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Moses and Mary Battles Hanes
Moses Hanes
Mary Battles Hanes
Mary Battles Hanes
Mary Battles Hanes 

Moses  Hanes was born June 29, 1793 in NY, and died December 20, 1869 in DeKalb Co., IN.  He married Mary Battles before 1820.  She was born January 15, 1793 in Vermont.   Family history says that he was descended from a Hessian Soldier.  I have not quite figured out whether this was his grandfather or his father.  Also someone had William as his father but I do not know where this came from as of yet either but I would like to acknowledge this in case someone else can a get a lead on this.  But please share if you do!

What's in a name?

    His name started out as von Heans (the small v in von was suppose to designate that he was from royal lineage).  When his Hessian soldier ancestor stayed in America he decided to Americanize his name to Heans then to Hanes.  I found different variations in this name myself.  Moses last name is spelled Haynes in the 1820 New York Census, in the Town of Hanover.  He is listed as between 26-44 with his wife between the ages of 26-44 and one female child between 1 and 10.   In a Land Patent Report, Document Nr: 11828 under Moses Heans, signed July 20, 1837, he applied for nr. 1 E1/2SE Sec/Blk 1/Township 34-N Range 14-E Fract. Sect. N, Meridian 2nd Principal Meridian, 80 acres, DeKalb County, IN.  Moses had his name spelled in the 1850 census Haynes but in the 1863 Plat Map for Wilmington Twp. (he still lived about 1 mile east of Norristown or Jarvis (now called the city of Butler) it is spelled Hanes as is his gravestone.  He is buried in the Butler Cemetery.  He was 76 yr. 5 mo. 21 days when he died.  In the original bible records that we are in possession of, it lists his name as Moses Heans.  Making it more confusing, in the property owner list of Wilmington Townhip printed in the New Era, Dec. 11, 1860 edition, "Haines, Moses  8 east half south east quarter 1 34 14 7 00 86 51."  Some of his grandchildren went by Hanes and Haines.

Reunion Hanes Poem
At a reunion in 1930, it says, "Report read by Secy Clara including a letter written by Alt (Harry Altenburg Hanes - Moses' Grandson) to his daughter Celestia pertaining to the spelling of the name Hanes. As a reminder we enjoyed it and to further the joke 30 members present pledged to send him a card no two ways the name to be spelled alike. Reports show the Post Master at Waterloo (IN) enjoyed equal or more than Alt. Following is the poem by Alt.


In the beginning, great days of old
When the world was new and men were bold.
They lived in caves, they slept in trees,
Secure from wild beasts and away from the flees.
Then the children from the mountains, the valleys, the plains
All had the good old name of HANES.
There was Hans and Tony and Jakie and Mike,
And many others but Hanes, all alike.
Then pride crept in and the Hane's fell,
Each trying to find a way to spell
That grand old name in a brand new way,
That's why there are so many different Hane's today.
There was the original, familiar everywhere
Announcing the famous Hanes underwear.
Then Elwood HAYNES of automobile fame
Just stuck a Y in between his name.
Another tries, an I he gains,
Let him be known as the one eyed Hanes.
Another tries, how hard they fall
Heighns hardly spells Hanes at all.
Now another falls, but not so far,
Haner strickes out the S but adds an R.
Heans so I've heard say
Was my great grandpappy's favorite way.
Now, hail the chief, whose sign displays
Heinz fifty-seven different ways.
Now all of these ways and hundreds more
Were plainly H-A-N-E-S in the days of yore.
When the world was young and the country new
When the world's only navy was one bark canoe
When nothing was wrong and all was right
No cause of war, or desire to fight.
When all that the army and the navy ever done
Was just to parade and perform for run.
Now about that time they had a law
The queerest thing that you ever saw.

