William House

about 1684–1748 (Age 64)
Melcombe Horsey, Dorset, England

The Life of William

William House was born about 1684, in Melcombe Horsey, Dorset, England. He married Eleanor about 1714, in Dorset, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He died in 1748, in his hometown, at the age of 64, and was buried in Melcombe Horsey, Dorset, England.

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William House
Marriage: about 1714
Susanna House
Henry House
Robert House
Elinor House
Joseph House
Mary House
Sarah House

Spouse and Children

about 1714
Dorset, England, United Kingdom


    Susanna House


    Henry House


    Robert House


    Elinor House


    Joseph House


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World Events (2)

1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 4

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 36

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.

Name Meaning

1 English (southwestern): from Middle English hous ‘house’ (Old English hūs). In the Middle Ages the majority of the population lived in cottages or huts rather than houses, and in most cases this name probably indicates someone who had some connection with the largest and most important building in a settlement, either a religious house or simply the local manor house. In some cases it may be a status name for a householder, someone who owned his own dwelling as opposed to being a tenant, but more often it is an occupational name for a servant who worked in such a house, in particular a steward who managed one.2 English: respelling of Howes .3 Translation of German Haus .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William House, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"
  • William House in entry for Elinor House, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"
  • William House in entry for William House, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001"

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