Reuben Peter Hains Sr.


Reuben Peter Hains Sr.

Death 6 Mar 1893 (aged 75–76)
Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 136865663 View Source
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Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, he worked as a shoemaker in Philadelphia, PA up until the 1880 census marking him as a "News Dealer."

He was married to Amanda M. Hains (nee Green) and died in Beverly, NJ.

He had several children, of whom I can identify as being the following:

Maj. General Peter Conover Hains Sr. b. 1840 in Philadelphia, PA d. 1921 in Washington, DC
Class of 1861 West Point
Buried in Arlington, National Cemetery
Find A Grave ID# 8641194

Mary Buck (nee Hains) b. 1843 and was living with her parents at the age of 37 in the 1880 census, listed as widowed. Little else is known about her fate and if she had children.

John Hains - b. July 19, 1844 d. November 16, 1878

Reuben P. Hains b August 19, 1853 (though there is another Reuben Hains listed as a brother of Peter C. Hains with his middle name being a C.)

Robert Peter Hains b. June 5, 1860 born in Beverly, NJ
Class of 1881 US Naval Academy
Died July 22, 1938 - Boston, Mass
Buried in Arlington, National Cemetery
Find a Grave ID# 49195573

It is unknown who Reuben's parents are; however the Sons of the American Revolutionary War can track any Hains relative through Amanda M. Hains (nee Green)'s lineage. It is also unknown how a man with apparently little means was able to raise sons who had extremely successful military careers and were able to afford the fine educations of West Point and the Naval Academy. This is a question the descendents are digging around to find more about Reuben and his roots.

In 1908, a terrible tragedy occurred in the Hains family when his grandson Capt. Peter C. Hains Jr. committed murder and his brother, Thornton was accused as an accomplice. It was printed in newspapers front page across the country for years. Reuben's son Peter testified he (Reuben) suffered bouts of insanity - and one paper printed that he died in a New Jersey asylum for the insane. It saddens me to no end to know if this is true or not, and if so, which hospital he was admitted into as well as the nature of his mental health. Could he have been suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's? Did he commit suicide?

If you know any more information about this man or his family - please contact me. I am a direct descendant through the male line via his oldest son, Maj. General Peter C. Hains Sr. which makes Reuben P. Hains my great-great-great grandfather. Thank you!

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Reuben Peter Hains Sr. (1817–6 Mar 1893), Find a Grave Memorial ID 136865663, citing Saint Pauls Cemetery, Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Hains (contributor 48545502) .