I do not know a lot about Moses so far.  In a letter from Cosper Altenburg to the Hanes-Altenburg Reunion Chairman it says, "Moses Haines or Haynes settled in DeKalb county, Indiana at an early date......and were the parents of a large family of children and remained on their homestead for many years, while their family grew into manhood and womanhood and left the old homestead for different parts of the United States. Possibly my first acquaintance as a boy was with Charles Haines, son of Moses, who was at that time classified as a school teacher, and he courted and won the heart of my sister, Mary Jane Altenberg, and they were the parents of quite a large family.  Subsequent to that my acquaintance with George William Haines was at my father's home near Auburn, Indiana, where he courted my sister, Harriet E. Altenberg and they were married and parents of a large family.  The next acquaintance was with Oscar C. Bates, whose mother, Jane (note she also went by Mary Jane or Marion Jane) was a daughter of Moses Haines, and he courted and married my youngest sister, Sylvia Altenberg, and they were parents of a family of large proportions.  My three sisters, who married into the Haines family, are deceased, and their children are quite numberous, but I well recollect that the child of my oldes sister was named Moses Haines, same as his grandfather and his grandfather in his middle age, to my knowledge prided himself upon his grandchild and never, in my life, have I seen the affection of a grandfather to a grandson as that of grandpa Moses Haines on his grandchild.  As witness to the life, character and reputation of Moses Haines and his wife, who were early settlers in DeKalb County, Indiana, they were honorable, respected, and the old gentlemen, Moses, was loyal to his country, his people and especially to the Democratic Party.  He was a life-long Democrat and a real friend of the Altenbergs. Further, I am a witness to the fact that the Haines Tribe consists of, and in the veins flow honest American blood, none better to be found anywhere in America."   This was written by David Cosper (Cos) Altenberg, 1931, a lawyer at Little Rock, Arkansas.  A copy of this letter was given to us by Tom Hardin, a lawyer of Little Rock, Arkansas. (His mother that adopted him  was a great-grandchild of Moses.)

If you read under the section, Town of Butler History (in the Plat book) it mentions that "It was in 1842, that Messrs. Egnew, Hanes, Cherry, Morris, Tomlinson, and others erected the schoolhouse of which we have spoken, and which proved to be the first house in the town."

  In the name of the benevolent Father of all, I Moses Haines of sound and disposing mind in the view of the certainty of death and wishing to determine the disposition to be made of my property after my death do make do make and publish my last will and testament.

FIRST  It is my will that all just claims me shall be paid out of my estate.

SECOND  I will and bequeath to my wife Mary Haines the undivided .... .... part of my farm  it
being the east half of the south east of section one (1) in township thirty four (34) north of  range
fourteen (14) east in DeKalb County in the state of Indiana and three hundred dollars out of my
personal estate.

THIRD  I will and bequeath to my son Charles Haines the undivided .... part of said farm as
divided in .... second of this will.

FOURTH  It is further my will that the remaining one third of my said farm be equally divided
..... and between my four daughters Jane M. Bates, Mary Reed, Celestia Orton, and Laura

FIFTH  I will and bequeath to my daughter Jane M. Bates one hundred dollars out of my personal property ...... if so much remaining after payment of my debts as mentioned in article first of this
will and the payment of three hundred dollars to my wife mentioned in article second of this will.

SIXTH I will and bequeath to my son George W. Haines twenty-five dollars out of my personal
if so much remains after payment of the quests first, second, and fifth of this will.

SEVENTH  It is my will that all that remains of my personal estate not disposed in articles first
second, fifth, and sixth of this will be equally divided among and between my four daughters
mentioned in article fourth of this will and my son Charles Haines, and as I have already given
my son George W. Haines eight acres of land, I give him nothing but the amount specified in
article sixth of this will.

EIGHTH  It is further my will that the bequest to my four daughters made in article fourth of this
will be upon the condition that my son, Charles Haines shall have the privilege of using the said
third part of my farm - bequeathed to my four daughters for the time of four years from the date
of my death together with the further privilege to the said Charles Haines of paying to said
Legatees mentioned in article fourth of this will  at anytime within four years of my death, the
value of their several shares in said farm at the time of my death together with six per cent
interest thereon from the time of my death until paid, and on payment to them of the said amount
their shares of said farm or the shares of so many of them as the said Charles Haines shall by that
time have paid as provided in this article shall be the property of and belonging to the said
Charles Haines.

NINTH  I hereby revoke all former will by me made and C...... and appoint my sons Charles
Haines and George W. Haines executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof  I
have ....set my hand and seal and acknowledge this as my last will and testament this 13th day of
December A.D. 1869.  Moses Haines

Signed and acknowledged by Moses Haines as his last will and testament in our presence and
signed by us in his presence.  James E. Rose  William Barrett

More information about Mary Battles.
In a partial obituary it says, "At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Bates of Kendallville, March 2d, 1874, Mrs. Mary Hanes, 81years, 1 month, and 15 days, wife of Moses Hanes, who departed this life four years in advance of her, who had been the partner of all her joys and sorrows for fifty years when the Lord called to finish her labors which were always to the Lord.  She lived an earnest Christian life, consistent in her profession of religous, sympathetizing with the afflicted and sorrowing, Her faith in Christ was her strength which she was ever giving out to all who came in contact with her.  Truest and best of mother's sleep, in peace.  The remains of the deceased were brought  to Butler and buried."
Mary Battles Hanes Grave
Moses Hanes Grave

Children of Moses and Mary Battles Hanes:
1. Celestia H. Hanes, born in NY; died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She married Charles H. Orton September 25, 1841 in DeKalb County, IN.

