Jan Fransse Van Husum and Volkje Juriens.
The quickest overview of how the family name came to Kansas is this. Jan and Volkje from Husum and the island of Nordstrand in Schleswig and North Friesland to Amsterdam to New Amsterdam. From Beverwyck in upstate New York, ancestors left to briefly join the Quaker communities around Tulpenhocken, Pennsylvania. From there, around 1750, ancestors moved to Rowan County, North Carolina. Then it was to Wythe County Virginia along the Appalachian Mountains. Next, by 1795, was a short hop over the mountains following the Daniel Boone Trail to eastern Tennessee and Carter County. In the 1870's Valentine Worley Van Huss and his five sons found homes in eastern Kansas, mostly in Butler County, Kansas.
Of course there are other Van Husses who stayed or moved on to other states like Kentucky, Texas, Ohio. There are also variations in the spelling of the name such as Vanhooser, Vanhoesen, Van Hoesen, that occurred over the centuries.
1. Jan Fransse VanHoesen (1608 - 1667?)
Jan Fransse VanHoesen was born 1608 in Husum,Schleswig. Read a short bio.
2. Johannes Van Hoesen -VanHooser
3. Johannes Van Hoesen -VanHooser (1697 - 1763)
Johannes Van Hoesen was born in Claverack, Albany (now Columbia), New York on land that was purchased from his grandfather, Jan Fransse Van Husen in 1662. He was the son of Johannes Van Hosen and his first wife, Jannitje (Jane) Janse de Ryck. He was christened 1 Aug 1697 at the Dutch Reformed Church at Kingston, Ulster, New York, which is across the Hudson River and down the river a ways. In those days, the people went where the traveling minister was, who happened to be Justus Falckner. The book, The World of Justus Falckner by Delbert Wallace Clark tells about the minister's travels in the early days of New York's settlements; SOURCE: Van Hooser in America, by Joyce Lindstrom, page 7; RESEARCH: Sherry Smith.
4. Valentine VanHuss (1721 -.1781).
When the Revolutionary War broke out, Valentine was loyal to the British and became a known Tory. He took up arms against the colonists and fought for General Cornwallis, dying in the year 1781 at one of the last two battles Cornwallis fought in--the Guilford Co., North Carolina county court house, or at Yorktown, Virginia, where Cornwallis surrendered. Hence, the reason why there's no will or probate records for Valentine Van Hooser.
Source: "The Van Hoose, Van Hooser, Van Huss Family in the United States", by Joyce Lindstrom
Valentine Van Huss was born about 1721 in Claverack, New York. He moved to Tulpehocken, where he married his wife Maria Barbara Zerbe in 1746. Their 12 and last child was Valentine Van Huss who was born in 1768 in Rowan county, North Carolina. TEBBETTS - COURTNEY - JERNIGAN
One posting notes Valentine "Felty" Van Buren Van Huss, changed his name from Van Hooser. Post, bottom of page ten, top of page eleven.
5. Valentine Van Huss (1768 - 1857).
The post of William Myers from Jan. 2003 lists Valentine Van Huss, born 1768 in Rowan County, N. C., and died 1857 in Johnson County, Tenn. This Valentine married Catherine Worley. They had six children, several of whom were born in Wythe County, Virginia. Posting.
The 1850 Census of Carter County lists Valentine Van Huss, then 23, and his other family members.
J. P. Van Huss (1833 - )
Goodspeed's History of Carter County Tennessee, (published 1887) then lists J.P. VanHuss son of Mathias, grandson of Valentine and gives a short bio. J.P. has several children, including James, Daniel and John, all of whom traveled to Kansas in the 1880's to homestead.