Gottlieb Hauser was born in Germany, but died a full blooded Athenian. He was a son, Father, Soldier, and cigar dealer.
According to his headstone, Gottlieb “George” Hauser was born on March 9, 1839 in Germany. However, records in Germany indicate he was born on October 21, 1839 to Andreas Hauser and Christina Keppeler in Wϋrtemberg, Germany. He was baptized on October 27, 1839. Hauser arrived in the United States on October 3, 1857. He arrived in New York City and stated that his destination Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was 17 years old at the time and his occupation was listed as farmer. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He enlisted in Orr’s First South Carolina Rifles on July 20, 1861 at Camp Pickens in the Anderson District of South Carolina. His time as a soldier was short lived as he was wounded at the Battle of Gaines Mill on June 27, 1862. He was officially discharged on April 11, 1863. It is later told in a newspaper advertisement for his business in that he lost his leg in the war. Hauser is documented in Athens, Georgia for the first time in the 1880 census, along with his wife, Rebecca, son Emil, and his wife’s brother, William Rawson. He also had a daughter named Alma. His occupation is listed as cigar dealer and he would go on to own a lucrative cigar shop on College Avenue in Downtown Athens. Gottlieb Hauser passed away on July 28, 1908.
Ross Phillips, “Gottlieb Hauser,” Death and Human History in Athens, accessed April 14, 2021, https://digilab.libs.uga.edu/cemetery/items/show/10.
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