Descendants of the Heyns/Hains Family
of New York and Pennsylvania

Heyns/Hains

Generation #3

Joseph Hendricksen (2Hendrick, 1William) Heyns of New York

Debunking the myth of Jacob Hains.

1. During the French and Indian War c. 1755-59, the Bedford PA area was the extreme western frontier  of Pennsylvania.
2. In 1758 British General Forbes marched his forces west, passing through Bedford PA, to take Ft. Duquesne (later Ft. Pitt) from the French.
3. There is an exceptional letter from a SGT John Hains of Lancaster PA who marched 130 miles west from Harris' Ferry (now Harrisburg), arriving at Ft. Raystown (now Bedford PA) in June 1758. And, the letter is addressed to his father, "Jacob Hains, near Lancaster." <http://www.motherbedford.com/HainsLetter.htm>
4. Unfortunately, SGT John Hains is listed as killed on 4/13/1759.
5. I believe the SGT John Hains of the French and Indian War, who wrote the letter, and my John Hains, Esq. of the Revolutionary War have become conflated; as we have two men with the same name serving in the army at the same place, Bedford PA, back when the frontier was so sparsely populated. And with this confusion, "Jacob Hains near Lancaster," father of SGT John Hains, has incorrectly been attributed to my John Hains, Esq.
6. Of note, the "Jacob Hains, near Lancaster" was a part of the Weber allied families from the Weberthal area of Lancaster county which was headed up by Bishop Hans Herr.

Connecting John Hains, Esq. to Joseph Heyns of Bucks Co PA

1. John Hains, Esq. b. 12/14/1746 Bucks Co PA married Lanah Devore, daughter of Willem Devore.
2. Joseph Heyns was witness to Lanah's baptism 6/10/1753 at Smithfield TWP, Northampton Co PA.
3. Willem Devore b. 11/6/1711 Manhattan NY married Catherine Schoonmaker.
4. Joseph Heyns b. c. 1715 Kingston NY, father of John, married Helena Schoonmaker, sister of Catherine.
5. Joseph Heyns, Jr. b. c. 1743 Bucks Co PA married Heltje Devore, another daughter of Willem Devore.

Thus in two generations we link the Heyns/Hains and the DeVoor/Devore and the Schoonmaker families from New York to Bucks/Northampton Co PA:

1. John Hains, Esq. married his first cousin.
2. Lannah's baptism was witnessed by her aunt and uncle. Lanah's father, Willem Devore, was a descendant of Dutch immigrants to New Amsterdam. Willem is documented in his migration from New York through New Jersey, just across the Delaware River from Smithfield TWP in Bucks county, to Bedford Co PA.
3 & 4. William Devore and Joseph Heyns married sisters.
5. Joseph Heyns, Jr. also married his first cousin, another daughter of Willem Devore. Thus, two Heyns boys married two Devore girls.

Devore Family Migration

  • Manhattan, NY/Bergen Co NJ
  • Migrated before 3/1723 to Ulster Co NY
  • Migrated before 9/1724 to Hunterdon (now Sussex) Co NJ
  • 1739 Morris Co split from Hunterdon Co NJ

  • 1753 Sussex Co split from Morris Co NJ

  • Migrated before 1772 to Bedford Co PA

6. I believe the Heyns family migrated in the company of the Schoonmaker family to the "Minisink country." The Schoonmakers settled in Hunterdon/Sussex Co NJ and the Heyns went a little further down the Old Mine Road and across the Delaware to Bucks/Northampton Co PA. And in the next generation, the Hains family migrated in the company of the Devore family to Bedford Co PA.

Schoonmaker Family Migration

  • Kingston, Ulster Co NY
  • Migrated 1732 to Bucks (now Monroe) Co PA

  • 1753 Northampton split from Bucks (now Monroe) Co PA

Joseph Hendricksen Heyns was born in about 1715 in Kingston NY. In about 1732, Joseph migrated in the company of the Schoonmaker family to Bucks Co PA. And, the Heyns family attended the DRC Church at Smithfield TWP, Bucks (now Monroe) Co PA. [Minisink Churches]

In about 1744 at Smithfield TWP, Bucks Co PA, Joseph Hendrickson Heyns married Helena Schoonmaker, sister of Catherine Schoonmaker. And by 1751, spelling of the last name morphed to Hayns. There is a 1762 record for a Lydiea Heyns at the Dutch Reformed Church at Smithfield. Perhaps, Lydia is a daughter of Joseph.

