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When Harry Phillip Haynes was born on Friday, December 18, 1896, in Fitchburg, Dade County, Wisconsin,1 his father, Washington Elonzo Haynes, was 29 and his mother, Elizabeth (Poths) Haynes, was 24. They had been married about 6 years and he was their fourth child.

On June 14, 1900, the US Census lists Veazie, Washburn County, Wisconsin as Harry’s residence2. He was three years old (soon to be four) and lived with his parents mentioned above, four siblings, his 73 year old maternal grandfather, Philip Poths, who was widowed, and his single maternal Uncle, Charles Poths, who was 21.

Up the road a few houses lived his paternal grandfather, Washington E Haynes, with four children under 18. Washington’s second wife, had passed away the year before. Harry’s paternal grandmother passed away in 1879. Harry’s mother, Elizabeth or Lizzie as she was sometimes called, reports that she’s the mother of 5 children, and 5 were still living. Washington, Harry’s father, was working as a Day Laborer.

By 1905, the family was living in Springbrook, Washburn County, Wisconsin3. Harry is now an eight year old middle child with three born before him−Mammie, age 14; Elmer, age 12, Eddie, age 10, and three were born after him: Walter, age 6, Myrtle, age 4 and Manley, age 1. That means he had four brothers and two sisters.

The family had relocated to Scott, Washburn County, Wisconsin by 1910.4 The census lists his father’s occupation as a farmer. Harry and his six siblings are all living at home. His mother, Elizabeth, is missing from this census. Although I can find no Record of Death for her, she did pass around 1911. A search in Find-A-Grave reveals that she shares a tombstone with Harry.

My theory is no marker was placed at the time of her death. And when the first of her children died, the family placed a marker for both, and didn’t remember the mother’s death year correctly. Or perhaps she was away getting treated at the time of the census in 1910. This is one of those nice genealogy puzzles that dangle in front of us and drive us nuts if we let them!!

Harry was 21 years when he filled out a WWI draft card on June 5, 1918 in Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin5. RFD#1 in Springbrook, Washburn County, Wisconsin was listed as his current residence. He worked for McCloud & Smith at 87th Ave West in Duluth, St. Cloud County, Minnesota as a laborer. A little digging on the internet seems to indicate this was a construction company6. He is of medium build, medium height, blue eyes and brown hair with no apparent physically disqualifying faults. He lists his father as his nearest relative, so apparently was still single.

Part two of Harry’s story will be posted shortly.

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1Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRNC-P95 : accessed 6 January 2015), Haynes, 18 Dec 1896; citing Fitchburg, Dane, Wisconsin, reference p348 no50 rn1793; FHL microfilm 1,302,858.
2 “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MM2K-LCX : accessed 6 January 2015), Harry P Haynes in household of Washington E Haynes, Minong & Veazie towns, Washburn, Wisconsin, United States; citing sheet 5B, family 94, NARA microfilm publication T623, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,241,821.
3 “Wisconsin, State Census, 1905,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11108-107378-12?cc=1443899 : accessed 6 January 2015), Washburn > Spring Brook > image 4 of 5; State Historical Society, Madison.
4 “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MP2Z-8GP : accessed 6 January 2015), Harry P Haynes in household of Washington E Haynes, Scott, Burnett, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 43, sheet 9A, family 99, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,375,715.
5 “United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26426-1734-77?cc=1968530 : accessed 6 January 2015), Wisconsin > Washburn County; A-Z > image 798 of 2211; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
6 The Bridgemen’s Magazine, Volume 8, p. 151. Google books.

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