Betsy (Fulk) Hauser

Elizabeth (Fulk) Hauser (1821 - 1906)

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Elizabeth (Betsy) [uncertain] Hauser formerly Fulk aka Volck
Born in Stokes County, North Carolina, USAmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Owen County, Indiana, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Freedom, Owen County, Indiana, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Oct 2011
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From Owen County Cousins:
Besty (Fulk) Hauser is a prime example of the pioneer woman of her day. She made a trip from Owen County, Ind. to Marshall County, Iowa with her younger children, between 1862-63, unassisted and unprotected from the difficulties and dangers present in that day.[1] She later returned to Owen County, Indiana where she farmed; plowed, planted, raised cattle and hogs. It is said that she was the subject of quite a bit of local gossip since she actually was known to have PINNED UP HER SKIRTS WHERE HER FEET AND ANKLES WOULD SHOW if she found this more convenient while plowing. -- [2]
1845 Elizabeth marries George Hauser in Owen County, Indiana. She is his second wife.[3]
1850 In 1850, George and Elizabeth are living in Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana with their blended household.[4]
1863 The account of Betsy and George's journey to Iowa to "check up on that side of the family" says that Henry -- who was 13 at the time -- was to stay behind in Owen County, Indiana with Betsy's brothers, Jake and Meeny[5], and put in the 1863 crops. Henry's sisters, Isabell and Marilda, were staying behind to work as "mother's helpers" for some neighbors. The rest of the children -- Hamm (2), Lydia Jane (4), George (6), and Mary ("Polly") (8), all went with their parents.[6]
1864 In May, after staying with her parents after the death of her husband, Betsy loaded her children up in a "spring wagon" and headed back to Owen County, Indiana. The details of this trip are not clear, but the logistics are daunting -- where to stay at night, which roads to take (no maps), food, milk, coping with a child in diapers. She and the children arrived back in Indiana 37 days after leaving Iowa.[6] Today this trip would take less than 8 hours by car.
1870 By the time of the 1870 Census, Betsy was back in Owen County, Indiana. There were two people living in her household whose relationship is not clear:


  1. We learn later that she and her children traveled with her husband George to Iowa. He became ill while there and died. Her return trip was when she presumably traveled alone with her children. -- J. Ricketts
  2. Lovell, entry for George Hauser, p. 282
  3. "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 January 2016), George Hauser and Elizabeth Fulk, 26 Jun 1845; citing Owen, Indiana, United States, various county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,312,981.
  4. "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 February 2015), Elizabeth Hauser in household of George Hauser, Jefferson, Owen, Indiana, United States; citing family 482, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. Betsy had two other brothers besides "Jake" -- John and Franics. Which of these was "Meeny?"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Image of book from Lisa Douglas. Citation pending.
  7. I didn't create a profile for her because I don't know if "Edwards" is her married name or maiden name. -- Fiscus-32
  8. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 October 2014), Elizabeth Hauser, Indiana, United States; citing p. 30, family 228, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,847.

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Works cited:

  • Lovell, Rosemary (Faulk). Owen County Cousins (J. G. Hauser, Inc., 1977); entry for Frederick Fiscus p. 584.

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