Tombstone Tuesday – February 2, 2021 – Dudley C. Hainer

Dudley C. Hainer was born on August 3, 1878 in Stanfordville, New York. He was the son of Edwin and Margaret (West) Hainer. Margaret died in 1887. Edwin married his second wife, Harriet Brazier in 1889. Edwin and Harriet had two children so Dudley had two half siblings; Winona Pearl (1891) and Albion E. (1899). In the 1880 Federal Census, Dudley is listed with his parents, Edwin and Maggie and his Uncle John Hainer. Dudley is one year old.

In the 1900 Federal Census, Dudley is a boarder in the Brazier Household in Brooklyn, New York. His occupation is clerk. He is twenty one years old. They live at 258 Hooper Street. By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Dudley list his occupation as an Clerk and Bookkeeper in the Iron Works Industry. He is thirty one years old and lives in a boarding house in Brooklyn’s 19th Ward. The boarding house is listed on Mercey Street. There are 23 men of all ages who rent rooms in this boarding house.

Dudley Hainer registered for the WW1 draft on September 12, 1918. He states that he lives on 395 Monroe Street in Brooklyn. He is married because he lists Lily Hainer as his person of contact. I never found a marriage records for Lily Meyer and Dudley Hainer. Dudley is forty years old.

Less than two years later in the 1920 Federal Census, Dudley and Lily are found living with her parents, William and Mary Meyer. He is a bookkeeper for a produce market. By 1923, Dudley and Lillie have moved to New Jersey. They live at 85 Boulevard in Summit, New Jersey according to the local directory. In the 1930 Federal Census, they remain in Summit living with the Meyers, William and Mary. No one in the family appears to be working at this time which was in the middle of the Great Depression. .

In the 1940 Census, Dudley is listed as head of house hold. He appears as a clerk/bookkeeper for a produce, eggs and dairy company. He and Lilly are 50 years old and Lilly’s 85 year old widowed father is living with them. Lily’s Mother, Mary, has died.

While registering for the draft for WW2, Dudley reveals that he and his wife Lily remain in Summit, New Jersey and that he works in New York. He is sixty-four years old

On April 22, 1952, Dudley and Lily departed New York bound for England via the SS Queen Elizabeth. They state that they will be staying seven weeks. Dudley states that he has retired. On June 08, 1953, Dudley and Lily Hainer returned home sailing on the SS Queen Mary returning from Cherbourg, France.

Sixty three years ago, on February 2, 1958, Dudley Craig Hainer died in Summit ,New Jersey. I do not know at this time where he is buried I find a death listing but no death record or a burial location so I can not find a tombstone so far. I’ll keep an eye out for it and post when I find one.

Rest in peace, Dudley!

Love Jan

Dudley Hainer is my third cousin 2 times removed

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