

  • Johm Husser 68.
  • F Husser 60.
  • Mary Husser 31.
  • Carry Husser 29.
  • Johny Husser 28.
  • Fred Husser 26.
  • Julia Husser 18.[14]
3 May 1910

San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., California, USA.

  • Husser, John age 73 m. 38 years b. Germany.
  • Frederike age 66 m. 38 years b. Germany, 8 children, 8 living.
  • Julia C. F. dau age 28 b. KS.
  • Minnie dau age 23 b. KS ( ages of daughters seems to be reversed !).[15]
16 Jan. 1920

San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., California.

  • Husser, John age 86 b. France.
  • Julia C. dau age 32 b. KS[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Translated Birth certificate for John Husser. Translation done by Hans-Ulrich Weber. Sent to Donald A. McKee in 2004. Collection of Phil Smith.
  2. The service information, birth date and marriage dates and additional dates for John and family were on the back of a letter in the 1913 diary of Herman Smith. The front was a letter by Julia Husser, the handwriting seems to be that of Anna Marie Husser.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Diary of Herman Willis Smith 1883-1965. Collection of Phil Smith.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Year: 1900; Census Place: Jackson, Edwards, Kansas; Roll: 478; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0038; FHL microfilm: 1240478. 1900 US Census. John Husser.
  5. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Year: 1869; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: 318; Line: 8; List Number: 1062. Name: Jean Hussar Arrival Date: 13 Sep 1869.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Year: 1870; Census Place: Utica Ward 6, Oneida, New York; Roll: M593_1056; Page: 199A; Image: 404; Family History Library Film: 552555. 1870 US Census. John B Wasmer.
  7. Declaration of Intention. John Husser. Collection of Phil Smith.
  8. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. John Husser.
  9. Anna Marie (Husser) Smith one page autobiography. Not dated. Collection of Phil Smith.
  10. Anna Marie (Husser) Smith one page autobiography. Not dated. Collection of Phil Smith.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Year: 1880; Census Place: Jackson, Edwards, Kansas; Roll: 380; Family History Film: 1254380; Page: 258A; Enumeration District: 374; Image: 0518. 1880 US Census. John Husser.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 1885 KS Census. John Husser.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925. 1895 KS Census. John Husser.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 1905 KS Census. Johm Husser.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Year: 1910; Census Place: San Bernardino Ward 3, San Bernardino, California; Roll: T624_94; Page: 26A; Enumeration District: 0120; FHL microfilm: 1374107. 1910 US Census. John Husser.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Year: 1920; Census Place: San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California; Roll: T625_129; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 191; Image: 738. 1920 US Census. John Husser.
  17. Charles F. Clark. Statement Estate of Wilhelmina E. Clark. Collection of Phil Smith.
  18. Death certificate for John Husser, Number: 21-020266. May 19, 1921. Date of death May 10, 1921; burial May 12, 1921 Mountain View Cem. San Bernardino. Informant F. W. Husser. Collection of Phil Smith.
  19. James Husser letter to Philip W. Smith 1988 May 10.


  • Thank you to Phil Smith for creating WikiTree profile Husser-9.

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John Husser and Family
John Husser and Family

John Husser and Family
John Husser and Family

John Husser Headstone
John Husser Headstone

John Husser - France about 1865
John Husser - France about 1865

John Husser Family about 1895
John Husser Family about 1895


On 4 May 2015 at 20:27 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

nice work... (I'm poking around your pedigree to see if I can find a connection to you...)

John is 22 degrees from SJ Baty, 22 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 20 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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