The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 457
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Haynie Rossman. Mrs. Rossman, chaplain general of the State
Board of Management for the Daughters of the Republic of
Texas, is herself a sixth generation Texan, a great, great grand-
daughter of Reverend John Haynie. Her book is, as the title
specifies, a biography of Reverend Haynie as well as a survey of
Haynie genealogy from Captain John Haynie, an immigrant to
America from England in 1650, to contemporary descendants.
Reverend John Haynie, a rugged Virginian who had dedicated
himself to the service of God, came to Texas in 1839 with his wife,
Elizabeth, and other members of his family. Before his death in
186o, he completed forty-nine years of ministry as a Methodist
preacher, riding circuit, baptizing believers, counseling doubters,
comforting the oppressed, and burying the dead. Appointed to
the Austin circuit, Reverend Haynie preached the first sermon
ever heard in that city, and his name is recorded as the first pastor
of the First Methodist Church in Austin. He was chaplain of the
Constitutional Convention which agreed in 1845 to the annexa-
tion of Texas by the United States.
A valuable result of Mrs. Rossman's investigation was the
bringing to light of other members of the Haynie family tree,
persons who contributed generously to the growth of Texas, and
who stand, therefore, as fit subjects for historical consideration:
Dr. Samuel Garner Haynie, Lucinda Whey Caldwell, John A.
Haynie, James Asbury Haynie, Stephen Andrew Jackson Haynie,
Elizabeth Brooks Cook Dobbin, Spencer Fletcher Haynie, Diana
Frances Sweeney, and Hugh Hamilton Haynie. Sketches of these
and other descendants are presented, and apparent errors in
previous publications are noted. Rev. John Haynie serves as an
excellent introduction to a social understanding of residents of
Texas from the days of the Republic to the present.
The efforts of circuit riders such as Reverend John Haynie,
though relatively unsung because of their inherently self-sacrificial
nature, were no less heroic than those of the Alamo defenders,
the victors of San Jacinto, the Texas Rangers, and other un-
doubted giants of the frontier. WILLIAM T. FIELD
WILLIAM T. FIEL.D
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