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Haynes Boys

The Haynes Boys

The three gentlemen in this picture are the three sons of William Truman Haynes and his wife, Carrie E. (Cleveland) Hayneshaynes-boys

from left to right is Earl, Willis, and Frank.

  • Franklin L. Haynes DOB: 24 Apr 1877 (a.k.a. “Frank”) 
  • Winfield Willis Haynes DOB: 4 Dec 1880 (a.k.a. “Willis”) 
  • Earl Truman Haynes DOB: 31 Jul 1886  

I am suggesting a date between 1905 and 1910 for 2 reasons: 

(1) Earl looks like he ought to be at least 19 years old, however

(2) Frank died 29 Apr 1910.

Other than those two clues I have nothing else to suggest a date.

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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in 1877, 1880, 1886, 1905, 1910, Uncategorized



Bugler Bailey

GRAVESTONE: Lewis H. Bailey

Lewis H. Bailey’s gravestone is toward the northeastern corner of the Myrtle Cemetery in the little village of Myrtle (McKean County, PA) not far away from the town of Shinglehouse, PA on PA-Route 44.

TEXT on the stone says:


Lewis H. Bailey

Co. L

15 N.Y. Cavalry

From family sources I gathered at the time of the American Bicentennial, I have also learned a few more facts:

DOD: 28 Feb 1914, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY

WIFE: Anna Louise Rathborne (born: in Ode Castle, Sweden),  (died: 19 Jun 1906, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY), (buried beside Lewis in Myrtle Cemetery)

Lewis was father of Luella Consuella Bailey White (1864-1952) who would give birth to Clara May White Mix (1888-1965) (my great-grandmother).

His gravestone identifies his Civil War involvement. He was a bugler in the 15 N.Y. Cavalry, Co. L. with a rank of Private.

In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Lewis is identified as living in District 111 of Sharon Township in Potter County in Pennsylvania. Here are the pertinent facts listed in that census:

BALEY, Lewis. White. Male. age 43. born about 1837. He is the head of his house. Married to: BALEY, Anna. Lewis was born in New York state. His father was born in New Jersey. His mother was born in Connecticut.

Later, I discovered the 1890 Civil War Census listed him as “Louis H. Bailey” who served as a “musician.” Apparently he enlisted in the Union Army twice. First he enlisted in Co. D. 9th NY Cav. in Oct. 1861 and was discharged 9 Apr. 1862. His second enlistment began on 22 Dec. 1863 and he was assigned to the military unit identified on his gravestone. He is listed as being discharged on 9 Aug. 1865.

Many of my notes from the time I was in high school are simple records of what I learned from my grandparents and great-grandparents, so I have no citations listed. Lewis’s parents are two of those unnoted bits of information: Lewis’s father supposedly was named Barvillai B. Bailey, probably born in 1833. Mother was Mary Jane Bailey, born 1845 and died 1902. I have no maiden name for her.

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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in 1833, 1845, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1880, 1888, 1890, 1902, 1906, 1914, 1952, 1965


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BEERS, Bennetts, and Potter County

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the Potter County area. By the way, italics BEERS 1890 Coverare my explanatory notes. 

p. 1014            Atlas Bennett listed as Associate Judge (1876), although he died before qualifying for the position and another was appointed in his stead by the governor.

p. 1024            A.B. Bennett was one of the chief contributors for the academic school at Lewisville in 1859 (Today’s Ulysses, PA).

p. 1038            Allen Bennett of Bingham, Civil War soldier ID’d on monolith at Coudersport.

p. 1057            D.R. Bennett listed as a resident taxpayer of Coudersport  in 1848.

p. 1089            The first post office that Mr. Stone remembers in Harrison Valley was “at Colvin’s, and Bennett, who lived there in 1849, was postmaster.”

p. 1097            E.O. Bennett, 89th NY Volunteers, a member of the Galeton G.A.R.1885.

p. 1134            W.A. Bennett one of incorporators for United Brethren Association of Millport 1886. ALSO:Rev. W.A. Bennett was secretary.”

p. 1140            Clarrissa Bennett charter member of Lewisville W.C.T.U. 1884. (Today’s Ulysses, PA) (W.C.T.U. = Women’s Christian Temperence Union… a social organization devoted to making alcohoilic beverages illegal in the United States).

p. 1141            listing of general business in Lewisville boro, c. 1880 includes:Abram Bennett” as a general merchant.


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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in 1848, 1849, 1859, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1885, 1886


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BEERS, Bennetts, and Bradford

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book:  History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here are the references from the McKean County section dealing with BEERS 1890 Coverthe city of Bradford. By the way, italics are my explanatory notes.

p. 63                description of oil fields in Bradford area. “Olmsted, of Tidioute, finished his well into slush oil below the old Bennett farm, on the Crooks farm, one mile north of the well on the Kennedy farm, about July, 1875.”

p. 66                listing of “pioneer” oil wells prior to 1880. Under the heading of “TUNA VALLEY (producing)” were two Bennett references:

Bennett, Hale & Carll (2)

Bennett, Foster           (1)

(The first reference seems to be a geographic notation, second reference seems to be the oil “company” or partnership owning the well, the numeric reference seems to be to the number of oil wells.)

