Andrew Frank Haley (1864-1937) was my paternal great-granduncle. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about him.
1. Vital Records
1.1. Birth Certificate
Frank was born March 4, 1864 in Ashland County, Ohio. The 1900 census states he was born in March 18641. The State of Ohio did not require the keeping of birth records until 1867. State law required the probate court to record these births from 1867 to 1908, according to the Ohio Historical Society webpage.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
If Frank's birth was recorded in a newspaper, I have not yet discovered it. There are editions of the Sandusky Register in existence, and that is one avenue of research in the future.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I am not aware of any surviving Bible record of the Haley family. 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 baptismal record from Frank at this time.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no evidence that Frank was adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
Frank married on November 3, 1887 in Jay County, Indiana to Emma Catherine Leonhard2. I located a copy of their marriage license at FamilySearch and will make it the subject of a future post.
1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of Frank and Emma's nuptials.
1.2.2. Anniversary Notice
Frank and Emma's 25th wedding anniversary would have been November 3, 1912. Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of any anniversary celebrations.
1.2.3. Divorce Decree
There is no indication that Frank and Emma were ever divorced, but a search of Jay County, Indiana court records needs to be done.
1.3. Death Certificate
Frank died July 29, 1937 in Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois3. I do need to obtain a copy of his official death certificate, will add this to my list of "to-do" items. This death record was the subject of a previous post.
Frank's son, Clarence, was a physician in Oak Park, and he may have been living there or visiting at the time of his death.
1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper
Will need to check local newspapers in Jay County, Indiana as well as Illinois to see if mention was made of Frank's obituary. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.3.2. Funeral Home Records
Frank's funeral record was the subject of a previous post. Frank's funeral was conducted by the Baird Funeral home of Portland, Indiana.
1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph
Frank's tombstone in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Fort Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio4 has been photographed. His tombstone shows "Frank A. 1864-1937" and "Emma C. 1866-1925" with "Father" and "Mother" below each of their names.
Frank's memorial page at FindAGrave is located here.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1930 Federal Census
I have not yet been able to locate Frank in the 1930 census. He spent most of his adult live in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana. His wife had just passed in 1925, so it is possible he was living with other relatives. Will add this to my "to-do" list.
2.1.2. 1920 Federal Census
On January 3, 1920, Frank was enumerated as the head of household in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana5, as Frank A. Haley, age 55, married, Farmer. He was born in Ohio, as were both of his parents. He owned his own home and it was mortgaged. He could read and write and spoke English.
2.1.3. 1910 Federal Census
On April 15, 1910, Frank was enumerated as the head of household in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana6, as Frank A. Haley, age 46, married, Farmer. He was born in Ohio, as were both of his parents. He owned his own home and it was mortgaged. He had been married for 22 years. He could read and write and spoke English.
2.1.4. 1900 Federal Census
On June 20, 1900, Frank was enumerated as head of household in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana1, as Frank Haley, age 36, married Farmer. He was born March 1864 in Ohio. Both of his parents were born in Ohio. He owned his own home and it was mortgaged. He had been married for 12 years. He could read and write and spoke English.
2.1.5. 1880 Federal Census
On June 22, 1880, Frank was enumerated in the George W. Haley household in Liberty Township, Seneca County, Ohio7, as Andrew F., son, age 16. He was born in Ohio as were both of his parents. He had attended school within the year.
2.1.6. 1870 Federal Census
On June 6, 1870, Frank was enumerated in the George Haley household in Harrisville Township, Medina County, Ohio8, as Andrew F., age 6, born in Ohio.
2.2. State Census Records
The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931. These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the Haley farm.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
Not applicable, as Frank was too old to sign up for the draft during World War I.
3.2. Pension Records
Not applicable, as I have found no evidence that Frank ever served in the military.
3.3. Service Records
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Jay County, Indiana. Frank lived most of his adult life in Noble Township.
4.2. Plat map / county map
Jay County published a plat map in 1874, 1881, 1887, 1901, 1910 and 1920 that may be relevant to my search for Frank. I have access to the 1887 and 1901 plat maps, and need to research what they show.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records available to research for Frank include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1. Frank Haley household, 1900 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Noble Township, ED 63, SD [?], sheet 10, dwelling 215, family 218, National Archives micropublication T623, roll 380.
2. "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V6RG-8SD : accessed 03 Aug 2013), Andrew F Haley and Emma C Leonhart, 1887.
3. "Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947,"
index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NQHX-HYY :
accessed 03 Aug 2013), Andrew F. Haley, 29 Jul 1937.
4. FindAGrave, Inc., FindAGrave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 3 August 2013).
5. Frank A. Haley household, 1920 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Noble Township, SD 84, ED [?], sheet [?], dwelling 18, family 18, National Archives micropublication T625, roll 440.
6. Frank A. Haley household, 1910 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Noble Township, SD 8, ED 69, sheet 1, dwelling 11, family 11, National Archives micropublication T624, roll 358.
7. George W. Haley household, 1880 U.S. census, Seneca County, Ohio, population schedule, Liberty Township, ED 193, SD 1, dwelling 401, family 405; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 1065.
8. George Haley household, 1870 U.S. census, Medina County, Ohio, population schedule, Harrisville Township, Lodi P.O., dwelling 90, household 101; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 1241.
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.