- Ann T. Keene
Haines, Jackson (1840–1879), ice skater, was born in either the United States or Canada to Alexander Frazee Haines, a cabinetmaker, and Elizabeth Terhune Earl Haines. His exact date of birth is unknown, and his birthplace is still in dispute: among American cities, Chicago, New York, and Troy (New York), are often mentioned. Most sources agree, however, that he came from a prosperous family and was well educated. Young Haines left North America when he was ten years old, accompanied by a relative, and traveled to Europe to study dancing. There he not only mastered ballet but also became a skilled ice-skater. He returned to the United States a few years later because his father wished him to apprentice as a cabinetmaker, but Haines was irresistibly drawn to the stage and left home in his late teens to become a performer....