In 1812 Zachariah Hainer joined the 1st Regiment Lincoln Militia. At age fifty-one, he was a seasoned soldier, a veteran of the American Revolution, one of Butler’s Rangers. His second military experience, in the War of 1812, was much shorter than his first fight. On 24 Oct 1812, Zachariah Hainer was “declared unfit for service” and entered on the Pension List. By December he was very ill. On 2 Feb 1813, Zachariah Hainer died of disease.
Zachariah Hainer was born on 22 Jul 1761 in Rhinebeck, New York at Livingstone Manor. The Hainer (or Haner or Heiner or Hoener) family had been living here ever since they left the Palatine area of Germany in 1710. Zachariah was a third generation North American. When some of the American colonists rebelled against Britain, he remained loyal. At age nineteen, he was one of Butler’s Rangers, serving in Captain O’Hare’s Company as a sergeant.
When the Revolution ended, Zachariah emigrated to the Niagara Peninsula, as did so many of Butler’s Rangers. As a reward for his loyal service, he was granted , in 1796, three hundred acres of land in Wainfleet Township, parts of Lot 6 & 7 Conc 6 & 7 (UCLP H1/18). He did not settle on his Wainfleet property. He chose instead to live in Grantham, now part of St. Catharines.
On 19 Mar 1796 or 1797 (accounts vary) Zachariah married Sophia, neé Brown or Braun, widow of Jacob Lutz. She had a daughter, Magdalena, from her first marriage. It may have been a second marriage for Zachariah as well. Together Zachariah and Sophia had these children:
- Eve Hainer, 1797-
- Catherine Hainer, 1799-
- John Brown Hainer, 1802-1884
- James Hainer, 1806-1870
- Mary Ann Hainer, 1810-1877
When war was declared in June of 1812, Zachariah’s youngest child was not yet two years old. After his death, Zachariah’s widow Sophia made a claim for losses suffered during the War “taken month December 1813 during War — oats, hay, blankets and nails.” (NAC MfmT1128)
The burial place of Zachariah Hainer is unknown. He probably lies somewhere in Grantham Township where he lived. Years later his widow moved to Esquesing Township where she died in 1845 and is buried in Limehouse Cemetery. Although it is very unlikely that he is buried with her, her headstone remembers him in the wording,
“Sophia Hainer wife of Zachariah Hainer”