Haines & Grant Families

Descendants of JOHN GRANT

1 JOHN GRANT b: January 18, 1779 in NORTHAMPTON TWP., BURLINGTON CO., NJ d: December 24, 1854 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH
+NANCY ANN GIBSON b: September 06, 1780 in NJ d: 1840 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH m: January 26, 1802 in BURLINGTON CO., NJ

2 HARRIETTE GRANT b: May 10, 1801 in BURLINGTON CO., NJ d: Unknown
+THOMAS ROCKHILL b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown in OH

2 THOMAS GRANT b: December 07, 1804 in BURLINGTON CO., NJ d: ?
+SARAH CHANCE b: Unknown d: Unknown m: December 07, 1828 in ?

2 CATHERINE GRANT b: Abt. 1806 in BURLINGTON CO., NJ d: Unknown

2 MARY GRANT b: Abt. 1806 in BURLINGTON CO., NJ d: Unknown

2 STACY GRANT b: April 17, 1807 in BURLINGTON CO., NJ d: November 01, 1867 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH
+JEMIMA ROCKHILL b: February 06, 1811 in NJ d: December 03, 1889 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH m: May 25, 1828 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH

2 [1] CLAYTON GRANT b: June 11, 1811 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH d: April 07, 1893 in BOURBON, MARSHALL CO. IN
+MATILDA TAYLOR b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown
*2nd Wife of [1] CLAYTON GRANT:
+(F) TODD wife of CLAYTON GRANT b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown in ?

2 ELIZA GRANT b: August 25, 1813 in LEXINGTON TWP. STARK CO., OH d: December 16, 1893 in LEXINGTON TWP. STARK CO., OH

2 HANNAH GRANT b: March 03, 1816 in LEXINGTON TWP. STARK CO., OH d: June 11, 1849 in STARK CO., OH
+HENRY H. BUCK b: February 08, 1816 in MILLERSTOWN, JUNIATA CO., PA d: October 11, 1907 in VERSAILLES, MORGAN CO., MO m: November 25, 1835 in STARK CO., OH

2 ANN GRANT b: June 25, 1819 in LEXINGTON TWP. STARK CO., OH d: 1891 in BOURBON, CO., IN
+SIMON HUFFER b: January 12, 1816 d: September 04, 1880 m: September 27, 1841 in OH

2 SARAH GRANT b: Abt. February 17, 1822 in LEXINGTON TWP. STARK CO., OH d: March 17, 1903 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH.
+JONATHAN RIDGEWAY HAINES b: December 28, 1821 in BURLINGTON TWP, BURLINGTON CO., NJ d: September 05, 1899 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH. m: September 28, 1841 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH

2 JOSIAH GRANT b: July 25, 1825 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH d: May 21, 1891

From WFAH-FM Bicentennial Series of Broadcasts:
February 5, 1976

Among the first settlers in Stark County was John Grant, a New Jersey Quaker, who came west in 1805 to settle along the Mahohing River at Lexington. He came in company with Amos Holloway, Zacheus Stanton, Nathan Gaskill, David and Jesse Feltz and their families. The Holloway Family laid out the town of Lexington some year later, but John Grant had moved farther south into what is now the city of Alliance.

In 1810, John Grant built a cabin in the ravine near where Main Street and Union Avenue now intersect. And, at one time he owned nearly a thousand acres of land. Most of the area west of Union Avenue was once owned by the Grant family. We are told that he paid $l.25 an acre for this timberland, purchasing it from the United States government, the warrents being signed by President James Madison.

John Grant was born in 1779 at Georgetown, New Jersey, one of ten children, three of whom came to Ohio. He died in Alliance in 1854 after a full and useful life. He was buried in the cemetary at Lexington.

In Alliance today we can see many evidences of the importance of the Grant family in the development of this area. Obviously, Grant Street takes its name from this pioneer; but there is also Haines Avenue, named for J. Ridgeway Haines who was married to Sarah Grant; there is Rockhill Avenue, named for Thomas Rockhill who married Harriet Grant; and there is the Lamborn Floral Company whcih had its beginnings under Leroy L. Lamborn, a decendent of this same John Grant.

