Elizabeth Bowne Haines was born in 1815 to Reuben Haines (1786-1834) and Jane Bowne, both Quakers of Germantown, Pennsylvania. In 1840, she married Dr. John Aston Warder (1812-1883), the son of Philadelphia Quakers Jeremiah Warder (1780-1849) and Ann Aston (1786-1871). John A. Warder and Elizabeth Haines had seven children: Anna Aston, Jane Haines, Elizabeth, Reuben Haines, John Haines, William, and Robert Bowne Warder (1848-1905).
John A. Warder graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1836, and in 1837, after a brief residency in Alabama, he established a medical practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. He retired from medicine in 1855 to pursue interests in horticulture, viticulture, forestry, natural history, and astronomy. He published and lectured extensively in these fields, and was president of the Cincinnati Society of Natural Resources. During the Civil War, Warder served as a brigade surgeon of the 1st Brigade of the Ohio Militia. He helped found and was the first president of the American Forestry Association (1875). By 1880, he and his family were living on a farm in Miami County, Ohio. Warder died in 1883.
Reuben Haines and Jane Bowne Haines had eight children and lived in the Wyck House of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Reuben was the corresponding secretary for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and was known as a local supporter of the arts.