First Families of Orangeburgh District, South Carolina

Heaner (Hayner, Häner)

HANS GEORG HAYNER petitioned for 150 acres of land in South Carolina on 4 Dec 1752[1]. In his petition, Hans Georg stated that he had arrived on board the ship Cunlif and that he had a wife and one child named Ulrich who was about 6 years old[1]. Hans Jeorg married (1)Unknown in Europe. She died before 24 Aug 1755 in South Carolina[1,2,3]. He married (2)Eva Catherin Barr on 24 Aug 1755 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina[2,3].

Nothing more can be found on Hans Georg's first wife or the child Ulrich.

Hans George's plat for 150 acres was dated 15 Jun 1753[7] and his grant was issued on 3 Sep 1754[8].

Child of Hans Georg Hayner and (1)Unknown is:

a. Ulrich Hayner, b. abt. 1746, d. in South Carolina.

Children of Hans Georg Hayner and (2)Eva Catherin Barr are:

a. John George Hayner, b. 26 Jan 1757, bapt. 27 Feb 1757 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina[2,3].

b. Margaret (Peggy) Hayner, b. 5 May 1758, bapt. 18 Jun 1758 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina[2,3].

According to Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, Vol.1, Pg. 202, Peggy Heynor was listed as sister of Adam Heynor who was killed in the Revolutionary War while serving in Col.John Fisher's Regiment, Orangeburg Militia[6].

c. William Barnet Heaner, b. aft 1758, marr. Mary Unknown, d. bef. 1801[6].

Barnet Heaner's widow Mary married Rev. Martin Luther Gramling in 1801 (his second wife). She died after 1809-10 and was buried in Gramling Cemetery. Family tradition is that she came from Holland[6]

Children of William Barnet Heaner and Mary Unknown are:

c1. Jacob Heaner, b. abt 1797, m. Rachel Bozard abt 1826, d. aft 1850[6].

c2. Mary (Polly) Heaner, b. 16 Aug 1799, m. William Zimmerman 14 Jan 1834, d. 18 Apr 1875[6].

d. Adam Heaner, d. bef. 3 Nov 1781[6].

According to "Loyalists in the Southern Campaign", Vol.1, Pg. 202, Adam Heynor was killed in the Revolutionary War while serving in Col.John Fisher's Regiment, Orangeburg Militia[6].

The name Heaner was probably originally spelled Häner (Haener) but, lacking proof, I've used the spelling in the "Book of Record" (Hayner) for the early generations. Hans George could have been either Swiss or German as Häner families are known to have existed in Cantons Basel and Solothurn in Switzerland[4] and in the Hessen State of Germany[5].


1. Brent Holcomb, Petitions for Land from the South Carolina Council Journals, Volume III:1752-1753, 1997, pp. 142-143.

2. A. S. Salley, Jr., The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, 1898.

3. Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC".

4. Swiss Surnames Prior to 1862, based on Familiennamenbuch der Schweiz, Picton Press, 2003.

5. A Haner/Hayner Family in America, (Descendants of a 1710 German immigrant to New York).

6. Dorothy Bearden Heaner, Research Notes and Personal Communication, March 1998.

7. SC Archives, Colonial Plats (Hans George Hanner), Ser. S213184, Vol. 0009, Pg. 00474, Itm. 02.

8. SC Archives, Colonial Grants (Hans George Hanner), Ser. S213019, Vol. 0006, Pg. 00132.

Other references to this surname are found in OGSGS Newsletters: (none).

Information provided by Jim Rickenbacker on November 15, 2004.