It has been recorded that John Grant made the bricks that built the famous Haines home at the corner of Market and Haines, and that this was the first brick burned in Lexington Township, if not in Stark County. But then, there is another story which claims that the Mathias Hester home was the first brick home, although its bricks were fired at the Rosenbury kilns--in Washington Township.

John Grant was one of the important pioneers and developers of this area. And, among his other achievements, he is credited with planting the first apple orchard in the Alliance area.

Descendants of ABRAHAM HAINES

+AXEY BRYAN b: Abt. 1800 in NJ d: Bef. 1850 in EVESHAM TWP, NJ or OH m: October 07, 1819 in COLUMBIANA CO., OH

+SARAH GRANT b: Abt. February 17, 1822 in LEXINGTON TWP. STARK CO., OH d: March 17, 1903 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH. m: September 28, 1841 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH

3 JOHN COLUMBUS HAINES b: August 15, 1842 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH d: October 06, 1942 in DETROIT, WAYNE CO., MI
+GENEVA NELLIE JONES b: 1849 in OH d: February 21, 1921 in DETROIT, WAYNE CO., MI m: January 16, 1868 in CANTON, STARK CO., OH

3 T. FOSTER HAINES b: March 28, 1846 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH d: November 22, 1894
+ELLEN P. LEE b: August 1846 d: January 13, 1926 m: November 27, 1866 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH


3 CHARLES B. HAINES b: July 28, 1850 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH d: 1902
+WILLIMINA GODDARD b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown in OH

3 [1] ALMA GERTRUDE HAINES b: November 12, 1867 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH d: Unknown
+VICTOR HUGO LINGEAUX b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown in ?
*2nd Husband of [1] ALMA GERTRUDE HAINES:
+JOHN COWAN b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown
*3rd Husband of [1] ALMA GERTRUDE HAINES:
+GEORGE N. YANT b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown
*4th Husband of [1] ALMA GERTRUDE HAINES:
+(M) CUMMINGS b: Unknown d: Unknown m: Unknown in ?

3 FLORENCE A. HAINES b: April 12, 1868 in ALLIANCE, STARK CO., OH d: Unknown
+FRANK WOOD b: Unknown d: Unknown

"Pages from Alliance History", January 14, 194l. (taken from the collection of family documents of Curtis G. Haines):

Mr. J. Ridgeway Haines, whose home was used as station for runaway slaves in early times, was an abolitionist and always a reformer.

At his home were welcomed such distinguished guests as Stephen Foster, Abby Kelly, Benjamin and Elizabeth Jones, Charles Burleigh, and Parker Pillsbury. Stephen Foster came to visit Ridgeway Haines every year.

Ridgeway Haines was married to Sarah Grant, the daughter of John Grant, whose name is on the bronze tablet at the City Hall. This old Ridgeway Haines home still standing at the corner of Market and Haines Avenue, had it original frontage on Main Street, a beautiful lane of pine trees leading from there to the house.

Mr. Haines moved to Alliance in 1826, settling on land that is now West Main Street and Haines Avenue--land which had been granted to his father-in-law John Grant by the president of the United States, a gift of one thousand acres west of Union Avenue.

Early Land Grant. The Alliance "station" stands on land which originally belonged to John Grant, great-great-grandfather of Erma Grant Pluchol of 43 Market Street and Nell Grant King of 6ll S. Arch Avenue. John Grant and the others whose names are on the bronze tablet on City Hall first settled here in 1805, during the administration of President Thomas Jefferson. J. Ridgeway Haines was born in 1821 and died at the age of 78, just before the turn of the century. He is buried in Alliance City Cemetary.

Like the Haines home, most of those homes northwest of here are still standing, but remodeled to some extent. Where once it stood out by itself, a noble dwelling approached by noted visitors as well as harried black fugitives by way of a pine-boarded lane from West Main Street, the Haines homestead now sets close to a street cutting across the estate and is swallowed up in the city its early residents helped build. The present own is E. J. Bissler, 225 West Market Street.

John C. Haines, son of Ridgeway Haines, who during the 1850's helped his father on the Alliance section of "the underground railroad" and afterward served four full years of the Civil War, celebrated his 97th birthday last August 15, 1940. His daughter, Mrs. Clay Rockhill, resides at 435 West Harrison Street. Homer Haines of Cleveland and Jay Haines of New Baltimore, also are grandsons of Ridgeway Haines, and cousins of Mrs. Rockhill. Mrs. F. C. Woods, formerly of Alliance and now of Cleveland, is a daughter of Ridgeway Haines and another daughter lives in California.

