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Tinlis Hauser, son of David Hauser and Sarah "Sally" Bowers
- born 1 March 1839, Richmond, Jefferson Co., Ohio
- died 1 February 1912, Cement, Caddo Co., Oklahoma. Photo of gravestone, 2001
- married 15 March 1866, DeWitt, IA, by (Baptist?) Rev. J. M. Lackey. (Sackey) Marriage Certificate
Lucy Marilda Usher, daughter of Charles L Usher and Nancy Maria Denison.
- born 5 April 1845, Maquoketa, Jackson Co., Iowa.
- died 6 February 1917, Harvard, McHenry Co., Illinois
- buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Harvard, Illinois. Photo of gravestone; note incorrect dates on the stone.
Obituary of Lucy Usher Houser Beecher
Family stories say that Tinlis brought maple trees (or seeds?) to plant when he moved to DeWitt Co., IA.
Tinlis and Lucy were divorced about 1894.
On 31 October 1894, Toledo, Tama Co. IA, Lucy married
(2) George Beecher, , blacksmith and machinist, son of Erastus & Eliza (Crater) Beecher
- born about 1849, Kendall Co., Illinois,
- died May 1912, Tama Co. Iowa
- buried Buckingham Cemetery, Traer, Tama Co., Iowa
George Beecher's obituary gives birth year of 1852, and place: Yorkville, Illinois.
1850 census indicates 1849 birth. Marriage record gives birthplace as Kendall County, Illinois
- 1895, George and Lucy were in Toledo, Tama County, Iowa. He was a blacksmith and machinist.
- 1900, they lived in Cimmaron Twp., Logan County, Oklahoma, where he was a blacksmith.
After George's death, Lucy lived with her next older sister Cornelia Priscilla Blanchard in McHenry County, Illinois. Lucy died there in 1917.
Obituary of George Beecher
Tinlis Hauser enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1862. From his pension application file from the National Archives, census records and other available data, we can construct this chronology of his life.
- - Born 1 March 1839, Richmond, Jefferson County, Ohio
- - 1841, his mother Sarah Bowers Hauser died. By 1844 his father had married Susan (maiden name unknown)
- - 1850, lived with his father and family in Salem Twp., Jefferson Co., Ohio
- - Enrolled 19 August, 1862, as a shoemaker, in the US Army, age 23. Served in Co. G 52d Infantry, Ohio.
- - Taken to hospital at Louisville, Kentucky, on 1 October 1862. A medical assistant reports he heard the doctor say that he (Tinlis) "could not possibly live because of tyfoid (sic) and heart disease."
- - Hospitalized in Cincinnati and at Camp Denison until his discharge on 23 March 1863, due to "valvular disease of the heart."
- - Remained in Cincinnati about a month.
- - Moved in mid-1863 to Iowa
- - Married 15 March 1866 to Lucy Usher, Clinton Co., Iowa.
- - 1870, butcher in DeWitt, Clinton Co., Iowa, with Lucy, Mary and Rolla, and brother Isaiah, also a butcher
- - 1880, living with family in Blairstown, Benton Co., Iowa, working as a butcher.
- - 1880, September, attended Civil War veterans' reunion in Vinton, Iowa
- - by about 1882, was living in Van Horne, Iowa
- - 1890, applied for pension while living in Van Horne, Benton Co., Iowa
- - about 1894, divorced from/by Lucy
- - October 1894, Lucy married in Tama Co., Iowa to George Beecher
- - 1900, "Timothy", living alone in Van Horne, Benton Co., Iowa
- - about 1903, after about 40 years in Iowa, moved to Oklahoma, living in El Reno, Lawton, and finally in Cement, Caddo County.
- - 1907, applied for pension in Cement, Caddo County, Oklahoma
- - 1909, applied for pension in Cement, Caddo County, Oklahoma
- - 1910, "Tinless", shoemaker, living in Cement, Caddo County, OK
- - 1912, January 12, The Cement Courier reported "TINS HAUSER has bought a small iron covered building and moved it onto his lot."
