Friday, June 01, 2012

Exploratory Data Analysis: George Washington Haley (1840-1892)

George Washington Haley (1840-1892) was my paternal 2nd-great grandfather.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical facts I've discovered about him.

1. Vital Records

     1.1. Birth certificate

          George was born May 16, 1840 in Hardin County, Ohio1, 2.  There were no birth certificates required at this time, as the State of Ohio did not begin requiring them until 1867.

          1.1.1. Birth notice in newspaper

               I have not been able to locate any contemporary news reports of George's birth.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am not aware of the survival of a Haley family Bible.  I will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one does exist.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               The Haley's were members of the Evangelical Association.  I am not aware of any records of baptism for George at this time.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that George was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          George married on October 14, 1862 in Ashland County, Ohio to Mary Jane Sherrick1.

          1.2.1. Marriage notice in newspaper

               I have not searched contemporary newspapers of Ashland County, Ohio to see if the nuptials of George and Mary were mentioned.  Have added this to my "to do" list to see if such newspaper sources exist.

          1.2.2. Anniversary notice

               I need to search newspapers in Jay County, Indiana for mention of George and Mary's anniversaries.  Their 25th would have been on October 14, 1887, and they didn't both survive to reach their 50th.

          1.2.3. Divorce decree

               There is no indication that a divorce ever occurred, and a recent search of court records during the time period did not turn up a divorce record.

     1.3. Death certificate

          George died December 3, 1892 in Jay County, Indiana2.  One source indicates his death occurred on December 4, 18923.  I need to obtain a copy of his official death certificate at the Jay County Health Department.

          1.3.1. Obituary in newspaper

               George's obituary appeared in the December 20, 1892 edition of the Evangelical Messenger2.  George's obituary was the subject of previous post.

          1.3.2. Funeral home records

               The Jay County library has some funeral home records from the various funeral homes in the county.  Will add this to my "to do" list for my next research trip.

          1.3.3. Tombstone photograph

               George's tombstone in the Mt. Zion Cemetery has been photographed.  I need to make it the subject of a Tombstone Tuesday post.  It states "George W. Haley died Dec. 3, 1892 aged 52y, 6m, 17d."

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 22, 1880, George was enumerated in Liberty Township, Seneca County, Ohio4, as George W. Haley, age 40, farmer, born in Ohio.  His father was listed as being born in Wurtemburg, and his mother born in Ohio.  Living in the household was his wife, Mary J., age 36; son Andrew F, age 16; son Eli W., age 14; son David E., age 11; daughter Rachel A.P., age 10; son Charles W., age 7; and daughter Carrie M., age 3.

          2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census

               On June 6, 1870, George was enumerated in Harrisville Township, Medina County, Ohio5, as George Haley, age 30, farmer, born in Ohio.  His father was listed as being of foreign birth.  The value of his real estate was $2730, and the value of his personal estate was $370.  George was a U.S. citizen.  Living in the household were Mary J., age 26; Andrew F., age 6; Eli W., age 4; David, age 1; and Emma P., age 6 months.

          2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census

               On June 13, 1860, George was enumerated in the George Haley household in Claridon Township, Marion County, Ohio6, as George Haley, age 20, farmer, born in Ohio.  He had attended school within the year.

          2.1.4. 1850 Federal Census

               On September 15, 1850, George was enumerated in the George Haley household in Jackson Township, Sandusky County, Ohio7, as George Haley, age 10, born in Ohio.  He had attended school within the year.

     2.2. State Census Records

          Many states took their own enumerations, unfortunately, Ohio state census records are not known to exist.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what light they may shed on the Haley farm.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft registration

          I need to search out the online military draft registrations during the Civil War for George's registration.  At the time, he should have been living in Ohio.

     3.2. Pension records

          I am not aware of any military service by George.

     3.3. Service records

          I am not aware of any military service by George.  Will search available service indices.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in a number of counties, including Jay County in Indiana as well as Ashland, Medina, Seneca and Marion Counties in Ohio.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Jay County published a plat map in 1874, 1881, 1887 and 1901, 1910 and 1920 that may be relevant for my search on the Haley homestead.

          Will also need to add searching for maps of the various Ohio counties where George lived to my "to do" list for my next research trip.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available to research for George include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Searching these items will be on my next "to do" list on my research trip to Jay County and/or the Allen County Library in Ft. Wayne.



1. Biographical and Historical Record of Jay County, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1887, page 665.
2. George W. Haley obituary, Evangelical Messenger, New Berlin, Pennsylvania, USA, December 20, 1892, page 811.
3. Spencer, Jane Ann. Williamson & Spencer Funeral Homes, Inc. Portland and Pennville, Indiana Burial Records Book One 1892-1899. Portland, Indiana, USA; Williamson & Spencer Funeral Homes, Inc., 2008, page 27.
4. George W. Haley household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Liberty Township, Seneca County, Ohio, ED 193, SD 1, dwelling 401, family 405; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 1065.
5. George Haley household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Harrisville Township, Medina County, Ohio, Lodi P.O., page 10, dwelling 90, household 101; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 1241.
6. George Haley household, 1860 U.S. census, pouplation schedule, Claridon Township, Marion County, Ohio, Marion P.O., page 28, dwelling 201, family 197; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 1006.

This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.

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