Saturday, March 10, 2012

Our Geise Line to Heather Sulouff

Heather's Paternal Line


Susanna Brouse

Mary Cordelia Smith 1850-1906

Dora Edna Geise (1879-1939)


From Floyd's History Of Northumberland County
  DANIEL GEISE (deceased), for many years a most respected citizen of Jordan township, was well known as a prosperous farmer and a faithful public official.  He was born July 18, 1836, son of George Geise and grandson of Heinrich Geise, of Bern township, Berks Co., Pa., among whose children were George, Samuel, Daniel and Jacob.
   George Geise, born July 20, 1788, settled in what is now Jordan township, and died there, on the farm now owned by the widow of his son Daniel, Sept. 2, 1869. He was a miller by trade, but in time devoted himself entirely to farming, owning the farm which is still in the family name. His wife Catharine, daughter of Peter Schwartz, of Berks county, was born Dec. 10, 1796, in Berks county, and died Jan. 9, 1875, and they are buried at St. Paul's (Schwartz) Church, Urban.  Their children were born as follows: Hannah, Aug. 2, 1817; Benneville, June 23, 1819; Peter, Jan. 20, 1822; Catharine, June 26, 1824; Rachel, June 13, 1827; Elizabeth, Jan. 21, 1830; George, March 26, 1832; Daniel, July 18, 1836; David, June 25, 1838 (died Sept. 11, 1906; wife, Catharine, died July 14, 1901, aged sixty-three years, fourteen days).
   Daniel Geise was a life long farmer, owning and occupying the place where his widow now resides, a tract of 149 acres located a quarter of a mile south of Urban. This was originally a Schwartz homestead.  Besides general farming, Mr. Geise engaged in lime burning and in cattle dealing, and he made a success of his various undertakings.  He was a man who took a keen interest in the local welfare and administration, serving the township in the offices of treasurer and overseer of the poor.  Politically he was a Democrat and in religion a Lutheran, belonging to the Lutheran congregation at St. Paul's Church, where he is buried. His death occurred Jan. 2, 1900.
   Mr. Geise married Froenica Trautman, daughter of George and Rebecca (Heckert) Trautman, and ten children were, born to this union: David; Katie, married to Galen Bower; Mary (twin of Katie), married to William Pickering; Sallie, married to Elias Phillips;
George; Ellen, married to Charles Deppen; Rebecca, married to Harry Drum; Louisa, married to Charles Tressler; Emma, married. to Albert Phillips; and John. The family is highly respected, enjoying the best standing in the community. Mrs. Geise is a member of the Reformed congregation at the Schwartz (St. Paul's) Church.

