Died: October 31st 1918 of Spanish Influenza in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Wife: Mary McLachlin (Born: April 5th 1850 Edinburgh, Scotland)
Died: December 30th 1924, British Columbia, in Child Birth
Edwin Haynes’ Brief Life History:
Born in Gloucester, England, Edwin was moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada as a two year old. The family travelled from Bristol, England to Canada in 1879 and moved to 122 Strachan Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. Edwin was educated in Toronto as a young child and likely into his early teenaged years. There is a large gap of knowledge of Edwin’s life from the age of two to the age of thirty three. We assume that due to his father’s success as a cabinet builder for Massey Harris during the early 1900’s, he was at sometime educated in or around Toronto. There exists some information that links Edwin in his twenties to Ingersol, Ontario as a Merchant. He filed a marriage application in Stouffville, Ontario in the Fall of 1909 to be married to Mary McLachlin. They were married in Stouffville in the Spring of 1910. Their honeymoon took place on a cruise ship called the S.S Virginian, this boat launched from Montreal and travelled directly to Bristol, England. They continued onwards to Cheltanham, England to visit where Edwin’s Father’s home was once located. From Bristol the vessel likely made its way to the Mediterranean, where the couple visited Gibraltar, Italy, Morocco and possibly North Africa. Edwin continued to expand his already large collection of photographs on this honeymoon through the Mediterranean. These consisted of landscapes and obviously set up portraits of the people he came across on land during his travels.
After their honeymoon, the newlyweds settled back in Chesley, Ontario where Edwin had a photo business. From Chesley, the couple moved to Toronto, Ontario and resided in the Parkdale area around 1916. Edwin and Mary’s son Edwin Jr. was born in Toronto, after which, the family appears to of traveled across Canada. They ventured to locations such as Sault Sainte Marie, the Saskatchewan plains, where he photographed the Blackfoot Indians and further to the valleys of British Columbia. Gathering from research and analysis of different signs and locations, Canadian Pacific Railway buildings, construction sites and shipping harbours continue to appear within Edwin Haynes’ photographs through this time. There also appears to be a section of photographs within his collection that document some streets in the East End of New York City (Mulberry street, The Bowery and the Aqua Duct).
The box of Edwin’s slides made their way to my Father through Edwin Haynes Jr., as he knew my Father held an interest and talent in photography. Edwin later passed away leaving this family history in a wooden box. I too became a photographer in the fashion of my relatives passed and work closely with my Father, Bruce Hodgson to maintain the legacy of Edwin Haynes. We are left now with a spectacular collection of breathtaking photography unseen. Until now.