Biography - John Haynes

John HAYNES, retired farmer, Atwater, was born in Harrison County, Ind., May 6, 1816, to William and Ann (TOTY) HAYNES; he was born in Person County, N. C., July 28, 1790; he was a farmer by occupation; from North Carolina he went to Kentucky, where he remained until after he was married, and then removed to Indiana, where he remained about three years, at the end of which time he returned to Kentucky, remaining only about three years, when he again returned West, and located in a portion of Morgan County which is now Cass County, Ill., where his death occurred the following year, May 25, 1830; his wife was also a native of North Carolina, born in 1791, November 27; died May 4, 1868; she was the mother of twelve children, all of whom, with one exception, grew to manhood and womanhood, and of whom John, the subject of this sketch, was the fifth child. His early boyhood was spent in assisting his father in his agricultural pursuits; owing to the limited school privileges. At that early day, his education was necessarily limited; but he has succeeded, by observation and by contact with the world, in receiving more than an ordinary practical education. At the death of his father, he assisted his mother in the management of the property and in the support of the family; he remained with mother about three years, at the end of which time he apprenticed himself to learn the brick-maker's and brick-mason's trade, which he followed about twenty-two years; he eventually entered land in Morgan County, which he sold a few years later, and, in 1855, purchased 120 acres of the land upon which he has since resided, and to which he has continually added, until he now has the satisfaction of managing a farm consisting of 276 acres of fine farm land, which will compare with any of the best regulated farms of the township, and places Mr. HAYNES in the list of practical farmers; at present, he is retired from active labor, but still remains upon the homestead, overseeing the cultivation of his land and enjoying the fruits of a well-regulated life and successful career. He was married, in Morgan County, October 18, 1842, to Miss Harriet SEYMOUR, who was born in North Carolina October 7, 1819; she is the mother of nine children, viz.: James, born September 25, 1843; Sarah Ann, born December 8, 1844, deceased; Green, born September 7, 1846; Mary Jane, born September 28, 1848; Alexander, born September 28, 1850; Charles, born November 28, 1852; an infant, born November 9, 1854, deceased; Henry, born July 12, 1857; John, born November 28, 1859 – the latter of whom is now at home with his parents. Mrs. HAYNES was the daughter of James P. and Levina (LONG) SEYMOUR, natives of North Carolina, both deceased. Mr. HAYNES is not much interested in politics, and may be said to be independent in politics, and, as he says, votes for men and principles.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 262-263.

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