Notes for Celestia H. Hanes:
They lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the time of Marion Jane Hanes Bate's death.  (from Marion Jane's obit)  Given to me by Theron Hanes.

On another sheet of paper that Theron Hanes had,  it said Celestia was married to a Dr. in Milwaukee.  Unless there was another sister living in Milwaukee at the same time, it figures that she was the one married to Orton.

It had her name as a daughter of George William and said she was the wife of a Dr. in Milwaukee.  This is from a sheet that Theron Hanes also had  This is wrong.  She was the daughter of Moses and Mary Battles Hanes/Haines/Haynes.

The Butler Record, August 29, 1903, "Mrs. Dr. Orton, and daughter, Mary of Little Rock, were the guests of Mrs. G. W. Hanes last week

In her obituary it says, "CELESTIA H. ORTON  A notable event in the history of Milwaukee during the past week has been the death of Mrs. Celestia H. Orton, wife of Dr. U. H. Orton, and one of the oldest and best known residents of our city.  Mrs. Orton was a native of N.Y. but at an early age moved with her parents to Indiana, whence she came to Wisconsin with her husband more than 30 years ago.  Since her long residence here she has been constantly active and prominent in religious and social circles and every organized effort for the promotion of happiness and comfort of the desperate and needy.  For many years she has been one of the most active and liberal managers of St. John's home connected with the Cathedral of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the City and her constancy and devotion to the duties in that relation; and her frequent magnificent donations and support of that institution have been the occasion of general admiration and gratitude on the part of those interested in that holy and benevolent work.  For many years including the time of her death, Mrs. Orton was an active member of All Saints Cathedral and contributed largely to its support , and to very benevolent object in connection with it.  Endowed by nature and education with more than ordinary qualities of mind and heart, and constitutionally amiable and generous in every impulse and disposition, she necessarily attracted to herself many valuable friends, who deeply and sincerely mour her loss to her family, the church, and society, and the sorrow is heightened by the memory of her sacred and unselfish devotion to her family and friends in hours of sore trials, when those less true might have faltered.  In all this she never failed in exhibiting the noblest heroism of a Christian woman, or to win the just admiration of al who appreciated her purpose and comprehended the many sterling qualities of character with which she was so liberally endowed.  Truly an amiable tireless, generous and grave Christian woman has gone to her rest.  The funeral of Mrs. Orton occurred at the family residence on Thursday afternoon last, the Rev. Dr. Mallory, of the Cathedral officiating.  The pall bearers were Ex-Senator C. H. Larkin, Ex-Mayor James O-Neill, Ex-Mayor Hooker, Messrs. Morehouse and Bush, wardens of the Cathedral and M. L. Youngs.  The Board of the prominent residents of the city and neighbors of the deceased generally were present to express their deep and earnest sympathy with the family.  A long and imposing procession accompanied the remains, enclosed in a beautiful casket and buried in rarest flowers to their last resting place in Forest Home."

Notes for Charles H. Orton:
According to the "History of Milwaukee Wisconsin, 1881 C. H. Orton was a member of the Old Settlers' Club.

Also in the History of Milwaukee, it mentions that C. H. Orton took over the publication of the Wisconsin paper, the "News" for a few months in 1861. (July-Nov)

In the History of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1881, it tell of the epidemic of Cholera and how scared everyone was of this plague.  They say that most of it came from the immigrants, weak from the journey, falling sick with typhoid or cholera.  "And through all this blackness of death, two heroic physicians passed calmly along--Dr. E. B. Wolcott and Dr. C.H. Orton---with potions for the body, while white-faced, noble Sisters of Mercy and Charity moved silently among the sufferers with medicine for the soul."

Marriage Notes for Celestia Hanes and Charles Orton:
Their marriage is recorded in the DeKalb County marriage records.

2. Mary Hanes, died 1883.  She married Duncan Cameron Reed 1837.
Duncan and Mary Reed 

Notes for Mary Hanes:
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Hanes Reed, the wife of Duncan Cameron Reed, Government steamboat inspector in the Milwaukee District, took place at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon from her late residence on Jefferson Street, and was very largely attended by the friends of the family, including a large number of the most prominent marine men of the city.  Mrs. Reed died on Monday last at the age of 61 years, after a lingering illness.  The Sisters of Rebecca attended the funeral services, which were held at St. John's Church, on the South Side, of which Mrs. Reed had been an attendant since the time it was established.  The remains were interred in Forest Home Cemetery.---Milwaukee Sentinel"   This obit. is from Clara Hanes McCague family scrapbook.

