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Daniel & Margaret Haugh

Hauch_Daniel02Daniel Haugh, born in August of 1833, was the eldest child of Jacob and Susan Haugh of Rose Township, who moved from Centre County, Pennsylvania and settled one mile west of Roseville on the edge of Union Township in 1846.  By 1850, tax records show Jacob owned a horse and two cows and was actively engaged in farming. Daniel married a young woman named Margaret (last name unknown), born about 1840, who had emigrated from Baden, Germany in 1846.   Over the years, Daniel worked as a farm laborer, a farmer, and a teamster, according to census records, while Margaret kept house.

Daniel and Margaret did not have children of their own, but at least three young people resided with them during their life together in Rose and Eldred townships.   Two were blood relatives of Daniel's – a nephew John (1870 census) and a niece Ida (1880 census).  The third child was my great-grandfather, Lorenzo Dow Burns.

Lorenzo, born in 1859, was the second of three children of Liberty Burns, a farmer from Knox township, and Elizabeth Bish, daughter of John Henry Bish, who was school superintendent in Knoxdale in 1847.  Liberty and Elizabeth married in 1857.  Three years and three children later, Liberty joined the Union Army, serving with the 105th Pennsylvania Infantry (the Wildcat Regiment), and died of wounds received at the Battle of Wilderness in 1864.  Elizabeth must have died not long thereafter, because the 1870 census shows all three children being fostered by local families – Robert Burns (b. 1858) by the Hannahs in Rose, Lorenzo by the Haughs in Rose, and Sarah Burns (b. 1861) by the Ostranders of Warsaw.  Liberty had fought at the Battle of Wilderness with John Ostrander and several men from the Haugh family.

Daniel died of cancer in 1898, and Margaret stayed on in Eldred, living alone in 1900 and with the Keihls in 1910.

Haugh_Daniel03Here is a photograph of my great-gandfather, Lorenzo Burns, and his beloved foster mother, Margaret Haugh, on a visit they made to Jefferson County when she was elderly.  What a generous heart she must have had to take my great-grandfather in and raise him well.  The sense of duty he felt toward her is evidenced by her move to Ohio (sometime after 1910) to live with him and my grandparents in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  

My grandfather, who was the son of Lorenzo and Mary Rebecca Mason (daughter of David Mason and Eliza Templeton, of Pine Creek) was lucky to have married my patient and nurturing grandmother, who nursed "Grandma Haugh" until her death in 1930, while also taking care of Lorenzo, Mary Rebecca, her own Aunt Minnie, and four children, including my dad.   

(Biography of Daniel and Margaret Haugh, by Katherine Vaughan, ). Please contact her directly if you are member of this Haugh family. 

(Tombstone photograph by Pat Steele)

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