Catherine and Willem Devore lived in Sussex Co NJ, just across the Delaware River from Smithfield TWP, Bucks/ Northampton Co PA, until about 1772 when they migrated to Bedford Co PA. And, John Hains and family migrated in the company of his father-in-law, Willem Devore.

By 1772 their route would have been rather straightforward. From the Delaware Valley, they had the choice of traveling south to Philadelphia and then west or traveling west to the Susquehanna and then south to the Germantown Pike. Either way, after crossing the river at Harris Ferry, the families traveled west on the old military road, Forbes Road, to what had been Ft. Raystown, now known as Bedford PA.

There are three Hains men who are found in the Bedford records: Joseph (Jr.), Vandle and John. Joseph (Jr.) appears in the 1778 Cumberland Valley Twp Tax List. Vandle appears in the 1790 Bedford Co PA Census as head of household along with two other grown males. Nothing more is known of these two purported sons of Joseph, Sr.

Did Joseph, Sr. migrate in the company of his sons to the frontier of Bedford County? Or, did he stay behind in eastern Pennsylvania? His date and place of death is unknown. 

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 12/25/1741

Parents Child Sponsors
Joseph Hendrickson 
Lena Schoonmaker
Petrus  

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 8/6/1749

Parents Child Sponsors
Benjamin Schoonmaker
Elizabeth De Puy
Helena Joseph Heyns
Lena Schoonmaker
Baptisms by Rev. Joh. Casparus Fryenmuth 1741 - 1799
of the Reformed Congregation, Smithfield TWP PA: June 10 1753
Parents Child Sponsors
Willem Devoor
Cathrina Schoonmaker
Helena Joseph Heyns
Lena Schoonmaker

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 4/15/1760

Parents Child Sponsors
Leidert Wieser
Elidea Heens
Benjamin Joseph Heens
Elena Heens, his wife

Research Note: Baptisms and marriages performed at the four Dutch Reformed Church of the Delaware Valley were recorded at Machackemeck (Deerpark) Church of Ulster (now Orange) County, New York. Additionally, itinerant preachers maintained their own personal records including Rev. Joh. Casparus Fryenmuth and Rev. Elias Van Bennschoten. [Minisink Dutch Reformed Church]

    Children

    1. Vandle Hains

    2. Peter Hains

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 12/25/1741

Parents Child Sponsors
Joseph Hendrickson 
Lena Schoonmaker
Petrus  

    3. Lydia Hains

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 4/15/1760

Parents Child Sponsors
Leidert Wieser
Elidea Heens
Benjamin Joseph Heens
Elena Heens, his wife

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 4/16/1762

Parents Child Sponsors
Leendard Wieser
Lydiea Heyns
Elisabeth Niclaas De Pui
Elisabeth Schoonmaaker

    4. Joseph Hains, Jr.

Dutch Reformed Church, Walpack, Sussex Co NJ: 6/25/1764

Parents Child Sponsors
Joseph Heyns, Jr.
Heltje Devour
Benjamin  
Bedford Co PA Deed Book v. I, p. 479:
"Know that I, Jos. Haines of Hopewell Twp., made an improvement on a tract of land in March 1796, joining lands with Melor and Jos. Snyder and Tusseys Mountain in Hopewell Twp. and on Apr. 5, 1797, for the sum of 26 lbs. ten shillings, to me in hand paid by John Bowser, did sell improvement and to warrant and defend it from me and my heirs forever unto said John Bowser of Woodbury Twp., County of Bedford." Joseph Haines signed the document in German.

    5. Daniel Heyns

-Daniel Haynes was the first white settler of Coventry Township, [Trumble] Co OH in 1806.
-He had children Joseph, John, Samuel, Benjamin, Daniel, Michael, Asenath, Lanah, Sally, and Elizabeth. 
-My Daniel was said to have died at an "advanced age" in 1823, so if they are the same -Daniel, he would have been about 80 years old in 1823.
-one of his daughters was Lanah, which is a variant of Helena.
-Daniel named his daughter after his mother Helena
-and his first son after his father Joseph
-and second son after his grandfather John???
Will M. Haynes, Researcher

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 12/30/1744

Parents Child Sponsors
Joseph Heyns
Lena Schoonmaker
Daniel Daniel Schoonmaker
Catharina Decker

    6. John Hains, Esq. b. 12/14/1746 Bucks (now Monroe) Co PA

    7. Elizabeth Hayns

Dutch Reformed Church, Smithfield TWP PA: 5/25/1751

Parents Child Sponsors
Joseph Hayns
Lena Schomaker
Elizabeth Benjamin Schoomaker
Elizabeth Dupuy

Generation #4

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