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Haines, Sylvester 1816-1892


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Date: 4/28/2015 at 12:41:09

HAINESóDied, near Cumings Traill County, N. Dak., at the home of his son-in-law, Wm. W. Ward, at ten o'clock, a.m., Friday, Sept. 23d, 1892, of paralysis, SYLVESTER HENRY HAINES, aged 76 years, 2 months and 25 days.

He was born in Loudon, Merrimack county, N.H., June 29, 1816, the third son of Joseph and Martha Griffin (Dwinell) Haines, and the sixth in lineal descent from Deacon Samuel Haines of Greenland-Portsmouth, N.H., who came from Westburg, Wiltshire, England, A.D. 1635, and was the founder of the New Hampshire family of Haines'.

At the age of sixteen he removed with his mother's family to Salem, Mass., where he served an apprenticeship with Mr. Joseph Edward, a master carpenter of South Salem, after which he followed his trade in Lynn and Boston until the spring of 1836, when in company with Mr. Jas. Spare, of Boston, he removed to Galena, Ill., where in company with Mr. Spare he was engaged as master builder in the erection of the first building in that city, with many other buildings now standing that has escaped the numerous sweeping fires of the past fifty-six years. Was subsequently engaged in the lumber business with W. H. Bradley and Edwin Ripley and held the office of city wharf and lumber master.

He was married April 5th, 1838, at Lynn, Mass., to Miss Eley Tucker Nourse, daughter of Mr. Edmund Nourse, of Lynn, Mass., and after a residence of fifteen years in Galena or until 1851 he removed with his family to Lansing, Iowa, where he operated a water saw mill near Lansing until the spring of 1856 when he removed to Waterloo creek where he had purchased a tract of land on which there was a mill site which he improved by the erection of a flouring mill and other buildings, and laid out the present thriving village which he named Dorchester after Dorchester, Mass.

Here he remained and carried on the milling and farming business until the 24th of March, 1874, when after a residence in Allamakee county of twenty-three years changed it to Masonville, Delaware county, where he had bought a farm, and where he continued to reside until the 7th of May 1880, when he removed to Caledonia, Traill county, North Dakota, where a son and two daughters had located.

His wife died at Caledonia the 15th of November, 1890, aged 76 years, 8 months and 14 days.
She had borne her husband eight children, six of whom survive, viz: Cecelia Francis, Villard, Minn., widow of Homer E. Harrington, formerly of Dorchester; Georginia Alberta, wife of John T. Robinson Esq., of New Albin; Harriet Augusta, wife of Chas. H. Layman, of Caledonia N. D.; Ella Letetia, wife of Wm. W. Ward, of Cumings, N.D.; Charles Nourse, of Oberlin, La.; Frank Lindsey, of Villard, Minn.

The four daughters were with their father to administer to his comfort during the last portion of his sickness, but the two sons were unable to be present to witness the departure of their beloved parent for a better world.

He was buried by the side of his faithful wife with whom he had lived for over half a century. Mr. Haines and his wife were admitted members of the Presbyterian church at Galena in 1841.

Mr. Haines was an influential member in all the communities where he lived and respected by his neighbors.

A.M. Haines, of Galena, Ill., is the only surviving brother of the subject of this notice, and the last living member of his father's family of eight children.

Lansing Mirror 30 Sept. 1892 P 3


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