Biography of William Haynes
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Haynes, William, is a representative of an old historical family whose lineage is traced directly to the Boston family of that name. The origin of this family in America is due to three brothers; Aaron Haynes was the great great grandfather and John Haynes the grandfather of Aaron J. Haynes, the father of William; the former was a farmer and blacksmith by occupation, and was an ordained Baptist minister; he could also lay claim to some talent for military skill, as he won some distinction at the battle of Bennington, John Haynes was a farmer and a great Baptist exhorter, and he also held the office of justice of the peace several terms. Aaron J. Haynes was a native of Hoosick and by occupation a farmer. William Haynes was born in 1829 at Hoosick. N. Y. He spent his.boyhood on the old homestead with his father, and after a year in the lumber business in New York city and four years in the gold mines of California, he returned in 1855 and purchased the old homestead and began farming. His love for fancy stock led him to the breeding of Durham cattle and Merino sheep, in which he was successful, competing with such breeders as Vail of Troy and Fonda of Hoosick, and securing his share of prizes at the different fairs of the county. His flock of sheep at one time numbered 900. In 1867 he sold his fancy cattle and sheep and engaged in making gilt edge creamery butter, in which he was also successful, having a large demand for his butter at fancy prices. His herd of cows numbered ninety four. He utilized his sour milk in fattening hogs, killing over 300 annually for market. He built the first and largest silo in his town, and among the first and, largest in the county. He purchased from 15 to 20 carloads of grain annually to feed his stock in connection with his ensilage. All corn fed swine was steamed in large vats made for that purpose, which made fine pork and brought extra prices and ready sales. On account of failing health caused by overwork he sold his herd in 1886 and ceased farming. He was elected supervisor of his town in 1859 and 1860 by the Democratic party, and in 1864 he cast his first vote as a Republican for General Grant, and has remained a Republican to date. He was sent as delegate to the Republican State convention at Utica in 1884, at Rochester in 1888 and at Saratoga in 1894. He has always been active in politics, and as one of the leaders of his party his influence was of no minor importance. The year of his return from California to Hoosick he married Blendina Dudley Armstrong, a daughter of Prosper M. Armstrong, a prominent and resident physician. She died in 1895 after about forty years of wedded life, leaving five children: Frances, born in 1857; Aaron J., born in 1859; Sarah K., born in 1863; Hattie R., born in 1864; William P., born in 1866. His eldest son, Aaron J., has always resided at the old homestead with his parents. and for several years past has had full charge and control of the farm and has been of invaluable service. His youngest son, William P., was engaged as clerk by Wallace. Jones & Ely, now Jones, Parsons & Co., merchants at Hoosick Falls, at the age of fourteen, and has remained in their employ as such ever since. His three daughters have each had a share in and faithfully performed their part of all household duties, thereby making the home pleasant and comfortable.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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