HAINES TOWNSHIP

Haines Township was erected while part of the territory of Centre county was yet in Northumberland county, in February 1790, and so called after Reuben Haines, a brewer of Philadelphia, who owned large bodies of land in the township. Its valley surveys date back to 1766, and among its earliest settlers were Adam Harper, Jacob and Adam Stover. Its oldest village, Aaronsburg, was laid out by Noah Levy in 1786. James Duncan was the first store keeper, and a post office was established in Aaronsburg, April 1, 1798, and Mr. Duncan appointed post master. It now consists of two precincts, East and West. The first resident physician was Dr. Klepper, who was succeeded in 1811 by Dr. Charles Coburn. The first settler on the site of Woodward was John Motz in 1786, and the valley was laid out in 1848.

(SOURCE: Eleventh Census of the Population of the United States Published by Boroughs and Townships, in Connection with a Business Directory of the Same, Bellefonte, Pa., 1890.)

HAINES TOWNSHIP CENSUS FIGURES

1860--1,510
1870--1,354
1880--1,422
1890--1,490
1900--1,400
1910--1,176
1920--1,057
1930--1,048
1940--1,030
1950--1,081
1960--1,100
1970--1,224
1980--1,375
1990--1,494
2000--1,479

(SOURCE: U.S. Census of Population, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce.)

TOWNS & VILLAGES

Villages and townships in Haines Township include Aaronsburg, Ingleby, Woodward, Woodward Narrows, Motz's Bank, Liberty Mills, Taylorville, Wolf's Chapel, Fiedler and Poe Mills. For a further discussion of these, see Paul M. Dubbs, Where to Go and Place-Names of Centre County, 1961.

TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Tax assessment records for Haines Township from 1801 forward can be found in the basement of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte. Persons wishing to use these records must first sign the Guest Researcher register in the Pennsylvania Room.

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Copyright 2001 by Robert L. Baker