Tombstone Tuesday – February 9, 2021 – Whitfield John Hainer

Whitfield John was born on February 26th, 1868 in Toronto, Canada. He was the son of Charles Henry and Jane (McCormick) Hainer. Charles and Jane had seven children; Charles D (1854), Edwin Alonzo (1856), Levi Wesley (1863), John Albert (1861), William Henry (1863), Mary Ellen (1865), Whitfield John (1868)

Whitfield married Elizabeth M Lick on December 12, 1900 in Oshawa, Ontario. Whitfield and Elizabeth had three children; Harold Clyde (1902), Dorothy (1904), Murray Mitchell (1907). Whitfield Hainer arrived with his family in the United States in 1911. In the 1915 Rhode Island Census, Whitfield and his family are listed in Providence, Rhode Island. It states that he is an inventor of machinery. Whitfield is an Investment Banking Manager for an Investment Securities firm by the 1920 Federal census. He has submitted his Declaration of Intention Naturalization papers on August 7, 1919. In the 1920 Federal Census, Whitfield and Elizabeth live in Providence, Rhode Island at 227 Sackett Street .

In the 1922 Providence Rhode Island Directory, there is an entry for Whitfield and Harold which states that they have gone to Richmond Virginia. It appears that Elizabeth Hainer and Murray Hainer have returned to Ontario in 1922. I see no evidence that they returned the United States. I also find Harold C Hainer is in Oshawa, Ontario by 1931 when he marries Edythe Josephine May George on May 23, 1931. I do not find a divorce record for Whitfield J. Hainer and Elizabeth but I never see her in the United States after 1922. When she died, she was buried in Canada and later her son Harold and his wife are buried with her.

In June of 1923, Whitfield Hainer submitted his Petition for Citizenship. He states that he and his family traveled by train to the United Stated and entered thru the port of Niagara on March 28, 1911. They lived in Virginia until 1919 at which time the family moved to Providence, Rhode Island. (this is a bit misleading because they show up in a Rhode Island state census in 1915) His petition was submitted on the 27th of June in 1923. It was witnessed by John T Kermodle and William T Waters.

Whitfield J Hainer married Mildred L Atkinson on July 19, 1926 in Pinellas, Florida. Beginning in the 1936 Orlando Florida directory, Whitfield and his new wife are listed. They are listed together until he dies in 1943. He lists his occupation as “Author” in the early directories but later he lists himself as retired. In the 1938 City of Orlando Directory, Whitfield and his second wife Mildred are living at 500 40th Street. In the 1940 Census, Whitfield and Mildred listed in Orlovista, Florida.

Seventy eight years ago Whitfield died on February 9, 1943 in Orlando, Florida. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Orange County, Florida.

Rest in peace, Whitfield!

Love, Jan

Whitfield Hainer is my second cousin three time removed.

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