Many a fugitive slave was assisted to escape by Ridgeway Haines--his home being an important station between Salem, Ohio, Marlboro and Limaville. Slaves from Salem would be transferred to Marlboro through the Alliance station. From there James Clapsaddle, a farmer whose home also was a station, took them to Oberlin and there they were taken to Cleveland. While Mr. Haines lived in Salem, Ohio, previous to 1826, he had a slave and his two small girls and asslisted them to escape to Marlboro.

Mr. Haines moved to Alliance in 1826, settling on land that is now West Main Street and Haines Avenue--land which had been granted to his father-in-law John Grant, by the president of the United States, a gift of one thousand acres west of Union Avenue.

Many a night with gun in hand, taking care of the poor slaves he was harboring in a little attic room over his kitchen. The two small windows in this attic room can still be seen. A base-board was also removed which provided an entrance to a more secret hiding place. His son John C., or "Tump" Haines, as he is known today, at the time a boy of 12, also stood guard with his father and helped drive the slaves to the next station under cover of darkness.

A slave girl named Lucy, a fugitive from the South who had gotten as far as Cleveland on her way to freedom was captured and was to be taken back by the officers to her owners. The farmers of Alliance and Limaville formed a posse, headed by Ridgeway Haines and sent a Negro on to Cleveland to board the train Lucy was on. At Limaville he was to pull the car pin stopping the train, but the officers found out the scheme, arrest the Negro and took Lucy back to her owner. Mr. Haines did all in his power to help the abolition of slavery. Mrs. Clapsaddle of Marlboro remembers as a little girl of her great uncle, Mahlon Wileman, telling about caring for escaped slaves.

Once a Southerner came riding at break-neck pace to the Wileman farm near Marlboro and asked Wileman if he knew where a certain slave could be found and if he could have something to eat. The farmer answered "yes" to both questions. "You may have the remains of a pie Big Ben has just been eating." The northerner's nonchalance so enraged the slave owner that he lunged pygnaciously towards him. Wileman laid his hand on an iron poker and the southern gentleman decided to depart without either the slave or the food, so the story goes. The slave in question had been watching the proceedings through a crack in the barn.

Killed During War. A few years later, the farmer's son Major Abram Wileman, was killed by a guerilla band in Kentucky. The major's sister, Mrs. Samuel Brooks lived in Alliance on West Main Street for a number of years. She moved back to Marlboro before she died.

Others in and around Marlboro who are said to have helped slaves on their way to Canada and freedom were the Brooks, William, Edmund and Dr. Abram Brooks and Lewis Morgan. Edmund Brooks was at one time a member of the State Legislature.

From "Historic Haines House", a brochure by the Alliance Historical Society, 1969 (taken from the collection of family documents of Curtis G. Haines):

The Haines Family.

The family of J. Ridgeway Haines were New Jersey Quakers, a fact which helps to explain their natural inclination toward the anti-slavery movement. Haines was born in New Jersey on December 28, 1821, and was brought to the Alliance area in 1826 by his parents Abraham and Axey Bryan Haines. On September 28, 1841, he married Sarah Grant, and their first son John was born in 1842. J. R. Haines espoused the anti-slavery cause the same year, ten years before Harriet Beecher Stowe's " Uncle Tom's Cabin" dramatized the abolitionist creed for many who would not otherwise have been concerned. As has been mentioned, his home was frequently host to those sympathetic to their liberal views. The Haines family was musical, which may account in part for the later legend confusing the visits of abolitionist Stephen S. Foster with the composer Stephen Collins Foster. In any event, the Haines' second son, born in 1846, was named Foster.

J. R. Haines was known as "a man of positive views," being described by W. H. Perrin in the History of the Stark County in 1881 as: one of those men who are favored with that most valuable and desirable gift, common sense, is pleasant and unassuming, and at all times the same, yet a man of clear and well-defined views. Jonathan Ridgeway Haines died in 1899 and is buried in the Alliance City Cemetery.