We clipped  the following from the Milwaukee Sentinel concerning the funeral of Mrs. Reed, sister of our citizens, George and Chas. Hanes, of whose death we spoke in our last: (same as above obituary).

Notes for Duncan Cameron Reed:
 He was an engineer and steam boat inspector in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Information from sheet of paper that Theron Hanes gave me in 1999.

The street that was named after him (Reed St.) has been renamed South Second Street.  It was the principal business thoroughfare of the South Side, a fact to which substantial edifices, some of them antedating the Civil war, bear witness to the present day.  South Water St., heneforth to be East and West Seeboth St., also was a bustling thoroughfoare, its rise to importance preceding that of Reed St.  The deflection of activity following the construction of the straight-cut destracted from the prosperity of Reed and South Water Streets so far as retail trade was concerned, but it was not till the middle '80s when the Union depot was removed to the West side, that a fatal blow as inflicted on flourishing South Side hotels."  Information about Reed street from History of Milwaukee, Wisconsin by John G. Gregory, published 1931.

In the History of Milwaukee (1861) it says he was in E Company and was a Captain when he left for the civil war during the fall months of 1861.  He was also a member of the Odd Fellows.  He was also an inspector of Boilers in 1873, a public office and it had jurisdiction over the limits of the Milwaukee Customs District.

In the Waterloo Press, under the Butler news, April 10, 1884, "Hon. D. C. Reed and daughter, Mamie, of Milwaukee, Wis., are visiting G. W. Hanes and family."

According to the "History of Milwaukee Wisconsin, 1881, Duncan Reed was a member of the old Settlers Club.

In the January 22, 1885 Waterloo Press, "Hon. D. C. Reed, of Milwaukee, Wis., is visiting G. W. Hanes."

July 9, 1885, Waterloo Press, "Hon. D. C. Reed and daughter, Mamie, of Milwaukee are visiting the families of G. W. and Chas. Hanes."

From his obituary, "Duncan C. Reed, an old and respected resident of this city, died of dropsy, at his residence 373 Jefferson St., last Sunday morning after a long and painful illness.  Mr. Reed was born at Shelburn, Vt, July 2, 1815 and at the time of his death was in his 76th year.  He came to this city from Buffalo.  In 1841 bringing with him the steamer "City of Milwaukee", at that time the fastest boat on the lakes.  He was first engineer of the boat at the time and in the interests of the Milwaukee owners he took the boat out of Buffalo one night and brought her safely to this city.  He located at the corner of Greenfield Avenue and Reed Street in what was then an almost unbroken wilderness.  In those days there were only three houses on the trail. which is now a busy thoroughfare and which was named Reed Street after him, he being so closely identified with its growth and improvement.  Mr. Reed has told the writer many anecdotes of the early life and history of Milwaukee.  He has shot wild ducks from a boat on the spot where the Exposition now stands, which at that time was covered with water to the river's bank.  He has seen the city and its citizens grow in wealth, power, and affluence and has always held the utmost respect of his acquaintances and business---- (can't read).  He was twice elected State-----? represented his district and served his consituents with honor an distinction, being elected president pro-term of the senate during the absence of the Lieut. Gov., which was most of the time during his term; and a few years later served as deputy United State marshal for four years.  Mr. Reed was a marine engineer by profession, and always stood high in rank with his fellow craftsmen.  He was appointed by Gen. Grant to the position of United State steamboat inspector, which position he filled with great credit for sixteen years.  Mr. Reed enlisted early in the war, and joined Co. E. 14th Wis. Vols. which-------he was actively instrumental in raising, and eventually became its captain.  He was an active Odd Fellow, by which order he was held in high esteem, holding several prominent offices in the order and was at the time of his death a Past Grand master of this stae. He was married in 1837 to Mary Hanes, who died in 1883.  He has one married daughter, Mrs. Wm. McIntyre, who survives him and deeply mourns the loss of a kind and indulgent parent.  The funeral was held Tuesday from St. John's Episcopal Church and was attended by a large concourse of people, including the Marine Engineers' Benefit Association, Old Settlers' Club, local Odd Fellows, former friends and business associates, who deeply feel the loss of a kind and considerate companion.  The remains were laid to rest in Forest Home.  He left an estate valued at $22,000, which with exception of about $1,200 in small legacies, he left to his daughter, Mary L. McIntyre."  This obituary was in the scrapbook of Clara Hanes McCague and family.

3. Mary/Marion Jane Hanes, born July 06, 1820 in Chautaqua Co. NY; died December 25, 1902 in Kendallville, IN.  She married John A. Bates June 23, 1840 in DeKalb County, IN.

