Tombstone Tuesday – March 13, 2018 – Albion Edwin Hainer

Albion E Hainer was the son of Edwin Alonzo Hainer and Harriet C. Brazier. He was born on November 16, 1899, in Newark, New Jersey. Edwin and Harriet had two children; Winona Pearl (1891) and Albion (1899).

Edwin Hainer Family

Edwin, Albion, Harriet, Winona Pearl – 1901 or 1902

In the 1900 Federal Census, Edwin and his family lived in the 8th Ward of Newark at 942 Summer Avenue. Edwin is a minister. The census record indicates that the two children, Winona and Albion, live with them but they also have a woman by the name of Jennie Sullivan who is listed as a servant. She is 23 years old.

By the 1910 Census, Albion is 10 years old. His father died in 1905. He lives with his mother, Hattie, and sister Winona on Pitman Street in Providence, Rhode Island. In the 1910 Census, Hattie and Winona list their occupation as Artists who paint oil paintings at home.

In the Rhode Island 1915 State census, they remained on Pitman Street. Hattie states that she is self-employed and Winona is working for a gas company. Albion enlisted in the Army in the spring of 1919. He reported to boot camp at Camp Devens in Massachusetts on March 16, 1919. He was a member of Battery A 103rd Field Infantry. His transport record implies that he was sent to France. He listed his mother Harriet Hainer as his emergency contact. She resides at 101 Pitman Street in Providence Rhode, Island. While on Active duty, he obtained the rank of Corporal.

Albion Edwin Hainer

WWI – 1919 – Battery A 103rd Army Infantry

I do not find a 1920 Federal Census record for Albion E Hainer.  He may have still been overseas at the time of the Census. According to a family tree on, Albion Edwin and Ada C Cawthorne were married on September 3, 1920, in Detroit Michigan. The next record I find is a death certificate for Norman Hainer in Dearborn Michigan. His parents are A. Edwin Hainer and Ada C Cawthorne. He was born on September 30, 1921, and died eight hours later on October 1, 1921. This birth is listed as premature on the Death Certificate.


Albion Edwin and AdaCawthorne Marriage

Albion Edwin and  Ada Hainer – 1920


By the 1930 Federal Census, Albion and his family are living in Inglewood California. His occupation is listed as an engineer for an Oil Refinery. Albion E and Ada have two children, Virgina (1925) and Donald (1927).

In the 1940 Federal Census, Albion and his family are listed in Inglewood California. They have three children; Virgina, Donald, and Carol (1931). They live at 3850 West Century in Inglewood, California. Albion lists his occupation as Dealer- Contact Man and his employer is an Oil Company.

Though the information from Fold3 is not exactly clear, it seems to indicate that he also served in WWII as a Lt. Colonel in the Army but the dates of his service aren’t available in the records. He was living in Indio, California during this time period. His draft record states that he is not employed but he is retired. I do not find a Service record for WWI From 1949 through 1965, Albion E Hainer is listed in the Army Registry living in California at various addresses.

Forty-nine years ago today, Albion Edwin Hainer died in Hawaii. He was cremated and I find no actual burial location. Albion Edwin is my third cousin 2X removed.

Rest in peace and thanks so much for your service!

Love, Jan

Family photos publically shared on by Peggy Slemp

3 thoughts on “Tombstone Tuesday – March 13, 2018 – Albion Edwin Hainer

  1. Carol Budlong Hainer Swift French

    I am the daughter of Albion E Hainer and have a public family tree on My daughter came across this interesting website, new to me. I’m in awe of all the research done by Janet L Smith, and perhaps Olive Marie Hainer. There are a few corrections and additional information I can supply. e.g. my father enlisted in the Army in WW1 in Jan. 1917 and was discharged April,1919. He was awarded the Silver Star for courage in action. WW11 he was sent on a secret mission, (quite a story).,and retired on full disability in about 1945. His ashes were scattered over the ocean near Oahu,HI. where he and my mother were living in 1969.
    My computer is barely working and can’t shop for a new one due to necessary isolation, so I hope I can reply if anyone replies to this message.


    1. needlesinahaystackblog Post author

      Carol, You sent this to me while I was on vacation and I have been playing catch up ever since. It is so nice to meet you. Thanks for all the new updated info on your father. There are several heavy duty researchers of our Hainer/Hayner family. Corlene Taylor of St Catharines, Ontario is probably the biggest information source for me. She is a descendant of Derrick Hainer and we descend from Albert Hainer. My Tombstone Tuesday Blog is my way of continuing to research all lineages of my family. I hope you are able to get this message. I am stitchinfox on I have an email of and you can always find me here. Hope you are well. Glad to meet you and lets stay in touch. Janet L Smith


      1. Carol H French

        I am very pleased to meet you, too ! I would have replied sooner but my computer is barely working and I’m not able to go out and shop for a new one due to the covid lock down here in an Independent Living community. That is also why I haven’t been able to even look at Ancestry much because it stalls and freezes so often, but when I can I will certainly have new sources of information there and on Tombstone Tuesday thanks to you and Corlene Taylor.


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