By Mrs. Jane Wetmore Haynes.
Samuel Haynes was born at Oxford, Chenango County, N. Y., June 30th, 1834. He received his education from the common schools of that county. In early manhood he was sent to the pine woods of northern Michigan for his health and was engaged in the lumber business with an uncle until his health was restored.
Three years later he was engaged in the same business in Lycoming County, Pa., and was in that business when the Civil War called for volunteers to put down the Rebellion. He was pilot on the Susquehanna River taking several rafts of lumber to market at Marietta, Pa., and when passing Harrisburg heard the tumult occasioned by the arrival and disposal of recruits. As soon as he could dispose of his lumber at Marietta, he returned to Harrisburg and enlisted as a private in the Tenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (three months).
He then came to Wellsboro and helped to raise and drill Company I, of the Fbrty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Mustered into service October 21st, 1861, he was orderly sergeant of that company until the Battle of James Island, S. C, June 10th, when he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant of Company G and served in that capacity until April, 1864, at which time he became acting quartermaster for the regiment and filled that place until the expiration of his term of service, October 21st, 1864.
After the close of the war he again entered the lumber business for a short time but later became employed on the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad, now a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad system, from Buffalo to Pittsburg, and from Buffalo to Olean and Oil City. He served 31 years on that road, the last 20 as supervisor of a division. He died October 13th, 1898, in Oil City, Pa., honored by all who knew him and beloved by those who were dear to him.