To the best of my knowledge, the vast majority are descended from Richard Haines and Margaret Leeds, who came over I think it was 1682 and settled in the area of what is now Burlington NJ. They came because they were Quakers and were looking for a place where they would not be persecuted. Richard died on the voyage, but a sixth child, Joseph, was also born on the trip over. I can't even imagine how it would feel to be a young widow, just having lost her husband, with three children under ten and two teenagers, coming to a strange land with no husband to care for the family. She did have her oldest son who had preceded her, and her two teenage sons to help but still.
Most of the Haines families in America are descended from one of the five boys of this family, John, Richard, Thomas, William and Joseph, though there have been other Haines immigrants over the intervening years.
In England the name was mostly spelled Haynes or Hayns, Sometimes Hane or Hain. But once the family got to America most of them adopted the Haines spelling.
I am a descendant of John Haines, I believe. John and Jane Yates Haines > William and Emeline Schall Haines>Reuben and Sarah Paine Haines>James and (Evangeline) Manila Waters Haines>Jerald D and Phyllis Lyke Haines> ME :) Recently started trying to trace my ancestors and would love to hear from anyone!
That should say Sarah LEWIS not Paine....and I realize now that the John I am descended from is not one of the five boys. But I do think I am descended from these immigrants, just need help tracing back my John Haines' parents....etc.
Have you tried DNA testing? Which John Haines, what year and location?
What part of New York?