Roger Haviland

Roger Foster Haviland (1838 - 1889)

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Roger Foster Haviland
Born in Glens Falls, Warren County, NYmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Eastchester, NYmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Glens Falls, Warren County, New Yorkmap
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Birth & Parents

Roger Foster Haviland, son of Solomon Haviland & Lydia Otis, was born 19 Dec 1838 in Glens Falls, Warren County, NY. [1]


Roger married 26 Dec 1860 in Eastchester, NY to Mary Jane "Jennie" Lane, daughter of Alexander Morrison Lane & Susan Ann Valentine. [1]

Family Unit
Solomon Haviland
Lydia Otis
Roger Foster Haviland
married 26 Dec 1860
Mary Jane "Jennie" Lane
14 Jul 1865Florence Louise Haviland [1]2 Jul 1890married Jones
ca 25 Jul 1872Foster Lane Haviland [1]15 Jul 1937married Ford


In early life Roger Foster Haviland was a farmer, but in the early '60's he went to Peekskill, N.Y., and became the first agent there for the American Express Co. Later he engaged in the grocery business. In 1867, he purchased (with his brother-inlaw, Willis Hoag Haviland, and George M. Ferris) the drug and general store of G.W. Sisson. The firm went under the name of Havilands & Ferris. In 1881, Willis Haviland retired, and the firm's name became Haviland & Ferris. They were among the leading drug houses of N.Y. State, dealing in all classes of drugs, patent medicines, paints, oils, sash and door blinds. In 1882 they added another store and kept a full line of builder's hardware and carpenter tools for both wholesale and retail trade. Roger is listed as Inspector of Elections of Glens Falls in 1861 and 1862; as Vestryman for the Church of the Messiah (Episcopal) in 1867, 1868, and 1885. [2]
Census Detail
(Italics = notes not in census.)

1840 Federal Census
Queensbury, Warren, NY, Page 298 [3]
Soloman HAVILANNotes (not in source)
1 male 0-5Roger Foster
1 male 10-15unknown relative or hired hand?
1 male 50-60Solomon
1 female 0-5Daughter Hannah Wing
3 females 15-20Louisa, Adeline, Mary
1 female 30-40Lydia Otis

1850 Federal Census
Queensbury, Warren, NY, Page 61A, Dwelling #67, Family #69 [4]
GREEN, Lydia O. 47Female
$4000, born VT. [5]
HAVILAND, Hannah W. 13Female
born NY.
HAVILAND, Roger 11Male
born NY.
GROAK, Bridget 19Female
born Ireland. (Servant)
KILLYON, Thomas 15Male
born Ireland. (Servant)

1860 Federal Census
Queensbury, Warren, NY, Page 116, Dwelling #915, Family #915 [6]
HAVILAND, Rodger F. 21Male Farmer
$10,000/$1,000, born NY.
GREEN, Henry 65Male
born NY.
GREEN, Lydia O. 54Female
born NY.
GREEN Hannah 24Female
born NY.
GREEN, Mary 19Female Servant
born Ireland. (Surname may be "Breen.")

1870 Federal Census
Queensbury, Warren, NY, Page 695A, Dwelling #286, Family #365 [7]
HAVILAND, Roger 35Male Druggist
born NY.
HAVILAND, Irene 30Female Keeping House
born NY.
HAVILAND, Florence 5Female
born NY.
BREEN, Mary 19Female Domestic Servant
born Ireland.

1880 Federal Census
Queensbury, Warren, NY, Page 219D, Dwelling #331, Family #353 [8]
HAVILAND, RogerHead41MaleMarriedDruggist
born NY, Father born NY, Mother born VT.
HAVILAND, Mary J.Wife39FemaleMarriedKeeping House
born NY, both parents born NY.
HAVILAND, Florence L.Daughter14FemaleSingleAt School
born NY.
HAVILAND, Foster L.Son7MaleSingle
born NY.
KANE, MargaretServant20FemaleSingleServant
born NY, both parents born Ireland.
VALANTINE, Charles A.Boarder56MaleSingle
born NY, both parents born NY. (This is actually Charles Morgan Valentine, uncle of Roger's wife Mary, on her mother's side.)

Death & Burial

On Jan. 22, 1889 [2] [1] Roger Foster Haviland climbed up on his roof in Glens Falls, Warren County, NY to shovel away some snow, and he slipped and fell to the ground and died at age 50. [2] This story was remembered by Senator Willis Henry Haviland in a genealogical letter to Mrs. Mae Haviland (Roger's daughter-in-law, and mother of William Ford Haviland who compiled a more recent genealogy on the family): "Roger Haviland died the result of falling off the roof while pushing off the snow. At the time I was living in Minneapolis, Foster's mother telegraphed me, I left on the first train and arrived at Glens Falls in time for the funeral. After spending a few days, I left for home." [2]
Roger is buried at the Pineview Cemetery in Queensville, Warren County, NY, with a very large lot stone marking his family plot.[9] (His grave says that he died in 1899, which is an error -- his death certificate has him deceased at 1889.) [10] There are still three unused graves for future family in this plot. [11]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Frost, Haviland, p. 462.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Haviland, Genealogy.
  3. 1840 Fed Census, Queensbury, NY, p. 298
  4. 1850 Fed Census, Queensbury, NY, p. 61A
  5. In the 1850 census, Lydia Otis's second husband Solomon Haviland died by 1846 and she had remarried Henry Green in 1847. However it does not appear that Henry is living in the household yet in 1850.
  6. 1860 Fed Census, Queensbury, NY, p. 116
  7. 1870 Fed Census, Queensbury, NY, p. 695A
  8. 1880 Fed Census, Queensbury, NY, p. 219D
  9. Gravestone, Pineview Cemetery, Queensbury, Warren County, NY.
  10. Death Certificate
  11. Pineview Cemetery, Queensbury, NY.


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Grave marker for Roger Foster Haviland

Lot Stone for the family of Roger Foster Haviland, with Christopher Sirmons Haviland for scale
Lot Stone for the family of Roger Foster Haviland, with Christopher Sirmons Haviland for scale

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