by Dr. Peter Steiner Der Ursprung des heute vor allem im Aargau beheimateten Geschlechtes liegt im Kanton Luzern. Der erste bekannte “Houri,” taucht in den Quellen 1313 in Beromünster auf. Früh lebte das Geschlecht auch in Sursee. Von diesen Orten aus muss es sich ins Seetal (schon 1454 in Seon bezeugt), ins Wynental (1470 in … Read more


Capt. Roger Mallory (c1630-1695), of royal descent, was an early settler of Virginia. He was granted 2,314 acres in King & Queen County in 1660. He became one of the wealthiest men the Virginia Colony when he later inherited the estate of his uncle Rev. Philip Mallory. Still later, he acquired another 4,814 acres in … Read more


The Howerys, Howrys and Howreys in America are all descendants of various immigrants from Switzerland and Germany who anglicized their surname from Hauri or Haury. The two main branches of the family in America are the Pennsylvania branch and the Virginia branch. The Pennsylvania Howerys and Howrys are descended from Hans Hauri, a wool weaver … Read more

Daily Vedette

Excerpts from the The Daily Union Vedette (1863-1864), a Civil War newspaper published at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City.  These excerpts describe the murder of Samuel R. Bunting by Jason Luce, an associate of Bill Hickman, and Luce’s subsequent trial and execution. *** Murder.—On Monday morning last the prevalent quiet and monotony of city … Read more

Haurie Families in France

Many French families bear names similar to the Swiss Hauris, but they have a different origin. Noms de Famille, an amateur effort, lists the following: Arouet, a name immortalized by Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, 1694-1778), but now extinct. It might be a variant of Arrouet, which is undoubtedly a diminutive of arrou, which means a watering … Read more

Symbolism of Swans

In the ancient world, it was widely believed that swans sing only once in their lifetimes, just before they die. Socrates and Plato both mentioned this belief. Geoffrey Chaucer alluded to it about 1374. Hence, the phrase swan song, meaning a person’s final labor. This belief led to an association between swans and prophecy, because … Read more

Hauri Family in Freiburg

There was a Hauri family at Freiburg-im-Breisgau, in Baden-Württemberg in the 13th century. The city belonged to the von Urach family, who were Counts of Freiburg. In 1299 a war broke out between the city and Count Egino II over the issue of taxes. The burghers fired on Schlossberg with catapults. The Count called upon … Read more


Heinrich Vecht (c1773-c1822) was living in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania in 1820. He was a German, but his ancestry is otherwise unknown. He might have been a son of Peter Weicht, who immigrated from Silesia in 1753. His descendants anglicized their surname to Weight. Lineal Genealogy Heinrich (Henry) Vecht (c1773-c1822), a farmer in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. … Read more

de Beauharnais

The Beauharnais were an ancient French family of pretended nobility. Through their relationship with Napoléon, they rose to high rank in French and Russian society. They descend from Guillaume Beauharnais, who lived in Orléans, France in the 14th century. The name means “good harness”. François de Beauharnais, marquis de La Ferté Beauharnais (1714-1800), served as … Read more

Howery Coat of Arms

The earliest record of the Hauri coat of arms is an illustration of them in the early 15th century Liber Vitae of the collegiate church of Beromünster, Canton Luzern, to memorialize an undetermined member of the Hauri family. The drawing at right was taken from the Liber Vitae. These arms would be blazoned as: Azure a dove … Read more