Richland County

Biography - John Thomas Hauser

The people in the vicinity of Claremont township and we might say of Richland county in general, are well acquainted with the life history of its pioneer inhabitants, and the story of the career of John T. Hauser is not the least known. He was born on the 28th day of December 1817, in Stokes county, now known as Forsythe county, in North Carolina, the son of John and Annie Hauser, both of his parents natives of the state in which they lived; his mother's maiden name being Canuse. When six years old his father died and he came to be of much assistance to his mother on the family farm. At the age of fifteen he started in to learn the trade of shoemaker and, upon becoming a proficient workman, he left home. His travels took him over various portions of the Carolinas and the state of Kentucky, successfully plying his trade as he went along. On the outbreak of an epidemic of cholera during his stay in Kentucky he decided to return home, traveling by way of the famous Cumberland Gap. A short time after his return his mother died and once more he set about to seek a change. He was then about twenty-three years of age and upon settling upon a small farm in the state of Ohio, he soon married. His choice fell upon Lucy Ulrich, but their married life was unfortunately a brief one, his wife dying in the following year, being buried at New Philadelphia. On March 21, 1851, he married Elizabeth, the widow of Oliver Weaver. She was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Cable, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to the state prior to the War of 1812, both of whom were well known and respected in the community.

John T. Hauser's life in Ohio was not an uneventful one. Those were early Ohian days; many Indians still lingered in the western part of the state, reluctant to leave their patrimony; game abounded in large quantities; marauding bears and ferocious wolves were not uncommon visitors, and consequently many hardships were suffered.

In the year 1867, once more a prey to wandering instincts - and possibly with a view of taking a hand in "the winning of the West," the subject of our sketch pressed onward to Illinois, where he settled on a farm in Richland county. On his arrival he set to work and built a rude house, and two months later, his wife and family arrived in the new surroundings in which they were destined to live. Year after year has seen improvements made on the property. The land today is in an admirable state of cultivation. A substantial brick house has been erected.

The death of his wife occurred on the 26th of September 1908. Seven children resulted from the union, all of whom are still living. In order of birth they are: Anna Elizabeth, Cable, Ira A., Susie, John L., Benjamin F., and Harvey E.

John T. Hauser has now reached the ripe age of ninety-one years - an age not reached by very many nowadays.

Such a man as John T. Hauser could not fail to be drawn into the whirlpool of at least one of the struggles for supremacy that convulsed the country in the early half of the century. He passed through the Civil war, serving four arduous years in an Ohio regiment. At different periods of the time he served under Grant and Sherman. He is a member of Grand Army, Post No. 92, at Calhoun.

In religion Mr. Hauser is a member of the Methodist communion, though formerly he was affiliated with the German Moravian church for many years. While his health permitted he was ever active in church work. His wife was for twenty years a German Lutheran, but at the time of her death she was a Methodist.

Mr. Hauser has ever been a Republican in politics and, had his delicate health permitted him, would have attended the election of November, 1908. Had he done so, he would have voted for eighteen consecutive Presidents of the United States.

Extracted 26 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1909 Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties, Illinois, pages 387-389.

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