archives BuildingSouthern Lancaster County Historical Society

Biographical Annals of Lancaster County" Beers inc printed 1903

page 701-702 .

HENRY B. HAINES. Among the prosperous business men of Maytown, who, by energy and ability, have done much to place this locality favorably before the public, is Henry B. Haines, the well-known cigar manufacturer. Mr. Haines comes of worthy ancestry. His great-grandfather, Henry Haines, was born near Columbia, Pa., Dec. 8, 1759, and at an early age was apprenticed to a tailor, according to the custom of the times, his desultory education being acquired at a German night school. His eighteenth birthday came in a trying period of our country's history, and at that time he was one of the brave young men who came forward to help to uphold the banner of his country. Song and story have told the world the tale of the brave deeds done by the youth of the land during the Revolution, and in some of the most stirring events Henry Haines bore well his part. On account of his reliability he was one of the guards chosen to assist in the removal of the Hessian prisoners to Lancaster county, after the battle of Trenton, and later he was attached to Col. Bole's command, in the expedition up the Susquehanna, against the Indians. After the close of the war, Henry Haines settled down in the village of Maytown, where he became a prominent man. An ardent upholder of Democratic principles, he took a leading part in the politics of the day, and in 1810 and 1811 was a member of the General Assembly, being re-elected in 1825, and again in 1828, but failing health prevented any more public service. In this connection it is interesting to record that he was approached by members of the Anti-Masonic party, which was then agitating public matters in the country, with a proposition to become their Senatorial candidate, on account of his known popularity. This suggestion was met with scorn and contempt by the stern old Jeffersonian, his Democracy being so pronounced that at the age of eighty-three, feeble and blind, he still insisted upon casting his vote in favor of the party in whose principles he had so much faith. In 1797 he had been appointed a justice of the peace, and some time afterward was commissioned a captain of militia, by Gov. Simon Snyder. His death took place Feb. 1, 1842, and he left a mark upon his day and generation. Henry Haines' wife also bore the name of Haines, and to this union were born: Henry, Jr.; Thomas; Anthony; Catherine, who married Reuben Welschance; Elizabeth, who married George Terry; Charlotte, who married Philip Shaffner; and Rosetta, who married Michael Miller. Major Henry Haines, Jr., grandfather of our subject, married for his first wife, Elizabeth Barr, and their children were as follows: Ann, who married A. C. Reynolds, of Elmira, N. Y.; and Elizabeth, who died in infancy. His second marriage was to Anna Barr, a sister of his first wife. Their children were, Henry A., and George B. For his third wife Major Haines married Mrs. Jacob Barr, and to this marriage there were no children. Capt. Henry A. Haines was born Nov. 8, 1835, and died in Maytown April 7, 1896, at the age of sixty, his remains being reverently interred in the Union Cemetery of Maytown. In his death Lancaster county lost a popular veteran and one of its most prominent citizens. Early in life Capt. Haines had followed the trade of a shoemaker but in the course of time became manager of a large tobacco farm belonging to Hon. Simon Cameron. Having inherited from his father a talent and desire for public life he naturally entered therein, and for many years was more or less in the service of the public. For some time he was captain of the militia company known as the Maytown Fencibles, and at the outbreak of the Civil war he offered the service of himself and his company to the government. Their offer was accepted, and as Co. A, they were assigned to the 10th P. V. I. for the term of three months, Capt. Haines being the company's commanding officer. At the expiration of the three months for which they had enlisted, the company was mustered out of service, and Capt. Haines at once raised a company which became Co. B, 45th P. V. I. under Col. Welsh, which was raised in Lancaster and adjoining counties, and in which Capt. Haines was the ranking captain. When the battle of Antietam was fought, Capt. Haines, who was then in recruiting service, was commissioned major of the regiment, he being entitled to the vacant position as he was then ranking captain. The General commanding the brigade, with whom the Captain had had some differences, refused to indorse the appointment, and Capt. Haines at once resigned his commission as captain, although he was urged by men of prominence not to do so. Soon afterward he was made captain of Co. C, 184th P. V. I., and served with that regiment until his discharge at Annapolis, Md., in 1865. He took part in the battles of Fredericksburg and Cold Harbor, and was taken prisoner at Petersburg and was in rebel prisons eleven months. Until the Gubernatorial campaign in which Gen. Beaver was defeated for Governor of Pennsylvania, Capt. Haines was a Democrat. In that campaign the Captain took an active part in the interest of his beloved commander, and from that time until the close of his active life he was an ardent Republican, as a man of his positive character would naturally be. Under Collector A. J. Kauffmann he served as storekeeper and gauger in the revenue service. During the administration of Gen. Arthur, his services to his party were recognized, and he was made postmaster of Maytown, holding the position until the election of Grover Cleveland in 1892 made a change in the office in favor of a Democrat. Fraternally the Captain was connected with Lieut. William A. Childs Post, No. 226, G. A. R., Department of Pennsylvania, and located in Marietta. On Oct. 13, 1857, in Elizabethtown, Capt. Haines was married by Rev. Latzel, to Catherine A. Brown, who was born in Maytown, May 5, 1840. To this union were born: Anna L., who married Rev. J. F. Mackley, a minister of the Reformed Church, of Fairfield, Adams Co., Pa.; and Henry B., the subject of this sketch. Catherine A. (Brown) Haines was a daughter of John and Catherine (Murray) Brown, of Chester county, and of Maytown, respectively. John Brown had come to Maytown at an early day, in pursuit of his trades of wheelwright and chairmaker, remaining here until his death in 1852, at the age of sixty-one, his wife surviving until 1875, and dying at the age of sixty-nine. Both were interred in the Lutheran cemetery at Maytown; they had been devout church members, he of the Lutheran, she of the Reformed Church. Their children were Charles, Elizabeth and William, all three deceased; Fanny, of Stockton, Cal.; Henry, a shoe merchant of West Milton, Ohio; Rebecca, the widow of Abraham Geltmacker, of Maytown; John, who died in Andersonville prison, during the Civil war; George, a soldier, of Parkersburg, Va.; Mary, deceased; and the youngest, Catherine A., Mrs. Haines, who now resides in Maytown. Henry B. Haines was born in Maytown, May 3, 1867, and was educated in the public schools. He assisted his father in the management of the tobacco farm until the age of fifteen, when he received an appointment as assistant express messenger, between Philadelphia and Pottsville, retaining this run for five months; at the end of this time, through the kindness of Gen. Cameron, he was appointed to a position in the Electric Light department of the Philadelphia postoffice, where he remained for eight years, leaving there as superintendent. At this time Mr. Haines is manufacturing cigars in Maytown, his output of cigars annually amounting to great numbers. On Nov. 22, 1893, Henry B. Haines and Miriam L. Longenecker, a daughter of Christian Longenecker, of Maytown, were united in marriage, and to this union has been born one son, Henry L. Socially Mr. Haines is connected with the A. O. U. M. and the Sons of Veterans, is an active member of the Republican party, and is a valued and consistent member of the Reformed Church.

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