He was born in Ellrich, near Nordhausen in South Harz, in the family of a
modest craftsman. He started workin as a miner in a silvermine, later as a
locksmith, but his skills and his conscientiousness attracted an attention
of Reden, who visited the mine. He offered him a job in Silesia, but
before that he sent him for education to the steelworks adviser -
Bueckling, who knew how to construct steam engines.
1792 Holtzhausen was appointed a master of buliding steam engines in
he constructed about 50
machines and in 1806 he became a manager of the new-started branch of
construction steam engines in the Steelworks of Gliwice. That branch was a
standard for whole Germany; Holtzhausen was appointed a machine inspector
and he was managing of a whole works concerning steam engines in the Upper
Silesia and in Wałbrzych coal-field. In
appreciation of his services, the king Fryderyk Wilhelm III appointed him
a machine manager (9.3.1825).
He was also involved in welfare work – he was a clerk in the
evangelical community and simultaneously supported a renovation of All
Saints church (Wszystkich Świętych).
got married with Christiana Zweigel, daughter of a district veterinary
surgeon. They had one son and 2 daughters. Daghter Henrietta got married
with F.L. Beyerhaus, who was a modeller
in the Steelworks of Gliwice.