Abraham Hauser


Born: August 30, 1761
Died: December 27, 1819

Abraham Hauser was born on August 30th 1761 in Frederic County, Maryland. He moved with his family to Salem before 1782, when he was admitted to the congregation.
Hauser was approved to apprentice under Johann Krause. He expressed the desire to learn a real trade, as opposed to the hunting and fishing lifestyle he had grown accustomed. Abraham Hauser often quarreled with individuals in the town. And was a caught spreading a rumor from time to time. This led to further strife within the congregation about his conduct. In 1785, after confiding in a traveling priest his strife with the community, Hauser built his farm and house at the behest of the priest and congregation in 1785.
In 1794 he was appointed the roadmaster of Salem. He proposed to the Salem Congregation that if there were a road tax of one thaler per year he would be able to pay all expenses as well as maintain the office for five years. Hauser was responsible for maintaining and building the roads, bridges, and fords in the Salem area. He spearheaded a new bridge across Peter’s Creek in 1795. However, he did not maintain the roads to the desired specifications. He was judged to be guilty of poorly maintaining the roads, and was removed from the position in December of 1797.
After this failure Hauser found it hard to find work in Salem. His children moved to Indiana in the early 1800s; however Hauser remained until his death in 1819.