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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



Dayton and May Mix

This is the family picture my grandfather, John Dayton Mix, had of his parents’ gravestones in Lake City, Modoc County, California.

Dayton Elmer Mix, son of John E. Mix and Mary Knapp Mix.

DOB: 28 Feb 1886 Bell Run, McKean, PA (near Shinglehouse, Potter, PA)

Dayton died 28 Apr 1947 in Lake City, Modoc, CA and is buried there as well.

Dayton married Clara May White on 22 Nov 1911 in Shinglehouse, Potter, PA before District Justice Greiner.

Clara May White Mix,

daughter of Lafayette White and

Luella Consuella Bailey White.

DOB: 28 Jul 1888 in Shinglehouse, Potter, PA

Known by most simply as “May.”

She died 25 Feb 1965 in Lake City, Modoc, CA and is buried there as well.

(SOURCE: Original family records and pictures I possess)

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in 1886, 1888, 1911, 1947, 1965, Uncategorized


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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 Eldred

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 Eldred area. By the way, italics are my explanatory notes.

p. 231              BACKGROUND NOTE: overview of Eldred Township geography & history; includes a note that in August 1878, there were already four oil wells producing in the township.

p. 232              “The Bennett well was shot in March, 1886.”

p. 232              June 1889, Tarbell, Rice & Shafer “have their rig for [oil well] No. 1 on the Bennett farm, near [the] Mitchell Bros.’ No. 1 [oil well]…”

p. 232              BACKGROUND NOTE: 1880 Population of Eldred township (including Eldred village) = 3,243 (1,165 in village).

pp. 236-237      BACKGROUND NOTE: Until February, 1880, the village of Eldred had been named “Allegheny Bridge.” ALSO: The first brick building in Eldred was begun in October 1881 for Joseph and Dornberg. That December the Eldred Banking Co opened an office on the Davison block.

p. 236              “In the fall of 1878 the old Eldred House was rebuilt by Ed. Dolan; the Oil Well Supply Company’s house was completed; the store buildings for A. More, A. Davidson, Dornby, V.P. Carter Hamlin & Co., W.B. Archibald, Speller and others were projected or being built; the E.W. Doane block, Steele’s barn and Methodist church building completed and Ward & Shaner’s machine shop erected. A two story school building marked the days of the oil stampede. Mr. Barden was postmaster and the Eagle and the Express were just established. Drs. Guthrie, Wykoff and Winans had located here; the Wright House, R. Dennis of the Central, Anthony’s Hotel, L.L. Dennis, White, Moore of the Benton House, the Bennett House and J.S. Hicks of the Prohibition House, represented the hotel interests; the plank road to Duke Centre was completed; Attorney Dunlap’s office was opened; Spiller’s cottage and other private houses were finished. The planing mill and factory and the Green & Hooker tank shop were in operation.”

p. 238              Sept. 30, 1881 fire destroyed the Bennett House along with many others, including the United Brethren church building and “Bennett block.” Five acres of the business section of Eldred were burned down that day in one hour and five minutes.

p. 241              “The United Brethren Church was begun in August, 1878, under the supervision of Elder Bennett, who donated the building to the society. It was completed and dedicated February 9, 1879, but destroyed in the great fire of 1880, and never rebuilt, the little society worshipping in the Methodist and Baptist houses. Elder Bennett received $1,000 insurance and sold the lot to the Opera House company.”

p. 241              BACKGROUND NOTE: In United Brethren polity at this time, a candidate for pastoral ministry was first licensed, then upon completion of a reading program, with time served under supervision was ordained a deacon. Then with a period of probation involving more study and time served under supervision, the pastor could be ordained as an elder. An ordained elder was the highest ordination the church offered. So Elder Bennett is another way of saying Pastor Bennett. By the way, the pastor was Truman S. Bennett whose oil well is referenced on page 232. He bought a considerable amount of land in the village of Eldred, built the United brethren Church and then donated it to the congregation. Still today, there is a Bennett Street in Eldred named for him.

pp. 486-487      Biography of Truman S. Bennett, Eldred. (which will be highlighted in a later blog post).

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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in 1878, 1879, 1881, 1886, elder


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Earl Haynes family record

Today’s post is a handwritten list recorded by my great-grandmother, (Laura) Vivien (Meacham) Haynes.


Earl Haynes family
Earl born July 31, 1886
Vivien     Mar 17, 1889
Married Apr 16, 1910

Doris Leah      June 26, 1911
Neil Willis      Oct 25, 1913
Ethel Pauline   July 7, 1918

Roena              Apr 29, 1916
Howard           Feb 26, 1907
John                 Feb 3, 1913

Doris married June 12, 1930
Neil        ”       Aug 27, 1935
Ethel               June 16, 1937

[facing page]
Howard died Jan 27, 1969
Neil died Aug 19, 1970
David died Mar 5, 1969
Earl        Jan 20, 1974

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in 1886, 1889, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1916, 1918, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1969, 1974, Gustin, Haynes, Meacham, Mix


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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