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All Of The Work Paid Off

After my application was filled out,  I  took it to the branch genealogist, Kathryn Lake Hogan U.E. at our next meeting in November 2010. Over the summer there was a mail slowdown and it took longer than usual to get it processed and I wasn't presented with my certificates until this past Saturday at our November meeting, one year after I started the application process. 

Ordinarily it wouldn't have taken so long but I  had to send for a marriage license from my first marriage which showed re…

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Part 4 - Gathering Documentation

I am going to start sorting out what information I have already and make a few copies of each document, one for my branch, one for the head office and one for my records. I have the 1851-1911 censuses for my grandfather, William Edgar Hines, my great-grandfather, John Haines/Hines and 2nd great-grandfather, Benjamin Haines. I will have to print the censuses 1/2 page on a sheet to have it legible, so for every year there will be four or eight printed pages, adding the agricultural pages as well.

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Brick Walls - Lyddie ?, married to Nathaniel Haines

I have another brick wall to post, my 3rd great-grandmother, Lyddie or Lydia, married to Nathaniel Haines in Niagara, Upper Canada in 1786. The only info I have on her is that she was not the daughter of a loyalist. That's not much to go on, most single women in Niagara at that time were daughters of loyalists but they were also loyalists themselves if they were born in the thirteen colonies.

Lyddie was in Niagara in 1786 so maybe she was French Canadian, or a pre-loyalist or Native.

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My Haines Family Timeline

1750's - Joseph Haines immigrated from Germany to Johnstown, New York. 28

>1783 - Joseph Haines, Sr. married and had seven children. 1

>1783 - Joseph Haines, Sr. and family lived in Johnstown, New York. 1, 28

>1783 - Joseph Haines, Sr. served in the Butler's Rangers and went to Lachine, P.Q. with the rangers. 1

>1783 - Nathaniel Haines served in the Butler's Rangers and went to Lachine, P.Q. with the rangers. 1

1784 - Joseph Haines, Sr. family was in Niagara, U.C. 35

1784 - Nathaniel Haines …

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Creating Family Timelines

I have found when researching my family, it is helpful to make a Family Timeline with all of the events and sources that I have gathered. As I find more sources and events, I add them to the timeline. This way, it is easier for me to see if there are any gaps that need to be researched and filled in.

For example, I am researching my Loyalist Haines family at the moment and have made a timeline for them. Since my two Loyalist ancestors are father and son, I have included both of them and included …

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Happy Loyalist Day! My Loyalist Ancestors

My Loyalist ancestors came from Tryon County, New York, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.The Haines family came from Germany and were living in Johnstown, in the Mohawk Valley when they had to make a choice, follow the crowd or do what's right. They chose the latter and endured the wrath of the rebels. The able-bodied men were mustered into John Butler's Corp of Rangers which later became known as Butler's Rangers. Mrs. Joseph Haines, Sr. (her name is not known) stayed …

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Mystery May Be Solvable

I have been contacted by a fourth cousin yesterday who may have solved the mystery of why my great-grandfather changed our surname. She was told by a family member that John Haines was being harassed by the telephone company because he had the same name as another man in the area who was being sued. She said that he had the name legally changed, so now I'm on a hunt for any records of the legal name change.

Update:
I couldn't find any records to support the story about a legal name change, for any…

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COG #68 - A Tribute to Women - Sarah Haines, UEL

I received this from a descendant of Joseph Haines, Jr.. The author, Pergrine Otway-Page was the son of Sarah, born 1814, died 1904.

"It was about the year 1776, after the loss of all their property because of loyalty to their King and Crown, that my ancestors on my mother's side were forced to migrate to Canada. However, it is uncertain from what part of the United States they came. They reached Canada after a long, dangerous journey of much suffering and privation. Arriving first at Fort Niagar…

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Brick Walls - Lyddie ?, married to Nathaniel Haines


I have another brick wall to post, my 3rd great-grandmother, Lyddie or Lydia, married to Nathaniel Haines in Niagara, Upper Canada in 1786. The only info I have on her is that she was the daughter of a loyalist. That's not much to go on, most single women in Niagara at that time were daughters of loyalists.

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Why so much interest in the Doane family?

The reason is simple, two of my great-grandmothers, both maternal and paternal, were Doans. On my paternal side, Harriet Fernetta Doan, my great-grandmother, was the 2nd great-granddaughter of Titus Doane, Sr., great-granddaughter of Titus Doane, Jr., grand-daughter of Isaac Doan, daughter of Linus and Hannah (Doan) Doan. Harriet was born in Ohio in Dec. of 1854 and came to Canada Jan. 1855. The family must have been to Ohio visiting for Christmas when Harriet was born, as they lived in Wellan…

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My Brick Walls - Maria ? married to John Freisman

I am researching my great-grandmother's family and I have an enormous brick wall as far as her mother, Marie, who was born in Quebec about 1780 . She married John Freisman and they had one child in Quebec before coming to Niagara. If the censuses are correct, John Freisman was born in England. I can't find any records of their marriage in the Drouin Collection.

Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born about 1795 in Quebec (she said she was 50 in 1851 census of Niagara Twp. and her death record says he…

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Joseph Haines, Sr., UEL, my 4th great-grandfather

Joseph Haines, Sr. was born in Germany and immigrated to New York about 1760. He had a lease from Sir Wm. Johnson for a tract of 100 acres of land in Tryon County at a cost of 6 pounds a year. There, he raised seven children until the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, when his three sons went to serve in the King's Royal Regiment of New York. One of his sons was killed. He later joined John Butler's Corp of Rangers along with two of his three remaining sons. He and his family fled to Quebec wi…

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We Met For The First Time ...... Again


My husband in front of Butler's Barracks,
Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario

I met my husband for the first time in April of 1998, but something about him seemed so familiar, like we've known each other all our lives. As I started researching my family history, I researched his family, the Bradts. I discovered that several of his ancestors were Loyalists, and they served in John Butler's Corp of Rangers. As a matter of fact, John Butler was married to Catherine Bradt.

I soon was reading all about the Bu…

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Haines Strains

I have been researching the Haines/Hains/Haynes surname trying to figure out just where my 4th great-grandfather, Joseph Haines, Sr., fit in. At the beginning of my research, I was researching the wrong surname altogether. I spent a good six months researching the Hines surname, only to find out that my great-grandfather changed our surname from Haines to Hines. It was news to me!

The reason for the change is a mystery, as is the fact that the males were raised as Hines from birth and the girls w…

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