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Who Was Harriet’s Father?

I have recently found my 3rd great-grandfather’s obituary in The Essex Free Press. Linus Clark Doan was married three times and had eight surviving children. The mystery is that one of the surviving children, Allen Clark, or AC as he was known, (my maternal great-great-grandfather) swore out an affidavit that he was the uncle of my granduncle, Harriet’s son, and was present shortly after his birth, but there’s no mention in the obituary of my paternal great-grandmother, Harriet Fernetta Doan.

I looked in the archives for my great-grandmother’s obituary because it might solve the mysery of who her parents were. The front page of the paper where it is doesn’t display, just an error page. I know it’s there because the death announcement is in the paper. I can even see a thumbnail of the front page so I know it is on microfilm.

What I do know about Harriet Fernetta Doan Hines is in the censuses. She was born in Ohio on December 4th, 1854 and came to Ontario in 1855. She was married on May 18, 1872 to John Haines in Welland, Ontario. By 1891 census the family was in Aldborough Twp, Elgin County still listed as Haines. By 1901 census, the family was in Maidstone Twp., Essex County listed as Hines. She had thirteen children, five sons and eight daughters. Harriet Doan Hines died on December 20, 1935 and is buried at Woodslee/Jarriet Cemetery, where most of her children are buried.

Was she born before Linus met Hannah Maude, his first wife? Was Hannah sent to Canada by her parents because of a scandal ? Who was my grgrgrandfather, if not Linus Doan?

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Filed under: AC Doan, Harriet Doan, Linus Doan obit

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