- - 1912, February 1, Tinlis died in Cement, Oklahoma.
- - 1912, February 9, The Cement Courier reported "City Marshal Henry Johnson has been appointed administrator of the TIM HAUSER estate."
Tinlis was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, light complexion, blue eyes, with dark or light hair. In 1891 he was said to suffer much from rheumatism, neuralgia, and heart disease, that he seems to be limping all the time.
During the last month of his life, he bought an iron-covered shed which he moved onto his lot, and purchased some lumber. But at the end of January he became ill and died on February 1, 1912.
1890 signature of Tinlis Hauser
Children of Tinlis and Lucy Houser
1. Mary L.Houser
- born 8 February 1868
- died 3 November 1884
2. Rawley (Rollie/Raleigh) D. Houser. On 1880 census: Rolla
- born 9 December 1869.
I have no further information about Rollie, although I think I remember hearing Aunt Hazel saying that he had visited them once, so apparently he survived childhood. However, he is not mentioned in his mother's obituary in 1917, nor have I been able to find him in the 1900 or 1910 census records.
Perhaps he was the R. D. Houser who died in Provo, Utah, on 6 January 1906. This man, 37 years old, was a freight train conductor, was married, and died at the state mental hospital where he had been for 1 year, 11 months and 4 days.
3. Thomas Wilmot Houser (NOTE: Wilmot was the middle name of Thomas's uncle Pliney W. Blanchard.)
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- born 3 June 1871, DeWitt, Clinton County, Iowa
- died 14 August 1960, Del Norte, Colorado
- married 28 January 1897, Dallas County, Iowa, to
Minnie Mary Garland, daughter of Wm. James Garland & Henrietta Elizabeth Rees.
- born 29 June 1872, Iowa
- died 3 March 1944, Alamosa, CO
In the 1890 IA census, the Thomas Houser family was living in Spring Valley Twp., Dallas County, Iowa.
A. Fern Garland Houser
- born 19 June 1897, Perry, Iowa
- died 12 March 1988, DeFuniak Springs, Florida
- buried at Masonic Cemtery, Walsenburg, Colorado
- married 21 July 1919, Alamosa, Colorado
Walter Eli Best, son of George Wm. Best & Mary Woodring
- born 21 August 1895, Chama, New Mexico
- died 3 March 1969, Hawaii
- buried at Walsenburg, Colorado
Fern and Walter had two children, as well as a pair of twins who were either stillborn or died within hours. The baby twins are buried in Walsenburg, Colorado.
- Frances Garland Best
- born 20 December 1920, Alamosa, Colorado
- died January 1995, Florida
- married 20 November 1940
John Zirkle, 1919 - 1978
They had two children.
- George Merritt Best
- born 15 Oct 1923, Walsenberg, Colorado
- died 26 September 2000
- married 5 February 1949. He and his wife had two sons.
B. Hazel Houser
- born 10 January 1900, Perry, Iowa
- died May 1982, Denver, Colorado
- married 24 June 1925, Alamosa, CO
Richard James Young, son of James Julius & Otelia Young.
- born 13 May 1900, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
- died March 1976, Durango, Colorado
Hazel and Dick had two children.
C. Forest Houser
- born between 1901 and 1905, Denver, Colorado
- died at age 14 days, Denver, Colorado
D. Denver Merritt Houser
- born 12 September 1906, Denver, Colorado
- died 3 September 1968, Denver, Colorado
- married 2 October 1931, Cleveland, Ohio
Esther Louise Schurdel, daughter of Theodor Schurdel & Maria Ottmann.
- born 17 July 1900, St. Louis, Missouri
- died 4 March 1998, Bakersfield, California
Denver's middle name Merritt was in honor of a neighbor.
Denver and Esther had 4 children.
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