Biography of Charles Haney
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Among the prominent representatives of the German race in the township of Ontwa can be mentioned Charles Haney, who was born in Baden, Germany, January 29, 1809. Although his youthful days were spent on a farm, he became somewhat conversant with the watchmaker's trade, and after coming to America in 1831 he engaged in peddling and repairing clocks, and, while so engaged carneto Cass County in. 1833.

He here formed the acquaintance of, and March 27, 1834, married Miss Jane, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sponsler) Smith, who was born in North Middleton Township, Cumberland' Co., Penn., August 24, 1817, and when twelve years of age, accompanied her parents to Cass County, and they settled on the farm now owned by John Adams, having purchased the betterments of two men, one of them named White, where they remained until their deaths.

After marriage, they settled on the farm where they now reside, and here erected one of the first frame barns in the township.

The life of Mr. Haney has been a quiet, uneventful one, unmarked by many of the vicissitudes that overtake those in mercantile or manufacturing enterprises, or who are actively engaged in public life.

By the exercise of those sterling qualities characteristic of his race economy and industry-aided by the efforts of his life's partner, he has amassed a competency, and has won the esteem of those with whom he has associated so long.

The fruits of their marriage have been five children, of whom Lewis C., the eldest, gave up his life in defense of his country, for he was killed at the battle of Inka, Miss., September 19, 1862. He was a member of Company A, Forty eighth Indiana Volunteers. Sarah J., now Mrs. George F. Silver'; Lovina, now Mrs. Boyd Thomas; Albert and Volentine O., all of Ontwa.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.