p. 67                listing of “pioneer” oil wells prior to 1880. Under the heading of “TUNA VALLEY (dry)”

Bennett, unknown (1)

p. 68                listing of “pioneer” oil wells prior to 1880. Under the heading of “CLARK, BABCOCK, & HULINGS TRACT”

Fitzsimmons & Bennett (2)

p. 78                listing of “pioneer” oil wells prior to 1880. Under the heading of “COLE CREEK (producing)”

Bingham lot 404, Bennet & Quick (1)

Bingham lot 407, Bennett & Quick (7)

 p. 81                listing of “pioneer” oil wells prior to 1880. Under the heading of “TRAM HOLLOW (producing)”

Borden, Austin & Bennett (3)

 p. 84                listing of “pioneer” oil wells prior to 1880. Under the heading of “MIX CREEK (dry)”

Annis, Brown & Bennett (1)

 p. 98                In an historical overview by Henry Hamlin in the mid 1800s, it states: “1823-24 (about), Bradford first settled by Dr. William M. Bennett, the Farrs, Scotts, Fosters and others…”

p. 104              July 4th celebration in McKean County (1828),O.R. Bennett or John E. Niles read the Declaration [of Independence]…”

p. 107              “In 1831-32, Colegrove, Bennett, and Fobes were commissioners.”

p. 113              February 1830 term of the court, Levi Bennett, was listed as the “crier.”

p. 114              January 1852, court met “with Sherriff Bennett present.”

p. 122              Election of 1844: Oshea R. Bennett (Democrat) was chosen coroner.

p. 122              Election of 1851: David R. Bennett (Democrat) was elected sherriff.

p. 157              first freight from the first train to make it to the county seat “was received by Ed. Schenk of the Bennett House.”

p. 167              overview history of the city of Bradford. “From 1823-1827, the pioneers of a new race appeared on the scene. Dr. William M. Bennett, after whom Bennett’s branch is named, the Pikes, Farrs, Scotts, Fosters, Beardsleys, Harts, Dollops and Fishers came into the beautiful wilderness.”

p. 167              BACKGROUND NOTE: Bradford wasn’t actually surveyed until 1838 and was named “Littleton.” In 1851 the first faint beginnings of settlement were starting when “a large tract” of the 250,000 acre holdings of the United States Land Company were sold to Daniel Kingsbury. In 1858 a major drive ensued by the new landowner/developer to begin building up the village and the name “Bradford” adopted. That’s when a newspaper, several churches, mercantiles, etc. really started up. In 1873, with oil starting to be a successful endeavor, finally there were enough people to move for the establishment of a borough government for Bradford. It would be 1880 before the Riddell House and seven other large brick buildings (along with 500 wood frame houses) would be built, the swamp reclaimed and new streets laid out.

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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in 1823, 1824, 1828, 1830, 1844, 1851, 1852, 1873, 1880


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Hollywood Star: Tom Mix

In the beginning of motion pictures there was a cowboy/hero/star that made hundreds of movies, both silent and “talkies.” This movie star, TOM MIX, is actually a relative of mine…

W A Y   B A C K ! ! !related

I grew up hearing that we were related to Tom, but no one ever really knew how. My grandfather simply said “Yeah, we’re related, but not close enough to help me, nor to hurt Tom!”

When I was appointed pastor of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in DuBois, PA, during one of the final Tom Mix Festivals, was able to trace my Tom’s lineage backward until it intersected with my own line. That’s when I created the chart at the right here.

A parishioner later showed me a picture that had been handed down in her family of Tom and his parents: Edwin Elias Mix and Elizabeth (Hiestand) Mix.

Tom was born in 1880 (6 January) and he looks like he’s in his thirties or forties in this shot. His parents died in

Tom Mix and his parents Elizabeth and Ed.

Tom Mix and his parents Elizabeth and Ed.

1927 (Ed, 29 Nov) and 1937 (Elizabeth, 25 July), so my guess is that this picture was probably in the early 1920’s.

Tom had been born in a little hollow of Mix Run, not far away from the small town of Driftwood, PA, in Cameron County. While still a child the family moved to DuBois where Ed worked as a servant for John E. DuBois.


Posted by on May 10, 2013 in 1880, 1927, 1937, 1940, Uncategorized


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LIST: W.T. Haynes Family Dates


Today’s post is a handwritten list recorded (mostly) by my great-grandmother, (Laura) Vivien (Meacham) Haynes. Her daughter, my grandmother, added W.T. and Carrie’s wedding date and the death dates of Willis and Earl later.


                 name                                                                                   born                                                          died                           

William Truman Haynes        April 18, 1848          May 14, 1931

Carrie Cleveland     ”               May 29, 1853             Jan. 8, 1921

Franklin L.               ”                April 24, 1877          April 29, 1910

Willis Winfield       ”                Dec 4, 1880               July 17, 1960

Earl Truman            ”                July 31, 1886              Jan 20, 1974

W.T. Haynes and Carrie Cleveland married Feb. 1871.

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Posted by on April 3, 2010 in 1848, 1853, 1871, 1877, 1880, 1886, 1910, 1921, 1931, 1960, 1974, Uncategorized


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