Lee County Biography

Sylvanus Helmershausen / Hausen
China Township

Sylvanus Cobb Hausen, who resided on section 3, China township, was born in Maine, October 17, 1825, and died on his farm a mile west of Franklin Grove, January 17, 1912. He had long been a resident of this part of the state and was therefore well known, while his many substantial traits of character gained for him the respect and good-will of all. His parents were Charles and Mary Jane Hausen. His father, a native of Germany, came to the United States and took part in the Revolutionary war, acting as forage master in Washington's army. In the family were five sons: William Henry, Harrison, Charles, Sylvanus and Norman, but Charles is the only one now living. The two eldest came to Illinois in 1838, and Sylvanus C. Hausen arrived in the fall of 1840 in company with his brother Charles. The father had purchased a claim in Lee county which he afterward sold to the subject of this review. Sylvanus C. Hausen was but fifteen years of age when he came to Illinois. Throughout the entire period of his residence in this state he was connected with agricultural pursuits. He bought from his father the claim which the latter secured from the government and upon that place Sylvanus C. Hausen continued to engage in general farming until his death. He originally had one hundred and twenty acres in the old homestead, to which he afterward added a tract of forty acres. He brought his farm to a high state of cultivation and employed modern, progressive methods in its development and improvement. This did not cover the extent of his possessions, however, for from time to time he added to his holdings until he was the owner of about eight hundred acres in this county at the time of his demise. About 1908 he erected a large brick residence containing twelve rooms and he added many other substantial improvements to his place, including substantial barns and outbuildings adequate for the shelter of grain and stock.

In 1859 Mr. Hausen was united in marriage to Miss Sabrina Jane Fellows, who was born in Baldwinsville, New York, September 30, 1839, a daughter of David and Harriet (Lobdell) Fellows, who were natives of Westford, New York. They removed from New York to Belvidere, Illinois, in the year 1855 and afterward went to Michigan, where their last days were passed. Mrs. Hausen was a young lady of sixteen years when she came to this state and remained in Belvidere until her marriage. To Mr. and Mrs. Hanson were born five children: Ida C., who is the widow of Frank Moulton and resides in Nachusa township; Charles Frederick, living in the same township ; Lillian, the wife of Loren J. Townsend, of Charles City, Iowa; Grace, the wife of Simon D. Remley, of Franklin Grove ; and May E., the wife of George W. Brown, who is living on the old homestead.

Mr. Hausen was named for a Universalist preacher, and it was the faith of that church that he followed throughout his life. In politics he was a democrat. He did not seek to figure prominently in any public connection being content to faithfully perform his daily duties and enjoy the rewards which his labors brought to him. His life was a busy and useful one, and his was the first death which occurred upon the old homestead that his father had entered from the government many years before.

Portrait and Biographical 1892


Sylvanus Hausen was born in Maine in 1825. In 1840 he accompanied his parents to Lee county and grew to manhood under the parental roof in China Township. He chose farming as his life occupation and has been uniformly successful in that industry and is now one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of China Township.

December 20, 1859, he married Sabrina I., daughter of David and Harriet (Lobdell) Fellows of Boone County and to them five children have been born: Ida C, Charles F, Lillian A, Grace E, and Mary E. In political convictions Mr. Hausen is a democrat.

Contributed by Georgea Clinton from the 1904 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois History of Lee County, p788

Lee County numbers Sylvanus C. Hausen among her most successful farmers. His farm is one of the largest and best in its appointments in China. Township, and his residence on section 3, of a substantinl and appropriate style of architecture with its excellent arrangements for comfort and convenience, is a model farm house.

Born October 15, 1825, in the town of Bremen, Lincoln County, Me., seventh of the eleven children of Charles and Mary J. (Hilton) Hausen, the boyhood days of our subject were quietly passed in his native State until he was fifteen years old, and then came an eventful change in his life, as in the year 1840 his parents emigrated to the distant prairies of Illinois. They were among the early settlers of China Township, locating a short distance west of Franklin Grove, and here they lived greatly respected. by their neighbors until their decease.

Sylvanus Hausen grew to man's estate in the parental home in China Township, and his character was molded by the pioneer life that obtained in this region in those early years of its settlement to sturdy self-reliance, manliness, and keen fore­sight, and he was early inured to hard work. He was thus well adapted to the calling to which he had been reared and when it came time for him to select his life-work he chose agricultural pursuits. His after career has demonstrated the wisdom of his choice,as he has risen to the foremost ranks of the farmers and stock-raisers of the county. He located on his farm at the time of marriage, and here he owns about seven hundred acres of excellent farming land and has erected 8 commodious set of buildings that are first-class in every respect. His pastures are stocked with fine herds of cattle and horses and everything about his well kept farm is indicative of his ability to conduct agriculture after the best methods.

December 20, 1859, Mr. Hansell was married to Miss Sabina T. Fellows, their marriage being solemnized in Belvidere, Boone County, this State, She has indeed filled in a perfect measure the sacred offices of wife, mother, friend, and to her devotion her husband and family owe much that makes life worth living, and her neighbors are indebted for many a kindly act. She is a member of the Meth­odist Episcopal Church, aud an active worker in the society. Her union with our subject has brought them five children - Ida C., the wife of Frank Maolton; Charles F., who married Miss Josepbine Stevens; Lillian A., the wife of Lorin Townsend; Grace E, and May E. Mrs. Hausen was born November 30, 1889, near Syracuse in the State of New York, the fifth of the seven children of David and Harriet (Lobdell) Fellows, who were natives of Otsego County, N. Y. They came from near Syracuse, that State, to Illinois in the spring of 1856, and at first settled in Belvidere, whence they afterward removed to Coldwater, Mich. Mr. Fellows died in that city, but his wife still survives at a venerable age.

Through his many years residence here our subject is widely known, and bears a high reputation among his many acqnaintances as a man of unswerving rectitude and unblemished honor, whose life is guided by true principles of equity and justice in his dealings and who never hesitates to befriend one who is in need of sympathy and material assistance. He has been school director in his district and in no instance has he failed in true public spirit when his influence has been sought to further some plan for civic improvement. He is well posted on the political situation of the day, and favors the Democratic party.


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