Robert, in short it's all circumstantial and oral tradition - we are certainly in need of documentation. Here is what we have:
1. My gggGrandfather Philip Housworth was b. NYC 1774 ( he reported on U.S.census)
2. Family story: his parents died and Philip was sent to SC to an institution/orphange. He was in Laurens SC by late 1790's and m. Hannah Hollingsworth.
3. Family story; Philip had a brother, Michael, who was older and stayed in NY.
(Philip named his first son Michael-this is the Michael you found in the Ga. census; he named his second son Abraham and Anita has found an Abraham & wife who died about 1789- epidemic?)who could have been the parents (Fits the orphan story)
There was a Michael Housworth in the NY 1790 census.
Our family story is that Philip's parents were married near Berlin and then came to America - this would be mid to late 1700's. The name, Hauswirth, means something like a building or apartment superintendent and has origens in Switzerland back to 1400's. More later; good to have another parthner in the search. Marvin
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