Notes for Mary/Marion Jane Hanes:
It mentions G. W. Hanes had a sister Mrs. M. J. Bates and she is living in Kendallville at the time of his death (1897)

She taught at Newville, IN where she met her husband.  In early life, she did considerable literary work writing for magazines and papers of that period.  She lived in Kendallville for forty years.

In her obituary it says "Marion Jane Bates was born July 6, 1820 in Chautaqua Co. N.Y. died at Kendallville, Ind., Dec. 25, 1902.  William and Charles Hanes of Butler, Ind. were brothers., Mrs. D. C. Reed and Mrs. C. H. Orton of Milwaukee, Wis., and Mrs. E. A. Bennett of Erie, Pa. were sisters.  In 1836 she came to DeKalb Co., Ind. with her parents when it was an unbroken wilderness and with them shared the trials and tribulations of pioneers with a brave heart.  Possessing a good education she soon became a teacher.  While teaching near Newville, Ind. she met John Bates also of New York.  They were married July 1840 and established their home in Orange, now called St. Joe where Mr. Bates an extensive milling interest.  There were six children of this union, two dying in infancy.  Their son, Oscar C. Bates and Mrs. Laura A. Platt both of Michigan dying three years ago.  Mrs. M. Imogene Greene of Moraine Park Colo, and Mrs. Wm. H. Thompson of Kendallville survive her.  With the latter she made her home with in later years.  Early in life she became a member of the Presbyterian church and was one of the earlier members of that church in Kendallville, where she had lived the last forty years.  In early life she did considerable literary work writing for magazines and papers of that period.  She was a woman of great activity and business ability of education and rare refinement of character steadfast of purpose and pure of heart. She kept up her interest in the topics of the day reading with much interest and pleasure- until about her eightieth year truly an amiable, Christian woman has gone, and her passing away into rest was as peaceful as in sleep.  The funeral of Mrs. Bates occurred at Kendallville at the Presbyterian church and the remains were brought to Butler, Ind. for interment, the Rev. Dr. Reeh/Frech of the M. E. church officiating."

Notes for John A. Bates:
Information from Marion Jane Hanes Bate's obituary.  He had extensive milling interests in St. Joe, IN and lived in Orange (St. Joe), IN.

Marriage Notes for Mary/Marion Hanes and John Bates:
Information from the 1885 DeKalb County History Book.

Their marriage records are recorded in the DeKalb County marriage records.

4. Laura Hanes, born May 05, 1826; died Abt. 1882.  She married E. A. Bennett April 13, 1843 in Forrestville, Steuben Co., NY.

Notes for Laura Hanes:
She was living at Erie, PA at the time of her sister, Marion Jane (Hanes) Bate's death in 1902.

I had her married to a Bennet, but I did not have her first name yet as of Sept. 12, 1999.  I received that from Jake Buss.

The rest of the information I have in an obituary given to me by Theron.  It was very faded and I had to copy it by hand.  "MRS. E. A. BENNETT  Not unexpected by her many friends but surprising nonetheless because of its suddenness is the announcement of the death of Mrs. Laura Haines Bennett which occurred last evening at her room in the Reed house.  She had been a severe sufferer the past year from dropsy and her passing away into rest was peaceful as if in sleep.  Mrs. Bennett was born May 5, 1826 and was in the 56th year of her age.  She was married in Forrestville, Steuben Co., N.Y. April 13, 1843 moving to Erie the same year with her husband and residing continuously since that time.  4 children are the fruit of the union, three daughters and one son - Celestia, Flora C., Hattie L. and Frank E. Bennett, the daughters being married.  Mrs. Bennett throughout her life was a person who made many friends.  Possessed of a quiet nature, kindly disposition to all whom she met and with motives of hospitality reaching into an extended practice of such a trait of character, yet modest in all her work she leaves an enduring monument in the hearts and minds of many in Erie, that shall endure with the years and pass forward into the remembrance of the past.  Singularly remarkable in quiet work and activity has been the life just closed.  The remains will be interred in the Erie Cemetery - services to be held in First Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon by Rev. W. S. Fulton."

Notes for E. A. Bennett:
They are living in Steubenville Co., NY.

5. George William Hanes, born May 29, 1828 in Chautauqua County, NY; died May 28, 1897 in Butler, IN.  He married Harriet (Hattie) Emeline Altenburg September 29, 1866 in DeKalb County, IN.

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6. Charles B. Hanes, born June 24, 1833 in Chautauqua County, NY; died December 05, 1894 in Buffalo, NY.  He married Mary Jane Altenburg September 27, 1857 in DeKalb County, IN.

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