Biography of Francis Haynes
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Francis Haynes, son of Isaac and Ann (Smith) Haynes, was born in London, England, Feb. 6, 1811; attended the common schools till 14 years old, then apprenticed with a millwright, served seven, years, and has always worked at that business. He was married in 1833 to Mary Bonner, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Bonner, born in Guilford, 30 miles from London, Nov. 9, 1809, They had seven children, of whom six are now living: Isaac (now deceased), Grace, Rose, George, Emma, Lottie, Herbert. He came to this country in 1841 and located in Ann Arbor one year, and built the Peninsula Mills at Dexter; then Huron Mills, at Ypsilanti; Fulton Mills at Brooklyn, N. Y., and Bridge Street Mills, New York. He then worked in Peck Slip, N. Y., in putting up cotton presses, and as foreman. He then built for Cooper, Stroup & Wilder mills in Etowah, flouring mills, large. He then built the Canton Mills in Wayne county, at Canton. Next he went to Georgia and built flouring mills for Dr. Ayers, near Rome. Previous to the last he was superintending Compressing of cotton in Savannah and Charleston, Georgia, one year. He then came to Grand Rapids in 1851, and engaged for John W. Squires in the millwright business, arid also for Martin L. Sweet, repairing his mills, and built an ax factory for W. S. Gunn. He then built a large mill for Martin L. Sweet, fiouring, known as Grand Rapids City Mills; then built the Black Lake Mills, of Holland, for Plugger. Be then bnilt the Lyons Mills. lie also superintended Ball's machine shop one year; also for Mr. R. E. Butterworth. He then built the Eagle Plaster Mills of Grand Rapids. lie then built three plaster mills at Grandville, and numerous others.

He had one son, George, who enlisted in Pentwater in the 3d Mich. Cav., and served throughout the war, and veteranized and was discharged in Texas in 1865. His wife is a member of the Episcopal Church. He owns a farm of 80 acres of land on sec. 21, Alpine tp., 65 of which are under cultivation. Buildings cost $3,000.

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