HAIN, Joseph, was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa. He is a son of George and Sarah (Garman) Hain. The great-grandparents of the Hain family were eminent and highly respected residents of Lower Paxton township. Their remains are interred in the family lot in Sharp’s cemetery. George Hain, grandfather of Joseph Hain, served efficiently as commissioner of Dauphin county from 1854 to 1860. George Hain (2), father of Joseph, died at the age of seventy ; his wife, Sarah Garman Hain, died aged seventy-three. They had eleven children, of whom none are now living except David and George.
Joseph Hain was a farmer, very diligent in the prosecution of his calling, and very successful. His business dealings were characterized by the highest integrity. He was punctual in meeting all his engagements, and enjoyed the utmost confidence and esteem of his neighbors. He was married in December, 1851, to Elizabeth B. Hanshaw, born in Lower Paxton township, October 20, 1832, a daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Zimmerman) Hanshaw. He parents had a family of eight children, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are : Susanna, wife of Peter Shaeffer ; Elizabeth B., wife of Joseph Hain ; William ; Samuel ; Jeremiah ; Henry ; Mary, wife of Samuel Alleman : and Catherine, wife of Solomon Stites. The parents are both dead ; the mother died in April, 1879, aged sixty-nine, the father on March 4, 1888, aged eighty-three. They were widely known and respected citizens of Dauphin county,
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Hain received her education in the public schools of her native township. She resided with her parents up to the time of her marriage with Joseph Hain. They had eight children ; of these George was born August 5, 1854, and died August 24, 1854, aged nineteen days. Their living children are : Henry H., born August 7, 1855 ; John Joseph, December 12, 1859 ; Elizabeth R., February 27, 1860, wife of John Unger ; Catherine, June 3, 1862, wife of John E. Trullinger ; Sarah Ann, October 27, 1864, wife of John E. Mumma ; Ida T., January 9, 1869, wife of Edward M. Crune ; and Irwin Edgar, born June 11, 1872. Mr. Hain was a consistent and earnest Christian, and a member of the German Reformed church. His political views were Democratic. He was a good citizen, a kind and indulgent father, a devoted and loving husband.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Ronald Singerris@vicon.net for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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