John Husser, son of Ursula Husser, was born on 2 Feb. 1833 at Horbourg, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France. 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. He immigrated to the United States on September 19, 1869 on board the S. S. Nevada sailing from Liverpool, England and arriving in New York, New York, USA.
He was a carpenter when he appeared on the census of 5 Aug. 1870 at Utica, Oneida Co., New York.
He applied for naturalization on 2 Dec. 1872 at Oneida Co., New York. He was a carpenter in 1877 at 253 Whitesboro, Utica, Oneida Co., New York. He was a blacksmith working for his brother-in-law, Andrew Frederick, in 1878 at North Gage, Oneida Co., New York. He and Christiane moved from North Gage, New York to Kansas leaving on Oct. 29, 1879. He and Christiane appeared on the census of 10 June 1880 at Jackson, Edwards Co., Kansas.
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.
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. 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. He was a farmer when he and Christiane appeared on the census of 1 June 1900 at Jackson Twp., Edwards Co., Kansas. 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.
Sold the Farm
He sold farm of 320 acres for $12,500 to Fay Hardy in Jan. 1909 at Kinsley, Edwards Co., Kansas. 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. 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.
Old Age and Death
He and his daughter, Julia, appeared on the census of 16 Jan. 1920 at San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co., California.
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.
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.
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.
↑ 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.
↑ 15.015.1 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.
↑ 16.016.1 Year: 1920; Census Place: San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California; Roll: T625_129; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 191; Image: 738. 1920 US Census. John Husser.
↑ Charles F. Clark. Statement Estate of Wilhelmina E. Clark. Collection of Phil Smith.
↑ 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.
↑ James Husser letter to Philip W. Smith 1988 May 10.
Thank you to Phil Smith for creating WikiTree profile Husser-9.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John: