1870 - 1952 — North Carolina; Missouri; and New Mexico.
Note: "A Work in Progress"
Ellen Eliza 'Nelle' Lovell [Hauser] was the second child [daughter] of Henry Poindexter 'Harry' Lovill/Lovell (1838-1926) and Ellen Cornelia Roby [Hauser] (abt. 1836-abt. 1874). Nelle was born on June 10, 1870 in Yadkin County, NC.
Nelle's siblings were: Annie Laurie Lovell [Rogers] (abt. 1866-xxxx); and Elizabeth Cornelia Lovell [Cushman] (February 1873-bef. 1920).
My mother (Marion Hauser [Elmlund]) tells me she knew her grandmother (Nelle) very well. She says that Nelle was a teacher and school principal in New Mexico and often visited her family in Riverside, California for a couple of months every year. Nelle and Marion spent much time together during these visits. Nelle told my mother that she got the nickname 'Nelle' because it was her mother's name spelled backwards. My mother has many other remembrances of Nelle like the time that Nelle told her that she didn't know that 'Damned Yankee' was two words until she was over 21, or the time she told her that she had know the outlaw Frank James when he was working in a shoe store in Nevada, Missouri. To my surprise, a few years ago, I found in a book that Frank James did work in a shoe store in Nevada, Missouri while Nelle was living there and would have been a teenage girl. Frank had become famous from his exploits with the 'James Gang' and was temporarily in the 'good graces of the law'. The store hired hid to appear at the store as a customer draw.
Although Nelle was born in North Carolina in 1870, she didn't live there long. The family legend is that her mother (Ellen) became ill after the birth of her third daughter (Annie Laurie) and her father took her to Hot Springs, Arkansas in an attempt to cure her in the sulfur springs. Her mother is said to have died about 1874; probably in Arkansas. I have never found corroborating evidence to this story.
Ellen is not found in the household of Henry Lovill, wife (Ellen), and daughter (Laura) in the 1870 US Census of Fanbush Township, Yadkin County, North Carolina. Since the census was supposedly taken on August 22, 1870, Nelle would have been about 1 ½ months old at the time. My guess is that the census was taken earlier than stated. It is unlikely that she and her mother were elsewhere, since Ellen's parents (William and Elizabeth Roby) were living next to her.
Ellen is found in the 1880 US Census of Nevada, Washington Township, Vernon County, Missouri living in the household of her grandfather (WR Lovill) along with her grandmother and two sisters. Neither her father (Harry) nor mother (Ellen) is listed with them. I have not yet been able to verify there whereabouts at the time of the 1880 US Census. Harry is found to have remarried to Ala Ann 'Allie' Williams (1861-1939) in Bentonville, Arkansas on May 1, 1881.
On April 14, 1889, Nelle married Jacob Alexander 'Jake' Hauser (1863-1913) in Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri. Nelle and Jake had seven children: Leslie Leo Hauser [son] (1888-1953); Marion Earl Hauser [son] (1891-1967); Verna Opal Hauser [Corbett] [daughter] (1894-1965); Estella Mabel Hauser [Roberts] [daughter] (1895-1976); Hazel Dixie Hauser [Conway] [daughter] (1898-1989); Noel Glenn Hauser [son] (1900-1954); and Henry Felix Hauser [son] (abt. 1904-xxxx).
The 1900 Census of Lake Township, Vernon County Missouri (SD 13, ED 132, 236 Sheet 3, and 237 Sheet 4) shows Jake Hauser (Head of Household, White, Male, Born - Sept 1863, 36 yrs old, Married, married 11 years,…,Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, …., Occupation - Store Keeper,….,Can Read? - Yes, Can Write? - Yes, Can Speak English? - Yes, Owned or rented home? - Owned, Owned free or mortgaged? - Mortgaged, House or Farm? - Farm, Number of farm schedule? - 62) residing with: Nellie (Wife, W,F, June 1870, 29, Married, married 11years, Mother of how many children? - 6, Number of children living? - 6, NC, NC, NC, …); Orville (Son, W, M, Mar 1890, 10, single, …, MO, NC, NC, …); Marion (Son, W, M, July 1891, 8, s, …, MO, NC, NC, …), Opal [Verna Opal], (Daughter, W, F, Jan 1894, s, …, MO, NC, NC, …); Stella [Estella Mabel] (Daughter, W,F, Nov 1895, 4, s, …MO, NC, NC, …); Stella [Hazel Dixie] (Daughter, W, F, Mar 1898, 2, s, …, MO, NC, NC, …); and Glenn [Noel Glenn] (Son, W, M, Apr 1900, 1/12, s, …, MO, NC, NC, …).
On Friday, February 21, 1908, a 'Going-Away Party' was held for the family of Jake and Nelle Hauser at their home in Nevada, Missouri. The event was recorded in a newspaper article subtitled the 'Southwest Mail'. Many relatives, friends, and neighbors attended including: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Soon after, they moved from Missouri to New Mexico.
After several months' illness, Nelle's husband (Jacob Alexander Hauser) died at their home in Hayden, New Mexico of 'brain congestion' on Sunday, April 6, 1913 and buried in the Hayden Cemetery on Monday, April 7, 1913. Nelle was now a widow with children to support.
Nelle died on May 13, 1952 in Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico and was buried in the Hayden Homestead Cemetery, Hayden, New Mexico.