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 Henry Haight

Henry Haight

Angelica, Allegany County, New York, USA
Death 24 Mar 1869 (aged 48)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Section: Olive Plot, Lot 21, grave 1
Memorial ID 135375024 · View Source
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As a young man in New York, Henry was a teller in the Bank of Monroe. He was known for his business acumen, strong ethics, integrity and affability. He went to St. Louis in 1847 and became connected with the banking house of Page & Bacon. In 1850, he came to San Francisco with David Chambers and F.W. Page to establish the house of Page, Bacon & Co. and with them became a resident partner. D.D. Page and H.D. Bacon were partners in St. Louis. The business of the firm was chiefly managed by Henry Haight. The California branch enjoyed several years of great prosperity but the firm failed in 1855 due to liabilities incurred by the St. Louis house. Henry filled the office of Notary Public in San Francisco, and was highly esteemed in business and social relations. He was known for his generosity and noble nature. He died suddenly at his home in San Francisco, at age 48, leaving three children, his spouse Weltha, who survived him by 36 years, and a large circle of friends.

Extracts from "San Francisco Examiner, 25 March, 1869, p. 2."

Haight Street, running from San Francisco's Civic Center through the Haight-Ashbury was named in honor of Henry, according to an old letter written by a granddaughter of Fletcher Haight.

Henry reportedly gave land for the second home of the San Francisco Protestant Orphan Asylum, not named for any religious affiliation but for where early meetings were hosted to aid a group of siblings orphaned by cholera en route to San Francisco, possibly from Australia. Mrs. Haight served on the SFOA Board of Managers for a time. The orphanage was located on a two block lot bounded by Haight, Buchanan, Hermann and Laguna Streets from 1854-1919 until no longer habitable, due to age of the building and repairs made after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

Additional children:
1. Flora May (Haight) Wright, b. 5/1/1854, San Francisco; m. 9/23/1873, Henry Martyn Wright, b. Detroit, MI, son of Philo Wright and Electa Emmeline (Coe) Wright; children:
Edith Buell Wright, b. 12/20/1877, Detroit, Mich; B.A. Bryn Mawr, 1900
Winifred Wright, b. 3/12/1882
Henry Haight Wright, b. 1/27/1885
Helen Coe Wright, b. 1/27/1885; d. & buried Detroit, MI, 7/1885
Edward Farrand Wright, b. 10/1/1888

2. Franklin Henry (Frank) Haight, b. 6/26/1858, San Francisco, CA

3. Frederick Billings (Fred) Haight, occupation - commission merchant, b. 6/1/1861, San Francisco; m. 10/28/1891, Alice D. Haslett; residence, Alameda, CA; children:
Marjorie Buell Haight, b. 7/18/1892, Alameda, CA
Henry Haslett Haight, b. 12/29/1893, Alameda, CA
Winifred Alice Haight, b. 10/1899, Almeda, CA
Elinor Langstaff (Haight) Buck-Prentice, b. abt 1904; m. (1) 2/21/1925, San Benito, CA, Frederick Buck, b. abt 1903, age 22, son of Frederick Buck and Kate Potwin; she was widowed and m. (2) 8/27/1956, Los Angeles, CA, age 52, Sartell Prentice, Jr. of West Hempstead, NY, b. NJ, 1905, son of Sartell Prentice and Lydia B. Vanderpoel, both b. NY

A special thank you to Larry White for his photo!

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Born Angelica, N.Y.
Oct. 14, 1820
Died San Francisco
March 24, 1869

Born Genesco, N.Y.
Jan. 22, 1825
Died San Francisco
Feb. 7, 1906

Oct. 23, 1849
Nov. 17, 1921




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 135375024
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Haight (14 Oct 1820–24 Mar 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135375024, citing Olivet Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Virginia D (contributor 48327939) .