Samuel Geise, son of Heinrich and brother of George (above), was born in either Berks or Northumberland county, and died at Kratzerville, Snyder Co., Pa., in the seventies; he is buried there. He was a butcher by trade, and owned a small tract of land in Monroe township, Snyder county, where he lived. He was well known at Northumberland where he sold his meat. In religion he was a Lutheran.  To him and his wife Hannah (Bowman) were born seven children: Hannah, Mrs. Walter; Henry; Polly, who died unmarried; Samuel, who lived in Dry Valley, Union Co., Pa.; Sarah, who died unmarried; Moses, who owned the homestead and who died unmarried (he had very weak eyes); and Eliza, who never married.
   Henry Geise, son of Samuel, was born Jan. 15, 1818, in Ohio, whither his father had emigrated from Mahanoy township, making the trip by wagon. The family remained in that State only one year, however, returning to Pennsylvania and settling in Snyder county. Mr. Geise passed his earlier years in Snyder and Union counties, operating gristmills, and, about 1850 came to Point township, Northumberland county, where he engaged in farming and passed the remainder of his long life, dying July 9, 1900. He is buried at Northumberland. He owned his own farm of eighty-one acres, which he cultivated until his retirement, being succeeded there by his son Samuel, who is now deceased. In religion Mr. Geise was a Lutheran. His wife, Susanna, was a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Frederick) Brouse, of Kratzerville, Snyder county, and they were the parents of two children, Samuel and Henry F. The former 
was a farmer in Point township; his children were William, Dora, Harvey, Ammon, and Anna (deceased).
   Henry F. Geise was born in Point township, and there received his early education in the public schools, later attending a select school at Northumberland. For one term he taught the school in his native township which he had previously attended as a pupil. He was reared to farm life, and continues to follow agricultural pursuits, giving special attention to dairying. His farm is in the central part of Point township, a tract of 180 acres, which be conducts on modern lines. Since February, 1902, be has been engaged in dairying, now keeping twenty-seven cows and selling his milk at Northumberland, to which place his milk team goes daily.  Mr. Geise is one of the most progressive citizens of his locality. He was one of the organizers of the Northumberland National Bank, and served three years as director of that institution. For eleven years he served as tax collector, was at one time a member of
the township board of school directors; and is at present one of the supervisors, having held that office since the new road law went into force. Politically he is a Republican, a well known worker in the party in his section, having been county committeeman since 1896 and served as delegate to various county conventions.
   On June 20, 1882, Mr. Geise married Mary Jane Dagle, daughter of John Frederick Dagle, and they have become the parents of nine children: Charles H., who married Marie Von Bargen and resides at Sidney, Ohio; Edna G., who died when seventeen years old; Frederick D.; Martin; Nora E., who graduated from the Bloomsburg State normal school in 1910 and is now a teacher in Point township; Mary I.; Susan L.; John F., and Mildred L. Mary, Susan and John now attend the Northumberland high school. Mr. Geise and his family are members of the Lutheran Church, and he helped to organize Trinity Church in his township, of which he is a trustee; Prior to the organization of this church, in 1897, he and his family belonged to St. John's Church, at the borough of Northumberland.
   In Will Book A, page 75, Berks county courthouse, is found record of the will of George Adam Geiss, made Jan. 26, 1784, probated March 4, 1784. The witnesses were Matthias Staudt, Matthias Sonnenlich, and Joseph Conrad. George Adam Geise was a farmer of Bern township, Berks county. His wife Anna Barbara and son Michael were the executors, and the following division was made of the property: "Son Michael shall have 10 pds first of all of my personal estate for his birthright and each of my three daughters. shall be equal to the eldest in their first marriage each shall receive the same as the other; son Michael shall have all my
real estate but he shall pay to each of his sisters the sum of 700 pounds." The son Michael had a son George, born in 1788, who may have been the George Geise mentioned at the beginning of this article as the father of Daniel Geise, of Jordan township, Northumberland county.

- Page 811-813, Genealogical & Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, edited by J. L. Floyd,

(1) George Adam GEISS b. 6/4/1725 Freisbach (Saarland) Germany, son of Heinrich & Anna Catharina GEISS, m. Anna Barbara HAAG (7/31/1738- 8/17/1804), both bu. Friedens Lutheran, Bernville (Berks) PA. Their children were baptized at Tulpehocken Lutheran by Rev. John Casper Stoever. (2) Son Heinrich Adam GEISE b. 6/21/1764 Tulpehocken (Berks) PA. (3) Samuel GEISE b. 4/15/1792 Berks Co. PA d. 9/24/1876 Kratzerville, m. Hannah Bowman (3/26/1793- 9/14/1871), both b. Kratzerville (Snyder) PA. (4) Henry GEISE (1/15/1818 Ohio- 7/6/1900 Point Twp., Northumberland Co. PA) m. Susanna Brouse (1/15/1831- 11/26/1885), both bu. Riverview Cem., Northumberland PA. (5) Samuel Brouse GEISE (3/3/1848 Point Twp., North'd Co. PA- 7/6/1907 Northumberland PA) m. Mary Cordelia Smith (7/5/1850- 3/30/1906), both bu. Riverview Cem., Northumberland PA. (6) Dora Edna GEISE (1/15/1879- 9/25/39) baptized German Reformed, m. 11/2/1899 Trinity Lutheran, Point Twp., North'd Co. to Lucian Hardin Sulouff (11/2/1876- 4/22/1959) bp. Trinity Lutheran. Dora and Lucian were both members Trinity Lutheran, Point Twp., following their marriage. (7) William R. Sulouff (10/28/1903- 3/23/93) m. Dorothy Mae Eister (10/1/1908- 1/28/1977). William and Dorothy were Lutherans all their lives and members Trinity Lutheran, Point Twp., North'd Co. (8) Submitter Rev. Nelson R. Sulouff (2/24/1929- ), ordained Central PA Synod April 1959, retired November 1989.

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