Sarah Grant Haines was the daughter of John Grant. Grant(1779-1854), one of the founders of Lexington, was a wagon maker, and a wood or iron worker, and also made the first brick in Lexington Township, including that in the Haines house. Grant was a first cousin of Jesse Grant, the father of General Ulysses S. Grant.* Sarah Grant joined the temperance movement in 1836, so that not only anti-slavery sentiment, but also temperance and liberal religious thought characterized the lives of the Haines family. Sarah Haines "hoped to live long enough to see women's rights recognized in the matter of female suffrage so she could vote once for a Prohibition candidate for President of the United States." A niece of Mrs. Haines, Maria Grant, married Dr. Levi L. Lamborn, editor of the first Alliance newspaper in 1854, and developer of the scarlet carnation, the Ohio state flower. Sarah Grant Haines died in Alliance on March 17, 1903.

The Haines children were John Columbus, T. Foster, Sarah E., Charles B., Alma Gertrude, and Florence A. John C. Haines, the boy who assisted his father with the fugitive slaves, was always called "Tump," apparently because as an infant he could not pronounce his middle name "Columbus." When the Civil War broke out, "Tump" Haines joined the 19th Ohio Infantry and served four full years in the Union Army, playing his cornet in the regimental band from Ohio to Alabama. A letter has survived which he wrote to his brother from the field near Atlanta in June 1864, just before the famous battle of Kenesaw Mountain. At the close of the war John Haines returned to Alliance and founded the Alliance City Band in 1865 with his two brothers. He built his own house on Main Street. Then in 1893 John Haines moved to Detroit, Michigan. All of his ten children were accomplished musicians. Roy Haines was an outstanding trombone player for twenty years a member of the New York Philharmonic. Other sons were theater musicians in Detroit. John C. Haines died in 1942 at the age of 100, the last remaining veteran of the Grand Army in Detroit.

*This statement has been proven untrue by research done by Louise Salowich, a descendent of John Columbus Haines.

From "The Alliance Dailey" newspaper, March 17, 1903, page 4 (taken from the collection of family documents of Curtis G. Haines)

Sarah Haines, oldest born resident of Washington Township, died Tuesday morning. Her death a positive loss to the community--she was a noted woman suffragist and most philanthropic woman.

Mrs. Sarah G. Haines, one of the oldest and most widely known residents of Alliance, died Tuesday morning at 1 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woods on the corner of Park and Prospect streets, from a complication of diseases incident to old age.

Just one month ago Mrs. Haines, together with her children and some relatives, celebrated her eighty-first birthday anniversary, and was in apparently good health. Since then she has grown gradually weaker until death relieved her sufferings. Her end was peaceful and came in the presence of dear ones. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Frank Wood of this city; Mrs. G. N. Yant of Pomona, California, and J. C. Haines of Detroit, Michigan.

Sarah Grant as the youngest of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. John Grant, and was born March 17, 1822, in the Haines residence on Haines Avenue this city. She was married on September 30, 1941, to John Ridgeway Haines. Soon after their marriage they moved to Salem and resided on the Haines homestead until 1852, when they came to Alliance and resided here until the death of Mr. Haines. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Haines made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Frank Wood, on the corner of Park Avenue and Prospect Street.

Until the time of her demise Sarah Haines was the oldest woman living in Alliance who was born in Lexington township. She was a woman of strong convictions of right, with an unwavering purpose to elevate mankind. During the stirring period of anti-slavery days her house was the home of Stephen Foster, Abbey Kelly, Charles Burleigh, Theodore Parker and other lights of that dark period.

In 1836 she joined the suffrage movement and as long as she retained her mential faculties it was her one great desire to live to see the day when womankind would have a voice at the polls and by their voice suppress the sale of liquor. In religion she was liberal in her views, yet a firm believer in an overruling providence.

The Haines home was always a hospitable mansion. It was the meeting place for the old settlers to rehearse the stories of pioneer life; it was the depot of the underground railway in transporting slaves from their bondage of the south to the freedom of the north when the young couple were in middle life. It was a home in which the latch string hung from the outer door in easy reach of the oppressed and down trodden, of the poor and the despised.

To write the deeds of mercy of this mother who has fallen in ripe old age, would fill a volume. Much of it has already gone into history. Much of it will cling around the memory of the departed and lend incense to her tomb. The funeral will take place from her late home, corner of Park Avenue and Prospect Street, on Thursday at 2 o'clock P.M.

Curtis Grant Haines
Boise, Idaho

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